The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Harrah's Cherokee
Casino Resort

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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    Located on a site that was known as the “Magic Waters” in Cherokee is the visually stunning complex of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. Superbly designed to blend in with the breathtaking natural surroundings beside a sparkling trout stream, the huge 175,000 square-foot casino building is barely visible from Hwy. 19. The approach drive features landscaping highlighting native plants and trees and nearing the casino, one is greeted by massive stone columns and a waterfall. The overall effect upon first seeing the building in its natural setting is that of a remote mountain lodge nestled deep in some immense wilderness.
    The casino cost $85 million to build and is situated on 37 acres, tucked tightly between two mountains that reflect the bluish haze that gives the Great Smoky Mountains their name, featuring virgin forest and a stunning panoramic backdrop. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino is owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and was designed by one of the nation’s leading casino and destination resort design firms, the Minneapolis-based Cunningham Group, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino is an architectural triumph. Inside, the mountain lodge theme is continued, with colorful Native American art and artifacts, the use of natural materials indigenous to the area and a truly spectacular display of neon lightning in the ceiling that comes to life, complete with rolling bursts of thunder whenever a jackpot is won at one of the 1,800 video gaming machines.
   In the 150,000 square-foot gaming area, guests can play at a staggering array of video gaming machines as well as live table games like Blackjack, Roulette and Craps. They can also take in a variety of shows and performances highlighting nationally famous entertainers at the 20,000 square-foot entertainment area complete with a 1,500-seat concert hall and space for special events and festivals, or select from in-house restaurants.

    Located adjacent to the casino is the luxurious 21-story Harrah's Cherokee Hotel that provides an upscale experience with over 1,100 rooms with breathtaking views.  Amenities include 24/7 fitness room, an indoor pool and an outdoor pool featuring a zero entry door, cabanas and bar area.

Website: Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort
Cherokee NC
Distance: 1˝ to 2 hours from Asheville
Address: Intersection of Hwy. 19 and Business Rte. 441, Cherokee NC 28719
Telephone: 800-342-7724, 828-497-7777
Hours: Casino: 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year.
Hotel: Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee NC 28719; 828-497-7777, 800-427-7247
None to enter casino, parking is free. Fees for childcare facilities.
Of Note: Class III video gaming machines, live table games
Nearby: Cherokee Indian Reservation, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Nantahala National Forest
Directions: From Asheville take I-40 West to Exit 27. Follow US-74 West through Waynesville. Take Hwy. 441 North to Cherokee. Take right at first light. Harrah’s is at the next intersection.



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