Located in the idyllic, far west corner of WNC, Murphy sits on the confluence of the Hiwassee and Valley rivers. Visit the first Friday of each month through November for the Art Walks, when the town is abuzz with activity. While you’re there, check out these hot spots.
EAT The Daily Grind & Wine on Valley River Avenue attracts a crowd morning, noon, and night for fresh brews and light bites. Come sundown, barflies gather for pints of beer and glasses of wine. There’s a corn hole tournament every Tuesday starting at 5:30 p.m. and live music on Wednesdays. Bottles of wine and beer are for sale in the back of the store.
PLAY For outdoor fun, head to the Murphy River Walk & Canoe Trail. This two-mile greenway follows the banks of the Hiwassee and Valley rivers, offering serene views and glimpses of wildlife. To get out on the water, you’ll have to bring your own boat, or splurge on a new craft at Appalachian Outfitters on Tennessee Street.
SHOP At Blue Moon Elise, owner Rachel Elise Sylvester makes and sells her all-natural soaps, bath salts, lotions, oils, and balms. Peruse these and other handmade crafts and gifts, or take a yoga class in the back studio if you need a stretch. www.bluemoonelise.com