While we reminisce the good times and look forward to brighter days ahead, now may be the year to begin new traditions with those closest to you. Give the gift of memories this year in the North Carolina Mountains of Jackson County. Spend the holidays relaxing – enjoying the rustic charm of a lakeside cabin, listening to the crackle of a log fireplace, while the kids spend time away from their screens. Unplug, and be as off the grid as you want to be, leaving your worries and emails behind as you recharge and reconnect with your loved ones.
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.
There’s nothing quite like the excitement that comes with the first feels of fall. You can smell it in the crisp mountain air, you can see the leaves starting to transform from vibrant greens to sunset hues, and you can feel a sense of general anticipation from the people around you when this popular season starts to peek through.
Although fall brings leaf lookers from near and far, we’ve created a guide to help you find “your adventure off the beaten path.” Making Jackson County, NC, your home base for leaf looking, especially during the week, gives you the best lodging rates, no waits, and little traffic to navigate.
Golden hour is the period of daytime shortly after sunrise or before sunset, when daylight is redder and softer than when the sun is higher in the sky, making for some of the best viewing experiences. Jackson County’s elevation and peaks make it a favorite for visitors to enjoy this unmatched part of the day. At our overlooks, it is possible to see for miles, taking in the endless valleys and peaks that seem to await endlessly in the distance.
On nice summer evenings when temperatures drop down with the sun, and the mountain breeze picks up, there is no better place to dine in Jackson County than in a beautiful outdoor setting. Whether you’re looking for a table for the whole family to try some delicious local fare, a romantic date night under the stars or a cool place to enjoy a flight of craft beer, there are plenty of dining options to set the perfect scene in the mountain towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro and Sylva.
Y’all, it’s hot outside! Summer is a delightful time of the year and although the temperatures may be peaking, there is a place not too far away where you can escape and beat the heat of summer. The North Carolina Mountain towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro and Sylva not only offer a wide array of outdoor adventure options to explore, but they also provide the ideal temperatures to enjoy them comfortably. While urban cities can expect an average August temperature of 90-plus degrees, morning temperatures in Jackson County start around 60 degrees and in higher elevations maintain a comfortable mid-70s all day long.
Nothing better represents the combination of adventure and recreation than the parachute hammock. Whether you’re looking for a place to hang while watching the sun set over the mountains, resting after a rigorous hike, reading your favorite book, or snuggling with your pup, Jackson County offers stunning and secluded hammock hotspots worth seeking and sharing. Home to the most named summits in the state, (185 to be exact), jaw-dropping vistas, Jackson County contains all you could want in a mountain escape. Venture to this natural paradise with a hammock in tow and find out why Jackson County is the official “Hammock Adventure Capital of the U.S.A.”
Sunsets along the Blue Ridge Parkway, hikes to hidden waterfalls, and relaxing in our historic mountain towns are all favorite memories in the NC Mountains. Those memories are the best thing we can hold on to right now – good memories that last a lifetime. Reminiscing can help us stay positive even during hard times.
For the time being, travel may be on hold, but that doesn’t stop daydreaming and getting inspiration for a trip. Since you can’t come to us right now, we wanted to bring the Western North Carolina Mountain Towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro and Sylva to you, to enjoy in the comfort and safety of your own home. We invite you to satisfy the urge to travel with a virtual tour and 360-degree viewing experience of our most awe-inspiring attractions, vistas and views.