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Winter Blast Itinerary

While most people think of the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons when visiting the mountains, winter in Maggie Valley NC provides unique and fun things to do and see!   In addition to just snow, Winter in Maggie Valley NC offers:

  • Snow skiing and snowboarding at over 5,000 feet in elevation at one of the top ski resorts in the Blue Ridge – Cataloochee Ski Resort.
  • Snow tubing at Tube World
  • Frozen Waterfalls
  • Scenic Winter Hikes
  • Great spots to hang out, warm up, and just relax
  • Great food at the many local and unique restaurants
  • Fewer people

Maggie Valley NC has exactly what you’re looking for in a Winter Getaway!

Winter Blast Itinerary

This 4 day “Winter Blast” Internerary will help you experience some of the wonderful and exciting things you can do and see in Maggie Valley NC  during the winter.   You’re guaranteed to “have a blast” and eat well too!

Winter Blast Day 1 – Skiing!

Breakfast at Pop’s – Stop by Pop’s, located at 3253 Soco Rd where you’ll find tons of breakfast options, including homemade biscuits, homefries, waffles, pancakes, omelets and more.   Be sure to try our favorite, the Country Boy Benedict!

Ski at Cataloochee Ski Resort – Head up the beautiful and scenic Fie Top Road to Cataloochee Ski Resort where you ski on one of their 18 different slopes at more than 5,000 feet in elevation!   Are you inexperienced or maybe a first-time skier?   No problem!   Cataloochee Ski Resort has beginner ski slopes just for, and also provide full ski lessons.  Do you prefer Snow Boarding, they have slopes just for you as well.   Grab lunch in the Main Lodge.

Dinner at Frankie’s Italian Trattoria – After an exciting day on the slopes, drive through Maggie to Frankie’s Italian Trattoria for dinner, located at 1037 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley, NC.   Maggie Valley has the best Italian restaurant in Western North Carolina!   Enjoy a drink and dinner at the bar, where many visitors and locals hang out or make reservations for a table in the wonderful dining area.   Frankie’s has all the traditional Italian dishes, plus a number of unique menu items as well, including the best Pizza around.  Be sure to try to Lasagna or the MVP (Maggie Valley) Pizza!

Winter Blast Day 2 – Tubing!

Breakfast at Maggie Valley Restaurant – For breakfast, head over to one of the oldest and most established restaurants in Maggie Valley, Carver’s Maggie Valley Restaurant, located at 2804 Soco Rd.   You’ll find all of your country style breakfast favorites, cooked hot and fresh.  Be sure to get some fried Mountain Trout, eggs and biscuits and gravy!

Go Tubing at Tube World – Tube World, located at 4721 Soco Road (Across from Ghost Town) and is open Thursday – Sunday. Tube World.  Who doesn’t love snow sledding and snow tubing takes that excitement to the next level!  Your family will bring home memories they’ll talk about for years.  No walking back up the hill either, as you can ride up on the carpet lift.    Reservations are highly recommended for this very popular and fun attraction.

Grab Lunch at Maggie Valley Sandwich Shop – A real hidden gem of Maggie Valley is Maggie Valley Sandwich Shop, located at 2507 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley NC.   They have a wide variety of sandwiches, wraps, salads, and flatbread pizzas.   All made to order, with fresh ingredients.  What’s unique, is the bread they use, which is pressed, and delicious!  One of our favorite places for lunch.  Be sure to try their banana pudding, delicious!

Frozen Soco Falls – Photo by Gina Mitchell, owner of Laurel Park Inn

Visit Soco Falls and other area Waterfalls – While most think of seeing Waterfalls during the warmer months, visiting Waterfalls during the Winter offers unique scenes only available during the winter.   Head first to nearby Soco Falls.  If you’re lucky, and the weather has been cold enough, it may be partially or completing frozen.   If you’ve never seen a large frozen waterfall, you’re in for a real treat (see frozen Soco Falls in the above photo).   If it’s not frozen, you’re still in luck, as the absence of leaves on the trees, allows you to see Soco Falls in all of its glory, even from the viewing deck.

>> For a list of other Waterfalls in the area to visit, see our Maggie Valley area Waterfalls guide.

Have Dinner at J Arthur’s Restaurant – J Arthur’s Restaurant has been serving locals and visitors in Maggie Valley for years, and is one of the most popular restaurants in the Valley.  During the winter, J Arthur’s almost always has their wood burning fireplace going, so it’s a great place to relax, warm up, and enjoy some good food and drink.   Be sure to try their French Onion Soup, some of the best around!  J Arthur’s Restaurant is located at 2843 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley NC

Winter Blast Day 3 – Hiking!

Winter Hiking

Breakfast at Country Vittles – Country Vittles is a Maggie Valley staple and has been serving big old family style breakfasts for many years here in the Valley.   Stop by in the morning, for a hearty breakfast, including all the essentials: eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits, gravy, and more, all served family style, and all you can eat.   If you prefer to order individual meals, you can do that as well.   Country Vittles is located at 3589 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley NC

Take A Winter Hike – Winter hikes, while a bit colder, can often far more entertaining than during the warmer months.   There are no bugs, dangerous wildlife is generally hibernating, and with the foliage off the trees, you can see scenic views not normally available.   Just be sure to dress appropriately!  While there are numerous trails in the Maggie Valley Area, we would recommend three in particular:

  1. Purchase Knob – This is a great out and back hike, with incredible scenic views, very close to Maggie Valley.
  2. Big Creek Trail – While about 40 minutes away, this hike is well worth the drive.  It’s a beautiful creekside hike, with two waterfalls.
  3. Max Patch – Another outstanding hike that’s worth the drive.  This hike will provide 360 degree, high elevation views of the Blue Ridge and the Great Smoky Mountains.   You’ll even get to hike along the famous Appalachian Trail.   This hike is exceptionally beautiful after a snowfall, just be sure you have 4-wheel drive.

For all of these hikes, we recommend bringing lunch along on the hike with you.  Although, if you prefer, you could eat a quick lunch around 11:30, then head over.

Dinner at Brickhouse Burgers & Pizza – Brickhouse Burgers & Pizza is a relatively new restaurant in the Valley but has quickly become a favorite of both visitors and locals.   The staff is friendly, and food reasonably priced, and delicious.  They have a great selection of salads, burgers, chicken sandwiches, Pizza, and Calzones.   You really can’t go wrong with any of these choices! You’ll find Brickhouse Burgers & Pizza at 3914 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley, NC – Park in the back, as the front parking is for takeout only.

Winter Blast Day 4 – Shopping and Distillery!

Elevated Mountain Distilling Company

Breakfast at Moo Mountain Bakery – Maggie Valley is fortunate to have a wonderful bakery, Moo Mountain Bakery.  They serve a number of fresh and hot hand-baked items, including their incredible Cinnamon Buns.  You will also find great coffee, and a number of different types of hot and fresh bagels as well.   You can get your items to go, or sit down in their warm and comfortable sitting area.   Moo Mountain Bakery is located at 2511 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley NC.

Shop ’til you Drop – Maggie Valley is full of wonderful and unique shops that sell clothing, mountain items, accessories, jewelry, wood carvings, furniture, antique shops, and much much more.   You can find a full list of shops and stores here on our website.  Be sure to check winter store hours, as some shops change up their hours, and days they are open during the winter.  Be sure to visit Maggie Mountaineer Crafts, located right alongside Jonathan Creek – They have a wonderful selection of many different items, and is our personal favorite shop.

Visit Elevated Mountain Distillery – The very first “legal” distillery in Haywood County and Maggie Valley, Elevated Mountain Distillery opens it’s doors in 2017 and uses local pure mountain water to distill their various mountain spirits, including their famous Small Batch moonshines.   While there, take a tour and try some samples, along with browsing their shop. Elevated Mountain Distillery is located at 3732 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley, NC

Have dinner at Rendevous Restaurant – Located in the Maggie Valley Inn, and serve up a variety of items from steaks to Pizza.  They also have a buffet on certain days and a full-service lounge.   The food is good and reasonably priced.   They’ll have something every member of the family will enjoy!  Try the chicken fingers, best in the Valley!   Rendevous (or the Vous as locals call it) is located at 70 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley, NC.

Wait, there’s more!

No, we’re not going to throw in any free kitchen knives, but …

While we’ve made particular recommendations for restaurants, shops, and attractions in our suggested itineraries, there are numerous other shops, restaurants, and attractions you can visit.   Maggie Valley is full of things to do and see, especially in the winter!

Need a place to stay, be sure to check out our full list of places to stay when visiting!