Escape fall crowds in Sylva

Where do Asheville residents go to escape the crowds of visitors? Nestled between the Great Balsam and Plott Balsam, and about an hour from downtown Asheville is the quaint town of Sylva, North Carolina. When it comes to beer, books, and a boutique style feel, Sylva has much to offer. With a feel of what Asheville was ten to fifteen years ago, this mountain town is in its adolescent charm stage, drawing visitors in from all over the world.

A place where parking is still free, the four block town invites with alluring antiquiries, wine bars, art galleries, eateries and lounges. With a population of approximately 2,600, Sylva is that small hometown you dream of stumbling upon. One where you want to stay for a while to leisurely explore and get away from the hecticness of everyday.


What to do?

Dive Bar.

The Cut Cocktail Lounge is perfect if you are looking for the place where anything goes, and laughs are a dime a dozen?

Book Worm.

Harry Alter is a spectacle of used and rare books with a delightful bare-footed owner.

City LIghts Bookstore & Cafe feature local produce, cheese, beer and coffee as well as boasting the largest regional selection of book titles.

Friends of the Library sells cast-offs from the county library and the 1914 Classic Revival-style building is alone, worth a visit.


Heinzelmannchen Brewery is the first microbrewery to Sylva.

Sneak E. Squirrel is the newest of the brewpubs to Sylva.

Innovation offers 32 different beer selections.


Jackson County Green Energy Park overlooks the Tuckaseegee River, a famous rafting and kayaking hot spot of Western North Carolina. The former landfill turned eclectic gathering place instills a little Asheville vibe.


Lulu’s on Main offers award-winning delights at a reasonable price. Entrees start at $11.

Haywood Smokehouse is the authentic Southern barbecue we all know and love.

Guadalupe creates fusion dishes inspired by Mexico, while integrating the popular farm-to-table ingredients.


Many advise to find things, people, and places that make you want to put your smartphone away. Sylva fits the bill. Relax, unwind, and enjoy a day or two in Sylva.


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