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WNC Travel Guide
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 18:51

Welcome to the neighborhood

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TG communitiesWestern North Carolina is a region of small, vibrant downtowns. Each has its own personality and history, so take the time to get out of your car and meander, sit on a bench, and just enjoy your time in these unique places.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 00:00

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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TG elkThe Great Smoky Mountains National Park has an amazing array of mini-ecosystems within its borders — from peaks over 6,000 feet to low valleys, from moist, densely forested coves to dry meadows. A walk from mountain base to peak compares with traveling 1,250 miles north. Several resident plants and animals live only in the Smokies.

Thursday, 23 July 2015 00:00

Selected hikes

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travel hikingHiking is one of the best ways to get out and commune with nature. With a quiet step you stand a great chance of seeing some of the multitude of wildlife Western North Carolina has to offer.

TG bosusWith the quiet evening sun fading behind the Great Smoky Mountains on a late spring evening, a single building glowed bright at the bottom of Miller Street in downtown Waynesville.

The usual joyous commotion at Bosu’s Wine Shop wasn’t coming from their store. Rather, it was from a large wooden door around the side of the building and down the alleyway. Welcome to The Secret Wine Company, where curiosity and culinary delights intersect.

TG lazyhikerCruising through downtown Franklin, one begins to wonder where exactly is the Lazy Hiker Brewing Company. You’ve been told it’s on Main Street, but where? And just as you begin to debate whether to turn around and try again, your vehicle hits the crest of a steep downhill.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 19:35

The allure of the Cherohala Skyway

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TG cherohalaThey say the easiest way to hide something is to place it right in front of someone. Well, what would you say if I told you one of the most beautiful roads in America was right in your backyard, and it’s something besides the Blue Ridge Parkway?

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 19:37

All in the family at Riverwood Pottery

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TG riverwoodStanding in her Dillsboro studio, potter Zan Barnes can’t help but smile.

“If you told me in high school that this is what I’d be doing, I’d have laughed in your face — absolutely not,” she said.

TG balsammtninnPulling off the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway onto the Cabin Flats Road, within an earshot of Waynesville, the quiet road soon turns from pavement to gravel to dirt. 

And just as quickly the Balsam Mountain Inn appears, looming high above Cabin Flats like a postcard of a forgotten era, perhaps lost in the mailroom of time, a point in history when style and class were synonymous.

TG hartSitting on a bench one recent sunny afternoon, Steven Lloyd gazes to his right, a big smile immediately rolling across his face.

“When I look over there, I see potential — a lot of potential,” he said.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 20:09

Blueway Trails of the North Carolina Smokies

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TG waterwaysFour rivers — the Little Tennessee, Nantahala, Oconaluftee and Tuckaseegee — flow through the NC Smokies and into Fontana Lake at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains, creating a spectacular “Blueways Trail” throughout the region.