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5 Types of Dads and What To Do With Them On Father’s Day

Above is a picture of me waiting on my high school prom date who was late to pick me up. Behind me is my father, who was not impressed with the tardiness of my date. If I recall correctly, upon arriving, my date turned a shade similar to my dress color and stumbled over an […]

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Elk Watching 101

With all the kiddos heading back to school, we thought now is the perfect time for a refresher course on one of the biggest reasons why people visit Haywood County – Elk watching!

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Memorial Weekend: Things to Do in Mountain Towns

Rain or shine you’re guaranteed to have a good time. Check out these local events and share your memorial weekend photos with us using #visitncsmokies. May 26-28: Maggie Valley Spring Rally Mountain Town: Maggie Valley Cost: $20, FREE to all Military/Law Enforcement/Fire Fighters/EMS and their immediate families The largest motorcycle rally in Maggie Valley and the […]

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9 Local Drinks You Need To Experience Before Summer’s Over

Perfect drinks for a hot summer night, we’ve rounded up the top 3 local drinks of each category: Cocktails, Beer, and Wine. If you go out to try one of these delightful drinks, make sure to mention this blog! After trying one, let us know what you think in the comments below, or share your own […]

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Top 7 WNC Summer Festivals

Spring has sprung and the tough decision arises of just how much music, games, food, and dancing you can fit into one summer. Grab your sunscreen and get ready to enjoy great local brews and bites.  Do you prefer dancing the night away? We got you covered. Or maybe you just want to see local art […]

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Wild Flowers to Wild Waters Hike in the NC Smokies

Grab your benadryl and best pollen remedies because now is the time to hike! The first hints of summer thunderstorms are rolling through our Smoky Mountains with rain swollen rivers and budding wild flowers, making it the perfect time to seek out waterfalls and take advantage of the Spring weather. Big Creek Trail to Midnight Hole […]

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Winter’s Last Hurrah Makes Landfall in the N.C. Smokies

Winter has rallied in the N.C. Smokies this week, laying down a fresh coat of natural powder at Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley. It’s the perfect excuse to head to the mountains and hit the slopes one more time before retiring your skis or snowboard for the season. Winter has been locked in a […]

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Let’s Go Antiquing!

Antiquing is the ultimate shopping treasure hunt for creative spirits and nostalgic souls. Haywood County in the NC Smokies is an antiquer’s paradise, packed with hidden heirlooms and just-right gems waiting to be discovered. From 19th century fineries to vintage 1950s kitsch, the vast network of antique shops in Haywood County have it all. Whether […]

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Move Over Norman Rockwell, Meet the N.C. Smokies

Authentic is our middle name here in the N.C. Smokies of Haywood County. We all hanker for simpler times, for an escape from the hectic schedules and demanding regimens that define our lives week in and week out. It’s time to leave the hustle-and-bustle behind and immerse yourself in a small-town get-away to the mountains. […]

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Come soar With Us: Kick Start Spring Motorcycle Season in the NC Smokies

Spring is stirring early in the mountains, so pack your saddle bags and head to the NC Smokies of Haywood County for the finest riding in the Southeast. From hair-raising mountain curves to mellow country roads, your quest for motorcycle utopia is over. Looking for waterfalls? We got it. Mountain scenery? Check. Countryside? Got that, […]

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