Fall colors at The Terrace Hotel at Lake Junaluska

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Fall Color Mountain Lake Getaways 2020

Lake Junaluska has been a favorite fall mountain getaway for more than 100 years and is featured on the cover of the October 2020 issue of Our State magazine! Located near Maggie Valley and Waynesville, we are a short drive from Asheville, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With hundreds of acres to explore, our lake village is a perfect trip destination for social distancing with a variety of places to stay - including a contemporary hotel and historic inn. (Fall midweek rates start at $119/night at Lambuth Inn!) Read more about our COVID-19 safety precautions.

Lambuth Inn

Why stay on the lake?

  • The historic Lambuth Inn sits high on a hill above the lake with a "national park lodge" feel. Recent renovations added modern guest comforts while preserving the charm of the beloved landmark since 1921. Adjacent is Inspiration Point with the best views overlooking the lake and Great Smoky Mountains. Read more about Lambuth InnCheck availability online now. 

  • The Terrace is one of the few lakeside hotels in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Winner of the TripAdvisor 2020 Travelers' Choice Award, The Terrace is ranked in the Top 10 Percent of hotels worldwide. Find plenty of rocking chairs on the hotel's deck to enjoy the colorful lake and mountain views. Rates include breakfast and access to many lakeside amenities. Read more about The Terrace. October weekends book quickly. Check availability online now.  

  • Walk the loop trail around the lake to see colorful vistas, gardens and wildlife including a bald eagle and our beloved swans. 

  • Enjoy a lakeside lunch or dinner at Lakeside Bistro (Tuesday-Sunday).

  • Stop by Junaluska Gifts and Grounds for their signature fall drink to sip as you relax on lakeside benches and rocking chairs (as seen in Our State Magazine, August 2020)
  • For the best panoramic views, take a lake cruise aboard our Cherokee IV boat. Book a cruise during your stay, or book two-night Sunset Cruise Fall Package!
  • Rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboard. (Thursday-Sunday)
  • The Terrace received the prestigious 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Award for being rated in the Top 10%  of Hotels Worldwide.
Blue Ridge Parkway in Fall Photo Courtesy Visit NC Smokies

Blue Ridge Favorite Fall Things to Do

Since peak fall color begins in the highest elevations in early October and ends in late October, you have many weeks to find it during your stay on Lake Junaluska! Here are just a few of our guests’ favorite places to go:

  • For spectacular views from the convenience of your car, drive the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway (just 11 miles away). It is one of the top scenic fall drives in the United States - complete with many overlooks, hiking trails, waterfalls, picnic spots and postcard views. For a guide with suggested overlooks and driving directions, stop by The Terrace front desk or download our PDF.
  • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has endless hiking trails, wildlife viewing, waterfalls and more. One of our fall favorites is watching the elk in the scenic Cataloochee Valley while exploring the historic buildings and trails there. It’s about 18 miles from the lake, but allow about 45 minutes to drive the curvy mountain roads through the forest. For a guide, stop by The Terrace front desk or download our PDF.
  • Pick up your fresh mountain apples at nearby Barber Orchards Fruitstand, an easy 9-mile drive away. A local fall favorite, the orchard also sells jams, cider and fresh bakery items including apple fritters, apple turnovers and apple doughnuts. 
  • Explore the longtime mountain resort town of Maggie Valley with several miles of local shops, restaurants and things to do. It’s just a few miles from the hotel.
  • Stroll the historic Main Street of downtown Waynesville filled with galleries, boutiques, restaurants and Mast General Store. It’s just 4 miles away.
  • Make a day trip to downtown Asheville or the famous Biltmore House, just 30 minutes east, or venture west for a scenic train trip with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad..

Photo courtesy Brindley Faile of Visit NC Smokies

Our State - Cover of October 2020 issue spotlighting Lake Junaluska
Our State inside feature page about Lake Junaluska

Our State Spotlights Lake Junaluska

We're thrilled and honored that Our State magazine features Lake Junaluska on the front cover of its October 2020 issue, a celebration of North Carolina's mountains and autumn colors! Our State magazine features the very best of North Carolina through lively storytelling and stunning photography. With a readership of more than one million each month, it's the most-read magazine in the state.

In addition to being featured on the October issue's cover, Lake Junaluska appears in its photo essay, "Autumn Is Our Favorite Color." The issue will be arriving in mailboxes soon and available at newsstands and retail locations on October 1. Grab a copy and let the awe-inspiring beauty of fall at Lake Junaluska and other North Carolina locations take your breath away.

Images courtesy Our State magazine; photography by Derek DiLuzio


Sunset Cruise at Lake Junaluska

Sunset Cruise Fall Package 

Enjoy a history lake cruise aboard the Cherokee IV when you book the Sunset Cruise Fall Package at Lake Junaluska! The package includes two nights at The Terrace Hotel,  a history lake cruise, a picnic-to-go lunch, boxed continental breakfasts, a Lake Junaluska birding guide and a book that shares the story of Lake Junaluska. Packages can be booked in September and October.

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Thanksgiving at Lake Junaluska

Enjoy an exquisite Thanksgiving feast in the mountains of Western North Carolina and see Lake Junaluska decorated for the holiday season. Thanksgiving at Lake Junaluska packages feature a Thanksgiving holiday dinner at Lake Junaluska's Lakeside Bistro and lodging at The Terrace lakeside hotel. Packages include a holiday meal, lodging at The Terrace Hotel and continental breakfasts. To check available package dates, email eservations@lakejunaluska.com or call 800-222-4930 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.