If you live in the Hendersonville area or are even just passing through, there’s a good reason your stomach is rumbling. This close-knit community of 15,000 and the greater Western North Carolina region boasts a thriving restaurant scene dishing out dining delights rivaling the best in the country.
It’s no mistake that a lineup of some of the world’s top-shelf culinary talents has settled in this remarkable area. Hendersonville radiates small-town charm from end to end with a palpable spirit year-round. One of the most popular regions in the country to find homes in the mountains, Hendersonville is tucked into the breathtaking beauty of North Carolina’s far western mountain ranges less than 25 miles south of Asheville.
Hendersonville beams with pride and its focal point is arguably its impeccably restored historic Main Street, part of our country’s National Trust for Historic Preservation. The lively, six-block downtown “nerve center” is lined with more than 100 unique stores, art galleries, and more than two dozen restaurants serving all manner of delectable eats. Thoughtfully placed benches and common areas complement planter boxes chock full of vibrant flora, lending an inviting and relaxing vibe.
With that kind of shopping experience, gastro delights, drop-dead gorgeous scenery, and close-by conveniences; it’s no wonder Hendersonville is one of the country’s most popular retirement living communities.
And the restaurant scene is a big part of it. Hendersonville is one of the best places in the Carolinas to appease the appetites of everyone from little tykes to sophisticated palates. Here’s a look at an appetizer list of some of Hendersonville’s go-to establishments:
Technically located in far south Asheville, Tupelo Honey is a long-time favorite for Hendersonville folks. The wildly popular sidewalk café combines an upbeat street scene with a tasty beer and wine list, and the restaurant’s indoor charm packs in hungry guests.
The Flat Rock Wood Room attracts barbeque lovers with its slow-cook pit smoker and delicious Italian pizza baked in their wood-fired oven. Delicious!
Head to the Black Rose Public House for a genuine Irish pub experience with authentic Irish grub and nearly 40 hand-selected tap brews.
Craving a pizza? Beeline it to Mike’s Pizza for binge-worthy gourmet pizza pies any day of the week. A local favorite.
Other nearby Hendersonville, NC communities also dish up a fine fare. Chimney Rock, home to the Old Rock Café. This is the place to go for a big ol’ burger or piled-high appetizer plate on the outdoor deck.
Just up the road in Flat Rock is the award-winning Season’s at Highland Lake, fine dining with mountain views and a sustainably-inspired menu. The crew here takes pride in using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and their own organic garden on-site.
A popular destination for those looking for North Carolina mountain homes for sale, Flat Rock is also home to wildly popular Flat Rock Playhouse and part of the Holiday Gallery Hop in mid-December. Visitors can tour the historic downtowns of Flat Rock and Hendersonville and 15 arts and crafts galleries with fascinating exhibits from artists all over the region.
The Flat Rock Playhouse first began presenting performances in 1940 and today brings renowned talent to the stage year-round with everything from upbeat comedies to Broadway musicals.
Hendersonville is home to an array of lively street festivals and similar family-friendly outdoor events like the Garden Jubilee Festival on Memorial Day weekend, July 4th parade, Fiesta Hendersonville, Art on Main and lots more. Best of all, nearly every outdoor festival or event is attended by a gathering of food trucks that serve up amazingly yummy food from tacos and enchiladas to barbeque and sandwiches.
With so much to offer, it’s easy to see why people from all over the country choose the Hendersonville region when looking for North Carolina real estate for sale. It’s all about the people here, who appreciate homes in the mountains and neighborhood catering to active lifestyles.
And there’s lots more. The area has a laundry list of popular events and this is also apple country, so don’t miss late August’s North Carolina Apple Festival. Hendersonville’s largest street festival and parade attracts huge crowds and is one of the area’s most celebrated family events. Arts and crafts, kid’s games, and live music are all part of the day.
Neighborhood communities here boast calendar-worthy mountain vistas with that way-out-there sense of remoteness and yet only a handful of miles from Hendersonville’s charm and conveniences we’ve all come to expect in the places we call home.
Look no further than Hendersonville for wonderfully livable retirement communities. From the day you move in, it feels like home.