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Y.A. Tittle
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Anyone been to W. North Carolina mountain areas recently?
Seeing a lot of mixed reports online, so I was wondering if anyone has recent first hand info on how things look there as far as recreation activities, restaurants, breweries, etc.

Normal? "New" normal? Worse?


Tiger Attorney
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re: Anyone been to W. North Carolina mountain areas recently?
Those mixed reports caused us to nix Asheville from our trip 2 weeks ago.



Dam Guide
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re: Anyone been to W. North Carolina mountain areas recently?
Very west NC is still very spotty on what is open and what is not. Talking around Murphy/Franklin/Highlands area.

Fontana Village is completely shutdown and they are looking for new owners.
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GentleJackJones
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re: Anyone been to W. North Carolina mountain areas recently?
What do you all mean by "mixed reports" and "spotty?" Is this pertaining to the commercial attractions (restaurants, shops, and breweries,) or the natural areas (hiking trails, kayaking, fishing)?



TimeOutdoors
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re: Anyone been to W. North Carolina mountain areas recently?
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Fontana Village is completely shutdown and they are looking for new owners.


Doesn't Fontana Village have some kind of odd 99 year long term lease from TVA or something? So you don't actually own the land the buildings are on? Would think that would make financing a little difficult. I love that area though.



Y.A. Tittle
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re: Anyone been to W. North Carolina mountain areas recently?
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What do you all mean by "mixed reports" and "spotty?" Is this pertaining to the commercial attractions (restaurants, shops, and breweries,) or the natural areas (hiking trails, kayaking, fishing)?



I've seen information online indicating some of the commercial and natural areas are open and normally accessible and some information indicating others are closed or somewhat restricted.

I was simply seeking any recent firsthand accounts anyone might have that would indicate how widespread the restrictions on any of that stuff might be (commercial and natural areas), or if things would mostly seem normal to someone who is used to visiting the area but hasn't done so since this shutdown stuff started.


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Saint Alfonzo
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re: Anyone been to W. North Carolina mountain areas recently?
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Doesn't Fontana Village have some kind of odd 99 year long term lease from TVA or something? So you don't actually own the land the buildings are on? Would think that would make financing a little difficult. I love that area though.


Correct. TVA owns the grounds and buildings. The owners lease the property. The old owners did not renew their lease so now the TVA is looking for new owners. The TVA has a small maintenance staff taking care of the property until then.


Dam Guide
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re: Anyone been to W. North Carolina mountain areas recently?
We have been selling land assets off lately and considering selling other assets at other recreational areas, if anyone had the money to buy it, right now would be good time to go to the board and ask to buy it.
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Y.A. Tittle
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re: Anyone been to W. North Carolina mountain areas recently?
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We have been selling land assets off lately and considering selling other assets at other recreational areas, if anyone had the money to buy it, right now would be good time to go to the board and ask to buy it.



Who's "we" and where? You with TVA, is that what you're getting at? I guess the name makes sense.
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Warheel
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re: Anyone been to W. North Carolina mountain areas recently?
Last weekend a couple of buddies and I went to Harrah’s Cherokee and spent Thursday night in Asheville.

Wicked Weed was open (had to wait a few minutes for a table), and after a couple beers we left. It was a little after 9pm and hardly anything was open. I have never seen that place so deserted at that hour.

Harrah’s was fine. Masks were required. No smoking allowed which was nice.


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tigeroarz1
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re: Anyone been to W. North Carolina mountain areas recently?
Any updates on Asheville in July? Are most of the restaurants open now? The breweries? Headed that way in two weeks.


jsk020
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re: Anyone been to W. North Carolina mountain areas recently?
I just got back from asheville. We basically could do everything. Hike, wicked weed was fully open, most restaurants we just made reservations and they had table service.

some breweries were not open, but there was plenty to do.

Ziplining with navitat was open and had to wear a mask at certain times but it was hella fun

Biltmore was open and b/c of covid it was pretty empty which was nice
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tigeroarz1
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re: Anyone been to W. North Carolina mountain areas recently?
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some breweries were not open
Thanks! Do you recall which ones weren’t open. Might save us some time and effort.


jsk020
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re: Anyone been to W. North Carolina mountain areas recently?
Pretty sure sierra Nevada is not open. We only went to wicked weed bc it has hoppy beers for me and no one else I was with drinks beers.

We really enjoyed the montford, rooftop bar downtown. But get there early bc of covid not many spots are open

I will say google is pretty good about keeping up with which ones are open and which are not. From what I could tell most were at least open for pickup and if you have a nice Airbnb or something the weather is perfect to sit outside and have beers.
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MoarKilometers
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re: Anyone been to W. North Carolina mountain areas recently?
In Boone/Sugar Mountain right now... not noticed much shutdown. Heading to Asheville next weekend. My friends there say it's pretty open, but I can't confirm yet.


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The Spleen
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re: Anyone been to W. North Carolina mountain areas recently?
I'm in Highlands this week and thought I'd give an update.

Highlands has a mask ordinance in place. You have to wear one on any public sidewalk, in any store, and when you enter a restaurant until you are seated. It looks like all the restaurants are open here, as well as all the shops. Trails and outdoor sites are all open. It was pretty crowded this past weekend when we arrived, but has thinned out, which is normal. It does seem a little less crowded than normal though(we come up here every July)

We drove up to Sylva yesterday. There is no mask ordinance on sidewalks there, just in stores and restaurants. It wasn't nearly as crowded as it normally is, maybe because Western Carolina has suspended classes? A couple of stores were closed, but all the restaurants and the 3 breweries there were all open.

Going to Brevard tomorrow, so may give a report on it tomorrow night, but I expect about the same.

All in all, it appears everything is operating here about as close to normal as possible. Just bring a mask and expect to wear it in stores and restaurants. Saw some people wearing them on the hiking trails, but we did not do that.


Nole Man
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re: Anyone been to W. North Carolina mountain areas recently?
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Going to Brevard tomorrow, so may give a report on it tomorrow night, but I expect about the same.


Yes please! We're going Sunday for a week. Would love to hear what's going on these days.


The Spleen
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re: Anyone been to W. North Carolina mountain areas recently?
Brevard was also fairly close to normal. Masks needed in stores, but I noticed a couple stores not really enforcing it. Way more people in Brevard not wearing masks than in Highlands, Cashiers, or Sylva, for whatever reason.

We walked around downtown for a couple of hours, then went and had lunch at Oskar Blues brewery. Kinda unimpressed with their taproom setup and lack of brewery only beers. I did enjoy the small batch Kolsch though, and brought back a crowler of Death By Kingcake. Reviews are kinda mixed online on it, and the bartender said it wasn’t her favorite.



Nole Man
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re: Anyone been to W. North Carolina mountain areas recently?
Thanks for the update. We're staying near Franklin NC now. Leaving Sunday for a week. Never been to that part of the state. Appears to be a lot of hiking and waterfalls. Looks nice on the videos we've watched.


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Nole Man
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re: Anyone been to W. North Carolina mountain areas recently?
We are staying in Franklin North Carolina this week. So far I don't notice too much difference. I did notice some local restaurants are closed the very limited service. Most seem to be doing fine in. Strange to see people in Highlands wearing masks. It's a North Carolina requirement. But in the more rurl areas obviously some people are not going to comply.
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