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David and Suzanne's Guidebook

David & Suzanne
David & Suzanne
Meðlimur síðan 2016
David & Suzanne

David and Suzanne's Guidebook

Lunch/Dinner
These are our favorite spots to catch lunch or dinner in Sylva and Dillsboro! All of the places listed are just a mile or two from our home. Of course, there is the usual fast-food scene if that is more your style. Google for more information on those!
Latin-Carribean cuisine with a twist! Many options are local and organic, all made from scratch. They often have live music on Tuesdays. Great brunch on Saturday and Sundays!
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Guadalupe Cafe
606 West Main Street
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Latin-Carribean cuisine with a twist! Many options are local and organic, all made from scratch. They often have live music on Tuesdays. Great brunch on Saturday and Sundays!
Traditional American cuisine - salads, steaks, fish, and pasta. A solid favorite of many locals! They have an outdoor patio facing Main Street for nice afternoons/evenings.
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Lulu's On Main
678 West Main Street
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Traditional American cuisine - salads, steaks, fish, and pasta. A solid favorite of many locals! They have an outdoor patio facing Main Street for nice afternoons/evenings.
Food truck with the best burgers you will ever have! (Including an amazing veggie option!). Connected to Innovation Brewery, this is a popular spot for WCU students and locals alike. Grab a beer and catch trivia, open-mic, or a live band at the brewery!
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Cosmic Carry-out
414 W Main St
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Food truck with the best burgers you will ever have! (Including an amazing veggie option!). Connected to Innovation Brewery, this is a popular spot for WCU students and locals alike. Grab a beer and catch trivia, open-mic, or a live band at the brewery!
Great pizza shop right down the street. They do not deliver, but call ahead and avoid the wait!
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Speedy's Pizza
285 West Main Street
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Great pizza shop right down the street. They do not deliver, but call ahead and avoid the wait!
Cute atmosphere and great service!
Boots Steakhouse
52 Front St
Cute atmosphere and great service!
Mad Batter Kitchen is located inside the Lazy Hiker Taproom right in the middle of downtown at 617 W Main Street, Sylva, NC. They have an excellent selection of sandwiches, salads, pizza, and rotating specials of eclectic fare. They make their dough in-house, which is a highlight for us! They also have a great outdoor space!
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Mad Batter Food & Film
617 West Main Street
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Mad Batter Kitchen is located inside the Lazy Hiker Taproom right in the middle of downtown at 617 W Main Street, Sylva, NC. They have an excellent selection of sandwiches, salads, pizza, and rotating specials of eclectic fare. They make their dough in-house, which is a highlight for us! They also have a great outdoor space!
Drinks & Nightlife
All of the businesses below host events ranging from trivia nights, plays, music, drag shows, story telling, and more on various nights! Check out their Facebook pages for up to date events!
GREAT Beer selection right on the creek. They also have a food truck on site for lunch or dinner. Many activities throughout the week, including trivia night, open mic night, and live music.
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Innovation Brewing Company
414 West Main Street
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GREAT Beer selection right on the creek. They also have a food truck on site for lunch or dinner. Many activities throughout the week, including trivia night, open mic night, and live music.
A true neighborhood bar. Serves cocktails and beer, usually has one item for dinner or breakfast. If you like your bars DARK and on the hipster side, this is the place for you.
The Cut Cocktail Lounge
610 W Main St
A true neighborhood bar. Serves cocktails and beer, usually has one item for dinner or breakfast. If you like your bars DARK and on the hipster side, this is the place for you.
Eclectic bar with a great bartender! Come here for mixed drinks, karoake, live music, stage productions or the Sunday Football game on a giant screen!
The Paper Mill Lounge and Theatre
513 Mill St
Eclectic bar with a great bartender! Come here for mixed drinks, karoake, live music, stage productions or the Sunday Football game on a giant screen!
Balsam Falls Brewing Co.
506 W Main St
Innovation Brewery quickly outgrew their Sylva location, so they opened up a larger venue right down the road in Dillsboro! Also situated on the creek, there is plenty of outdoor/indoor seating and parking. You might be able to catch the Smoky Mountain Railroad making its mid-day stop in Dillsboro!
Innovation Station
40 Old Balsam Depot Rd
Innovation Brewery quickly outgrew their Sylva location, so they opened up a larger venue right down the road in Dillsboro! Also situated on the creek, there is plenty of outdoor/indoor seating and parking. You might be able to catch the Smoky Mountain Railroad making its mid-day stop in Dillsboro!
Parks & Nature
Get a beautiful panoramic view from just over 5000' of the valley in which Sylva sits. Just a 10-min drive to the trailhead from the cottage!. Experience the mountains without the crowds. https://www.discoverjacksonnc.com/outdoors/trails/pinnacle-park-trail/
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Sylva
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Get a beautiful panoramic view from just over 5000' of the valley in which Sylva sits. Just a 10-min drive to the trailhead from the cottage!. Experience the mountains without the crowds. https://www.discoverjacksonnc.com/outdoors/trails/pinnacle-park-trail/
A real gem, Panthertown Valley is often referred to as the "Yosemite of the East". It is one of the most spectacular areas in the southeast with cascading waterfalls, trout streams, panoramic views, sheer granite cliffs, and biologically diverse habitats for wildlife and rare plant species. Because of its outstanding geologic formations, forests, streams and native plant life, Panthertown is designated as a Blue Ridge National Heritage Area natural heritage site and by The Wilderness Society as one of North Carolina’s Mountain Treasures. Note: There are two entrances to the Park. More information can be found here: https://panthertown.org/panthertown-valley/
Panthertown Trailhead
A real gem, Panthertown Valley is often referred to as the "Yosemite of the East". It is one of the most spectacular areas in the southeast with cascading waterfalls, trout streams, panoramic views, sheer granite cliffs, and biologically diverse habitats for wildlife and rare plant species. Because of its outstanding geologic formations, forests, streams and native plant life, Panthertown is designated as a Blue Ridge National Heritage Area natural heritage site and by The Wilderness Society as one of North Carolina’s Mountain Treasures. Note: There are two entrances to the Park. More information can be found here: https://panthertown.org/panthertown-valley/
Just a quick 25-minute drive will get you to the Deep Creek Entrance to the Smoky Mountain National Park's Bryson City Entrance. Here you can find several well marked trails with varying degrees of difficulty. During the summer there is tubing!
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Deep Creek Trail Trailhead
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Just a quick 25-minute drive will get you to the Deep Creek Entrance to the Smoky Mountain National Park's Bryson City Entrance. Here you can find several well marked trails with varying degrees of difficulty. During the summer there is tubing!
Just a 15-minute drive will get you on the Blue Ridge Parkway where some of the best views can be had right from your car! You can also access several hiking trails with varying levels of difficulty. We can provide you with some nice hiking trails on the BRP, just ask!
Balsam Gap
Just a 15-minute drive will get you on the Blue Ridge Parkway where some of the best views can be had right from your car! You can also access several hiking trails with varying levels of difficulty. We can provide you with some nice hiking trails on the BRP, just ask!
One out of two entrances to the National Park that are a short drive from us. This is the entrance to many of the most popular trail heads.
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Oconaluftee Visitor Center
1194 Newfound Gap Rd
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One out of two entrances to the National Park that are a short drive from us. This is the entrance to many of the most popular trail heads.
There is a short hike to a peak with 365 views, but this is a great, easy place to catch a sunset - right from the parking lot!
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Waterrock Knob
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There is a short hike to a peak with 365 views, but this is a great, easy place to catch a sunset - right from the parking lot!
The Tuckasegee River is right down the street and offers easy self-guided rafting trips. There are many outfitters offering equipment for this activity. Please do not hesitate to ask if you need suggestions!
Tuckasegee River
The Tuckasegee River is right down the street and offers easy self-guided rafting trips. There are many outfitters offering equipment for this activity. Please do not hesitate to ask if you need suggestions!
Start your day bright and early with a visit to see the reintroduced elk of Cataloochee Valley, which are most visible during dawn and dusk. The valley is one the most remote parts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is rich in mountain history and beauty. The area is laced with abundant wildflowers and wildlife including elk, white-tailed deer, black bears, wild turkey, butterflies and many species of birds. The tranquil scenery is sure to inspire the inner artist in everyone. With several hiking trails, streams for fishing, and preserved buildings from the early 1900’s, there is plenty to explore in Cataloochee Valle
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Cataloochee
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Start your day bright and early with a visit to see the reintroduced elk of Cataloochee Valley, which are most visible during dawn and dusk. The valley is one the most remote parts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is rich in mountain history and beauty. The area is laced with abundant wildflowers and wildlife including elk, white-tailed deer, black bears, wild turkey, butterflies and many species of birds. The tranquil scenery is sure to inspire the inner artist in everyone. With several hiking trails, streams for fishing, and preserved buildings from the early 1900’s, there is plenty to explore in Cataloochee Valle
Arts & Culture
The Judaculla Rock is a soapstone rock with numerous Native American symbols etched throughout. It is deeply associated with the Tsukalu or Judaculla legend of the Cherokee. This rock was carved possible over 1,000 years ago.
Judaculla Rock
The Judaculla Rock is a soapstone rock with numerous Native American symbols etched throughout. It is deeply associated with the Tsukalu or Judaculla legend of the Cherokee. This rock was carved possible over 1,000 years ago.
An exploration of Cherokee heritage and traditions. It is also located across the street from certified Cherokee made crafts for purchase.
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Museum of the Cherokee Indian
589 Tsali Boulevard
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An exploration of Cherokee heritage and traditions. It is also located across the street from certified Cherokee made crafts for purchase.
The name sames it all. Fun and quirky, this is a place like no other.
American Museum of the House Cat
4704 US-441
The name sames it all. Fun and quirky, this is a place like no other.
Shopping nearby
Get the gear you need, or arrange for a guided fly fishing trip!
Tuckaseegee Fly Shop
530 W Main St
Get the gear you need, or arrange for a guided fly fishing trip!
One of 3 of our locally owned book shops right in downtown Sylva, this store offers a great used selection and a large "Regional/Local" room.
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City Lights Bookstore
3 East Jackson Street
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One of 3 of our locally owned book shops right in downtown Sylva, this store offers a great used selection and a large "Regional/Local" room.
Several shops featuring locally made crafts: pottery, stained glass, wood working, textiles and more!
Riverwood Shops
Several shops featuring locally made crafts: pottery, stained glass, wood working, textiles and more!
Get all of your gear essentials at this local outfitter! You can also find Sylva themed t-shirts, stickers, etc. to take home!
Black Balsam Outdoors
562 W Main St
Get all of your gear essentials at this local outfitter! You can also find Sylva themed t-shirts, stickers, etc. to take home!
Handcrafted gifts made right here in the area. Featured in the September 2019 Airbnb Magazine!
NOON
509 Mill St
Handcrafted gifts made right here in the area. Featured in the September 2019 Airbnb Magazine!
Essentials
Closest grocery store to us, it has all the essentials you might need to cook all of your meals in our fully equipped kitchen!
Food Lion
73 Asheville Road
Closest grocery store to us, it has all the essentials you might need to cook all of your meals in our fully equipped kitchen!
The Farmers Market features locally grown produce, meats, soaps, coffee, and more every Saturday from 9-12pm in downtown Sylva. Please note that the market moves indoors during the winter months to the "Community Table" building.
Jackson County Farmers Market
110 Railroad Ave
The Farmers Market features locally grown produce, meats, soaps, coffee, and more every Saturday from 9-12pm in downtown Sylva. Please note that the market moves indoors during the winter months to the "Community Table" building.
Sylva, North Carolina based outfitter specializing in backpacking, camping, hiking, trail running, and other outdoor specific gear.
Black Balsam Outdoors
562 W Main St
Sylva, North Carolina based outfitter specializing in backpacking, camping, hiking, trail running, and other outdoor specific gear.
Entertainment & Activities
The ultimate outfitter for all of your outdoor needs!! https://noc.com/
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Nantahala Outdoor Center
13077 West Highway 19
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The ultimate outfitter for all of your outdoor needs!! https://noc.com/
828 Escape Rooms are interactive scenario based games, where small groups of players use puzzles and elements of the room to escape within the 60-minute time limit. To successfully break out you need to solve all the puzzles, overcome the challenges and work as a team and work fast! Every second counts. Players must communicate efficiently while working together to find new clues and solve puzzles. Uncovering clues will move you one step closer to achieving the ultimate goal of unlocking the door to freedom. 828 Escape will test your intelligence and problem solving skills whilst strengthening the friendship, family, and workmate relationships through team building.
828 Escape Room
321 Jackson Plaza
828 Escape Rooms are interactive scenario based games, where small groups of players use puzzles and elements of the room to escape within the 60-minute time limit. To successfully break out you need to solve all the puzzles, overcome the challenges and work as a team and work fast! Every second counts. Players must communicate efficiently while working together to find new clues and solve puzzles. Uncovering clues will move you one step closer to achieving the ultimate goal of unlocking the door to freedom. 828 Escape will test your intelligence and problem solving skills whilst strengthening the friendship, family, and workmate relationships through team building.
Free concerts every Friday evening at the Bridge Park in Sylva, North Carolina, starting on Memorial Day weekend, and ending on Labor Day weekend. Concerts start at 7 PM and end at 9:00 PM. We recommend you come early and take a leisurely stroll through downtown Sylva before the concert. You'll get the best parking this way, plus have time for a bite to eat or some shopping before the concert starts! Bring you own chairs! For a full schedule, visit https://www.facebook.com/ConcertsOnTheCreek/events.
Bridge Park
76 Railroad Avenue
Free concerts every Friday evening at the Bridge Park in Sylva, North Carolina, starting on Memorial Day weekend, and ending on Labor Day weekend. Concerts start at 7 PM and end at 9:00 PM. We recommend you come early and take a leisurely stroll through downtown Sylva before the concert. You'll get the best parking this way, plus have time for a bite to eat or some shopping before the concert starts! Bring you own chairs! For a full schedule, visit https://www.facebook.com/ConcertsOnTheCreek/events.
Harrah's Cherokee Casino is more than just a casino! They offer live music, shows, nightlife, bowling and a brand new arcade!
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Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
777 Casino Drive
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Harrah's Cherokee Casino is more than just a casino! They offer live music, shows, nightlife, bowling and a brand new arcade!
The train depot is a convenient, 20-minute drive from Sylva & Dillsboro, making it an accessible, fun, family-friendly activity on your trip to the mountains. The 4-1/2-hour round-trip excursion in the beautiful western North Carolina mountains offers a wide array of ever-changing vegetation, fantastic landscapes and whitewater scenes. All trains depart the Bryson City Depot. First class passengers can enjoy the all-inclusive First Class Package with dining and souvenirs. The Nantahala Gorge Excursion offers an optional Raft and Rail combination April through October. Ask about lunch options. Special events are held throughout the year such as the Easter Beagle Express, Lone Ranger, Day Out With Thomas, Railfest, Pumpkin Patch Express and Polar Express.
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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
45 Mitchell St
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The train depot is a convenient, 20-minute drive from Sylva & Dillsboro, making it an accessible, fun, family-friendly activity on your trip to the mountains. The 4-1/2-hour round-trip excursion in the beautiful western North Carolina mountains offers a wide array of ever-changing vegetation, fantastic landscapes and whitewater scenes. All trains depart the Bryson City Depot. First class passengers can enjoy the all-inclusive First Class Package with dining and souvenirs. The Nantahala Gorge Excursion offers an optional Raft and Rail combination April through October. Ask about lunch options. Special events are held throughout the year such as the Easter Beagle Express, Lone Ranger, Day Out With Thomas, Railfest, Pumpkin Patch Express and Polar Express.
Open mid-May until the start of school. Amenities: Large Lap Pool with Diving Board Small Kiddie Pool with Water Features Lifeguards on duty Locker Room/Changing Area Showers and Restrooms on site Concession Stand Swim Lessons available
Roscoe Poteet Swimming Pool
Open mid-May until the start of school. Amenities: Large Lap Pool with Diving Board Small Kiddie Pool with Water Features Lifeguards on duty Locker Room/Changing Area Showers and Restrooms on site Concession Stand Swim Lessons available
Charles E. Poteet Park was designed by children, for children. It is located behind the Sylva Pool, just off Municipal Drive at 29 Central Street. Poteet Park is open from 10 am until 10pm.
Poteet Park
Charles E. Poteet Park was designed by children, for children. It is located behind the Sylva Pool, just off Municipal Drive at 29 Central Street. Poteet Park is open from 10 am until 10pm.