Find your Happy Place: 10 ways to make 2018 your best year yet

New Year New You? Here are some resolutions you can stick to and improve your happiness in 2018. Among setting goals for your career, health, finances and more, be sure to include #TreatYoSelf days and do things that make you happy, not just successful! 1. Take a Hike We all know about endorphins by now […]

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Enjoy the Holidays in the NC Smokies with our Winter Itinerary

Are you heading to Haywood County over the holidays but need a little help figuring out what to do? You’ve come to the right place because we’ve got just what you’re looking for.  Whether its traversing one of the Southern most ski areas in the country with the family or warming up with a locally-brewed […]

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Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas from Visit NC Smokies

5 Last Minute Gift Ideas

Christmas comes every year and yet somehow it always sneaks up on you. Much too late for last minute online shopping, you’re now required to go out and shop IN STORE. You like the last minute pressure right, forces your hand in creativity? Maybe there was a mutual “Let’s not get each other gifts this […]

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Elf on a wagon

2017 Canton Christmas Parade

Crowds lined the streets of downtown Canton to see the lighting of the Christmas tree, lighted floats, dance performances and more. The chilly weather only added to the holiday spirit as bundled up kids brought bags in expectation of delicious candy. Here are a few highlights from Canton’s Christmas Parade on December 7th, 2017. Let […]

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2017 Waynesville NC Christmas Parade

2017 Waynesville Christmas Parade Recap

Eyes were all aglow in downtown Waynesville as more than 100 lighted floats paraded through the streets throwing candy and cheer. This annual parade brings the community together in holiday spirit and is made possible by local business volunteering their time to build floats. Some floats featured fire, others Christmas lights, and others large blow […]

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Lake Junaluska decorated for Christmas 2017

Destination Christmas: Lake Junaluska

Winter is the most wonderful time of year, don’t you think? Not only are there parties for hosting and marshmallows for toasting, but there’s also Appalachian Christmas Festivals and wonderful Christmas decorations to see! Haywood County is in full holiday swing as our mountain destinations adorn their winter lights, garlands, and cheer. Lake Junaluska is […]

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November Instagram Giveaway @visitncsmokies

Fall Instagram Giveaway

GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. Congrats to Hailee Austin! Follow our Instagram for chances to win future giveaways! Enter for your chance to win: 1 – Longsleeve Moonshine Shirt 1 – Elevated Mountain Shot Glass 1 – Balsam Range Christmas CD 2 – Scenic Postcards shot in Haywood County 3 – Hand Drawn Hiking Map Prints by […]

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Family Friendly Thanksgiving Weekend Activities

Family Friendly Thanksgiving Vacation Activities

Thanksgiving brings families together making us take a moment to slow down and relax… wait no, that’s not completely right. If you have kids you know Thanksgiving can be a whirlwind of being entertainment hosts, “are we there yets”, and delicious food aromas that torture your kids for hours before they’re allowed to eat it. […]

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Cold Mountain 2017 Corn Maize design

Shocktober Corn Maize – Get Lost for a Good Cause!

Fight Children’s Cancer & Challenge a Corn Maize Cold Mountain Corn Maize in Canton, NC has partnered with Aflac to raise funds for Mission Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital in Western North Carolina. Every year, the Cold Mountain Corn Maize creates an intricate design concept for the maze that often gives nod to the surrounding community. […]

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Appalachian Farm Wedding Venue

Tie the Knot at Appalachian Farm

Beginning our Tie the Knot #TTKhaynow series we will be featuring local wedding venues, photographers and more using photos taken from real weddings. This week we spoke with Jennifer Mackey of JCM Photography who recently shot a wedding at Appalachian Farm Weddings located in Waynesville, NC. Jennifer says: Appalachian Farm Weddings and Events provides one of the […]

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BearWater Brewer Sean Coughlin accepts Award

BearWaters Brewing Co. Claims Bronze for ‘Smells Like Money’ Brew!

Brewer Sean Coughlin accepting the award. Photo © 2017 Jason E. Kaplan BearWaters Brewing Co. takes home bronze in the 2017 Great American Beer Festival® “When Sean walked across that stage and accepted our award, it was for everyone that continued to believe in us. For our new community that has so warmly welcomed us. […]

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