Take Your Shoes Off and Stay a While in Maggie Valley

After a long day of fun-filled adventures in Maggie Valley, coming home to a cozy place to rest and relax is the cherry on top. Our local hotels and motels have several unique offerings—making them the perfect place for you and your crew to unwind. Whether you prefer a beautiful view, appreciate a fun theme, […]

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Winter Hiking on the Blue Ridge Parkway

The freezing temps that linger in the higher elevations of the Blue Ridge Parkway keep this National treasure closed to car traffic for most of the winter season. The 469 mile drive is not closed, however, to foot traffic. In fact, the Blue Ridge Parkway in winter is an entirely different and magical experience of […]

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Black Balsam Knob Hiking Trail

National Plan For Vacation Day is January 26th

Time to make every vacation day count For a lot of us, working from home this past year has shown just how adaptable we can really be. It also revealed the importance of taking a break every now and then. Between the blurred workdays and measures taken to protect everyone’s health, getting away has been […]

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5 Things to Do in the NC Smokies this Winter

There’s nothing like a Smoky Mountain winter. The extra-crisp air and the crunch of snow beneath your feet are welcome reminders that the cold season is here—and it brought some friends along for the ride. If you’re ready to explore the NC Smokies this winter, start by checking these 5 adventures off your to-do list. […]

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Winter Golfing in Waynesville: An Untraditional Getaway

The NC Smokies is known for our winter sports: Skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, and even golfing. Yes, golfing! Just because there’s snow on the ground doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy mountain golf in the Smokies. Explore some of the incredible golf courses Waynesville has to offer. Book your tee times and lodging, and golf to your […]

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Winter fun is just steps away in the NC Smokies

One of the best things about the NC Smokies is that we are open for fun and adventure all year round. So, grab your skis, your winter jackets and get ready to experience some wintery wonders in the NC Smokies. Use our guide below to plan your weekend of fun! A breath of fresh (crispy) […]

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Get in the Winter Spirits: 10 Local Drinks to Celebrate the Season

If there’s one thing Western North Carolina is known for, it’s our local-made spirits and ales. From moonshine and whiskey to IPAs and seasonal brews, when you’re around these parts, you’re sure to find a drink option warm your belly. Whether it’s been a long day of winter sports or you want to kick back […]

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Brother and sister riding the ski lift up to a snowy Cataloochee Valley ski slope on a sunny morning

Guide: Give your Maggie Valley ski trip a lift!

As the seasons start to change, we know you’re eager to enjoy the winter activities. The cold weather is getting us excited for bundling up, clipping into our skis, and hitting the slopes. Whether you are a first-timer or a pro, Cataloochee Ski Area offers 18 slopes for plenty of snow sliding fun. While we […]

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Snow-covered trees adorned with soft-glowing lanterns hang above the icy streets of Downtown Waynesville in the winter.

Your Haywood Holiday How To: Christmas Trees & Gift Shopping

When the holiday season rolls around, it brings a few chores with it. The first is finding the perfect Fraser fir to decorate. The second is finding the gifts to put underneath your tree. Here in our part of the Smoky Mountains, we know quite a few places that can help you accomplish both. Check […]

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women shopping at woodworking gallery in Waynesville, NC during the holiday season

Waynesville’s Holiday Shopping Guide for Unique Gift Givers

If you’re the best gift-giver in your circle, it can be hard to live up to your own reputation. Lucky for you, Waynesville is more than a beautiful and cozy mountain town—it’s also the perfect place to find something special for everyone on your holiday shopping list! Check out our guide below for some help […]

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Simply Soco Store

Where to do your holiday shopping in Maggie Valley

The holiday season always brings joy, but if you’re a last-minute shopper, you may be feeling some pressure to cross every item off your shopping list before the first snowfall. There’s good news if you fall into this category: there’s something for everyone in Maggie Valley! Check out our local stores and bring home some […]

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