Don’t Gamble? Harrah’s Cherokee Still Makes For an Awesome Summer Vacay

My husband enjoys a little Black Jack or Craps, but I couldn’t win a card game if my life depended on it. Because of that, we rarely overnight at a casino (unless it’s the hotel-of-choice for a conference or something.)

But Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort might be the place that changes my mind.

Don't Gamble? Harrah's Cherokee Still Makes For an Awesome Summer Vacay

It’s about 3 hours from Atlanta, just south of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. So, besides the hiking and outdoor adventure there, a home base at Harrah’s can include shows, concerts, amazing food, three gorgeous pools, and more.

Summer Concerts 2024

Their 3,000-seat venue showcases box office-breaking acts from around the country, and here’s what you can expect this summer:

  • George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic on May 17 at 9pm
  • Grand Funk Railroad on May 31 at 9pm
  • Chris Botti on June 7 at 9pm
  • Clay Walker on June 22 at 7:30pm
  • The Australian Pink Floyd Show on June 29 at 7:30pm
  • Buddy Guy with Taj Farrant on July 27 at 7:30pm

More Live Music

Harrah’s also offers two other ways to enjoy some tunes. Myst Bar plays live music Thursday to Saturday, 9pm to midnight, in an ultra-modern setting. You can can grab a handcrafted cocktail, settle in at the bar or lounge, and catch the big game or a live musical act.

Additionally, Wicked Weed Brewing features Wicked Karaoke, acoustic performances, and DJ sets throughout the week. Wicked Karaoke happens every Thursday 7pm – 11pm then acoustic performances steal the show Friday and Saturday 6pm – 9pm followed by DJs from 10pm – 1am.

Comedy, anyone?

Hubs and I probably watch more concerts AND more comedy shows that most of America… so for the opportunity to see both in one visit… wow! Here’s the Summer lineup at Comedy Zone, located in the resort’s Selu Garden Café:

  • Dale Jones (May 22 – 26)
  • Shaun Jones (May 15 – 19)
  • Southern Momma (May 28 – June 26)
  • Marc Yaffee (May 30 – June 5)

Spa, Golf, or Game

Don't Gamble? Harrah's Cherokee Still Makes For an Awesome Summer Vacay

Hotel guests at the resort can take advantage of preferred access to Sequoyah National Golf Club. This spectacular year-round championship course measures 6,600 yards and features an expansive practice area, clubhouse, restaurant, golf shop, and endless idyllic vistas.

Guests at Harrah’s always receive preferred rates, so book your tee time with your room!

Mandara Spa is beautiful and relaxing, treating you to some incredible packages. Try a range of treatments from fire and ice massages and signature facials, to bathing rituals and sound wave therapy.

Looking for something a little more casual? Hit up the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center.

The bowling alley offers 24 10-pin lanes and an arcade stocked with all the hottest games. Go for the win in a private gaming station or grab a drink on the fireside patio while playing the latest PC and console games.

  • Find 8 VIP lanes at the bowling alley, plus on-lane dining, cosmic bowling on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • ESports Zone is your destination for high-octane competitive gaming. Join one of the upcoming tournaments or book a private station. The fireside patio also features a collection of console games, from PS4 to Nintendo Switch.
  • Strikes Arcade is loaded with all the latest and greatest games. 

Good Eats

Don't Gamble? Harrah's Cherokee Still Makes For an Awesome Summer Vacay

From renowned local craft breweries to dining experiences curated by celebrity chefs, you’ll discover an array of restaurant options here.

  • Ramsay’s Food Market features eight cuisine concepts and one full-service restaurant. Pizza, burgers, sushi (above), a coffee bar and more will keep you sampling your entire stay.
  • Brio Italtian Grill offers rustic and authentic Northern Italy cuisine.
  • ESports Zone is where you’ll find tasty pub fare and ice-cold drinks, console and PC gaming, and weekly tournaments.
  • Guy Fieri’s Cherokee Kitchen + Bar serves award-winning burgers and championship-level BBQ.
  • Noodle Bar is the perfect late-night Asian-fusion option. Located on the casino floor, grab a seat and enjoy stand-out dishes like General Tso’s Chicken, Singapore noodles and more.
  • And that’s not even all the restaurants!!!

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Don't Gamble? Harrah's Cherokee Still Makes For an Awesome Summer Vacay