The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Puts the “Fun” in Train Travel

Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 8.26.29 AMThere’s nothing like a good old-fashioned train excursion. You climb aboard, settle yourself in a passenger car, and listen as the train rumbles to life and chugs down the track. When it finally reaches its cruising speed, the big picture windows provide a quickly changing view of the colorful scenery. You put your mobile device away, figuring that your real-life train adventure is far better than a video game.

Believe it or not, taking an enjoyable train ride is easier than you think. In Bryson City, North Carolina, an easy drive from Murphy, NC, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad operates a thriving scenic excursion business. During much of the year, the company offers two enticing round trips, each showcasing a different portion of our gorgeous mountains. You’ll also be tempted by GSMR’s menu of specialty train rides.

Soak Up the Nantahala Gorge Scenery
Cruise through the Nantahala Gorge, and get some memorable photos of Fontana Lake, on this enjoyable 4½-hour trip. Leaving from the Bryson City depot, you’ll travel the 44-mile route powered by a steam or diesel locomotive. During the trip, you’ll get a close-up view of the Tennessee and Nantahala Rivers.

Next, you’ll cross drop-dead-gorgeous Fontana Lake via the vintage Fontana Railroad Trestle Bridge. While you listen to live bluegrass music, the train will chug through the Nantahala Gorge, stopping at the Nantahala Outdoor Center before returning to Bryson City. Note: This excursion operates from March through October.

Travel Along the Tuckasegee River
If you’d prefer a shorter trip, the four-hour Tuckasegee River Excursion fits the bill nicely. Leaving from Bryson City, your steam- or diesel-powered train will lazily wind along the Tuckasegee River, passing colorful meadows and vintage railroad towns.

During the 32-mile round trip, you’ll pass the well-known The Fugitive movie set, and enjoy a pleasant layover in historic Dillsboro. This charming town has more than 50 tempting shops, along with varied eateries and lodgings. Finally, you’ll hop back aboard the train for a leisurely trip back to Bryson City. Check the GSMR’s website for trip schedules.

Special Events for Kids of All Ages
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad also runs three themed train excursions during the year. The Wizard of Oz Train Ride, operating on selected days during July and August, 2016, will invite guests to re-create this classic family-friendly movie.

Once October rolls around, the train will begin its special trips to The Great Pumpkin Patch. When guests arrive at this secret location, they’ll enjoy fall treats including hayrides and campfire marshmallows. Kids are encouraged to come in costume for trick-or-treating, and can select their own pumpkin to take home.

Believe it or not, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad has an “in” with the North Pole, enabling the railroad to run its annual Polar Express excursions. From November 11, 2016 through January 1, 2017, this world-famous train will trek to the North Pole. When it arrives, Santa Claus will hop aboard and greet each child with a personal gift: their own silver sleigh bell.

If you’re chomping at the bit for a train ride, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad isn’t far from Murphy, NC. Choose an excursion on the railroad’s website, pack everyone into the car, and get ready to enjoy some old-fashioned family fun!

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Cherokee County RV Campgrounds Offer Scenic Beauty and Modern Amenities

Memorial_Day_Weekend_2015_058.145111104_largeTraveling in a recreational vehicle, or RV, is like taking your studio apartment on the road. You still enjoy all the comforts of home, and you can change your surroundings at the drop of a hat. And when you find a spot you especially like, you can settle down and enjoy it for awhile. Here in Murphy, NC and Cherokee County, we’ve got four nicely outfitted RV parks just waiting for you to pull in and hook up. Each facility’s setting and amenities give it a distinctive appeal.

Creekside RV Park and Campground
First, check out the Creekside RV Park and Campground, slightly more than two miles east of Murphy on US Highway 19/129/74 (also called the four-lane). Each convenient pull-through site has a Valley River or Rogers Creek setting, and you’ll find stunning mountain views all around. Besides full hook-up services, you’ll enjoy a bath house and laundry facilities, plus wireless Internet so you can catch up with famiy and friends.

If you thrive on fishing, try your luck against those wily trout by casting your line right from Creekside’s banks. Finally, take advantage of the pavilion, picnic tables, and fire rings – all great gathering spots to swap stories with other RVers. Contact: Creekside RV Park and Campground, 68 Old Peachtree Road, Marble, NC 28905. 828-837-4123.

Murphy-Peace Valley KOA Campground and Cabins
Also just east of Murphy, you’ll find the Murphy-Peace Valley KOA Campground and Cabins. This versatile riverfront campground caters to both RVers and vacationers, with several full hook-up RV sites and cabins.

This award-winning KOA campground offers a well-rounded selection of amenities. Besides laundry and bath house facilities, you’ll find a swimming pool, kids’ playground, and gameroom. Finally, this pet-friendly campground also welcomes your furry family members, so pack extra kibbles and supplies. Contact: Murphy-Peace Valley KOA Campground and Cabins, 117 Happy Valley Road, Marble, NC 28905. 828-837-6223.

River’s Edge Mountain RV Resort
Next, travel west of Murphy to the River’s Edge Mountain RV Resort, featuring direct access off Highway 64 just past the Route 129 intersection. This nicely maintained facility offers Nottley River frontage plus super-wide paved RV sites and adjacent roads. Many sites offer pull-through access, while others provide a waterfront setting.

Enjoy River’s Edge’s full electric hook-ups, water, sewer, cable, and wireless high-speed Internet. And speaking of creature comforts, you’ll be delighted with the spotless granite and marble bathrooms, onsite laundry, and comfy computer lounge. Contact: River’s Edge Mountain RV Resort, 1750 Hilltop Road, Murphy, NC 28906. 828-361-4517.

Persimmon Creek Campground
Finally, if you’re itching to park your RV in an absolutely gorgeous waterfront spot, and chat with folks who seem more like family than campground operators, visit charming Persimmon Creek Campground. To get there, travel out Highway 64 toward Tennessee. Turn right on Route 294, and then turn left on Sunny Point Road to Persimmon Creek Campground. You’ll access this family-run property via a wide, gradually sloping driveway, and park your RV on a roomy site overlooking a scenic pond. Nearby, you’ll find 1,700 feet of creekfront, perfect for indulging your trout fishing obsession.

Persimmon Creek Campground amenities include water/electric hookups, showers and laundry facilities, and free WiFi service. Each wooded site features a picnic table and fire ring, and a horseshoe pit is nearby. For a real taste of home, buy some firewood and free-range pasture eggs. Blueberries, home-grown fruits and vegetables, and shiitake mushrooms will also be available in season.

Finally, this pet-friendly campground provides your favorite pooch with many enticing smells, courtesy of the nearby wildlife population. Because Persimmon Creek is just a short drive from Murphy, NC and the Ocoee River, your RV will make a terrific base camp for a wide variety of day trips. Contact: Persimmon Creek Campground, 200 Sunny Point Road, Murphy, NC 28906. 828-644-5800.

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Tri-County Racetrack Brings Auto Racing to Brasstown

1459If you never thought you’d hear “Gentlemen, start your engines!” here in the mountains, you’ll be pleased to learn about Tri-County Racetrack. Located at 10456 Old Highway 64 in Brasstown, North Carolina, this Clay County facility is just a short drive from Murphy, NC. Tri-County Racetrack boasts a 1/4-mile semi-banked clay track, and attracts scrappy drivers from around the southeastern United States. On many Friday nights during the warm-weather months, you’ll find racing enthusiasts (including many families) packing the stands to cheer for their favorite drivers.

Racing Season Schedule
Tri-County Racetrack wrapped up its action-packed 2015 season in late October, and kicked off the 2016 races in late March. On numerous occasions, Tri-County Racetrack runs a full racing program, inviting drivers from seven automobile classes to race for the win. Car classes include Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Crate Late Models, Modified Street, Street Stock, Pony, and Front Wheel Drive.

The track also hosts numerous specialty events. Examples include the Super Late Model Spring Championship, Memorial Day Championship, Independence Day Championship, and Labor Day Championship. The Southern Nationals Bonus Series brings talented drivers from around the region, and Fan Appreciation Night is always a huge hit.

Demolition Derby and Monster Mash
Of course, no regional auto racing program is complete without a good old-fashioned demolition derby. Who doesn’t love the sights and sounds of stripped-out beaters bashing into each other? And the smell of burnt rubber and oil as each driver tries to disable competitors’ cars so he’ll be the last one standing?

To make this mid-October weekend carnage worse, Tri-County Racetrack will again offer the deafening Monster Mash, a frenzied competition that brings out monster trucks from around the region. This sounds like a “can’t miss” weekend event for the entire family.

Kid-Friendly Admission Policies
Tri-County Racetrack is a super kid-friendly facility. Children 10 and under receive free admission to the pits and stands, which open a couple of hours before racing begins. Kids 11-16 enjoy a reduced admission fee. Once these young racing fans get through the gate, they’ll have plenty of time to shadow the cars and drivers while teams prepare for the night’s 7:30 racing start. Please note: Kids under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Now that you have the inside scoop on Tri-County Racetrack, get yourself in gear and make the short drive from Murphy, NC to Brasstown. Then, enjoy an evening of racing that you won’t soon forget!

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Cherokee County Farmer’s Markets Deliver Freshness and Local Flavor

10527713_666097423476304_2834892159437101678_nShopping at a local farmer’s market gets you up close and personal with your produce. Depending on the season, you might be strolling past tables of lettuce, beans, tomatoes, squash, or even strawberries and blueberries. At some markets, you’ll also find diverse handcrafted items, such as jewelry and handmade soaps. By shopping at the market, you’re supporting local farmers and other community members. Choose from four farmer’s markets within Cherokee County, one right in downtown Murphy, NC. You’ll find two more markets within easy driving distance.

 

SATURDAY
Cedar Valley Farmer’s Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Historic L&N Depot in Murphy
2016 Market Season: April 2 to October 29
Start your Saturday farmer’s market tour at the Cedar Valley Farmer’s Market. This popular market operates at the historic L&N Depot, just down the hill from downtown Murphy’s central intersection. Pick a parking spot on Hiwassee Street, and look for the colorful vendor canopies next to the Depot building. Chat with the vendors while you browse locally grown produce, sometimes so fresh that it was picked that morning. Besides homegrown vegetables and fruits, you might find goat cheese, eggs, canned jams and salsas, handcrafted soaps, woodcarvings, jewelry, and more.

Mountain Folk Center Farmer’s Market: 8 a.m. to Noon (rain or shine)
Location: 9275 US Highway 64 West (9 miles west of downtown Murphy)
Hint: Travel 3 miles past the 19/129 intersection, and look for the signs.
2016 Market Season: June through August
This relatively new farmer’s market has a growing clientele, and its undercover location means you can visit rain or shine. You’ll find locally grown vegetables and fruit, along with enticing baked goods, handcrafted soaps, and other artisan-made items.

Andrews Farmer’s Market: 8 a.m. to Noon
Location: Harold H. Hall Memorial Park in downtown Andrews
2016 Market Season: June thru August
This growing farmer’s market features delectable produce from nearby farms, along with handmade crafts from local artisans. While you’re there, take time to enjoy the gorgeous mountain views.

WEDNESDAY
Brasstown Farmer’s Market: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: 10956 Old Highway 64 (across from The Shops of Brasstown)
2016 Market Season: May 29th – December
Right in the heart of Brasstown (a real-life “blink and you’ll miss it” spot), you’ll find the Shops of Brasstown, a charming enclave of stores featuring fine crafts, custom pool tables, and professional massages. Walk across the two-lane street, and you’ll arrive at the Brasstown Farmer’s Market. Enjoy fresh produce and flowers in season, artisan baked goods, and a changing selection of other items.

MORE NEARBY FARMER’S MARKETS

THURSDAY
Hayesville Evening Market: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Hayesville Town Square (Hayesville, NC)
2016 Market Season: May through October
This Thursday evening market has turned into a real “must visit” destination. Browse the fresh produce, farm products, baked goods, handcrafted soaps, and diverse crafts while you listen to live music. You might even run into your friends and neighbors, allowing you to share the latest local news.

SATURDAY 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and TUESDAY 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Union County Farmer’s Market (Blairsville, GA)
Location: 148 Old Smokey Road (off Route 515 near Home Depot)
2016 Market Season: June 4 through October 29 (weekly special events)
This undercover farmer’s market features a wide selection of vendors. On any given day, you’ll find seasonal produce and other farm products. You might also encounter baked goods, flowers, handcrafted soaps, and a good variety of crafts.

This larger farmer’s market holds weekly Saturday themed events (plus a few Tuesday afternoon dates). Saturday events include Sweet Corn Day, Watermelon Day, Johnny Appleseed Day, and A Salute to Farmers/Tractor Parade. Tuesday afternoon events include a Homemade Ice Cream Social, a Farm-to-Table Salsa Tasting, and a Simply Soup Night.

All these enticing farmer’s markets, several within a stone’s throw of downtown Murphy, NC, provide a great opportunity to support your local farmers and artisans. So gather your tote bags, pile your family or friends into the car, and get ready to enjoy a feast for all the senses!

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Browse Cherokee County Flea Markets for Treasures You Can’t Live Without

ar127922075221235The person who invented the old saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” has obviously gone to lots of flea markets. If you’ve ever rented a flea market table, maybe you thought items like your grandfather’s old farm tools and your mother’s vintage canning jars weren’t really worth much. You were surprised that nostalgia fans and collectors might consider these pieces the find of the day – if they’re priced right. To snag desirable items like these, determined flea market shoppers often wade through endless tables of “stuff” with questionable value and wildly varying prices. Every week, they fan out across Murphy, NC and Cherokee County, hoping to find those elusive bargains that will make their efforts worthwhile.

SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS (Open All Year)
Decker’s and Foster’s Flea Markets, 75 Blairsville Highway, Murphy, NC
(At intersection of US Highway 64 and Route 129 toward Blairsville, GA)
Just across the street from each other, these two flea markets each have their own distinctive appeal. You won’t find an official opening time, so hit the vendor tables in late morning, after a leisurely breakfast.

Decker’s Flea Market: Decker’s is a good old-fashioned local flea market with a mix of professional dealers and weekly table renters. Many dealers lease building stalls around the market’s exterior, and sell items including clothing, antiques, and ammunition. You’ll even find a shop owner who sells gorgeous wooden mantels, a nice finishing touch for your mountain cabin.

Outside, table renters sell household items, old farm tools, knick knacks, and everything in between. Because this market is open year ’round, kerosene heaters and fans provide climate control, depending on the season. When you get hungry, grab a snack and keep shopping.

Foster’s Flea Market: Next, head across the street to Foster’s Flea Market. Helpful tip: Use the crosswalk, and make sure the traffic stops before you step into the road. Once you get into Foster’s territory, you’ll notice that this market is a somewhat different animal.

Looking from left to right, you’ll see a row of building-stall dealers selling everything from puppies to antiques. Next, step into a long covered pavilion occupied by dealers and table renters. While you browse, notice the collection of RV’s tucked into the back lot, occupied by dealers who live on the property.

Next, enter Foster’s relatively new wooden exhibition building, constructed to replace an older building destroyed by fire several years ago. Inside this spacious structure, you’ll find numerous long-term dealer spaces, each attractively arranged around a central theme. Dealers sell antiques, nicely constructed wooden furniture, and period décor, among other items. Near the front, step into a shop featuring jams, salsas, handmade soaps, and artisans’ works. Finally, stock up on fruits and vegetables before stepping outside to browse more tables and food vendors. Note: This building is open seven days a week.

Of course, we couldn’t talk about Foster’s Flea Market without mentioning the weekly jam sessions near the building’s back door. When the market is open, you might find several old-timers playing (and singing) traditional mountain music. Listening to them takes you back in time, and they’re worth the visit all by themselves.

TUESDAYS (Open All Year)
King’s Flea Market, King Street (behind BB&T Bank, across from McDonald’s), Murphy, NC. Hint: Obey bank-posted parking signs to avoid getting towed.
King’s Flea Market opens early on Tuesday mornings, and usually closes around 1 p.m. In fact, King’s has been open every Tuesday for more than 40 years. This eclectic open-air market typically features seasonal produce, antiques, collectibles, old tools, household goods, and even plants on occasion. Generally speaking, this place is an institution, and you never know what you’ll find there. You might even get some gardening tips and local knowledge.

Now that you’ve gotten the lowdown on Murphy, NC flea markets, get your tote bags ready, and put on your walking shoes. Then, let the bargain hunting begin!

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Exciting Whitewater Rafting Trips on Nantahala and Ocoee Rivers

When the weather gets warmer – and especially when it’s downright hot and steamy – there are few things more enjoyable than rafting down an icy mountain river. Whether you haul your own raft to the launch site, or rent one from a nearby outfitter, you’re almost guaranteed to get wet and have a blast. If this sounds like great fun, the news gets even better: you’ll find two well-known whitewater playgrounds within easy driving distance of Murphy, NC. The mild-tempered Nantahala River is ideal for families and novices, while the Ocoee River offers higher-level challenges for real thrill seekers.

Nantahala River
To reach the Nantahala River’s navigable waters, travel a few miles past Andrews, North Carolina on Route 19/74 (also called the four-lane). You’ll begin to glimpse the river as you wind along the two-lane road to the Nantahala Gorge. You’ll also notice several rafting outfitters that run guided and non-guided trips along the river. Although Nantahala Outdoor Center is the largest operation, several other companies also deserve consideration. Please note: Outfitters’ age and weight limits may vary, so obtain this information before finalizing your reservation.

After you select your outfitter, and your guide provides an orientation, get your feet wet by running eight miles of the Nantahala River’s milder Class II rapids. When you finally reach Nantahala Falls, you’ll be ready for the churning Class III whitewater. After exiting the river at the takeout point, you’ll be tempted to swap stories over cold drinks and snacks.

Of course, intermediate-level rafters might want to rent their own boats for the day.  Depending on the outfitter, rafts accommodating two to eight people might be available. Again, confirm the rental criteria before you spring for the payment.

Ocoee River
Let’s say you’ve enjoyed several Nantahala River trips, and you’ve gradually improved your skill level. You think you’re ready to tackle the Ocoee River, near Ducktown, Tennessee just over the state line. This challenging river is chock full of Class III and Class IV whitewater, with more than 20 rapids drawing adrenaline junkies from the eastern half of the United States. In fact, the Ocoee River has hosted several national whitewater championships, and served as the home of the 1996 Olympic whitewater competitions.

Surprisingly, the Ocoee River’s legendary whitewater conditions are carefully managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority, or TVA. During the spring and fall, TVA releases water into the river on weekends, with summer releases from Thursday through Monday. When TVA isn’t feeding the whitewater paddlers’ addiction, the company uses the river water to generate power.

Now that you’ve gotten familiar with the Ocoee, decide whether to raft the river’s equally impressive Upper or Middle section first. Although outfitters’ offerings vary, a half-day, five-mile trip generally packs in numerous Class III and Class IV rapids. A less-common, full-day trip combines both sections, and ramps up the excitement by adding the 1996 Olympic whitewater slalom course to the mix. Please note: Outfitters may require age minimums, plus intermediate to advanced skill levels, for these white-knuckle trips.

Now that you’ve been bitten by the whitewater rafting bug, grab your calendar and plan a visit while the season’s in full swing. By staying in Murphy, NC, you’ll be within driving distance of both rafting hotspots, and you’ll find plenty of enticing activities throughout Cherokee County. So make those reservations now, and get ready for a photo-worthy whitewater adventure!

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Cherokee County Microbreweries Serve Up Tasty Craft Beer in Murphy and Andrews NC

Sometimes, you just want a nice cold beer. Maybe you survived a killer day at work or helped a friend move an impossibly heavy pile of furniture. Or, maybe you’ve got something to celebrate, and a six-pack from the local grocery store just isn’t that special. You’d much rather guzzle some smooth-tasting suds from a local microbrewery. Fortunately, you don’t have to drive to far to satisfy that small-batch beer craving. You can visit three microbreweries here in Cherokee County – one right in Murphy, NC. You’ll find a third establishment not far away, in northern Georgia.

Let’s begin with Valley River Brewery and Eatery, at 71 Tennessee Street in historic downtown Murphy. Open seven days a week, this relatively new brew pub serves up wood-fired pizza plus other hearty fare and homemade desserts. Of course, the food is best enjoyed with an icy brew from the tempting craft beer menu. Currently, the restaurant’s tap beers are made offsite using the Brewery’s proprietary recipes, until the blends in the fermenters have just the right aroma and taste. Eventually, Valley River Brewery will have 15 types of beers, ales, and stouts – enough to satisfy even the most avid beer aficionado. In addition to their pizza, they have great gyros, philly cheesesteak,  a beer cheese pretzel, and more on the menu.

Next, hop on the four-lane and travel down to the Andrews Brewing Company, located at 565 Aquone Road near downtown Andrews NC. If that address sounds familiar, it’s the same piece of real estate occupied by Calaboose Cellars, the quirky winery housed in an historic jail. In fact, the two businesses share an inviting tasting room that overlooks the pleasant little vineyard. Open five days a week (closed Wednesday and Sunday), the Andrews Brewing Company boasts a nice lineup of 11 beers, ales, and stouts. As you might expect, each variety is named for a local landmark or piece of history, giving you some entertainment value along with those satisfying suds.

The Hoppy Trout is also located in Andrews. It is in downtown and very similar to the Valley River Brewery. They, too, have pizza, apps, and much more. Enjoy their proprietary brews in the restaurant or on their nifty patio overlooking downtown.

Finally, you’ll find another intriguing microbrewery in nearby Blue Ridge, Georgia, just a half-hour drive from downtown Murphy, NC. The Fannin Brewing Company has set up shop at 3758 East First Street, just off Highway 515 in northern Georgia. Using a variety of locally sourced ingredients, this enterprising operation has conjured up 13 diverse beers and ales, each with a distinctive name that reflects its origin. To sample them, visit the Brewery’s Tasting Room on Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

While you’re enjoying these tasty brewed concoctions, remember to drink responsibly. If necessary, recruit a designated driver so you can indulge without worrying about the drive home.

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Discover Doyle’s Cedar Hill Restaurant in Murphy, NC

3517_505572342817827_1985790519_nIf you’re craving top-notch restaurant food prepared by a skilled chef, but you’d like a place that doesn’t take itself too seriously, Doyle’s restaurant is the perfect spot. Now, add a popular Tiki Bar with live music and seasonal patio dining to the mix. Welcome to Doyle’s Cedar Hill Restaurant, a Murphy, NC mainstay since 2002. Open Monday through Saturday for dinner, and weekdays for lunch, this popular eatery occasionally opens for special-occasion Sunday brunches and holiday dinners.

Perched atop a hill near the Andrews Road/Lowe’s stoplight, this local landmark is located in a spacious building that includes two dining rooms and an inviting bar. The famous Tiki Bar occupies an adjacent covered patio, with a wind-blocking plastic enclosure and toasty heaters for cooler weather. During growing season, the patio showcases hanging baskets, herbs, and vegetable plants for sale. Before the March 2, 2012 tornado paid Murphy a visit, the restaurant was nestled among several impressive cedar trees. Now, the landscape isn’t quite as shaded, but the restaurant is better than ever.

Now, let’s say you’ve arrived for lunch, served in the dining room and in the seasonal Tiki Bar. Lighter fare includes fresh trout cakes, spinach and artichoke dip, and chicken flatbread pizza. Also consider five tasty main-dish salads with optional enhancements. Or, opt for a hearty sandwich, including the grass-fed beef burger, Carolina BBQ sandwich, traditional Cuban panini, or garden veggie burger. Gluten-free bread is available upon request. Sides include a delicious creamy cole slaw and addictive sweet potato fries.

When the dinner hour arrives, Doyle’s adopts a fine-dining menu, but keeps its friendly, welcoming demeanor. Appetizers generally mirror the lunch menu, but the dinner entrees are in a class by themselves. Meat lovers will appreciate the Grilled Black Angus Ribeye and Filet Mignon. Seafood fans can choose from Shrimp Scampi, Grilled or Blackened Salmon, or Fresh Mountain Trout. Vegetarian diners gravitate to the Pasta Primavera and legendary Eggplant Parmesan. And let’s not forget the melt-in-your-mouth desserts.

Of course, it would be tough to enjoy a top-notch meal without equally good service. Skilled servers are a Doyle’s Cedar Hill Restaurant hallmark, always well-versed on the menu and willing to go the extra mile to accommodate their patrons. Also, they’ll gladly add a choice wine or cocktail for 21-and-older diners.

After your sumptuous dinner, stroll outside to the Tiki Bar, featuring a Caribbean beach bar vibe embellished with Jimmy Buffet touches. Many talented regional musicians perform here, some with dedicated fan bases who never miss a concert. The Tiki Bar is also a favorite Happy Hour destination, drawing a diverse late-afternoon crowd during the warm-weather months. Each season, Doyle’s opens the Tiki Bar on St. Patrick’s Day (aptly named St. Patio’s Day), inviting Murphy, NC residents and visitors to enjoy another season of tasty food and revelry.

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Cherokee County Medical Facilities: Podiatrists, Urologists, and Mental Health Services

Doctor talking with patientIf you’re looking for medical facilities in the Cherokee County area, podiatrists, urologists, and mental health can be overlooked as they often aren’t “mainstream.” When you need one, you definitely need one! Rest assured, we’ve got that in Murphy NC.

PODIATRISTS – Medical Care for your Feet
Sometimes we just take our feet for granted. They take us through our daily routine, power our soccer games and daily jogs, and enable us to enjoy hiking trips and Zumba classes. With this highly demanding workload, it’s not surprising that they suffer a malfunction here and there. When that happens, a trained podiatrist can quickly become our best friend.

Also known as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), podiatrists diagnose and treat problems with our feet, ankles, and related leg structures. Examples include fallen arches, ingrown toenails, and some common foot and ankle injuries. Podiatrists also treat foot problems related to systemic illnesses such as diabetes. Although these practitioners aren’t trained medical doctors (MDs), they complete podiatry school and a related residency before setting up a private practice.

Local Podiatrist:
Smoky Mountain Foot & Ankle Clinic: Dr. Banks, Dr. Davis, and Dr. Delbene
9 Drew Taylor Road, Murphy, NC. Hours: Tuesday through Friday. Call for an appointment: (828) 835-8389.

UROLOGISTS – Medical care for your urinary tract system
Our urinary system generally runs in the background, producing and eliminating fluid waste from the body, in the form of urine. Sometimes, the system’s kidneys, bladder, and/or urinary tract oon’t function properly, which can cause some uncomfortable symptoms. That’s when a urologist steps in, diagnosing the condition and providing appropriate treatment. This specially trained physician works with patients of all ages, and also addresses issues with the male reproductive system.

Local Urologists:
Dr. Jeffrey Martin
75 Medical Park Lane, Suite A, Murphy, NC. Call for an appointment: (828) 835-3900.

Dr. Ziyad Mugharbil
4048 U.S. Highway 64 Alternate, Murphy, NC. Call for an appointment: (828) 837-7513

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES PROVIDERS – Helping issues of the mind
When some aspect of life gets out of balance, and maybe even unmanageable, a mental health professional can often help to steer us back to the right path. Mental health services providers include psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed professional counselors. They can even offer substance abuse assistance.

Appalachian Community Services – Visit them On their Webpage
750 US Highway 64 West, Murphy, NC. Call for an appointment: (828) 837-0071.

Meridian Behavioral Health – Visit them on their Webpage
27 Bona Vista Lane, Marble, NC. Call for an appointment: (828) 837-7466.

We hope this helps and please call, email, or otherwise contact us  to let us know what we can do to help.

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Enjoy a Tasting Tour of Cherokee County Wineries

our-locationLooking for a great bottle of wine? Rather than browsing through your Murphy, NC supermarket or convenience store, hoping that something catches your eye, we’d rather you engage in a treasure hunt. In other words, go straight to the source. Plan an expedition to our Cherokee County wineries, where you can taste and purchase the libation of your dreams.

What makes our wines so desirable? Well, Cherokee County sits smack in the middle of some ideal grape-growing country. We’ve got super-rich soil, generally mild winters, and months of sunshine and warmth that really nurture the grapes along. After they’re harvested, the real work begins, with each local winery devoting considerable attention to the fermentation and bottling process. Best of all, you get to enjoy the fruits of their labors.

Let’s begin our winery tour at Calaboose Cellars in Andrews, North Carolina. We wrote a post about them back and 2011, and they’re thankfully still here! Just off U.S. Highway 19/74/129 about 15 minutes from Murphy, Calaboose Cellars is located at 565 Aquone Road off Main Street in Andrews. Look for the copper-colored tin roof on the small stone building overlooking the vineyard. The little stone “calaboose” gives this quirky winery its distinctive name. According to local legend, town law enforcers stashed lawbreakers in this sturdy jail until their appearance before the magistrate. Wait till you see it and it’s size first hand – you’ll understand why it wouldn’t be the comfiest arrangements. It makes for great history though.

Today, Calaboose Cellars’ website calls this little country lockup the “smallest free-standing complete winery in America.” Along with quality fermentation equipment, this multiple-award-winning winery boasts a covered, nicely furnished tasting room that overlooks the lush vineyard. “The Warden” happily offers winery tours (and he probably won’t lock you up if you misbehave). Check the winery’s website for business hours, and consider booking the tasting room for special events.

Next, head over to Cherokee Cellars Winery in the heart of Murphy, just across the street from The Daily Grind. This downtown winery occupies a different wine-making niche, as the winemakers source their grapes and juice from nearby commercial vineyards in North Carolina and north Georgia. Every vineyard has its own microclimate and soil composition, so each one specializes in certain varieties of grapes that thrive in those growing conditions. Of course, yearly weather pattern changes can make the difference between a high-quality crop…or sour-tasting grapes fit only for the birds.

Next, Cherokee Cellars hauls those top-of-the-line grapes to its downtown Murphy, NC winery. Skilled vintners make, blend, and bottle the wine right on the premises. When each vintage is ready, Cherokee Cellars makes it available for tasting and purchase. From April through December, the winery operates a warmly decorated tasting room and wine-themed gift shop. Visitors can sample several award-winning wines, and take their favorite varieties home.

Finally, visit scenic Nottely River Valley Vineyards, located just west of Murphy at 1150 Old Culberson Road, off Spur 60. The 10-acre vineyard/winery operation is ideally situated on a generations-old family farm, with gently rolling hills as the backdrop. Even better, the vineyard’s location, natural soil drainage, mineral availability, cool moist mornings, and full sun exposure comprise literally perfect growing conditions.

Nottely River Valley Vineyards uses a “minimal-intervention” wine-making process, beginning with high-density plantings of excellent-quality grape varieties. Through leaf pruning, cluster thinning, and limited fruit production, the winery consistently achieves superb results.

Although Nottely River Valley Vineyards is a relatively new winery, their dedicated winemakers have successfully produced four noteworthy vintages. To taste and purchase them, visit the winery’s tasting room on Friday and Saturday afternoons, from May through November.

Mountains and wine… what more could be more appealing? The only way to make it better is to own a home in the mountains. Looking to be here? Search the real estate for sale or contact us to let us know how we can help. These mountains are home and if you’re lucky enough to be here, then you’re lucky enough 🙂

The Poltrock Team – REMAX Mountain Properties – Murphy NC – www.MyMurphy.com – Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team