Tucked away within the scenic Smokies is the luxurious Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. The 56-acre property sits at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 50 miles west of Asheville. The drive leading to the resort is as scenic as the resort window views as layers of mountains serve as the backdrop of the horizon.
The impressive layout is vast and there is plenty to enjoy. For gamers, there is no shortage of all day entertainment. Choose from 172 traditional table games including blackjack, roulette, craps, mini-baccarat, poker, more than 3,500 slot machines and a high limit games area. The 150,000 square foot gaming floor also offers a tobacco-free gaming area.
There are ample dining choices from casual to high end. The impressive selection includes a Ruth’s Chris Steak House and BRIO Tuscan Grille. Check out the breakfast buffet at Selu Garden Café. For a quick bite, enjoy one of the food court selections such as Uno’s Express Pizzeria, Earl of Sandwich and more.
Carve out half of a day, or a couple of hours, for the Mandara Spa. The expansive sanctuary has indoor and outdoor relaxation options. Heated stone lounge chairs are located by the whirlpool and sauna and are perfect after a massage. Outside is a balcony facing the creek, which separates the spa from the casino area. It is the antithesis of the gaming scene, where casino bells are replaced with the sounds of the bubbling brook. For some soothing relief to tired and aching muscles, check out the Balinese Massage. An expert masseuse combines Native American and Balinese-inspired treatments. In the Balinese tradition, massage and the power of touch are featured, but Mandara Spas also emphasizes beauty, rejuvenation and indulgence, leaving guests with a remarkable radiance. The Mandara signature facial is customized to each individual. New to the spa is the
After a big win, enjoy some shopping within Harrah’s Cherokee at Swarovski, where jewelry, watches and other fine crystal ornaments can be purchased. Additional shops offer ladies apparel and jewelry such as at Studio and Kanati’s. Men can find attire at Top Drawer, which offers Tommy Bahama and Yeti products.
Recreational activity includes golfing and fishing. The Sequoyah Golf Club – an 18-hole, par 72-championship course, is located 3 miles from the casino. Fishing can be enjoyed along the hotel river. The resort showcases one of the largest permanent exhibitions of contemporary Eastern Band of Cherokee art. Artifacts can be enjoyed throughout the property.
Harrah’s Cherokee features top performers in its Event Center. It includes two VIP suites with 65 seats and two smaller VIP suites with six seats. The event space accommodates 3, 035 seated guests. There is also an ornate ballroom and the Essence Lounge.