Waynesville is one of the larger towns in the North Carolina mountains and is a thriving, bustling and busy place. Lots to do, lots to see, lots to eat. But they do urge you to “slow down and savor the present.”
Its Main Street invites you to walk and to wander. There are numerous crafts and arts stores and quick places to stop in and browse. Stop in at Blue Ridge Books on Main, Waynesville’s independent bookstore. Or stop in at one of the eight art galleries on main street that showcase North Carolina artists. Or visit the Waynesville branch of the Mast General Store.
Part of the mantra is that it’s a dog-friendly downtown. Maybe that’s why the Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery (or Barkery) located here. Plenty of people are out with their dogs on a Saturday afternoon. There’s also Whitman’s Bakery right down the street, in business here since 1943. And don’t forget about Maggie’s Galley for some mountain trout or oysters, just a few blocks from downtown.
Because of its proximity to the motorcycle routes of Maggie Valley and beyond, Waynes is motorcycle friendly. Andon-Reid Inn advertises itself as a motorcycle-friendly bed and breakfast. The Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground is just ten miles south of Waynesville on 276.
For your cultural enlightenment, there’s Shelton House for a heritage museum and Haywood Arts Regional Theater. And if your sweet tooth is calling to you, Waynesville is the home of Steeple Chase Old English Toffee.