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I was wondering if this was worth staying the night in Cherokee. Can anyone recommend a nice hotel in the area, I see there are a bunch such as Holiday Inn, Hampton, etc..... also are these hotels located in a nice area? I went here a long long time ago and dont remember much about it.

Also my husband doesnt want to raft in anything too wild I figured maybe we would be better off in this area to do the rafting for the first time. I'd also like to go to Santa's Land so maybe I can do that with my two smaller children while my husband takes my older daughter rafting. Woudl this be too much or should I just stay overnight.

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1. Re: question on Cherokee

The Casino dominates Cherokee. Most of the chain motels are on the main drag and they are budget types. There are a few "mom & pop" motels on the outskirts of town that are really clean and nice and quaint - not fancy. I assume ( though I have not stayed there) that the hotel at Harrah's is the most upscale.

Cherokee to me is cheap and touristy....but having said that I think the Oconoluftee Village is worth a visit and the drama "Unto These Hills" is good. For those two attractions alone, you may wish to overnight there. But, you'll pay a premium price for a mediocre room this time of year. The mountains in the area are lovely. Have a fun trip.

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We had originally considered spending a night in Cherokee before travelling to Pigeon Forge. We decided to hold off and visit towards the end of our trip instead, and after visiting, am very very glad we did. I didn't see any hotels that I would consider staying at in Cherokee, except the casino's. (And that I am sure is expensive.) The mom and pop hotels all looked very run down to me, and I didn't see any major chain hotels there. With that said, I have been told that there are some hotels also on the way out of Cherokee going towards the Maggie Valley area - there might have been some acceptable hotels there that I missed.

Cherokee looked a lot different from when I was young. A lot of run down shops, and the McDonalds there was filthy (worst I have ever seen, and with 3 kids we go to a lot of McDonald's). Even the few indians around looked old. Just not what we expected at all.

The trip there was very scenic, but if I had to do it all over again, I would have just gone up the mountain to the TN/NC border and gone back down again to enjoy the drive.

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Hi again Ginger -

My mom and I had an unexpceted stay to Maggie Valley last week. Mapquest puts it 22 minutes away from Cherokee, or about 16 miles. We fell in love with the area. It reminded us somewhat of Townsend, only a little more developed. Still not a lot to do, but peacefull. I can't wait to go with my husband and kids.

We stayed at the Smoky Falls Lodge. You can see pictures of it at their website: http://www.smokyfallslodge.com/

Our room was very similar to the first room pictured on the right. 2 queen beds, but minus the couch. It was a large room. Cost was $99, I think, for a Tuesday night. As we drove through town we saw lots of mom and pop places that looked reallly cute.

We also drove over to Waynesville (about 10 min. from Maggie Valley) and explored their restored downtown area. Full of nice boutiques and shops. Charming.

Might be worth a visit or stay if you are over that way and looking for a nice place.

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I just looked at some of the reviews and most of the major chains got very good ones, there was a comfort suites, hampton inn, holiday inn, and a few other chains... maybe these were located away from the strip which is why you never came across them.

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Hi Ginger, that could be true. We had 2 carloads of family members total. Our carful just headed up and down the strip to look around. The other carload did the same, and then headed to the casino and spent an hour or so there. They mentioned that the the area near the casino had some newer looking hotels and fast food places that looked much better than the old strip. That is why I said you might want to look towards that area - the "Maggie Valley" side of Cherokee. If you plan to stay there, I would definitely ask if they are close to the casino. The old section to me looked just that - old and tired and run down. I didn't mean to come across as negatively as I did before, I think our problem was that both my husband and I remember Cherokee as it was when we were young 30 or so years ago, and it has really changed. He has some Cherokee in his blood (great grandmom) and was really disappointed in how the area seemed to have gone down so much over the years. But, I guess that happens a lot when people go back and things change over time. Maybe if we didn't have past memories of Cherokee, we would have viewed things differently.

If you do visit Cherokee, I would be interested in hearing if you liked Santa Land. We were with some 50 and 60 year olds that had no interest whatsoever in this attraction, so we weren't able to go, even though we have 3 young children ourselves. So, I would like to know what your opinion of it is. As far as the rafting idea, I did notice that the river in Cherokee was wide and appeared relatively calm, and seemed to be a popular place to wade, picnic and fish in. If you go, hope you have a great time!

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", I think our problem was that both my husband and I remember Cherokee as it was when we were young 30 or so years ago, and it has really changed."

Hmmmm.....I have to disagree a bit. I also went to Cherokee 20-30 years ago....seems about the same as it did then.....kinda sad. There were a few more indians along the side of the road for people to take photos. I'm guessing the indians that might be doing that job are now working in the casino, The shops have the same tourist junk they did many years ago. Over the years I'd also had those feelings...it being better in the old days of childhood. In really thinking about it....no it wasn't that much different back then. I just didn't know any better.....and it was vacation....so it was fun by default.

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PC MOMMY, thats ok i was just a bit confused because I saw so many chain hotels listed on trip advisor, some of which got really good reviews, so i figured maybe they were in an area that you werent. I too havent been to cherokee in about 35 years. I dont remember much about it but there are pictures of me with a bunch of Indian kids.

I would really love to go to Santa's Land and I will definitely let you know how I like it. I figured I would rather go there than go to Dollywood. Im not much of an amusement park person but I think I would enjoy Santa's land much better, plus its much smaller.

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Ginger, I also have decided to take my 2 year old to Santa land.It looks like alot of fun for him.We are going in 25 more days so we will let you know how it is if you would like to know.

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They have many motels in cherokee---we have stayed at Holiday-Inn, comfort INN, Baymont INN, and Quallity INN,---they have many more motels there---like Ramada Inn, Microtel-Days INN, etc.....and I must say all have been very nice, clean, and comfortable to stay in----the rates can run from 60.00 a night on up...We love to eat at Grannys Resturant on hwy. 19 right up from the Harrahs casino--they have all home cooked food--buffet style, and very reasonably priced....Some of the motels are off on different roads, so mabe you missed them as you were driving through, but most of the ones i have mentioned here are all within a couple miles of each other. We love coming to Cherokee, especially during the fall when the leaves are changing, its just beautiful!!!