Your Guide to the Best Springtime Celebrations in the N.C. Mountains

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Your Guide to the Best Springtime Celebrations in the N.C. 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.

Partial Solar Eclipse

Partial Solar Eclipse

On April 8, 2024, Jackson County, NC will experience a partial solar eclipse! Approximately 85% of the sun will be obscured in the area, with the maximum point happening at 3:08 p.m. A solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, blocking the face of the Sun. The sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk. The solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States and Canada. Make your lodging reservations and get ready to experience this celestial phenomenon in the NC Mountains! Solar Eclipse Safety: During an eclipse, it is not safe to look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection for solar viewing. Viewing any part of the bright Sun through a camera lens, binoculars or a telescope without a special-purpose solar filter secured over the front of the optics will instantly cause severe eye injury.  

Stay Inside and Play On!

Stay Inside and Play On!

Jackson County is known for its beautiful outdoors, but there’s plenty of fun to be had indoors, too – especially when Mother Nature brings cool or rainy weather. To help you navigate those inside days, we’ve created this Guide to Amazing Indoor Adventures in Jackson County, NC! Catamount Jaxe – Cullowhee Can you hit the bullseye? A new addition to the Jackson County entertainment landscape, Catamount Jaxe Axe Throwing Social House offers the thrill and fun of competition. Located in Cullowhee within the Prospect residential community, Catamount Jaxe is a professionally designed venue combining the rustic charm of a lodge with the vibrant energy of a social hangout. It’s the perfect place for a date night, a group outing or a special celebration. The venue features a full bar, special trivia and karaoke nights as well as patio games (when the weather allows). “Axe-perts” are on hand to guide you through the skill of axe throwing, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all. (Children age 10 and older are permitted to axe throw with a waiver signed by their parent.) So, unleash your inner lumberjack in a mountain setting and get ready for an “axe-ceptional” time! The Zachary-Tolbert House – Cashiers Learn about early settlers to the Cashiers Valley! Located on 107 S., the historic Zachary-Tolbert House is home to the most extensive collection of “plain-style” furniture in the world. The house itself — an outstanding example of a vernacular, Greek Revival residential structure — has remained largely unaltered […]

Six Ways to Celebrate the One You Love in Jackson County, NC

Six Ways to Celebrate the One You Love in Jackson County, NC

February is the month of love, and there’s no better place than the North Carolina Mountains to celebrate your valentine. Against our spectacular mountain backdrop, it’s easy to fall in love all over again during your romantic getaway to our quaint and charming towns. We’ve made planning your escape easy with our Six Ways to Celebrate the One You Love in Jackson County, NC! 1 – Sweets for Your Sweetie Whether it’s the exclamation point at the end of a fine meal or a token of affection, a Valentine’s Day sweet treat is the perfect touch to your romantic celebration. Jackson County has two chocolatiers waiting for you: Baxley’s Chocolates in Sylva or Dillsboro Chocolate Factory, where you’ll find a variety of small-batch, handmade confections. Indulge in truffles, chocolate-covered strawberries, caramels, fudge and more, all guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. Take home treats in small box that are much tastier than what you’ll find in a big box store! 2 – Table for Two Our thriving culinary scene means Jackson County offers plenty of romantic choices for an intimate table for two. Consider The Orchard Restaurant in Cashiers, a 1900s-era farmhouse featuring dining featuring seasonal dishes with Southern flavor. In Sapphire, Mica’s Restaurant & Pub has been a local favorite for more than 35 years, offering a full menu served year round. Enjoy the warm blazes of the stacked-stone fireplace in the large dining room while dining on prime steaks, fresh-caught trout or even made-from-scratch NY-style pizza. At Lulu’s […]

West Fork Recreational Flow Releases

West Fork Recreational Flow Releases

This year, gear up for a spectacular display of nature’s power and engineering prowess with the High Falls Dam Release at Lake Glenville. As the dam releases whitewater into the west fork of the Tuckasegee River, witness a transformation of the serene High Falls into a formidable force, creating class IV rapids over a 5.5-mile stretch. This rare event is a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. 2024 Release Dates: April 27-28 June 8 July 6 & 27 August 10 & 24 The event is recommended for experienced boaters only due to the challenging nature of the rapids and the high flows. Duke Energy releases these flows to comply with license requirements and neither encourages nor discourages recreational use of high flows by the public. Visitors are advised to stay out of the water and enjoy the spectacle from a safe distance.

Jackson County Winter Market

Jackson County Winter Market

Discover Jackson County’s diverse community of farmers, entrepreneurs, crafters, artists, musicians and local residents at the Jackson County Farmers Market! Join the fun every Saturday in Sylva’s Bridge Park parking lot. The Jackson County Farmers Market takes place as follows: Winter Market Hours (Nov. through March), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Spring Through Fall (April through Oct.), 9 a.m. to Noon.  

Our ‘Secret Season’ Is Whispering to You

Our ‘Secret Season’ Is Whispering to You

Jackson County, NC has a secret – one that’s well worth sharing. A visit to the area between winter and early spring offers benefits you won’t find any other time of the year. From lower lodging rates to clear mountain views to amazing dining and winter sports experiences, you’ll find it here, during our serene “Secret Season.” Here are our top suggestions for taking full advantage of it! Lower Temps = Lower Rates Let’s start with pricing. As the temperatures fall, so do the rates for lodges, hotels, cabins and cottages. Simply put, you’ll get more mountains for your money! Additionally, many properties offer seasonal specials. Consider the iconic High Hampton Resort, which offers its lowest rates of the year during January and February. Or the 20% discount when you book three nights at Hotel Cashiers, a pet-friendly mountain inn. In Whittier, close to the national park, Outland Chalet & Suites Great Smoky Mountains also offers a discounted rate for stays of three nights or more. Cozy Cabins and Cottages Speaking of lodging, let’s talk about how wonderful it feels to snuggle next to a crackling fire with views of snow-capped mountains on the other side of your window. No other time of year offers the same feelings of coziness and relaxation. Whether you prefer a log cabin, historic lodge, charming cottage or unique hotel, it’s waiting for you in Jackson County. Select a property with a hot tub, fireplace or fire pit and create that perfect mountain moment. Pick […]

Resolve to Explore the N.C. Mountains in 2024

Resolve to Explore the N.C. Mountains in 2024

Life is short. You only live once (or YOLO). No matter how you say it, the notion that time and opportunities pass quickly is not new. January offers us a brand-new year and the perfect time to make resolutions and plans. So, make it your 2024 New Year’s resolution to visit Jackson County, N.C.! To help plan the perfect getaway and cross off those “bucket list” items no matter what time of year you visit, we’ve created this Jackson County, N.C. Guide to its Must-See Sites Each Season. Winter: Clear Views to Clear Your Mind   It’s happening now. From December through early April, our mountains offer quiet solace, fewer crowds, open views – and the chance of a snow flurry or two. Without the leaves, it’s your chance to see how the mountains rise and fall. This is a great time to hike the trails that usually see more foot traffic. Pinnacle Park tops this list and comes with a special designation: the state’s only Certified Nature Forest Therapy Trail. Located in Sylva, Pinnacle offers more than 1,500 acres of unspoiled natural beauty and contrasting options for trail experiences. Looking for a challenge with a great payoff? Then, choose its seven-mile West Fork Trail that ascends more than 3,000 feet in elevation from the edge of the Plott Balsam mountain range. Here, you’ll find “the pinnacle” for which the park is named – a sharp-topped ridge perched above 5,000 feet. Its panoramic view is the exclamation point at the […]

Groovin on the Green

Groovin on the Green

Music fills the air in The Village Green no matter the season. Groovin’ on The Green remains a vibrant, FREE summer concert series, creating unforgettable music experiences for the community! Groovin’ on The Green concerts will begin at 6:00pm, RAIN OR SHINE, held on The Village Green Common’s Lawn. Please bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Picnics and coolers are welcome! Dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed and with their owners at all times. Food and beverage vendors will be on-site during each concert! The Village Green will continue offering the opportunity for a group to “Rent a Tent”. The Village Green will be providing fifteen 10×10 tents at $100 per tent, per concert. Tent reservation links will be open in early 2024, and are first come, first serve. May 24th – Darren Nicholson Trio May 31st – Kevin Daniel & The Bottom Line June 7th – Nero Simon & The Sunsetters June 21st – Commodore Fox July 19th – The Wobblers August 2nd – Angela Easterling & The Beguilers August 16th – Martin & Kelly August 30th – Pretty Little Goat September 6th – Back Porch Orchestra