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Traveling To Beat The Heat Became A Thing For Jackson County, NC

July 08, 2023 Nick Breedlove and Brett Stewart
Speaking of Travel®
Traveling To Beat The Heat Became A Thing For Jackson County, NC
Show Notes

People began traveling to Jackson County to beat the heat in the 1790s. Guests Nick Breedlove, ED of Jackson County tourism and Brett Stewart of Outland Hospitality in Cashiers, NC, share why this region is the place to cool off.

There is so much to see and do in Jackson County. With charming small towns like Balsam, Cashiers, Cullowhee, Dillsboro, Glenville, Sylva, Tuckasegee, Webster, and Whittier, the area is filled with lots of fun and enjoyable activities from hiking and fly-fishing to artist galleries and historic sites. 

Nick shares why people began traveling to the mountains to beat the heat in the late 1790s and brings the story back to modern day with the same perspective and why people beat the heat by traveling there today. 

Brett shares what it was like growing in Cashiers and provides a local perspective of what it was like in the 80s and 90s. He explains what is bringing people back to Jackson County today and why they are creating new entrepreneurship businesses. 

Outland’s projects include Hotel Cashiers, a reinvented motor lodge in the heart of Cashiers, NC, and Outland Great Smoky Mountains Chalet & Lodge, a unique destination at the doorstep to the Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway.  

Nick and Brett share how the Jackson County Tourism Development Association supports area businesses and how the community is focused on developing talent and helping boost local economy.

And they provide some very helpful travel tips for summer travel, like how to be bear-wise and keep an eye out for wildlife and how to make the most of your trip with the best times to visit with lower rates. 

Also, Jackson County is a leader in sustainable tourism with programs like Leave No Trace to help educate and inform travelers to become savvy and responsible travelers.

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