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Smoky Mountain Bird-Watching Guide

Haywood County has long been a destination for outdoor adventure and sightseeing, but did you know this is also one of the best places in the country for bird watching? You’ll find some of the rarest species in North Carolina in these mountains—from Peregrine Falcons to Northern Saw-Whet Owls. If going birding is how you […]

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Tie the Knot at Tranquility Inn | Sarah Whitmeyer | Visit NC Smokies

Tie the Knot at Inn at Tranquility Farm

Tie the Knot #TTKhaynow presents: Inn at Tranquility Farm Wedding Venue. In this series we feature local wedding venues, photographers and more using photos taken from real weddings. This week we spoke with Sarah Whitmeyer of Sarah Whitmeyer Photography who has shot several weddings at Inn at Tranquility Farm located in Waynesville, NC. From Sarah Whitmeyer, wedding […]

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April 4: Wheels Through Time Open for 2019 Season

Don’t Miss Opening Day! April 4, 2019 Wheels Through Time will be opening their doors for the season. There’s always something new to see each season and if you are a first timer, plan to stay a while! Located in Maggie Valley, Wheels Through Time is close to several beautiful riding routes such as Tail […]

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#trashtag in the Smokies with Steven Reinhold

#TrashTag: A Wholesome Challenge Goes Viral

One man’s trash, is still trash if it’s litter. Over the weekend and in the blink of an eye, as most viral challenges go, the #trashtag challenge swept the nation and the world on social media. The challenge is simple, head to an outdoor area covered in litter and snap a pic before and after […]

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Saint Patrick’s Weekend Shenanigans

Pull out everything green that you own and gear up for Saint Patrick’s Day (March 17th). Whether you’re Irish 365 days a year or only on Saint Patrick’s Day, there are plenty of events for you to celebrate the holiday to avoid being green with envy. 3/16 Luck of the Arts Check out all Downtown […]

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Top 6 Wedding & Engagement Spots in Haywood County

Written by Victoria Grace| All Photos by Victoria Grace Photography  There is something special about Haywood County. I love that I am close enough to Asheville to go there for the day, but far enough away that I can appreciate life in the mountains without all of the hustle and bustle or traffic. I am forever […]

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Best Smoky Mountain Wedding Venues

Love + Mountains = Perfection Are you dreaming of a Smoky Mountain wedding? We know searching for the perfect wedding venue can be daunting so we’ve complied all the best dreamy venues for you right here! Haywood County is home to some of the most beautiful mountain wedding venues in North Carolina. From small intimate […]

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Classic Hike of the Smokies 2019

Explore the Great Smoky Mountains with this Monthly Hiking Series!

Wanting to explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park but not sure where to start? Or maybe you’re looking to gain some new hiking partners and meet new people? Friends of the Smokies is kicking off their 9th annual Classic Hike of the Smokies series on March 12. These monthly guided day hikes of varying […]

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7 Photo-Worthy Flowers You Can’t Miss This Spring

Written by Peyton Taylor As they say, “April showers bring Hay flowers!” Haywood County is full of so many beautiful blooms just waiting to be discovered by you this Spring. Whether you’re an experienced botanist or simply looking for a backdrop for the perfect Instagram picture, Haywood County has it all. Spring Flowers Rhododendron Blooming […]

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Pop's Place in Maggie Valley

Black History Month Interview with Val Hamilton

Written by Brindley Faile In honor of Black History Month and celebrating local community members who contribute greatly to Haywood County, I sat down with Valgene “Val” Hamilton, owner of Pop’s Place in Maggie Valley. This morning as I sipped my coffee and listened to Val, I was aware of how friendly the customers who […]

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Haywood County’s Best Places to Sip Back and Relax

We really can’t blame you for wanting to take a relaxing trip to the Smokies—the views are calming, the weather is more than pleasant, the food is always fresh, the beer is as crisp as the morning breeze, and the locally-distilled spirits are jam-packed with a hundred degrees of sweet, burning heat. As we get […]

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Hay Now Valentine

Last Minute Valentine’s Gifts They’ll Love

Flowers, chocolates, and stuffed teddy bears holding red hearts with “I Love You” written on them have taken over store shelves for the past month in preparation for Valentine’s Day, which is the second largest card-giving day of the year! With only a few days left before the big day, you’ll want to make sure […]

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