Category Archives: Bryson City NC

Living La Dolce Vita

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Combining fresh farm ingredients and their love for baking, Gianna Carson and Pat Tagliarini opened La Dolce Vita Bakery. This little bakery is another of Bryson City’s businesses that stay open year round, pushing through the slower winter months here in the Smoky Mountains. Their baked goods are an assortment of healthy breakfast muffins and real fruit danishes, cookies, cupcakes, pastries, and more. During our last visit, we enjoyed a muscadine cream cheese danish and a perfectly made cappuccino. La Dolce Vita also makes their own gelato featuring interesting flavors that are sure to please the taste buds. While you are there don’t forget to check out some of their gift items. On the shelves you’ll find handmade goat milk soap that Gianna makes herself, with milk from her goats!

We love their passion for all things natural and we share their passion for this area. La Dolce Vita Bakery represents an appreciation for the finer, yet simpler, things of this world. Stop in today to satisfy your sweet tooth or grab a cup of coffee to get your day back in line.

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Winter in the Smokies

 

10850297_10152786413467107_4125932464773705620_nThe winds have been strong here in Bryson City this week. They are bringing in the cold winds of the north. But while the breeze has been chilly, the sun has been shining down on our little mountain town. The bright sunny days are leading us into the clear winter nights. Nights so crisp it seems you can almost grab a star. Nights that make the moon seem a lot closer.

Bryson City is nestled right up to the border of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. In town, we are in a magical valley with a wide river bringing fresh mountain water and trout. The majestic mountain peaks surround us, some still covered in the snow and ice they protected us from. This is a place where you come to feel one with nature. This is a place to remind us of our roots. This is a place that helps us to reconnect with life, ourselves, and each other.

Come find out why we love it here. Come visit for the day, the roads are clear enough to make the drive safely. Come visit for a weekend, in a warm cabin or bravely with proper camping gear. Come as you are. Winter is a slow, peaceful season. Come enjoy it with us!

Be My Valentine

ValExp12_hrz_370x225.jpgLooking for a special way to say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day? Then plan a trip to the Smokies and let the magic happen!

The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad has announced their special sweetheart train ride for this Valentine’s day. Join Charlie Brown’s gang for the Valentine Express & Sweetheart Train. The ride departs Saturday, February 15th at 11am from the Bryson City Depot. Travel  along the Tuckaseegee River to the quaint town of Dillsboro. There you and your sweetheart can enjoy a 1.5hour layover. Plenty of time to enjoy lunch or just stroll town and peruse many of the shops and galleries there.

This is great for the whole family and not just for couples. However, if you are a couple looking to bump the ride up a notch in the romance department, you can upgrade your ticket to Adult First Class. There you can enjoy a delicious lunch served by a private car attendant. Adult tickets are $94. Make sure to reserve yours now!

Hope Your Holidays Were Bright

PicMonkey CollageChristmas was beautiful here in Western North Carolina. We hope you all had a wonderful time, not matter how you celebrate! Seems like a lot of people were super busy this year. Today in Bryson City, we are running into people who’s Christmas time together has spilled over into the weekend. There is still a lot going on here in this quaint little town and even more planned with a new year on the horizon.

The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad will continue the Polar Express through December 29th  and town will remain all lit up in beautiful Christmas glory.  Cherokee’s Lights & Legends display will run through January 3rd at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds.

So, if you had to work this past week, now is your chance to get out and get caught up!

The Christmas Shoes

FullSizeRender(1)The Smoky Mountain Community Theater is located in Bryson City, NC. Each year they do an amazing job of selecting plays and supplying our little town with live, quality entertainment.These plays showcase the local talent, both on stage and in production. Lots of time goes into set design, costumes, and rehearsing. The end result is always fun to watch! The theater is a volunteer driven non-profit organization. The building itself makes it worth the visit, with the original wooden theater seats it is like stepping back into simpler times.

Currently the Smoky Mountain Community Theater is putting on J. Daniel Smith’s arragement of the holiday play, “The Christmas Shoes”. Based on the song of the same name, you don’t want to miss this music-filled production!

This weekend marks the final showings! Don’t miss it!

Today ! December 13th  shows at 3pm and 7:30pm

December 14th showing at 3pm

Tickets are $5/child and $10/adult

On the Fly

trout fishingAs we browsed social media sights this morning we couldn’t help but notice how many pictures there were of smiling, happy, fly fishin’ people. That’s right it isn’t too cold yet! Lots of brave outdoorsmen, and women, are suiting up and heading to the creek.

During December in the Smokies the water tends to fluctuate between 40-55 degrees. Trout are cold-blooded creatures and are still moving and feeding during these temperatures. While temps below 40 can make the catch harder,  it is still possible.

So don’t let the cold keep you from having a little fun. The mountain streams of the Smokies are full of trout and they’re waiting for you.

Not a fisherman? Maybe this winter should be a time to learn a new skill. There are lots of fly fishing guides available for hire in and around the Smokies. Take a trip with one of our company partners like Nantahala On The Fly or Endless River Adventures. Right here in Bryson City, new this year, is the Tuck Fly Shop. They offer guided trips, lessons,  and have everything you need to get off the couch and take to the wilderness!

Take to the outdoors!

 

Rainy Start to Christmas

403091_10150653309322107_188696920_nToday is a rainy and unusually warm day in the Smokies, but those drops haven’t put a damper on the holiday spirit in the small towns surrounding the park. This morning as I walked through crowds of happy holiday people in Bryson City I could tell that they weren’t letting a little rain stop them. Pajama clad families stand under umbrellas waiting to board the Polar Express. Coffee shops are full of people escaping the wet and warming up with a latte or a simple hot chocolate. Christmas lights seem to twinkle through the sprinkle! We’re not letting a little weather stop us from ringing in the holiday season.

Bryson City’s “Biggest Little Christmas Parade in the Smokies” is scheduled to start at 2pm as planned. Shops are open! Christmas music rings out through the doors and down the sidewalk. Don’t let the rain keep you inside! Come join us!

Since you’re already in the area, the Cherokee Christmas parade starts at 5pm this evening.

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