Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Murphy is conveniently nestled just 2 hours from several major cities such as, Atlanta, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Asheville. If southern hospitality and small town charm appeal to you, Murphy is full of great places to shop, eat, hike, or just relax and enjoy what the mountains have to offer.
Some of the most popular activities for visitors include whitewater rafting on the Nantahala and Ocoee Rivers. Both are rated as two of the best places to whitewater raft in the country. Or you can soar through the canopies and see the majestic beauty of the mountains from the treetops, on one of several zip line tours. Hiking, biking, shooting, boating, golfing and fishing are all very popular activities, where the Western North Carolina mountains provide endless opportunities!
Some people choose a destination wedding to get away from it all and some choose to get closer to their family and loved ones; either way destination weddings come complete with their own set of planning challenges and rewards. Specializing in planning these kinds of events, McGuire's Millrace Farm is confident that you will be pleased with our services and all of the exciting and beautiful things Western North Carolina has to offer.
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.
There are many great local restaurants. Most use locally grown, farm fresh produce and meats. Check out The Chophouse, Shoebooties Cafe, Bistro 29, and the Copper Door! A variety of tastes are available and many restaurants specialize in vegan dishes.
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.
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.
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.
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.