The beginning of 2018 is here. The holidays are over and you’re getting back to your normal routine, all of which can be incredibly stressful. You deserve some rest and relaxation to start your year off right. The mountain towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro and Sylva in Jackson County, North Carolina await with tranquil outdoor vistas, cozy accommodations, mouthwatering sweet treats and more for plenty of ways to treat yourself.
Move at your own pace and take in the great outdoors by exploring one of Jackson County’s many hiking trails. Take in the lofty views, the soothing sounds of fast-flowing water and crisp mountain air that surrounds you. Enjoy the sunrise and sunset each day – they’re free and absolutely breathtaking. Maybe even consider camping under the stars to breathe the fresh air while you sleep and reconnect with nature.
Leisurely wander around Dillsboro’s walkable five square blocks where you’ll find local gift shops and art galleries to explore. Dillsboro is known as a local artisan hub that is full of functioning studios. Be sure to stop in and meet the talented artists as they work – Dogwood Crafters and Riverwood Pottery are just a few to be sure to visit. Splurge with a handcrafted piece that is perfect for you!
Sylva also offers a pedestrian-friendly Main Street with locally-owned shops, cafes, boutiques and other rarities. Sylva’s shopping scene consists of six stores perfect for vintage market shopping that sell a variety of clothes, antiques and mid-century modern collectibles. Be sure to stop into the towns popular vintage record and used book stores to treat your ears and eyes. In Your Ear Music Emporium, is an independent music store and vintage vinyl record store. Actor Woody Harrelson stopped in to buy Willie Nelson vinyl when he was in town shooting his most recent Golden Globe winning film, Three Billboards. These local stores are perfect for bringing home those one-of-a-kind finds.
If you’d like to spend your day in Cashiers, take a stroll along 107 North and South to the stores located near the Village Green and Cashiers Crossroads, and explore all the unique shops that range from antiques to upscale boutiques and giftshops. Zoller Hardware, Gifts, Gadgets & Mercantile, Karma For Good Things, Firemoss Pottery, and McCulley’s Scottish Cashmere are a few excellent choices where you can find the gifts you really wanted for yourself.
In Cashiers, the quality of local restaurants will leave as much of a lasting impression as the towering mountainscapes that surround you. Treat yourself to mouthwatering meals at some local dining favorites like The Orchard, Winslow’s Hideaway, Library Kitchen + Bar, or Canyon Kitchen, all of which are excellent choices for an exceptional dining experience.
Jackson County has plenty of spots that specialize in sweet treats. Stop by Dillsboro Chocolate Factory, or Baxley’s for a delicious pick-me-up and indulge in handmade chocolates made from the highest quality ingredients. Over in Cashiers, Cream and Flutter is famous for their beautiful, decadent cupcakes, brownies, enlarged Pinwheel French Macaroons and much more. Go ahead and stock up for the ride home.
Pamper yourself by spending a relaxing day at one of Jackson County’s spas. Fusions Spa, located in downtown Sylva, is the perfect way to recharge with its extensive menu of offerings, including Himalayan Salt Stone and Thai massages, the Fusions Signature Facial, an Infra-Red Inversion Therapy Table, and much more. Canyon Spa at Lonesome Valley is another soothing option. The spa is in the restored Caretaker’s Cottage overlooking Lonesome Valley’s 800 acres and offers a full array of natural body and facial treatments, therapies and products to promote wellness and total relaxation. Choose anything from their Farmhouse Transforming Facial to the Hydration Body Treatment, and anything in between. Lastly, the Hampton Spa & Health Club, part of the High Hampton Resort, is a world-class spa in the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering signature treatments, like a Warm Stone Massage, Clay Body Masque or Body Polish, among many other services. You could also visit the Meditation Center in Sylva for free guided meditations.
Take the edge off with a delicious craft beer from Innovation Brewing or Balsam Falls Brewing Co. If you prefer wine, check out Papous Wine Shop in Sylva. Papous is one of the premier wine shops in Jackson County that specializes in international wines. Their selection rotates regularly, so you’re sure to find something for every palate. Take a seat at the bar and enjoy a glass, or sample a bottle before you buy it. Papous also offers regular tastings on Fridays and Saturdays. Additionally, The Cut Cocktail Lounge and The Paper Mill Lounge and Theatre both offer a fun environment and an extensive list of hand-crafted cocktails that incorporate local flavors and fresh ingredients.
If you really want to relax and forget the planning, you can arrange to have Leap Frog Tours create a custom excursion and do door-to-door pickup and drop off. You dream it and they can do it!
With many accommodations offering reduced winter rates, you don’t have to break the bank to spoil yourself with a relaxing getaway to refresh and recharge in Jackson County, NC. Book your getaway today!