October 19, 2013
Anyone staying in Asheville luxury cabins in October would be remiss not to go home with a bag of locally grown apples.
If you’re staying in one of our Asheville resort cabins on Oct. 19, a great place to pick some up would be Haywood County’s Apple Harvest Festival.
Held in downtown Waynesville, this festival has grown into a juried arts and crafts fair with more than 130 entries. Bluegrass bands and cloggers provide entertainment while local restaurants and other vendors keep everyone fed.
There’s even a Miss & Mister Apple Harvest Festival Natural Beauty Pageant.
The children’s area features games, crafts and activities.
If you go with children, be sure to check out Fun Things Etc., a specialty toy store on Main Street. That’s just one of many great shops in Downtown Waynesville’s historic business district.
In 2013, the festival celebrates 25 years, so the town and county should be extra excited for the silver anniversary.
North Carolina ranks seventh in apple production in the U.S., and 85 percent of the state’s apples come from the mountains.
Haywood County has a large share of that pie, but also relies heavily on tourism.
Among the many attractions, nearby Maggie Valley’s Wheels Through Time museum features more than 300 vintage and rare American motorcycles.
From Asheville, day trippers can head out and back on Interstate 40 or make a loop out of the Blue Ridge Parkway.