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8 Fantastically Fun Things To Do In Hendersonville, NC

Next to Asheville, you can find the best things to do in Hendersonville, NC. Explore museums, hiking, breweries, wineries, and a historic downtown area.

Before moving to Asheville, NC, we spent a long weekend enjoying the wineries, hiking, and touring the areas around Western North Carolina.

After trekking the gorgeous The Hunger Games waterfalls at DuPont, we grabbed lunch in historic downtown Hendersonville.

We instantly fell in love with the city, its chill vibes, and its friendly community. We even almost bought a house here.

We also stayed in Hendersonville while house hunting. It’s still one of our favorite cities to visit for food, festivals, and bevies — especially since Hendersonville is only about a 40-minute drive from downtown Asheville.

What can you do in Hendersonville, NC?

Hendersonville is filled with delicious and unique restaurants. You can play pinball or shop for your dog. Grab a flight of sour beer and coffee or immerse yourself in literature and history.

Craving homemade fudge or a 50s-style soda fountain? How about a bee or Coca-Cola mural? Hendersonville has your back.

So, what are the best things to do in Hendersonville, North Carolina? Why should you consider Hendersonville as an Asheville day-tripping option? And, why might you want to stay in Hendersonville?

As Asheville locals, we are sharing our top Hendersonville things to do, plus one or two items on our bucket list. Let’s get started!

*Please always double-check websites and hours for each establishment. Know that Hendersonville grows much busier on the weekends.

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Best Things To Do In Hendersonville NC with picture of the Henderson County courthouse
If you are looking for things to do around Asheville, NC, why not hike DuPont State Forest and head to Hendersonville for lunch? Then, tour the Hendersonville wineries, shops, and breweries. Keep reading for our guide of the best things to do in Hendersonville, NC.

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8 Best Things To Do In Hendersonville, NC

1. Walk Downtown

Historic downtown Hendersonville Mardi Gras purple bear sculpture
Downtown Hendersonville is full of shops, walkable streets, and outdoor dining. You never know what you’ll find like bear installations.

We just love historic downtown Hendersonville, which is filled with shops, cafes, bookstores, breweries, and restaurants.

With quaint streets filled with al-fresco dining, the historic area is easily walkable with parking along the side roads.

A few notable Hendersonville places to check out:

Kilwins Hendersonville Chocolate case filled with confections
If you are a chocolate lover, don’t skip Kilwins in historic downtown Hendersonville.
  • Kilwins Hendersonville – A delicious small chocolate ‘factory’ selling confections and ice cream.
  • The Book & Bee Cafe and Tea (Brand New In 2021) – An English-style literary cafe and tea room serving lunch and afternoon tea. This is about a 6-minute drive from downtown.
  • Black Bear Coffee Co. – Delicious coffee to perk up your day.
  • Hendersonville City Hall – Constructed in 1928 and designed by North Carolina architect, Erle G. Stilwell, uncover historic artifacts.
  • Wag – A fun and extensive pet boutique.
  • Wine Sage & Gourmet – A wine bar and shop. Grab a glass to drink and head downstairs to find highly curated and unique wines — local and international. They also sell olive oil, local coffee beans, and fun wine gifts.

Find more information about Downtown Hendersonville from Visit Hendersonville.

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Best Things To Do In Hendersonville North Carolina Pinterest pin with flower and Henderson county courthouse
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2. Grab A Bite To Eat

Haus Heidelberg German Restaurant Hendersonville NC white brunette male with two plates of potatoes, meat, beer, and white
Nothing beats a delicious Wiener Schnitzel paired with a German beer after a hike.

Whether with friends or visiting family, we love to head to Hendersonville for some grub, especially before winery hopping or after a great DuPont waterfall hike.

Don’t miss our complete guide to Hendersonville’s delicious restaurants. A few Hendersonville restaurants on this list that we’ve eaten at and enjoyed:

  • Postero – One of the first restaurants we ever lunched at in Hendersonville, find posh New American cuisine.
  • Umi Sushi – One of our all-time favorite sushi restaurants near Asheville, if we are staying in Hendersonville, we always eat here.
  • Mike’s On Main Street – Flashback to the past while munching on an egg salad sandwich. This 1950s-style restaurant offers breakfast, sandwiches, salads, burgers, and hot dogs. Don’t miss the historic soda fountain or outside Coca-Cola mural. This is a great family-friendly restaurant, too.
  • Hannah Flanagan’s Irish Pub – We think the name says it all, but we love a delicious drink at an Irish pub. You can also order burgers and Irish specialties.
  • Arabella – An Uncorked Asheville readers’ pick, Arabella is best known for its American & Latin breakfast and brunch. We personally love their specialty coffee, and they have vegan pancakes. The service here is excellent with the friendliest staff.
  • Black Rose Public House – Another stellar Irish restaurant, they have a huge draft list and are perfect for corned beef around St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Shine – If you are looking for a cozy taproom, Shine is it. The food is simple yet delicious with a huge draft and cocktail list. That French Dip sings to us. Shine also has a rooftop bar.
  • Haus Heidelberg German Restaurant – On the outskirts of downtown Hendersonville – you will have to drive here – find absolutely delicious German cuisine. Haus Heidelberg is another one of our favorites. Think brauts, Wiener Schnitzel, and German beer.
  • Boon Choo Thai Express – Although located in nearby Flat Rock on the border of Hendersonville, many of the Hendersonville locals will tell you that Boon Choo is one of the best Thai restaurants around. Grab a half-portioned lunch and local cider.

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3. Wine Taste At The Hendersonville Wineries

Stone Ashe Vineyards Tasting Room with mountain views out huge windows
One of the best things to do in Hendersonville, head to Stone Ashe Vineyards for a picnic, live music, or a wine tasting.

Living in Asheville — home to all of the beer — we love heading to Hendersonville for their infamous wineries.

A few of the best Hendersonville wineries include:

Stone Ashe Vineyards – One of the newer wineries in Hendersonville, Stone Ashe is also one of our personal favorites. The inside tasting room offers gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows. Or, bring your chairs and blanket for an outdoor picnic overlooking the vineyards.

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards – Wine taste by the gorgeous fireplace or on their outdoor back patio. St. Paul was also one of the first wineries we ever visited in North Carolina. We love the live music and food trucks on weekends.

Point Lookout Vineyards – With amazing views, don’t miss sitting high up over the mountains while sipping delicious wine and munching on bites at Point Lookout Vineyards. They also offer mead tastings.

Sawyer Springs Vineyard – We enjoy Saturday winery yoga at Sawyer Springs Vineyard. A quieter, off-the-radar Hendersonville winery, the staff is personable as well as extremely family and customer-oriented, which we love.

Things to do in and around Hendersonville wineries with brunette white female and male drinking red and write wine in chairs looking out at vineyard
If you are looking for things to do in Hendersonville, NC we highly recommend the Hendersonville and Flat Rock wineries like Marked Tree Vineyard. Photo by Sarah Resta Photography.

Marked Tree Vineyard – Technically Marked Tree sits in Flat Rock, but you must go here while touring the Hendersonville wineries. Find gorgeous vineyard views — even in the fog — small plates, and delicious wine in a modern and trendy building.

These Asheville wineries are nearby, too.

4. Enjoy A Craft Brew

D9 Brewing Company Hendersonville NC with flight of four beers ranging from light yellow to darker brown
We love Oklawaha Brewing, which is formerly Sanctuary Brewing, and D9 Brewing Company, pictured above.

Everyone always thinks of Asheville for breweries, which is true. But, Hendersonville has quite a few local craft breweries. Plus, the Hendersonville brewery scene has grown immensely over the past few years.

We are in love with Hendersonville’s pristine and dare we say sexy new breweries. A few have large outdoor patios and event spaces.

We frequent Oklawaha Brewing (formerly Sanctuary Brewing) for their gluten-reduced beers. Tom has Celiac Disease and finds that he can personally drink the beers here.

Order flights full of Scottish Ales, Ambers, IPAs, and Blondes at Hendersonville breweries like Triskelion Brewing, Southern Appalachian Brewery, and D9 Brewing Company. D9 is noteworthy if you enjoy sour beers.

They also have gluten-free options like local ciders and hard seltzers.

Be sure to grab our full Hendersonville brewery list to see where the best BBQ food trucks sit, which brewery has the coolest murals, and where you can drink lots and lots of German beer.

Let’s be real: drinking beer is one of our favorite things to do in Hendersonville. This is Uncorked (and untapped) Asheville, after all.

5. Apple Pick & Gorge On Cider Donuts In The Fall

Things To Do Hendersonville NC Apple Picking with pile of shinny red apples
Apple orchard hopping is a must in the fall in Hendersonville, NC.

Hendersonville, also known as “Apple Alley” is home to amazing apple orchards in Western North Carolina.

If you are looking for the best fall things to do in Hendersonville, don’t miss bamboo forests, cider donuts, corn mazes, and slushies.

People always ask us which apple orchard we love the most. If you are running short on time, I’d pick one of these three:

Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard

Grandad's Apples Corn Maze with white male wearing a hat and red shirt walking through a corn maze
Get lost in a corn maze at Grandad’s Apples.

At Stepp’s Hillcrest, find gargantuan sunflowers, apple picking, and a large corn maze. They make delicious donuts and cider, too.

Grandad’s Apples

Explore a country store, get lost in their corn maze, and pick apples surrounded by those gorgeous mountains. 

Sky Top Orchard (Flat Rock)

Sky Top Orchard makes piping hot donuts on the spot, and they serve them fresh. Sky Top also has a bamboo forest, apple picking, tractor rides, and a barnyard with frisky goats.

Explore all of the kid-friendly activities in and around Hendersonville and Asheville.

6. Stay At A Quaint B&B

1898 Waverly Inn Hendersonville NC Bed and  Breakfast white house with gray blue shutters at night
We loved our stay at the 1898 Waverly Inn, Hendersonville’s oldest Inn.

For romantic things to do in Hendersonville, we recommend an overnight getaway for couples. The Bed & Breakfasts are quaint and incredibly sweet.

While you might want to pick a cabin stay or Hendersonville Airbnb, we personally love the 1898 Waverly Inn.

They have a delicious happy hour with local wine and beer. Mike is a wonderful host with endless Hendersonville suggestions (we found Umi Sushi because of him), and you can walk to the downtown area.

1898 Waverly Inn Bed and Breakfast Hendersonville NC living room with lamp, TV, and library filled with books
The true way to a former librarian’s heart is some coffee, happy hour, and a library…

Plus, there is a reading room with a library, and they serve a scrumptious breakfast. We stayed here while house hunting.

If the 1898 Waverly Inn is booked, right next door, The Charleston Inn looks charming, too. We haven’t stayed at this B&B yet, but we did take a peek.

More places to stay in Hendersonville, NC:

If you need a place to stay, book a hotel, Bed and Breakfast, cabin, or cottage in Hendersonville here.

Nearby Flat Rock, NC has some great accommodations, too.

Don’t miss our Asheville Accommodation Recs, too.

7. Hike Nearby At DuPont To See The Hunger Games Waterfalls

High Falls DuPont Forest waterfall
High Falls at DuPont is magnificent after a rainy season.

If you are looking for fun things to do in and around Hendersonville, NC, don’t skip waterfall chasing at nearby DuPont State Forest.

DuPont is located between Hendersonville and Brevard, which makes this free area a great morning stop before heading into downtown Hendersonville.

Triple Falls DuPont Forest Waterfall Hikes
Triple Falls lives up to its namesake and is one filming location for The Hunger Games.

DuPont is pretty famous, too, as a filming location for both The Hunger Games and The Last of the Mohicans. We always recommend the 3-waterfall hike — Hooker, Triple, and High Falls — and/or the trek to Bridal Veil Falls.

If you hike all 4 waterfalls, it’s about 7-miles total. The first three waterfalls are only about 3-miles. Just Bridal Veil Falls would be 4.4-miles. You’ll find well-labeled maps and a visitor center.

Insider Tip: If DuPont seems like it is going to be busy, you could also hike the easy Bearwallow Mountain Trail or the more moderate Trombatore Trail.

8. Visit A Museum

Carl Sandburg Home white house with green grass and flowers out front
Don’t miss a visit or hike at the Carl Sandburg Home in nearby Flat Rock.

For fun things to do in Hendersonville for the entire family, the city has quite a few museums and historic buildings to visit. A few notable ones include:

  • Western North Carolina Air Museum – North Carolina is known for being the “first in flight.” Check out their restored and replica vintage airplanes.
  • Appalachian Pinball Museum – Play vintage and contemporary pinball machines and video games. We love their sister pinball museum in Asheville, too.
  • Carl Sandburg Home (Flat Rock) – Filled with hiking trails, commemorate poet, author, and historian Carl Sandburg.
  • Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO – On our bucket list, find a small public aquarium housing eel, stingrays, sea horses, and sharks.
  • Mineral & Lapidary Museum – This free museum is fantastic for dinosaur lovers and geologists. Volunteer-run, encounter gorgeous gems, the Hendersonville meteorite, a Tyrannosaurus rex skull, a mastodon tusk and teeth, and a wooly mammoth leg bone.

You may also enjoy these museums and historic sites in and around Asheville.

Have you visited Hendersonville, NC?

We just love Hendersonville, and we hope you do, too. What are some of your favorite things to do in Hendersonville? Where have you stayed and eaten that you loved? Let us know in the comments!

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Hendersonville, NC’s Best Restaurants
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Not-To-Miss Wineries In Hendersonville
Best Hendersonville Apple Orchards

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Kellie Lemay

Saturday 22nd of May 2021

I live there! For 22years.

Christine

Monday 24th of May 2021

We almost bought a house in Hendersonville. What do you love the most?

Mimi

Friday 21st of May 2021

Downtown Hendersonville has a couple more restaurants you missed. For a romantic dinner in a dimly lit setting, with live piano music in the background, Brandy’s is a great spot for steak, seafood and more. Cozy booths in the back offer an intimate setting. Shine, also downtown also has great food, perfectly cooked steak and seafood, a rooftop cocktail setting and interior woodworking that is a work of art. For lunch al fresco Day in the Country off of 4 Seasons Blvd has great salads and after be sure to prowl their shop which features a shoppers delight of merchandise from costume jewelry and clothing items to wonderful home accessories and a Christmas shop upstairs.

Christine

Friday 21st of May 2021

Hi Mimi, Thank you so much for sharing the Hendersonville restaurants that you love with our readers. I appreciate the extra and thoughtful tips, too. A Day In The Country was not on my radar; I will have to check it out. Thanks! Have a great week.

Macey @ Brine & Books

Thursday 18th of February 2021

I feel like you're always bringing us the most amazing-sounding-cafe's EVERRR. I just wish I could actually go to them, instead of longing for some far away day in the future :') The Book & Bee, after a night at a b&b, sounds HEAVENLY!!!

Christine

Thursday 18th of February 2021

Right?! I always get SUPER excited when it's a literary cafe. The B&B travel life is great. I miss it!