The Perfect Day in Waynesville, NC
Western North Carolina has a plethora of amazing small towns, each with its own personality and style. Asheville seems to be at the heart of it all, but the towns surrounding our small city are truly amazing in their own special ways. This week, the Carolina Mornings Team is thinking about Waynesville, NC - a small but colorful town about an hour’s drive from Asheville. We are so taken with the town that we decided to create an itinerary for an ideal day in the area!
Waking Up in the Mountains
Ridgeview Lodge, one of our newest properties nestled in the mountains outside of Waynesville is a picturesque log cabin boasting stunning views from the deck. Coffee and a light breakfast on the porch with the birds trilling a beautiful good morning song is a fantastic way to start the day. The fog hugging the valleys, the sun rising over the mountains, the peaceful scent of the woods - these are the things that make our corner of the state so special.
Head into Town
Downtown Waynesville - a charming mountain town with some of the most astonishing landscapes in the area - is a wonderful place to spend the day. After breakfast at the Lodge, Downtown is the next stop where you’ll enjoy a wide array of galleries, antique stores, and small boutiques. Blue Owl Gallery offers an interesting collection of locally handcrafted art, jewelry, pottery, and photography. One of a kind items are sure to be found!
Grab a Bite
After a quiet morning at Ridgeview Lodge and an early afternoon perusing the shops, lunch will be a welcome event. The Chef’s Table comes highly recommended as a place to enjoy delectable creations made with local fare. Located on Church Street, the Chef’s Table combines the essence of wine country with the traditions of Southern Appalachia. Try the Dark Cove Goat Cheese Risotto Balls made with local goat cheese. Our mouths are watering at the thought!
Go For a Hike
One of the best ways to experience the glory of the mountains is to take a hike! Waynesville is home to some of our favorites in the area, and for good reason. The landscape is pristine, even wild in some parts. Mouse Creek Falls is a great hike for all skill levels. A 4.4 mile out and back hike, Mouse Creek features a gorgeous waterfall and well kept trails. To access this trail from I-40, head west for 21 miles. Take exit 451 toward Waterville road, and turn left off of the ramp. Just 200 feet up the road, turn Left onto Green Corner Road. After .2 miles, turn right at the first cross street toward Tobes Creek Road. Turn left at Appalachian Train after a brief .3 miles. Take the first right onto Waterville Road, continue driving for 2 miles, then make a slight left onto Big Creek Entrance Road. The trailhead will be just ahead on the right.
Relaxing at Your Home Away from Home
After a good hike, returning to your home away from home will feel positively delightful. Relax in the hot tub and watch as the sun dips below the mountains. As the light diminishes and the stars come into view, you’ll come to understand just what makes this part of Western North Carolina so special to so many.