Looking for a place for a short winter escape from the crowds? Plan a trip to the mountains for a peaceful get-away.
There are still plenty of options to enjoy even in the winter months. Just bring some warmer clothes and experience a unique vacation away from all the city traffic. And most rental rates are much lower than summer rates.
Just some of the things to do include:
- Exploring the scenic Cherohala Skyway with a good chance of seeing some snow accumulation
- Driving the Tail of the Dragon with the road all to yourself (most winter days are still safe)
- Winter hiking in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and other wilderness areas
- Amazing photographic opportunities around every corner
- Holiday festivities at Fontana Village which is open year-round
- Plan a day at Asheville’s Biltmore Estate where the Christmas decorations are truly special
- Or ski at Cattaloochee in Maggie Valley with fourteen slopes
- Go antique/gem/craft hunting when discounts are everywhere
- Explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Spend a day in Gatlinburg for amazing holiday displays
- Golf at several courses that are open year-round with no crowds
- Or just bring a good book and curl-up in front of a fireplace and watch the snow
Our roads remain safe and passable for standard vehicles most days in the winter months. But stay alert for any severe weather that might change conditions. See PLAN YOUR TRIP for links on current road conditions.
Tail of the Dragon, Cherohala Skyway, and Moonshiner 28 summer weather: It is typical throughout the summer months for the weather reports in the mountains of western North Carolina to call for 60% chance of thunderstorms. What this really means is there will POSSIBLY be an afternoon shower. These scattered cells are small and short lived. They occur in the period of 2 pm to 4 pm and then the sun returns quickly drying the roads. There is no need to cancel your trip here because the weather says 60% chance of thunderstorms. Many days we don’t even see any rain when its predicted.
History of the Cherohala Skyway, including Hooper Bald Lodge and the Russian Blue Boar, Tellico Wagon Train, Kirkland Bushwackers. The dream of the Cherohala Skyway began in 1958. Television was America’s new brand of entertainment and wild westerns were a Hollywood staple. Gunsmoke and Wagon Train captured weekly audiences. Wagon Train, dramatizing the settling of the American frontier, was a favorite show of Sam Williams. Williams dreamed of leading his own wagon train from his home in Tellico Plains to the Unakas of North Carolina. He brought up his idea, jokingly, at the Kiwanis Club meeting in the spring of 1958. There were roads that joined the two locations but at the time were only fit for covered wagons. After some derisive laughter, the idea started to take a serious tone and the idea for a new Wagon Train Road was born. [Read More….]