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2020 is a weird year.

It’s time to make the most of it.

 

The world has felt pretty strange for a few months, hasn’t it? If you’re like most of us, your dining room table is probably now your office. Maybe your kids have taken over the living room as their new classroom. You’ve run out of ideas for what to make for dinner. You’re craving a little peace and quiet, or maybe just a change of scenery from the four walls you’ve come to know over the past few months.

The good thing? You’re all working and learning from home. But that doesn’t mean you have to do it…you know…at home.

You have an amazing opportunity to embrace this unusual time and spend it somewhere else—like the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.

 

WHY WORK AND LEARN IN HAYWOOD?

Simply put, it’s easy to call Haywood home.

 

Haywood County is located in western North Carolina and is packed full of landmarks like Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, and Pisgah National Forest. But it’s also quiet, exciting, and a little off the beaten path from Asheville and Gatlinburg. That means fewer crowds and less congested roads all while staying close to the action.

You’ll find that a stay in Haywood County is a little unusual…and a whole lot of fun.

HOW TO EMBRACE UNUSUAL IN THE NC SMOKIES

SET UP SHOP

Here, WFH=Work from Haywood! If you’re finding yourself with the flexibility to work from anywhere, you’re in luck. Haywood County offers a quiet sanctuary for getting everything done. From convenient WiFi to affordable lodging, we’re the perfect work-from-home-away-from-home destination.

Our tips for working remote

PLAN HANDS-ON LEARNING

Adults are the only ones who need a getaway—kids can use one, too! Our five mountain towns are full of hands-on learning opportunities for all. Learn about the North Carolina trout at our fishing streams. Experience the elk up close and personal. Or simply get outside and enjoy the fresh air!

Discover learning opportunities

MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME

Part of the fun of getting away is exploring a new destination, but when you’re also working and being a teacher, you may want a little extra guidance. We’ve got you covered! Find grocery stores, churches, coffee shops, and other things you may need to make yourself at home here in Haywood.

Get everything you need

 

UNUSUAL EXPERIENCES YOU CAN’T MISS

UNFORGETTABLE FOOD

One of the best things about Haywood County is the local food. And it’s not just the regional farms you’ll find all around, but the talented chefs who call this area home. We’ve rounded up some of the best take-out spots in town so you can experience food you won’t get anywhere else.

See What Makes Us a Foodie Heaven

PUPPY HEAVEN

You don’t have to leave your furry friend at home—the NC Smokies are one of the most pet-friendly destinations around. Plan to spend an entire weekend filled to the brim with quality time alongside your four-legged best friend: hike, refuel, relax, or do it all.

Press “Paws” and Refresh

“HOME” FOR THE HOLIDAYS

We know that normally, there’s no place like home for the holidays. Has anything else this year been normal, though? Flip the script on your holiday adventure and explore our snow-dusted mountaintops, freshly coated ski slopes, seasonal events, and cozy mountain cabins.

6 Reasons to Stay With Us This Winter

 

SHOW US HOW YOU #EMBRACEUNUSUAL

 

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