Welcome 2018-04-06T19:18:38+00:00


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 – Franklin

The Gem of North Carolina The town of Franklin, is “Rich” in history and surrounded by the beautiful Appalachian Mountains.  Located in the southwestern corner of North Carolina,  it is just 30 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Over a thousand years before European settlers arrived,  this area was the small part of [...]

View The Best of Northeast Georgia Arts

Visitor’s delight in “The Arts Tour” that will begin for the Winter Season on November 9, 10, & 11. 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 [...]

Tail of the Dragon Cherohala Skyway Moonshiner 28

Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap, with 318 curves in 11 miles, is America’s number one motorcycle and sports car road. Designated US Hwy 129, the road is bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest, with no intersecting roads or driveways to hamper your travel. It is considered “the destination” [...]

Wildlife in North Carolina

Wild Turkeys – Game species throughout North Carolina Turkeys are once again common in North Carolina, thanks to a restoration program implemented by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. The male eastern wild turkey has dark plumage with striking bronze, copper and green iridescent colors. Males have a growth of bristle-like feathers known as the “beard” [...]

Hiking Trails

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Trail  - 2 mile figure-eight loop trail begins at the main parking area and climbs into Poplar Cove.  The lower portion of the loop climbs the side of the cove on one half.  The other half follows the creek for a ways and at the middle of the figure “8” is a [...]

Fall Events 2018


Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday Various Concerts Andrews Brewing Co.
October 12th-14th Nevermore: Imaginary Life & Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe Valley Town Cultural Arts Center
October 19th Homecoming Parade Downtown
October 20th Wild Fat Cat 5k Downtown
October 26th-27th Harvest Festival Andrews Public Library
November 15th-17th Cocoa with Santa Main Street
November 17th Christmas on Main Main Street
December 8th Christmas Parade Main Street


Every Tuesday Beginner Contra & Square Dance John C. Campbell Folk School
October 12th Andrew Magill & John Cloyd Miller John C. Campbell Folk School
October 19th Celtic-Confusion John C. Campbell Folk School
October 20th-21st Punkin’ Chunkin’ Settawig Road
October 26th-28th Fall Square Dance Weekend John C. Campbell Folk School
November 3rd Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction John C. Campbell Folk School
November 9th Butternut Creek Friends John C. Campbell Folk School
November 15th Geoff Hohwald & Rick Taylor John C. Campbell Folk School
November 30th Howard Rains & Tricia Spencer John C. Campbell Folk School
December 2nd Fireside Sale John C. Campbell Folk School
December 7th Brasstown Ringers Holiday Concert John C. Campbell Folk School


October 11th-12th Autumn Leaves Craft Show
November 10th All American Bazzar Main Street
November 16th The Bellamy Brothers Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts
November 24th Winter Wonderland Nights Downtown
November 24th A John Berry Christmas Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts
November 25th Franklin’s Annual Christmas Parade Downtown
December 1st Winter Wonderland Nights Downtown
December 1st Cowee Christmas Historic Cowee School: Arts & Heritage
December 6th-8th The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts


October 12th-21th Angel Street Play Peacock Performing Arts
October 19th Chili & Anything Pumpkin Cookoff Downtown Square
October 20th-21st Punkin’ Chunkin’ Settawig Road
November 3rd The Return Peacock Performing Arts
Nov. 9, 10, 11 Arts Tour Various Art Galleries
November 10th Wyatt Espalin & Austin Coleman Concert Peacock Performing Arts
Nov. 10 & 11 Candy Cane Market The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
Dec. 1 Lighting of the Tree & Christmas Events
Dec. 8 Christmas Parade Downtown


Nov. 2 Art Walk Downtown Murphy
November 3 Harvest Pet Celebration WagonMaster Ranch
November 21st Midweek Motoring Comfort Grub
Dec. 1 Christmas Tree Lighting & Christmas Parade Downtown Murphy
Dec. 7 Art Walk Downtown Murphy


October 27th NOCtoberfest Nantahala Outdoor Center


October 12th-14th Corvette Expo Tail of the Dragon
October 19th-20th Harvest Festival Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center
October 27th 6th Annual Cobalt Nation  Fontana Village Resort
November 23rd-24th Arts & Crafts Drive-About Tour Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center
December 1st Breakfast With Santa Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center
December 1st Christmas in the Mountains Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center