How to Make the Most of Your Weekend in Waynesville

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Girl taking a selfie with her dog in downtown Waynesville, NC.

Spring is a beautiful time to visit the North Carolina Smoky Mountains, especially the quaint, artsy town of Waynesville. With the right knowledge and adequate planning, you can make the most of your trip. Whether you enjoy dining, shopping, hiking, relaxing, or all of the above, Waynesville has what you’re looking for.

If you’re looking to take in all the action, we recommend trying all these things to do in Waynesville over a long weekend. But, if you’re looking for something slower-paced, come stay with us during the week—you’ll find we’ve got something for every tempo. The spring and summer months boast an assortment of fairs and festivals, so be sure to, factor in additional time for seasonal fun. If you need a little help creating an itinerary, we’ve got just the fix below!

Friday

  • If you’re able to arrive before dinner, check in to your inn or Bed & Breakfast and get situated before heading out on the town. Chat with the innkeeper or B&B owner to get their suggestions on what to do. Local business owners and merchants always have great tips and ideas.
  • Wherever you’re staying inevitably has a balcony, rocking chair, or scenic bench. Enjoy a little mindful alone time or relax with a loved one as a start to your exciting weekend.
  • Dine out at one of Waynesville’s many popular culinary establishments. If you feel like keeping it casual, visit Boojum Brewing Co. for beers and burgers or Watami for sushi and noodle bowls. If you prefer fine dining, Waynesville offers many options including Frogs Leap Public House, Chef’s Table, Bourbon Barrel Beef & Ale, and Birchwood Hall Southern Kitchen to name a few.

Saturday

  • Hoping for a delicious breakfast on Saturday? You’ve got options. Try out Hazelwood Farmacy & Soda Fountain located in the historic Hazelwood Village, or venture toward nearby Lake Junaluska to dine at The Buttered Biscuit. If a good cup of coffee will hit the spot, Panacea Coffee Co. in Frog Level, Smoky Mountain Coffee Roasters in Hazelwood, and Orchard Coffee right downtown are a few of Waynesville’s local offerings.
  • After breakfast, head to an art gallery or take a pottery studio tour. While it maintains a small-town feel, Waynesville is rich with culture and boasts plenty of offerings for art connoisseurs. The Haywood County Arts Council and The Waynesville Gallery Association are two associations that can offer a guiding hand. The Haywood County Arts Council is located on Main Street. Any of their associates can put you in the know on the local arts scene.
  • Next, you’ll want to spend some time shopping in all three districts: Main Street, Hazelwood Village, and Frog Level. Whether you’re looking for clothing, jewelry, books, décor, souvenirs, or something else, Waynesville will not disappoint.
  • HART Theatre’s new season kicks off in April. Check out their website and grab tickets to a show.
  • After a show or gallery tour, try out a new restaurant. If you went casual on Friday night, entertain something upscale for Saturday evening.

Sunday

  • If you’re a fan of Sunday brunch, Firefly on Main Street is a must. Or if a quick pastry or treat is more your taste, stop by one of the coffee shops or a bakery, such as Kandi’s Bakery at the end of Main Street. Nettie’s Bakery in Hazelwood Village has some delectable treats too.
  • You can’t depart Waynesville without enjoying the natural beauty of the area. The Smoky Mountains are known for their many hiking trails. No matter your skill level as a hiker, there is a hike for you. Purchase a hiking guide at Blue Ridge Books, stop by the Visitor Center or swing by the Mast General Store for local insight and start navigating.

If you’re heading home on a Sunday evening, this may be the end of your trip, but the memories will last forever. If you’re staying longer, there are plenty of attractions and events to fill your days from morning to night—naturally, we recommend, you try all of them!

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