Open for Thanksgiving
The following locations still have some openings for Thanksgiving Dinner:
Please call the Smoky Mountain Host of North Carolina Visitor Center at 828-369-9606 for lodging vacancies and activities during Thanksgiving week.
Thanksgiving in the Mountains
Join Fontana Village For The Annual Thanksgiving Buffet
Let Fontana Village take the hassel out of the holidays! Delicious goodies and friendly service! Click here for more info!
Park Offers Black Friday Hiking Options
Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites visitors to join them for ranger-led hikes across the park on Friday, November 27. Hikes will be offered in the Cataloochee, Elkmont, and Cades Cove areas of the park providing an outstanding opportunity for people of all ages to #OptOutside and enjoy the park.
THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride
All Aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS! This memorable journey will take you on an incredible journey! Believe the magic this Holiday season!
Over 70,000 passengers rode THE POLAR EXPRESS with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in 2014 and we hope to see you in 2015! The 1¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the North Pole to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot.
THE POLAR EXPRESS begins November 13 and operates through January 3, 2016.
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
225 Everett Street, Suites G & H
Bryson City, NC 28713
River Runner's Special Cookbook Order Form
Order a limited-edition copy of the new 30th Anniversary Edition of River Runners' Special: Favorite Recipes from Nantahala Outdoor Center. This classic NOC collectable with recipes from our founders and guides is only available via this online form from now until 11/30/15.
These popular recipes have been part of NOC menus, trips and our active, outdoor lifestyle since the very beginning. Most of the recipes comes from the kitchen of Aurelia Kennedy, and were created and perfected at the first River's End Restaurant on the banks of the Nantahala River.
Order here, and cookbooks will arrive at your specified gift address by December, 21 2015. That's just in time for you to prepare Sherpa Rice, Backpacker Bread, Mean Bean Dip and a Cool Jewel for Christmas dinner!
North Carolina's Smoky Mountains
Smoky Mountain Host is located in Western North Carolina in the Great Smoky Mountains. Smoky Mountain Host provides Western North Carolina travel guides, family travel activities, and attractions in Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties as well as the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation.
Plan your family vacation, romantic getaway, destination wedding, or a day in the wilderness with Smoky Mountain Host. You will find lodging that fits your style and budget, shops that sell everything from souvenirs to exquisite mountain crafts, and exciting outdoor adventures for everyone in the family.
Our Western North Carolina attractions include Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, The Factory, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Harrah's Casino, Oconaluftee Indian Village, John C. Campbell Folk School, Gem Mining, Golfing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Canoeing/Rafting, Snow Skiing, and Arts & Theatre. These are just a few of the adventures awaiting for you in Western North Carolina.
This website and our FREE travel guide provides information on Western North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and Waterfalls. Communities in Western North Carolina include Andrews, Asheville, Balsam, Brasstwon, Bryson City, Candler, Cashiers, Cherokee, Cullowhee, Dillsboro, Fontana Dam, Franklin, Hayesville, Highlands, Maggie Valley, Murphy, Nantahala, Otto, Robbinsville, Scaly Mountain, Sylva, Waynesville, and Whittier.