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Enjoy the Holidays in the NC Smokies with our Winter Itinerary

Are you heading to Haywood County over the holidays but need a little help figuring out what to do? You’ve come to the right place because we’ve got just what you’re looking for.  Whether its traversing one of the Southern most ski areas in the country with the family or warming up with a locally-brewed seasonal craft beer, there are plenty of winter activities to keep you busy in Haywood County, NC! To help you plan your trip, we’re highlighting our exclusive Winter Itinerary that we put together just to show you how much fun can be had in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains.  Need additional suggestions?  Just call our Visitor Center at 1-800-334-9036 -OR- stop by our Visitor Center in Maggie Valley at 1110 Soco Rd.

We wish you and your family a fun and memorable holiday season!

Winter Itinerary


Breakfast at Maggie Valley Restaurant
2804 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley 28751

Before heading up the mountain for a day on the slopes, stop at Maggie Valley Restaurant for a big breakfast. Since opening in 1952, this spot has been a favorite breakfast stop for visitors and locals alike. Go ahead and order up a full mountain mans breakfast because you’re going to need it with all the adventure coming your way.

Hit the Slopes at Cataloochee Ski Area
1080 Ski Lodge Rd., Maggie Valley 28751

Ski one of the most southern ski areas in the country! With an elevation of 5,400 ft and 18 slopes and trails ranging from beginner to expert, the ski area provides challenging fun for the entire family. Also known as one of the first ski areas to open and one of the last to close, you’re guaranteed one of the longest ski seasons in the south. Visit for more info and current conditions. Make the most of your winter adventure with a whole day on the slopes, but take a break to cozy up by the fire in the lodge and enjoy a delicious meal at the on-site restaurant and lounge.

Dinner at Cataloochee Ranch
119 Ranch Drive, Maggie Valley 28751

There is no better way to warm up on a cold winter night then with a family style dinner at this historic mountain top ranch. Cataloochee Ranch, located just a mile from Cataloochee Ski area, is not just about serving up incredible down-home feasts, but making memories. You’ll feel right at home when your welcomed into the main ranch house by a roaring fire and genuine hospitality. Enjoy a family style dinner among fellow guests and stick around after dessert to enjoy an evening with new friends by the warmth of the fire. Reservations required – (800) 868-1401.


Breakfast at Clyde’s Restaurant
2107 S Main St, Waynesville 28786

Clyde’s has been a landmark restaurant in Haywood County since the 1940’s. Priding itself on traditional down home cooking, you will find all the staples of an authentic hearty Southern breakfast at Clyde’s.

Experience the Perfect Winter Hike at Sam’s Summits Loop Trail 

Spend the morning exploring the perfect winter hike. Head up Hwy 215/Lake Logan Rd to access the Sam’s Summits Loop Trail, located in the Shining Rock Wilderness area of the Pisgah National Forest. As this area borders the Blue Ridge Parkway, it is often inaccessible via the parkway in the winter due to road closures, but the trailhead for Sam’s Summits is accessible year-round. A free beautifully illustrated guide is available exclusively at Visit NC Smokies Visitor Center providing directions, an overview of the area, multiple trail paths, and other tips for hiking the area. Maps are available at the Visit NC Smokies Visitor Center in Maggie Valley or by request – 1-800-334-9036.

Lunch at Southern Porch
117 Main St, Canton 28716

You’ve surely worked up an appetite by now so head into to Canton to experience one of the best eateries in town. Southern Porch, located in the historic Imperial, is casual family dining at its best. They pride themselves on serving up wide variety of local favorites in a relaxed atmosphere.

Check out our Craft Breweries!

Warm up with a locally brewed seasonal ale. Haywood County is the proud home of three microbreweries and one distillery: Boojum Brewing, BearWaters Brewing, Frog Level Brewing and Elevated Mountain Distillery. Spend the afternoon at one (or more) trying their various taps or taking a tour of the distillery. Order up a frosty flight and don’t forget to grab a growler of your favorite to take home.

Dinner at The Sweet Onion
39 Miller St, Waynesville 28786

As a local favorite, The Sweet Onion is not to be missed! Its regional cuisine incorporates a contemporary flair along with many locally grown and produced ingredients. From traditional favorites like home-style meatloaf to fresh mountain trout, it can make for very a hard decision when it comes time to order!

An Evening at the The Strand
38 N. Main St, Waynesville 28786

The Strand at 38 Main is a boutique cinema and intimate listening venue located in the heart of downtown Waynesville. The Strand offers an ever-changing mix of classic films and first run movies. The storefront lobby serves classic movie concessions including organic popcorn, local craft brews, artisan sodas by the Waynesville Soda Jerks, fresh baked soft pretzels, home made ice cream from The Hop, coffee drinks and more!


Breakfast at Panacea Coffeehouse Cafe
66 Commerce Street, Waynesville 28786

Enjoy a warm latte or fresh coffee from their in house roastery. Try the homemade quiche or grab a quick bagel to go before heading to Tube World!

Slip and Slide at Tube World
4821 Soco Rd., Maggie Valley 28751

Re-live your childhood days of sledding or create new memories with your own little ones. Tube World, located just before you head up the mountain to Cataloochee Ski Area, is a snow-tubing slalom that offers six lanes of tubing fun! Kids of all ages enjoy tubing and it’s perfect for families or groups. Plus, you never have to walk back up the hill – simply step on their carpet lift and let it do the work.

Lunch and Shopping in Downtown Waynesville
Main Street, Waynesville 28786

Time to thaw out! Head to Main St. in Waynesville to grab a hot chocolate or locally roasted coffee and quick sandwich at Trail Head before you head home. Set a side extra time to explore the many unique shops and boutiques that line Main St. before you depart. You’ll find everything from outdoor gear and one-of-kind gifts to fine art and hand-made jewelry. It’s the perfect close to a great winter getaway in Haywood County, NC!

The above itinerary is a SAMPLE itinerary. It was created to provide you with an idea of the many wonderful places to visit and dine while visiting the North Carolina Smokies. Other restaurants and attractions can be substituted based on your preferences and seasonality to create a unique itinerary customized just for you. We do suggest always checking for operational dates and times before traveling. For additional help planning your next trip to Haywood County, contact us!

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