Hendersonville/Asheville Guidebook

Danielle
Hendersonville/Asheville Guidebook

Hendersonville Food scene

West First is our go-to for wood-fired pizza/Italian food! It has indoor, outdoor and balcony seating and is located on the outskirts of downtown Hendersonville. Hendersonville has a really cute, quaint downtown with local coffee and beer, shopping, and restaurants.
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West First Wood-Fired
101 1st Avenue West
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West First is our go-to for wood-fired pizza/Italian food! It has indoor, outdoor and balcony seating and is located on the outskirts of downtown Hendersonville. Hendersonville has a really cute, quaint downtown with local coffee and beer, shopping, and restaurants.
Umi Sushi is just good sushi. It's not super fancy, but it has all the classics. It is located on the outskirt of downtown Hendersonville, and a great option for dine-in or carry-out. They have great lunch deals for 2 or 3 rolls + soup/salad around $12!
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Umi
633 North Main Street
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Umi Sushi is just good sushi. It's not super fancy, but it has all the classics. It is located on the outskirt of downtown Hendersonville, and a great option for dine-in or carry-out. They have great lunch deals for 2 or 3 rolls + soup/salad around $12!
If you’re with a group, or just downtown, Never Blue is always a fun option. It’s fusion American food, in the center of downtown Hendersonville, and the food is Tapas-style, meaning that the dishes are meant to be shared, and brought out as they’re ready.
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Never Blue
119 South Main Street
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If you’re with a group, or just downtown, Never Blue is always a fun option. It’s fusion American food, in the center of downtown Hendersonville, and the food is Tapas-style, meaning that the dishes are meant to be shared, and brought out as they’re ready.
Shine is our go-to for a great dinner out! If you go, we highly recommend the Beef Bulgogi entree, and the Duck Fat Fries app. The restaurant has delicious, local food, and is great for any meal and/or cocktails. They have an extensive bar, and rooftop seating. If you only get to visit one restaurant downtown Hendersonville, this is the one we recommend as it is family-friendly and wheelchair accessible, so a great option for all.
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Shine
202 N Main St
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Shine is our go-to for a great dinner out! If you go, we highly recommend the Beef Bulgogi entree, and the Duck Fat Fries app. The restaurant has delicious, local food, and is great for any meal and/or cocktails. They have an extensive bar, and rooftop seating. If you only get to visit one restaurant downtown Hendersonville, this is the one we recommend as it is family-friendly and wheelchair accessible, so a great option for all.
This is a great, local sandwich shop located downtown. Delicious food, amazing service and they can customize for gluten/dairy-free as well. This is a fun place to stop while exploring downtown Hendersonville, and a great to-go option for a picnic or hike.
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Mountain Deli
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This is a great, local sandwich shop located downtown. Delicious food, amazing service and they can customize for gluten/dairy-free as well. This is a fun place to stop while exploring downtown Hendersonville, and a great to-go option for a picnic or hike.
Arabella's is Mexican-American breakfast/brunch, and located downtown with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. We always recommend this place for downtown brunch and lattes. If you’re looking for a suggestion, we highly recommend trying one of their renditions of huevos rancheros.
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Arabella - Breakfast and Brunch
536 North Main Street
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Arabella's is Mexican-American breakfast/brunch, and located downtown with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. We always recommend this place for downtown brunch and lattes. If you’re looking for a suggestion, we highly recommend trying one of their renditions of huevos rancheros.
If you're looking for a fancy dinner/date night with incredible food that is worth every penny, Postero is our top recommendation every time. The restaurant use to be an old bank, so the wine cellar is an old bank vault. The kitchen is open, so if you’re true foodies like us, we recommend reserving the balcony so you can see the chefs at work - its fun to watch! I know this doesn’t help narrow it down, but everything we’ve tried is delicious. From apps, to entrees and dessert, we can’t recommend just one thing. Their menu changes with the seasons - we promise you won't regret this one! PS - We're not dessert people when eating out... except here. The best $8 you will spend the whole night is on their chocolate caramel dessert. Just order one to share - it's very rich, and worth every single bite.
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Postero
401 N Main St
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If you're looking for a fancy dinner/date night with incredible food that is worth every penny, Postero is our top recommendation every time. The restaurant use to be an old bank, so the wine cellar is an old bank vault. The kitchen is open, so if you’re true foodies like us, we recommend reserving the balcony so you can see the chefs at work - its fun to watch! I know this doesn’t help narrow it down, but everything we’ve tried is delicious. From apps, to entrees and dessert, we can’t recommend just one thing. Their menu changes with the seasons - we promise you won't regret this one! PS - We're not dessert people when eating out... except here. The best $8 you will spend the whole night is on their chocolate caramel dessert. Just order one to share - it's very rich, and worth every single bite.
Honey & Salt is a local favorite for breakfast/brunch. We get the breakfast skillets on repeat because they’re just that good, but everything we’ve tried has been great. If there’s a wait, don’t worry. There’s a little local shopping strip that will fill the time. There’s a delicious bakery and a few cute gift shops.
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Honey and Salt
2730 Greenville Hwy
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Honey & Salt is a local favorite for breakfast/brunch. We get the breakfast skillets on repeat because they’re just that good, but everything we’ve tried has been great. If there’s a wait, don’t worry. There’s a little local shopping strip that will fill the time. There’s a delicious bakery and a few cute gift shops.
White Duck is a local favorite for fusion tacos! The line can look long near mealtimes, but once you order, you’ll get your food quick! They’re just a few bucks each, and we recommend 2-3 tacos/person, depending on how hungry you are. They have lots of fun combinations - our favorites are the Pork Belly taco and Thai Peanut Chicken taco.
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White Duck Taco Shop
500 7th Avenue East
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White Duck is a local favorite for fusion tacos! The line can look long near mealtimes, but once you order, you’ll get your food quick! They’re just a few bucks each, and we recommend 2-3 tacos/person, depending on how hungry you are. They have lots of fun combinations - our favorites are the Pork Belly taco and Thai Peanut Chicken taco.
This restaurant is a great combination of wood-fired pizza and delicious BBQ. It’s right beside a great bakery and cute stores to shop around while you’re waiting for a table.
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Flat Rock Wood Room
1501 Greenville Highway
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This restaurant is a great combination of wood-fired pizza and delicious BBQ. It’s right beside a great bakery and cute stores to shop around while you’re waiting for a table.
The best southern food around. Hendough started as a donut shop, and expanded to a lunch menu with fried chicken sandwiches and sides - and we’re all glad they did! You won’t be disappointed with this one whether you go for breakfast or lunch.
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HenDough Chicken & Donuts
532 Kanuga Rd
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The best southern food around. Hendough started as a donut shop, and expanded to a lunch menu with fried chicken sandwiches and sides - and we’re all glad they did! You won’t be disappointed with this one whether you go for breakfast or lunch.

Hikes & Waterfalls

Bear Wallow is a moderate hike (about 30 minutes up) with almost 360 degree views. It's a great spot to bring a blanket, food/drinks, a good book, or a ball to throw. The drive to the hike is lined with beautiful, huge homes which are fun to look at.
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Bearwallow Mountain Trail
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Bear Wallow is a moderate hike (about 30 minutes up) with almost 360 degree views. It's a great spot to bring a blanket, food/drinks, a good book, or a ball to throw. The drive to the hike is lined with beautiful, huge homes which are fun to look at.
Looking Glass Rock is a hike with great waterfalls. This hike makes for a fun day!
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Looking Glass Rock Trailhead
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Looking Glass Rock is a hike with great waterfalls. This hike makes for a fun day!
Chimney Rock is a small town about 15 minutes up the road. It has a moderate-difficult hike that is 3.9 miles round trip. The views at the top are incredible. Before/after your hike, explore Chimney Rock which is a quaint mountain town with coffee shops, gift shops and restaurants. It is located just outside of Lake Lure.
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Chimney Rock
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Chimney Rock is a small town about 15 minutes up the road. It has a moderate-difficult hike that is 3.9 miles round trip. The views at the top are incredible. Before/after your hike, explore Chimney Rock which is a quaint mountain town with coffee shops, gift shops and restaurants. It is located just outside of Lake Lure.
Jump Off Rock is an easy hike, and great area for a picnic. It has a beautiful view, and is a great option for all ages.
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Jump Off Rock
4433 Laurel Park Highway
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Jump Off Rock is an easy hike, and great area for a picnic. It has a beautiful view, and is a great option for all ages.
If you’re looking for a great view up the parkway, this is our favorite option. It’s a pretty rocky 20 minute hike, but not very steep and is suitable for families with kids and those who are older. Once you're on the parkway, Black Balsam is about 45 minutes up. It's a great spot for a picnic (weather-permitting), and has 360 views. Be sure to pack a blanket, food/drinks, and/or a ball to throw!
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Black Balsam Knob
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If you’re looking for a great view up the parkway, this is our favorite option. It’s a pretty rocky 20 minute hike, but not very steep and is suitable for families with kids and those who are older. Once you're on the parkway, Black Balsam is about 45 minutes up. It's a great spot for a picnic (weather-permitting), and has 360 views. Be sure to pack a blanket, food/drinks, and/or a ball to throw!

Local Breweries & Wine

This local vineyard is just a few doors up the road, and opened in July 2020. The wine is our favorite in the area, and the mountain views are stunning. Rain or shine, it has great seating to soak in the scenery, and a covered area to enjoy it on a rainy day too. They don’t allow anyone under 21 (including infants) so keep that in mind, if you plan on going. Be sure to sample the rose - it’s dry and unlike any we’d tried before!
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Stone Ashe Vineyards
736 Green Mountain Road
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This local vineyard is just a few doors up the road, and opened in July 2020. The wine is our favorite in the area, and the mountain views are stunning. Rain or shine, it has great seating to soak in the scenery, and a covered area to enjoy it on a rainy day too. They don’t allow anyone under 21 (including infants) so keep that in mind, if you plan on going. Be sure to sample the rose - it’s dry and unlike any we’d tried before!
Sierra Nevada is one of our favorite breweries and restaurants in the area. It is family-friendly and has a lot to do both inside and outside. They often have live music, and the outdoor patio is great for kids to run around and play. You can book a tour of the brewery in advance, or while you are waiting for your table, order a drink at the bar and browse the large gift shop, or take a self-guided tour of the facility to how & where the beer is made in house. The food is tapas-styled (small plates to share). We always recommend the duck fat fries!
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
100 Sierra Nevada Way
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Sierra Nevada is one of our favorite breweries and restaurants in the area. It is family-friendly and has a lot to do both inside and outside. They often have live music, and the outdoor patio is great for kids to run around and play. You can book a tour of the brewery in advance, or while you are waiting for your table, order a drink at the bar and browse the large gift shop, or take a self-guided tour of the facility to how & where the beer is made in house. The food is tapas-styled (small plates to share). We always recommend the duck fat fries!
Wicked Weed is located at the edge of downtown Asheville. They have incredible local food, and of course great drinks. It's a lively option, and a fun stop that we always recommend.
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Wicked Weed Brewing Pub
91 Biltmore Avenue
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Wicked Weed is located at the edge of downtown Asheville. They have incredible local food, and of course great drinks. It's a lively option, and a fun stop that we always recommend.
Point Lookout has nearly 360 degree mountain views. We've got to be honest - the wine isn't our absolute favorite, but the views make up for it. It's located just 10 minutes up the road and definitely worth the stop.
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Point Lookout Vineyards
408 Appleola Rd
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Point Lookout has nearly 360 degree mountain views. We've got to be honest - the wine isn't our absolute favorite, but the views make up for it. It's located just 10 minutes up the road and definitely worth the stop.
Highland Brewing is a great option for drinks and dinner! They have two food trucks to choose from (Thai and Pizza trucks last time we visited). It's spaced out and comfortable, and often has live music. They don’t allow anyone under 21 (including infants).
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Highland Brewing Company
12 Old Charlotte Highway
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Highland Brewing is a great option for drinks and dinner! They have two food trucks to choose from (Thai and Pizza trucks last time we visited). It's spaced out and comfortable, and often has live music. They don’t allow anyone under 21 (including infants).
Whistle Hop is a great option for the whole family. They have a food truck, and great drinks. Lots to do for kids, and often live music. It's right up the road from Turgua Brewing.
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Whistle Hop Brewing Company
1288 Charlotte Hwy
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Whistle Hop is a great option for the whole family. They have a food truck, and great drinks. Lots to do for kids, and often live music. It's right up the road from Turgua Brewing.
Turgua brewing has great beer, a food truck, and is a great spot to bring kids.
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Turgua Brewing
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Turgua brewing has great beer, a food truck, and is a great spot to bring kids.

Apple Orchards

Justus is the closest apple orchard to our home. Always recommend!
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Justus Orchard
187 Garren Rd
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Justus is the closest apple orchard to our home. Always recommend!
Stepps is another close apple orchard, and is NC-famous.
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Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard
170 Stepp Orchard Dr
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Stepps is another close apple orchard, and is NC-famous.
Grandad's Apple Orchards has a petting farm, and is a local favorite! Great way to spend an afternoon with kids.
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Grandad's Apples
2951 Chimney Rock Road
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Grandad's Apple Orchards has a petting farm, and is a local favorite! Great way to spend an afternoon with kids.
Jeter Mountain Farm is a fun day! They have apple cider donuts and cider, among many other things. The owning family are good friends of ours - if you stop by, be sure to tell them Will & Dani Tompkins sent you!
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Jeter Mountain Farm
1126-A Jeter Mountain Road
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Jeter Mountain Farm is a fun day! They have apple cider donuts and cider, among many other things. The owning family are good friends of ours - if you stop by, be sure to tell them Will & Dani Tompkins sent you!

Coffee Stops

Black Bear Coffee is located in the center of downtown Hendersonville, and a great stop. Their coffee is delicious.
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Black Bear Coffee Co
318 North Main Street
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Black Bear Coffee is located in the center of downtown Hendersonville, and a great stop. Their coffee is delicious.
App Coffee is very spacious with a bottom level as well, and has a great selection of hand crafted drinks and a few pastries as well. It's a great spot to bring cards or a boardgames, or curl up with a book. If you're working while you're here, this is one of my favorite places to bring a laptop and work.
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Appalachian Coffee Company
1628 5th Ave W
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App Coffee is very spacious with a bottom level as well, and has a great selection of hand crafted drinks and a few pastries as well. It's a great spot to bring cards or a boardgames, or curl up with a book. If you're working while you're here, this is one of my favorite places to bring a laptop and work.
High Five is our favorite coffee shop in Asheville. Their "Cestpool of Cinnamon" latte is amazing - it's not posted on the menu, but you can ask them to make it. We encourage all of our first time guests to try it!
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High Five Coffee
190 Broadway Street
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High Five is our favorite coffee shop in Asheville. Their "Cestpool of Cinnamon" latte is amazing - it's not posted on the menu, but you can ask them to make it. We encourage all of our first time guests to try it!
Summit Coffee is delicious! And, if you're into matcha latte's, they make the best one I've ever tasted. A great stop while you're heading to or from Asheville.
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Summit Coffee Co.
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Summit Coffee is delicious! And, if you're into matcha latte's, they make the best one I've ever tasted. A great stop while you're heading to or from Asheville.
The 2nd Act has delicious coffee from a local roaster. It is very spacious, has baked goods as well, and a cocktail bar. Sometimes, there's live music, so be sure to check the Facebook page for updates. It's downtown Hendersonville, so it would make a great pre/post-dinner stop as well.
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The 2nd Act
101 East Allen Street
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The 2nd Act has delicious coffee from a local roaster. It is very spacious, has baked goods as well, and a cocktail bar. Sometimes, there's live music, so be sure to check the Facebook page for updates. It's downtown Hendersonville, so it would make a great pre/post-dinner stop as well.

Shopping (Who are we kidding, Asheville isn't known for it's shopping... But here are a few ideas if you must!)

This West Elm outlet is one of our favorite stops! As is any outlet, it can be hit-or-miss, but always has great deals. A local tip is - if you see a scratch or scuff on anything, ask for an additional 15% off!
west elm Outlet
800 Brevard Road
This West Elm outlet is one of our favorite stops! As is any outlet, it can be hit-or-miss, but always has great deals. A local tip is - if you see a scratch or scuff on anything, ask for an additional 15% off!
If you like thrifting or antique shopping, you'll love the Antique Tobacco Barn! It's huge, and features items from local vendors. It's not the cheapest, but it's still fun to look around.
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Antique Tobacco Barn
75 Swannanoa River Road
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If you like thrifting or antique shopping, you'll love the Antique Tobacco Barn! It's huge, and features items from local vendors. It's not the cheapest, but it's still fun to look around.
The Mast General Store is always a great stop. There is a location downtown Hendersonville and another located downtown Asheville. It is a great spot for gifts!
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Mast General Store Hendersonville
527 North Main Street
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The Mast General Store is always a great stop. There is a location downtown Hendersonville and another located downtown Asheville. It is a great spot for gifts!

Things to do

Pick your own bouquet of flowers for $25ish - you can pick from 40-70 types of flowers. It's a bit of a drive, and located just past Asheville. *It's seasonal, so be sure to check the website before visiting!
The Never- Ending Flower Farm
152 Tom Harris Trail
Pick your own bouquet of flowers for $25ish - you can pick from 40-70 types of flowers. It's a bit of a drive, and located just past Asheville. *It's seasonal, so be sure to check the website before visiting!
The Book Exchange is also a champagne bar with baked goodies. It's lined with books from wall to wall, so you can buy a book to read while sipping champagne. They also have a patio area, if you just want coffee/champagne or a dessert.
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Battery Park Book Exchange
1 Page Avenue
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The Book Exchange is also a champagne bar with baked goodies. It's lined with books from wall to wall, so you can buy a book to read while sipping champagne. They also have a patio area, if you just want coffee/champagne or a dessert.
Chimney Rock is a small town outside of Hendersonville. Has great hiking, even a small beachfront at Lake Lure, and a cute downtown where you can grab coffee and shop for a bit.
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Chimney Rock
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Chimney Rock is a small town outside of Hendersonville. Has great hiking, even a small beachfront at Lake Lure, and a cute downtown where you can grab coffee and shop for a bit.
The Biltmore Estate is a great way to spend the day. In addition to the big house, they have great restaurants, a coffee shop, many gift shops, hiking/biking trails, and a great winery. A great way to spend an afternoon is by going to the Tea Room. You will need to make a reservation in advance, but it is a 5-course tea time with delicious food. It makes for a memorable day!
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Biltmore Estate
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The Biltmore Estate is a great way to spend the day. In addition to the big house, they have great restaurants, a coffee shop, many gift shops, hiking/biking trails, and a great winery. A great way to spend an afternoon is by going to the Tea Room. You will need to make a reservation in advance, but it is a 5-course tea time with delicious food. It makes for a memorable day!