Western NC

VOL12 ISS2 2017

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25 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — WESTERN NC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 2 WAYNESVILLE Waynesville BY LYNNE BRANDON A walk on downtown Waynesville's brick sidewalks lined with shops, galleries, cafes and breweries brings to mind simpler times when neighbors waved at each other and the local lunch counter was a short walk. The small but lively town paints a "Mayberry" existence with a Norman Rockwell approach. It's a perfect setting to spend an afternoon or an entire weekend soaking up a slice of small-town Americana. The century-old streetscape, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is framed by a backdrop of mountain ridges. Visitors take time to peruse local goods in shops of all kinds – furniture, antique, books and boutique clothing. Art enthusiasts explore public art sculptures, visit the iconic 1930s courthouse or take a self-guided historic walking tour. Locally owned restaurants and breweries are the perfect place to take a break and enjoy the view. Museums showcase heritage art and transportation. The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts showcases Native American and North Carolina heritage artists. A one-of-a-kind museum attracts those who love the adrenalin of riding a motorcycle along winding mountain roads. The Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum (address is Maggie Valley which is just minutes away) is home to a premier collection of rare American vintage motorcycles. The museum houses more than 300 of America's rarest and historic classic motorcycles with exhibit displays of Harley-Davidson, Excelsior, Crocker and much more. The sound of engines is a daily occurrence as machines are started and run regularly for visitors. WTTT has been featured on American Pickers on the History Channel. cultural, family style, americana Waynesville is fast gaining a reputation as a farm-to- table hotspot with local restaurateur's enticing foodies to stop in for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For lunch stop in at the Frog's Leap Public House for the spicy ahi tuna avocado tartare and pumpkin ravioli with sage brown butter. In the evening, sit down for an elegant spread at award-winning The Chef's Table. Sample Southern classics, like fried green tomatos and the local hazelnut-crusted trout. In between meals or for a solo tour, beer lovers stop in to local breweries that are putting the small town on the craft brew map. Take a "beer flight" with tastings at Bear Waters Brewing Company—the city's most award-winning beer maker—as well as other local favorites, Frog Level Brewing (try the Salamander Slam IPA or the Tadpole Porter), and Boojum Brewing Company. The Frog Level Historic District is a national historic district located in the Frog Level neighborhood once known as a transportation (due to the railroad) and commercial hub of the town. Frog Level was named by the local community because of its low-lying location along Richland Creek - the "frog level" when the area flooded. Now it is cool part of town with a street market, coffee house and restaurants. Throughout the year, downtown Waynesville is alive with activity from signature festivals to small town parades. "Art After Dark" gallery stroll the first Friday of the month attracts art lovers year round. Stop into T. Pennington Art Gallery, one of the stops on the gallery stroll. Artist and gallery owner, Teresa Pennington, is known for her landscape portraits of Western North Carolina with an emphasis on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Biltmore. Festivals celebrate a unique heritage. Popular events include the Church Street Art & Craft Show, Apple Harvest Festival, Mountain Street Dances and "A Night Before Christmas." Cataloochee Ranch will sponsor the second annual Balsam Range Art of Music Festival at Lake Junaluska in Waynesville (December 1 and 2), a two- day musical event celebrating the diverse art of music. Waynesville is a true outdoor enthusiast's paradise with mountains to climb, trails to traverse and forests to explore. Two of the most popular attractions in close to proximity to Waynesville are Cataloochee Valley (think elk) and the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, which offers breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains. Stay for the weekend at The Yellow House B&B where panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains make the bed and breakfast the perfect place to get away from life's fast pace. If golf is your game, there's no better place to spend the day (and night) than the Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa, in business since 1926. Play a round of golf on the championship Donald Ross course. []

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