When the weather begins to cool, Western North Carolina is an excellent place to visit. Waynesville, in particular, is a charming town with a growing community, outdoor activities, and plenty to do during the holidays. Because of the smaller crowds, seasonal events, and stunning snow-capped mountains, winter is an ideal time to visit. There are also some exciting activities that are only available during the winter months. Here are a few holiday ideas for making the most of your time in this charming small town.
Shop in Downtown Waynesville
Waynesville has an eclectic mix of independently-owned stores to please any visitor, whether you’re looking for antiques, art, or clothing. Make time to stroll down Main Street, stopping in at old-fashioned general stores, art galleries, bookstores, and clothing boutiques.
The charming Mast General Store, which has been open since 1883, is a nostalgic haven. The store sells a unique mix of old-fashioned candies and modern outdoor gear ideal for hiking the trails. This store’s artisan-made gifts make it a shopping destination not to be missed. It’s the perfect time to get some holiday shopping done while exploring everything Waynesville’s downtown has to offer.
The Blue Ridge Parkway
Waynesville is about 7 miles northeast of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and it is close to several great hiking trails, overlooks, and waterfalls. Winter is a beautiful season on the parkway. With frequent road closures due to winter weather, those who choose to venture beyond closed road gates have a quiet, contemplative experience. This time of year, the parkway offers a variety of opportunities for those willing to hike to a winter wonderland.
Experience Christmas at Biltmore
The Vanderbilts’ luxurious family home is a marvel of elegance and charm, as magnificent today as it was more than a century ago. Take a self-guided tour of the house, gardens, and shop in horse stables. If you enjoy Christmas decorations and festivities, be sure to visit the estate from November to the New Year. It’s a beautiful sight to see and will certainly get you in the Christmas spirit!
Elite Action Games GellyBall Experience
Do you want to have a fun, immersive gaming experience this holiday season in Waynesville? Elite Action Games offers a new, low-impact shooting experience for players at any holiday party or event. With our battery-powered automatic pistols, you will be able to shoot at opposing players and targets with accuracy up to 60ft.
The unique gel-based water orb ammunition feels like a rubber band being flicked. We bring the entire GellyBall experience to you when you book a GellyBall Party! Contact us today to choose your package based on time and ammo, as well as upgrade options.