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There’s a lot to do in the Smokies region of Western North Carolina, so you likely just won’t get around to everything on the vacation bucket list. But there’s always next time. One of the most exciting and fastgrowing industries in this region is craft beer and farm-to-table dining. It seems brewers and chefs — both homegrown and newbies from larger metropolitan areas — have discovered the Smokies and are flocking here in droves. No matter where you travel in this region, you’re only a few miles from a local craft brewery (see page 14). These aren’t just rookie brewers learning their trade. No, brewmasters here are producing nationally award-winning ales, IPAs, porters, and more. The dining scene is just as exciting. Gourmet restaurants making use of mountain grown ingredients are finding a clientele hungry for innovation and quality food (see page 12). For travelers and locals alike, that just means good things. Of course, the mainstay of the Smokies remains the outdoor adventure scene. That includes everything from crazy kayakers and stand-up paddlers bolting down whitewater rivers to mountain bikers and hikers who seek out just the right trail to suit their frame of mind. And the opening of the new fly fishing museum in Cherokee is a testament to the growing popularity of this region as a destination for anglers from across the nation and around the world. Whatever your pleasure, we hope you find it in the Smokies. — Scott McLeod, publisher
From the farm to your plate — The Chef’s Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Tapping your dreams — Andrews Brewing Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
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SELECTED RESTAURANTS WNC BREWERIES FARMER’S & TAILGATE MARKETS
Crafting the future — Dillsboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 A brush with fate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Over the hills and far away . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
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PERFORMANCE VENUES GALLERIES MUSEUMS
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park . . 38 The Blue Ridge Parkway serves up the best of the mountains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
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Welcome to the neighborhood Western North Carolina is a region of small, vibrant downtowns. Each has its own personality and history, so take the time to get out of your car and meander, sit on a bench, and just enjoy your time in these unique places. Waynesville The social hub of Haywood County, Waynesville is a vibrant community, one that embodies the culture and heritage of Western North Carolina. The town is filled with art galleries, cafés, farm-to-table and fine dining restaurants, a classic cinema and four craft breweries. Throughout the year, there are numerous evening art strolls and Friday night clogging on Main Street, with tens of thousands flocking to the handful of annual street festivals (Church Street Arts & Crafts Show, Apple Harvest Festival). Adventurers can access the legendary Blue Ridge Parkway just outside of town. Waynesville is also home to Folkmoot USA, the Official North Carolina International Folk Festival, which each summer brings together performance troupes from around the world to share their rhythm and dance styles. www.downtownwaynesville.com
festivals, from motorcycle rallies to celebrations of Southern Appalachian culture, up-and-coming country music acts to the rollicking Hillbilly Woodstock. Head over to the Wheel Through Time museum, home to one of the world’s rarest and most extensive collections of vintage motorcycles and antique automobiles. Hovering high above the community is the Cataloochee Ski Area and Cataloochee Guest Ranch, both longtime icons of what it means to truly soak in the essence of fun and family in the mountains. www.maggievalley.org
Canton/Clyde The face of blue-collar hard work and southern grit, Canton is home to the Evergreen Packaging paper mill, a renowned company that is the heartbeat of the town and a economic stronghold for Western North Carolina. Heading into downtown, you’ll find local businesses, restaurants and shops. The Imperial is a fine-dining establishment on Main Street, where the social circles of Canton converge. Around the corner is the legendary Colonial Theatre, which presents an annual Winter Concert Series featuring hometown group Balsam Range, the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year.” www.cantonnc.com
Sylva Take a stroll through downtown Sylva and you’ll bear witness to a small mountain town doing big things in Jackson County. From cafes, restaurants and bookstores to breweries, wine shops and artisan galleries, the nightlife options of this community has made it a hot spot for the curious and intrigued “after 5” crowd. Situated on a high hill atop Main Street in the history Jackson County Courthouse and library, a societal centerpiece with innumerable weekly programs, shows, demonstrations, readings and children’s activities, all aimed at connecting the dots between neighbors, business owners and visitors alike. Jackson County also is the location of the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail, the first of its kind in the country, featuring 15 spots of big rivers, small streams, easy access and backcountry hike-ins. www.mountainlovers.com
Dillsboro The art and craft capital of Western North Carolina, Dillsboro houses numerous galleries, artist studios and collectives. Running through the heart of the town is the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, which originates in Bryson City and makes frequent stops in the artisan community. Also alongside a handful
Maggie Valley The gateway to the picturesque Cataloochee Valley section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Maggie Valley offers 360-degree mountain views amid a commercial strip of restaurants, hotels and shops. Located at the center of the town, the fairgrounds showcase several weekend
Panacea Coﬀee Company, Historic Frog Level District of Waynesville. Margaret Hester photo
Downtown Highlands is ﬁlled with art galleries, antique shops, restaurants, cafes, shops, and more. Margaret Hester photo
of downtown restaurants is the historic Jarrett House, an 1884 bed and breakfast inn within walking distance of the craft businesses. A river park in the center of town offers outdoor adventurers plenty of access for whitewater rafting, canoeing or kayaking. www.visitdillsboro.org
Cashiers The crossroads of U.S. 64 and N.C. 107, Cashiers is a robust community of recreational outfitters, antique shops, fine dining, golf courses and country clubs. In the summer, folks take to the hiking trails, scenic waterfalls and rock climbing locations, all within vicinity of the Village Green, a town park of greenery and art sculptures welcoming any and all at the 64/207 intersection. In the winter, Sapphire Valley Ski Area comes alive as snow and adventure enthusiasts take to the slopes. www.cashiersareachamber.com
Cullowhee Home to Western Carolina University, a Division I school of 10,000 students, Cullowhee is quickly growing not only academically, but also commercially and socially. Whether it’s weekly art exhibit openings, guest lecturers or onstage performances, the campus is filled
with endless opportunities for the public to immerse themselves in world culture. On the fall weekends, throw down your tailgate and get ready for a football game at the E.J. Whitmire Stadium. In recent years, a handful of restaurants have kicked off the business revitalization of Cullowhee, where live weekend entertainment is now the norm. Want to hit the outdoors? WCU also offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails bordering the property, as well as ample fly fishing opportunities in the nearby Tuckasegee River. www.wcu.edu
Highlands Halfway between Cashiers and Franklin on U.S. 64 is Highlands. Fine dining, art galleries, antique shops and boutiques line the serene downtown. In the center business corridor are hotels, a brewery, playhouse and movie theatre. Within a short drive, one can head for the hills to tackle a hiking trail or spend an afternoon beside a waterfall or tranquil lake. In the summer, there is a weekly concert and chamber music series, while during the fall leaf peepers from near and far flock to see the bright colors of the Western North Carolina landscape. www.highlandschamber.org
Franklin The county seat of Macon County, Franklin is your All-American downtown, where neighbors and visitors congregate in a local brewery, café or restaurant, ready to take on the nearby mountain trails or meander the museums and shops lining the charming, welcoming streets. Down the road is the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, where acclaimed national music and theatre acts take the stage throughout the year. Want some fresh air? Take a walk down the scenic Little Tennessee River Greenway that snakes through downtown. www.franklin-chamber.com
Bryson City Known as last outpost of Western North Carolina before you enter the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Bryson City is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. A small town of around 1,400 residents, it’s downtown is consists of galleries, cafes, restaurants and an award-winning microbrewery. Only a few miles from downtown, the Deep Creek entrance to the national park has river tubing, horseback riding, hiking and waterfalls. It’s also near the Nantahala Outdoor Center, a
Locales world-class whitewater rafting and freestyle kayaking facility, which has the Appalachian Trail running through it. Just down the road from Bryson City, on the border of Swain and Graham counties, is the Tsali Recreation Area on Fontana Lake, regarded as one of the finest mountain biking trail systems in the country. www.greatsmokies.com
Cherokee Home to the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, the town hosts an array of yearly festivals and events that exemplifies the tradition, art, culture and deep history of the tribe. Take a step into the Museum of the Cherokee Indian with its extensive exhibits or peruse the Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual, a Cherokee collective with detailed displays showcasing its dozens of artisan craft members. Visitors can access the Great Smoky Mountains National Park heading north out of Cherokee on U.S. 441, a main route of travel in Southern Appalachia, which you can also hop onto the majestic Blue Ridge Parkway from. In recent years, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort has become one of the largest employers and attractions in Western North Carolina, with its fine dining options, luxury amenities and world-class live entertainment. www.visitcherokeenc.com
Robbinsville The entrance to the spectacular Cherohala Skyway, a National Scenic Byway, Robbinsville plays host to a wide-spectrum of outdoor desires. From its bustling downtown, one can easily escape into the lush backwoods of Western North Carolina. Just north of Robbinsville is the town of Lake Santeetlah, a water wonderland of camping, boating and hiking surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest, and only a short drive to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. www.grahamcountytravel.com
The Historic Clay County Courthouse in Hayesville.
The halfway point between Asheville and Chattanooga on U.S. 64, Murphy is the county seat of Cherokee County. Located at the confluence of the Hiwassee and Valley rivers, the town features plenty of opportunities for water sports, with plenty of fishing and boating activities on Hiwassee Lake. There are annual festivals and fairs, and many outdoor adventures at any of the nearby
Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley in Sapphire.
hiking trails. Just down the road is Andrews, and up-and-coming small mountain town that’s home to the popular Andrews Brewing Company and the Calaboose Cellars winery. www.cherokeecountychamber.com
Hayesville/Brasstown Filled with a plethora of mountain biking, hiking and fishing spots, including boating on the tranquil Lake Chatuge, Hayesville and greater Clay County truly embodies the phrase, “getting away from it all.” Downtown contains museums, antique shops and restaurants. The community holds a handful of yearly celebrations, including the alwayspopular Punkin Chunkin contest every October, where folks use homemade catapults to launch the orange squash high into the Southern Appalachian sky. Of the many points of interest in Brasstown, the centerpiece in the John C. Campbell Folk School, an organization offers innumerable art classes, workshops, demonstrations and live music performances. www.ncmtnchamber.com
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Eats+Drinks The Sweet Onion, Waynesville.
Savoring the Smokies — Fine Dining After a full day of hiking the mountains, biking the backcountry roads, cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway or swimming in a pristine lake, one can sure build up quite the appetite soaking in all that Western North Carolina has to oﬀer. To remedy that, our region is home to some of the ﬁnest restaurants in the Southeast. Whether specializing in local farm-totable items, southern “cosmopolitan country” dishes or intricate ethnic cuisines, any ﬂavor or style can be found, each able to tantalize and slake any palate. 12
• The Bryson City Cork & Bean Southern/Gourmet – 828.488.1934 • Fryemont Inn Southern/Steak/Seafood – 800.845.4879 • Hemlock Inn Southern/Gourmet – 828.488.2885 • Nantahala Village Southern/Bistro – 828.488.9000 • Pasqualino’s Italian – 828.488.9555 • Village Bistro Southern/American – 828.488.9000 • Water’s Edge Seafood/Southern – 828.488.7977
Cashiers • Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley Southern/Farm-to-Table – 828.743.7697
• Carolina Smokehouse Southern Barbecue – 828.743.3200 • Chez Dupont & The Stone Soup Café Southern/Farm-to-Table – 828.743.1960 • Cornucopia Restaurant Southern/American – 828.743.3750 • High Hampton Inn & Country Club Steak/Seafood/Southern – 828.743.2411 • The Orchard Southern/American – 828.743.7614 • Randevu Southern – 828.743.0190
Clyde • Blue Rooster Southern Grill Southern/American – 828.456.1997
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• Thai Paradise Thai – 828.349.0973
• Coach’s American/Greek 828.586.0265 • Haywood Smokehouse Barbecue/Southern – 828.586.9556 • Jarrett House Southern/American – 828.586.0265 • Kostas Greek/Italian – 828.631.0777
• The Copper Door Steak/Seafood/Southern – 828.237.4030
Franklin • The Boiler Room Steak/Southern – 828.349.5555 • Boone Thai Thai – 828.524.1111 • The Bowery Seafood/Steakhouse – 828.369.3663 • Caffe Rel French – 828.369.9446 • Lucio’s Italian – 828.369.6670 • The Post & Beam at Mill Creek Southern/American – 828.349.0402 • Sakura Japanese – 828.349.8917
CAFÉS Bryson City • Everett Street Diner – 828.488.0123 • Iron Skillet – 828.488.4766 • Mountain Perks Espresso Bar & Café 828.488.9561
Canton • Breaking Bread Café – 828.648.3838 • Jukebox Junction – 828.648.4546 • Papertown Grill – 828.648.1455
Highlands • Asia House Asian – 828.787.1680 • Cyprus International – 828.526.4429 • El Azteca Mexican – 828.526.2244 • Highlands Smokehouse Southern Barbecue – 828.526.1900 • Lakeside Seafood/Southern – 828.526.9419 • Madison’s Restaurant & Wine Garden Southern – 828.526.5477 • On the Verandah Gourmet Fusion – 828.526.2338 • Ristorante Paoletti Northern Italian – 828.526.4906 • Ruka’s Table Southern/Contemporary – 828.526.3636 • Rustico at the Log Cabin Northern Italian – 828.526.0999 • Wild Thyme Gourmet Southern – 828.526.4035
Cashiers • Buck’s Coffee Café – 828.743.9997 • Zookeeper Café – 828.743.7711
Clyde • Coffee Cup Café – 828.627.8905 • Sherrill’s Pioneer – 828.627.9880
Cullowhee • Cullowhee Café – 828.293.3334
Franklin • City Restaurant – 828.524.4948 • Hungry Bear – 828.369.2900
• Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro Steak/Seafood – 828.526.3807
Maggie Valley • Andolini’s Italian – 828.944.0770 • Cataloochee Guest Ranch Southern/American – 800.868.1401 • Country Vittles American/Southern – 828.926.1820 • Frankie’s Italian Trattoria Italian – 828.926.6216 • J. Arthur’s Steakhouse/American – 828.926.1817 • Maggie Valley Club Southern/American – 828.926.1616 • Moonshine Grille Southern/American – 828.926.7440 • Rendezvous Seafood/Steakhouse – 828.926.0201 • Snappy’s Italian/American – 828.926.6126
High Hampton Inn & Country Club. Donated photo
• ShoeBooties Café Southern/American – 828.837.4589
Robbinsville • Carolina Kitchen Southern/American – 828.479.1500
• Murphy’s Chophouse Southern/Steak/Gourmet – 828.835.3287
• Bogart’s Steakhouse/American – 828.586.6532
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Ms Lois’ – 828.369.8628 Normandie – 828.524.3118 Stamey’s Café – 828.524.8198 Sunset – 828.524.4842
• City Lights Café – 828.587.2233 • The Coffee Shop – 828.586.2013
• Buck’s Coffee Café – 828.526.0020 • Mountain Fresh Grocery – 828.526.2400
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Maggie Valley • Joey’s Pancake House – 828.926.0212 • Maggie Valley Restaurant – 828.926.0425 • Mountaineer – 828.926.1730
Apple Creek Café – 828.456.9888 City Bakery – 828.452.3881 Clyde’s – 828.456.9135 Cornerstone Café – 828.452.4252 DuVall’s – 828.452.9464 Haywood 209 Café – 828.627.3331 J Creek Café – 828.926.7877 Panacea Coffee House Café & Roastery – 828.452.6200 • Underwood’s – 828.452.4132
RESTAURANTS • City Lights Café American/Southern – 828.587.2233 • Creekside Oyster House & Grill Seafood/American – 828.586.1985 • Evolution Wine Kitchen Southern/American – 828.631.9856 • Guadalupe Café Caribbean Fusion – 828.586.9877 • Lulu’s On Main Southern/American – 828.586.8989 • O’Malley’s Pub & Grill American – 828.631.0554 • Soul Infusion Tea House & Bistro Southern Fusion/American – 828.586.1717 • Speedy’s Pizza Italian/American – 828.586.3800
Waynesville • Ammon’s Drive-In American – 828.926.0734 • Balsam Mountain Inn Southern/American – 828.456.9498 • Blossom on Main Thai Fusion – 828.454.5400 • Bocelli’s Italian Eatery Italian – 828.456.4900 • Bogart’s Steakhouse/American – 828.452.1313 • Bourbon Barrel Beef & Ale Southern/American – 828.452.9191 • Café La Rouge Seafood/Southern – 828.550.3560 • The Chef’s Table Italian/Farm-to-Table – 828.452.6210 • The Classic Wineseller Italian/French/Southern – 828.452.6000 • Cork & Cleaver at The Waynesville Inn Steak/Seafood – 828.456.3551 • Frog’s Leap Public House Farm-to-Table/Southern – 828.456.1930 • Haywood Smokehouse Barbecue/Southern – 828.456.7275 • Herren House Bed & Breakfast Southern/American/Brunch – 828.452.7837 • Pasquale’s Italian/Mediterranean – 828.454.5002 • The Patio Bistro Southern/American – 828.454.0070 • Saki Sushi Asian – 828.246.4518 • The Sweet Onion Southern/Farm-to-Table – 828.456.5559 • Top Rail Writer’s Night Restaurant Cajun/Creole – 828.276.5343
From the farm to your plate — The Chef’s Table
mushrooms, squash, corn and beans, among other produce. This spring, he also planted 100 blueberry bushes. “It’s a really nice thing to have a customer ask you where an ingredient came from and you know exactly where in your ﬁeld it was picked from,” he said. “And for me, I love being able to learn about the nuances of the ingredients — the weather conditions involved, the seasons, knowing
hat started as a job while in high school turned itself into a lifelong career and passion for Josh Monroe. “It’s about using the best possible ingredients you can ﬁnd and being able to let those ingredients shine in every dish,” he said. Josh Monroe, Owner/head chef of The owner of The Chef’s Table in downtown Chef’s Table. Waynesville, Monroe has created for his customers an atmosphere of incredible food, ﬂair, family and friends. Originally from Fairview, Monroe fell into the food industry by helping his father run the family diner in Asheville. From there, he went to culinary school at AB-Tech and worked in a variety of area kitchens, most notably at the four-star Richmond Hill Inn. Then one day, Monroe found himself strolling down Church Street in Waynesville en route to a job interview at another restaurant. He was wearing his chef outﬁt to the interview and was stopped by Richard Miller, the previous owner of The Chef’s Table. “He was looking for a chef and oﬀered me a job right on the spot,” Monroe remiwhat to grow and the timing of when to nisced with a smile. “So, I became the pick it.” chef, and three years later, in 2009, I If there is an ingredient that he needs bought the place.” With the styles and ﬂavors of Italy as the but doesn’t grow himself, Monroe utilizes many of the local farmer’s markets and platform, Monroe has taken his love of other organic farms around Western ﬁne food to the highest levels possible, North Carolina. For Monroe, it’s about even beyond farm-to-table. supporting those who support you. “It’s seed-to-table here,” he grinned. “Waynesville is such a beautiful place, “There’s nothing better for a chef to put and it’s still growing, especially with all its on the plate than something just picked.” You see, Monroe also owns and operates natural beauty and opportunities to succeed,” he said. “This is still a farming coma 12-acre organic farm in nearby Canton. It’s a farm homestead that he and his fam- munity and I love that there’s still so much of that old knowledge of farming here in ily brought back to life, back to what the Haywood County, where you can learn original agricultural landscape of Hayfrom other farmers and old-timers on just wood County resembled. Alongside his what you need to do to succeed.” goats and chickens, he grows his own
Eats+Drinks Tapping your dreams — Andrews Brewing Company Sitting on the porch of the Andrews Brewing Company, co-owner Eric Carlson looks out onto his property. With bluebird skies overhead, bumblebees joyously buzzing in the garden and the majestic peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains in the distance, he shakes his head in awe of where his lives and thrives. “I mean, look at this place — it’s beautiful,” he smiled. Alongside his wife, Judy, the couple bought their home in Andrews in 2004 after over two decades of living in New Hampshire. They were looking for a place in Southern Appalachia that was not too far from family, but far enough to where they could build their own existence.
Heinzelmannchen Brewery, Sylva.
WNC Breweries Andrews • Andrews Brewing 828.321.2006 • www.andrewsbrewing.com
Bryson City • Nantahala Brewing 828.488.2337 • www.nantahalabrewing.com
Franklin • Lazy Hiker Brewing 828.342.5133 • www.lazyhikerbrewing.com
Highlands • Satulah Mountain Brewing 828.482.9794 www.satulahmountainbrewing.com
Sapphire • Sapphire Valley Brewing 828.743.0220 www.sapphirebrewingcompany.com
Sylva • Heinzelmannchen Brewery 828.631.4466 www.yourgnometownbrewery.com • Innovation Brewing 828.586.9678 • www.innovation-brewing.com
Waynesville • BearWaters Brewing 828.246.0602 • www.bwbrewing.com • Boojum Brewing 828.944.0888 • www.boojumbrewing.com • Frog Level Brewing 828.454.5664 • www.froglevelbrewing.com • Tipping Point Brewing 828.246.9230 • www.tippingpointtavern.com
â€œThe weather is perfect, the people here are great, and the community interactions are all positive when we decided to start our businesses,â€? Judy said. â€œBusinessesâ€? is in reference to the three companies the Carlsonâ€™s run. Initially, they created Websites.com (which helps develop key web marketing strategies), but that soon changed when they relocated to Cherokee County. Looking for ways to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of Western North Carolina, and also â€œget some exercise,â€? they began growing diďŹ€erent grape varieties on the property. That action ultimately molded itself into Calaboose Cellars, a three-acre winery the couple built from the ground up in 2007. â€œWe get customers from Raleigh, Atlanta, Charlotte, and everywhere in-between,â€? Eric said. â€œFor whatever reason they may have, wine lovers will travel great distances to explore a winery â€” itâ€™s also becoming that way with craft beer.â€? The Carlsonâ€™s saw the current craft beer boom overtaking Western North Carolina. Having a longtime love of wine, they also had a deep interest in craft beer. So, in early 2013, they launched Andrews Brewing. Just last year alone, the brewery had an output of around 400 barrels, with the winery producing 7,200 bottles. With their array of beer selections â€” from pale ales to stouts, blondes to ambers â€” the brewery has made a fast name for itself around Southern Appalachia by pouring quality, handcrafted liquid gold. Now that both alcohol businesses are hitting their stride, Eric recently purchased an old 6,000 square-foot grocery store in downtown Andrews. Heâ€™s currently in the process of putting in a full-time oďŹ€site brewery, one that will allow the original property to focus more on tasting rooms and live entertainment. When the summer months roll around, Andrews Brewing hosts its â€œPatio/Lawn Chairâ€? music series, where bands from around the region play the front porch on Fridays and in the nearby band shell on Saturdays. â€œAll of this has been enjoyable for me,â€? Eric said. â€œI love starting new things, and meeting the daily challenges of what it takes to make a business work.â€? â€œWe want visitors to leave here knowing that it was worth looking for, because we can be hard to ďŹ nd in these mountains,â€? Judy laughed. â€œAnd really, for us, itâ€™s about the people, that they come here to relax and enjoy themselves.â€?
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Eats+Drinks Farmer’s & Tailgate Markets The foundation of culture in Western North Carolina lies in a keen emphasis on things locally made and grown. Whether it’s the porch sounds of mountain music or stitching together one’s heritage with an elaborate quilt, quality and one-of-a-kind are attributes to the many products oﬀered in this region. And at the heart of these traditions is the fresh produce raised and harvested from the rich soil of Southern Appalachia. There is a renewed vigor in the local farmer’s markets as new growers working smaller farms have become the norm. From delicious fruits and crisp vegetables, to sweet honey and fresh trout, there are innumerable unique items locals and visitors alike can purchase. Throughout the week, dozens of vendors in several towns gather to showcase and sell their goods. With organic products becoming more popular, these markets provide the community with the perfect avenue for healthy options.
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• Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market Fresh, local produce, fresh seafood, baked goods, goat cheese, herbal products, meat, eggs, plants, flowers, preserves, honey and heritage crafts. Live music. 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 31, with a winter market through mid-December. 250 Pigeon Street in the parking lot of the HART Theatre. www.waynesvillefarmersmarket.com. • Waynesville Tailgate Market Fruits, vegetables, black walnuts, organic food and other homemade products. 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 29. 171 Legion Drive at the American Legion behind Bogart’s restaurant. 828.648.6323 or www.buyhaywood.com.
• Jackson County Farmer’s Market Plants, seeds, honey, breads, sweets and locally made crafts, local meats. 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through October. Railroad Avenue at the Municipal Parking Lot near Bridge Park in downtown. The winter market is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. from November through March across the bridge at the Community Table in downtown. 828.631.3033 or www.jacksoncountyfarmersmarket.org.
Canton • Canton Farmer’s Market & Heritage Crafts Fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. Open from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through October at municipal parking area in Sorrells Park. 828.734.9071 or www.buyhaywood.com.
Cullowhee • Whee Farmer’s Market Locally grown vegetables, eggs, and more. 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through October. Corner of North Country Club Drive and Stadium View. www.facebook.com/cullowheefarmersmarket.
Cashiers • Cashiers Tailgate Market 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through October. Anglican Church parking lot next to Macon Bank on
U.S. 64 East. 828.226.9988 or email@example.com.
Franklin • Cowee Farmer’s Market Local produce, plants, herbs, honey, crafts, and more. 3:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays through Oct. 28. 51 Cowee School Drive. 828.524.8369 or www.coweefarmersmarket.com. • Franklin Farmer’s Tailgate Market Variety of only products such as cheese, plants, eggs, trout, honey and more. 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through November. 200 East Palmer Street. 828.349.2049. www.facebook.com/franklinncfarmersmarket.
Bryson City • Swain County Farmer’s Market Organic produce, plants, trout, honey, jams, quail and rabbit as well as an array of local crafts. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays through October. The Barn on Island Street in downtown. 828.488.3848 or www.greatsmokies.com.
Cherokee • Cherokee Farmer’s Tailgate Market Fresh local, organic and heirloom produce. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays through October. Acquoni Road. 828.554.6931. • Cherokee Farm Stand Locally-grown agricultural produce. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays through October. 876 Acquoni Road at the Cherokee Indian Hospital. 828.359.6935.
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• Graham County Farmer’s Market Local farmers, growers and harvesters. 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from July through October. 828.479.8871.
PRICES AS LOW AS $10
Stecoah • Stecoah Tailgate Market Local produce and handmade products. 8 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. 828.479.3364 or www.stecoahvalleycenter.com.
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Murphy • Cedar Valley Farmer’s Market Fresh produce, meats and handmade products. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through October in the old L&N Depot in downtown. www.doylescedarhill.com/farmers-market.
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Andrews • Andrews Farmer’s Market Live music and community produce. 8 a.m. to noon from mid-June through mid-October. First Street at Hall Memorial Park. 828.321.5960.
Hayesville • Hayesville Evening Market High quality, local produce and farm products. 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays through September. 828.389.8931 or www.southernappalachianfamilyfarms.com. • Mountain Valley Farmer’s Market Local farmers and growers, homemade baked goods and products. 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through October. Old Courthouse Square. 828.361.7261.
Brasstown • Brasstown’s Farmer’s Market Local produce, organic chicken, eggs. Open last Wednesday in May through last Wednesday in October. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Old Highway 64. 828.360.2498.
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Art+Culture Performance venues
• Nantahala Outdoor Center 888.905.7238 • www.noc.com
Live music is an important part of the heritage of Western North Carolina. Here’s a list of venues that regularly have bands in the region:
• Andrews Brewing 828.321.2006 www.andrewsbrewing.com • Jimmy’s Pick-N-Grin www.jimmyspickngrin.com
• Derailed Bar & Lounge 828.488.8898 • Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot 800.872.4681 wwwgsmr.com • Mickey’s Pub 828.488.9308 • Nantahala Brewing 828.488.2337 www.nantahalabrewing.com
Brasstown • John C. Campbell Folk School 800.365.5724 or 828.837.2775 www.folkschool.org
• Mixers Bar and Nightclub 828.369.9211 www.mixersbarandnightclub.com • Mulligan’s Bar & Grille 828.349.3183 www.mulligans-bar.com • Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts 828.524.1598 www.greatmountainmusic.com
• Harrah’s Cherokee 828.497.7777 www.harrahscherokee.com
• Colonial Theatre 828.235.2760 • www.cantonnc.com
Cullowhee • Tuck’s Tap & Grille 828.293.5400 • www.tuckstapgrille.com
• Chevelle’s 828.835.7001 www.chevellerestaurants.com • Peacock Performing Arts Center 828.389.2787 www.peacockplayhouse.org
• Lazy Hiker Brewing 828.342.5133 www.lazyhikerbrewing.com
The Lazy Hiker Brewing Company, Franklin. Right: Balsam Range on the stage of Canton’s Colonial Theatre. Below: No Name Sports Pub, Sylva.
Theaters+playhouses • Colonial Theatre Canton 828.235.2760 • www.cantonnc.com • Franklin High School Fine Arts Center 828.524.2787 • Haywood Arts Regional Theatre Waynesville 828.456.6322 • www.harttheater.org • Highlands Playhouse 828.526.2695 • www.highlandsplayhouse.org • John W. Bardo Fine & Performing Arts Center Western Carolina University, Cullowhee 828.227.2479 • www.wcu.edu/bardoartscenter • Peacock Performing Arts Center Hayesville 828.389.2787 • www.peacockplayhouse.org • Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Franklin 828.524.1598 • www.greatmountainmusic.com • Smoky Mountain Community Theatre Bryson City 828.488.8227 • www.smctheatre.com • Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center Robbinsville 828.479.3364 • www.stecoahvalleycenter.com
Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville hosts a variety of shows on two stages.
• Lost Hiker 828.526.8232 www.thelosthikerbar.com • Satulah Mountain Brewing 828.482.9794 www.satulahmountainbrewing.com • Ugly Dog Pub 828.526.8364 www.theuglydogpub.com
• Chevelle’s 828.389.6069 www.chevellerestaurants.com
• Eaglenest 828.926.9658 • Maggie Valley Festival Grounds 828.926.0866 www.maggievalleyfestivalgrounds.org • Maggie Valley Opry House 828.648.7941 or 828.926.9336 www.raymondfairchild.com • Maggie Valley Rendezvous 828.926.0201 www.maggievalleyhotel.com • Salty Dog’s Seafood and Grill 828.926.9105 • Stompin’ Ground 828.926.1288
• City Lights Café 828.587.2233 www.citylightscafe.com • Guadalupe Café 828.586.9877 www.guadalupecafe.com • Heinzelmannchen Brewery 828.631.4466 www.yourgnometownbrewery.com • Innovation Brewing 828.586.9678 www.innovation-brewing.com • Mad Batter Food & Film 828.586.3555 www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com
Robbinsville • Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center 828.479.3364 www.stecoahvalleycenter.com
• No Name Sports Pub 828.586.2750 www.nonamesportspub.com • O’Malley’s Pub & Grill 828.631.0554 • Signature Brew Coffee Roasting Company 828.587.6300 • Soul Infusion 828.586.1717 • www.soulinfusion.com
Waynesville • Alley Kats Tavern 828.226.1657 www.facebook.com/alleykatstavern • Balsam Mountain Inn and Restaurant 800.224.9498 www.balsammountaininn.net • BearWaters Brewing 828.246.0602 www.bwbrewing.com • Boojum Brewing 828.944.0888 www.boojumbrewing.com • Classic Wineseller 828.452.6000 www.classicwineseller.com
VENUES • Frog Level Brewing 828.454.5664 www.froglevelbrewing.com • Mad Anthony’s Bottle Shop & Beer Garden 828.246.9249 • www.facebook.com/ madanthonysbar • Smoky Mountain Roasters 828.452.1212 www.facebook.com/ smokymountainroasters • The Strand at 38 Main 828.283.0079 • www.38main.com • Tipping Point Brewing 828.246.9230 www.tippingpointtavern.com • Water’n Hole Bar & Grill 828.456.4750
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Art+Culture Crafting the future — Dillsboro
to show their work in an environment that honors their work,” Susan said. “We want this place to be more like a gallery, and not like a grocery story — the artist’s work is valued here.” Susan herself is no stranger to quality work. A renowned weaver, she was recently awarded the North Carolina Heritage Award for her unique and intricate talents. And it’s that personal connection to the arts that also radiates into her business. “We see all of our artists on a regular basis, we know what’s happening in their lives,” she said. “Dillsboro keeps changing, and it’s a great place to live.”
Amid the numerous businesses in Dillsboro, its cultural and economic heart lies in the plentiful art galleries and studios. From decades old locations to brand new operations, the town is an ever-evolving community, one with the drive and commitment to bring a beloved art haven into the 21st century. Dogwood Crafters Oaks Gallery Perched atop a small hill overlooking downtown Dillsboro, the Oaks Gallery features the works of over 125 artists from within a 100-mile radius. Owned by Bob and Susan Leveille, the shop, like the 400-yearold oak tree it’s positioned under, has stood tall in its mission of bringing quality art to consumers from near and far. “We’ve always tried to oﬀer professional craftspeople an opportunity here in this area
GALLERIES Andrews • Kappy’s Home Again 828.321.0642
Brasstown • John C. Campbell Folk School Craft Shop 828.837.2775 • www.folkschool.org • River’s Rim Studio 828.360.2498 www.facebook.com/ riversrimstudio
In its 39th year of operating, Dogwood Crafters on Webster Street is running strong. Crafting is a labor of love, one that can be seen on the numerous shelves in the store. Through the hard work and dedication of an all-volunteer workforce of members, the nonproﬁt co-op and its 90 members has held true to its original vision – a beacon of light shining at the center of Dillsboro. “This place gives everyone a chance to sell their crafts, to supplement their income if need be,” said Brenda Anders, a mixed
• Silva Gallery 828.835.9413 www.facebook.com/silvagallery
Bryson City • Charles Heath Gallery 828.538.2054 www.charlesheath.com • Cottage Craftsman 828.488.6207 www.thecottagecraftsman.com • Elizabeth Ellison Watercolors 828.488.8782 www.elizabethellisonwatercolors.com • Gemstone Jewelry www.silverandgems.com
“We see all of our artists on a regular basis, we know what’s happening in their lives.” — Susan Leveille, Oaks Gallery
media artist and president of the co-op. “It’s important because if the crafters are able to sell their works here, then it brings in more people, which helps the local economy, making this community a better place for us all.” And through the decades, the organization has remained steadfast, always knowing that people would walk through the door in search of Appalachian artisan crafts. “It’s so refreshing when the door opens and someone tells you how happy they are that Dogwood is still here,” Anders said. “We had someone recently who was brought here as a kid and now they’re bringing their children to come an explore the crafts.”
• Pincu Pottery 828.488.0480 www.pincupottery.com • Sleepy Hollow Farm 828.736.5078 www.sleepyhollowfarm.net • Swain County Center for the Arts 828.488.3129 www.swain.k12.nc.us • Wild Fern Studios & Gallery 828.736.1605 www.wildfernstudios.com
Cherokee • Bearmeat’s Indian Den www.bearmeats-indian-den.com
• Great Smokies Fine Arts Gallery 828.497.5444 www.greatsmokiesart.com • Medicine Man Crafts 828.497.2202 www.medicinemancrafts.com • Museum of the Cherokee Indian 828.497.3481 www.cherokeemuseum.org • Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual 828.497.3103 www.quallaartsandcrafts.org • Traditional Hands Art Gallery 828.554.5884 www.traditionalhands.com • Will Harris Studio 828.497.9750 • www.willharrisstudio.com
Clyde • Artisan in the Mountains Gallery 828.565.0501 www.facebook.com/artisaninthemountains
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Cashiers • Blue Valley Gallery 828.743.2956 • www.bluevalleygallery.com • John Collette Fine Arts 828.743.7977 • www.johncollettefineart.com • William Whiteside Gallery 828.743.2269
Contact me and explore the possibilities! I can help you find that special place to call home in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
Cullowhee • Fine Art Museum at the Fine & Performing Arts Center (Western Carolina University) 828.227.3591 • www.wcu.edu/museum • Watercolors by Susan 828.293.5556 • www.watercolorsbysusan.com
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Dillsboro • Claymates/Mountainscape Gallery 828.631.3133 • www.claymatespottery.com • Dogwood Crafters 828.586.2248 • www.dogwoodcrafters.com • Golden Carp 828.586.5477 • www.thegoldencarp.com • Jackson County Green Energy Park 828.631.0271 • www.jcgep.org • Matthew Turlington Photography 828.226.6824 www.matthewturlingtonphotography.com • Oaks Gallery 828.586.6542 • www.oaksgallery.net • Riverwood Menagerie 828.586.9083 • Riverwood Pottery 828.586.3601 • www.riverwoodpottery.com • Tree House Pottery 828.631.5100 • www.treehousepotterync.com • Tunnel Mountain Crafts 954.707.2004 • www.facebook.com/tunnelmtncrafts
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Franklin • Macon County Art Association & Uptown Gallery 828.349.4607 www.mcaauptowngallery.wordpress.com • Michael M. Rogers Gallery 828.524.6709 • www.michaelmrogers.com • Mountain Artisans 828.524.3405 • www.mountainartisans.net • North Carolina Mountain Made 828.524.7766 • www.ncmtnmade.net
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Art+Culture A brush with fate
geonhole who she “really is” as an artist. It is that unrelenting work ethic and internal drive Just mere feet from a of “catch me if you can” over a bustling South Main Street course of years which has resulted in Buckner becoming in Waynesville resides one of the most sought after a cocoon of creativity. painters in the Southeast. “A painting creates an emoWith a steady stream of vehicles rushing tion just like a story does,” she by, one enters Jenny Bucker’s studio as if to said. “As long as your emostep into a portal of a calmer ambiance. Vi“Timeless Pink III,” by Jenny Buckner. tionally involved somehow, brant, intricate paintings hang from any you’re going to keep on readavailable wall space, while the sounds of British Columbia, and then you turn the ing, you’re going to keep looking, keeping Simon & Garfunkel’s “Scarborough Fair” page and there’s little Jenny Buckner from being drawn into the story, echo throughout the cozy Waynesville,” she chuckled. into the painting.” abode. Meandering around Even though Buckner never had any forBucker was 33 when she “With anything in the rooms, the source of the mal training in terms of learning how to song is not only located, but life, the hardest part began putting paint to a paint, her story is a testament to the will of so is the person immersed in is simply getting out blank canvas. Atop either those who push ahead with their dreams, no winning or placing high at the melody, who faces a the door.” matter the situation they’re in, no matter regional and national comblank canvas ready to be — Jenny Buckner petitions, she recently enthe judgment by others, no matter if at ﬁrst adorned with the colors of you have no idea what to do, and how to go tered a ﬂoral painting the imagination. about doing it. “Art is the one thing I get so excited about contest put on by International Artists “You don’t have to go through the motions Magazine, a prestigious worldwide publicathat I forget to eat,” Buckner laughed. “I’ve to get to a certain point. It’s a freedom to tion. To her surprise, Buckner’s painting never enjoyed anything that much, and beknow that everyone has that chance, that “Timeless Pink III” was chosen as a ﬁnalist lieve me — I love to eat and cook.” you don’t have to go to art school to become to be featured in one of their issues. As a painter, she constantly changes up an artist,” she said. “With anything in life, the “There were ﬁnalists from Ontario, Caliher technique, almost as if to cover up her hardest part is simply getting out the door.” fornia, Iceland, France, New York and tracks before others can ﬁnd her and pi-
GALLERIES Hayesville • Goldhagen Studio 828.389.8847 www.goldhagenartglass.com • Morning Song Studio 828.389.2880 www.morningsong-studio.com • St. Pierre Wood Pottery 828.389.6639
Highlands • Ann Jacob Gallery 828.526.5550 • www.annjacob.com • Bascom 828.526.4949 • www.thebascom.org
• CK Swan and Harllee Gallery 828.526.2083 • www.ckswan.com • Hen House 828.787.2473 www.facebook.com/ thehenhousehighlands • Highlands Fine Art and Estate Jewelry Inc. 828.526.0656 www.highlandsfineart.com • La Cagnina 828.526.1947 • Mill Creek Gallery 828.787.2021 • www.cystrainphotos.com • Mountain Heritage 828.526.5519 • Summer House and Tiger Mountain Woodworks 828.526.5577 www.summerhousehighlands.com
• Different Drummer Pottery 828.926.3850 www.differentdrummerpottery.com
• Bee Global Studio Gallery 828.479.8284 • www.beeglow.com • Creative Impulses – “The Little Art Studio” 828.479.6135 • Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center 828.479.3364 www.stecoahvalleycenter.com • Stecoah Valley Weavers 828.479.3939 • Wood Gallery 828.479.9373 www.robertwoodsgallery.com • Yellow Branch Pottery and Cheese 828.479.6710 www.yellowbranch.com
Murphy • Appalachian Heritage Crafters 828.835.3500 • Artists Common 828.835.9108 • Gallery 26 828.539.0026 www.gallery26.org • Valley River Arts Gallery www.valleyriverarts.com
Art+Culture GALLERIES Sylva • Fiery Gizzard Pottery and Studio Gallery 828.631.1582 • www.fierygizzard.com • Gallery One — Jackson County Arts Council 828.507.4248 • www.gallery1sylva.blogspot.com • It’s By Nature 828.631.3020 • www.itsbynature.com • Terri Clark Photography 828.586.4455 • www.terriclarkphotography.com
Waynesville • Art on Depot Studio & Gallery 828.246.0218 • www.facebook.com/artondepot • Blue Owl Studio and Gallery 828.456.9596 • Burr Studio and Gallery 828.456.7400 • www.facebook.com/burrstudionc • Cedar Hill Studio 800.456.1590 • www.cedarhillstudio.com • Earthworks Gallery 828.452.9500 • www.earthworksgalleries.com • Frog Level Studio 828.729.1439 • www.facebook.com/froglevelstudio • Gallery 86 — Haywood County Arts Council 828.452.0593 • www.haywoodarts.org • Grace Cathey’s Sculpture Garden and Gallery 828.508.4276 • www.gracecathey.com • Great Smokies Creations 828.452.4757 www.greatsmokiescreations.blogspot.com • Jeweler’s Workbench 828.456.2260 • Leapin’ Frog Gallery 828.456.8441 • www.facebook.com/leapinfroggallery • Mahogany House Art Gallery & Studios 828.246.0818 • www.themahoganyhouse.com • Mud Dabbers Pottery 828.456.1916 • www.muddabbers.com • Rodwell Gallery at the Performing Arts Center 828.456.6322 • www.harttheatre.com • T. Pennington Art Gallery 828.452.9284 • www.tpennington.com • Twigs and Leaves 828.456.1940 • www.twigsandleaves.com • Village Framer 828.452.0823
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1/2 Mile to Bryson City Railroad Depot Guests enjoy free hot breakfast buffet, brand new 32” flat panel LCD televisions, free wireless internet, seasonal outdoor swimming pool and access to on-site coin laundry facilities.
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We also offer packages to ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, or to go rafting at Nantahala Outdoor Center (please book in advance). We also offer the train and rafting tickets individually.
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Located at the southern end of the the Asheville Ale Trail in the former town hall and fire department in Franklin, Lazy Hiker Brewing Company is crafting beer and community that are fresh and honest. Come and make yourself comfortable in our tap room or on our outdoor patio.
We are kid and pet friendly, provide Wi-fi and have a food truck on site. We also offer brewery tours. Check our website for the entertainment lineup on our indoor and outdoor stages.
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be in the middle of nowhere in Western North Carolina, you’re actually at the center of the universe. “There is nothing like this on earth. This aking a left oﬀ U.S. 64 onto Settawig place opens up, sparks and reawakens peoRoad in rural Clay County, the busy ple,” said Pam East, a metal jewelry/clay instructor. “You’re in this beautiful setting, commercial thoroughfare transyou’re not in the thick of life, you’re away forms into lush farmland. The from all the things that distract you. Being mountain air gets sweeter, soothing late with people is important, connecting with spring sunshine spilling into the open winpeople is important, and here, you do that.” dows of your vehicle. Specializing in an array of year-round A few miles down the winding road, you enter the tiny community of Brasstown, with weeklong courses, the 300-acre Folk School, established in 1925, attracts people from its one gas station and handful of buildings. You take another left and cross a bridge into every corner of the globe. Students spend their days immersed in their chosen course, Cherokee County. And though that bridge which reads like a “Pick Your Own Advenmay just seemingly provide transport over the waters of Brasstown Creek, one will soon ture” book where one can take blacksmithing or broom making, mandolin or understand that the threshold is more than pottery, wood-burning or jewelry. meets the eye. “The Folk School is a restorative thing, it Across a vast meadow is the John C. Campbell Folk School. And though you may balances you out and makes you feel human,” said Marketing ManPainting en plein air at the John C. ager Keather Gougler. “We’re Campbell Folk School in Brasstown. curious by nature and these John C. Campbell Folk School photo folks coming here are curious about themselves and their creative potential.” “We all have a built-in memory of how to do these skills, how to use our hands to create,” added Jan Davidson, director of the Folk School. “Humans have been doing these things for so long, and we’ve also been separated from these things for so long, too, so when you get in touch with it again, it’s in your soul, your intuition of being a human.” Stepping into one of the classrooms, a wood-burning course is nearing the end of their morning session. At a nearby table, student Jim Davis
is working on an owl design. Hailing from Louisiana, Davis ﬁgured he’s taken over 50 weeklong courses at the Folk School since ﬁrst coming to Brasstown in 1992. “I’ve taken cooking classes, basket weaving, rock hunting,” he said. “What’s not to like about this place? It’s as close to heaven as I’ll ever get.” And for Davidson, he’s already working on what’s next for the Folk School. It’s about always keeping one foot ﬁrm in tradition, one in the progressive evolution and creative spirit that embodies the institution. “We’re going to build a walk-in silo kaleidoscope. To tell you the truth, we don’t yet know how it will exactly work, but we’re going to build it,” he conﬁdently chuckled.
“We all have a built-in memory of how to do these skills, how to use our hands to create ... when you get in touch with it again, it’s in your soul, your intuition of being a human.” — Jan Davidson, director, John C. Campbell Folk School
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Windows to the past — WNC museums Although the rich history and culture of Western North Carolina is alive and thriving through the hands of our local artisans and performers, there are also numerous museums here preserving and perpetuating the heritage of Southern Appalachia. These buildings each pay homage to the crafts, sounds and deeply-held traditions of these ancient mountains and its people. • Andrews Art Museum Exhibits and galleries featuring local and regional artists. Corner of Chestnut and Third streets, Andrews. 828.360.5071 www.andrewsvalleyarts.com • Canton Area Historical Museum Displays focusing on the cultural history of Canton and Haywood County. 36 Park Street, Canton 828.646.3412 www.cantonnc.com
• Cherokee County Historical Museum Artifacts and exhibits showcasing the Cherokee Indians, local history and artisans. 87 Peachtree Street, Murphy 828.837.6792 www.cherokeecounty-nc.gov • Clay County Historical & Arts Council Museum Displays exhibiting the history, art and people of the area. 21 Davis Loop, Hayesville 828.389.6814 • www.clayhistoryarts.org
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• Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum Extensive exhibits on the region’s gems and minerals. 25 Phillips Street, Franklin 828.369.7831 www.fgmm.org
• Macon County Historical Society & Museum Antiques and artifacts showcasing the history of Macon and Western North Carolina. 36 West Main Street, Franklin 828.524.9758 www.maconnchistorical.org
• Graham County Museum of Prehistoric Relics A collection of prehistoric artifacts from North, South and Central America. 3204 Fontana Road, Fontana Dam 828.479.3677 www.thehikeinn.com
• Mountain Farm Museum Collection of historical log buildings and artifacts. 150 U.S. 441 North, Oconaluftee Visitor Center 423.436.1200 www.nps.gov/grsm
• Highlands Museum & Historical Village A village composed of several restored buildings, with historical exhibits in the museum. 524 North 4th Street, Highlands 828.787.1050 www.highlandshistory.com
• Mountain Heritage Center Extensive displays of Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachian history. 150 H.F. Robinson Building, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee 828.227.7129 www.wcu.edu
• Junaluska Memorial & Museum Displays dedicated to preserving Cherokee Indian history and culture. 1 Junaluska Drive, Robbinsville 828.479.4727
• Museum of American Cut & Engraved Glass Exhibits presenting one of the finest collections of its kind in the world. 472 Chestnut Street, Highlands 828.526.3415 www.ashevilleguidebook.com
• Museum of the Cherokee Indian Large exhibits showcasing the extensive and intricate tribe history. 589 Tsali Boulevard, Cherokee 828.497.3481 • www.cherokeemuseum.org • Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts Featuring unique works from some of the state’s most acclaimed artisans. 49 Shelton Street, Waynesville 828.452.1551 • www.sheltonhouse.org
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Seizing the Smokies The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has an amazing array of mini-ecosystems within its borders — from peaks over 6,000 feet to low valleys, from moist densely forested coves to dry meadows. A walk from mountain base to peak compares with traveling 1,250 miles north to south. Several resident plants and animals live only in the Smokies. The park has more than 100 species of trees and 4,000 species of plants. Some people say if you throw a rock and then trace its path, you’re likely to walk by at least 30 diﬀerent kinds of trees. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park encompasses more than 500,000 acres, making it the largest national park in the East. Here are a few of the highlights on the North Carolina side of the GSMNP.
Oconaluftee Visitor Center Along with knowledgeable rangers who can help you plan your time in the park, fabulous exhibits will take you back in time among the early settlers and Cherokee who called these mountains home.
The visitor center chronicles the culture and history of the Smokies, from exhibits on the Civil War in the Smokies to moonshine making. Located on U.S. 441 at the North Carolina entrance to the park, north of Cherokee and near the terminus of the Blue Ridge Parkway. 828.497.1904.
Mountain Farm Museum This stroll through an historic Appalachian farm offers a window on the ingenuity and self-reliance of early mountain people and Cherokee. A blacksmith shop to make everything from barn door hinges to horseshoes, a spring house to keep milk and butter cool, and sundry buildings for storing the food they
raised, from corn cribs to apple houses to smoke houses. The outhouse is a guaranteed eye-opener for kids. Located at the entrance to the park on U.S. 441 just north of Cherokee.
Deep Creek Enjoy a little of everything at Deep Creek. Hiking to waterfalls, picnicking, mountain biking, camping and what Deep Creek is famous for: tubing. Several outfitters rent inner tubes for just a few dollars to float all day in the creek. This is a fantastic place to visit for a few hours because you can do so many different activities without having to go to different places. If you are in the Bryson City area, treat yourself to a visit.
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The rumble of mill stones, the whistle of corn meal sliding down the wooden shoot, the slap-slap-slap of water falling over the giant paddle wheel. Explore this historic site just one mile from the park entrance on U.S. 441 north of Cherokee.
Clingmans Dome A paved half-mile trail leads to a soaring lookout tower atop the highest peak in the Smokies. At 6,643 feet, the panoramic view offers spectacular scenery and is one of the best examples of the region’s famed blue mountain ridges marching endlessly across the horizon. The tower features a spiraling 375-foot ramp to the top.
Cataloochee Valley History and nature intersect in this picturesque meadow, a long, narrow valley cradled by mountains on all sides. An elk herd has been re-introduced into the park and calls the valley home. Cataloochee Valley is also home to a former mountain settlement, with intact farm houses, churches, schoolhouse and cemeteries that can be toured by car and hikes. Pick up an interpretive brochure at the campground on the left after you get to the valley that describes the historic buildings.
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Outdoors+Recreation Blue Ridge Parkway serves up the best of the mountains he Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Parkway and All-American Road that winds for 469 miles from the southern end of Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive in Virginia to U.S. 441 at Oconaluftee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Cherokee. It’s hard to get lost on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It only goes in two directions — north or south. Short, wooden posts along the edge of the road mark oﬀ each mile — the entire length of the Parkway — making it easy to know exactly where you are. The milemarker is listed for the recommended stops on the Parkway below, and should be easy to ﬁnd by watching the mileposts. Hint: the numbers get bigger as you go south, so the end of the Parkway in Cherokee is mile 469. The Parkway boasts more than 200 overlooks and more than 100 trails. The local section of the Parkway runs from the southern end in Oconaluftee to the Pisgah Inn on the Haywood, Transylvania County line. Along this stretch of scenic road you’ll ﬁnd highlights such as the Parkway’s highest elevation overlook at Richland Balsam (6,053 feet) (views of Cold Mountain made famous by author Charles Frazier), Waterrock Knob, Oconaluftee Visitors Center, and Devil’s Courthouse Trail. The Parkway is made for exploring. Here are few suggested highlights in our region. Remember, it’s all about the journey, not the destination.
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STOPS Waterrock Knob Visitors Center, milemarker 451 A must for Parkway travelers. Stop here to get recommendations from park rangers on things to do and see, plus pick up a free Parkway map and browse the bookstore. Views are fabulous if you are looking for a picnic spot. Also, there is a one-mile hike to the summit of Waterrock Knob. Interesting fact: the visitor center is powered by solar panels. Richland Balsam, milemarker 432 The views are great all along the Parkway, but there’s even a milestone achievement available for those don’t want to hike but prefer just getting out of their car to take a picture, enjoy
the view, or have a picnic. Just about halfway between the Balsam Gap (U.S. 23/74) and N.C. 215 entrance to the Parkway, near milepost 432, is the Parkway’s highest point (6,053 feet), which is marked with a large sign and a great overlook. Just a mile away at milepost 431 is the Richland-Balsam Self-Guiding Trail, which is just one mile long and meanders through a spruce-fir forest. You’ll top out at an elevation of 6,410 feet, the 10th highest peak in the Eastern U.S. Devil’s Courthouse, milemarker 422 This one-mile round-trip trail leads to the top of stunning rock formation, a giant pedestal that seems to rise up magically from the mountains around it and makes you feel like you’re on top of the world looking out. Despite
the sheer drop off all around you, rock walls provide a sense of safety — just don’t hop over them or let kids climb on the edge. Ecologically, visitors should stay off the cliff face, which is home to peregrine falcons and endangered rock-clinging lichens and plant life. The trail is steep but paved, making it accessible to anyone if you take it slow and steady. Sam’s Knob, milemarker 420 Stellar hiking trails lead into the Shining Rock Wilderness, passing over grassy balds, rock outcrops, high elevation streams and fir forests. The area is riddled with trails, some of which extend for miles into the Shining Rock Wilderness, so if you don’t have a map, watch the way you came carefully. To reach the parking area, turn down a gravel forest service road.
Upper Falls at Graveyard Fields, milemarker 419 A high-elevation bowl is home to two waterfalls, a swimming hole and crystal clear rocky stream. Unlike the dense forests that engulf most hiking trails in the Smokies, this area is defined by open meadows. Mt. Pisgah (5,749 feet) Near milepost 408, this mountain with the Biblical name used to be part of the George Vanderbilt Estate (the man who built Biltmore Estate). A parking area is well marked, and the hike is only about a mile but it is relatively strenuous to the platform atop the mountain. Once there, however, the 360-degree views are fabulous. Nearby campground and one of the only restaurants on the Parkway at the Pisgah Inn.
Outdoors+Recreation Hiking is one of the best ways to get out and commune with nature. With a quiet step you stand a great chance of seeing some of the multitude of wildlife Western North Carolina has to oﬀer. There are hikes for all kinds — climbs along the rocks to a high mountain waterfalls, casual strolls to expansive mountain views, all-day treks out into the wilderness and brisk jaunts to perfect picnic places. Wherever you go, try making part of your hike a “soft walk.” Tread quietly and use your senses to experience the world around you without talking. If you see something worth pointing out, communicate without speech. The process will help you tune in to nature and how it communicates with us. When hiking, you know best what you’re looking for and what you’re capable of — injuries happen when you take on too much or get too tired. Find a hike that suits your tastes and skills.
HIKES Easy Panthertown Valley Panthertown Valley is a 6,700-acre area in the Nantahala National Forest. It’s been nicknamed “the Yosemite of the East” and is home to granite domes, waterfalls, valley floors and rare high altitude bogs, as well as the headwaters for Greenland and Panthertown Creeks and the East Fork of the Tuckasegee River. Trails abound and primitive overnight camping and catch-and-release fishing is allowed.
Horsepasture River Trail This out and back three-mile hike in Sapphire offers outstanding view of four large waterfalls and good camping along the way. The trail can be a little gnarly. Use extreme caution when viewing waterfalls, particularly Rainbow Falls, which can be viewed from the top. Falls are slippery and that closer look just isn’t worth the type of injuries that may occur. The trailhead is located approximately 10 miles east of Cashiers. Boogerman Trail This 3.8 mile loop hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes you past old growth hem-
locks and Robert “Booger” Palmer’s home place (hence the name). There’s plenty of creek views and wildflowers. Nearly a mile in, you’ll see a sign for Boogerman Trail. To avoid a relentless and steep climb, continue further up Caldwell Fork Trail and take the upper loop of Boogerman Trail. The hike begins near the Cataloochee campground. Wayah Bald Near Franklin in Macon County, this paved trail suitable for the handicapped leads to the Wayah Bald lookout tower, which is a National Historic Landmark offering , panoramic views of the area. The Appalachian Trail and Bartram Trail intersect at the tower.
Into the great wide open Nantahala National Forest Legend has it that sunlight can only reach the ﬂoors of the rich cove forests or touch the ribbons of water that course through the gorges of the wild and scenic Nantahala Forest at noon when the sun is directly overhead. Created in 1920, Nantahala is the largest of the four national forests in North Carolina, covering just over half-a-million acres. The Nantahala National Forest is renowned for whitewater, mountain biking and camping and hiking. The Appalachian Trail, Bartram’s Trail and the Mountains-tothe-Sea Trail all meander through the forest. Of course with more than 600 miles of trails there are plenty of dayhikes and short strolls. There are more than 27,000 acres of des-
ignated wilderness in the Nantahala. These include Ellicott Rock, Joyce Kilmer/Slickrock and the Southern Nantahala Wilderness. The Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and the Joyce Kilmer/Slickrock Wilderness Area is one of the most beautiful old growth forests in the east. It was set aside in 1936 in order of its namesake poet and author of “Trees” who was killed in action in France during World War I. www.fs.fed.us
Pisgah National Forest The Pisgah National Forest began as a part of George Vanderbilt’s private estate. The area west of Vanderbilt’s Asheville Biltmore Estate was sold to the federal government after his death in 1914. These acres became the ﬁrst tracts of the now half-mil-
lion-acre Pisgah National Forest. Pisgah is home to the Shining Rock Wilderness Area, Max Patch, the Harmon Den Bear Preserve, the Cradle of Forestry and Sliding Rock. Vanderbilt’s forests were the birthplace of modern forestry in this country. A glimpse of that birth is available at the forest’s 6,500-acre National Historic Site at The Cradle of Forestry. Let the Cradle rock you back to the turn of the 20th century. Stroll along the mile-long Biltmore Campus Trail and talk to the town blacksmith or other crafters while they ply their trades. Visit the “campus” of the ﬁrst forestry school in America begun in 1898 by Carl Schenk at the behest of Vanderbilt and take a peek inside the Biltmore Forest School. www.fs.fed.us
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Trail Joyce Kilmer Forest, the last remnant of virgin forest in the Southern Appalachians, offers a spectacular 2-mile loop trail. Near Robbinsville.
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Medium Hemphill Bald The Loop hike at Hemphill Bald is 13.7 miles in total, but just 4.7 miles in will get you to the Bald. The bald was named after a pioneer family. Tsali Recreation Area Located in Graham County the Tsali Recreation Area is known for its excellent trails. Hikers, bikers and horses all must share, but a bike/horse usage schedule keeps down the melee. Hikers may use any trail at any time. The Thompson Loop and Mouse Branch Loop are billed as easy to moderate and good for families. Looking Glass Rock This 6-mile hike through the Pisgah National Forest travels first through small cove, then steeply up the backside of Looking Glass Rock through many switchbacks, hardwood forests, Carolina hemlocks. At the top of the trail there are cliffs providing views of Pisgah Ridge from Mt. Pisgah toward the Shining Rock/Black Balsam Area and the valleys below.
Hard Shining Rock Wilderness Area Shining Rock became one of the original components of the Wilderness System in September 1964. A series of high ridges extends east and west from the north-south oriented Shining Rock Ledge. There are three main access points for trails within this wilderness. First and foremost is the Black Balsam area near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although this is not part of the wilderness itself, the Art Loeb (moderate) and Ivestor Gap (easy) trails lead into the wilderness area from here. Mount Sterling Gap Trail This low ridge trail begins at Mt. Sterling Gap on Cataloochee-Big Creek Road. It’s only 2.8 miles to the firetower, but is rated extremely strenuous because of a 2,000-foot climb in 2.3 miles along an old jeep trail to the ridge just below the firetower. This firetower is one of three remaining in the Park. There are several excellent lookouts from the trail prior to reaching the main ridge, but the view from the tower is unequalled in the park. Fontana to Wesser This 30-mile hike along the Appalachian Trail is full of ups and downs. There are shelters along the way, and in the end you’ll find yourself at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Or do the hike in reverse and end at Fontana Dam. To learn more about the Appalachian Trail visit www.appalachiantrail.org. Some hike recommendations courtesy of Danny Bernstein, author of Hiking the Carolina Mountains.
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Mountain biking This is one of the fastest growing recreational activities in the Smokies, one easily witnessed by all the vehicles with mountain bikes strapped to the back or top. Pretty straightforward as to why so many partake of this sport: the Smokies contain some of the best bike trails anywhere. Here are the popular spots:
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Tsali Recreation Area This is the granddaddy of Western North Carolina mountain biking, boasting 40 miles of trails on four loops. Rated as one of top 10 places to ride in the U.S. Fast, hard-packed singletrack, and you can’t go wrong with any of the loops. Oﬀ N.C. 28 past Bryson City, or if coming from Robbinsville N.C. 143 until you reach N.C. 28, go east. Entrance on north side of N.C. 28, well-marked.
The Santeetlah Lake Trail A 15-mile trail open to mountain bikes, horses, and hikers. The trail follows a number of open and gated Forest Service roads with a short portion of single-track. Large sections of the trail hug the shoreline of Lake Santeetlah oﬀering beautiful mountain lake views. The primary trailhead is located at the intersection of N.C. 143 (N.C. 1127) and Snowbird Road
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Located next to the huge Jackrabbit Campground at Lake Chatuge, this 14-mile trail system is gaining popularity fast. Mostly ﬂat with rolling dips and berms and just a few technical areas. At Lake Chatuge get on N.C. 175, turn onto Jackrabbit Road, signed parking area on left.
Located near where N.C. 191 intersects the Blue Ridge Parkway and I-26, this favorite among Asheville locals because of its proximity to this outdoors-loving city. Lots of hardpacked singletrack with very few technical sections, great place for beginner to intermediate riders and for children. www.mtbikewnc.com.
Western Carolina University Trail Recently opened 6.6 miles of singletrack across the street from main WCU campus in Cullowhee. Challenging but relatively short. The trail system has two trailheads. One is located near the softball ﬁeld and picnic area on WCU main campus, east of N.C. 107. Trail users then travel through the pedestrian tunnel under 107 and access the trail on NCCAT property. The second trailhead is located at the parking lot of the Health and Human Sciences building.
Dupont State Park Located near Brevard, this has become one of the premier destinations in the region. 10,000 acres of trails, waterfalls, and rivers. Great spot with numerous trailheads. www.dupontforest.com.
Pisgah National Forest Hundreds of miles of trails for bikers, some of it among the most technical in the region. For information on speciﬁc trails and trailheads, visit www.mtbikewnc.com.
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here’s nothing like playing a round of golf at high elevation to quicken the blood and make you feel alive. Golf courses in Western North Carolina have attitude as well as altitude, challenging golfers in the most gorgeous of settings. In this mountain region, there are a handful of top-notch public courses, including the Sequoyah National in Cherokee (designed by Robert Trent Jones II) and the historic 27 holes at Waynesville Inn, Golf Resort and Spa. In the Cashiers area of Jackson County, the scenic High Hampton Inn is regarded as one of the most picturesque courses in the country. Other public area golf courses include:
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“Well, that’s a good question,” he chuckled. “It’s special to me because I’ve been here most of my life. I love the mountains, the people. You’re away from the cities, from all the traﬃc and noise.” Director of Golf at The Waynesville Inn, Smith oversees the day-to-day course operations, making sure locals and visitors who eagerly arrive to play also leave ready to come back for more. “My job is to make sure everything is taken care of to ensure you have a great time out there,” he said. The property houses three 9-hole courses. “Blue Ridge” and “Dogwood” are more mountainous, while “Carolina” is ﬂatter. These variations provide challenges for seasoned pros and easy-to-navigate playing surfaces for novice golfers. “What’s really attractive on our courses is that they aren’t extremely long,” Smith said. “A lot of new courses being built are very long and that can be too much. Our courses give families, kids and older folks a chance to really come out, play and have fun at their own pace.” Originally a dairy farm, The Waynesville Inn, Golf Resort & Spa opened
in 1926 as the Waynesville Country Club. The Carolina “9” was designed by Donald Ross, considered the most proliﬁc golf architect in the history of the sport. Ross’ intent was to construct courses that were not only challenging, but also accessible for all skill levels and aesthetically pleasing, too. Playing host to the likes of PGA legends Sam Snead, Chi-Chi Rodriquez and Arnold Palmer, the business has maintained an identity for decades as a mountain destination for golf enthusiasts and those simply looking to get away from it all. “With three courses and 27 holes, you could play two days in a row and get a diﬀerent combination of courses,” Smith said. “Our courses are for every level of player — it’s all about having fun and enjoying yourself.” Smith himself grew up in Waynesville. He was introduced to the game of golf and took his ﬁrst lessons at the inn. “I started coming here at an early age, around 9 years old, and took lessons from golf pro Duane Page,” he said. Now 38, it’s a full circle experience for Smith in now directing the golf operations at the exact course where he got his ﬁrst taste of golf. And even though he’s played those courses innumerable times, hitting the links and being surrounded by the 360-degree mountain views doesn’t ever get stale for him. “It never gets old,” he said. “I enjoy the scenery and having that fresh mountain air, to be able to play some golf and take time to make a birdie — it’s what it’s all about.”
Reelin’ in Appalachia — the WNC Fly Fishing Trail All of Western North Carolina is renowned for its ﬂy ﬁshing, and its reputation continues to grow. Jackson County developed the ﬁrst oﬃcial, mapped ﬂy ﬁshing trail, which has also been emulated by Swain County. And of course there are plenty of outﬁtters and guides ready to take visitors to the best ﬁshing holes in the mountains. Encompassing big rivers, small streams, easy access and backcountry hike-ins, the 15-spot trail was the ﬁrst of its kind in the United States. For more information, visit www.ﬂyﬁshingtrail.com. For details on ﬁshing in Swain County, visit www.greatsmokiesﬁshing.com.
Alongside trail running, hiking and mountain biking, disc golf has become one of the most popular outdoor activities — it really is that much fun. Western North Carolina is home to several fantastic disc golf courses. Here are a handful of local favorites, for beginners all the way up to expert levels: • Beginner — Catamount Links, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee It’s pretty impossible for one to lose their disc on this course. Looping around the athletic fields,
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there are wide-open spaces and sparse tree lines. Though there are only 13 holes, many of them are extended in length, and a real treat to be able to chuck your disc without fear of it disappearing. • Intermediate — Waynesville Disc Golf Course, Waynesville Recreation Center Though plenty of holes are very welcoming for beginners, there are definitely some difficult ones. If you don’t know the 18-hole course, which can be a little tricky to navigate, ask the center for a complimentary map, or simply ask around (lots of folks play this course).
• Advanced — Haywood Community College, Clyde Tranquil, quiet course. Not too many folks around. Holes meander into the woods, which surround the school. Nice trails. The 18-holes are somewhat challenging, but not too far out of reach for intermediate players. • Expert — Richmond Hill, Asheville Quite possibly the most beloved disc golf course in the region, it’s 18 holes of utter chaos looping around a wooded mountain ridge. One hole you’re throwing way uphill, the next it’s back down the other side. Very challenging, but if played with respect and caution (for intermediate players), one can have the time of their lives out there.
As well, there are also courses at Heritage Park (18) in Andrews; Bethel Elementary (9); Meadowbrook Elementary (9) in Canton; and Bear Lake Reserve (9) and the Jackson County Recreation Center (18), both in Cullowhee. For more information on the sport and course locations, visit www.pdga.org.
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Upcoming Events Ongoing • First/Third Thursdays — Community music jam, Bryson City. www.fontanalib.org • First Friday of the Month — Art After Dark, Waynesville. Evening stroll of galleries, restaurants and breweries in downtown. www.downtownwaynesville.com • First Friday of the Month — Art Walk, Murphy. Stroll downtown art galleries, restaurants and shops. www.visitcherokeecountync.com • Memorial Day through Labor Day — Concerts on the Creek, Sylva. www.mountainlovers.com • Memorial Day through September — Groovin’ on the Green, Cashiers. www.visitcashiersvalley.com • Memorial Day to Mid-October — Pickin’ on the Square, Franklin. www.franklin-chamber.com • Late May to Labor Day — Music on the River, Cherokee. www.visitcherokeenc.com • Early June to Labor Day — Pickin’ in the Park, Canton. www.cantonnc.com • Early June to Late October — Bryson City Train Depot concert series. www.greatsmokies.com • Mid-June to October — Friday Night Live, Highlands. www.highlandschamber.org • Late June to Labor Day — Saturdays on Pine concert series, Highlands. www.highlandschamber.org • Thanksgiving-Christmas Eve— Winter Fest, Robbinsville. Arts and crafts fair with other events and activities. www.townofrobbinsville.com • Thanksgiving-Late December — Festival of Trees, Cashiers. Visitors to the central park at the Cashiers Crossroads enjoy twinkling lights and festive decorations. The Village Green becomes home to sparkling evergreens adorned by local businesses and nonprofit organizations. www.villagegreencashiersnc.com • Month of December — Christmas in the Smokies, Fontana Village Resort. www.fontanavillage.com
• June 11-14 — Highlands Motoring Festival. Classic car show, live music, food, tours, and more. www.highlandsinfo.com • June 13 — Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Highlands. One of the nation’s premier environmental and adventure film festivals. www.mountaintrue.org • June 13 — Cherokee Voices Festival. Celebrate Cherokee traditions with music, dance and storytelling. www.visitcherokeenc.com • June 13 — Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration, Waynesville. Appalachian music, dance, crafts and food. www.downtownwaynesville.com • June 18-21 — Taste of Scotland Weekend, Franklin. Celebrating the Scottish heritage in Western North Carolina with music, food and craft demonstrations. www.franklin-chamber.com • June 20 — Front Street Arts & Crafts Show, Dillsboro. www.visitdillsboro.org • June 20-21 — PlottFest, Maggie Valley. Music, food, crafts, clogging and trout fishing. www.plottfest.org • June 20-21 — Highlands Village Square Art & Craft Show. www.highlandsinfo.com • June 26 — Mountain Street Dance, Waynesville. Clogging and square dancing. www.downtownwaynesville.com • June 26-27 — Stecoah Artisans Drive About Stu-
dio Tour. Visit different artists’ studios and galleries. www.stecoahvalleycenter.com • June 27-28 — Mountain Artisans Arts and Craft Show, Franklin. www.mountainartisans.net • June 27-28 – Sapphire Valley Fine Art Show. www.sapphirevalley.com
July • July 3-5 — Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation Pow Wow. Traditional music, dance and culture celebration. www.visitcherokeenc.com • July 4 — Fourth of July Celebration, Andrews. www.visitcherokeecountync.com • July 4 — Stars & Stripes Celebration, Waynesville. www.downtownwaynesville.com • July 4 — Fireworks Celebration, Highlands. www.highlandsinfo.com • July 4 — Red, White & Boom!, Maggie Valley www.maggievalleyfestivalgrounds.org • July 4 — Independence Day Fireworks, Murphy. www.visitcherokeecountync.com • July 4 — Lake Junaluska Fireworks Celebration. www.lakejunaluska.com • July 4 — Independence Day Parade/Celebration, Hayesville. www.ncmtnchamber.com
June • June 4-6 — Cherokee Bluegrass Festival. www.adamsandandersonbluegrass.com • June 6 — CarB-Que, Hayesville. Annual barbecue celebration. www.ncmtnchamber.com • June 6 — Art, River & Music Festival, Murphy. Daylong event of live music, regional artists and outdoor activities. www.cherokeeartscouncil.org
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Additional Resources For more information about WNC, these websites and organizations will have the most up-to-date information: • Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce 36 Montford Ave., Asheville, NC 28801 828.258.6101 • www.ashevillechamber.org • Cashiers Chamber of Commerce 202 Highway 64 West, Cashiers, NC 28717, 828.743.5191 • www.cashiersareachamber.com • Cherokee Chamber of Commerce 516 Tsali Road (US Hwy 441), Cherokee, NC 28719, 877.433.6700 www.cherokeesmokies.com • Cherokee Visitor Center PO Box 460, Cherokee, NC 28719 828.497.9195 • www.cherokee-nc.com
CALENDAR • July 4 — 4th of July Parade/Fireworks Celebration, Franklin. www.franklin-chamber.com • July 4 — Fourth of July Celebration. Sylva. www.jacksonnc.org/parks-and-recreation.html • July 4 — Glenville Fireworks. www.friendsoflakeglenville.com • July 4 — 4th of July Fireworks Show, Cherokee. www.nc-cherokee.com • July 4 — Sapphire Valley Yankee Doodle Dandy Day. www.sapphirevalley.com • July 4 — Freedom Fest, Bryson City. www.greatsmokies.com • July 10 — Mountain Street Dance, Waynesville. Clogging and square dancing. www.downtownwaynesville.com • July 10-12 — Festival on the Square, Hayesville. Craft vendors, food, live music and other activities. www.ncmtnchamber.com • July 11-12 — Maggie Valley Summer Arts & Crafts Festival. www.maggievalley.org • July 16-26 — Folkmoot USA. Two-week international dance and music festival. Held throughout Western North Carolina. www.folkmootusa.org • July 18 — Arts & Crafts Market, Dillsboro. www.visitdillsboro.org • July 18 — ArtFest, Waynesville. Live music, dance, art vendors and demonstrations. www.downtownwaynesville.com
• Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce 805 Highway 64 West, Murphy, NC 28906, 828.837.2242 www.cherokeecountychamber.com • Clay County Chamber of Commerce 388 Highway 64 Business, Hayesville, NC 28904 828.389.3704 www.claycounty-nc-chamber.com • Downtown Waynesville Association PO Box 1409, Waynesville, NC 28786 828.456.3517 • www.downtownwaynesville.com • Franklin Chamber of Commerce 425 Porter St., Franklin, NC 28734 828.524.3161 • www.franklin-chamber.com • Graham County Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 1206, Robbinsville, NC 28771 828.479.3790 • www.grahamchamber.com • Great Smoky Mountains National Park 107 Park Headquarters Rd., Gatlinburg, TN 37738 865.436.1200 • www.nps/gov.grsm
• Haywood County Chamber of Commerce 28 Walnut St., Waynesville, NC 28786 828.456.3021 • www.haywood-nc.com • Haywood County Tourism Development Authority 44 N. Main St., Waynesville, NC 28786 828.452.0152 • www.visitncsmokies.com • Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center 269 Oak Street, Highlands, NC 28741 828.526.2112 • www.highlandschamber.org • Jackson County Chamber of Commerce 773 W. Main St., Sylva, NC 28779 828.586.2155 • www.mountainlovers.com • Maggie Valley Area Visitors Bureau PO Box 279, Maggie Valley, NC 28751 828.926.1686 • www.maggievalley.org • Swain County Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 509, Bryson City, NC 28713 828.488.3681 • www.greatsmokies.com
• July 18 — Franklin Folk Festival. Living exhibits of authentic mountain living, food and entertainment. www.franklinfolkfestival.com • July 23-26 — Macon County Gemboree, Franklin. Rough and cut gems, fine jewelry, demonstrations. www.franklin-chamber.com • July 24 — Mountain Street Dance, Waynesville. Clogging and square dancing. www.downtownwaynesville.com • July 24-25 — Smokin’ in the Valley WNC BBQ Festival, Maggie Valley. www.maggievalley.org • July 31-Aug. 1 — Hillbilly Woodstock, Maggie Valley. Celebrating Western North Carolina’s rich musical history and heritage. www.maggievalley.org
August • Aug. 7 — Mountain Street Dance, Waynesville. Clogging and square dancing. www.downtownwaynesville.com • Aug. 7-8 — Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam. www.finescreek.org • Aug. 7-8 — Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show, Franklin. www.mountainhighbbqfestival.com • Aug. 8-9 — Lake Logan Multisport Festival. Triathlon. www.gloryhoundevents.com • Aug. 8-9 — Sapphire Valley Fine Art Show. www.sapphirevalley.com • Aug. 14-16 — Maggie Valley Summer Rally. Music, barbeque, bike shows. www.maggievalleyrallys.com • Aug. 15 — Waynesville Beer Faire. Local and regional craft beer festival. www.waynesvillebeer.com
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• Aug. 15 — Blue Ridge Breakaway at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. An annual cycling event in support of the initiatives of the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce. www.blueridgebreakaway.com • Aug. 21 — Main Street Mile, Waynesville. Onemile road race through downtown. www.downtownwaynesville.com • Aug. 29-30 — Highlands Village Square Art & Craft Show. www.highlandsinfo.com
September • Early September — Cherokee BBQ & Bluegrass Throwdown. www.visitcherokeenc.com • Sept. 4 — Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley Arts & Crafts Show. Labor Day celebration. www.cashiers411.com • Sept. 4-5 — Seven Clans Rodeo, Cherokee. www.visitcherokeenc.com • Sept. 4-5 — Smoky Mountain Folk Festival at Lake Junaluksa’s Stuart Auditorium. Two nights of the finest traditional music and dancing in the region. www.lakejunaluska.com • Sept. 4-6 — Railfest Celebration, Bryson City. Celebrating the anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Storytelling, music, dance, food and special excursions. www.gsmr.com • Sept. 5 — Block Party, Waynesville. Music, food and activities. www.downtownwaynesville.com • Sept. 5-6 — Cashiers Valley Arts & Crafts Fair. www.cashiersrotary.org • Sept. 5-6 — Maggie Valley Labor Day Weekend Craft Show. www.maggievalleycraftshows.com. • Sept. 5-7 – Canton Labor Day Celebration. Weekend of free live music, rides, crafts, food and parade. www.cantonlaborday.com • Sept. 11-13 — Thunder in the Smokies Fall Motorcycle Rally, Maggie Valley. www.handlebarcorral.com • Sept. 12 — Shining Rock Riverfest, Bethel. Live local and regional music and activities. • Sept. 12 — Dazzling Dahlia Festival, Highlands. www.highlandschamber.org • Sept. 19 — Arts & Crafts Market, Dillsboro. www.visitdillsboro.org • Sept. 19 — Jackson County Green Energy Park Youth Arts Festival, Dillsboro. Annual hands-on art activities, entertainment, with dozens of professional art demonstrations. www.jcgep.org • Sept. 25-27 — Guest Appreciation Festival, Nantahala Outdoor Center. www.noc.com • Sept. 26 — Mountain Heritage Day, Cullowhee. Annual celebration featuring live Appalachian music, crafters, artisans and vendors. www.wcu.edu.
October • Oct. 2-3 — Maggie Valley Oktoberfest. Live music, craft beer, craft and food vendors. www.maggievalleyoktoberfest.com • Oct. 3 — Taste of Sylva. Seventeen restaurants participate in this culinary celebration throughout downtown. Food and beverage tastings, live music and an array of dishes to choose from. www.mainstreetsylva.org • Oct. 3 — ColorFest, Dillsboro. Over 40 local artist demonstrations in downtown. Craft and food vendors. www.mountainlovers.com • Oct. 3-4 — Sapphire Valley Arts & Crafts Show. Handmade crafts, folk art, music and food vendors. www.sapphirevalley.com • Oct. 3-4 — Fall Festival, Brasstown. Live music, craft booths and food vendors. www.folkschool.org
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• Oct. 6-10 — Cherokee Indian Fair. Carnival and agricultural show, with live music, games, food vendors and more. www.visitcherokeenc.com • Oct. 8-10 — Autumn Leaves Craft Show, Franklin. Unique handmade crafts and artisans booths at the Macon County Fairgrounds. www.franklin-chamber.com • Oct. 10 — Church Street Art & Craft Show, Waynesville. Over 20,000 visitors pass through this festival throughout downtown. Dozens of artisan booths, food vendors, as well as live Appalachian music and craft demonstrations. www.churchstfest.com • Oct. 10 — Highlands Own Arts & Crafts Show and Hometown Day. www.highlandsnc.org • Oct. 10-11 — October Leaves Craft Show, Maggie Valley. Appalachian artisan and craft booths, food vendors and more. www.mvcraftshows.com • Oct. 16-18 — Leaf Lookers Gemboree, Franklin. Gem show featuring dealers from all over the Southeast offering fine jewelry and precious stones. www.franklin-chamber.com • Oct. 16-18 — Harvest Festival, Robbinsville. A three-day event of evening campfires, storytelling, country fair, live music/dance and more at the Stecoah Valley Center. www.stecoahvalleycenter.com • Oct. 17 — Chili Cook Off, Bryson City. A renowned chili cook off in downtown, with craft vendors, train rides and live music. www.greatsmokies.com • Oct. 17 — Oktoberfest, Dillsboro. Live music, food, craft beer and activities. www.visitdillsboro.org • Oct. 17 — Apple Harvest Festival, Waynesville. Live artisan demonstrations, Appalachian music, clogging and dozens of craft booths and food vendors. Over 40,000 people stroll through downtown during the celebration. www.haywoodapplefest.com • Oct. 17-18 — Punkin Chunkin, Brasstown. Annual event testing the talents of pumpkin tossers. www.ncmtnchamber.com • Oct. 17-18 — Maggie Valley Fall Arts & Crafts Festival. Craft booths, food vendors and more. www.maggievalley.org • Oct. 24 — Pumpkin Fest, Franklin. Street festival with live music, pumpkin rolling contest, parade, hayrides and more. www.franklin-chamber.com • Oct. 24 — NOCtoberfest, Nantahala Gorge. Pumpkin decoration, live music, costume contest, activities for all ages, as well as the Great Pumpkin Pursuit in the Nantahala River. www.noc.com • Oct. 31 — Highlands All Hallows Eve Celebration. Trick or treating, children’s activities and more. www.highlandschamber.org • Oct. 31 — Treats on the Street, Waynesville. Merchants offer treats to children in a safe, downtown environment. www.downtownwaynesville.com • Oct. 31 — Downtown Trick or Treat, Bryson City. Safe, fun downtown trick or treating by local merchants for children and families. www.greatsmokies.com
• Late October — Catch the Spirit of Appalachia: Celebration of the Arts, Bryson City. Storytelling, spontaneous art, exhibits and readings. www.mountainlovers.com • Late October — Fall Festival, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. Costume contest, hayrides, trick or treating, games, music, food and more. www.franklin-chamber.com • Late October — Hauntober Weekend, Fontana Village Resort. Halloween events and activities for all ages. Ghost tours and hayrides. www.fontanavillage.com • Late October — Hiker Jam Octoberfest, Cashiers. Day of local/regional music and craft beer. www.hikerjam.ticketleap.com
November • Early November — Cheoah Storytelling Festival, Robbinsville. Writing workshops, storytelling and musical performances. www.townofrobbinsville.com • Early November — Mountain Shapes & Colors, Bryson City. Daylong event filled with 20 craft vendors, food, live music and artisan demonstrations. www.greatsmokies.com • Nov. 5 — Highlands Culinary Weekend. Multi-day celebration of local food, restaurants and beverages. www.highlandschamber.org • Nov. 7 — WNC Pottery Festival, Dillsboro. Featuring master potters, the daylong event includes live demonstrations and craft booths. The festival was recently named a “Top 20 Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society, which represents 12 states. www.wncpotteryfestival.com • Nov. 11 — Veteran’s Day Parade, Franklin. Downtown celebration. www.franklin-chamber.com • Nov. 11 — Veteran’s Day Celebration, Cherokee. www.visitcherokeenc.com • Nov. 14 — Heritage Arts Holiday Festival, Bryson City. Handmade crafts and more. www.greatsmokies.com • Nov. 26-29 — Thanksgiving Family Festivities, Fontana Village Resort. Live entertainment, guided hikes, square dancing and a classic Thanksgiving feast. www.fontanavillage.com • Nov. 27-28 — Hard Candy Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival, Cullowhee. An variety of Appalachian artisans, holiday craft booths and more. www.mountainartisans.net • Nov. 27-28 — Stecoah Artisans Drive About Tour, Robbinsville. Enjoy the works of multiple artisan studios and galleries. www.stecoahvalleycenter.com • Nov. 28 — Bryson City Spirit of Christmas. Holiday celebration of caroling and downtown cheer. www.greatsmokies.com • Nov. 28 — Christmas Tree Lighting, Highlands. Caroling, refreshments and a visit from Santa. www.highlands-chamber.com • Nov. 28 — Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Service, Franklin.
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www.holidaysinfranklin.com • Nov. 28 — Winter Wonderland, Franklin. Holiday festival, live music, Santa Claus, and more. www.holidaysinfranklin.com • Nov. 29 — Christmas Parade, Franklin. Celebrate the holidays with a downtown parade and special appearance by Santa. www.franklin-chamber.com
December • Early December — Canton Christmas Parade. www.cantonnc.com • Early December — Christmas Parade, Brasstown. www.ncmtnchamber.com • Early December — Cherokee Christmas Bazaar. Handmade crafts, food and more. www.visitcherokeenc.com
• Dec. 4 — Hometown Christmas Celebration, Murphy. Tree lighting, live entertainment, stroll downtown, and more. www.visitcherokeecountync.com • Dec. 4-5 — Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries. Jackson County town is lit with luminaries, stores host open houses, Santa, children’s activities, horse and buggy rides, music. www.visitdillsboro.org • Dec. 5 — Christmas Arts & Crafts Show, Robbinsville. www.stecoahvalleycenter.com • Dec. 5 — Lighting of the Square, Hayesville. www.ncmtnchamber.com • Dec. 5 — Christmas Parade, Sylva. www.mountainlovers.com • Dec. 5 — Hometown Christmas Parade, Murphy. www.visitcherokeecountync.com • Dec. 5 —Bryson City Christmas Parade. Floats, marching bands, homecoming queens and more. www.greatsmokies.com • Dec. 5 — Cherokee Christmas Parade. www.visitcherokeenc.com • Dec. 5 — Highlands Christmas Parade. www.highlandschamber.org • Dec. 5 — Winter Wonderland, Franklin. Holiday festival, live music, Santa Claus, and more. www.holidaysinfranklin.com • Dec. 5 — Hometown Christmas Parade, Murphy. www.cherokeecountychamber.com • Dec. 7 — Waynesville Christmas Parade. www.downtownwaynesville.com • Dec. 11-12 — Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries. Jackson County town is lit with luminaries, stores host open houses, Santa, children’s activities, horse and buggy rides, music. www.visitdillsboro.org • Dec. 12 — “A Night Before Christmas,” Waynesville. A family holiday celebration in downtown, filled with live music, caroling, old-fashioned wagon ride, storytelling and a special appearance by Santa. www.downtownwaynesville.com • Dec. 12 — Christmas Parade, Andrews. www.visitcherokeecountync.com • Dec. 12 — Cashiers Christmas Parade. A traditional parade celebrating the holidays in the Cashiers Area. Visitors and local residents alike can join in the fun with marching bands, floats, dancers, horses, dogs, antique fire engines and more. www.cashiers411.com • Dec. 19 — Holiday Homecoming, Cherokee. A holiday celebration at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. www.greatsmokies.com • Dec. 31 — Possum Drop, Brasstown. Annual event celebrating the New Year and possums. www.ncmtnchamber.com • Dec. 31 — New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Cherokee. www.visitcherokeenc.com • Dec. 31 — New Year’s Eve Reception and Gala, Bryson City. Celebrate the end of the year with a ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Dinner, live music and champagne toast. www.gsmr.com
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Located across from The Terrace in the Harrell Center
Largest & Finest Jewelry, Gem & Mineral shop in the Southeast!
Free Museum Large selection of 14k, sterling, jewelry, mountings and cut stones. Tumblers, lapidary equipment and supplies. Custom cutting, mounting, setting sizing, repair on site. Now carrying children’s jewelry by Kiddie KraftTM as well as a full line of birthstone rings earrings and pendant sets. Healing stones, rare, and collector gems & minerals available in rough, polished, and set in designer jewelry.
Tues-Sat 10-5 Closed Sun & Mon 60
800.821.RUBY • 828.524.3967 www.rubycity.com • gems@Rubycity.com
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