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Your Local Guide to the SW North Carolina Mountains. Let the Vacation Guide in the Mountains help you find Events, Festivals, and Recreational Activities.
Find the best local places to Eat, Shop, and lodge!

Every Issue we will feature a Community Spotlight and point you in the right direction of Hiking Trails, Waterfalls, or Scenic Road Trips in our area.

Tell them you “Found them in the Vacation Guide”


Community Spotlight: Nantahala

"Land of the Noonday Sun" Nantahala is the name given long ago to this corner of the Smoky Mountians by the Cherokee as they hunted and traveled the steep Nantahala River Gorge. They learned the sun would only light their way when it was Nun-da-ye-li — Nantahala — "a noonday sun". The Cherokee Indians are [...]

Community Spotlight – Hayesville

Spend your vacation in a relaxing small community with breathtaking views of majestic mountains and the sparkling pristine waters of Lake Chatuge. The resort town of Hayesville has Old World Charm to keep you coming back year round. The heart of Hayesville is the little square in downtown with many activities such as craft shows, [...]

Gem Mining in Franklin

Western North Carolina has a complex geologic history, resulting in rich deposits of beautiful gems and minerals that attract gem hunters, rock collectors, mineralogists and geologists alike. Franklin, NC is known as the Gem Mining Capital of the World and can be traced back to 1870 when companies began mining corundum in Macon County. Sapphires [...]

Cherokee Botanical Sanctuary

Along the Quanassee Path between Spikebuck Mound/Quanassee Town site and the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit is the Cherokee Botanical Sanctuary. This section of the Quanassee Path may be accessed across from Clay County Veterans Recreation Park on Anderson Street or at the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit. This 0.3 mile section of the trail, which follows Town Creek [...]

View The Best of Northeast Georgia Arts

Visitor’s delight in “The Arts Tour” that will begin for the Summer Season on June 8,9, & 10th. This event also includes Lodging & Dining facilities to visit in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains. This is a special event for the Northeast Georgia area to see galleries & working studios in a six county area [...]

Summer Events 2018


August 11th Blue Revue! Concert Andrews Brewing Co.
August 11th, 17th, 24th Game Night Hoppy Trout Brewing
August 15th, 22nd, 29th Trivia Hoppy Trout Brewing
September 29th 3rd Annual Oktoberfest Hall Park, Downtown Andrews
September 7th, 14th, 21th Game Night Hoppy Trout Brewing
September 5th, 12nd, 19th Trivia Hoppy Trout Brewing


August 16th Jim Lloyd Special Night Concert John C. Campbell Folk School – Keith House
August 24th Blue Eyed Girl Concert John C. Campbell Folk School – Festival Barn
August 25th Contra Dance With Robin Marcus + Blue Eyed Girl John C. Campbell Folk School – Festival Barn
August 31st Billy Jackson Concert John C. Campbell Folk School – Festival Barn
September 7th Larry Unger Concert John C. Campbell Folk School – Festival Barn
September 8th Contra & Square Dance with Jack Mitchell & Contraforce John C. Campbell Folk School – Keith House
October 6th 43rd Fall Festival John C. Campbell Folk School
October 6th Annual Festival After Hours 5-9pm Highlander Gallery


August 10th-11th 10th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show Macon County Fairgrounds
August 18th 14th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival Historic Cowee School – Arts & Heritage Center
August 23rd Michael Bolton Concert Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts
September 1st BBQ & Brews Train Ride Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
September 12th-15th Macon County Fair Macon County Fairgrounds


Every Friday & Saturday Night Live Music Chevelle’s
August 4th 1st Annual Clay Co. Chamber Golf Tournament Mountain Harbour Golf Course
August 10th-19th Lend Me a Tenor Peacock Playhouse
August 26th  Lynn Trefzger – Ventriloquist & Comedian Peacock Playhouse
August 30th Hayesville Farmer’s Market Downtown Hayesville
September 15th Songwriters Showcase 15 Peacock Playhouse
October 6th Steins & Wine Around the Square Downtown Hayesville


Every Friday & Saturday Night Live Music Chevelle’s
Every Friday Night Live Music Various Restaurants Downtown
August 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th Murphy’s Farmer Market L&N Depot
August 10th Art Walk Downtown Murphy
August 10th Night at the Movies Shepard of the Mountains Church
August 25th Craft Show Mountain Memories Antiques Hwy 64
September 7th Art Walk Downtown Murphy
October 5th Art Walk Downtown Murphy


September 1st Live Music: Pioneer Chicken Stand Nantahala Outdoor Center
September 28th-30th Guest Appreciation Festival (GAF) Nantahala Outdoor Center


August 10th Music on the Square – Jones Boys Courthouse Square
August 11th An Appalachian Evening Summer Concert – Volume Five Lynn L. Shields Auditorium
August 13th-16th Pigeon Forge Fall Rod Run Tail of the Dragon
August 17th Music on the Square – Steve Jordan Band Courthouse Square
August 18th An Appalachian Evening Summer Concert – Unspoken Tradition Lynn L. Shields Auditorium
August 24th Music on the Square – Fontana Ramblers Courthouse Square
August 25th An Appalachian Evening Summer Concert – Kruger Brothers Lynn L. Shields Auditorium
August 25th-26th Rubies on the Dragon Tail of the Dragon
August 31st Music on the Square – Johnny Webb Band Courthouse Square
September 7th Music on the Square – Country River Band Courthouse Square
September 7th-9th Women’s Sportbike Rally Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge
September 10th-16th Triumph Raid Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge