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!

Flat Rock Village Bakery in Henderson County NC

Flat Rock Village Bakery in Henderson County NC

We have been going to Flat Rock Village Bakery in Henderson County North Carolina for years. Just one stop on the corner where they are located and you can smell the deliciousness all over the streets. Not only do they have lots of pastries and baked goods, but they also have sandwiches, salads, coffee, and even pizza! In the photo above, we actually bumped into them in Biltmore Park Town Square at the Farmer’s Market. They started in 2001 and 15 years later they are going and growing stronger than ever. Do not miss stopping by this spot if you are in or visiting the Hendersonville NC or Henderson County area of WNC.

HVL Donuts Gets Ready To Open In Downtown Hendersonville NC

HVL Donuts Downtown Hendersonville NC

HVL Donuts, a satellite store for HenDough, is getting ready to open in Downtown Hendersonville North Carolina. The existing space that HenDough Chicken & Donuts occupies is a little off the beaten path (but worth the trip), but now they have a spot at the beginning of all the Main Street foot traffic. And the building, it is a little cute “hole in the wall” location for a small business or smaller items, such as donuts. While McFarlan’s bakery has the good old fashioned donuts that we have always loved, HVL Donuts is bringing a more artisan craft donut to the Downtown Hendersonville scene.

New Cooking Classes in Hendersonville NC at Mi Amore Cafe

Hendersonville NC Cooking Class at Mi Amore Cafe

Chef Anthony, or “The Saucy Italian” as many call him, creates some deliciously authentic Italian food at Mi Amore Cafe in Hendersonville North Carolina. Many folks have asked and begged for his family recipes, and he has now decided to start a cooking class at the restaurant. Not only will you learn lots about Italian food and wine, but you will also meet a bunch of great folks in the community. Think of this as a cooking social, where friends meet and eat!

Surf & Turf in Downtown Hendersonville NC

We had such an incredible foodie experience in downtown Hendersonville North Carolina recently, that we must share it with you! Have you ever found a restaurant that had so much variety, and did all of those plates very well. Well we have, and that place is Never Blue. We were in a rush, pretty hungry, and in the middle of Apple Fest; so we sat down for a quick bite. Here is what we had:

Crab Cakes at Never Blue in Hendersonville NC

Crab Cakes – not many crab-cakes pass my approval, but these do!

Pork Plat at Never Blue in Hendersonville NC

Pork – this plate was so amazingly delicious!

Garlic Chili Shrimp at Never Blue in Hendersonville NC

Chili-Garlic Shrimp – we had a shrimp-master with us, and they put their stamp of approval on these!

*food photography by G Social Media

We Went Wow at this Hendersonville NC Pizzeria!

Pi Squared Pizza Hendersonville NC

I have to say, I have eaten pizza all around the world. Some of them are good, some are not so good, and some simply have a different style than what we are used to. But, one of my favorite pizzas is the Sicilian Pizza from New York City, and when we visited Pi-Squared in Hendersonville NC today, this was the closest we have ever came to it since.

Pi Squared Sicilian in Hendersonville NC

So delicious, a must stop if you are in the mood for pizza in Western North Carolina. That’s right, I would even recommend some of my Asheville friends drive out here, this far, just to try some! Lots of craft beer too, and even some hard cider from Bold Rock.

Pizza With An Attitude

PWA! Pizza With An Attitude. And a great attitude to say the least. When we approached the counter, a guy asked us if we had ever been here before. I guess we had that look on our face like “we’re here, what now?” We told him that this was our first time, and he pulled out several pizza trays to explain how it was made. Whew! I was preparing for a pretentious attitude like that chef at another pizza place gave me. But not here. Thank you Pi-Squared Pizza!

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!

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!

-Katrina!