Hendersonville, long known for its historic charms, is blooming into the future. In recent years, it has revitalized its local business scene and advanced its reputation as a place that offers something for just about everyone. With an almost perfect climate, beautiful surroundings, and recreational variety, Hendersonville has attracted hundreds of families to call the area home.
Whether you’re vacationing or stay-cationing, Hendersonville offers residents and visitors alike many opportunities to Live the Life You Choose. Here’s a quick itinerary for a charming weekend in scenic Hendersonville, NC.
Friday Evening in Hendersonville, NC
Check “Inn” at The Henderson
Located just off Main Street in the heart of downtown, The Henderson combines old-time charm with the modern amenities that you need. You’ll love the vintage architectural details throughout the 1920s Classical Revival-style hotel, which is designated as a National Historic Building. But you’ll rave over the quality of the hospitality and the gourmet breakfast served each morning. Their on-site restaurant and lounge, Harvey’s, also serves gourmet small-plate meals with fresh ingredients throughout the day. Ask about their king suite and pet-friendly rooms.
Find Your Main Meal on Main Street
Main Street, Hendersonville offers a unique blend of the past and the present. The street is welcoming to pedestrians, bikers, and cars, all at the same time. And the surrounding downtown area is home to several dozen coffee shops, delis, tap houses, and fine dining restaurants. Whether you’re looking for an old fashioned ice cream parlor or a high-end dining experience, there is something for every palate. Find a meal you’ll love at one of Hendersonville’s many long standing eateries, including Hannah Flanagan’s Irish Pub, Mezzaluna Brick Oven Tap House, and Umi Japanese Fine Dining.
Enjoy a Barrel of Fun at a Local Cidery
Did you know that Hendersonville is located in the heart of one of the most fruitful apple-producing regions in the U.S.? In addition to the bevy of apple orchards, products, and pastries available in town, Hendersonville is also home to several cideries. From crisp and dry to mellow and sweet, ciders offer flavor profiles for every taste. Don’t miss Flat Rock Ciderworks in nearby Dana and Bold Rock Hard Cider in Mills River. Bold Rock is the largest craft cidery in the Carolinas.
Saturday in Hendersonville, NC
Belly up to a Classic Diner
Pop’s Diner is a locally owned and operated classic diner in Hendersonville. Fun fact: they’re also the oldest restaurant in town! They serve breakfast all day, and lunch starts at 11:00AM. Plus, all their food is fresh and prepared to order with the finest ingredients available. Stop in and connect with friends, have a quick bite, or savor their noteworthy confections in a lively setting. If you can’t stay, ask about their takeout options.
Enjoy Hands on Learning at a Specialty Museum
Few downtowns in the area can boast such a concentration of attractions, especially museums. The Henderson County Heritage Museum is housed in the historic old courthouse, built in 1905. The Mineral and Lapidary Museum, on Main Street, offers geologic highlights from near and far. Also downtown are Hands On! Children’s Museum, a free educational museum for children, and the Historic Apple Valley Train Depot, home of the Apple Valley Model Railroad Club. The club has installed a remarkable scale model railroad that has over 600 feet of track. Choose your favorite or visit them all—they’re in walking distance to each other!
Catch Your Eye on Local Art
For many of our mountain communities, the arts have often led the way in the revitalization of main streets and town centers. Across the state of North Carolina, $2 billion in new investment has been made to our state’s main streets over the past 35 years. Hendersonville, and downtown in particular, is home to its own burgeoning art scene. In addition to offering local works by artists in different media, Art MoB Studios and Marketplace also offers art classes. View more local artists at Carolina Mountain Artists Guild, McCarter Gallery, and Silver Fox Gallery.
Quench Your Thirst with a Craft Beer
Beer lovers needn’t drive to Asheville to quench their thirst. Henderson County is home to a number of breweries, several of which are located in downtown Hendersonville. Hop around to Dry Falls Brewing, Sanctuary Brewing Company, Southern Appalachian Brewery, and Triskelion Brewing. Craft brew giant Sierra Nevada has their east coast production facility and taphouse nearby in Mills River. From classic choices to unique small batch recipes to pints that give back to the community, you’re certain to find a great brew for you.
Make a Haus Call
For over two decades, Haus Heidelberg has been one of Hendersonville’s favorite restaurants, serving classic and authentic German cuisine. Their popular, down-to-earth dishes from northwestern and southern Germany will fill you up. And the memorable, positive experience will inspire you to come back time and again. Enjoy sandwiches, sausages, and an assortment of signature dishes in a Bavarian setting. And don’t forget your giant pretzel! Prost!
See a Show at Flat Rock Playhouse
The Flat Rock Playhouse, North Carolina’s state theatre, is located in the heart of the Historic Village of Flat Rock, just a few minutes from Hendersonville. Enjoy Broadway-quality musicals, comedies, dramas, and theatre for young audiences at this community touchstone. The Playhouse has gained national recognition for its professional performing company and theatre training programs. Their season runs year round, with more than 100,000 patrons attending shows each year.
Sunday in Hendersonville, NC
Start Your Day the Independent Way
Located in the Historic 7th Avenue District, Independent Bean Roasters offers the perfect start to your day in Hendersonville. Their single-origin, craft coffee is roasted right here in Hendersonville and brought to you by the same great minds behind Underground Baking Company down the block. All of their whole bean coffees are available at the shop, as well as traditional espresso drinks, pour over and drip coffee, and many varieties of pastries. Feel great knowing your “farm to mug” order supports local businesses and sustainable agriculture.
Get Outdoors to Enjoy the Season
There’s a good reason Hendersonville is known as the City of Four Seasons. The area offers countless opportunities to get outside any day of the year. One of the most popular nearby attractions is Jump Off Rock. This scenic overlook offers a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Pisgah National Forest that is perfect for nature lovers and romantic moments alike. Hendersonville is also home to a handful of public and private golf courses, including the exclusive Champion Hills Golf Course. When the season’s right, we also recommend apple picking at one of the many local orchards in the area. It’s fun for the whole family!
Get in Touch with Your Inner Child
Speaking of fun for the whole family, Hendersonville is also home to many attractions for kids of all ages. We love visiting the Laura E. Corn Mini-Golf Course at Boyd Park. The course is ideally located off Main Street and open daily throughout the summer season (except in cases of inclement weather). Best of all, each hole is themed for attractions around WNC! After your game, walk to the nearby Appalachian Pinball Museum for even more family fun. For a flat fee, you can spend all day trying their collection of both vintage and contemporary pinball machines, as well as video games.
Plan Your Next Trip to Hendersonville, NC
Hendersonville has more treats than can be experienced in one weekend. Plan your next trip for Labor Day Weekend, when the city throws its annual Apple Festival. The festival honors the local apple industry and culminates in the “King Apple Parade” attended by tens of thousands of spectators.
See the community of Hendersonville for yourself! Read more about Hendersonville, see more photos, or search for homes in the area from our Beverly-Hanks Hendersonville community page.