Wooden Lodge Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains
Things move at a relaxed pace at the 75-year-old Grandview Lodge in Waynesville, North Carolina. On a large wraparound deck, you can kick back on one of the rocking chairs that look out to the Great Smoky Mountains. Rolling green mountain peaks surround the lodge, which lends to a sense of peaceful seclusion at this lodge-like bed and breakfast settled into western North Carolina.
During the day, take a stroll around the lodge; you’ll find an onsite orchard growing golden delicious, gala, and red delicious apples. Wood-paneled walls and old-fashioned quilts decorate the guest rooms at Grandview Lodge. Though none of them look the same, all have private bathrooms, windows that face the mountains, and a front porch equipped with a pair of rocking chairs.
Waynesville, North Carolina: Scenic Drives amid Mountains, Forests, and Rivers
The town of Waynesville is located about 10 miles from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which—unlike most national parks—never charges admission. Naturally, the area is a haven for outdoorsy activities, including kayaking, whitewater rafting, and trout fishing in the summertime, as well as skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.
Become acquainted with this colorful stretch of the Appalachians by motoring down the Blue Ridge Parkway, a scenic drive with unexpected hairpin turns and views of maple-covered peaks. Occasionally, winter weather can shut down vehicle traffic along sections of the parkway. If that happens, many visitors choose to traverse the route on snowshoes or cross-country skis.
Waynesville itself is a charming, old-fashioned town, its main street lined with trees and brick sidewalks. Every year, downtown Waynesville becomes the setting for several festivals, such as the Holiday Open House (November 18), which kicks off the shopping season, and A Night Before Christmas (December 8), in which shops stay open late and carolers stroll the sidewalks.
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