Holiday Shopping or Brewery Hopping?


Whiteside Sunrise / Stacy Redmon / Jackson County, NC

When we think of a fall getaway that has it all, we think Jackson County. Here, you don’t have to go far to find what you’re looking for. Whether it’s a seasonal festival, a new local IPA, or a hike to a beautiful (possibly frozen) waterfall, Jackson County has you covered. 

Find unique holiday gifts or something that will remind you of your visit in any of our charming mountain towns. Stroll down Main Street Sylva and Historic Dillsboro for independent shops with local handmade goods that reflect Appalachian culture. Check out the mountain town of Cashiers for upscale brands, outdoor sportswear stores, and our favorite spas. 

Got a foodie or beer enthusiast in your group? Jackson County is known for its award-winning farm-to-table cuisine and local craft breweries. In fact, did you know North Carolina boasts the largest number of craft breweries in the American South, with more than 370 breweries and brewpubs? If the weather permits, dining al fresco is highly recommended, where you can watch the sun set behind the mountains and sip a glass of wine with friends. 

Balance out your delicious dining experiences with some time in the natural beauty of the mountains. Cherokee offers a variety of activities for visitors, including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Try a new way to travel on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, which will take you on an unforgettable journey through a beautiful corner of North Carolina. Or travel on foot to any of our dozens of waterfalls or hike to a summit for stunning panoramic views. 

Soco Falls / Robert Stephens / Jackson County, NC

Whiteside Mountain / Evan Ruff / Jackson County, NC

As you can see, there are no limits to what you can do in Jackson County. So, what are you waiting for? Pack the car, and we’ll see you soon!