While staying in Franklin, North Carolina, make us your home base to explore all the mountains of Western North Carolina have to offer!

In addtion to golf, be sure to take in the great outdoors via the Little Tennessee River Greenway or enjoy some gem mining. You'll also discover great regional attractions great for couples or families. You'll find that the Franklin, NC area has plenty to keep you as busy as you'd like to be while enjoying your vacation in the mountains.


Franklin, North Carolina has been known for decades as the "Gem Capital of the World", and for good reason. Several mines are open to the public where you can find ruby, sapphire, garnet, and many other treasures.

The mines are located in Franklin's famous Cowee Valley and are just minutes from the Golf Villas at Mill Creek Country Club. Many of the operations also feature gift shops and can create custom jewelry from your finds.

This activity is popular with all ages and you never know, you might just leave your mountain vacation with native and natural souvenir.


Located just four miles from the Golf Villas at Mill Creek Country Club you'll find the Little Tennessee River Greenway. This 5 mile, 13 foot wide trail winds it's way through much of downtown Franklin along the Little Tennessee.

Hundreds of people utilize the quiet pathways daily and visitors quickly discover it's a great place for bird watching, seeing many species of wildflowers (in season) and native wildlife.

Other features include fishing piers, adult exercise stations, picnic areas, and three bridges including an historic steel suspension bridge.
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Be sure to plan your vacation in Franklin, North Carolina during on of our many Festivals! You can: discover our heritage at the Franklin Folk Festival, discover our Scottish roots during a Taste of Scotland, take part in the World Famous Pumpkin Roll at PUMPKINFEST and rediscover the magic of a small town holiday during Window Wonderland.

Other great events to attend include the Macon County Fair, a true old-timey agricultural event held each September. Whenever you choose to visit, you'll find there's always something to do in the NC Mountains.

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A perennial favorite of all visitors to Franklin, NC is Pickin on the Square held each Saturday night in downtown Franklin (May through October).

Great mountain music and dancing, country music, gospel and even an open microphone time where you can warm up the crowd before the event.

Pickin on the Square is absolutely free of charge. Before the show begins, enjoy dinner at one of Franklin's great restaurants or browse through the downtown shops. Be sure to bring a lawn chair to this outdoor event.


Want to land a big one while you're visiting the mountains of Western North Carolina? No problem! This area is known for it's trout waters and there are plenty of guides to help you reel in a huge Rainbow, Brown or Wild Trout. Many trophy sized fish are caught in area waters each year.

Fly fishing is a great way to enjoy the area's beauty while having some fun along the way. You'll find native trout waters, stocked and delayed harvest streams, all located within just a few miles of the Golf Villas at Mill Creek Country Club.


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NEW! Scheduled to open on July 3, 2009, the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will be western North Carolina's new hub for great entertainment.

National recording artists such as the Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Ronnie Milsap, Lee Greenwood and others will take to the stage to entertain you!

Local and Broadway Productions will also be part of the center's entertainment schedule. Want to know who's performing when you'll be visiting? Just follow the link below.


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Harrah's Cherokee Casino is a 45 minute drive from our mountain vacation rentals. The Casino features brand-new games and slots to dazzling favorites like Digital Blackjack and Baccarito.

The property is now undergoing a $650 million expansion but remains open and in addition to great gaming offers world class entertainment.

Upcoming peformances include the legendary George Jones, Clint Black and others. To learn more click the link below.


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Just over an hour from Franklin you can tour America's Largest Home, Biltmore. Be inspired by the relaxed elegance of George and Edith Vanderbilt's 250-room family home and country retreat in Asheville, NC. Discover original art from masters such as Renoir, magnificent 16th-century tapestries, Napoleon's chess set, a library with 10,000 volumes, a Banquet Hall with a 70-foot ceiling, 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool, bowling alley, and priceless antiques.

Opened to friends on Christmas Eve 1895, this French Renaissance chateau remains America's largest privately owned home.

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