Farm-Fresh Foodie Itinerary
Are you looking for a fresh vacation that will leave your taste buds talking about all the hearty hot spots you encountered along the way? Look no further because you have found the perfect destination right here in Haywood County!
The North Carolina Smoky Mountains offer plenty of culinary cravings amidst a land of outdoor adventure and homegrown hospitality. No matter the time of year, there is always something unique and in season. With a large majority of the county’s local restaurants offering farm-to-chef specialties, you won’t have to venture far to order up an authentic taste of Haywood County.
Haywood County is also home to over 55,000 acres of locally owned and operated farms and agricultural offerings. Many of these businesses are associated with the county’s own agritourism initiative, Buy Haywood, which invites visitors to experience these farms firsthand. Its “Find Your Adventure” Agritourism Guide will lead you on a tasty “agri-adventure” throughout the county.
Breakfast at Coffee Cup Cafe
48 Haywood Park Dr., Clyde 28721
Coffee Cup Cafe’s outdoor deck offers panoramic views of the North Carolina Smokies and is the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast. The cafe prides itself on using locally grown and produced ingredients to create its fresh menu. If you need a jump start, don’t miss out on the homemade coffee drinks.
Check Out the Farms!
Grab a copy of Buy Haywood’s “Find Your Adventure” Agritourism Guide at one of our visitor centers and start exploring. With so many farms to visit, it can be hard to choose. Here are just a few suggestions:
• Wildcat Ridge Farm
3553 Panther Creek Rd., Clyde 28721 – Fresh cut peonies and plants. Largest selection of fig trees in WNC and Chef Ricardo’s artisanal gourmet pasta sauces and cooking classes. Call for appointment – (828) 627-6751
• The Ten Acre Garden
276 Chambers Farm Ln., Waynesville 28786 – Lettuce, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, berries, sweet corn, beans, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, cut flowers, eggs, honey, jams and jellies. Call for appointment – (828) 235-9667
• Backcross Chestnut Orchard at Cataloochee Ranch
119 Ranch Dr., Maggie Valley 28751
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. Guided and self-guided tours. Call for specific tour information – (828) 926-1401
Lunch at Southern Porch
117 Main St., Canton 28716
Southern Porch—located in a historic, restored Victorian-style inn established in the late 1800s—is casual family fine dining at its best. They pride themselves on serving up a 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.
Sunburst Trout Farm
128 Raceway Pl., Canton 28716
Located near the base of Cold Mountain, for three generations, Sunburst Trout Farms has developed an innovative modern process that has put it on the map nationwide as premier producers of farm-raised trout and related products. Tours available by request at the farm, just below the pristine waters of Lake Logan. Short on time? Products and other local artisan goodies are also available at the Sunburst Market at 142 N. Main St., Waynesville.
Tour the Parkway
Access to the Blue Ridge Parkway is just short drive from Sunburst Trout Farms. Take Hwy. 215 up the mountain for a scenic cruise on one of America’s most breathtaking drives. The twisting mountain roads of Haywood County are some of the most popular motorcycling destinations in the world and are just as amazing by car. Take the Parkway south toward Waynesville for an exquisite drive through the Balsam Mountain Range. Stop and stretch your legs at Graveyard Fields or Devil’s Courthouse to experience a hike at two of the areas most popular adventure spots.
Dinner at Frogs Leap Public House
44 Church St., Waynesville 28786
Enjoy dinner 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-to-chef movement 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. Foodies will enjoy the open kitchen concept and cozy aroma of the wood-burning oven. Reservations required.
Start by picking up some fresh produce!
• Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market
250 Pigeon St., Waynesville 28786
Mid-Apr–Mid-Oct: Wed & Sat – 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Experience the premier producer-only farmers market in the Waynesville area. Take your pick of a variety of fresh local produce 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, like Blackberry Serrano Pepper.
• Ledford Produce Market
190 Fines Creek Road, Clyde, NC
Monday-Sunday – 10:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
This small, family farm is stocked year-round with seasonal produce, candy, popcorn, and more. Ledford is genuine, homegrown shopping in Haywood.
Lunch at The Sweet Onion
39 Miller St., Waynesville 28786
A true local favorite, The Sweet Onion is not to be missed! Its regional cuisine incorporates a contemporary flair along with many locally produced ingredients. The menu has a wide variety of options to appeal to everyone’s palate.
Shopping Downtown Waynesville
If you are looking for a unique North Carolina inspired gift, downtown Waynesville has you covered. Spend the afternoon strolling down historic Main Street among the many specialty stores that line both sides of the street. Whether you are searching for handcrafted art by a local artist or a homegrown culinary treat to take home with you, there is something for everyone. There is even a local dog bakery that makes its own healthy pup treats in-house, so even your pooch’s taste buds with thank you for stopping by.
Check out our Craft Breweries!
You must be getting thirsty! Haywood County is the proud home of four microbreweries: Boojum Brewing, BearWaters Brewing, Frog Level Brewing, and Tipping Point Brewery and Tavern. Each has its own distinct taste, so 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 Bourbon Barrel Beef and Ale
454 Hazelwood Ave., Waynesville 28786
Venture down to the Hazelwood community of Waynesville for a one-of-a-kind dining experience at Bourbon Barrel Beef & Ale. They incorporate the finest local farm-to-chef ingredients into their classic comfort foods make it a “must dine” on any foodie’s list. Make sure to check out their handcut, all-natural and locally raised steaks along with an extensive selection of local craft microbrews and fine display of small batch bourbons and whiskey.
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.