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What is Winter NC Smokies Style?



Winter in the NC Smokies offers a little something for everyone. In the mood to warm up with craft beer? Our local breweries have plenty of seasonal selections to sip through. Up for high-speed adventure? We know the perfect ski area in Maggie Valley where you can scratch your adrenaline itch. Or maybe you just want to study the NC Smoky Mountain views from a hot tub at one of our cozy cabins or rentals? Sounds like a great way to spend a winter vacation if you ask us.

Winter in the NC Smokies is what you make of it. This is Winter NC Smokies Style:

It’s outdoor exploration

When the leaves fall and a snow dusting covers our mountains, there are even more NC Smoky Mountain sights and sounds to take in. Panoramic, hundred-mile views that are hidden in our greener months slowly emerge. To see what we mean, hike the easy-to-moderate Max Patch trail in Clyde. For something slow and relaxing, the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail is easy, flat, and a peaceful way to reflect while taking in surrounding mountain views. 

It’s a full slate of winter events

Haywood County offers plenty of exciting winter events that are sure to delight locals and visitors alike. From special holiday markets that showcase unique crafts and gifts perfect for the season, to captivating shows at the renowned HART Theatre, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Additionally, the NC Smokies Ice Fest weekend adds a touch of frosty fun to the winter lineup, featuring thrilling ice carving competitions, ice skating, and other winter-themed activities. Whether you’re seeking a festive shopping experience, a night of entertainment, or a new icy adventure, Haywood County has it all during the winter months.

It’s 18 slopes at Cataloochee

You don’t need to be an expert skier to enjoy winter sports in Haywood County. If “pizza slice” and “french fry” sound more like a perfect lunch combo than skiing rules of thumb, Cataloochee Ski Area is the perfect place for you to get your bearings. Take a beginner’s lesson with their instructors and work your way up the mountain. More seasoned skiers can go right on to more difficult runs, like Upper Omigosh and Alley Cat. Don’t worry—if skiing and snowboarding isn’t your thing, anyone can fulfill the need for speed at Tube World in Maggie Valley.

It’s a romantic getaway

Stay snug inside a homey B&B, complete with a cozy couples package for the cherry on top. Have a romantic dinner for two at a one-of-a-kind restaurant like Singletree Heritage Kitchen or Birchwood Hall, which both offer farm-to-table freshness and incredible flavor you’ll be raving to all your friends about. Warm-up in the mornings with a hot cup of joe at one of our many coffee shops and bakeries. By night, check out our favorite local hangouts like, The Scotsman or The Gem, located below Boojum Brewing, where you can often listen to some great local talent over a delicious cocktail (or 2)!

It’s a wild adventure

Buckle up and get ready for a winter adventure like no other! Picture yourself cruising through the picturesque NC Smoky Mountains with Scenic Tours and Rentals. With the option to hop into a cozy heated Safari Jeep or a rugged UTV, you’ll be able to explore the area in a whole new way. As you make your way through the majestic Cataloochee Valley, your knowledgeable guide will share fascinating stories about the area’s rich history. And the best part? The winter season means fewer crowds, allowing you to explore hidden trails and soak up the serene beauty of the park.

It’s finding the best gift

Shopping in the NC Smokies is a delightful experience, especially during the winter season when our main streets come alive with the hustle and bustle of pre-holiday gifts and post-holiday spending. As you stroll down the charming streets, you’ll find an array of unique shops that cater to every taste. One must-visit spot is Axe & Awl Leatherworks, where you can find beautifully crafted leather goods that make for perfect holiday presents. And let’s not forget about the vibrant art galleries like Cold Mountain Art Collective, showcasing the talent and creativity of local artists. From handmade treasures to stunning artworks, the NC Smokies offer a winter shopping experience that is both fun and unforgettable.

It’s a toast to the good life

BearWaters Brewery Beer Pouring

If you’re looking to celebrate the good life, there’s no better place than Western North Carolina. This region is renowned for its incredible craft beer scene and rich history of brewing. Head to Frog Level Brewing Company and indulge in a delicious craft brew while taking in the stunning view of the nearby creek from their scenic back patio. After a day of shopping in Downtown Waynesville, treat yourself to craft beer and Whistle Pigs at Boojum Brewing on Main Street. And for a unique experience, don’t miss the new Bearwaters Brewing “The Warehouse” where you can enjoy a round of beer flights while trying your hand at axe throwing, arcade games, and much more.

It’s the road less traveled by

Winter Hiking Blue Ridge Parkway

Winter hiking in the NC Smokies is an exciting adventure that takes you off the beaten path and onto the road less traveled. Even if the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed due to weather, fear not! There’s a unique opportunity to hike the parkway when no cars are allowed. It’s a chance to experience the parkway in a whole new way, free from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. And before you set off on your adventure, check out our winter hiking tips to make sure you’re prepared before you go.

Whether you crave adventure or simply want to relax and take in the breathtaking views, a winter trip to the NC Smokies has it all. Trust us, experiencing Winter NC Smokies Style is an absolute must-do, and having you here would make it even more incredible.

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