What’s New This Season in the Mountains of Jackson County, N.C.

So, what’s new? Lots in Jackson County, N.C.! Our mountain towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro and Sylva are buzzing this season with new dining experiences, shops, events and unique accommodations to enjoy on your next visit. So, make plans to escape the heat and crowds of the city and head to the crisp, clean and cool mountain air of western North Carolina!

Dillsboro Art Walk 

Dillsboro has a rich history of creative expression, and a new summer event will celebrate its artisans. On July 20, from 2 to 7 p.m., the Dillsboro Art Walk will transform its village sidewalks and streets into a giant studio or “live canvas,” where artists create new works for all to enjoy (or purchase!). Come meander through the town, watch artists work, and enjoy the galleries and shops while engaging with creators and makers!

New Eats and Drinks

Originating as a popular food truck, Breadheads Tiki Shak brings a slice of tropical paradise to Sylva‘s Main Street. Quickly earning a reputation as a place to go for fun vibes, its menu offers creative takes on familiar dishes, with an emphasis on international flavors, making it an ideal spot for a casual meal or a night out with friends.

Also new to the Sylva culinary scene is Blue Ridge Bootleg Coffee, opening soon on Main Street, with its unique approach to the perfect cup of joe. With varieties such as Organic Popskull Pitch and Appalachian Gold, this coffeehouse is committed to a smooth, rich taste without acidity and ethically-sourced, single-origin coffees carefully crafted in small batches.

Down the road in Cullowhee, Rodgers Bros is the new place to go to catch a sporting event on TV while you enjoy classic American fare and cool drinks. It’s also the place you can go to enjoy the authentic recipes for Speedy’s pizza, once a longtime staple and area favorite.

Go (Fly) Fish

For years, Brookings Anglers has been known for its quality approach to fly fishing, from the types of gear offered in its retail shop to the expertise of its guides. Now, the Cashiers outfitter has expanded its footprint and experiences with its new, lakeside location. Still located near the Cashiers crossroads, Brookings beautiful space includes The Blue Line Bar, a tribute to the smaller waterways shown on a map where trout may be found. With seating at the indoor bar, fly-tying table, screened-in porch and outside patio, your options to relax and have fun are plentiful!

Be Well on Your Way

Sylva recently welcomed a new, locally-owned business with health and wellness in mind. Located on West Main Street in Sylva, Organic BodyWorkx features responsibly-made body products for your hair and skin as well as other natural wellness items, such as cold-pressed juice and easy but healthy meals. Stop by for rejuvenating body care – inside and out – and experience a holistic approach to health and beauty.

In Cullowhee, construction is underway on a new Jackson County Aquatic Center, scheduled to open this summer. The 30,000-plus square foot addition to the existing Jackson County Recreation Center will feature a six-lane lap pool, a leisure pool, an outdoor patio area, two party rooms, new locker rooms and a new entrance lobby. Located on Cullowhee Mountain Road, the new facility plans to offer several options for visitors, members and guests to enjoy the new center. Curious about construction? Click here for its live feed.

Coming Soon: The Jarrett House & Hotel Sylva 

In 1884, the Mount Beulah Hotel was built in the village of Dillsboro and this year – 140 years later – the property most recently known as The Jarrett House plans to reopen mid-year after an extensive renovation. Its new owner, a Sylva native, is painstakingly restoring the beloved inn with a vision of returning it to its peak grandeur. Once known for its family-style dining and cozy lodging, The Jarrett House was a beloved staple in Jackson County.

One town over, Hotel Sylva is underway with plans to open this summer. The former Blue Ridge Inn on Main Street is undergoing a complete renovation under new ownership. Its location next to the iconic Jackson County Courthouse/Public Library will allow guests to walk to Sylva’s restaurants, boutiques and bookstores.

Make New Memories

Don’t delay making your plans to visit Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro and Sylva! When the temperatures turn up, you’ll want to escape to the elevated mountain life where things are cooler and time slows down as memories are made. Discover the perfect cabin, Airbnb, boutique inn, or hotel for your next trip, and check out our Trip Planner for even more inspiration!

Featured photos courtesy of Mary Anne Barker, Rodgers Bros and  Brookings Anglers

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