Hendersonville the Apple of North Carolina’s Eye

An exciting getaway awaits travelers in the Blue Ridge Mountain town of Hendersonville. Once a sleepy locale overshadowed by neighboring Asheville, the town has emerged with a vibrant mix of arts, culture and locally brewed spirits.

Hendersonville’s Main Street is among the most welcoming in Western North Carolina with a variety of shops and restaurants. The streetscape includes pedestrian-friendly sidewalks framed by benches, flowers and trees.

Nearby Flat Rock Playhouse, officially designated the State Theatre of North Carolina, has opened a second location on Main Street, bringing shows and concerts to the center city.

Henderson County, the seventh-largest apple-producing county in the United States, is becoming a leader in the production of hard cider. The abundance of orchards has led to the establishment of three cideries, with a fourth in the works. The cideries are part of the Cheers! Trail that also features five breweries and two wineries. One of those breweries is the East Coast headquarters for Sierra Nevada.

Outdoor adventures abound at DuPont State Recreational Forest on the county’s southwestern edge.

More than 10,000 acres of forest, trails and waterfalls encourage hiking, biking, horseback riding and fishing. An easy 10-minute drive from Hendersonville’s Main Street is Jump Off Rock, which offers panoramic views of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. On a clear day, four states — North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee — are visible from this spot.

For information about Hendersonville getaways, call 800-828-4244 or go to VisitHendersonvilleNC.org