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22 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — WESTERN NC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 1 HENDERSONVILLE Hendersonville BY ALYSSA LAFARO Distant mountains, historic brick storefronts and 10,000 tulips. Welcome to springtime in Hendersonville, North Carolina. This tulip town overflows with brilliant buds each March and April during its Tulip Extravaganza. It's a celebration of spring color and customers — nearly one person per tulip visits downtown during this season. Tucked between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smokies, Hendersonville stimulates the senses beyond its beautiful backdrop and blooming boulevards. While this 13,000-person mountain community may look small, they pack a flavorful punch through a variety of local eateries. Even critics from Southern Living and The New York Times have taken notice. Papas and Beer serves up authentic margaritas and plates piled with Cali-Mex cuisine. An added bonus: each meal comes with complimentary chips and bean dip. Ornate, tile-speckled ovens cook creative wood- fired pizzas at West First Wood-Fired. The more open- minded pies sound the most interesting — try the potato, roasted salmon, or Greek lamb options. For something a little more ethnic, the Asian-inspired Umi indulges customers with its wide variety of sushi rolls, bento boxes and sake. Like its restaurants, Hendersonville's shops hum with life and variety, from antiques to doll clothes to a rug mill. And as the town continues to grow — the population is predicted to increase to 18,060 by 2030 — so does its breadth of businesses. In just the last year it's become home to a new eatery (Roots Bistro), a salt therapy shop (Himalayan Salt Spa and Supplies), an art gallery featuring the work of local artisans (A Walk in the Woods), and even a radio station (BPR News, 101.3). More businesses translate to more jobs. In 2016, German manufacturer Raumedic held a ribbon- cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new 60,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, just a few miles down the road from Hendersonville in Mills River. It brings an estimated 138 jobs and $26 million in investments to the region. Manufacturing is the fourth-largest industry in Henderson County with a handful of heavy-hitters that employ upwards of 250 people each. Thousands of residents work in the education and health services industries — the largest in the region — at places such as the Henderson County Board of Public Education, the Margaret R. Pardee Memorial Hospital, and Park Ridge Health. Transportation and utilities companies, as well as public administration outfits, are the second- and third-largest employers for the county. Play is just as important as work in Hendersonville, nicknamed "life's playground." At 22,000 feet above sea level, the town is overwhelmed by outdoor attractions with eight community parks. The nearby 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway — which winds through Virginia's Shenandoah National Park all the way into Tennessee and North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains National Park — gives way to an abundance of mountain and forest trails, as well as an assortment of lakes, rivers, and creeks. The Dupont State Recreational Forest, alone, offers 80 miles of rocky roads and trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. One of the filming sites for "The Hunger Games" (starring Jennifer Lawrence) and "The Last of the Mohicans" (starring Daniel Day-Lewis), the forest gurgles to life with four impressive waterfalls. A popular swimming hole draws visitors to Hooker Falls, while an impressive 120-foot spill catches the eyes of onlookers at High Falls — you guessed it, the tallest of the four. Three cascades combine into a 120-foot drop at Triple Falls and, like the traditional wedding garb, Bridal Veil Falls produces a unique sheet of water that falls eight feet from the edge of an overhang. For those who prefer to spend their time indoors, a deep-rooted history awaits them in downtown Hendersonville, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. Decades-old Neo-Classical, Colonial and Queen Anne-Colonial Revival style homes infiltrate the city, along with a 101-year-old Grey Hosiery Mill. At First and Main streets, >> history, small town charm, and apples

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