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Old 09-10-2013, 11:06 AM
 
Location: NC
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I am planning to drive thru BRP in October, stopping at Boone for night, then some other place south on the path of BRP. Asheville is just about 100 miles from Boone, need suggestion where else to stay the second night, I know Asheville is a very commercial place, any other alternative to Asheville close to BRP ? Again, not sure if it will take a whole day to drive from Boone to Asheville on BRP.

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Old 09-10-2013, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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Not sure I would define A'ville as 'commercial', and not certain what the OP means by that word. It isn't Honky Tonk Gatlinburg, et al. NEway, back to OP's request:
-Having driven/ridden the BRP literally dozens of times both in fast fun cars and on one of our m'cycles, and doing so both to cover ground and to stop and look a lot, Boone to A'ville area is imminently doable in an easy 'day', not even a day.

-The only method it would be a 'long day' is if you stopped at dozens of stops/overlooks, etc.

-If the OP is looking for a smaller town, south of A'ville, I rec'd Waynesville, where I live: it is only ~50 miles further on along the BRP, and is a cute, thriving town of 10,000 vs A'ville.

Boone to A'ville: cake and nice ride with some stops and views, in less than 5-6 hours, in my experience. Boone to Waynesville, maybe 7+ hrs, with lots of stops/views/lunchola, etc.
Motels and several B&Bs in Waynesville, downtown is charming, several decent restaurants...downtown is ~15-20 mins off the BRP, exit 440.

One's 'time' may vary based on stops/lengths of stops, traffic...

If the OP is planning on doing this drive on a weekend in October, it can be slow/slower with lots of leaf peepers and dwaddlers. A weekday drive is highly rec'd.

Other questions or ideas on the BRP/Waynesville, glad to help.
GL, mD
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:41 AM
 
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Fantastic! you just answered all my questions! My I ask some good and not too pricy place to stay in Waynesville.

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Old 09-11-2013, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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Hard to offer personal rec'd on 'where to stay', as we have lived here for 12 years. Last time we 'stayed', we were building, 2001.

Here is a list of B&Bs from TA:
Waynesville Bed and Breakfast: Reviews of 22 B&Bs - TripAdvisor

The motels here are kind of all the same one finds anywhere along the road in a small town, eg just so-so, imo.

Fwiw, friends of ours have had guests stay at The Yellow House a few times, and they liked it very much...it is in the TA list. About 8 min drive from downtown. All anecdotal...

If you cop one of the motels, the closest/'best' is the Best Western in that list, about 5 min drive to downtown.

Restaurants, from TA's list:
Waynesville, NC Restaurants: See 76 restaurants with 2,968 reviews - TripAdvisor

I can rec'd The Bourbon Barrel, Chef's Table, Sweet Onion, City Bakery (breakfast&lunch), Nick and Nates: pizza on mainstreet, Bogart's bar food, The Patio next to the WineSeller for lunch and occasional evening al fresco and good music, Tipping Pt Tavern: good bar grub and exc on site micro brews, et al. More if you need them...All, imo.
GL, mD
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