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!
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8 Best Things To Do In Hendersonville, NC
1. Walk Downtown
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 – 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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2. Grab A Bite To Eat
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
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.
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
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.
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
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:
At Stepp’s Hillcrest, find gargantuan sunflowers, apple picking, and a large corn maze. They make delicious donuts and cider, too.
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.
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6. Stay At A Quaint B&B
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.
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.
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7. Hike Nearby At DuPont To See The Hunger Games Waterfalls
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.
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.
8. Visit A Museum
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!