Spas & Salons. There are many spas and salons locally where you and your bridesmaids can be pampered. From a spa treatment to getting your nails done, we can provide you with a list of recommended vendors that suit your personal style and needs to make sure you and your bridesmaids look perfect for your big day.
Photographers. As you can see from the many pictures on your Web site, we have a long list of fabulous photographers to choose from who are familiar with McGuire’s Millrace Farm and the perfect places to capture special moments. Choose one that fits your unique style.
Reception Entertainment. McGuire’s Millrace Farm has a house DJ, but we also have a list of other local DJ’s, live musicians, bands and other forms of entertainment. If you want to provide it for your guests, we’ll be sure to make it happen.
Tux Rental & Seamstresses. Don’t want to have to bring your tux or need last minute alterations? We can provide you with a list of vendors for that, too!
Wine & Champagne. We have several wine shops that sell fine wines. Many also specialize in local, rare, and unusual wines. We also have an ABC Liquor store located in town.
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Accommodations. Within a 10-15 minute drive of the facility you will find various hotels such as Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, Days Inn and Best Western. Many families also enjoy staying in some of the enchanting cabins and bed & breakfasts throughout our area to enjoy peaceful streams and mountain views. And don’t forget about our very own The Millhouse Lodge, which is a lovely and convenient place for you and your guests to stay as well. This would also be a great place to hold your rehearsal dinner.
Entertainment. From open air patios with live music to trivia nights, there is always something going on downtown. There is also an old fashioned drive-in movie theatre nearby, and Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee, NC is only a 45 min-1 hour drive away, and a new Harrah's Casino was opened in 2015, and is within 7 miles of our facility.
Shopping. Murphy has several antique shops, boutiques, jewelry stores, art galleries, thrift shops, flea markets, and gift shops, many of which are located in our historic, beautiful downtown. For general needs, there is a Wal-Mart within a 6.5 mile drive from our facility, and multiple convenience stores throughout the area.
Outdoor Recreation. Cherokee County is famous for its outdoor recreational opportunities. Nestled between 3 National Forests and 3 lakes it is known for its quiet beauty and exciting adventure.
Rafting: Some of the most popular activities include whitewater rafting on the Nantahala and Ocoee Rivers. Both are rated as two of the best places to whitewater raft in the country. The Nantahala River is the most popular in the Southeast, luring more than 200,000 paddlers to its waters every year. It is rapid enough for excitement, but calm enough for children and senior citizens. The 2012 Freestyle Kayaking World Cup Champion was on the Nantahala River on September 9th. Athletes from more than 17 countries and 5 continents participated. The Ocoee River has been chosen as the site of national whitewater championships on several occasions as well as home of the 1996 Olympic Whitewater competition.
Ziplines: There are several great zipline tours in the area. Soar through the canopies and see the majestic beauty of our area from the treetops.
Landmarks: Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is a great spot many people visit. It has a roughly two mile figure 8 trail that’s an easy hike. There are huge trees that are so big it takes four or more full grown men to reach around from one side to the other! The Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway are also two beautiful places for hiking and sightseeing. There are also opportunities to hike the historic Trail of Tears from within our county.
Horseback Riding/Wagon Rides: There are several stables here locally that can take you into the back country to see more or our beautiful area. From just an hour’s ride to a day trip, this is a great way to experience the beauty of these majestic mountains.
Fishing: Trout fishing in our many crystal clear streams is probably one of the most popular activities here locally. Maps are available through the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce. Not interested in fly fishing? Feel free to cast a line in one of our three lakes surrounded by the beauty of the mountains. (You will need a NC fishing license to fish in our waters.)
Boating & Water Sports: Try taking your entire party out on a boat on the majestic waters of one of our three lakes. Boats, jet skis and other water craft can be rented at one of our many area marinas.
Golfing: There are various golf courses in the surrounding area, including Cherokee Hills, Chatuge Shores, Butternut Creek, and Ridges Golf Course.
Other: There are also many places to hike, camp, bike or shoot. There are shooting ranges for those who enjoy target practice, and we often allow people to shoot skeet on our property. Or just simply relax and enjoy the gorgeous scenery and views.
Arts/Crafts/Music. The John C. Campbell Folk School is located 4.2 miles from our facility. Throughout the year, they offer various activities such as craft shows, dances, concerts, classes, auctions and festivals. Their website is https://folkschool.org/index.php. There are also several art studios, art galleries, craft shops and hand-made jewelry shops with classes available locally. The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds hosts several concerts yearly, featuring famous and local musicians at affordable costs. Also, the first Friday of every month May through November is our famous Murphy Art Walk. Downtown opens up from 5-8pm with live art demonstrations, music, and food.
Tourism/Motorcycling/Mountain Views. Motorcyclists love traveling on the "The Tail of the Dragon" and Cherohala Skyway. The Tail of the Dragon is an eleven mile road with 318 curves and is America's #1 motorcycle and sports car road. Also, take a day trip on the Great Smokey Mountain Railroad or the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad. There are also beautiful scenic drives, great places to picnic, and historic museums to visit.