Attractions near Us in Waynesville & Asheville, NC
Below you will find an extensive list of year-round things to do during your vacation at The Windover Inn. Take the time to enjoy all that western North Carolina has to offer!
Downtown Waynesville Attractions
Whether you are interested in casual fare or fine dining, you won’t be disappointed with our small town’s restaurants! Our guests consistently comment on how amazed they are with the number of restaurants we have for a small town, and better yet, how delicious the food is everywhere! With more than a dozen to choose from, including great Thai and Sushi restaurants, there’s something for everyone!
ART AFTER DARK
On the 1st Friday of each month from May through December, 14 Art Galleries and Studios remain open late with demonstrations, receptions, music and more in downtown Waynesville and the Historic Frog Level area.
Come experience a “taste” of our Western North Carolina Mountains through the culinary talents of local chefs in competition. Held in April, this gala event is sponsored by our Haywood County Chamber of Commerce. Learn more about Melange of the Mountains.
In May and September to start and end the season, downtown Waynesville comes alive with food vendors and dancing in the street on Main Street to live bands playing music sure to please every generation!
APPALACHIAN LIFESTYLE CELEBRATION
Protecting, preserving, and developing the Appalachian historical and cultural resources of Waynesville, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Smoky Mountains, this heritage event in June offers music and dance, storytelling, arts and crafts and traditional foods! Come stay at our Waynesville bed and breakfast while you discover the richness of Appalachian culture, then explore the glorious mountains themselves on the Blue Ridge Parkway or in the Smoky Mountains and feel connected to the beauty that inspired that history and culture!
STARS & STRIPES CELEBRATION
On July 4th, sidewalk sales, live entertainment, refreshments and fun for all ages throughout downtown Waynesville help us celebrate this patriotic holiday!
MOUNTAIN STREET DANCES
Live music, demonstrations of clogging and square dancing, and instruction by local clogging teams provide the experience of a true mountain hoedown! This takes place on specific Friday evenings in June, July and August. Join the fun and clog along!
DOWNTOWN STUDIO & GALLERY TOUR
Waynesville’s opportunity to visit downtown artists as they work, as well as other local and regional artists featured in our downtown area on sidewalks and in parks. October.
Enjoy award-winning performances in the H.A.R.T. Theatre’s Mainstage from April through November, and the Feichter Studio, its smaller stage from January through March.
Folkmoot has a history of performers demonstrating cultural heritage through colorful, authentic and original reproduction costumes, lively dance and beautiful music. Over the years, more than 200 folk groups from more than 100 countries have shared their heritage and culture at Folkmoot USA, North Carolina’s International Festival held each July. With beginning and ending events right here in downtown Waynesville, other performances right here in our county in Maggie Valley, Clyde and Lake Junaluska and others just 30 minutes away in Asheville and Cullowhee, NC, our bed and breakfast is the perfect spot to stay while enjoying this International Festival!
BLUE RIDGE BREAKAWAY
Haywood County Chamber of Commerce offers cyclists a new challenge with its Blue Ridge Breakaway. Beginning at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center and winding through the Blue Ridge Parkway and county roads, this event doesn’t disappoint. Choose one of four scenic routes based on your skill level and see the beauty of our Western North Carolina mountains!
CHURCH STREET ART & CRAFT SHOW
This one-day event is known as the finest art and craft show in the region! Downtown Waynesville becomes an art and craft marketplace from 10 AM to 5 PM, along with food stands, live music and clogging, providing fun for everyone! Come find that special treasure the 2nd weekend in October.
APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL
Celebrate the apple harvest with us! Waynesville’s Main Street comes alive with live mountain music, dancing, crafts and demonstrations, and of course apples! Enjoy fresh cider, fried pies and various other apple dishes as you enjoy Waynesville’s hospitality. The 3rd weekend in October.
A NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Get in the holiday spirit as you soak in the sights, scents and sounds of the holiday in our shops and galleries, as they display their decorations and offer unique gift ideas for every friend and family member. A holiday tradition in Waynesville, our town becomes the scene of a fairy tale with luminaries lining Main Street, caroling, live music, a live Nativity scene, pictures with Santa, old-fashioned wagon rides, storytelling, poetry and more! (December)Better yet, why not make it a holiday tradition, and choose and cut down your own Christmas Tree at one of our tree farms!
MAST GENERAL STORE
Charles Kuralt once said, “All General Stores are satisfying to visit, but one of them, the Mast Store , is a destination.” With over 500 old-fashioned candy favorites, traditional clothing, travel and trail outfitters, rugged and casual footwear, and old-fashioned mercantile like timeless toys, pottery, furniture, traditional house wares, jams, jellies and maple syrup, you’ll have to visit this store several times to see everything!
This is one of our guests’ favorite Waynesville stores! We’re not sure whether it’s the seasonal sales of quality clothing, the expertise of the Outfitters Section employees, the bins full of candy bringing back childhood memories, or just the old fashioned squeaky floors and the smell of freshly popped popcorn that makes us all love it – but we do!
ELK VIEWING www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/elk.htm
Just 25 miles from us in Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park you’ll find history and adventure, whether you’re hiking the trails, or taking an auto tour of the cove and historic structures with the park’s self-guiding booklet. Feel the history as you walk through the schoolhouse or chapel where ancestors of the original settlers still have an annual reunion! See elk, deer, bear, wild turkey and other wildlife along the trails and in Cataloochee’s meadows. Early morning and late evening are the best times to view elk throughout the year. Summer is best for seeing calves. September and October are the best months to see males sparring and to hear the male’s legendary bugling calls to attract cows. Don’t want to go it alone?
Cataloochee Valley Tours
Provides transportation and guided eco-tours to the valley, including morning birding and wildflower hikes, synchronous firefly night walks and evening elk eco-tours! Click here to find out more www.cataloocheevalleytours.com.
BILTMORE ESTATE www.biltmore.com
George Vanderbilt’s 250-room chateau in the Blue Ridge Mountains is located in Asheville, NC, 30 minutes from Waynesville. For more than a century, America’s largest home has been an escape from everyday life for those visiting. Treasures abound in this carefully preserved home with every detail allowing the visitor to enter the family life of the Vanderbilts. Surrounded by 250 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds, the Biltmore’s gardens accent the mountains’ natural beauty throughout the year, with refreshing spring blooms, lush summer borders and glorious autumn color. Our Asheville AAA Office has general admission tickets which can be used any time EXCEPT the evening candle light holiday tours (they are valid for day tours during this same time period). Just let us know if you’d like more information, or check off Biltmore tickets when making your online reservations.
NOTE: During their slow season, and if you order 7 days or more in advance, Asheville’s Biltmore Estate offers discounted prices that are typically less than the AAA tickets we get for you. Please check their website for your best price and requirements (for ex. purchasing tickets 10 days in advance of your visit).
FOLK ART CENTER www.craftguild.org
At Milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, NC, you can see exhibits of traditional and contemporary crafts of the Appalachian region at The Folk Art Center. With free admission, daily craft demonstrations from March through December, and one of the nation’s top craft retail stores, it’s worth the trip!
THE NORTH CAROLINA ARBORETUM www.ncarboretum.org
Reflecting the cultural and natural heritage of the Southern Appalachians, these gardens and landscape exhibits in Asheville provide an educational, as well as, beautiful, relaxing environment for all ages. Time can be spent learning at the exhibit center, walking through the gardens, or hiking the miles of trails available on this beautiful natural garden setting.
THOMAS WOLFE MEMORIAL www.wolfememorial.com
The Asheville Home of America’s Powerful Twentieth-Century Writer. Come visit this historic site immortalized in Wolfe’s “Look Homeward, Angel.” Read the book, then visit one of literature’s most famous landmarks and feel it come alive as you recognize the rooms and imagine the characters described by Wolfe.
Our spirited and eclectic town has everything, but a big city atmosphere. But don’t worry, whether you take the scenic route along the Blue Ridge Parkway, or the 30-minute drive on the expressway from Waynesville, you can have both! While you are enjoying the advantages of our quaint, small town atmosphere, why not visit the city of Asheville for some of its attractions? Asheville offers art, music and culture similar to Waynesville, but with a bigger city feel.
SMOKY MOUNTAIN FOLK FESTIVAL
Come share our mountain folk music with us in September with two full evenings of authentic mountain folk music at beautiful Lake Junaluska, just 10 minutes away.
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN RAILROAD www.gsmr.com
We’re less than 45 minutes away from the Bryson City Depot for the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. Take a relaxing ride through the mountains to see the splendor of each season, or be adventurous and take the train to the beginning of a whitewater adventure! Even if you don’t want to ride the train, the Smoky Mountain Trains’ museum in Bryson City includes a model railroad half the size of a basketball court and over 7,000 Lionel engines, cars and accessories. The vast collection dates back to 1918!
CHIMNEY ROCK STATE PARK www.chimneyrockpark.com
Explore Chimney Rock and enjoy the possibilities of scenic views on the 5 trails of varying ease or difficulty, find adventure and arrange to participate in one of their Rock Climbing Clinics, or save your energy to enjoy in town shopping, and take the elevator up a 26-story shaft to reach Chimney Rock to enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Lure. Less than 1 hour from our Waynesville bed and breakfast, it’s a must-see North Carolina attraction!
BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY www.nps.gov/blri
In 10 minutes you can be at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s southern end, and on your way to the point of highest elevation for this scenic route at Richland Balsam Mountain. See the beautiful Fraser fir and red spruce as you take a self-guiding nature trail that leads you through this beautiful area with not only its own natural beauty, but also breathtaking views of the Great Smokies! Whether you’re taking your car for a scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, touring on your motorcycle to see the Parkway’s scenic views free from barriers, or you’re training for that next triathlon and get your heart pumping by riding your bike around the Blue Ridge Parkway’s curves, you won’t be disappointed by this scenic beauty!
THE GREAT SMOKIES www.nps.gov/grsm
See some of the most diverse species of plant and animal life in the world in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Whether you’re viewing its beautiful wildflowers, colorful fall foliage, mountain vistas and historic buildings from your car or taking a park trail, being in the Smokies connects you to how our forebears lived. Simply being in the magnificent forests, with the lack of human-generated noise can open up a world of natural sights, sounds, and smells that instantly connect you to the wonders of nature. We’re fortunate to have a fairly large section of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park right in our own county, with one of the main entrance points in nearby Maggie Valley, just 20 minutes away! Here’s a great resource for all of the National Parks, with a feature article of our nearby Cataloochee Valley hikes – National Parks Traveler.
This town offers its visitors the opportunity to experience the rich history of the Cherokee through the MUSEUM OF THE CHEROKEE INDIAN which houses a creative blend of the latest museum technology and the most extensive collection of Cherokee artifacts, hiking trails, waterfalls, fishing and of course – HARRAH’S CHEROKEE CASINO! Just a 40-minute drive from downtown Waynesville.
North Carolina Mountain Activities
All of these things to do on your North Carolina mountain vacation are easily accessed from The Windover Inn.
Whitewater Rafting, Kayaking and Tubing
Whether you get there yourself, or take the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad (this picture of rafters was taken from the train) to the Nantahala Outdoor Center, you can enjoy the whitewater of our area less than an hour away! Some other options – Nantahala Rafting; Wildwater
Hiking the Trails
Trails from easy to extremely difficult will put you to the challenge. Our bed and breakfast is only 10 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway and 20 minutes from The Great Smoky Mountain National Park with hundreds of miles of trails. On off season, we explore for you and develop day trips to make your exploring stress free. Waynesville’s Western North Carolina location is a great starting point for day trips offering endless hiking opportunities like the trail pictured here at Chimney Rock. Whether you’re walking or running, reconnecting with nature doesn’t get any better than this! If you have a minute, check out these YouTube videos of some of our local trails done by us and our favorite hiker. This Hike WNC website is great too!
Not even a mile from downtown Waynesville, you can walk to the galleries, shops or to dinner from our bed and breakfast. It’s not only a pleasure – but good exercise and a gas saver! And for those wanting an early morning walk or run before breakfast, the route to downtown and back is great, but there’s also a 1/4 mile asphalt track right across the street from us!
Eco-Tours to Cataloochee Valley
Cataloochee Valley Tours
provides transportation and guided eco-tours to the valley, including morning birding and wildflower hikes, synchronous firefly night walks and evening elk eco-tours! Click here to find out more www.cataloocheevalleytours.com.
Just 25 miles from us in Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, you’ll find history and adventure, whether you’re taking an eco-tour, hiking the trails, or taking an auto tour of the cove and historic structures with the park’s self-guiding booklet. Feel the history as you walk through the schoolhouse or chapel where ancestors of the original settlers still have an annual reunion! See elk, deer, bear, wild turkey and other wildlife along the trails and in Cataloochee’s meadows. Early morning and late evening are the best times to view elk throughout the year. Summer is best for seeing calves; September and October are the best months to see males sparring and to hear the male’s legendary bugling calls to attract cows.
Western North Carolina has plenty of challenging trails for the avid mountain biker, and the Blue Ridge Parkway is a cyclist’s dream ride! For the mountain biker, why not try Canton’s Rough Creek Watershed, an 830-acre preserve with a 10-mile mountain bike trail right here in our county! For more trail info, check out WNC Travel and Romantic Asheville’s listing.
Want an exhilarating challenge? Why not try our county’s annual Blue Ridge Breakaway ? With routes for every skill level, this Western North Carolina cycling event can provide you with the challenge you want along with the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, scenic byways and county roads.
Lake Junaluska Activities
Just 10 minutes from us there’s a beautiful spot at Lake Junaluska for those wanting a less adventurous outing. Whether it’s the solitude of a walk on the path around the lake, golf, swimming, playing tennis, or renting a canoe or paddleboat, the mountain views surrounding this 200-acre lake will take your breath away!
Attending a conference at the Lake Junaluska Conference Center? Why not stay with us and enjoy the casual elegance of our bed and breakfast (early breakfast can be provided based on attendees’ schedules) not even a mile from historic downtown Waynesville and its great shops, galleries and restaurants?
Right here in Haywood County you can experience trout fishing at Cataloochee Creek in the Great Smokies National Park, in addition to areas in Maggie Valley, Canton and Clyde.
Six of North Carolina’s official Birding Trails can be found in Haywood County. Whether it’s the entire trail or part of the trail, you can enjoy birding at Max Patch in the Pisgah National Forest, Big Creek and Heintooga Spur Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Waterrock Knob and Southern Great Balsam on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Lake Junaluska!
Come experience some beautiful private gardens of Haywood County residents as you join our Master Gardener Volunteer Association for their Garden Tour.
(We’re proud to say we were nominated, although not chosen for the 2012 tour.) What an honor! Haywood County and Asheville alternate every other year for their tours.
Then come back and relax in our gardens to day dream the rest of the day away in our hammock, swing, or beautiful wraparound porch!
Arts and Crafts
Browse for that perfect gift or a special piece for yourself from over a dozen galleries and studios in downtown Waynesville. Come meet the artists as they demonstrate their talents in their studios at events like Art After Dark, held the first Friday each month from May to December or at Haywood’s Open Studios Tour in October, where artists welcome visitors into their studios for an up close and personal view into how they work their magic!
While you’re here, take time to explore Haywood County’s portion of the Western North Carolina Quilt Trail beginning with our own “Little Birds” square proudly hanging on our front porch, visit the Shelton House Museum in Waynesville to see their square and take time to see the distinctive Appalachian art, handicrafts and furniture created by North Carolina artists they have displayed inside; take a day trip to the John C. Campbell Folk School; or visit the Folk Art Center in Asheville, right off the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s amazing how much there is to see!
HART (Haywood Arts Regional Theater) provides Main Stage Community Theater from April through November in a stunning facility constructed in the style of the traditional Summer Stock playhouses of the 1920’s, and offers smaller productions in its Feichter Studio from January through April.
Come to Waynesville to hear sixteen world-renowned musicians perform beautiful chamber music during the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival in July, or when visiting us May through November, check out Waynesville’s FREE Concert Series held at the Waynesville Public Library.
Watch Asheville Civic Center’s schedule for concerts by comedians like Ralphie May, or favorites like Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson and Bonnie Raitt, or find performers like k.d. Lang, Sheryl Crow, and Foreigner at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. With Asheville just 30 minutes away from us, and Cherokee at the most 45 minutes away, you can have the relaxed atmosphere of a small town like Waynesville for unwinding and some R&R, but still enjoy the entertainment you would find in a big city nearby!
With well over a dozen restaurants, coffee shops, and bistros to provide you with a wide variety of culinary options in Waynesville, Maggie Valley and Canton, you won’t have any problem finding a great place to eat dinner while you’re staying with us. If you like to plan ahead and want to make a reservation before arriving, these Waynesville restaurants will take reservations and get rave reviews from our guests: Chef’s Table, 828-452-6210; Frog’s Leap Public House 828-456-1930; The Bourbon Barrel, (828)452-9191; Sweet Onion, 828-456-5559.
Between Downtown Waynesville’s shops and galleries and Asheville’s downtown, outlet mall and Historic Biltmore Village if you like to shop, you’ll be in heaven here! And don’t forget, you can stay at our Waynesville bed and breakfast on the quiet side of the Smokies, and not feel stressed about taking a day to shop until you drop in Pigeon Forge, knowing you’ll be returning to a place where you can truly relax!
Numerous antique and collectibles shops invite you to search for that rare treasure to add to your collection. We won’t list them all here, but we made up a list for you with their locations to make your treasure hunting easy when you get here! Whether it’s the Balsam Antique Mall by our area’s entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway, or the granddaddy of them all – the Tobacco Barn in Asheville, you’ll be sure to find a treasure!
If you’re feeling lucky or in the mood for some great entertainment, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino is 45 minutes away. With some great restaurants, you can stop by here on the way back from hiking to try your luck and get some dinner!
Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley and Sandy Bottom Trail Rides in Marshall offer horseback riding for all levels! Check out their websites to see how you can experience the glorious landscape of Western North Carolina on horseback!
The Blue Ridge Parkway, Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Tail of the Dragon and Cherohala Skyway offer gorgeous views, forested tunnels and rushing rivers for drivers on two or four wheels! We feel very fortunate to have such beautiful scenery surrounding our Western North Carolina bed and breakfast, and would love to share it with you!
In addition to the beautiful drives we have in our area, Maggie Valley has a premier motorcycle museum, Wheels Through Time. It’s an amazing display of hundreds of vintage bikes, in a setting designed to take you back in time. Owner, Dale Walksler, is an expert sought out by celebrities like the American Pickers and is on hand to share his extensive knowledge with visitors.
Area auto, truck and motorcycle events dot the regional calendar, like Maggie Valley’s Vettes in the Valley and Valley Auto & Truck Classic!
Skiing and Snow Boarding
Cataloochee Ski Area, featuring new snow making machines, has 10 slopes, 5 lifts, and 6 snow tubing lanes, and is less than a half hour away in Maggie Valley. After enjoying the slopes, why not come back to your suite and soothe those muscles in your 2-person whirlpool tub before you enter a deep slumber on a comfy pillow-top mattress made to reward you after a day of fresh mountain air and outdoor fun!
Weddings & Events
This beautiful area is becoming a popular choice for weddings and other events, with country clubs like Waynesville, Maggie Valley and Laurel Ridge , and venues like Lake Junaluska, and Lake Logan. Add to that, the breathtaking scenery as a backdrop, it’s hard to beat for that special occasion or for challenging activities like a Triathlon or Moonlight Race. As we say in Waynesville, nothing is more than 10 minutes from anything, so if you’re attending a wedding, or visiting the area for a seminar, business trip or challenging sporting event in Haywood County, let us help make it more enjoyable for you!
North Carolina Family Reunions
Are you scheduling that next family reunion in North Carolina or get-together with friends? Planning a retreat to rejuvenate your spirit? Why not do it in the comfort of our inn?
With eight elegant and comfortable guest rooms that accommodate 16 people, a living room and dining room that envelop you with their warmth and charm, and outdoor living spaces that allow for the entire group to share time together or have some time apart, The Windover Inn can make your next Reunion or Retreat in Waynesville, NC a success! And when you book all 8 rooms, you’ll get 10% off each room price!* (Just the two of you? Then why not stay 3 days or more and you can take advantage of our Heritage Suite Discount or Nature Lover’s Room Discount.)
You could stay at an Asheville hotel or motel, but then you won’t wake up on one of our comfy, pillow-top mattresses to the smells of our freshly brewed coffee, homemade muffins and scones, sizzling bacon and yummy home fries. And . . . what about those times you just want to sit around and reminisce about days gone by, or share a secret or two? A hotel lobby just won’t work.
Not sure the entire family would enjoy it here? With downtown Waynesville within walking distance of our inn, Asheville and the Biltmore Estate just a 30-minute drive away, and the beauty of the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding us, it would be hard not to enjoy yourself, no matter how old you are! The Western North Carolina area has culture and history, outdoor adventure, shops galore and a variety of restaurants to keep everyone happy.
So contact those friends you want to reconnect with, those family members that you just don’t see often enough, or your group that has lost its energy and motivation – and set a date to reconnect and revitalize your relationships or mission at The Windover Inn in Waynesville, NC. We’re open all year, so contact us today for the details to make it happen!
*This special is not valid with any other discount, requires a 3-night minimum stay, and is not available from January through March during 20% discount pricing, or in October and holidays/holiday weekends. Dates are always subject to availability.
We offer a traditional, homemade, hot breakfast served at 9 AM in our dining room, with delicious daily entrees like eggs benedict, quiche, waffles or French toast with real New England maple syrup, egg soufflés and frittatas, just to name a few! These entrees are made with fresh herbs and vegetables (in season) from our garden complemented by our fruit dish of the day and side dishes like home fries, hash browns or grits, sausage, ham or bacon, and our yummy muffins or scones! Guests renting our suites or our Atlantic Room can have this same breakfast served to their suite at 9:30 AM if they prefer.
So, what happens if you have specific dietary restrictions or are heading out for some early Blue Ridge Parkway or Smoky Mountains hiking, a train ride and whitewater rafting, an early round of golf or just getting on the road early to enjoy the things to do in and around Waynesville? When making your reservation, be sure to let us know any dietary restrictions or allergies you may have, so we can prepare a breakfast that works for you. For those getting on the road early, from 7 AM to 8:00 AM we can offer you an early breakfast option, so you can get where you need to be on time.
Wake up to freshly ground organic regular and decaf coffee (roasted right here in Waynesville at Smoky Mountain Roasters!) on our 1st, 2nd and 3rd floor at 7 AM, with teas and hot chocolate available on our 1st and 2nd floor buffets, so you can have that first cup of coffee, hot chocolate or one of our specialty teas (from Olde Brick House on Main Street in downtown Waynesville!) while you’re getting ready for your day, sitting on our beautiful front porch or strolling our gardens waking up slowly to the sounds of nature. It’s your choice at these luxury accommodations in North Carolina . . . come enjoy it with us!
While on your North Carolina mountain getaway, reconnect with nature, yourself, or each other while stimulating all of your senses in our gardens nestled in the quaint town of Waynesville, NC, between the Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway. You’ll quickly see why The Windover Inn is an ideal lodging option.
Our paths will lead you from our beautiful, wraparound porch lush with its own greenery, to our Secret Garden, where you can take some quiet time to rejuvenate your spirit or meditate in the shade of this tucked away quiet sanctuary, while relaxing in our two-person hammock under the trees.
Continuing on the path, you will reach our Gazebo surrounded by colorful flowers and native North Carolina mountains plants and shrubs that have assisted us in receiving the distinction of being a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. Our gazebo is fitted with a two-person porch swing where you can lift your spirits as you swing to the songs of our colorful resident songbirds.
Wander a little further, and you will find a warm and inviting terrace with views of the glorious mountains, comfortable Adirondack chairs and a fire pit for our cool mountain evenings. Sit a spell and admire the majestic beauty of the mountains from afar as you plan your things to do in and around Waynesville, NC, your day of hiking and adventure in the Blue Ridge Parkway, or the Great Smoky Mountains National Park area.
As you complete your journey, you can continue your walk to Waynesville’s quaint downtown area, not even 1 mile from us, and further delight your senses with the creative treasures in local art galleries, the delicious cuisine of our local restaurants, or the melodies of local musicians playing at one of our breweries or the Classic Wineseller.
So, whether you’ve chosen us as a Blue Ridge Parkway or Smoky Mountain lodging destination, a romantic bed and breakfast getaway, or as an escape to experience the culture or adventure of Western North Carolina’s mountains. The path you take from here is all up to you!
At The Windover Inn, we want your stay to meet your expectations, not ours. Whether you’re here for a family reunion or to see our attractions in Waynesville & Asheville – we know you’ll fall in love with this wonderful vacation spot. We offer an elegant, yet casual atmosphere at our B&B, and we want you to feel at home in our home here in the North Carolina mountains. We hope the following amenities make your stay in the Blue Ridge Parkway and Smoky Mountains area an enjoyable one!
Pulling in to our driveway, you’ll notice right away that we thought of our guests first when designing our landscaping. With 10 off-street parking spaces, 4 on concrete paving (great for cycles), and 6 in our gravel lot, you never have to worry about parking here. We even have room for bike trailers!
As you explore our grounds, you’ll discover our outdoor living spaces designed to provide you with a variety of ways for total relaxation. Whether you’re listening to the sounds of nature on our beautiful wraparound porch, spending a private moment on our porch swing in our gazebo, or taking a nap on our two-person hammock under the trees in our secret garden, it’s hard to believe our bed and breakfast is just minutes from downtown Waynesville. So come take a walk through our property and watch the butterflies enjoying our gardens, or take in a view of our glorious mountains at our fire pit or terrace. We know you’ll understand why we love calling this bed and breakfast in Waynesville, NC home!
Need some ideas for exploring our area? We have day trip ideas for things to do in and around Waynesville and our surrounding western North Carolina area that will allow you to enjoy your stay without the stress of working out the details!
OUR BED AND BREAKFAST ALLOWS YOU TO STAY CONNECTED
In your room, on the porch, or in the gardens, stay connected as much or as little as you want with The Windover Inn’s Wi-Fi connection.
FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE
Books on a variety of subjects from gardening to golf, 20’s and 30’s screen personalities to nature photography, the waterfalls and wildflowers of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Smoky Mountains and books on Waynesville NC and Asheville to the history of baseball, as well as a variety of magazines are available to our guests. And for those late-night readers, each room has a book light so your partner won’t be disturbed!
JUST FOR FUN
Our bed and breakfast in Waynesville, NC is a perfect in between spot for visiting Asheville and the Smoky Mountains. Located just 10 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, we can provide lodging at a location that provides access to all areas. And for those times when you just want to relax and have some good old-fashioned fun inside or out, but just don’t feel like a road trip . . . why not watch your favorite movie on your in-room DVD player, enjoy one of our board games or cards (our bed and breakfast is fully air conditioned), sit by a fire on a cool fall night, or enjoy each other’s company on our beautiful porch?
We want you to feel pampered! As you enter our front door, you’ll smell the freshly baked chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies made daily for you and our other guests. In the morning, you’ll awake to the aroma of freshly ground Smoky Mountain Roasters organic coffee available on your floor, along with our specialty tea selections or hot chocolate. (A Keurig Brewer on our first floor offers our guests an opportunity to make regular or decaf organic Green Mountain coffee, hot chocolate or tea at times other than breakfast.) Along with the cookies, freshly baked cheddar cheese crackers (a family recipe) are available. (Watch out, they’re addictive!)
On Friday and Saturday evenings between 5 and 6, enjoy a beverage and light snack of chips, bean dip and salsa or cheese and crackers and freshly made bread with olive oil. If you prefer your own beverage, no problem, you’ll have a room frig to keep them cool, wine glasses and beverage glasses available in our chocolate cabinets, and ice and ice buckets available on the 2nd floor. We also provide you with complimentary bottled water. There’s always popcorn ready to pop at the microwave on the 2nd floor, Hershey nuggets in your room candy dish, and Twizzlers on a table in the living room!
Further pampering is available in all of our guest room baths, where you’ll find unscented Oatmeal Soap and Tea Olive Conditioning Shampoo made of the finest natural ingredients. To soothe your soul, in our guest rooms with whirlpool tubs, you’ll find a complimentary pillow packet of Soak Aromatherapy.
So, whether we’re baking you cookies for the afternoon, offering you chips and salsa on the weekend, or making reservations for your dinner at one of our great downtown Waynesville restaurants, we feel it’s the “special touches” that make our guests feel relaxed and rejuvenated after their stay at The Windover Inn. We’ll try our best to make our bed and breakfast in Waynesville one of your favorite North Carolina vacation spots, with service at a value that’s hard to find elsewhere!