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!

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


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!