Escape to a Long Weekend in the North Carolina Mountains

Escape to a Long Weekend in the North Carolina Mountains

Jump Off Rock provides a panoramic view of the mountains surrounding Hendersonville

Welcome to this installment of the Summer of Now series: Your guide to some of the incredible mountain towns, urban cities and coastal beaches in North Carolina, complete with travel deals and the chance to win an end-of-summer getaway. Get to know Hendersonville below.

If the urge to get away strikes, choose a destination that offers plenty to do and close proximity to major attractions without having to deal with big crowds. Discover the mountain town of Hendersonville, known for its beautiful natural scenery (hello waterfalls), adventurous outings (think hiking and kayaking), acclaimed breweries and cideries, and charming bed-and-breakfasts.

Take advantage of lodging options in the Hendersonville area that allow you to truly escape. Book a room with mountain views at Echo Mountain Inn, and enjoy a peaceful retreat. If you want adventure, Highland Lake Inn & Resort provides complimentary use of canoes, paddleboards and bikes for an abundance of on-site recreation. Or if romance is the name of the game, go with the intimate Melange Bed & Breakfast Inn, an historic mansion featuring six upscale guestrooms. Hendersonville also offers several Stay & Play Vacation Packages.

Exploration here comes in two main scenes – downtown and mountains – and there’s lots to do in each.

Stroll the streets of the historic downtown, and find keepsakes at Carolina Mountain Artists Guild, Dancing Bear Toys and the Hendersonville location of the legendary Mast General Store. Dine and people-watch on the patios of restaurant Never Blue and Black Rose Public House; while for upscale dining, Postero (New American cuisine) and Renzo’s Ristorante are the talk of the town.

Main Street in downtown Hendersonville

Spend an afternoon along Main Street in downtown Hendersonville

You’re also likely to encounter a festival going on downtown, ranging from the Apple Country Cider Jam in spring to the North Carolina Apple Festival in fall. The nod to the fruit is because Henderson County produces about 85 percent of all apples grown in the state, which is also why the area is home to Flat Rock Ciderworks and Bold Rock’s Mills River Cidery. Enjoy the taste of freshly made hard cider, or make it a full-on craft taste tour by adding stops at some of the many wineries and breweries to your visit.

You won’t feel more reinvigorated than when you get outdoors, so explore the mountains and visit iconic landmarks. Jump Off Rock offers a scenic overlook – literally – of what lies ahead. DuPont State Recreational Forest is home to more than 10,000 acres of forest and trails, and its waterfalls are guaranteed to steal the show. Fans of The Hunger Games movie, which filmed here, may recognize Triple Falls. And in the neighboring village of Flat Rock, the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, which is part of the National Park System, offers tours of the late author’s estate, including access to farm land and hiking trails.

Lastly, you can’t stay a few days in this part of the state without heading over to the eclectic city of Asheville, which is less than a 30-minute drive from Hendersonville. Venture out for the day and go on a tour of the Biltmore estate, which features America’s largest private home and the most-visited winery in the country. Or take a rideshare to Asheville in the evening to explore downtown and drop into some of the most acclaimed restaurants and bars in the South.


There’s much to see and do in North Carolina, so read on.

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