Waynesville, N.C.

The show is based on the bestselling novel by Robert James Waller that became a hit film and was later adapted into a Tony Award-winning musical. Read more


Beech Mountain Resort

Kristian Jackson photo

Bitter cold ushered in by snow storm across the region. Read more


There a distinct feeling that draws people to Waynesville’s wide sidewalks, weathered brick buildings, and broad bay windows. Words like comfortable, interesting and enjoyable come to mind. Read more



The better part of a century has passed since the individual who was arguably the finest lawyer and legal mind ever to call Haywood County home was in active practice, and next year will mark a half century since his death. Read more

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Civil War veteran

State Archives of North Carolina Photo

One hundred-fifty years ago this May, the final battle of the Civil War east of the Mississippi broke out here in Southern Appalachia. The historic clash occurred at White Sulphur Springs, just outside the tiny mountain hamlet of Waynesville, N.C. Read more


Balsam Range in Fines Creek

Garret K. Woodward photo

In July 2012, I wandered into The Smoky Mountain News office in downtown Waynesville, North Carolina—tired, hungry, a little delirious and full of inertia and caffeine after a nonstop haul from upstate New York. Read more


In the early days

Courtesy of Louise Best

Music is like a memory—each performance a moment preserved, notes recalled but replayed never quite exactly the same way. And like a memory, music survives long after its makers. Read more


Gateway to the Smokies

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There is so much to do in Waynesville and the surrounding area during the fall and winter that one could spend every weekend at some kind of festival. Read more

City Bakery, a well-known café and bakery with two locations in downtown Asheville and a successful wholesale product line, has become a beloved addition to Waynesville, N.C.’s, Main Street. Read more


The Waynesville Public Art Commission, created by the Town of Waynesville in 2006 to facilitate a permanent public art program, aims to engage the community and enrich the public realm through original public art. Read more

Undulating mountains surround the town of Waynesville, once billed as Gateway to the Smokies. The Smokies’ high ridges bring snow in the winter and cooler temperatures in the summer. Read more

Today Waynesville has one of the most beautiful and flourishing downtowns in the Smoky Mountain region, but that hasn’t always been the case. Like many other small towns, it was slowly dying back in the 1970s. Read more

Sweet Onion

Joyce O’Neil photos

There’s something magical about sitting by an open window on a warm evening, light breeze blowing, a beautiful view, good food and drink. And there’s no better place than The Sweet Onion Restaurant to do just that. Read more


Gone are the days when the only alternative to eating at home meant a take-out menu or frozen meals from the grocery. If you live within an easy drive of Asheville or Waynesville, N.C., you have only to visit Kanini’s website and place an order. Read more


Have Shows ... Will Travel. That’s a headline from Shows to Go, a brochure for the one-woman shows of award-winning actress Barbara Bates Smith. Read more


At first you can’t believe a gemstone like that could really exist. Soft curving layers of mountain ridges appear on the faces of these rare North American Imperial green gasper stones. It’s like a vista from the Blue Ridge Parkway. But how? Read more


Folkmoot USA fits so perfectly into the landscape of Western North Carolina that its supporters are hardly surprised that the international dance and music festival will celebrate its 25th year in 2008. Read more