Local Attractions in and around Waynesville, NC
Over the 20 years we have been coming to this area, Waynesville has continued to improve in many ways. Whether you are into shopping, hiking, white water rafting, golf, history or just experiencing the beauty of the area, you can find it here.
Waynesville Country Club (828-452-4617) – Beautiful layout carved from former farmland on the edge of town. Good course to walk but carts are available. Part of a resort so call ahead for tee times.
Laurel Ridge Country Club (828-456-3200) – private club that will give you mountain golf at its best. No chance to walk this course. Don’t forget to take in the scenery as you play this challenging course. http://www.laurelridgegolf.com/
Clyde’s Restaurant (828-456-9135) – located across the street from Walmart in West Waynesville. Great breakfast place. Closed Monday.
Angelo’s Family Pizza & Italian Restaurant (828-452-1886) – consistently voted the best pizza in town for years. Ask about picking up a pizza to cook at home. http://www.angelosfamilypizza.com/
The Sweet Onion (828-456-5559) – downtown Waynesville. Great place for dinner and cocktails at the end of the day. http://www.sweetonionrestaurant.com/
Frogs Leap Public House (828-456-1930) – A unique farm to table restaurant with innovative southern recipes. http://frogsleappublichouse.com
Tipping Point Tavern (828-246-9230) – Great craft beer and hearty pub food located right on Main Street. http://www.tippingpointtavern.com/
Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway (828-235-8228) – We bring all of our guests here for dinner. Call ahead for reservations as this place is always busy. Lots of fresh local food and the views are the best in the area. You’ll dine while overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains and you’ll see why we have been coming back for 20 years. http://www.pisgahinn.com/
Downtown Waynesville offers a wonderful shopping opportunity with lots of fun galleries featuring local artists. Spend a carefree afternoon poking around in the great variety of shops and enjoy lunch in one of the downtown restaurants. Here are a few favorites:
Mast General Store – This is an anchor store in downtown Waynesville and a must-visit attraction. Built in the 1930’s, this store is rich in history and has the creaky floors to prove it! There is an old fashioned candy section with barrels you can scoop from. Great shopping for clothing, outdoor outfitting, shoes and housewares. http://www.mastgeneralstore.com/
Twigs and Leaves Gallery – This is just one of many galleries in downtown Waynesville that features local artists’ work. http://www.twigsandleaves.com/
TPennington Art Gallery – We have to promote Teresa’s gallery as she is a neighbor who lives on up Plott Creek Road. If you want a keepsake of your visit to the Western NC mountains, you can find it in her gallery. http://www.tpennington.com/gallery.php
Ingles Grocery Store – you will find anything you need here for your stay at the Guest House. We have left an Ingles Card so you can take advantage of store discounts. The store is located just off 23/74 at exit #102. Be sure to try their rotisserie chicken salad for a picnic lunch.
No trip to the area is complete without some time spent outdoors. No matter the season, Western North Carolina is best experienced outdoors. We’ve provided several books that feature some great hikes in the area. The books are on the bookshelf in the living room. Help yourself and enjoy.
Great Smokey Mountain Railroad (828-586-8811) – We have made this trip with many friends and it is always a delight. If you are not traveling with kids, upgrade to the adults only club car for a relaxing trip. Add to the adventure by including rafting in your day. http://www.gsmr.com/
Nantahala Outdoor Center (866-319-8870) – Zip-lining and white water rafting tours. https://noc.com
Blue Ridge Parkway – Head south of downtown Waynesville on US 276 and you will come to the Blue Ridge Parkway. You can’t describe the beauty of the area until you’ve driven on the Blue Ridge Parkway. You can’t be in a hurry and must stop along the way to take in the many vistas. There are many entrances and exits to the Parkway. Take a map with you and make a day of it. The Folk Art Center contains lots of local artwork and handicrafts made by local artisans and has an excellent movie of the history of the area. http://www.blueridgeparkway.org
In and around Asheville, NC
Asheville is an exciting destination with an eclectic and eccentric nature all its own. Visiting downtown Asheville is a wonderful way to spend a day and evening. Lots of shops and dining experiences. Go for the whole day and enjoy.
If you’ve never been, you need to go. This is a must-see for those who have never visited the area. Lots of events are hosted on the property all year long. The spring flowers are amazing. The Holidays are, too. The fall colors bring people to The Largest Private Home in the United States by the thousands. http://www.biltmore.com
Grove Park Inn
Built in 1913, the Grove Park Inn has hosted many American luminaries, a list that includes F. Scott Fitzgerald, Harry Houdini, Will Rogers, George Gershwin, Thomas Edison, Eleanor Roosevelt and Henry Ford. Not to mention presidents- William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard M. Nixon, George H. W. Bush, William J. Clinton and Barack H. Obama. We have never stayed in the hotel, (it is quite pricey!) but we have enjoyed a glass of wine and appetizers on the Sunset Terrace. The lobby of the hotel is worth the visit. We love the two fireplaces that are each big enough to park a car in! http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park