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Family shopping for candy at Mast General Waynesville, NC

Ways to Treat Your Sweet Tooth in Haywood County

Got an insatiable sweet tooth? Haywood County has lots of ways to please your cravings! With several locally-owned bakeries, ice cream parlors, and chocolate shops, you know you’re going to get excellent service along with fresh, made-to-order treats. Keep reading to find your next favorite place to get something sweet in the Smokies! Bakeries Kandi’s […]

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Get into the Holiday Spirit in Waynesville!

Did you know that Waynesville is one of the best places to experience the holiday season in the Smoky Mountains? Our town goes all out to celebrate. From floor-to-ceiling festive décor inside every home and business to downtown’s full-blown winter makeover, Waynesville sets the scene as an amazing place to spend the most wonderful time […]

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Should you order a groom’s cake?

You’ve said yes to your man and are busy planning the wedding. Do you order a groom’s cake? Carolyn Lima of Creekside Creations – a bakery based in Maggie Valley – helps answer this question. The answer to that question is that it’s completely up to you. The groom’s cake originated in the Victorian age in […]

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This Holiday, Let Maggie Entertain You

With the holidays on the horizon, there’s plenty of fun to be had in Maggie Valley. From live music to festive entertainment to delicious dining, Maggie is the place to be in November and December. Below are a handful of fun events and activities for everyone in the family. Elevated Mountain We’re so proud to […]

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Aerial View of Waynesville, NC

A Tour of Waynesville’s Neighborhoods

Waynesville isn’t just considered an Asheville suburb anymore—it has truly formed its own identity as a must-see Smoky Mountain town. Founded in 1810 and officially incorporated in 1871, Waynesville has now grown to include 6 distinct neighborhoods: Downtown, Frog Level, Hazelwood, Laurel Ridge, Russ Avenue, and West Waynesville. To help you navigate your way around […]

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Spookiest Ways to Enjoy Halloween in Haywood

Just like the smoky fog that flows down the mountains of Haywood County, the Halloween season brings an aura of mystery and intrigue to our towns. The sudden arrival of cool air and seasonal colors means it’s about to get creepy around here! As usual, there’s no shortage of events going on, but there’s something […]

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Balsam Range Art of Music Festival

Celebrate the Diverse Art of Music November 29 – December 1, 2018 Balsam Range will host their 3rd annual musical celebration in breathtaking Lake Junaluska, now THREE days long! The festivities include world-class artists and music related workshops, handcrafted instrument building, songwriting, dancing, and of course a top notch lineup. Check out the latest music […]

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Experience Fall in Maggie Valley

Apples on the trees and footballs in the air signify fall is officially here, and with a vibrantly colorful landscape for miles around, now is a stunning time to visit Maggie Valley. We offer numerous seasonal excursions and experiences for family members of all ages. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic byway that gives […]

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Road Trip in Haywood County

Plan the Ultimate Fall Foliage Road Trip in Western North Carolina

All of the upcoming fall holidays and long weekends present plenty of opportunities to get away from home and relax before you lose your vacation days. If you’re hoping to take a last-minute road trip, make it worth your while and take the scenic route to Haywood County.  Our five mountain towns are a perfect […]

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Apple Harvest Festival 2017 in Waynesville, NC

2018 Waynesville Apple Harvest Festival Guide

When the warm weather of summer slips away, the people of Waynesville start to get excited for the coming season. The leaves will soon start adding speckles of color to the mountain vistas, and the apples growing throughout the county will finally be ripe for picking during the autumn harvest. We get together once a […]

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The Southern Storytellers Supper Series

Fall invites warm thoughts of coffee, good books, warm fires, and deep conversations with interesting people. We all have probably have a friend or two that are great at telling stories and recreating their experiences resulting in laughter or introspection. Those who are gifted in the art of storytelling are able to paint pictures within […]

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