ROAD TRIP MONDAY: Downtown Waynesville

By D. Lanier Shook      May  21, 2013

If I just want to get out of town but still have chores to do, I have your escape plan. Downtown Waynesville, North Carolina is where you need to go. You can enjoy the great atmosphere and be close to all the great shopping you need.

Welcome to Wonderful Waynesville, North Carolina.

Welcome to Wonderful Waynesville, North Carolina.

I spent an entire morning in Waynesville last week, then drove back through Clyde and Canton. The architecture, the shops, and the art was a great way to start my day. I should have enjoyed lunch at one of their great restaurants, but I didn’t. So I ended up grabbing fast food and wishing I had enjoyed one of Waynesville’s great restaurants.

This guy is actually staring across the street at the dog bakery and wishing he wasn't made of bronze. While I probably wouldn't have stopped at that particular restaurant there are a few nearby I should have.

This guy is actually staring across the street at the dog bakery and wishing he wasn’t made of bronze. While I probably wouldn’t have stopped at that particular restaurant there are a few nearby I should have.

Waynesville has always had a rich cultural history. This heritage is continued at their annual Folkmoot Festival (Click here to read my great Folkmoot article.) and in the art along their Main Street.

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This is located at the Police Station.

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A wonderful fresco of the mountains and a good example of what you can see from all along Main Street.

In many spots you have art next to art.

In many spots you have art next to art.

This is a gorgeous little "pocket park" next to the courthouse.

This is a gorgeous little “pocket park” next to the courthouse.

This is an oversized  celebration of mountain music.

This is an oversized celebration of mountain music.

Of course, the shops and restaurants are also a great reason to visit Downtown Waynesville.

Of course, the shops and restaurants are also a great reason to visit Downtown Waynesville.

Its a picturesque place you'll want to return to again and again.

Its a picturesque place you’ll want to return to again and again.

This is a good place to mention Waynesville has several ouylying shopping districts with all the stores you shop at. There are several towns located close by — Maggie Valley, Clyde, and Canton— you’ll want to visit. And as the sign said, Waynesville is very much The Gateway To The Smokies.

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