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A Secluded Paradise Being Discovered!
By Glenn Arnette, lll
Do you believe in Magic?  How about a magical word like “MOUNTAINS?”  I am talking about the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina.  When there last week, I had a marvelous time revisiting some of the most exciting places. To me the mountains never change or fade in my memory.
  It is still a place of magnificent beauty with wonderful fun things to do and fantastic resorts and places to stay.
It seems to start with a crisp morning temperature and slowly climbs to a delightful (no humidity) day!  Even when there is rain, there is still something about that warm feeling you get, but then the sun shines “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever!” and believe me you see forever and more.  “The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of Music!”
One of my favorite places is the Hendersonville, North Carolina area.  It is a wonderful, quaint village town with excellent shopping, very friendly people and excellent restaurants.  The accommodations are easy to find and all of them are comfortable and clean with reasonable rates.
Hendersonville offers Jump Off Rock and is close to Flat Rock Playhouse in Flat Rock, North Carolina.  Going down Highway 64 you will find Chimney Rock and Lake Lure.  It is close to Asheville, North Carolina and Greenville, South Carolina.
I have always considered Hendersonville as the beginning of the mountains and a perfect place to live, work and play. 
Recently, I discovered another absolutely delightful place known as Waynesville, North Carolina located in Haywood County.
Established in 1808, the 546 square miles of Haywood County include four towns — Canton, Clyde, Maggie Valley and the county seat of Waynesville.

They are located just down the way from Asheville, North Carolina and right in the middle of a beautiful valley surrounded by breathtaking mountains. The views are spectacular and offer complete long vision vistas.
The town of
Waynesville, North Carolina has a quaint main street packed with restaurants, shops, and outdoor art.
  I was impressed by the scope of their inner city and the traditional offerings in the surroundings.  By-the-way, if you have not shopped an INGLES MEGGA FOOD CENTER you have missed one on the most impressive “grocery” experiences in your life.
The Waynesville way of life is not rushed and everyone seems totally relaxed when out and about. For example try the Sweet Onion Restaurant!
Waynesville has wonderful homes and beautiful golf clubs in the area and offer some of the most impressive “log cabin homes” ranging in price from very reasonable to millions.  It is almost a Colorado feeling.
If you doubt the purpose of those living in the Waynesville area, read their mission statement.
Mission Statement:
Our mission is to preserve and promote our neighborhoods, open spaces, vistas, natural and cultural resources and historic places. We will achieve this through planning mixed-use developments, aesthetic infra structure design for economic prosperity, healthy community and family life, education, and the arts for public enjoyment.Waynesville will be regarded as the model town for the twenty first century.
Waynesvilleis also located next to Maggie Valley. You are just about thirty minutes from Cherokee, North Carolina and there you will find the Harrah’s Casino.  Be careful, you might find yourself just pushing a few coins into one of the many slot machines.
Take my advice and visit the Waynesville, North Carolina and surrounding areas.  You will discover many new adventures and enjoyment not found in other small towns in the mountains!
To contact hem for additional information, you can visit their website atwww.haywoodchamber.com  or call 828-456-3021.