WIN the Ultimate Vacation Getaway Giveaway in Hendersonville NC

We are so excited to announce our new Ultimate Vacation Giveaway Getaway in Hendersonville North Carolina. This will be a huge prize that any one of you could win. We are talking about lodging, eateries, and things to do all included in this “Winner Takes All” giveaway. Eleven local businesses in Henderson County NC are a part of this Grand Prize!

To Enter, all you need to do is first make sure you have liked the Ask Hendersonville Facebook Page to qualify; then Like, Comment & Share this post on Facebook for up to 3 chances to win. So if you “Like” this post on Facebook, you get one chance. If you “Comment” on this post on Facebook, you get another chance. And if you “Share” this post on Facebook, you will get another.

Hendersonville NC Vacation Getaway Giveaway 2017

And whether you win or not, this list features some great spots that you definitely want to check out if you are in Hendersonville North Carolina and the Western NC mountains!

Mill House Lodge Flat Rock NC

Two Nights Lodging at Mill House Lodge in Flat Rock North Carolina!

Sweet Gypsy Coffee Hendersonville NC

Coffee & Pastries for 2 from Sweet Gypsy Coffee several times during your 2-Day Stay.

Mountain Deli Hendersonville NC

Breakfast or Lunch for 2 at Mountain Deli on Main Street in Downtown Hendersonville!

Dandelion Eatery Hendersonville NC

Lunch for 2 at Dandelion Eatery on 5th Avenue in Downtown Hendersonville NC!

HenDough Chicken & Donuts in Hendersonville NC

Lunch and Donuts for 2 at HenDough on Kanuga Road in Hendersonville North Carolina!

Flat Rock Wood Room in Hendersonville NC

Dinner for 2 at Flat Rock Wood Room on Greenville Highway in Hendersonville NC!

Sanctuary Brewing Hendersonville NC

Gift Certificate for 2 to enjoy some time at Sanctuary Brewing on 1st Avenue in Downtown Hendersonville!

Bold Rock Hard Cider in Mills River NC

A Gift Bag from Bold Rock Hard Cider in Mills River North Carolina!

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyard

A Wine Tasting for 2 at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards on Chestnut Gap Road in Hendersonville NC.

Elijah Mountain Gem Mine Hendersonville NC

Gem Mining for 2 at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine on Brevard Road in Hendersonville NC!

Flat Rock Playhouse

Two Theatre Tickets to the Flat Rock Playhouse in Flat Rock North Carolina!

DB Brewer & Wine Supply Opens In Downtown Hendersonville NC

DB Brewer & Wine Supply - Hendersonville NC

The new DB Brewer and Wine Supply gets ready to open in Downtown Hendersonville North Carolina. So for all of home brewers and wine makers, this will be the spot to get many of your supplies. Glad to see more businesses getting established around town. Stop by and say hello to the team over there, and support local!

Race to the Taps: Southern Appalachian

Race To The Taps Hendersonville NC

The popular local racing series, Race to the Taps, came to downtown Hendersonville’s Southern Appalachian Brewery. June 11 th marked the second race of the beer and run loving series. Produced by Mix 96.5 and Kick It Event Management, Race to the Taps is a four race series that cumulatively equals a marathon (26.2 miles). One of the event’s mottos this year is “Who says a marathon has to be run in one day?” The second installment was a 6.2 mile/10k run at 11 am on a particularly warm day. Runners at the starting line were already looking forward to the beer reward for finishing the race.

At the starting line, you see loved ones giving kisses and embraces to wish their runner good luck. You can see smiles being exchanged among other runners. Participants were taking last minute stretches, mp3 checks, tying their laces just right, readjusting racing bibs or making light conversation with their neighbor. Some last minute racers scrambled to the starting line while other runners became stoic to prepare themselves mentally for the run. The running community brings a feeling of togetherness, but also an individual sense of accomplishment.

The course was not particularly “elevationally” challenging, but Mother Nature threw in quite the variable with temperatures in the upper 80s. Every race has its individual demand; whether it is the course, the outdoor elements, distance or just your particular mindset that day. Hands down, this race’s challenge was the heat. When running races, it is just as much about your mental game as it is your physical fitness. Running can quickly humble you, but the psyche must be reinforced with positive self-talk and curbing negative thoughts.

The route weaved through neighborhoods, William H. King Memorial Park and Oklawaha Greenway. I didn’t even know these places existed and I live in Hendersonville! One of the beautiful things about running is that you get to experience your environment in a different way. Racing delivers a bird’s eye view of your surroundings and you may even experience a feeling of connectedness to your community.

Seeing and hearing the spectators as you near the finish line can bring a third, fourth or even a fifth wind! Knowing the end is near and that a delicious, ice cold Southern Appalachian beer will soon be in your grips, is just enough encouragement to add a little extra gas to your tank. People and children are smiling and cheering; it warms the heart and brings joy and gratitude. You completed 6.2 miles for yourself today and it feels so good.

After the cool down and recovery, the postrace celebration was in full effect. Smiles and nods of mutual respect were exchanged among runners. Racers were holding a pint of their favorite cold brew while enjoying the openness of the tasting room. I chose the always fantastic Belgian Blonde Ale and sipped it victoriously in front of a fan.

Once I felt fully recovered, I was able to once again step out into the sunshine to peruse the vendor and sponsor tents. Paramount Kia, Gold’s Gym, Fleet Feet Sports, Whole Foods, Blue Ridge Orthodontics, Mills River Partnership and many others were out in full force volunteering and representing their organizations. Live music, freebies and information were aplenty. It was pleasurable to take a step back and appreciate that a community can come together in support of one another. Not just the runners, but sponsors working together to support a great event and one another. And this is what being in a community is all about; fellowship, building and fostering relationships, support and providing opportunities for all to make progress and win.

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Written by Tamara Bernazky-Alm. Find and follow me on Twitter @rabbitlb09

Nightlife in Hendersonville NC

Hendersonville NC Nightlife

If you’re looking to experience the nightlife of Hendersonville, North Carolina one weekend, AskHendersonville has some suggestions for you! There are a lot of great restaurants and bars to visit all day long, but we want to highlight a few of the awesome evening spots. Hendersonville has places to visit for beer lovers, wine lovers, music lovers, and food lovers! We’ll start with where to go in the early evening and work our way to late night.

Hendersonville, NC has two wonderful vineyards that you can tour and enjoy a glass of wine or sample multiple types: Burnshirt Vineyards and Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards. You can experience a vineyard tour, stroll the property, and end with a wine tasting at each. Chat with knowledgeable staff and learn about North Carolina wine. Sometimes both vineyards have live music that you can listen to while you sip their signature wine. Both vineyards feature a tasting room with indoor and outdoor seating for all weather. Both vineyards tend to be open until 6 or 7 pm in the evenings.

If beer is more to your liking, we are really fortunate to have Sierra Nevada Brewery just outside of Hendersonville in Mills River, NC. You can take a variety of tours at the brewery, and then drink and eat at their stunning brewery. Their food is fantastic and they have tons of beer on tap. The property has plenty of outdoor seating, walking trails, gardens, games, outdoor fire pits, and even an amphitheater for live music. Snag some Sierra Nevada gear on your way out at the gift shop! Sierra Nevada is typically open until 9 or 10 pm.

You can also enjoy local craft beer closer to downtown Hendersonville. There are several local breweries nearby – Basic BrewerySouthern Appalachian Brewery, and Sanctuary Brewing Company. These breweries have a wide selection of their own beer and guest taps and even hard cider. They each have live music often and a great atmosphere. Each brewery is open fairly late depending on the night.

As the clock ticks to a later time in the evening, venture to downtown Hendersonville. You can find fine wine and craft beer at the Poe House, located below West First Pizza. The Poe House has a unique intimate setting and its décor and darkly romantic ambiance reflects its namesake, the Gothic author Edgar Allen Poe. The Poe House describes itself as “coming off somewhere between an English pub and a trendy wine bar.” It’s really a neat place to go! There is often live music or special events like Champagne Tuesdays.

For a less intimate setting, check out two local favorites – Black Rose Public House and Hannah Flanagan’s Pub and Eatery, an Irish pub. These two busy pubs located on Main Street of Hendersonville are open late with a great selection of beer, wine, and a full liquor bar. They both are full restaurants where you can order dinner or just late night appetizers. Try a burger at Black Rose Pub or wings at Hannah’s. Both places have plenty of table and bar seating with a fun atmosphere and even TVs to enjoy your favorite sports game.

If you take some of our suggestions, it should lead to a pretty fun evening out in Hendersonville, whether you’re an early bird or a night owl! Where else are you hanging out in the evenings in Hendersonville?

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!

A Wonderful Weekend in Hendersonville NC – 11 Stops & 39 Photos

We wanted to take a weekend all to ourselves and enjoy lots of what Hendersonville North Carolina has to offer.

Social Hour - Inn on Church Hendersonville NC

So we booked a room at the Inn on Church Street in Downtown Hendersonville NC. I promise you that we did not plan it this way, but we ended up walking in on their “Social Hour” which led to several tasty libations. Then we headed up to the room to get cleaned up and to rest for a few.

Basic Brewery in Hendersonville NC

Then we headed right up the street to Basic Brewery, the first stop on our trip. They opened recently and they are not brewing their own beer yet, but the place is filled with so many great craft beer taps from all across Western North Carolina. We walked in on an Art + Beer event and got to see so many folks having a wonderful time painting.

Renzo's Ristorante Hendersonville NC

Next we headed to Renzo’s Ristorante and we are so glad we did. We have been to Italian restaurants all over WNC including Asheville and this place is second to none. We had the Shrimp Scampi because that is what J.Lo ate when she was here recently, a couple of amazing cocktails made to perfection, and delicious dessert. Wow, thank you!

Sanctuary Brewing Hendersonville NC

Then it was off to the next brewery, a place called Sanctuary. We stopped by here awhile back during the day to talk to one of the owners, but this time were were here to experience the great brews and atmosphere.

Breakfast at the Inn on Church Hendersonville NC

We then headed back to the Inn on Church to get to bed. And we woke up to this delicious breakfast made by their Chef and served in the dining room on the main level. Eggs Benedict and French Toast!

Fairy & Earth Festival Flat Rock NC

We headed out for day two in Hendersonville North Carolina. The first stop was the Fairy & Earth Festival that was happening in Flat Rock NC, just a hop, skip and a jump (a short car ride) from Downtown.

Love You More Hendersonville NC

The ladies wanted to then stop by the Marketplace on Locust to take a look at the furniture and home decor items. Me, I love walking around this store and reading the little signs like the one pictured above!

Lunch at Mountain Deli Hendersonville NC

We couldn’t resist stopping by Mountain Deli for lunch. The top photo is of an Italian on a Kaiser Roll. The bottom is an old fashioned Ham, Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Mayo, Salt, Pepper, Oil & Vinegar. They don’t just make sandwiches here, they build them; and to perfection to say the least.

Live Happy in Hendersonville NC

Walking around Downtown Hendersonville, there are signs here and there that remind us how to live. Happy is a great place to start!

Sweet Gypsy Coffee Hendersonville NC

We stopped by Sweet Gypsy Coffee on Church Street for a Vanilla Latte. Love this little spot off the beaten path.

Poe House Hendersonville NC

We headed back to the hotel to take a break and got to meet some wonderful folks visiting from out of town. We stayed for social hour and then headed out to the Poe House for some live music and beer. They also have many great wines that you can enjoy.

West First Wood Fired Pizza Hendersonville NC

After that we were hungry, so we headed next door to West First Wood Fired Pizza in Downtown Hendersonville. Mussels, Pizza, Sea Bass, and Craft Beer!

Black Rose Pub Hendersonville NC

The night was still young, so we stopped by the Black Rose Pub to have a couple of brews with friends. This place has been a staple of downtown Hendersonville throughout the years. Oh, and the cups in this photo feature brews that match the logo. Oskar Blues from Brevard NC on the left, and Wicked Weed from Asheville NC on the right.

Breakfast at the Inn on Church Hendersonville NC

After that it was nighty-nite. Then it happened all over again. We woke up to such an amazing breakfast at the Inn on Church! I will never be the same after all of this deliciousness.

Mi Amore Cafe Hendersonville NC

Sunday was kind of quiet in town, so we walked around for a few, got some ice cream, then decided to pass by Mi Amore Cafe to see if they had any fresh pastries made. But they were closed on Sunday, so we will catch them on our next blog tour around Hendersonville NC.

Handmade Homemade Hendersonville NC

What a wonderful time all around, here in Hendersonville North Carolina! A community built around handmade, homemade, and folks who sincerely care about one another.

Have you toured or visited Hendersonville NC lately? Tell us about your experience!