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20 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — WESTERN NC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 2 HENDERSONVILLE Hendersonville BY LINDSEY GREY Autumn is often portrayed as the time of the year when life's hectic pace starts slowing down. Not so in the bubbling, vibrant town of Hendersonville. The town's energy is palatable and often visible, particularly on weekends when locals and visitors mingle together on trails outdoors, at festivals, breweries and other local destinations. Start your visit with a tour of the Henderson County Heritage Museum located in the historic Henderson County Courthouse. After learning about local lore and history, head to attractions one would expect to find in a larger city and not in a town of 13,000 (estimated population). On the must see and do list are – Flat Rock Playhouse; Team Ocean Center and ECCO Aquarium, Mineral & Lapidary Museum; a symphony; and a nationally known brewery. Sprinkled in the mix are historic landmarks such as the Carl Sandburg home. But for many, the real icing on the cake is the scenic view. Trails with specific itineraries guide visitors on tours to wineries, farms, and toward art, culture and outdoor recreation, including how to get there. "Hendersonville's trail guide series has proven very popular with our many visitors by providing quick references for the many things to see and do as they plan their itineraries for their next visit," said Beth Carden, executive director, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority. A "trail" that many choose is the easy stroll down the vibrant downtown that entices visitors with local shops and more than 30 locally owned restaurants. Start your morning off on the right foot at Black Bear Coffee Company for a cup of "Joe," and HVL Donuts for a sweet concoction to go with it. In the evening enjoy fine dining options, Italian, barbecue at Moe's Original Bar B Cue and others. An active art league and council promote events throughout the year that brings art shows, music and live performances to the town along with symphony orchestra, community band and chorale. For live theatre, residents go to the Flat Rock Playhouse, the state theatre of North Carolina. A Gallery Hop is held every third Friday, evening from May through December. The town is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts who are drawn to area forests, trails and parks. Dupont State Recreational Forest (with an estimated 10,000 acres in Henderson and Transylvania counties) is a slice of paradise for those who like to hike, ride mountain bikes, go horseback riding on 80 miles of trails and roads. Several scenes from "The Hunger Games" were filmed in the forest. Waterfall seekers gravitate to Wintergreen Falls, Triple Falls, High Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. For a forever memory and unforgettable view head to Jump Off Rock to see the Blue Ridge and Pisgah mountain ranges. Aside from the view, the brew and cool mountain air, visitors are drawn to the region's favorite fruit – apples. The region is North Carolina's "Big Apple" and one of the nation's largest apple producers. Spend the afternoon picking your favorite apples at a locally owned and operated family orchards (try Sky Top Orchard, Mountain Fresh Orchards and others), farmers' market or buy bags of apples freshly picked. The Henderson County Curb Market is open all year with limited hours in the winter. The Henderson County Tailgate Market offers organic and other locally produced items from April to November. Visitors take home apple butter, jelly, cider and other apple products. Apple pies are staples in local restaurants. Long known for its orchards, the Hendersonville area is turning locally-grown apples into another tourism product – hard cider. Grapes in the region end up as delicious wines at wineries like Burnshirt Vineyards, the 2015 North Carolina Winery of the Year (NY International wine competition). Appalachian Ridge Artisan Cidery is the oldest cider producer in the region. Its cidery located in a vintage restored barn — is the newest expansion for parent company, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards. The cidery also plans to offer apple brandy tastings, and an option to bottle your own brandy straight from the barrel in the future. >> apples, ciders, brews, and trails

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