Only eight miles from WCU campus, Best Western Plus River Escape is not only convenient but also beautiful. With 65 rooms featuring views of the Tuckasegee River or rustic railroad tracks, this mountain hotel is the ultimate combination of convenience and serenity. 

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Dining & Shopping

Venture over to Sylva to explore one-of-a-kind boutiques, like Regina Nicole, or grab a bite at one of the several popular restaurants, like Lulu's on Main. 

Nearby Attractions

Breweries

Raise a glass to WCU's next big win with a local craft beer from Balsam Falls Brewing Company in Sylva or Innovation Station in Dillsboro. 

Casinos

Sure, nature is great and all, but it's definitely worth a gamble to visit Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, just 15 minutes up the road. 

Fly Fishing

The WNC Fly Fishing Trail is a must-do for anyone who loves to fish. Cast a line in 15 of the best spots to land virtually every variety of trout. 

Sports

With proximity to the WCU campus’ many athletic venues, we're the perfect homebase to stay and play while competing in or watching SOCON sporting events and games. 

Hiking & Waterfalls

Explore some of the incredible outdoor attractions in the area, such as the Smoky Mountains, Mingo Falls, and Pinnacle Park. 

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Holiday Inn Express

Just ten minutes from WCU, and located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, Holiday Inn Express offers 67 rooms with free WiFi, a full hot breakfast with Cinnabon Sweet Rolls, and an indoor pool. It's a logical choice for Catamount fans!  

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Alumni, parents, and friends of WCU will love the feeling of being in the middle of nature and just a quick drive from campus.