Robin's Guidebook

Robin

Robin's Guidebook

Food scene
This historic restaurant features a beautiful fireside bar, delicious food, and decades of memories for thousands of visitors. Make reservations early.
Fryemont Inn
245 Fryemont Street
This historic restaurant features a beautiful fireside bar, delicious food, and decades of memories for thousands of visitors. Make reservations early.
Local java, 5 minutes from this home
Cardinal Coffee
22 Needmore Rd
Local java, 5 minutes from this home
Multiple generations have gotten a burger and cherry lemon Mountain Dew at this local hot spot.
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Naber's Drive In
1245 Main St
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Multiple generations have gotten a burger and cherry lemon Mountain Dew at this local hot spot.
Local ice cream scene Bring cash
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Soda Pop's Ice Cream
141 Everett St
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Local ice cream scene Bring cash
Support this local bakery and enjoy delicious baked treats all year round. This business is an excellent community partner.
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La Dolce Vita Bakery
191 Everett St
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Support this local bakery and enjoy delicious baked treats all year round. This business is an excellent community partner.
Say yes to homemade waffle cones at this local favorite!
Jack the Dipper Ice Cream
170 E Sylva Shopping Center
Say yes to homemade waffle cones at this local favorite!
Shop Local
Shop local and support a small business that gives back to the community. Erin, the owner, keeps the place clean, trendy, and welcoming for all. The Fall 2020 must-have is a Dolly for President t-shirt.
Humanité Boutique
130 Everett St
Shop local and support a small business that gives back to the community. Erin, the owner, keeps the place clean, trendy, and welcoming for all. The Fall 2020 must-have is a Dolly for President t-shirt.
Enjoy a local brew, purchase, or rent your outdoor gear here. The owners are locals who give back to the community.
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Bryson City Outdoors
169 Main Street
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Enjoy a local brew, purchase, or rent your outdoor gear here. The owners are locals who give back to the community.
Beautiful shopping area in Asheville, NC not far from the Biltmore House
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Biltmore Village
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Beautiful shopping area in Asheville, NC not far from the Biltmore House
Local pottery close to this home
Pincu Pottery
80 NC-28
Local pottery close to this home
Here's our local grocery store. You may not be able to buy adult beverages on Sunday until after 12n.
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Ingles Markets
19/23 Hughes Branch Road
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Here's our local grocery store. You may not be able to buy adult beverages on Sunday until after 12n.
Sightseeing
There is so much to see here. Make sure you take time to go to the outdoor garden and the winery. If you bring bikes, you can bike around the Biltmore Estate and its many photo spots (sunflowers, wildlife, etc.)
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Biltmore
1 Lodge Street
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There is so much to see here. Make sure you take time to go to the outdoor garden and the winery. If you bring bikes, you can bike around the Biltmore Estate and its many photo spots (sunflowers, wildlife, etc.)
This scenic highways takes you 6 miles into the National Park and has a story all of its own. Take a walk through the tunnel and take time to enjoy the beauty of the area at any of the pull off spots. #Scenicviews https://www.greatsmokies.com/road-nowhere/
Road to Nowhere Tunnel
This scenic highways takes you 6 miles into the National Park and has a story all of its own. Take a walk through the tunnel and take time to enjoy the beauty of the area at any of the pull off spots. #Scenicviews https://www.greatsmokies.com/road-nowhere/
TVA built this dam in 1942 to help provide electricity to power regional power for Alcoa. This energy was needed for aluminum production, Oak Ridge manufacturing needs, and other innovation needs that helped the US in World War II.
Fontana Dam
TVA built this dam in 1942 to help provide electricity to power regional power for Alcoa. This energy was needed for aluminum production, Oak Ridge manufacturing needs, and other innovation needs that helped the US in World War II.
Stunning waterfall photos await your arrival.
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Bridal Veil Falls
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Stunning waterfall photos await your arrival.
Experiences
You can do rafting or the Zip Line. For the Ziplining, they have a kids zip and an adult zip. The views are fabulous as are the tour guides. You will need to wear pants and closed-toe shoes.
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Wildwater Nantahala Rafting & Canopy Tours
10345 US-19
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You can do rafting or the Zip Line. For the Ziplining, they have a kids zip and an adult zip. The views are fabulous as are the tour guides. You will need to wear pants and closed-toe shoes.
Go see Nate the Farmer for your delicious local produce! Ask him about his famous calendar. They do deliver as well if you get your online order in before 10a. In the fall, you can experience a hayride or go to the pumpkin patch.
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Darnell Farms
2300 Governors Island Rd
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Go see Nate the Farmer for your delicious local produce! Ask him about his famous calendar. They do deliver as well if you get your online order in before 10a. In the fall, you can experience a hayride or go to the pumpkin patch.
Do the Polar Express at night so you can experience the magic of the Christmas lights. Yes, you really will see families all over town in matching pajamas :)
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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
45 Mitchell St
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Do the Polar Express at night so you can experience the magic of the Christmas lights. Yes, you really will see families all over town in matching pajamas :)
Take a step back in time to hear the story of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee in this beautiful outdoor drama
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Unto These Hills, Outdoor Drama
622 Drama Road
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Take a step back in time to hear the story of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee in this beautiful outdoor drama
Learn more about the history of the area and the locals who make this place wonderful. Learn more about the impact of TVA and the Fontana Dam, and see many artifacts from local families
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Swain County Visitor Center and Heritage Museum
255 Main St
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Learn more about the history of the area and the locals who make this place wonderful. Learn more about the impact of TVA and the Fontana Dam, and see many artifacts from local families
Learn more about life in this area a century ago with this visitor center complete with replica buildings, exhibitions, and artifacts.
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Oconaluftee Visitor Center
1194 Newfound Gap Rd
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Learn more about life in this area a century ago with this visitor center complete with replica buildings, exhibitions, and artifacts.
Rent tubes and enjoy the day on the chilly Deer Creek water. Pro tips: Wear shoes with straps and that you don't mind to get dirty Bring a protector for your cell phone and keys if you plan to bring them Bring an extra towel or two for the car to keep your car clean after this experience.
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Deep Creek Tube Center & Campground
1090 West Deep Creek Road
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Rent tubes and enjoy the day on the chilly Deer Creek water. Pro tips: Wear shoes with straps and that you don't mind to get dirty Bring a protector for your cell phone and keys if you plan to bring them Bring an extra towel or two for the car to keep your car clean after this experience.
Experience the swinging bridge locals love to frequent.
Needmore Swinging Bridge
Experience the swinging bridge locals love to frequent.
Sweet summertime in the Smokies can mean playing in the dirt and ruby mining. On our last visit, we found rubies and emeralds! The owner is super nice and will explain what you are looking for and what you may have just found in your treasure bucket. The Ruby Mine owner, Peggy Maddox, told us new stories about my grandparents last time we went. :) She has a lot of knowledge of local history.
Ruby Mine
79 Wesser Creek Rd
Sweet summertime in the Smokies can mean playing in the dirt and ruby mining. On our last visit, we found rubies and emeralds! The owner is super nice and will explain what you are looking for and what you may have just found in your treasure bucket. The Ruby Mine owner, Peggy Maddox, told us new stories about my grandparents last time we went. :) She has a lot of knowledge of local history.
They are a trusted, locally-owned and managed business that makes sure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.
Nantahala Village Riding Stables
9400 U.S. 19
They are a trusted, locally-owned and managed business that makes sure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.
318 curves on 11 miles, that's the Tail of the Dragon (or Highways 129 NC/TN). Motorcyles and sports cars from across the county travel here to experience this curvy road. There are several photographers along the way to take pictures of you braving the curves. Pro tips: You or your passengers may get car sick. Cell service is limited or absent for at least half of this drive.
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Tail of the Dragon
17555 Tapoco Road
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318 curves on 11 miles, that's the Tail of the Dragon (or Highways 129 NC/TN). Motorcyles and sports cars from across the county travel here to experience this curvy road. There are several photographers along the way to take pictures of you braving the curves. Pro tips: You or your passengers may get car sick. Cell service is limited or absent for at least half of this drive.
The casino has great restaurants (Ruth's Chris, etc.), entertainment, and more.
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Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
777 Casino Drive
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The casino has great restaurants (Ruth's Chris, etc.), entertainment, and more.
City/town information
College town :) Home to Western Carolina University, a highly-ranked regional comprehensive University in a beautiful setting
Cullowhee
College town :) Home to Western Carolina University, a highly-ranked regional comprehensive University in a beautiful setting
Local Services
This is the closest hospital.
Swain Community Hospital
45 Plateau St
This is the closest hospital.

Borgartillaga

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Bring extra cash for some businesses
While most local spots accept credit cards, there are a few such as Soda Pops Ice Cream, that are cash only businesses. Cash is also handy for tipping your favorite tube server on Deep Creek.
Samgöngur
GPS/Maps/Extra Time for Curvy Roads
GPS navigation is a wonderful tool. Take the extra time to review the recommended travel time on maps. Some journeys may only be a few miles apart, but may take more time than you expect due to curvy mountain roads.
Siðir og menning
Use the crosswalks please
The people here are super friendly, but you don't want to be the one who accidentally walks in front of a heavy truck that can't stop. Use good common sense.
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Bring a jacket
It gets a little chilly when the the sun goes down, so you will want to have a light sweater or jacket with you even in summer.
Bókaðu áður en þú leggur af stað
Download directions
Depending on where you go in the mountains, there are areas without cell service. Don't depend solely on GPS to guide you on all the mountain road adventures.