Old Crow Medicine Show’s Wagonwheel kept chiming in my head as a girlfriend and I traveled passed the Ocoee into North Carolina for a rustic girls’ trip. Our destination? Waynesville — a small town in the heart of the Great Smokey Mountains. On the itinerary — fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, and a vintage motorcycle museum that would turn out to be a hidden treasure. So if you’re ready for a road trip, pack your bags and let My Scoop take you to the mountains of North Carolina.
Where to Stay
At night Boyd Log Cabins offer a quaint, relaxed setting that remained true to the mountains. The cabins on the property were all very secluded from each other and located on a Christmas tree farm with rolling hills of evergreens, winding roads to each cabin, and a pond for fishing. In the evening we sipped elixirs while rocking on our cabin’s front porch. The morning view of fog rolling across the hills and pond was quite serene.
Interested in a bed and breakfast? May we recommend Andon Reid? It’s a charming bed and breakfast in Waynesville with great decor in all rooms. Also enjoy your own gym and rec room. Perhaps the crowning feature of this B&B, is the 3 course breakfast prepared by the B&B owners.
What To Do
A 30 minute drive to Chataloochee Ranch offers horseback riding through mountain trails reaching over 5,200 miles above sea level. My horse, Demi, was a bit of an independent spirit biting at the reigns, but was a nice ride alongside the mountain laurel and trickling streams. The morning we went it was drizzling so our ponchos kept us warm. After the ride we headed back to the main house and sat by the fire sipping coffee.
When I first heard that visiting a motorcycle museum was on our itinerary, I was less than thrilled, but after an hour long tour and one ride on a 1918 Harley – I was hooked. The Wheels Through Time motorcycle museum had Harleys from the early 1900s on as well as the world’s rarest motorcycle, the Traub.
There is no shortage of amazing hikes along the Blue Ridge Parkway and no shortage of trails to waterfalls. Wind up the picturesque highway and find a trail that fits you, the views will not disappoint and the mountain air is invigorating to breathe in.
It may come as a surprise, but I love to fish. Baiting the hook, well that’s a different story, and fortunately for me when you go fly fishing with a guide they do that part for you. The rivers, lakes, and streams in North Carolina offer some of the best fly fishing. With my weighters on, I drudged through the water and made decent attempts at whipping my line. What I did love was the relaxed feeling that came over me while standing in the stream listening to the water rolling over the rocks. What an amazing experience and it is no wonder why so many take up fly fishing as a hobby. Contact the Waynesville Fly Shop.
Where to Shop
Downtown Waynesville offers antique stores, children’s boutiques, and great art galleries. With Asheville only 20 minutes away the art influence has seeped its way onto the streets of Waynesville as well with a variety of art dealers from traditional to modern.
What to Eat
For a great breakfast check out the retro Joey’s Pancake House in Maggie Valley. This greasy spoon has every pancake you can think of but won’t hesitate to make poached eggs for the more health conscious as well.
For a great lunch or dinner try Sweet Onion in downtown Waynesville, this restaurant has fans driving in from Asheville for its fare. Might we suggest the grilled trout as a great option for the localvore.
For a quaint down home dinner nestled on a 4500 foot bluff, Smokey Shadows Lodge has a special seated dinner. Share a table and pass the potatoes for communal dining all while enjoying a great view of the Smokey Mountains. Music may also be on the agenda.