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.
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 Inn. Check 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).
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:
Photo courtesy Brindley Faile of Visit NC Smokies
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
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.
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 and lodging at The Terrace lakeside hotel. Packages include a holiday meal, lodging at The Terrace hotel and continental breakfasts.
Join us at the Lakeside Bistro on Thanksgiving Day! A roasted turkey meal with all the fixings will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m as a contactless buffet-style meal. In-person dining as well as take out will be avaliable. Please be sure to make a reservation for this event due to limited space. To make reservations, call the Bistro at 828-454-6662.