Hendersonville The Perfect Spot in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Picking a destination in the Blue Ridge Mountains sometimes mirrors the experience of a Goldilocks fairy tale. Some places are too big. Some are too small.

Then you come across Hendersonville, North Carolina, and realize it’s just right. Hendersonville is a friendly town with big city amenities. It is home to the state theater of North Carolina, gorgeous waterfalls, scenic hiking, the East Coast headquarters of Sierra Nevada Brewing, and a downtown of shops, boutiques, restaurants and inns.

Hendersonville has emerged from the shadows of nearby Asheville with possibilities as wide as its Main Street sidewalks. In addition to Sierra Nevada, three local breweries contribute to the beer scene, along with three cideries producing world-class hard cider from in of the nation’s largest apple producing regions.

Broadway-style shows are available at two locations of the famed Flat Rock Playhouse, and the arts are celebrated at Connemara, the former home of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Carl Sandburg.

Outdoor adventure abounds at DuPont State Recreational Forest. More than 10,000 acres of forest, trails and waterfalls encourage hiking, biking, horseback riding and fishing. And a short drive from Main Street is Jump Off Rock, which offers panoramic views of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains.

Back on Main Street, 24 locally-owned restaurants offer culinary experiences from upscale to casual. Choose from such options as: Italian, Mexican, New American, sushi, farm-to-table and NC pit-smoked barbecue.

A visit to Hendersonville could very well inspire that Goldilocks’ “just right” feeling in you.

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