A scenic country resort in the Appalachian Mountains with a restaurant and three award-winning golf courses
Hotel at a Glance: Waynesville Inn Golf Resort
The Blue Ridge Parkway twists and turns through the Great Balsam Mountains, reaching a height of more than 6,000 feet as it passes over Richland Balsam mountain, the road’s highest point. Just a short distance northwest of this spot, Waynesville Inn Golf Resort sits amid Appalachian ridges and ancient forests.
- Enjoy the view: Most rooms have balconies. Historic guest rooms are in the original 1920s-era wing, and mountain view rooms are in a newer building.
- Tee off on the resort’s three golf courses, which dates back nearly 100 years.
- Grab a bite: Savor delicious sandwiches or half-pound burgers at the onsite Tap Room Sports Bar & Grill.
Waynesville, North Carolina: Gateway to Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway
Waynesville is nestled between the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, 30 miles west of Asheville. The 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the country’s most popular scenic drives, meanders through mountain valleys and loops around Waynesville en route to Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park. The picturesque thoroughfare branches out to more than 100 hiking trails, ranging from short footpaths to the Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine.
Waynesville is a charming, old-fashioned town, with a Main Street lined with pretty trees and brick sidewalks. There are also many quaint storefronts, including a general store, a candy store, and antique shops housed in old buildings. But anyone visiting Waynesville should also spend at least a day exploring Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park covers cascading waterfalls, more than 1,500 types of wildflowers, and dozens of historical mills and barns. While you’re exploring, keep an eye out for elk, black-bear cubs, eastern box turtles, and white-tailed deer.