Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Planning a special event, private party, family reunion or retreat? 

Inn on Church can help you plan a memorable event, including providing catering and banquet services for your special event, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, or wine and hors d'oeuvres, in a variety of meeting spaces. Planning on a wedding? Inn On Church has the perfect atmosphere for your Rehearsal Dinner, Reception or Bridesmaid Luncheon, or any special event  . . .  Read More

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Hendersonville Historic Buildings & Sites

There are several Hendersonville local historic districts, including the Main Street Historic District, the Druid Hills Historic District, and the  Hyman Heights Historic District.    National Register Historic Districts include: Main Street Historic District, Lenox Park Historic District, the Druid Hills Historic District, Hyman Heights Historic DistrictCold Spring Park Historic District, Seventh Avenue Historic District, and the West Side Historic District.

National Register Listings 

The Cedars
Claddagh Inn
Clarke Hobbs Davidson House
Mary Mills Coxe House
Grey Hosiery Mill
The Inn on Church
The King Waldrop House
The Reese House
Erle Stillwell House I
Erle Stillwell House II
The Waverly

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway SunsetAmerica’s Favorite Drive

The Blue Ridge Parkway winds its way 469 miles through mountain meadows and past seemingly endless vistas with outstanding scenery and endless recreational opportunities. Split-rail fences, old farmsteads and historic structures complement the spectacular views of distant mountains and neighboring valleys.

Virtual Tour of Blue Ridge Parkway Overlooks 

Blue Ridge Parkway Maps

 Sites Along the Parkway in North Carolina

Other Info

Hendersonville's Sidewalk Antique Show

This annual event in Downtown Hendersonville features vendors selling vintage jewelry, silver, furniture, collectibles, toys and more.  Held on Saturday in June each year, the event is a great for a weekend escape.

Art on Main

Art on MainAutumn in the Western North Carolina Mountains finds thousands of visitors traveling to the region to observe its amazing fall foliage.  Artists come from far & wide to Historic Downtown Hendersonville to celebrate art and share their stories with the community during the annual Art on Main event.

The Art League of Henderson County created Art on Main in 1959 to provide local artists the opportunity to show their work in a relaxed atmosphere while meeting the public to sell their paintings. The original show was two-dimensional work only. Artists casually displayed their art on park benches and planters on Main Street in Hendersonville , while the public strolled through downtown. Eventually, artists from outside the region were invited to participate as well. The show still enjoys the involvement of several artists who have been participating for nearly 30 years.

Source:  Art League of Henderson County

DuPont State Forest

DuPont State Forest consists of more than 10,000 acres of forest, trails, and waterfalls.  It is located between Hendersonville and Brevard, North Carolina.  The original 7600 acre forest was established in 1996 through a generous bargain sale from the DuPont Corporation. In 2000, the Forest was expanded by two property additions, including the spectacular 2200 acre tract in the center of the Forest containing High Falls, Triple Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls.

The DuPont State Forest lies in an upland plateau of the Little River valley, with large sections of gently rolling land bordered by moderately steep hills and mountains. Most all of the ridges have exposed granite slabs and domes. Elevation ranges from 2300' below Hooker Falls on the Little River to 3600' on the granite dome of Stone Mountain. Except for 21 small wildlife clearings, hundreds of acres of exposed granite, and a former camp facility on Lake Julia, the entire property is forested, mostly with young to medium aged trees, dating back to fires, farms, and forestry operations in the middle part of this century. Though sections of the property are white pine plantation (especially the Flatwood near Guion Farm), most are mixed with hardwoods gradually succeeding the softwoods.

The Little River flows through the Forest and there are four major waterfalls on the Little River, and several smaller waterfalls on the Grassy Creek, which drains a large portion of the eastern part of the Forest.

TOUR de FALLS - Mother's Day Weekend - May 12th and 13th.  A 12 mile tour by shuttle bus inDuPont State Recreational Forest to four spectacular sites: Triple Falls, High Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, & Lake Julia.

General Information: or 800-692-2929 or Inn on Church 828-696-2001

Biltmore Estate

Biltmore, America's largest home, offers summers filled with activities for all ages and interests. Originally designed as the ultimate getaway for George W. Vanderbilt's family and friends, this real—life castle sparks the imagination, and offers the activities for all adventure levels. With so many interesting and entertaining options on the 8,000-acre estate, there's something for every member of your family—from the outdoorsman to the princess. And with so much to do, the kids will be having so much fun they won't realize that this vacation also comes with a history lesson at the Biltmore Estate.

Your admission includes self-guided tours of the breathtaking Biltmore House & Gardens and the new Antler Hill Village—featuring theWineryThe Biltmore LegacyVillage Green, and Farm.


Historic Downtown Hendersonville

 The Hendersonville Historic Main Street Shopping District, with its wide sidewalks, planters brimming with flowers, comfortable benches, and first-class shopping, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and makes a perfect venue for this popular annual event. Downtown Hendersonville—RealGenuine.

There are more than 100 shops and businesses located in Downtown Hendersonville's tree-lined, serpentine Main Street and the Avenues.   This vibrant historic district is home to art galleries, antique and gift shops, coffee shops, cafes and restaurants.  

Throughout the spring and summer, Downtown is host to a number of indoor/outdoor events including the Garden Jubilee (May), Main Street Antique Sidewalk Show (June), Do Tell Storyfest (July), Chalk It Up! Art Extravaganza (July) and Living History Weekend (August). Also in mid-June through mid-August, you’ll hear lots of music downtown, with the ever-popular Music On Main concerts every Friday night and the fabulous Monday night Street Dances featuring mountain heritage music and dancing.

On Labor Day weekend (Sept.), the renowned North Carolina Apple Festival arrives to pay tribute to our area’s extensive apple heritage, followed by special leaf-peeping events,  and a unique Art on Main weekend (Oct.). The Holiday Lighting Celebration (Nov.) kicks off the Winter Holidays in style with a wonderful community gathering at the gazebo on Main.

Hendersonville is encircled by the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina and bounded by the state of South Carolina and only 25 miles from Downtown Asheville.  With close proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Biltmore Estate, Chimney Rock Park, DuPont State Forest, Pisgah Forest, and other major attractions like the NC State Theatre / Flat Rock Playhouse, and the NC Arboretum. Whether you’re here for a day trip, a week vacation, or you’re here to stay forever, we hope you’ll take the time to visit Historic Downtown Hendersonville.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Public Golf Courses & Resorts

Golf in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville NC

This area of Western North Carolina near  Hendersonville & the Greater Asheville Area has several public golf courses and golf resorts where visitors and the general public can play a round of golf.


Links to Golf Courses Near Hendersonville ~ Hendersonville NC Golf Courses

Asheville Area Golf Courses ~ Links to Public Golf Courses in Asheville


Biking Trails & Mountain Biking

Western North Carolina is legendary for its mountain biking trails with DuPont State Forest ranking high among professional bikers.  There are also several family fun bike trails in the area.

Family Fun Bike Trails

  1. OKLAWAHA Greenway

  2. Biltmore Estate

Mountain Biking Trails

  1. Dupont State Forest   (print)  (trail map)

  2. Bat Cave – Edneyville (42 miles)

  3. Cane Creek – Emmas Grove (26 miles)

  4. Carl Sandburg Metric Century (63 miles)

  5. Cedar Mountain Cruise (36.1 miles)

  6. French Broad River Cruise (40.3 miles)

  7. Henderson – Flat Rock Challenge (44.4 miles)

  8. Old Fort – Hickory Nut Gorge (64 miles)

  9. Polk County Cruise (39.8 miles)

  10. Swannanoa Valley & Crafts (26 miles)

  11. The Blue Ridge Parkway: Mount Pisgah to Cherokee (60 miles)

  12. Wildflower Bakery (50 miles)

Links to More Mountain Biking Trails

Western North Carolina Mountain Biking Trailheads

Federal Lands

State Lands

Walking Trails

OKLAWAHA Greenway - Trailhead - Jackson Park

Jackson Park Nature Trail

Historic Johnson Farm Trails 

Carl Sandburg National Historic Site Trails

Kellogg Center- Perry Rudnick Nature & Public Art Trail 

Jackson Park
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East Flat Rock Park
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Etowah Park
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Dana Park
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Westfeldt Park
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Edneyville Park
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Edneyville Community Center & Park
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Stoney Mountain Activity Center
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The NC Arboretum

434 Acre Public Garden  within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest of the Pisgah National Forest. Surrounded by lush folds of the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum is adjacent to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, at Milepost 393, and is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America.

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The Arboretum offers activities for all ages, including:

  • A 434-acre natural treasure with 65 acres of cultivated gardens and 10 miles of hiking and biking trails

  • Engaging indoor and outdoor exhibits that cultivate connections between people and plants

  • One of the finest, most unique bonsai collections in the United States at the Bonsai Exhibition Garden

  • An innovative Production Greenhouse and Operations Center

  • Activities such as Discovery Day Packs and special events that delight the senses for all ages

Parking is only $8 per personal vehicle, $30 per commercial vehicle, and $50 for buses. Cash and check are accepted at the Gatehouse; Visa and MasterCard are accepted at the Gatehouse but limited to parking fee only. Parking is free all day the first Tuesday of each month; parking is always free for members.



Hiking Trails Near Hendersonville

Pisgah National Forest - Day Hiking

Blue Ridge Parkway Cradle of Forestry

Holmes Educational State Forest

Biltmore Estate 

Other Hiking Trails Within A 20 Mile Radius of Hendersonville NC
NameNearDistanceElev Gain
Turkey Pen Gap Trail9.2 miles away5.7 miles2600 ft
Mountain Views, Lush valleys, Long walk beside the river
Max Patch - Long Loop9.6 miles away4 miles1400 ft
Nice hike along a treeless summit of rolling hills.
Stone Mountain Hike9.9 miles away3.83 miles1100 ft
360 Deg. Views in winter, Great colors in fall, Good Exercise
Pink Beds Trail10.3 miles away4.5 miles500 ft
Nice, relatively flat hike along stream bed, Numerous clearings.
Fletcher Creek Loop10.4 miles away6.5 miles1236 ft
Wildflowers, Good Exercise, Picturesque Native Trout Stream.
Graveyard Fields Loop10.6 miles away3.19 miles564 ft
waterfalls, easy hike, good exercise
Garenflo Gap to Hot Springs11.5 miles away6 miles1500 ft
Wooded, yet nice vistas and AT shelter
Three Falls Hike12.1 miles away2.4 miles250 ft
Waterfalls, Beautiful River Views, Good Exercise
High Falls,Triple Falls Hike12.1 miles away2.25 miles431 ft
Beautiful set of waterfalls, multi use area, superbly maintained trails
Bent Creek Lake Loop12.2 miles away1.5 miles150 ft
Lake Views, Wild Flowers, Wildlife, Fall Color
Pump Gap Loop Trail12.8 miles away3.5 miles2000 ft
Wooded up hill hike that eventually connects with AT and Lovers Leap.
Appalachian Trail - North of H12.8 miles away10 miles1800 ft
Scenic views from fire tower, open grassy areas, wooded trails
Laurel River Trail13.7 miles away7 miles300 ft
Nice hike along a very scenic whitewater rive, ruins and swimming
Rim of the Gap - Pinnacle Pass15.9 miles away5.2 miles2488 ft
numerous streams, great outcrop, challenging trail
Pink Beds Loop- short version15.9 miles away3.1 miles300 ft
Level loop, nice cool hike, lots of streams, beautiful mtn laurels when in bloom
Ishi,Pinnacle Pass Loop15.9 miles away5.5 miles1687 ft
Strenuous Hike, Excellent Forest, Great Views
Lake Imaging17 miles away3.8 miles202 ft
small lake, hike,bike,horseback,beautiful hardwood forest
Triple Falls Loop17.1 miles away3.5 miles300 ft
Beatiful waterfalls, wooded trail.
Cat Gap - Horse Cove Loop17.3 miles away5.1 miles1062 ft
Views From John Rock, Wildlife, Exercise
Raven Cliff Falls- Suspension17.8 miles away6.5 miles1000 ft
Rhodendron, Mountain Laurel, established trees, beautiful waterfall
Pleasant Ridge Nature Trail17.9 miles away0.7 miles109 ft
interperative trail, great stream and small waterfalls
Ceasears Head Hike18 miles away7.3 miles2500 ft
4-5 hr hike covering 2 waterfalls, scenic vistas, suspension bridges, etc.
Bridal Veil Falls Trail18.2 miles away5 miles300 ft
Scenic hike along wooded-river trail to Bridal Veil Falls.
Shining Creek-Art Loeb-Old But18.2 miles away8.4 miles2950 ft
Wonderful S. Appalachian creek and cove, Shining Rock, and views galore.
Lake Dense18.8 miles away3.5 miles140 ft
Vast variety of trails, beautiful lake, outstanding river

Jump Off Rock

Spectacular, panoramic views of the Blue Ridge and Pisgah Mountain range and is a favorite site for beautiful, romantic sunsets.  Legend says that over 300 years ago a young Cherokee Indian Chief fell in love with a fair Indian maiden. They often met on top of the rock ledge (at Jump Off Rock) overlooking the valley below. When the young Chief was called to war, the maiden promised him that she would wait for his return from they favorite rock ledge. When the maiden received word that her young Indian Chief had been killed in battle, she climbed to the edge of the rock and jumped off, tribal hunters found her broken body below. Indian legend has it that on moonlit nights you can see the ghost of the maiden on Jump Off Rock.

Located about 5 miles from downtown Hendersonville, Jump Off Rock is at the end of Laurel Park Highway in the Town of Laurel Park.   

Three hiking trails:

  • Blue Trail - easy trail, takes about 8 minutes

  • Yellow Trail - moderate trail, takes around 15 minutes

  • Red Trail - is the most difficult and the longest

Direction from Downtown Hendersonville:  Take Fifth Avenue West which becomes Laurel Park Highway in Laurel Park.  Follow Laurel Park Highway until it dead ends at Jump Off Rock. The park is open daily, sunrise to sunset.  No admission charge.

Downtown Asheville

Downtown Asheville has a rich architectural legacy making it the perfect backdrop for shopping, enjoying fine cuisine or people-watching.   Artists and street musicians converge with tourists and locals for a vibrancy rarely found in a city of this size. There is always something happening downtown. People sip cups of Joe at one of several locally-owned coffee shops, listen to live music at a local club. They go on art walks, winding their way through downtown's 30-plus galleries.


Chimney Rock State Park

Sunset in the Gorge at Chimney Rock ParkChimney Rock Park is known for its breathtaking views, Hickory Nut FallsHikingbird-watching,  and rock climbing.  Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is located in Chimney Rock Village near Lake Lure in the NC mountains. Just 25 miles southeast of Asheville, NC, the Park is nestled in Hickory Nut Gorge between the towns of Lake Lure and Bat Cave. The Park welcomes leashed and vaccinated pets.

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Historic Biltmore Village

Built in the late 1890's as a classic planned community at the entrance to George Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, Historic Biltmore Village today is truly one of the South's most unique touring and shopping environments. Because of its history, its range of unique independent, locally-owned retailers, and its fine restaurants, Historic Biltmore Village has an international reputation.

It's the way shopping used to be - relaxed and enjoyable with top quality merchandise at realistic prices and wonderful customer service. Enjoy quaint tree-lined streets, brick sidewalks, open air dining, original historic houses from the 1900's, all combined with amazing collections of one-of-a-kind merchandise of true quality and value.

 PLENTY OF FREE PARKING is available on the streets of Biltmore Village. Also, public parking is located underneath the retail stores at 10 Brook Street, entrance next to Chico's.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Downtown Hendersonville Fine Dining

Bistro at 201 in the Inn on Church will soon be serving lunch daily 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker's paradise with over 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short leg-stretchers to strenuous treks that may require backcountry camping. But hiking is not the only reason for visiting the Smokies. Car camping, fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and auto touring are popular activities. 

Sunday Champagne Brunch

Inn on Church will be serving  Champagne Brunch  on Sundays at Bistro at 201.

Typical Menu Items:

Potato-Crusted Crab Cakes with Shrimp

Miniature Fried Chicken with Fried Green Tomatoes

Blackened Seafood Fresh Catch

Mimosas and Bloody Marys Available at 12 noon

Sunday Brunch Served 11 a.m. - 2 p.m

Friday, October 14, 2011

Historic Hendersonville Trolley Tour

Take Historic Hendersonville sites group tour every Saturday 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. May through October  by trolley!  Book your trolley tour at Inn on Church by calling (828) 696-2001.  Other group trolley tours available May through October.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hendersonville Historic Hotel

The Inn on Church is a historic in-town inn and the only hotel in Downtown Hendersonville.



Pet Friendly Hotel-Inn

You're welcome to make a reservation for your pet and bring him along on your Hendersonville-Asheville area vacation. We have several select pet-friendly rooms on the first floor.

NC Apple Festival

Labor Day Weekend

Each Labor Day weekend for 65 years, locals and visitors celebrate Henderson County's Mountain Heritage by attending the NC Apple Festival in Downtown Hendersonville. The NC Apple Festival and Street Fair covers nine blocks in Downtown Hendersonville's Historic Main Street extending from 6th Avenue to Caswell Street. There are 200 vendors, including arts and crafts and food vendors. Look for 14 apple growers and Hendersonville NC apples, children's and youth activities, special exhibits, open houses, food vendors, and continuous live entertainment. More About the History of the NC Apple Festival

 2011 NC Apple Festival Brochure

Visit Hendersonville NC Apple Orchards, Farm Stands and Markets

Main Street Dances

Every Monday Evening - Mid July through Mid August

Every Monday evening from mid July through mid August, Downtown Hendersonville's Main Street comes alive with the sounds of fiddles and banjos playing mountain heritage music and people square dancing or clogging.  The Main Street Dances are a favorite of locals and visitors come to the event to enjoy the music and participate in the traditional Appalachian square dancing.  

Square dancing and clogging to old time music has been a tradition in Downtown Hendersonville for more than 90 years.   The Hendersonville Street Dances began in 1918, at the end of World War I when the city welcomed our soldiers home from the War by celebrating in the streets.  Learn More

7 - 9 p.m. - Parking Lot Seating Opens at 5:30 p.m. 

Bring a Chair / Admission is Free No Pets, Alcohol or Coolers Allowed

In case of inclement weather the concert will be postponed until 8:00PM;
if the weather does not cooperate by 8:00PM the performance will be cancelled.


Music on Main Street

Summer Event - Mid June to Mid August

The Music on Main Street concert series is a favorite summertime event for both locals and visitors. An outstanding live concert is held each Friday evening throughout the summer at the Visitors Information Center located at 201 South Main Street. The concert series showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music. Put on your dancing shoes and head to Music On Main Street for some good toe tapping music, where there is a dance area in front of the stage. Or bring your lawn chair to listen to the music and watch the fun!  Learn More

7 - 9 p.m. - Parking Lot Seating Opens at 5:30 p.m. 

Bring a Chair / Admission is Free No Pets, Alcohol or Coolers Allowed

In case of inclement weather the concert will be postponed until 8:00PM;
if the weather does not cooperate by 8:00PM the performance will be cancelled.

Garden Jubilee

Memorial Day Weekend

Garden Jubilee offers over 200 vendors selling handmade arts and crafts, plants and items to enhance your outdoor living area. Local and regional nurseries will be selling 1000's of annuals, flowering plants, perennials, vegetables, herbs and hard to find plants on every block of the festival.  A great way to enhance the beauty of a garden is to add ornamentation. Garden related vendors will be located on Main Street in Historic Downtown Hendersonville from Sixth Avenue to Second Avenue. Main Street will be closed to traffic from Sixth Avenue to Caswell Street, with vendors lining both sides of the street. A variety of food vendors will be located in the food court, between Barnwell & Caswell Streets.  Read More


First Fridays

Historic Downtown Hendersonville businesses