Hot Springs Tourism Association
Fall Newsletter 2017

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Hot Springs Tourism Association 

Hot Springs Welcome Center Update

We look forward to the flawless sunny days and cool, crisp nights of Fall in Hot Springs!  Summer has been gorgeous so far.  Bountiful rain and sunshine have produced lush gardens, verdant forests and healthy creeks and rivers.  
The mission at the Welcome Center is to keep you updated on current events and happenings in our area.   Our friendly staff is here to answer questions and make suggestions about lodging, restaurants, and places to explore.  Exhibits describe our rich history and the natural world around us.  Stop by, or give us a call at 828-622-9932. 
The Welcome Center is operated by the Hot Springs Tourism Association, with support from the Town of Hot Springs and the Madison County Tourism Development Authority.    

Remembering the German Internment
Hot Springs, NC has the distinction of being one of only three German Internment Camps in the US during World War I.  Most of the 'Enemy Aliens' were civilian crew members of German commercial ships docked at American ports.  These musicians, artists and craftsmen created a beautiful village during their short stay; and taught, entertained, and worked alongside local townsfolk.
Please join us for this Once-in-a-Hundred-Years-Event!  The Centennial Commemoration will include a wreath ceremony at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, live brass band music on the Spa Grounds, a photo slideshow at the Library, movies and presentations at the Welcome Center, and a photo exhibit and service at the Dorland Presbyterian Church.  See flyer below for details.  

Deep Water Soul Fest
Happening Soon! September 22-24 at the Hot Springs Spa Campground.
The Line-Up for this First Annual Festival is Phenomenal.  

Leaf Peak:  It's Coming Sooner than You Think.  

This summer has been somewhat hot and humid with locals and guests alike hitting the river and many swimming holes for heat relief.  But the fall season and cooler weather will be here soon!  The mountains and hiking trails of the Pisgah National Forest make for some spectacular picture taking opportunities.  

Feel free to stop by the Welcome Center for directions and maps detailing the local trails for you to explore.  Leaf season is also a busy time of year for tourism and many cabins and rooms reserve quickly.  You can research online the various local places available to rent at

Civil War Skirmish Reenactment in Town has been 
Cancelled for November 3rd-5th.

Due to the current disturbing climate of civil unrest in the United States; for the protection and safety of spectators and participants; and to take a moment to reflect on our values as Americans; the organizers of the reenactment - The 2nd NC Mounted Infantry -  have cancelled this, as well as other events for the remainder of the year.  
We continue to pray for peace and unity amongst our families, neighbors and fellow countrymen.  

Learn More at                                   

Time to Refresh our Website:
We'd Like Some of Your Photos!
The majority of you are probably reading this on your phone.  We usually have it in our purse or pocket.   
HSTA wants you to enjoy using our website and easily find information about town, so we will soon have a more user and mobile friendly site. 
We need to freshen up our photos and would like your help.  Landscapes are always welcome, but what we really need are shots of people enjoying the activities, shopping, restaurants and lodging in the Hot Springs area.
We are creating a photo contest with prizes!  Details will be announced soon in a follow-up newsletter.  There will be links on our Facebook page and our website.  Start looking through your favorite photos of Hot Springs, NC now!

Community Event:  BBQ for Books
October 14, 3-6PM, Broadwing Farm
Pete & Mary Dixon are hosting "Barbecue for Books" at Broadwing Farm.  Donations will be solicited for the new Hot Springs Library building.  
What to expect? Beer, Barbecue, Mac and Cheese, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Greens, Broccoli Casserole, Cornbread & Banana Puddin'. This will be a fun Fall afternoon with music by Ashley Heath and her band!  
Suggested minimum donation is $25.   
For more info, email  
 New Signs Seen Around Town!

New Business Signs where River Road meets 25/70.  Thank you to Board Member Pete Dixon for Posting These New Signs.

New Monument for Wreath Ceremony to be held on September 16th, 2017 as part of the German Internment Camp Centennial Commemoration.  Sign was donated by Creek Ridge Camping and Woodwork Crafted by Elzie Keith McCall. 

Odd Fellows Cemetery sign has joined others on intersection of Henderson Drive and Hwy 209.  Hot Springs Tourism Association Donated the Sign.

Hot Springs Welcome Center
92 Bridge St

This newsletter is written by Scot Zalewski, Board Member and Stacey Geyer, Admin
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