Dog-Friendly Hendersonville NC

Dog Friendly Hendersonville NC

You may know how pet-friendly Asheville, North Carolina is, but do you know that Hendersonville, NC is also super pet friendly? Your dog is welcome to stroll the streets of downtown Hendersonville with you and there will be a bowl of water and treats to welcome you at multiple spots along the way. Your pooch will be begging you to stop by Wag! Pet Boutique for a toy or treat! If you want to exercise your dog you can walk around downtown, go for a hike, or take your dog to a park in the area. If you’re looking to let Fido run free, there are multiple dog parks in town. You can take your doggie to the dog park section at Jackson Park not far from downtown. Another city park is Pets’ Own Place on Seventh Avenue. Unlike Jackson Park, Pets’ Own Place is a fenced park that allows for separation of small and large dogs. Both parks are located by downtown Hendersonville, NC. Outside of Hendersonville, Fletcher Community Park has another wonderful dog park. After your pup is exhausted from play and you’re ready for a cold one, you can bring him with you to Sanctuary Brewing Company or Southern Appalachian Brewing. If local beer isn’t your thing, you can bring your pet out to Bold Rock Hard Cider in nearby Mills River, NC.

If you’re hungry don’t worry, your pet can come with you too! For breakfast or lunch downtown, Mountain Deli has an outdoor pet friendly patio area and excellent sandwiches. For lunch or dinner downtown, check out Never Blue or Mezzaluna, two restaurants that have an outdoor patio that’s pet friendly. They’ll make sure that your furry friend is hydrated too. Outside of downtown in Flat Rock, there are two great restaurants to eat at – Hubba Hubba Smokehouse or Flat Rock Village Bakery. They both share a nice outdoor area that is dog friendly, as long as your dog is leashed. They have free-ranging chickens around there, so keep that in mind!

Do you have any other favorite restaurants in Hendersonville that are pet friendly? We know there are a lot more than we can’t possibly mention in one post!

First Time On Main Street, Hendersonville NC, With My Sister

Carolyn Nguyen in Hendersonville NC

The whole Ask Team has been spending  so much time in Hendersonville NC that it’s become our second home. I knew when our schedules aligned I definitely wanted to take my sister on a day trip to Hendersonville and show her what it’s all about.

Couch at Ugly Mug in Hendersonville NC Ugly Mug Hendersonville NC

Our first stop was The Ugly Mug Coffee and Tea, a gem just minutes away from Main Street Hendersonville. I actually stumbled upon this place last week and was drawn to the cozy atmosphere and the warm homemade pastries. I was really excited to show my sister this place because we love exploring coffee shops and start our day with an Americano or Latte 99% of the time.

I Love You More Than Coffee

I’ve tried a few speciality lattes from their chalkboard menu and I’ve got to say my favorite was the Zebra Latte. Let me let you in on something, I used to work at Cinnabon and I’ve never tried a cinnamon bun I’ve enjoyed more than when I gained 10 pounds working there until now.

Cinnamon Bun Ugly Mug Hendersonville NC

This is an apple strudel and it was delicious and the only thing missing was a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

Main Street Hendersonville NC

Our next stop was Church Street to visit Sweet Gypsy Coffee. We didn’t need another espresso but I did need another mug. I had bought my sister a mug from here and of course she broke it so she owed me another one. You’ll find out we do have an affinity for mugs.

Then off to Main Street we walked. If you ever get a chance to stroll down Main Street in Downtown Hendersonville you’ll find it has a southern charm that makes it unforgettable. I was describing Main Street to her as place that runs on a slower pace, everybody knows everybody, and the locals are so kind and welcoming. We were exploring in the late afternoon and several shops along Main Street do close before 4 so I would definitely keep that in mind if you want to do some serious shopping.

Four Seasons Hendersonville NC

We visited this adorable boutique store called Four Seasons, that offers decorations and ornaments year round that will stir up the  Martha Stewart inside of you.

Turtle Mirror Hendersonville NC

We ended up buying this eclectic turtle mirror that I plan to DIY and spray paint white to fit in with my room decor.

No visit to Main Street would be complete without a visit to McFarlan’s Bakery. Just the aroma of confections and frosting makes your mouth water. With rows and rows of cookies and cakes it’s hard to choose just one but we did end getting a rose cookie for our mom. Our Sweet tooth runs in the family, we have a problem we know.

Mc Farlan's Bakery Case Hendersonville NC Rose Cookie Mc Farlan's Bakery Hendersonville

Our last stop before dinner was the Mast General Store, which we found out when we walked in is actually two stories, it was like tourist gift shop heaven. It’s about to get cheesy but you must know my sister is my best friend and the most important person in my life so of course, we bought matching speckled periwinkle mugs that say “A sister is worth a thousand friends.”

Coffee Mugs at Mast General Store Hendersonville NC

For dinner we chose a colorful restaurant that would also fit in so well in downtown Asheville called Never Blue. I’ve been here for lunch before and the Fish and Chips was one of the best I’ve ever tried.

Fish N Chips Never Blue Hendersonville NC

Never Blue has a very unique and enjoyable atmosphere, along with a  great selection of American classics and fusion dishes that made it the perfect choice for dinner.

One of my favorite parts of dinner was the tablecloth made of paper and my selection of crayons to go to town with. We decided to go the tapas route so we could try different dishes.

Tablecloth at Never Blue Hendersonville NC Korean BBQ Pork Sliders at Never Blue Hendersonville NC

I decided to go with the Never Blue Banh Mi, which was a twist on a traditional Vietnamese sandwich with Korean BBQ pork sliders and a sriracha ginger cream. The pickled carrots and cucumbers added a nice bite to the savory flavors of the sliders.

Wings at Never Blue Hendersonville NC Mussels at Never Blue Hendersonville NC

Carolyn went for the wings and the mussels with a house made green curry, coconut milk, and a toasted baguette. When I think of mussels I think of them in a traditional buttery, oil and wine sauce but these were probably my favorite way they have ever been prepared. It was a very fresh mix of flavors with the cilantro and the rich curry sauce.

My sister and I always get dessert when we go out to eat because it just doesn’t feel right until we satiate our palate with something sweet. We chose the Chocolate Sin Cake, which was a flourless chocolate cake with fresh berries and a scoop of dark chocolate ice cream and a raspberry sorbet. I usually don’t like my chocolate and fruit to mix  but this turned out surprisingly well.

Chocolate Sin Cake Hendersonville NC at Never Blue AskHendo Chocolate Sin Cake

As we made our way back to the car, we were already contemplating the next places we wanted to stop by on our next visit. The more time I spend here, the more I am able to appreciate everything Hendersonville has to offer and I can’t wait for our next adventure!


Hendersonville NC Colors

Hendersonville NC Colors

Hendersonville North Carolina is colorful, and it’s not just the leaves. From walking around Downtown to visiting the many attractions all around the county, there are many styles, sounds, and colors everywhere you look. While on Main Street recently, and watching Jose Case receive his new moped; we bumped into these 3 young ladies with their colorful hair flared up and styled. I thought about all of the people in the community, whether you were raised here, visiting the area, or have moved here; and how much more of a variety we now have.

Colorful Hendersonville NC

And every single one of us contribute something. We all have a part and we all partake in this. The art, the food, the people… everything is showing more and more variety and color each year. What colors do you bring to the table? Hendersonville North Carolina is a colorful community!

Karin Visits Hendersonville NC & The Inn on Church

You know how when you go to someone’s house for the first time, the minute you open the door you know all about them by what you drink in with your senses? On recommendation from a waitress in Brevard, NC and on our way to the Biltmore, we found ourselves standing on Main St. in historic downtown Hendersonville right in front of Sherman Sports Store sizing up this little mountain town.

Honey Bear Downtown Hendersonville NC

In my usual stance, hands on hips, I survey the area. Wide sidewalks with glorious flowers everywhere. But more importantly was the vibe from the people walking on those sidewalks, it was palpable. Happy, laid back, pet lovers of all ages were browsing the numerous eclectic stores that line Main St. Their signature Bear statues greet the shoppers and hint of the goodies that are hidden in the various stores.

In Sherman’s we bought several unique Hendersonville t-shirts and the cashier was a treasure trove of information. We were in love with Hendersonville, yes that fast, and asked where would be the best place to stay the night. Without hesitation she said the Inn on Church. Just one block from the center of downtown Hendersonville sits the Inn on Church, a short walk from where we were. So, we decided to take a peak after a burger at at the Black Rose Pub. Hey, I scoped it out online before we went there and I already knew I wanted to stay there in the Christmas Room!

Christmas Room - Inn on Church Hendersonville NC


What we found was a historic Inn with themed guest rooms that was cozy, romantic….and steeped in history. The original bank safe is still in the lobby behind Joe and Stephanie Carlton, the owners, when they check you in.

Our room was on the second floor and my eyes danced on each and every Christmas decoration in our room. The bathroom had a claw foot tub that I could not wait to soak in. It was perfect. And even though the Inn was booked to capacity, you could not hear the other guests in their rooms. A huge bonus.

At cocktail time we went downstairs and sipped cocktails and shared a couple of laughs with other guests at the gleaming copper topped bar. Joe and Stephanie were making drinks and serving snacks all while assisting guests with plans and reservations. On a hunch, we asked Stephanie if the Inn was haunted…and she said YES!!! Make sure you ask her about the additional guests that sometimes pay them a surprise visit.

While we were there, guests staying at the Inn were going to the Flat Rock Playhouse, the state theatre of North Carolina. The Inn has a Flat Rock Playhouse Stay and Play package, check it out on their website. We didn’t have time to go as we were on our way to the Biltmore the next day.

In the evening, Main St. comes alive with a live band and music to stroll by. The perfect end to the perfect day.

The next morning breakfast was homemade and hearty served in a lovely room in the back of the Inn. While we were there there was a wedding party having breakfast outside. The Inn is the ideal venue for weddings and celebrations of all kinds.

Voted the most romantic spot in Downtown Hendersonville, Inn on Church provides the setting for romantic mountain getaways, exciting outdoor adventures zip lining in the cool mountain air, or a theater stay and play.

As Joe and Stephanie say on their website, “Get Innspired!”

Call now for reservations or do what we did, just walk in…and feel at home!

Tell’em Chef Knut Meg sent you!!

You can thank me later!

Muah! Till next time!

Karin – adventurer and story teller!!

Follow me on Twitter @karin13773564

Joe and Stephanie Carlton

Inn on Church


Elijah Mountain Gem Mining

Elijah Mountain Gem Mine Hendersonville NC

I have a secret. It’s kind of embarrassing for me to admit this but It’s time I finally come clean. Every time we travel in North Carolina, I just have to stop and do it. Just anticipating the weight of the bucket excites me. What treasures are lurking inside I wonder. The ice cold water flowing in the flume and rushing over my manicured fingers panders to the little girl in me. I plop a handful of soil from my bucket onto the screen and lower I it into the water, ahhhh, a huge sigh of relief…I’m gem mining AGAIN!

There it is, I love gem mining. I found a gem of a mine at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine in Hendersonville. You are transported back in time and for a brief moment you feel like you’re are a real prospector mining for real gem stones. You might find Rubies, Sapphires, Emeralds, Quartz crystals, Citrine, Amethyst, Garnets, Aventurine, Sodalite, Peridot, Opal, Fluorite, Aquamarine, Topaz, Peacock Copper or even gold depending on the bucket of fun you purchase. And don’t worry about the weather ruining your mining plans since they have outdoor water flumes and indoor flumes that are open daily. So, if the family is getting cabin fever, this the perfect little jaunt to take.

Hendersonville NC Gem Mine Elijah Mountain

The store is huge and filled with surprises. Right in the center is a faux bridge with a fish pond filled with koi and goldfish. All around the pond are gorgeous rocks and unique pieces of artsy fartsy rock creations.

In the back, you can pick a geode and have a staff member put the geode in this antique contraption that breaks the geode right in half. You end up holding your breathe when they break it open, cuz you have no idea what colors you will find inside your geode. I stood there a good long time just watching the faces of people getting their geode opened. I was clapping with delight and the geodes weren’t even mine.

Okay, deep breath, they have my second favorite activity right there at the mine….feeding baby animals!!! On the right hand side they have rare and unique goats to pet and feed. I squealed so loudly, the woman behind the counter ran over and just gave me food so I could feed the goats. You can actually see the baby goats from the parking lot! You have to see these beautiful animals.

The staff was attentive and made everyone feel right at home the minute they crossed the threshold. It was southern hospitality at its very best. Voted TripAdvisor’s #1 Mine in NC!

Tell’em Chef Knut Meg sent you!!

You can thank me later!

Muah! Till next time!

Karin – adventurer and story teller!!

Follow me on Twitter @karin13773564

Family owned and operated. Wheelchair accessible.

ELIJAH MOUNTAIN – 2120 Brevard Road, Hendersonville, NC 28739

828-692- 6560

Hendersonville North Carolina Hashtags For Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Hendersonville NC Hashtag Instagram

Hashtags are codes used as a social media tool to categorize conversations online. We have come up with a few for Hendersonville North Carolina, but first let us explain how they work.

Making a hashtag is simple. Simply add the number or pound sign (#) before any word. Try it with anything you are posting. Like… “I went out to eat #Lasagna last night!” Or make up your own such as… #KellyIsTheQueen and use it, and click on it. You will have made your own feed out of that hashtag. The moment you add the # sign before any word, it turns that work into a link, and turns that link into a feed page of its own. Then you can click on it, and see everyone else’s posts who turned that same word or phrase into a hashtag.

Lets say that you are on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and you are writing about food in Hendersonville NC. You would add the assigned hashtag #hvleat to your post. Then when someone clicks on that post, they can see everyone’s post who used that hashtag. This is an amazing communication tool in that a hashtag pulls the specific conversation of everyone involved over to one feed and page. That means you do not have to go to each person’s Twitter account to see what each person is saying. All you have to do is make sure everyone involved is using the proper hashtag, go to the hashtag page, and you will see the full conversation.

As you can see in the photo above, we searched the #hendersonvillenc hashtag on Instagram and found a bunch of great photos that the community has uploaded. And in the photo below, we searched the #hvleat hashtag on Twitter and found some foodie conversation from the community.

Hendersonville NC Hashtags for Twitter, Instagram & Facebook

Here are some #hashtags that you can use for Hendersonville NC:

  1. #hvleat – food, restaurants, desserts, and anything foodie related
  2. #hvlnews – news related or newsworthy info
  3. #hvlbeer – beer (mostly craft beer), breweries, beer for sale, drinking beer
  4. #hvlrealty – real estate for rent, sale, lease; including
  5. #hvlshop – browsing & shopping, also items for sale
  6. #hvlwine – wine, wineries, wine for sale, drinking wine
  7. #hvlcoffee – coffee, beans, roasting, drinking coffee
  8. #hvlcider – cider, cideries, drinking cider
  9. #hvlstay – hotels, bed & breakfast, lodging, camping, rv, places to stay
  10. #hvlmusic – music, musicians, musicals, music events, bands, concerts
  11. #hvlart – art, artists, drawings
  12. #hvlwed – weddings, rehearsal dinner, bachelor and bachelorette parties
  13. #hvlhike – hiking, trails
  14. #hvlauto – automotive, cars, trucks, SUVs, 4-wheelers,
  15. #hvlpets – pets, cats, dogs, animal shelters
  16. #hvlpics – photos, photography, pictures
  17. #dthvl – anything to do with Downtown Hendersonville NC
  18. #hendersonvillenc – anything to do with Hendersonville North Carolina
  19. #HVL – this is the short hashtag for Hendersonville NC, but for the most part we do not use the hashtag #Hendersonville by itself as it could also refer to Hendersonville Tennessee, where Taylor Swift lives.

Hendersonville NC Shopping & Furniture at The Marketplace on Locust

Hendersonville North Carolina has plenty of places to spend the day or weekend shopping around town. The Marketplace on Locust is a premier shop that features several designers as well as dozens of other artists & makers that feature their work here. With four beautiful rooms to see, plan on spending at least an hour or two while you are here.

Tang Soo!

Ho Sin Sool Dojang in Etowah NC

You could have a sneezing fit of thirty seconds and be completely unaware that you passed Etowah, NC. Since DuPont and Pisgah Forests are right down the road, Etowah gets lost in the shuffle. Honestly, there isn’t much in Etowah; no fancy over the top restaurants or hotels, but there is a sense of community. I hate that some of the businesses get overlooked by locals and tourists because Etowah is small. However, one business in particular, Ho Sin Sool Dojang, has my attention and should have yours, too!

The Martial Arts Dojang offers Tang So Doo, Tai Chi, a Women’s Self Defense Class, Summer Camps and an After School Program. I may be a little biased because I am a “Hendo” inhabitant and my 5 year old attends the Little Ninjas class but, there is something special about Travis Ginn’s Dojang. One word to describe Ho Sin Sool is “heart”. When you speak to the 6 th Degree Black Belt about his lifetime study of Tang Soo Do, he lights up and you know it is one of his purposes’ in life. Travis is able to take his martial arts passion, combine it with his sense of service to the community and make it a very rewarding career. His Dojang is a place where discipline, respect, confidence, spirit and health are promoted. The values that are expressed by the International Master Instructor are shared with students from 3 to 103. Best yet, Travis is very humble about it all, even unaware of his presence and importance to the community. He is just happy to be doing what he is doing.

However, Stacey Barrett, Travis’s fiancée, is aware of what he brings to Etowah and Hendersonville. In fact, the two are teaming up to provide a fun packed summer camp for the kiddos. Camp includes hiking, programs at Carl Sandburg, field trips to the fish hatchery and WNC Nature Center, gem mining, visits from the fire department and police department, and even some rainy day activities at Hands on and Brevard Rock Gym. The couple also works together for an after school program that includes pick up from Glenn C. Marlow Elementary, Mills River Elementary, Etowah Elementary and Rugby Middle School. With Stacey’s background in massage, nutrition and fitness training, it will be exciting to see what the couple will do in the future. As for the present, I encourage people of all ages to see what the Dojang can offer children and adults. Do not be intimidated if you don’t have a background in the martial arts or tai chi, as the environment at Ho Sin Sool is warm and inviting. A student of any age will walk away with confidence and a sense of accomplishment.

Also, see a Video Introduction to Ho Sin Sool Dojang!