Thyroid Awareness 5k Run / Walk

As the parents of four daughters, we have been blessed to know many families of our girls’ friends. Our Sofia first met Bella in Kindermusik and they have gone to school together since preschool. She has always been a phenomenal young lady and we are grateful for their friendship. When Bella was diagnosed with Graves’ Disease, she truly amazed me as she handled it all with such grace. 

We hope you will register to participate in this 5k Run / Walk and consider sponsoring to help further promote Thyroid Awareness.

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Bella's letter

Unusual Local Words

If you’re not originally from Western North Carolina like myself, you’ve probably had to correct the way you say “Appalachian” and “Nantahala“. I’m embarrassed to admit how long “Cherohala” was an epic tongue twister for me, but it now rolls off my tongue and I even know the difference between “Hiwassee” and “Hiawassee“.

Stop by our Welcome Center to learn more, get free maps of these places, and plan your adventures throughout the Tri-State Area.

Bonus: Here’s a quick cheat sheet for you to pronounce these and many more regional words like a legit local!

Local Flavor

We always encourage our neighbors and guests to support our awesome local businesses. We’re friends with the owners and know the families that benefit from your support, so before you visit us, explore the directory by category.

If you’re one of our neighbors in need of a reputable business, this Chamber of Commerce Business Directory should be your first stop…you’ll find the business, phone number, website, and facebook page here!

Make The Most of Your Time

We live in an eclectic community, embracing the nostalgia of Appalachian ways while exploring the arts, local flavor, and all things adventure in our small mountain towns. We hope you’ll visit all of our neighbors and make the most of your time whereNCbegins!

p.s. While exploring our Event Calendar, you can share by phone or email to a friend. It’s a great way to plan!

Photo credit: Mountain View Marina

Spring Festival 2019

Last year the newly formed Murphy Business Association started an awesome new thing… the Murphy Spring Festival. It was a huge success and it’s back by popular demand! The festival stage will be packed with local talent, the Beer Garden will boast the best of local breweries and craft beer, vendors will line the streets, and kids of all ages can enjoy the entertainment. If you missed last year, don’t make that mistake this year. Follow our blog for a weekly spotlight of each Brewery and we’ll see you Saturday May 4th!


Tonight we kicked off the #ShaveThePounds challenge with Mayor Rick Ramsey of Murphy, Tim Radford of WKRK, and Mayor James Reid of Andrews. It was a festive evening as we celebrated the Grand Re-Opening of Murphy Health & Fitness with a Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting, Murphy’s Chophouse catering, Kona Ice, and The Daily Grind and Wine coffee with many of our neighbors.

The weigh-in involved a lot of trash talking and fun, but we are most excited to see the communities come together and focus on the health and wellness of Cherokee County. You can watch the WKRK Facebook Live video of the weigh-in and follow our blog to keep up with their progress on #wellnessWednesdays!

P.S. Did we mention that the loser of the challenge gets their head shaved by our very own Becca McNabb?! You definitely want to follow the blog…


Foodie Love

Love Day has come and gone, with many of you celebrating your Valentine at a local restaurant. I am a definite foodie that Yelps local eateries to plan my vacations so I fully support this date idea. I have been to some amazing restaurants in cities throughout the country and our small mountain town can certainly hold its own! The best part, we’re not talking franchises that you can find anywhere else, these restaurants are owned by our neighbors and friends. Just to name a few…

  • Bistro 29– We celebrated Junior Beta induction and the McNabb Properties Christmas here because the variety is phenomenal, as is the quality of food. They have a great selection of wine, bourbon, and cocktails so definitely a great happy hour spot after work. My family always loves the sushi, not to mention the soup, surf and turf, and scallops. Be sure to save room, everything on the dessert menu is delicious!
  • The Copper Door– My husband treated me to a kid-free 40th birthday dinner here and I was not disappointed. The steak is always perfection, as is the Tusquittee salad and dessert. Y’all for real, that creme brûlée is something you don’t want to share with your date but you know you have to make good life choices so you get that extra spoon.
  • Valley River Brewery and Eatery– This is our neighbor and the smell of brick oven pizza is heavenly! I recommend the barnyard if you’re a meat lover but my youngest is a huge fan of the veggie pizza. Our oldest always loves to get a gyro when she comes home from college and trust me on this, order extra sauce so you can dip your fries. It’s worth the extra time at the gym, I promise!
  • Red Brick Deli– Our neighbor on the other side of McNabb Properties offers deli perfection and portions that will require a to-go box. Everything from the adult grilled cheese to the reuben is scrumptious and I personally recommend the potato salad as your side. I’m pretty sure my children would trade a sister for one of Bram’s brownie sundaes, so definitely save room for dessert or get some Key lime pie to go.
  • Shoebootie’s Cafe & Shoetini’s Lounge– My girls love the all you can eat crab night and I personally love the upstairs Shoetinis Lounge to meet up with friends for appetizers and a glass of wine. It’s a quaint little eatery that has been owned by the same family and often has live music or trivia.

I could go on and on about food, but I’ll let you try some and see for yourself… here is a list of local options!

Oh, and a few quick recommendations for the travel junkies out there: Buvette or Marlow Bistro in NYC, Ponce City Market or South City Kitchen in Atlanta, Rue Cler or Luna Rotisserie & Empanadas in Durham, and Husk Nashville.

Okay, okay I may live by the travel rule that calories don’t count outside of your own zipcode. Much to my family’s dismay, I am a firm believer in walking to explore the city we are visiting, so just know that I rack up the steps and work off a little bit of that deliciousness. Just a little bit. If you’re visiting us in Murphy, check out the Murphy River Walk or Piney Knob Trails to work off your delicious eats and take in the beauty of our mountains!

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