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!

Downtown Hendersonville NC Gets A Gem Mine

Pisgah Forest Gem Mine Hendersonville NC

Exciting things are happening all around Hendersonville North Carolina, and becoming a kid-friendly place is a top priority. When you look at other places around Western NC, including Asheville, there is not much to do for kids. But take a simple walk down Main Street in Downtown Hendersonville and watch their little eyes light up!

You have Hands On which is a fun experience where you can take the kids for exhibits, classes, and events. Then you have the Mineral & Lapidary Museum where you can get a sort of science tour of raw minerals from the earth, polished gemstones, and other finished products. Then last but not least, you have the ECCO Aquarium where you can see about 24 exhibits and tanks featuring turtles, sharks, lizards and more. And let’s not forget the Dancing Bear, which is one of the best toy stores we have ever been in. But beware, kids are known to get stuck in there.

Hendersonville NC Gem Mine

Now the Pisgah Forest Gem Mine is opening up on Main Street, and this kind of makes it all come full circle. The place is currently under construction so don’t go just yet. Stay tuned for more information. Many fun hours of kids entertainment can now be experienced in Downtown Hendersonville North Carolina!

A Family Tradition – Grandad’s Apple Farm in Hendersonville NC

Grandad's Apple Farm and Pumpkins in Hendersonville NC

Today was the time when our family heads out to Grandad’s Apple Farm in Hendersonville North Carolina. Over the past few years, this has become a family tradition for us. This year there was only a handful of us, as some had prior commitments, and others had to work. But we have learned that as a family, we must make great memories while we still can, so heading out to this farm is more than just about apples.

Apple Picking at Grandad's Apple Farm in Hendersonville NC

We walked, talked, enjoyed the sun, escaped to the shade for a few, hung out by the lake, played by the cornfield, had some fun in the playground area, met some other nice folks, and took home two bags of apples to make all sorts of delicious desserts.

Grandad's Apple Farm Hendersonville North Carolina

I just love looking out across this huge cornfield, taking a deep breath, and gazing upon the mountains that rise into the sky.

Golden Delicious Apples in Hendersonville NC

There we plenty of choices when it came to apples, although certain ones like Pink Lady and Candy Crisp were not ready yet. You can see our photo about those on the AskHendersonville Facebook Page. The apples pictured above were called Golden Delicious, and once you bite into them, you will know how they got the name.

Statues at Grandad's Apple Farm in Hendersonville NC

And although we took photos and made memories all over the farm, there we also several statues that you could take a photo with. Grandma and her butler are located right at the barn entrance, and the gorilla and bear are in the kids playground area. Oh, and the barn has just about everything you can imagine making with apples. From ice cream, to bread, to pastries, and even some bottled hard cider to take the edge off.

So if you are looking for a great spot to take the family, or spend time with friends; this is a must-have experience if you are in the Hendersonville and Western North Carolina area.

Also… see the Tractor Ride Video on Facebook!

Go Riverboarding with the Travel Channel near Hendersonville NC on Monday!

Go Riverboarding With The Travel Channel Near Hendersonville NC

Come join us as we take Xtreme Waterparks soaring to new heights to experience the exciting sport of Riverboarding! Riverboarding or hydrospeeding is a relatively new sport where the participant lies on their stomach on their board. It’s an extreme adrenaline rush- like boogie boarding but with whitewater rapids! Unlike kayaking where you’re sitting up, able to look out at the rapids in front of you, riverboarding takes you diving headfirst into whatever the river throws your way.

High Noon Entertainment and Xtreme Waterparks will be coming to Gorilla Falls at Green River Narrow, outside of Hendersonville & Asheviille, this Monday 8/22. We’re looking for fun groups of four to spend the day with us as we film you riverboarding!

Don’t worry if you have never gone Riverboarding before. We’ll have an expert there to teach and guide you. THIS WILL BE A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EXPERIENCE.

Please email Tina at and tell us about yourselves. Please include a current photo (body shot) and your contact info.

Xtreme Waterparks is produced by High Noon Entertainment, one of America’s leading television production companies. We produce high-quality programming for networks such as HGTV, Discovery, TLC, Travel Channel, Animal Planet, Weather Channel, truTV, Cooking Channel and Food Network. For more info on us, please visit


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?

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!


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

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!