Are you planning a Smoky Mountain adventure but not sure where to start? Well that is what we are for! We love to help folks plan their upcoming vacations to Haywood County…in fact, we love it so much that we’ve gone ahead and put together a variety of itineraries to help you make the most of your trip. Regardless of whether you are coming to explore the outdoors, taste farm fresh food, learn about our rich history, listen to local bluegrass music, or just sit on the porch of your cabin and enjoy the view, we’ve got something to spark your interest. With that said, we’re going to start highlighting an itinerary every couple weeks on our blog and include a link so you can download the itinerary and print it off for your next trip.
This week we are featuring a teaser of the many authentic experience you can enjoy right here in Haywood County. We hope you enjoy it and look forward to seeing you soon in Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Canton & Clyde!
Welcome to Pure & Simple Haywood County
Breakfast at Joeys Pancake House
4309 Soco Rd. Maggie Valley, 28751
Enjoy a breakfast at an authentic mountain pancake house. Since opening in 1966, Joey’s Pancake House has been a favorite breakfast stop for locals and visitors alike because of their incredibly delectable menu. Make sure you order up a stack of their famous buttermilk pancakes. We promise you won’t find a better flapjack anywhere else!
Check out the Farms Haywood County!
Spend the day exploring the diverse agricultural offerings of Haywood County. Buy Haywood’s “Find Your Adventure” Agritourism Guide will be your map for today’s adventure and can be picked up at any Haywood County Visitor Center. Here are a few suggestions:
Sunburst Trout Farm – CantonVisit a third generation family owned and operated sustainable trout farm located below Cold Mountain and Lake Logan. Learn about the aquacultural process and how they naturally farm-raise rainbow trout to create 15 gourmet products.
The Ten Acre Farm – WaynesvilleMeet Danny Barrett and learn about he grows and produces a wide variety of products on his beautiful working farm. Lettuce, cabbage, brussel sprouts, berries, sweet corn, beans, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, cut flowers, eggs, honey, jams & jellies.
The Backcross Chestnut Orchard at Cataloochee Ranch – Maggie Valley This backcross orchard, a joint project with the American Chestnut Foundation, is part of an extensive effort to restore the American chestnut to our eastern woodlands. Enjoy a private guided tour of the orchard to learn more about the American chestnut and the restoration process.
**Can’t decide where to go? Get a taste of several farms at once at one of Haywood County’s mutiple farmers markets and produce stands, also listed in the agritrouism guide!**
Lunch at Sids on Main
117 Main St., Canton, 28716
Sids on Main, located in the historic Imperial, a restored Victorian style Inn that was establshed in the late 1800’s is casual “family fine dining “at its best. They pride themselves on serving up wide variety of local favorites in a relaxed atmosphere. After lunch, grab an information sheet from the hostess to learn more about this historic Canton landmark. .
The 46 miles of twisting mountain roads that run through Haywood County are one of the most popular attractions in the area. Hop on the parkway just outside of Canton on Hwy 276 and head south toward Maggie Valley for an exquisite drive through the Balsam Mountain Range, which is where Haywood ‘s native bluegrass band, Balsam Range, got the inspiration for their name. Stop and stretch your legs at two of the counties most popular hiking areas, Graveyard Fields or Devils Courthouse, which are sure to inspire you too!
Dinner at The Chefs Table
30 Church St, Waynesville, 28786
The ultimate wine country dining experience awaits you at Waynesville’s legendary Chef’s Table restaurant. Fresh and local is the core philosophy of Chef and Owner Josh Monroe in his wine country cuisine. Enjoy an array of gourmet offerings, including pasta that is handmade in house, and pair it with a fine wine from their impressive collection. Reservations highly suggested.
250 Pigeon Street, Waynesville, 28786
One of the area’s cultural gems, a performance at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, or better known by the locals as The HART, is not to be missed. This year-round theatre features productions from classics like Macbeth to Broadway musicals like Hello Dolly. The company is proud of its regional and local performers and their wide range of singing and acting abilities. Check out their 2015 expansion of a second performance venue and bistro!
Breakfast at Clyde’s Restaurant
2107 S Main St, Waynesville 28786
Clyde’s has been a landmark restaurant in Haywood County since the 1940’s. Priding itself on traditional down home cooking, you will find all the staples of an authentic hearty Southern breakfast. Or if you want to enjoy the finest “meat and three” dinner in Haywood County, stick around for lunch or dinner.
After breakfast, stop by one of our visitor centers and pick up a quilt trail guide to begin your heritage adventure. The quilt trail project helps Haywood County tell it’s history by featuring colorful and meaningful quilt squares installed on barns, public buildings, and shops around the community. Spend the morning visiting and learning the stories of the almost 50 blocks scattered throughout the county.
The Shelton House
49 Shelton St, Waynesville 28786
The Shelton House was built in 1875 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Housed in and around the Shelton House, the Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts features comprehensive exhibits of 19th century crafts. This is also one of the featured stops on the Haywood County Quilt Trails.
Lunch at City Bakery
18 N Main St, Waynesville, 28786
Known for their homemade artisanal bread and baked goods, they offer a wide range of fresh sandwiches, salads, soups and sweet treats made from locally grown and produced ingredients.
You must be getting thirsty! Haywood County is the proud home of four microbreweries: BearWaters Brewing Co., Boojum Brewing, Frog Level Brewing and Tipping Point Tavern & Brewery. Spend the afternoon at one (or more) trying their various taps. Order up a frosty flight and don’t forget to grab a growler of your favorite to take home.
Dinner at Frankie’s Trattoria
1037 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley, 28751
Since the 1970’s, the Perrone family has been serving up authentic Italian feasts and they have continued to stay true to their roots at Maggie Valley’s finest Italian restaurant, Frankie’s Trattoria. Frankie’s prides itself on being a true Italian trattoria by offering incredible Italian food in a casual environment. As one of Haywood County’s many farm-to-table restaurants, you will enjoy fresh, premium ingredients in all their dishes. Add in their great wine list and you’ve got a wonderful evening in store!
Maggie Valley Opry House
3605 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley 28751
As one of the many stops on the Blue Ridge Music Trail, the Maggie Valley Opry House may be a simple building but is alive with authentic homegrown mountain music! You will spend the evening enjoying live traditional bluegrass and mountain music accompanied by legendary bluegrass artist, Raymond Fairchild.
Start your day bright and early with a visit to see the reintroduced elk population of Cataloochee Valley, which are most visible during dawn and dusk. The valley is one the most remote parts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is rich in mountain history and beauty. The area is laced with abundant wildflowers and wildlife including elk, white-tailed deer, black bears, wild turkey, butterflies and many species of birds. The tranquil scenery is sure to inspire the inner artist in everyone. With several hiking trails, streams for fishing, and preserved buildings from the pioneer settlement in the early 1900’s, there is plenty to explore in the valley.
Brunch at Frogs Leap Public House
44 Church St., Waynesville 28786
Enjoy brunch at Frogs Leap Public House for a truly “unique farm-to-fork experience.” FLPH is one of the best local restaurants to enjoy the farm fresh items as they pride themselves on utilizing as many local homegrown ingredients as possible. You will find the menu is ever changing in order to incorporate what is currently in season.
Shopping in Downtown Waynesville
Before you depart, spend sometime strolling down Waynesville’s historic Main St. and visiting the many specialty stores that line both sides of the street. This area underwent a successful revitalization project several decades ago that restored the small town to it’s original quaint mountain charm. You will find just the right gift to take home with you as a remembrance of your unique, homegrown vacation in Haywood County, NC!
Download a printable copy of the itinerary here: Pure & Simple Haywood County
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