Attractions and Things to Do in Hendersonville, NC
Let us be your personal concierge to help you get the most out of your vacation to our area. There are so many things to do, events to see, and outdoor recreation in Hendersonville, NC, that there is sure to be something for everyone! Choose from all the great things to do in Historic Hendersonville, the Blueridge Mountains, and the surrounding Asheville area. We’d love to share our knowledge of the area with you, give recommendations, and we’ll even plan your schedule and make the necessary preparations so you can spend more time having fun! Then, let us do all the work. We can have your schedule waiting for you along with tickets to any event, play, concert, or tour that you choose.
Whether you wish to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life or want to spend a little extra time with your beloved this year, you’ll find the perfect activities to help you relax in western North Carolina. Make the most of our year-round destination by requesting 24-hour access to our Free Vacation Guide. When you do, you’ll have our top recommendations for the best Hendersonville attractions right at your fingertips.
Things to Do in Hendersonville, NC
Hendersonville is the hub of activity in Western North Carolina. We are close to so many great attractions. Whether you’re a thrill seeker looking for outdoor adventure, or you’re searching for an area rich with history, music, and art, our area has something great to offer. Browse our list of things to do in Hendersonville, NC and the surrounding area below. Then, make your reservations and visit us to experience it all for yourself!
Theater, Art, & Music
Flat Rock Playhouse
Plan on visiting the Flat Rock Playhouse during your next visit to Hendersonville, NC. Both the Downtown Hendersonville and Flat Rock venues have an exciting lineup of theatrical productions. We are within walking distance to the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown and a short drive to the Main Stage. We will book your dinner reservation and have your tickets waiting for you. Then, after the show, stay at our 17-room bed & breakfast! Enjoy a cocktail in Harvey’s Lounge before bed, and wake up to a complimentary breakfast the next morning.
Art on Main Street
Autumn in the Western North Carolina Mountains brings thousands of visitors to the region to observe its amazing fall foliage. Artists come from far & wide to Historic Downtown Hendersonville to celebrate art and share their stories with the community during the annual Art on Main event.
Music on Main Street
The Music on Main Street concert series is a favorite summertime event for both locals and visitors. An outstanding live concert is held each Friday evening throughout the summer at the Visitors Information Center.
Main Street Dances
Every Monday Evening, mid-July through mid-August, Downtown Hendersonville’s Main Street comes alive with the sounds of fiddles and banjos playing mountain heritage music and people square dancing or clogging.
Other Arts, Music, and Culture Destinations Nearby
- Asheville Civic Center
- Asheville Symphony Orchestra
- Biltmore Village Shops & Galleries
- Brevard Music Center
- Diane Wortham Theatre – Pack Place – Asheville
- Flat Rock Playhouse
- Hendersonville Art Galleries
- Hendersonville Community Band
- Hendersonville Little Theater
- Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra-40+ years
- Southern Highland Craft Guild
- Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
- US Cellular Center – Asheville
Breweries, Wineries, and Cocktail Bars
Western North Carolina has become a craft beer mecca with Asheville at the center of this movement! Sierra Nevada Brewing (the 2nd largest craft brewer in the U.S.) opened its East Coast home in nearby Mills River and free tours of the facility operate daily. Oskar Blues calls Brevard home and their tasty brews can be enjoyed on site in their Tasty Weasel Taproom.
- Sanctuary (In Hendersonville)
- Southern Appalachian Brewery (In Hendersonville)
- French Broad Brewing Co.
- Highland Brewing Company
- Lexington Avenue Brewery
- Oskar Blues Brewing
- Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
- Wedge Brewing Co.
- New Belgium
Wineries and Vineyards
We can’t forget about wine! Several wineries in the region offer beautiful locations to sample their wines, just a short drive from the Inn. They are the perfect activity for couples planning a romantic getaway in Hendersonville. Just ask and we’ll be happy to help you plan a self-guided or organized tour of these and many other tasty destinations.
- St. Paul Mountain Vineyards
- Burnt Shirt Vineyards
- Flatrock Ciderworks
- Biltmore Estate Winery & Vineyards
- Rockhouse Vineyards
- Harvey’s Lounge
- Downtown Hendersonville Wine & Cocktail Bar
Historic Sites and Tours
The sprawling 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate is a can’t miss attraction when visiting our area.
Carl Sandburg Home
During your visit make time to visit the Carl Sandburg Home in nearby Flat Rock. Explore the home and grounds of the famous poet and meet the descendants of Mrs. Sandburg’s herd of dairy goats. Admission to the grounds is free and there is a small admission charge to tour the house. Walking paths and beautiful scenery can be found throughout the property.
Thomas Wolfe Angel
Author Thomas Wolfe’s first novel was Look Homeward, Angel. In the book, there are constant references to an angel statue carved from Italian marble. This is the angel Wolfe placed in American literature. Thomas Wolfe’s father, W.O. Wolfe, sold the statue to the Johnson family to mark the family plot in Oakdale Cemetery. The angel is holding a lily in her left hand and extending her right hand upward. Oakdale Cemetery is located on Hwy. 64 W., just a short distance from downtown. The statue is protected by a wrought iron fence, and there is a historical marker located on the highway.
Henderson County Heritage Museum
Local Historic Districts
There are several Hendersonville local historic districts and National Register historic districts to explore in our area. Visit these areas and step back in time, including:
- Main Street Historic District
- Lenox Park Historic District
- the Druid Hills Historic District
- Hyman Heights Historic District
- Cold Spring Park Historic District
- Seventh Avenue Historic District
- West Side Historic District
This is your year to get out and explore the great outdoors. Our area makes it easy with a wide variety of hiking and biking trails, scenic drives, picturesque views and more. Here are a few recommendations on the best places to enjoy our scenic landscape.
Hiking, Biking, and Scenic Drives
- Pisgah National Forest
- Nantahala National Forest
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Blue Ridge Parkway
- DuPont State Forest
- Holmes Educational State Forest
- Chimney Rock State Park
- US Army Corps of Engineer W. Kerr Scott Reservoir
- Jump Off Rock in Laurel Park, NC
- Oklawaha Greenway
- Jackson Park Nature Trail
- Historic Johnson Farm Trails
- Kellogg Center- Perry Rudnick Nature & Public Art Trail
Rafting and Ziplining
Challenge yourself with an exhilarating zipline or whitewater rafting adventure. Spend an afternoon on the river or in the forest and return to a comfortable bed and delicious breakfast! There are many opportunities for thrill-seekers just a short drive from the Inn.
- The Gorge Zipline Adventure
- Green River Adventures
- Raft & Zip Adventures
- Treetops Adventure Park
- Zipline Canopy Tours
- Hunter Banks Fly Fishing
- Hendersonville Fly Fishing
- Altamont Anglers Fly Fishing Guides
This area of Western North Carolina near Hendersonville & the Greater Asheville area has several public golf courses and golf resorts where visitors and the public can play a round of golf.
- Moonshine Mountain
- Blackbear Snowtubing
- Cataloochee Ski Area
- Sapphire Valley Ski Area
Other Outdoor Attractions
- Tryon International Equestrian Center
- The North Carolina Arboretum
- Biltmore Estate
Shops and Galleries
Treat yourself to something new during your next visit to Hendersonville. Whether you peruse the shops in Historic Downtown Hendersonville or venture into nearby Asheville, you’ll find plenty of great shopping opportunities to enjoy.
- Historic Downtown Hendersonville
- Downtown Asheville
- Biltmore Village
- Carriage Rides from the Inn
- Downtown Hendersonville Trolley Rides
- Jeter Mountain Farm
- Carolina Horse and Carriage
- Elena Weddings
With so many things to do in Hendersonville, NC, you may want to stay for more than just a day. The Henderson is centrally located near all the best Hendersonville attractions. Book a stay in any of our accommodations to see what our town has to offer for your next vacation.
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