Within reach of several major cities, but where a completely different and quiet world unfolds in the middle of over half a million acres of protected land.

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The nearby town of Robbinsville, the sleepy county seat, provides the necessary goods and services including fully-stocked Ingles Supermarket, a medical center, several drug stores and hardware stores, quaint arts and crafts stores, video rentals, and restaurants.

There are traffic jams twice each year - for the Homecoming and the Christmas parade. The biggest celebration of the year is the annual 4th of July Heritage Festival.  Robbinsville is also the starting point to the scenic Cherohala Skyway and the challenging Tail of the Dragon, two of the top touring roads in the Smoky Mountains.

Andrews (15 min)

Nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, is a wide scenic valley where the sun rises and sets over the tree-topped mountains, and the cool clear streams flow gently down the ridges. Andrews is a small town virtually untouched by large city influences and remains a place to enjoy a more leisurely pace of life.  Stroll down Main Street and shop for antiques,clothing, furniture and unique gifts or take a "Llama Trek" to hidden waterfalls for a gourmet lunch.

Murphy (25 min)

Murphy is a modern Mayberry, a combination of vacation wonderland and 1950's Americana with a historic downtown including a blue marble Court House, cafes, coffee shop, a stylish boutique, and great antique stores. Antiquing is a favorite pastime of many visitors and you can find some great shops in downtown Murphy. Venture out a little farther and explore the hand-made crafts in Brasstown and the world-renowned John C. Campbell Folk School.  Murphy is also home to two excellent golf courses.

Bryson CIty (25 min)

Bryson City... One of the Nation's Best. The book "101 Best Outdoor Towns" has named Bryson City the nation's third best whitewater paddling town. "If you can't find something exciting to do in Bryson City, you're not breathing," it says.

Bryson City, NC sits snug to the southern border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Like it's sister city, Cherokee, it offers a starting point for outfitters, lodging and food plus easy access to the National Park and its wealth of recreational opportunities. Bryson City is a small, old-fashioned red-brick southern city with an interesting casual downtown that offers the traveler a full range of services. It's a lively town and offers lodging accommodations and restaurants sufficient to host the tens of thousands of visitors yearly.

Cherokee (30 min)

Encircled by majestic mountains, Cherokee is a Smoky Mountain vacation destination with plenty of fun activities - museums, amusement parks, casino, hiking trails, scenic drives, and great shopping.  Cherokee is located within the Qualla Reservation, seat of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation.

Dillsboro (30 min)

Dillsboro is a charming 19th century railroad town on the banks of the Tuckasegee River in the North Carolina Smokies. In many ways, Dillsboro has changed very little over the past century. Dillsboro proper is still a walking town — just two blocks long — sprinkled with pristine white houses, rustic old shops, galleries, restaurants and quaint country inns. And it’s still a railroad town, where an old-fashioned steam train carries passengers on scenic excursions along the Tuckasegee. Even the general store is still here, complete with the original hardwood floors, ceiling fans and soda fountain. Drawn by this town’s old-fashioned charm and gracious hospitality, a growing number of artisans and craftspeople now make Dillsboro their home. Many of their gift shops and galleries focus on local artisans; and some are working artisan's studios where visitors can watch work in progress and talk to the artisans.

Waynesville (60 min)

Waynesville is Haywood County's oldest town with over a century of experience as a quaint mountain retreat.  Waynesville's quaint old buildings, brick sidewalks, galleries, tempting foods and old-time general store will take you back to a more leisurely time.  Waynesville is also home to superb mountain golf. Under a fresh mountain sky, you can tee off at one of many golf resorts and golf courses and play along lush fairways ringed with awe inspiring mountain views.

Waynesville may be a small town, but it's big on entertainment and culture. There's nightlife and music for every taste - from bluegrass and country to jazz, contemporary and folk. The award-wining theatre local features a full schedule of performances. Folkmoot U.S.A. attracts entertainers from all over the world. The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts is housed right here at our own historic Shelton House.

Asheville ( 1hr  15 min)

 There's something about Asheville that makes its blend of remote Appalachian charm and cosmopolitan sophistication seem perfectly natural. The city abounds in cultural attractions and events, many stemming from the literary greats who have lived here. Thomas Wolfe, Carl Sandburg and O. Henry all once called Asheville home. The area's spectacular beauty led millionaire George W. Vanderbilt to locate Biltmore, his castle-like mansion, in Asheville, and the city has historically been a resort for the wealthy. But there's also a friendly, small-town atmosphere; the city has a way of making visitors feel right at home. Located at the confluence of two rivers and nestled in the mountains, Asheville is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts, who have their pick of hiking, mountain biking, white water rafting, hot air ballooning and many other activities. Architecture buffs can study the Art Deco City Hall, turn-of-the-century houses and Tudor-style homes. So breathe in the fresh mountain air, take a spin along "America's most scenic drive," the Blue Ridge Parkway, and soak up the beauty and spirit of this lovely mountain city.

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