Finding the perfect gift for family members and friends can be difficult, but our NC Mountain towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, and Sylva make it easier than you’d think. Avoid the crowded malls and take a shopping sabbatical to Jackson County – located about an hour west of Asheville for some of the best handmade gifts in the mountains.
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.
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.
November is Native American Heritage Month, and The Qualla Boundary or Cherokee as it’s more commonly known, in the Great Smoky mountains of Western North Carolina, offers several authentic ways to learn about the culture of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.
Although we may be focused on fall, big box stores already have the fake trees and inflatable Santas out, reminding us that it may be time to start making arrangements for the holidays. What better place to gather with friends and family this season than in a cozy mountain home in beautiful Jackson County, NC?
Autumn is here, bringing along with it crisp, clean, and cool mountain air and the beauty of changing leaves. In celebration of the new season, we invite you to submit your best fall pictures captured in Jackson County during our ‘Fall for the NC Mountains’ photo contest running now through November 13th, 2022.
Mark your calendars for what has been named one of the Southeast’s “Top 20 Art Events.” With over 40 master potters from 15 different states, this fall arts festival is not to be missed. The ever-popular WNC Pottery Festival will take place on November 5, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sylva’s Bridge Park.
Fall is a special time of year in the NC Mountains. Along with the famous hues of autumn comes North Carolina Beer Month in October, which celebrates craft breweries across the state. Throughout Jackson County, there are over 120 locally crafted beverages on tap to satisfy the tastebuds of craft beer lovers, including some of the very best IPAs, sours, and seasonal autumn brews.
Fall is here and it’s time to start planning your trip to the NC Mountains. Check out our Fall Adventure Itinerary for the best views, hikes, and flavors of fall.
Overlooking Main Street in the town of Sylva is the Historic Jackson County Courthouse. This iconic landmark is a staple of North Carolina architecture, and with the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains as the backdrop, it’s known as the most photographed courthouse in the state.