Girls just want to have fun, right? And fun is exactly what you will have in Haywood County. The NC Smokies are the perfect spot for an enjoyable and relaxing girlfriend getaway. You will experience fabulous food, unique experiences, the very best shopping, and more scenic beauty than you can imagine. A weekend with your girls in the NC Smokies is an opportunity to catch up and make lasting memories in one of the most gorgeous places on earth!
Stop and Smell the Flowers at Wildcat Ridge Farm
3553 Panther Creek Rd., Clyde 28721
Specializing in award-winning peonies and fig trees, you will enjoy strolling around Wildcat Ridge Farm. With over five dozen varieties of peonies and a wide variety of gourmet fig trees, you’re sure to find just the right ones to take home with you. Call for an appointment – (828) 627-6751
Shopping in Downtown Waynesville
Take a stroll through Waynesville’s charming Main Street district and visit the many specialty stores that line the street. You will find just the right gift to take home with you as a remembrance of your girlfriend getaway and the fun you all had in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains.
Relax and Rejuvenate at Balsam Spa
176 Country Club Dr., Waynesville NC 28786
Time to relax! Enjoy an afternoon of pure pampering at the luxurious Balsam Spa at the Waynesville Inn. The Spa offers a diverse menu of treatments from the Balsam Range Manicure to the “I Want It All” deluxe package. Go ahead and indulge yourself with this pampering “ahhhdventure.”
An Evening at The Classic Wineseller
20 Church St., Waynesville 28786
Now that you are blissfully relaxed, make plans with the girls to enjoy a casual evening at The Classic Wineseller. You will find an extensive list of fine wines, craft beers, local cheeses, and gourmet small plates in this unique underground cellar venue. Grab a bottle of vino and enjoy one of the many talented local musicians featured each week.
Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market
250 Pigeon St., Waynesville 28786
Experience the premier producer-only farmers market in the Waynesville area. Take your pick of a variety of fresh produce, local items, and heritage crafts. While you stroll among the many homegrown offerings, stop by the Waynesville Soda Jerks booth to enjoy a handcrafted artisanal soda in one of their many unique flavors.
The Shelton House
49 Shelton St., Waynesville 28786
Located next to the Famers Market, 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.
Explore The Haywood County Quilt Trail
Pick up a Quilt Trail Guide at Shelton House or the Haywood County Visitor Center and start exploring the unique patterned blocks scattered throughout the county. The Quilt Trail helps Haywood County tell its history by featuring colorful and meaningful quilt squares installed on barns, public buildings, and shops around the community. Spend the rest of the afternoon visiting and learning the stories of the many quilt blocks throughout our bustling towns and peaceful rural communities.
Wine Tasting at Bosu’s Wine Shop
138 Miller St., Waynesville 28786
Since 1993, Bosu’s Wine Shop and Gourmet Retailer has provided Waynesville, NC, and Western North Carolina with outstanding service and an ever-widening selection of wines, beers, and gourmet food, as well as education and entertainment centered around authenticity at the table, Wine tastings and other fun events are available throughout the week, so check out the event calendar for the latest at www.waynesvillewine.com.
The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre
250 Pigeon St., 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 theater 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.
The above itinerary is a SAMPLE itinerary. Other attractions and activities can be substituted based on your preferences and the current seasonality to create a unique itinerary for your next visit.
Restaurant Suggestions – Haywood County is home to such a wide range of locally owned and operated restaurants that we couldn’t just pick a few! From casual, down-home eateries to gourmet, fine dining, and everything in between, we have it all here in Haywood. For a full listing and more information, visit our Dining Page.