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THINGS HAVE BEEN A LITTLE…UNUSUAL LATELY.

Why not make the most of it?

The world has felt pretty strange for the past year, hasn’t it? If you’re like most of us, your dining room has probably had a long run as your new home office. Maybe your kids have taken over the living room as their new classroom and playground. 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 so well over the past year.

But there is a silver lining, right? I mean, just because you’re probably working and learning at home doesn’t mean you have to do it…you know…at home. You have an amazing opportunity to embrace this unusual time and make the most of it somewhere else—like the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Pair your morning cup of coffee with a stunning winter view from the back deck of a cabin. Reimagine P.E. class on the slopes of our local ski area.

If the world’s your oyster, you’ve just found your pearl.

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 Cataloochee Ski Area. 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

EXTRA HANDS-ON LEARNING

Adults aren’t 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. Get your daily exercise while racing down the mountain at Tube World. Experience the Smokies like never before on a winter hike. Or learn about our region’s history with a day trip to The Biltmore.

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/or 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.

8 Great Takeout Spots

WARM YOUR BELLY

In Western North Carolina, our unique flavors can be enjoyed beyond our local culinary creations—you’ll find them in our nearby-distilled libations, too. Sample our firewater at our distilleries, breweries, and wineries, just in time for the winter season.

Get in the Winter Spirit

TAKE A HIKE

Winter hiking is one of the best ways to experience how magical the Smoky Mountains are this time of year. The trails are kid-friendly and easy-to-access, even with a light snow dusting. Take your adventure outdoors and soak in our natural beauty.

7 Wonders of Winter Hiking

 

SHOW US HOW YOU #EMBRACEUNUSUAL

 

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