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Waynesville offers Southern hospitality at its finest

The oldest town in North Carolina’s Haywood County, Waynesville has been charming travelers for well over a century. A popular mountain retreat, there’s an understandable focus on outdoor adventure here, although there’s still plenty to keep you entertained if you prefer to take life a little slower. Meander around the art galleries in the downtown area, catch a show at the award-winning HART Theatre, or savor the town’s farm-to-table dining. Stay in the heart of the action with a central Waynesville vacation rental or enjoy a little seclusion in a home nestled high in the nearby mountains.

Explore downtown Waynesville

When you’re not burning off excess energy in the mountains, downtown Waynesville is the place to indulge in a spot of sightseeing. Here, you’ll find an abundance of galleries, antique stores, and gift shops to help you enjoy a relaxed afternoon. While in the downtown area, a wander through the Frog Level Historic District, with its railroad depot, historic buildings, and original general store, will offer a glimpse of the town’s roots. Friday nights between May and December offer the chance for vacationers to enjoy the town’s ART after DARK events followed by a traditional mountain hoedown at the historic Courthouse.

Get a culture fix in Waynesville

Attractions in Waynesville often come bundled with a generous helping of culture. Kick things off with a visit to historic Shelton House, a Charleston-style farmhouse dating to 1875, where the Museum of North Carolina displays an interesting selection of locally sourced handicrafts and artifacts. Memories of the Civil War are also part of the Waynesville fabric, particularly in the area around the Town Hall. It’s here that some of the war’s last fighting between the Confederates and Union Troops took place in May 1865. In July, culture takes on a different flavor as the family-friendly International Folklore Festival, Folkmoot USA, rolls into town.

Year-round appeal in Waynesville

Waynesville’s southern location often means an early show of spring, bringing with it a sumptuous display of flowers on the mountainsides. The months of July and August have the highest temperatures but the summer heat is far from unbearable thanks to the cooling mountain breezes. Despite the appeal of spring and summer, it is fall that attracts the most visitors here. This is the perfect time to relax on the verandah of your Waynesville vacation rental and admire the richly orange autumnal foliage. Winter, although a slower season, is great for skiing and joining the town’s annual Christmas celebrations.

Enjoy marvelous mountains and fragrant forests

Outdoor adventure comes easy in Waynesville. The Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park hold obvious appeal for vacationers although it’s equally as tempting to spend time exploring the likes of the Harmon Den Wildlife Refuge, found immediately north of the town and home to bear, deer, and wild turkey. The Pisgah National Forest, a 500,000+ acre park situated with a 10-minute drive of most Waynesville vacation rentals, features trickling waterfalls and gushing whitewater rivers amid its rugged mountain scenery and offers you the chance to tick horse-riding and hiking off your vacation bucket list.