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David’s guidebook

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David’s guidebook

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Just about a 10 minute drive...door to door! Fun for adults...and kids too! Shops, restaurants, entertainment, and games...all under one roof.
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Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
777 Casino Drive
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Just about a 10 minute drive...door to door! Fun for adults...and kids too! Shops, restaurants, entertainment, and games...all under one roof.
Perhaps one of the best ways of seeing our mountains and scenery! Seasonal theme events are offered...plus it is in the center of a wonderful walk-friendly town!
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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
45 Mitchell St
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Perhaps one of the best ways of seeing our mountains and scenery! Seasonal theme events are offered...plus it is in the center of a wonderful walk-friendly town!
Longest lasting outdoor drama in the world, telling the story of the proud Cherokee culture and history.
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Unto These Hills, Outdoor Drama
622 Drama Road
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Longest lasting outdoor drama in the world, telling the story of the proud Cherokee culture and history.
AMAZING amusement park!! Clean, safe, friendly, and some of the BEST award-winning rides in the world. Approximately 1.5 hour drive.
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Dollywood
2700 Dollywood Parks Boulevard
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AMAZING amusement park!! Clean, safe, friendly, and some of the BEST award-winning rides in the world. Approximately 1.5 hour drive.
Interested in rafting? Tubing? This is the place to be! It’s been around for many many years, and is just a short drive away.
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Nantahala Outdoor Center
13077 Highway 19 West
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Interested in rafting? Tubing? This is the place to be! It’s been around for many many years, and is just a short drive away.
One hour away, this is the largest privately owned home in America, and was the country home of George Vanderbilt...the youngest child of New York railroad tycoon Henry Vanderbilt. 255 rooms on an estate that originally encompassed 125,000 acres, the house is filled with priceless art and furnishings, and is a work of art itself. Plan an all-day visit...maybe two....and wear comfortable shoes. The house is over 5 acres of floor space and the gardens and trails are additional options for getting plenty of miles on those shoes! Gift shops, restaurants, and private tours are all available to enjoy on the estate.
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Biltmore Estate
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One hour away, this is the largest privately owned home in America, and was the country home of George Vanderbilt...the youngest child of New York railroad tycoon Henry Vanderbilt. 255 rooms on an estate that originally encompassed 125,000 acres, the house is filled with priceless art and furnishings, and is a work of art itself. Plan an all-day visit...maybe two....and wear comfortable shoes. The house is over 5 acres of floor space and the gardens and trails are additional options for getting plenty of miles on those shoes! Gift shops, restaurants, and private tours are all available to enjoy on the estate.
Closest ski resort. Advanced and not-so-advanced slopes for people of all ages. They also have a very nice tubing slope for lots of family fun!
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Cataloochee Ski Area
1080 Ski Lodge Road
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Closest ski resort. Advanced and not-so-advanced slopes for people of all ages. They also have a very nice tubing slope for lots of family fun!
City/town information
Old-fashioned mountain town...with an updated feel. Shops, restaurants, and plenty of things to do.
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Bryson City
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Old-fashioned mountain town...with an updated feel. Shops, restaurants, and plenty of things to do.
Home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Lots of beautiful scenery, shops, restaurants, and plenty of native culture still to be found.
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Cherokee
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Home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Lots of beautiful scenery, shops, restaurants, and plenty of native culture still to be found.
The epitome of a historic old-fashioned mountain town! Shops, restaurants, breweries and pedestrian friendly too! Only about 20 minute drive and closest “city” to the house.
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Sylva
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The epitome of a historic old-fashioned mountain town! Shops, restaurants, breweries and pedestrian friendly too! Only about 20 minute drive and closest “city” to the house.
“Cool Green Asheville”...exactly 1 hour drive and a must visit place! Beautiful scenery, amazing shopping, restaurants, attractions and anything expected and unexpected in this eclectic mountain city.
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Asheville
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“Cool Green Asheville”...exactly 1 hour drive and a must visit place! Beautiful scenery, amazing shopping, restaurants, attractions and anything expected and unexpected in this eclectic mountain city.
Only about 15 minutes drive, Dillsboro remains virtually unchanged since the 1800’s when originally a railroad town, offering locals and visitors shopping, food, and a nice stroll up and down friendly streets.
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Dillsboro
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Only about 15 minutes drive, Dillsboro remains virtually unchanged since the 1800’s when originally a railroad town, offering locals and visitors shopping, food, and a nice stroll up and down friendly streets.
Skiing, hiking, shops, mini-golf, restaurants and plenty of antique and souvenir shops on a 4-lane highway. Not pedestrian friendly, but worth a drive.
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Maggie Valley
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Skiing, hiking, shops, mini-golf, restaurants and plenty of antique and souvenir shops on a 4-lane highway. Not pedestrian friendly, but worth a drive.
One-of-a-kind mountain “town”...with hundreds of shops, restaurants and attractions galore! Wear comfortable shoes, because it is very pedestrian-friendly. Only 45-60 minute drive from the house.
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Gatlinburg
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One-of-a-kind mountain “town”...with hundreds of shops, restaurants and attractions galore! Wear comfortable shoes, because it is very pedestrian-friendly. Only 45-60 minute drive from the house.
Food scene
Fresh and delicious homemade chocolates, gelato, and more! (Local family owned...and family friend too!!)
Baxley's Chocolates
628 W Main St
Fresh and delicious homemade chocolates, gelato, and more! (Local family owned...and family friend too!!)
One of my favorite places in the area! Must try the chicken piccata!! 20 minutes drive.
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Lulu's On Main
678 West Main Street
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One of my favorite places in the area! Must try the chicken piccata!! 20 minutes drive.
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING FOOD! Best Barbecue in the state of North Carolina...just down the road 15 minutes! Brisket and baked beans are awesome...as is the banana pudding!
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Haywood Smokehouse
403 Haywood Rd
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ABSOLUTELY AMAZING FOOD! Best Barbecue in the state of North Carolina...just down the road 15 minutes! Brisket and baked beans are awesome...as is the banana pudding!
Best restaurant in the area, bar none. Pricey, but worth it. Located at the bottom of the mountain inside the casino...10 minutes away.
Ruth's Chris Steak House
777 Casino Dr
Best restaurant in the area, bar none. Pricey, but worth it. Located at the bottom of the mountain inside the casino...10 minutes away.
Very good Italian restaurant, located inside the casino at the bottom of the mountain...just 10 minutes away.
BRIO Tuscan Grille
777 Casino Dr
Very good Italian restaurant, located inside the casino at the bottom of the mountain...just 10 minutes away.
BEST Italian restaurant in the area! Well worth the drive, yet hours vary, so call first.
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Frankie's Italian Trattoria
1037 Soco Road
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BEST Italian restaurant in the area! Well worth the drive, yet hours vary, so call first.
Neighborhoods
Once a bustling manufacturing town, “downtown” Whittier still has a few old buildings in its tight one/two block footprint, and hasn’t lost any of its charm over time. Check out the old hardware store, the consignment shop and if possible, walk through the old cemetery.
Whittier
Once a bustling manufacturing town, “downtown” Whittier still has a few old buildings in its tight one/two block footprint, and hasn’t lost any of its charm over time. Check out the old hardware store, the consignment shop and if possible, walk through the old cemetery.
Sightseeing
Great waterfall to visit and closest one to the house...only about 15-20 minute drive.
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Soco Falls
U.S. 19
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Great waterfall to visit and closest one to the house...only about 15-20 minute drive.
Perhaps the best treasure we have in the area! Beginning here in Cherokee and traveling all the way through Virginia, this BEAUTIFUL two-lane paved highway weaves in between, over p, through, and around the mountains, and has the most incredible views you have ever experienced. Many trails, scenic overlooks, and picnic areas all along the way. Drive as long or as little as you wish...but don’t expect any commercial vehicles, stop lights, billboards, businesses, etc. It’s just you, the road, and Mother Nature.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Perhaps the best treasure we have in the area! Beginning here in Cherokee and traveling all the way through Virginia, this BEAUTIFUL two-lane paved highway weaves in between, over p, through, and around the mountains, and has the most incredible views you have ever experienced. Many trails, scenic overlooks, and picnic areas all along the way. Drive as long or as little as you wish...but don’t expect any commercial vehicles, stop lights, billboards, businesses, etc. It’s just you, the road, and Mother Nature.
One of the most beautiful campuses in the University of North Carolina system, the university was originally founded in 1889 as the “Western Carolina Teachers College” to educate the people of the western North Carolina mountains. Over the years it has evolved to a major university with over 12,000 students.
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Western Carolina University
1 University Way
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One of the most beautiful campuses in the University of North Carolina system, the university was originally founded in 1889 as the “Western Carolina Teachers College” to educate the people of the western North Carolina mountains. Over the years it has evolved to a major university with over 12,000 students.

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Samgöngur
Walk...or drive. Your choice...but pay attention!
Here in the area, public transportation is not available, and Uber and drivers of the type are not usually available or willing to drive the mountain roads and/or the distances. Other than the many experiences in the town “clusters”, most everything else in the area requires driving. The scenery on the drives is spectacular, yet the driver must pay very careful attention, and not be distracted with anything while traveling these roads. It is a good idea to allow multiple drivers, so that everyone can enjoy what is able to seen from the car.
Siðir og menning
Respect...and be respected.
Mountain people are happy people. “Altitude Affects Attitude” is a saying we have here. While we do live in a “modern” world, the locals are proud people and hold tight to what may be perceived as “old fashioned” values. Expect “conservative” attitudes. Abusing the “peace and quiet”, the beauty, the cleanliness, and the slower pace of life will ultimately result in an unpleasant response. The mountain culture is something that has to be experienced in full in order to truly understand the root of the passion of these people. Look. Listen. Learn. Live.
Sparnaðarleiðir
Never pay full price!
Act like a tourist...get “Tourist Prices”. Act like a local...get batter prices...and a smile! This is usually the case in most antique and second-hand shops. Just don’t expect this at other shops and chain-style establishments. You may get a funny stare instead of a better price and a smile.
Hvað á að taka með
Umbrella!! Ella...Ella...Ella!
This is what is considered a “Temperate Rainforest”. It usually rains every day in the summer...for at least a small shower, and many days in the spring. Fall and winter are usually dry, but it is always a good idea to be prepared...just in case!
Gagnlegar setningar
Howdy Y’all!
Yes....we may sound funny to many people...we already know that. Just don’t go around thinking you are being nice by trying to talk like us. It doesn’t work...and only makes you look silly. “Hello” is always a good thing to say and hear...and when someone asks you “How are you?”, you must answer. “How are you” is NOT the same as “Hello”. Cursing is also a big “no-no”! And don’t be shocked when a total stranger passes you on the road and waves at you. Wave back...smile...and keep driving. It’s how we show each other that “all is well”.
Ferðast með börnum
Keep an eye on the kiddos!
Children who are not familiar with the mountains need extra attention. Not only are the obvious dangers around such as steep cliffs, trip hazards on trails, hidden water dangers, dense forests and vehicular traffic zipping around blind curves...but also, our wildlife can pose a danger. Bees, snakes, and bears are all around...and even though they don’t want us around just as much as we don’t want them, we must share the same space at times.