Can You Keep A Secret?

Can You Keep A Secret?

 Secret Season in Jackson County, NC is Coming

There’s a secret in Jackson County, NC. For the discerning traveler in search of an exclusive experience filled with adventure, natural beauty, and award-winning dining, it lasts an entire season. Discover a tranquil paradise in western North Carolina this winter.

A Secret Season

Between January and March, the crowds thin, traffic disappears, and the mountains of Jackson Country open up for a private, intimate travel experience. It’s the best time of the year to escape the hustle and bustle, explore the mountains and discover all that Jackson County has to offer. You’ll practically have the mountains to yourself!

The early winter months are also when the best rates are available on lodging and accommodations, making for not just an exclusive experience, but an affordable one. You’ll get more mountains for your money when you visit during Secret Season.

Relaxing in Solitude

The tranquil solitude of Jackson Country during Secret Season is the ideal destination for deep, uninterrupted R&R. Tune in to the tranquility of the mountains and unwind at one of the area’s popular spas. Enjoy luxurious treatments from the relaxation experts at places like Canyon Spa, Mandara Spa in Cashiers. Or bask in the healing power of nature on North Carolina’s first and only Certified Forest Therapy Trail, a relaxing walk through Pinnacle Park in Sylva.

Secret Season Sights

In the crisp, clean, cool mountain air, the landscape reveals itself and rare seasonal features — from frozen waterfalls to snowy peaks and sparkling, frost-rimed valleys — offer up unique scenic beauty. Even better, with no crowds to contend with, you’ll be able to snag an intimate and unobstructed view.

Another natural wonder unique to Secret Season is Shadow of the Bear. Much less crowded and busy than the popular fall alignment, this winter bear comes across the valley on sunny days between mid-February and March. The natural spectacle is unveiled in the clear winter air. Don’t forget to bring a camera, and enjoy prime front-row seating to this one-of-a-kind seasonal spectacle when you visit Jackson County.

The Best Seats in the House

Secret Season is the perfect time to experience the acclaimed dining options in Jackson County. The typically crowded, energetic dining rooms of peak months are transformed into cozy, intimate spaces during the winter months. You’re practically guaranteed the best seats in the house at one of the award-winning restaurants in Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, and Sylva.

In between delicious meals, don’t forget to stop by one of the area’s destination craft breweries. Drink like a local and get up close with Sylva’s thriving brewery scene on the Ale Trail.

Whether you’re looking for casual down-home fare or gourmet modern cuisine, there’s something for every appetite during Secret Season—without the waitlist.

The Secret’s Out

Get in on the secret! Don’t miss out on the exclusive travel experience and discover everything Jackson County has in store. Start planning your perfect private getaway today.


For more information about Jackson County, click here. For Good Grit's itinerary on a visit to Jackson County, click here.