Musings from the Mountains

Summer has arrived in the mountains.  Yesterday and today have been 80 to 83 degrees in the afternoon.  I realize that summer doesn’t begin until June 21st, but I have always considered the first 80-degree days to be the beginning of the summer season.  We are also seeing some of our part-time residents from points south beginning to return for the season.  I suppose it must be getting too warm down south.

I certainly don’t have the knowledge or skill to do restaurant reviews, but I did want to mention a new restaurant in downtown Waynesville.  The Main Street Diner has opened at 18 North Main Street in Waynesville.  We ate there last week and really enjoyed the experience.  The food was great as was the service.  Their building has been 2 or 3 restaurants in the last few years.  Previous to those restaurants it was Whitman’s Bakery for many, many years.  Whitmans was a local landmark.   The owners have done an extensive and beautiful remodel on the building.  The owners also operate Haywood 209 Cafe at 3360 Crabtree Road (Highway 209) and Crepe & Custard restaurant at Lake Junaluska (55 Memory Lane).  Their new restaurant is a welcome addition to Waynesville.

In Maggie Valley this coming weekend (May 3-5) we have Thunder in the Smokies, the spring motorcycle rally.  This is the oldest and largest rally held in the valley.  For more information you can visit

Lastly, this coming Saturday, May the Forth be with you!  (Also Sunday is Cinco De Mayo.)  Have a great weekend.