Food, Beer, Wine, and Spirits at the Meadowlark and in Maggie Valley
For beer and wine enthusiasts, the list of things to do in Maggie Valley NC, includes a rich and diverse experience in tastings, wineries, breweries, festivals, celebrations and local hangouts. Couple that with the amazing natural scenery of the majestic Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway, and it totally elevates your experience to other-worldly heights.
Things to do in Maggie Valley, NC: Wine Tasting
Meadowlark Motel is located at 2878 Soco Road in Maggie Valley. Set on the banks of beautiful, rushing Jonathan Creek, Meadowlark Motel features Creekside accommodations, from guestrooms, to a cabin or cottage – some with jetted tubs, and a lovely outdoor recreation area overlooking the creek. In addition to complimentary Wi-Fi, in-room private spa services and free continental breakfast, Meadowlark offers on-site tastings, on a weekly basis, of both wine and local craft beers. Here is the current wine program at Meadowlark:
“Wine Down Wednesday”: Half Off glasses of HOUSE wine, and all others are “buy one glass – get the second half off.” The local wines featured at Meadowlark are Biltmore out of Asheville and Childress out of Lexington, NC. Biltmore Estate is home to the USA’s most visited winery – its wines are stored in a massive underground cellar. Biltmore is also renowned as the largest personal residence in the United States. If you haven’t seen it, you should add it to your itinerary. In addition to a great selection of wines, Childress Vineyards in nearby Lexington, NC offer an on-site bistro, a wine club and special events.
Extend your wine tasting experience in the Maggie Valley area with a trip to nearby B&C Winery, located at 2499 Soco Road. B&C Winery offers 40 varieties of wine, made on-site, and five or six limited edition varieties annually. They also sell a wide selection of local craft beer for sale. B&C offers daily wine tastings (3 for $5 at this writing) or private wine tastings for groups. B&C also offers occasional “Art & Wine” nights, which pairs the experience of painting with wine tastings for a great night out when you’re in the area.
Things to do in Maggie Valley, NC: Craft Beer Tasting
If you’re more into craft beer, Meadowlark Motel also has you covered every Thursday with their “Feature Craft Brewery” event:
“Feature Craft Brewery”: Each Thursday, a different local craft brewery will be featured at Meadowlark Motel. Working in conjunction with each brewery, they will provide beer tastings and showcase their new products. This is a great opportunity to taste what is available throughout the Maggie Valley area – all in one place without traveling to each brewery – so you can decide what your favorites are. The local craft brewers presenting each week, on a rotating basis, will include:
Boojum Brewing Company in Waynesville, NC (located 8 miles away from Meadowlark)
NC Bear Waters Brewing Co in Waynesville (14 miles away)
Asheville Brewing Co. in Asheville (33 miles away)
Bhramri Brewhouse in Asheville (34 miles away)
Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City (43 miles away)
Once you’ve tasted the craft beer at Meadowlark Motel, and met the brewery representatives, you may want to tour the breweries themselves. Most of them offer guided tours, tastings on-site, retail and wholesale sales, as well as special events.
Things to do in Maggie Valley: Nearby Wineries, Vineyards & a Fantastic Italian Restaurant
In addition to B&C Wineries mentioned above, there are a myriad of wineries, vineyards and restaurants, along with a host of other exciting things to do in Maggie Valley, NC, or nearby. One of our favorite places to dine is The Country Vineyard Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria at 3483 Soco Road in Maggie Valley. Pair your favorite Italian dish with a house wine or choose from the wine list. They have a homemade Sangria that you simply must try. The Country Vineyard is celebrated for its handmade stone-fired pizza and three-course entrees.
Visit NC.com offers an overview of the wine trails that make their way through North Carolina, from the mountains to the coast. Did you know that the first grape vines found in the New World were in North Carolina? And ever since, the state has earned a name and reputation for the unique vineyards and wineries dotting its landscape.