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Appalachian Christmas at Lake Junaluska

Awaken the spirit of Christmas! Get your holy jolly spirit kickstarted this winter by attending an Appalachian Christmas Craft Show or a holiday concert at Lake Junaluska Dec. 12-15. “In Appalachia, we have a rich history of gathering with loved ones as we take in the festive sights and sounds of the season in this […]

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Enjoy a Tasty Thanksgiving in the NC Smokies

Can you believe the Thanksgiving holiday is just a little over two weeks away? It seems like just yesterday we were waiting with anticipation for the first autumn leaf to turn red. Now the end of fall is here and we are now gearing up Thanksgiving.

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2019 Seasonal Events in Haywood County

Good tidings to all our established and soon-to-be Haywood County festival-lovers! The cool air and the autumnal colors dappling our mountains means the holiday season is right around the corner. And as always, we’ve got some spectacular celebrations planned, filled with the necessary Smoky Mountain staples: home-grown song and dance, plenty of delicious food, and […]

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Fall color in Waynesville, NC.

Waynesville’s Winter Arts Scene

As host to many local and visiting artists, Waynesville’s art scene never slows down, even in the chilly winter months. Whether your goal is to peruse all of the local galleries or attend a singular event, we offer many art-infused options. Main Street’s Art After Dark The final Art After Dark of 2019 will be […]

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The History of Haywood County, NC

History buffs, rejoice: you can find remnants of Haywood County’s past everywhere you look. Whether you’re watching a performance by the Cherokee Indian Dancers at the Folkmoot Festival, exploring the far reaches of the Cataloochee Valley, or sipping on local moonshine, you’re getting a glimpse into our heritage. Here are a few more important pieces […]

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Remembering Raymond Fairchild: The Fastest Banjo Player in the World

On Sunday, October 13th, 2019 Raymond Fairchild passed at the age of 80 in Maggie Valley, NC. Local and national legend for his fast picking banjo talents and uncanny humor, Raymond leaves behind a legacy not to be forgotten. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Fairchild; his daughter, Susie Fairchild; his son and daughter […]

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Maggie Valley Lodging Tips & Suggestions

Maggie Valley is known for an array of lodging options. From hotels and motels to inns, cabins, resorts and RV parks, anyone and everyone can find what they need when visiting our corner of the Smokies. Different groups have different goals and desires when traveling and often times, it’s helpful to know which lodging options […]

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Day Trips to Haywood County

Another weekend has come and gone, along with another opportunity to spend a day here in the heart of the Smokies. Not only are day trips to Haywood County full of excitement and plenty to do once you reach us, but the drive itself is an adventure full of sweeping vistas and rugged mountain terrain. […]

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Maggie in the Fall—A Splendor all its own

For an explosion of autumn color, Maggie Valley is the place to be. Whether you’re hiking popular Waterrock Knob or shopping on Soco Road, vibrant hues will flood your vision. There’s an unparalleled magic when it comes to autumn in the Smokies. Not only are outdoor excursions popular this time of year, there are a […]

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Tie the Knot at Chestnut Ridge

Tie the Knot #TTKhaynow presents: Chestnut Ridge Event and Wedding Venue. In this series we feature local wedding venues, photographers and more using photos taken from real weddings. This week Victoria McFall of Victoria Grace Photography guest blogs to tell us some of her favorite features of Chestnut Ridge and why it is an ideal […]

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Two bull elks headbutting in the morning fog at Cataloochee Valley | Photo by Adrienne Rainy

Smoky Mountain Elk Fest 2019 Photo Contest Winners

We asked you to submit your best elk images, and with over 400 images submitted – our judges had their work cut out for them! On September 14th the winners were displayed at the inaugural Smoky Mountain Elk Fest.  We are excited to officially announce the winners and honorable mentions of the 2019 Smoky Mountain […]

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