Find Your Perfect Holiday Centerpiece: Choose and Cut Guide to Jackson County

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Find Your Perfect Holiday Centerpiece: Choose and Cut Guide to Jackson County

The return of the holiday season means reminiscing on years past, spending time with loved ones and sharing in traditions that are carried on through generations of families year-after-year. One such tradition that we enjoy being a part of in Jackson County is to choose and cut your own Christmas tree. Thanks to our county’s elevation, location, quality soil conditions and abundant rainfall, the county is perfectly situated for growing beautiful Christmas trees. In fact, genetics show our trees are the fastest-growing, most aesthetically pleasing trees in the region. As a result, Jackson County is home to many locally and family-owned Christmas tree farms offering a gorgeous selection of these holiday decoration centerpieces.

Why You Should Visit Jackson County, NC During Secret Season

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Why You Should Visit Jackson County, NC During Secret Season

We all vacation in hopes to find a secret escape where we can experience our own little piece of paradise that is away from the large crowds. During the winter to early-spring months, the Western NC mountain towns of Jackson County, NC offer just that! Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro and Sylva come alive during this ‘secret season’, offering visitors a wide array of hidden benefits to traveling during this less crowded and more affordable time of year. Within driving distance of many of the Southeast’s biggest cities, Jackson County is bustling with activities for every kind of traveler, including winter hiking to frozen waterfalls, scenic drives through the rolling mountainsides, quality shopping, a thriving culinary scene and much more. Winter – particularly midweek – is the ideal time to enjoy the best of winter travel without the crowds and the most affordable accommodations. Unplug, unwind, sit back and relax. The downtime you’ve starts here. Your adventure awaits When visiting Jackson County during the secret season, you’ll love being able to take advantage of front row “seats” at the prime scenic viewing spots, have the best photo backdrops all to yourself, or the grab the best seat in the house at the county’s most popular dining spots. Traveling during secret season provides visitors a chance to try the best eats in the county.  Plus, with minimal to no wait, you can select the best seat in the house for the perfect secret season dining experience. Another bonus? The potential of a snowy vacation. […]

Best Views for Experiencing Fall in Jackson County

Best Views for Experiencing Fall in Jackson County

Autumn has finally arrived in the Southeast, bringing with it cooler temps and spectacular fall foliage. Known for sweeping mountain views, the Western North Carolina mountain towns of Jackson County are expecting spectacular color this year. Whether this is your first or hundredth time visiting Jackson County, now is the best time to plan a trip to enjoy all the beauty the region has to offer. The best time to experience the fall colors with lighter crowds is during the week. Monday through Wednesday is the ideal time to plan your stay to receive the lowest rates, experience smaller crowds and have the colorful views to yourself thanks to the lightest foot traffic of the season. In addition, there will be low wait times at resident favorite restaurants, less traffic resulting in shorter drive times between attractions and more one-on-one time with the people that make Jackson County so special at locally-owned businesses. So, go ahead and take advantage of those unused vacation days to get the best out of the fall season here! Due to Jackson County’s geographic location between 2,000 and 6,000 feet above sea level, fall’s colors last well over a month here, ranging from early October to mid-November. Plus, the area’s mild temperatures lend themselves to a very vibrant season, with prolonged color in the lower elevations. Best views for fall hues Throughout Jackson County, you’ll find a wide array of opportunities to experience the brightest fall color. Whether biking, hiking or driving, you’ll find elevated […]

8 Insider Tips to Autumn in the North Carolina Mountains

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8 Insider Tips to Autumn in the North Carolina Mountains

Listed as one of the “Top 10 Destinations for Fall Foliage,” by USA Today, the Western NC mountain towns of Jackson County are a must-visit for a seasonal getaway. According to WCU Biologist, Beverly Collins, “the mountains of Western North Carolina should produce a typically bright display of fall leaf color this year.” Beginning in early September, vibrant reds, yellows and oranges will start lining the towns surrounding peaks and inviting guests from all over to experience fall in these cozy, quaint mountain towns. Although well-known for our popular hikes, waterfalls and outdoor adventures, the area is also home to incredible sights and hidden experiences that are more under the radar. Some of the best parts of a visit to the area during the fall months involve attractions that may be more off the beaten path. Here are eight insider tips to fully experience fall in Jackson County. 1. Uncover the best spots for viewing fall foliage. Given Jackson County is home to the most named peaks in North Carolina, it’s no wonder also has the best locations for viewing the autumnal hues when fall arrives. Drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway in search of overlooks to take in the spectacular sights. A few favorites include Richland Balsam and Waterrock Knob. Another breathtaking view awaits high atop Whiteside Mountain. Set out on the Whiteside Mountain Trail to find yourself surrounded by glorious fall foliage. Another popular spot for leaf-lookers is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where you can check […]

Pack a Picnic and Enjoy the Views in the N.C. Mountains

Pack a Picnic and Enjoy the Views in the N.C. Mountains

From hiking and biking to fishing and camping, there’s so much to do in and around the mountain towns of Jackson County during the summertime, it is hard to beat as the perfect summer getaway. Along with endless adventures, the area is home to an excellent al fresco dining scene with places for picnics, patios and more to enjoy a meal in the great outdoors and take in the area’s beautiful natural surroundings.

Find Your Basecamp for Adventure in Western N.C.

Find Your Basecamp for Adventure in Western N.C.

Covering 494 square miles of the Western N.C. mountains, the towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro and Sylva are home to some of the best hiking, fishing, backpacking and other nature pursuits. The area is also ideally located to many of the Southeast’s top visitor attractions. Thanks to its central location in the middle of two of the most popular National Park Sites, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Jackson County makes an ideal and affordable home base for all adventures in this beautiful part of the state.

Celebrate Spring in Western N.C. at Greening Up the Mountains

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Celebrate Spring in Western N.C. at Greening Up the Mountains

Spring has sprung in the Western North Carolina mountains, making it a fantastic time to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. One of best ways of doing just that is by attending the popular Greening Up the Mountains festival in downtown Sylva. Now in its 22nd year, this highly-anticipated annual event celebrates the arrival of spring, making it the perfect time for a spring weekend getaway.

Plan Your N.C. Beer Month Getaway

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Plan Your N.C. Beer Month Getaway

With more than 260 craft breweries throughout North Carolina, it’s no wonder there is an entire month dedicated to celebrate the state’s beer culture. NC Beer Month, which will be celebrated in April, is now in its seventh year. With a growing craft beer scene of its own, Jackson County proudly welcomes visitors to come sample the smooth golden ales, hoppy IPAs and other tasty offerings at its trail of local breweries.

Guide to Best Spring Hikes in Western N.C.

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Guide to Best Spring Hikes in Western N.C.

Tucked away in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Jackson County overflows with breathtaking vistas, scenic valleys and beautiful waterfalls. The best way to immerse yourself and take in the area’s natural beauty is by taking a hike along one of the area’s many diverse trails. With temperatures on the rise and nature bursting forth into new life, spring is a wonderful time to come and explore the region.

Your Spring Mountain Getaway Awaits

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Your Spring Mountain Getaway Awaits

Now is the time of year when many of us are dreaming of warmer weather and getting outdoors. We’ve been cooped up all winter and are itching to step outside and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. With Spring Break just around the corner, we invite you to break away from the crowded tourist traps and party towns, and head to the mountains to visit Jackson County, N.C. Our towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro and Sylva offer affordable adventures that everyone in your party will enjoy. Experience all the relaxation, outdoor adventure, and scenic beauty that our mountain towns have to offer, and wind down your evenings at our local breweries, bars and restaurants. We have all you need to plan the perfect getaway, grown-up style. Get Back to Nature The Western North Carolina mountains are home to miles upon miles of hiking trails perfect for any skill level. Whether you’re looking for a trail that weaves through lush forests, passes by scenic overlooks or ends with a stunning waterfall, you’ll find all of that and more on our trails. To cool off, grab a kayak or raft and hit the rivers traversing the county. Choose something gentle for a relaxing ride or go for a thrilling whitewater adventure. If fishing is more your style, head out on the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail®, which marks 15 spots for fishing. The local guides located throughout the area have you covered for group or solo fly fishing trips. Or, if […]