I didn’t grow up to be 6’5″ and over 250 lbs eating dainty food. I was raised on authentic mountain food (with a little of my grandmother’s New England Pot Roast thrown in:). So I know the good stuff when I eat it. But to truly appreciate mountain cuisine, it is also important to experience every aspect of the culture of the NC Smoky Mountains by interacting with the locals and visiting local places of interest. You need to feel the food in your bones as well as your mouth. When it comes to cuisine, the mountains – like all communities on earth – has its own special comfort foods and stories to go along with them. Because of the cold weather in the winters and the poverty of many of the people during the Great Depression, many favorite dishes were borne out of necessity. Traditions of salted ham, fried Rainbow Trout, Western NC barbecue pork, collards with bacon bits on top, cornbread with mounds of real butter, piping hot vegetable soup, pinto beans, hominy, fried chicken and apple sauce (every type of apple recipe, from fritters to apple butter), were mountain staples.
Maggie Valley is located at the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway, with many miles of the scenic parkway running through Haywood County. It’s only natural that this charming mountain town would offer many restaurants featuring the famous comfort foods of the NC Mountains. There are quite a few motels in Maggie Valley, NC, but only a few within walking distance of restaurants with unique homestyle cooking that is representative of the mountain culture.
Maggie Valley Restaurants
Restaurants in Maggie Valley abound, and many popular places to eat feature homestyle cooking and authentic mountain cuisine where you can fully immerse yourself in the mountain experience. One favorite restaurant is Butts on the Creek BBQ. Located at 1584 Soco Road, this restaurant offers Creekside views, pulled pork barbecue and specialties like fried corn on the cob. For homestyle cooking, saunter over to the Country Vittles Restaurant at 3589 Soco Road in Maggie Valley. This is an affordable family restaurant with an array of Smoky Mountain and Southern cuisine. Pop’s Place at 3253 Soco Road is the place to get a big mountain breakfast, with fluffy homemade-style biscuits and all the fixings. Right next door, the Maggie Valley Restaurant at 2804 Soco Road has been owned and operated by the Carver Family for over 50 years. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner with authentic Smoky Mountain cuisine like Fried Trout, Collard Greens, Blackberry Cobbler and more.
Motels in Maggie Valley, NC, Near Delicious Mountain Cuisine
As you drive through Maggie Valley, you will notice the main thoroughfare is Soco Road. It runs directly through the heart of town. Lining the road, you will discover everything from restaurants, gift shops, grocery stores and motels. Narrow down your choices to those motels in Maggie Valley, NC, that offer superior amenities, unique guest services and easy access to area restaurants and attractions, and you’ll soon discover that one motel stands head and shoulders above the rest.
Plan a Stay in This Maggie Valley, NC, Motel
Located at 2878 Soco Road, within walking distance to restaurants and the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, Meadowlark Motel is a legendary venue with an array of accommodations, from guest rooms to suites, a cottage or cabin overlooking Jonathan Creek. This motel in Maggie Valley, NC, distinguishes itself through its comfortable accommodations (many with jetted tubs, fireplaces, full kitchens, kitchenettes, separate sitting, dining and sleeping areas), but also through its superb amenities and guest services. Enjoy a Creekside recreation area, an outdoor pavilion with a full kitchen and a seasonal outdoor pool. Fridays are family nights, so games and activities will be scheduled. On Saturdays, they have free cookouts in the recreation area. At other times, enjoy live performances by the resident local musician, local wine and craft beer tastings, and more. Savor your complimentary Continental breakfast in the cozy breakfast room with a stone fireplace and make use of the complimentary Wi-Fi in your scenic Creekside mountain lodging.
Additionally, Meadowlark Motel offers an array of packages and specials designed to help you get the most out of your mountain vacation or Maggie Valley stay. Currently, they’re offering a Waterfall Excursion Package, a Harrah’s Casino Cherokee Experience and more. Check their current deals or book your stay today.
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