This charming area in the foothills of western North Carolina offers something for an array of interests and appetites.  Hiking, fly fishing, kayaking, shopping, fine dining, and theater are just a few of the things that make Hendersonville a must-go vacation destination.

Photo: Downtown Hendersonville (c) Sam Dean.

HENDERSONVILLE: WHY GO?

Situated in what was once considered the shadows of Asheville, the area has cultivated an allure of its own blending small mountain town charms with culture, fine dining, craft breweries, vineyards and much more.  Main Street downtown seems to be right out of a storybook with picturesque flowers, gazebos, shops, galleries, and restaurants.  Southern hospitality is alive and thriving here at every turn.

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK

Food is diverse and delicious in Hendersonville.  Season’s at Highland Lake features fine dining with seasonal ingredients, many of which are hand-picked from their onsite organic garden.  The ambiance and menu offer delights for all senses.  Mezzaluna is a local favorite for authentic Italian specialties, brick oven pizzas, all in an elegant, friendly atmosphere in the heart of downtown.

The region also has a right to boast about the ever-growing selection of craft breweries and vineyards mainly focused on local ingredients and sustainable practices.  Burntshirt Vineyards, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, and Bold Rock Cidery are highlights not to miss. Take time to enjoy a leisurely afternoon of touring and tastings.

Photo: Burntshirt Vineyards. (c) Sam Dean

WHERE TO STAY

After a full day of exploring, Bed & Breakfast at Tiffany Hill is the ideal spot to stay in comfort and style.  Acclaimed #1 on Southern Living magazine’s list of 2018 South’s Best Inns, it is a treasure nestled in the foothills on six tranquil acres.  The property features seven suites, each inspired by the charms of Southern towns such as Beaufort, Charlottesville, and Natchez.

Photo: Bed & Breakfast on Tiffany Hill. (c) Joy Steinberg. FWT Magazine.

TRIP TIP

For majestic views of the Blue Ridge and the Great Smoky Mountains, take a quick 15-minute drive from Main Street to Jump Off Rock.  Clear days provide breathtaking panoramic views encompassing four states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee.  For more information about Jump Off Rock and the Hendersonville area overall, check out https://www.visithendersonvillenc.org/

Photo: Jump Off Rock. (c) Sam Dean

As is customary in this industry, my trip was organized and sponsored by Distl Public Relations and the Hendersonville Visitor Information Center.