Coffee & Community

In the heart of Bryson City, across the tracks from the Great Smoky Mtn Railroad depot, you’ll find Mountain Perks Espresso Bar & Cafe. Open year-round to serve locals and tourists alike, they serve an assortment of coffee drinks and tasty breakfast and lunch items. In an effort to have something for everyone, Mtn Perks offers gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian options. For locals this is a great daytime place to gather and gab. For tourists, the staff is always full of local and regional information and the shop has maps for hikes and scenic drives in the area. The menu is full of homemade items like soups, scoops, and quiches. The coffee is roasted in Western North Carolina and is available for purchase by the pound, whole beans or ground. Wi-Fi is available for customers.

Out for a Laugh

Jeff-Foxworthy-2014-PicFamous for his “you might be a redneck if. . . ” one-liners, comedian Jeff Foxworthy has been making America laugh since the early 90’s. And he’s still got it. Tonight Jeff will take the stage at Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee, NC. There are still tickets left, but not many! The casino’s Event Center seats 3,000 people and there isn’t a bad seat in the house. So go check it out and be prepared to laugh until you cry. Entertainment starts at 7:30pm.

Ringing in a New Year


It’s the last day of the new year and we find ourselves contemplating the past and anticipating the future. With an unusually warm winter here in Western North Carolina, small mountain towns are full of happy tourists. Families and friends who have realized the importance of quality time together.

Cherokee, NC will be sending 2014 off with wonderful display of fireworks tonight at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds. Light show starts at 10pm.

In Bryson City, Nantahala Brewing Company is hosting a New Year’s Eve party. They are offering $3 pints of Dirty Girl Blonde and Noonday IPA all day. Live music starts at 8:30pm with Soldier’s Heart. They call themselves “honest porch and soul” music and will be rocking into 2015. At midnight, there will be a Devil’s Courthouse Toast.

It’s not too late to make plans. While there’s lots going on, there’s also no shame in staying in for the evening. A rustic mountain cabin can be a perfect place to start the new year off right.

Here’s to our happiest year yet!

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!

Holiday Homecoming

303450_10150948177397107_742601021_nEvery year the Oconaluftee Visitors Center puts on special events to bring people into the park. These programs are designed to educate and bring awareness to the park in a fun way.

On December 20th  from 10am-2pm the visitor’s center is hosting live, traditional Appalachian music for their old-fashioned Christmas celebration. Come by to listen, dance, and enjoy hot cider and cookies! You can also pick up last minute Christmas gifts in the gift shop of the visitors center. Choose from local handmade crafts and park souvenirs. They also have an amazing selection of books and maps!

Spreading holiday cheer throughout the Great Smoky Mtn National Park!


Cherokee Lights & Legends

_MG_3081Come on down to the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds for the Cherokee Lights & Legends event. Take a stroll under the lights, view the beautiful 40ft Christmas tree, see Santa and enjoy many interactive displays. There’s also a carnival ride and a synthetic ice rink. Like a winter wonderland in the Smokies!

Tickets are $5 for adults. Children under 5 get in free. Ice skate rentals are $3 for a 30-minute session.

Cherokee Lights & Legends schedule:

5pm-9pm Wed-Thur

5-10pm Fri&Sat

5pm-12:30am on New Year’s Eve

There is live entertainment by a local Elvis impersonator at 7pm on December 20 & 31.

This event runs to Januray 3.

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.


Black Friday

sale bc collageWell this is it, the kick-off of shopping season. Let the sales and madness begin. Even small, quaint towns like Bryson City have great shop-til-you-drop opportunities.

The streets and store fronts are all decorated for the season. Christmas carols are playing in shops. Sagebrush coffee is offering real eggnog lattes. Christmas spirit is everywhere! There’s even snow on the distant mountain peaks.

Here are the deals for today’s shopping frenzy:

Humanité Boutique is offering 20% off all Silver jeans and patterned leggings. Come shop for your girls or pick up a new outfit for yourself to look good this holiday season.295898_10150313327487232_214103831_n


Nantahala Bewing Company is hosting a Brewtastic Friday event. Doors open at 11am. They will have $3 pints of select brews, $12 bottles of Trail Magic Ale, and $5  22oz bottles of Noonday IPA and Dirty Girl Blonde. They will also have fleece vests for $20 and select t-shirts for $10! Something for the craft beer lover in your family.

The Charles Heath Gallery is offering 25% off anything hanging on the wall! Here’s a chance to get a piece of original art at a discounted price. They have also extended their hours to 8pm for today and tomorrow!

Bryson City Bicycles is giving away a free helmet with every new bike purchase.

25325_328759617055_1488816_nPursenality has BOGO 1/2off everything in the store!

The Wild Fern Studio and Gallery will have free refreshments and 10% off selected items.

McClanahan’s has marked all clothing 25% off.

Tickled Pink is offering 20% off clothes, purses, quilts, furniture & mirrors.

Charleston Station will have 25% off select lines of jewelry.

The Cottage Craftsman can help take the edge off your shopping with wine tasting from noon – 7pm. A great way to select your holiday wine.

Second Hand Rose Consignment on Everett Street is offering 20% off entire purchase.

Madison’s on Main has marked select items down 25-50%.

Smith’s Dry Goods will give you 10% off Georgia Boots. Just in time for winter!

Appalachian Mercantile has 10% off selected items. Send an appalachian gift home and make ’em wish they were here!

The Village Florist is giving a 10% discount off your entire purchase, excluding live plants or flowers and 40% off fall decorations. Free scarf or stylus pen with $50 purchase.

The Loose Moose will mark all North Face, Columbia & select Life is Good tees down 25%.

Happy Holiday Shopping!

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