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!!

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Joe and Stephanie Carlton

Inn on Church