How We Are Protecting Our Guests The cleanliness of Buttercup Haven has always been a top priority. However, in the era of COVID-19, we’ve taken additional steps to ensure the health and safety of our guests. Here’s what we have put in place during May 2020: Installation of two “iWave-R” air purifiers (one for each… Read more »

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Buttercup Haven looked especially colorful this Spring. The annual clean up and mulching took place on schedule. The trees and shrubs planted in the past few years provided a striking foreground to the home and the mountains. COVID-19 prevented our scheduled guests from enjoying the home and the gardens this year. We hope this post… Read more »

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Horseback riding near Franklin, NC

A good place to start is to check out Yelp’s top 10 best horseback riding stables near Franklin. The reviews and location map will help you identify good options in the area. Some websites to check out: Dillard House Stables – Just under a 30-minute drive south from Buttercup Haven, this stable is in Georgia… Read more »

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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Two scenic railway excursions run from Bryson City through the beautiful countryside of Western North Carolina, providing a day trip for all the family to enjoy. Select from one of two excursions from March to December. The Tuckasegee River excursion runs on Saturdays only in Jan & Feb. Nantahala Gorge is a 4.5-hour round trip into the Nantahala Gorge. It stops at the Nantahala Outdoor Center and… Read more »

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Whitewater Falls, NC

If you love waterfalls, you’ve come to the right place! There are several area waterfalls within a short drive, including Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls and Glen Falls and Cullasaja Falls. See more here. Just over an hour’s drive from Buttercup Haven is Whitewater Falls on the Whitewater River in the Jocassee Gorge area of North Carolina –… Read more »

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Buttercup Haven Rental, Franklin NC

Fall arrived late this year. Mild, Summer-like temperatures prevented the colors from forming at the usual time. Our late October and early November guests enjoyed the best of the Season’s colors when they arrived.  These photos of the outdoors (in front of Buttercup Haven) were taken in early November when temperatures were still mild to very… Read more »

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Waynesville

Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Waynesville is the oldest town in Haywood County and a great place to shop and dine. Unique shops line main street where you’ll find the renowned Mast General Store offering fashions, comfortable footwear, outdoor and travel gear, rocking chairs and over 500 old-fashioned candies. Waynesville offers arts… Read more »

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If you’re looking for upscale dining, Highlands offers everything from coffee shops, casual dining (indoors and outdoors) to gourmet dining with great wine selections. SeeTrip Advisor’s list of top dining picks, based on traveler reviews, several of which are award-winning. It’s also a great place to shop. The quaint Main Street is home to unique… Read more »

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Start by exploring the local shops and restaurants using this local guide. Franklin offers a wide range of restaurants, eateries and fast foods but none stay open very late depending on the time of year. Trip Advisor lists 70 restaurants for Franklin. Check them out along with traveler reviews here. See also the top picks… Read more »

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Nantahala National Forest

Lake Nantahala is one of the most pristine lakes in North Carolina. Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains in Macon County, the Lake has a surface area of 1,605 acres; sits at over 3,000 feet above sea level and boasts over 20 miles of shoreline. About half of the lake sits within the Nantahala National… Read more »

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