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Recent Smoky Mountains reviews

  • This is a magical cottage!

    "I stayed at Red Gate Cottage for 3 wonderful nights in November with two girlfriends. It is enchanted! It's small but cozy and well furnished to take advantage of every inch. The décor was charming and extras abounded. Georgia was wonderful to work with - and even provided a birthday cookie/cake, wine, and dog biscuit upon our arrival. Although it was too cold for us to enjoy the outside (even with the chiminea), the cottage has a great yard with plenty of room for my friend's dog to explore. With only 3 of us we each had our own bedroom, but there was room for more. I would consider going back with my family in the summer as there's a great playground area that my grandsons would love! The location was great - out of the city but not too far from downtown or the Biltmore Estates. I highly recommend this comfy abode in the hills of Asheville."
    Guest: JM from wilmington Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 1, 2014
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  • First Time in Bryson City

    "Such a wonderful experience. Look forward to staying again in the future!!! Owners were great with communication and answering questions very quickly. Thank you for sharing this beautiful oasis. Barbara Best Southport, NC"
    Guest: barbara b. Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: November 13, 2014
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  • Just Lovely!!!!!

    "This is simply a marvelous cottage. Beautifully decorated with a sophisticated hand at work. Open and inviting, with much attention to details. The view is to die for and even though the location is totally private, you can be in downtown Waynesville in a matter of minutes. We travel to this very lovely area several times a year and hope to make this our rental of choice. I consider this cottage to be the very best offering in the area by far."
    Guest: Karen K. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 2, 2014
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  • Quite Cozy Cabin

    "We enjoyed a cool relaxing week at Fines Creek. It's a great little rustic cabin. Martha and Nate could not have been nicer! My 2 year old daughter was excited to see the cows in the mornings, and the fireflies put on a show every evening. If you're looking for a quite, reasonably priced, country place to relax for a few days I would definitely recommend Fines Creek."
    Guest: Daijoubu Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 6, 2014
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Smoky Mountains Travel Tips

The Smokies rise above the South along the North Carolina-Tennessee border and are a sub-range of the Appalachian Mountains. These beautiful peaks are most well-known as the home of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

This area in North Carolina is great for enjoying the outdoors during all seasons. When the temperatures warm up, check out water activities like rafting or river tubing. As the snow falls, enjoy your free time with a little downhill skiing.

The Great Smoky Mountains get their name from the natural fog that hangs over the peaks and creates large plumes in the distance. They’re an awesome place to plan adventurous hikes thanks to the dense forests. You might even catch a glimpse of a black bear!

Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains

- Cherokee Indian Museum: Located in Cherokee, North Carolina, the Cherokee Indian Museum displays a fascinating collection of original artifacts used by this tribe many years ago. A 20-foot, hand-carved statue of Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee alphabet, greets visitors to the museum, and inside you will learn all about the history of the Cherokee Native Americans through audio and visual presentations and displays.

- Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts: While in North Carolina visiting the Smoky Mountains, stop by the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts to catch a live show. This theater seats 1,500 people, so there’s plenty of space for both visitors and locals to see a performance. You can hear country, gospel and folk music, see a choral festival or watch a dance performance. It’s a great place to spend an evening after a delicious meal tasting the local fare.

- Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum: For those who love looking at sparkly things or may be interested in the history of the area, a trip to the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum is a must. Located in a historic 1850s jail in the center of the town of Franklin, the museum features eight rooms filled with minerals from North Carolina, fossils, Indian artifacts, fluorescing minerals and a collection of minerals and specimens from around the globe.

Outdoor Activities in the Smoky Mountains

- Gem Mining: If you’re intrigued by the idea of hunting for buried treasure, gem mining is for you. The Nantahala River Gem Mine gives you the chance to search for a variety of gemstones like rubies, emeralds, amethyst, citrine, peridot, moonstones, rhodolite, apatite, aquamarine, turquoise, ametrine, Mexican opal, sapphires, garnets, topaz, quartz and smoky quartz, chrysoprase and more. Test your luck and skill to see if you can if you find your own beautifully colored treasure.

- Appalachian Trail: The Appalachian Trail is an iconic feat for any avid hiker or explorer and runs straight through the Smoky Mountains on its way from Georgia to Maine. Visitors to the Smoky Mountains area can enjoy numerous hikes to explore the different parts of the trail in both Tennessee and North Carolina; however, be warned that the paths are quite steep but offer spectacular views of the Southern landscape.

- Darnell Farms Corn Maze: For a unique outdoor adventure, try not to get lost in the Darnell Farms Corn Maze. Located near the Tuckaseigee River in Bryson City, the farm creates different patterns with the corn stalks each year where visitors can try to make their way from one end to the other without getting turned around. Put your orienteering skills to work as you enjoy each other’s company, some fresh air and what’s sure to be a hilarious experience.

- Deep Creek Tubing: When the weather turns warm, the best way to cool down is to get in the water. With deep creek tubing, you can rent your own tube for the day and enjoy floating along the water as you relax under the sun and breathe in the Appalachian air.

- Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Appalachian history and culture was born in these mountains, which can be explored on more than 500,000 acres. On the North Carolina side, there are great trails for hiking as well as horseback riding. There are many adventures to be had here as you enjoy the open spaces and breathe the fresh air. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a delicious meal surrounded by natural beauty. You can also visit the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, which displays exhibits on mountain life in the 1800s. Adjacent to the center is the Mountain Farm Museum, boasting a collection of historic farm buildings you can examine.

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