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Apple Valley Model Railroad Museum – Historic Train Depot

 
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The first steam engine puffed up the Saluda Grade to the Hendersonville Depot in 1879. The steam engine needed a “help engine” attached to the rear of the train at Melrose for additional power to push the train up the Saluda Mountain Grade, the steepest main-line standard gauge railroad in the United States. The Carolina Special ran between Charleston, South Carolina and Cincinnati, Ohio from 1911 until 1968. The restored Depot houses a HO scale railroad layout that is highly detailed and is prototypical of Hendersonville, Saluda, Asheville, and Western North Carolina.  The Deport features historical artifacts, a Southern Railway cabooser and a special children’s exhibit where they can operate a Thomas the Tank train in a scenic layout. See the 10ft x 80 ft Garden “G” scale layout.

  • Open Wednesdays & Saturdays
  • Admission is free.
  • Donations appreciated
  • Check web site for hours

Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO

511 N. Main St.
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-692 8386
 
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  • The Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO is the only public aquarium in Western North Carolina.
  • The Aquarium houses 20+ displays showcasing dozens of tropical fish, eels, sting rays, sea horses, turtles and fish, a touch tank, a 2,000-gallon shark study tank with bamboo sharks, and much more!
  • It is recognized as the first inland aquarium in North Carolina.
  • Check web site for hours, they vary by season
  • Admission charged
  • Offers educational opportunities for schools

Barkwells

290 Lance Rd
Mills River, NC 28759
8 Houses
(828) 891-8288
 
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Amenities include:

  • Air Conditioned
  • Handicap Access
  • Credit Cards
  • Jacuzzi/Hot Tub
  • Pet Friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Internet Access
  • TV/Sat/Cable

 

Best Western

105 Sugarloaf Rd
Hendersonville, NC 28792
100 Rooms
828-692-0521
 
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Amenities include:

  • Air Conditioned
  • Handicap Access
  • Pool/Hot Tub
  • Phones
  • Credit Cards
  • Breakfast
  • Pet Friendly
  • Internet Access
  • TV/Sat/Cable

 

Bold Rock Hard Cider

72 School House Road
Mills River, NC 28759
828-595-9940
 
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  • Bold Rock Hard Cider is the biggest craft cider maker in the Carolinas.
  • The Mills River cidery uses apples sourced only from Henderson County.
  • The Cidery offers complimentary daily tours and tastings and features an expansive tasting room with overhead views of the bottling line.
  • Relax outside on the patio or inside the tasting room as you enjoy one of their award-winning varieties of Bold Rock Hard Cider.
  • Open 7 days per week, has a permanent food truck on-site, regularly has live music, movies on the big screen, and other special events.
  • Bold Rock Mills River Cidery offers complimentary tours Saturday and Sunday at 1, 3, & 5 pm.

Broadmoor Golf Links

101 French Broad Lane
Fletcher, NC 28732
828-687-1500
 
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Broadmoor Golf Links is an 18-hole a links-style course that stretches to 7140 yards in length from the gold markers, but also offers three other tee options. From the Golf markers, this is a par 72 course.

Bullington Gardens

95 Upper Red Oak Trail
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-698-6104
 
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Bullington Gardens is a 12-acre, nonprofit horticultural education center offering programs, activities and workshops.The gardens and grounds include a therapy garden, shade garden, butterfly garden, perennial borders, native woodland garden, pumpkin patch and herb garden. The grounds also include a half-mile nature trail through the wooded area of the gardens.

  • Check web site for hours
  • No admission charged
  • Donations appreciated

Burntshirt Vineyards

2695 Sugarloaf Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-685-2402
 
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Cabin Fever

7337 Spartanburg Hwy.
Saluda , NC 28773
7 Units
828-749-9811
 
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Amenities include:

  • Air Conditioned
  • Handicap Access
  • Credit Cards
  • Pet Friendly
  • Fire Pit
  • Internet Access
  • TV/Sat/Cable

 

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

1800 Little River Rd
Flat Rock, NC 28731
828-693-4178
 
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Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is where Carl Sandburg, American poet, historian, author, and lecturer spent the final 22 years of his long and productive life at his estate, Connemara. The home, originally built in 1838, displays the Sandburg’s furnishing as they lived at Connemara from 1945-1968, including Carl Sandburg’s collection of 12,000 books. Tour the home for a small fee, and learn about Sandburg’s life as a writer, journalist, folk singer, social activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and biographer. Visit the barn and descendants of Mrs. Sandburg’s champion dairy goat herd and hike over five miles of trails. Access to trails, grounds, barns and public areas is free.

  • Open year-round. closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Day
  • Admission charged for house tour

Days Inn

102 Mitchelle Dr
Hendersonville, NC 28792
46 Rooms
828-697-5999
 
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Amenities include:

  • Air Conditioned
  • Handicap Access
  • Phones
  • Credit Cards
  • Breakfast
  • Pet Friendly
  • Internet Access
  • TV/Sat/Cable

 

Deep Woods Mushrooms

70 Deep Woods Rd
Mills River, NC 28759
828-243-3589
 
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  • Deep Woods Mushrooms offers tours of the mushroom farm, classes on how to grow mushrooms on logs, mushroom foraging ID classes and hikes, and more.
  • Reservations are required for tours.

Etowah Valley Golf & Resort

470 Brickyard Rd
Etowah, NC 28729
74 Rooms
828-891-7022
 
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Amenities include:

  • Air Conditioned
  • Handicap Access
  • Pool/Swimming
  • Phones
  • Credit Cards
  • Pet Friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Internet Access
  • Meeting Facilities
  • TV/Sat/Cable

 

Golf Course info: 3 9-hole courses means you can choose from 6 varieties of 18-hole courses (27 total holes). More course info here.

 

Flat Rock Playhouse, State Theatre of North Carolina

661 Greenville Hwy. (Hwy. 225 South)
Flat Rock, NC 28731
828-693-0731
 
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The Flat Rock Playhouse has presented hundreds of productions for over eighty years. The Playhouse offers quality entertainment rarely found so far from Broadway. The Vagabond Players perform a variety of hits each year from comedy, American classics, musicals, farces and whodunits. The Playhouse features professional actors from across the country in major productions such as Mamma Mia, West Side Story, South Pacific and more.  The Playhouse is open mid-April through mid-October, plus a holiday production, presenting matinees and evening performances Wednesday through Sunday.

Golden Corral

2530 Chimney Rock Rd
Hendersonville, NC
828-693-6445
 
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  • Offers a buffet with items such as: pot roast, fried chicken, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, salads, breads, desserts and more
  • Serves Lunch & Dinner /  Breakfast – Saturday & Sunday.
  • Open 7 days a week.

Harvey’s Restaurant & Bar

201 3rd Ave W
Hendersonville, NC 28739
828-696-2001
 
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  • Harvey’s @ The Henderson offers a menu of gourmet small plate options, featured in Carolina Epicurean, prepared fresh daily by an award winning Executive Chef formerly of the Ritz Carlton, W Hotels and Director of Culinary for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
  • Serves Dinner Thursday – Saturday
  • Sunday Brunch

Henderson

201 3rd Ave W
Hendersonville, NC 28739
17 Rooms
828-696-2001
 
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Amenities include:

  • Air Conditioned
  • Handicap Access
  • Credit Cards
  • Jacuzzi/Hot Tub
  • Breakfast
  • Pet Friendly
  • Internet Access
  • Meeting Facilities
  • TV/Sat/Cable

 

Henderson County Heritage Museum

1 Historic Courthouse Square #4
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-694-1619
 
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  • Henderson County Heritage Museum is housed in the Historic Henderson County Courthouse on Main Street.
  • It offers public displays, artifacts, lectures, collections, archives, libraries, demonstrations, a replica of a turn of the century county store and other similar exhibitions relating to the history, culture, heritage of Henderson County.
  • The museum celebrates veterans of all wars, and has an Civil War Display.
  • Open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00am – 5:00pm & Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00pm
  • Admission is Free

Henderson County Public Library Main Library

301 N. Washington St.
Hnedersonville, NC 28739
828-697-4725
 
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  • The Henderson County Public Library system is among the top mid-size county libraries in North Carolina. There are 6 branch libraries located throughout Henderson County. 
  • The Library offers a wonderful selection of reading materials, story time, events, classes and programs.
  • Computer use is available free for library card holders (patrons must have their library card number). Guests may purchase a computer use pass.
  • The Kaplan Auditorium is located in the Main Library on Washington Street. 

 

 

Hendersonville Community Theatre

229 S Washington St
Hendersonville, NC 28739
828-692-1082
 
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The Hendersonville Community Theatre, Inc. is a non-profit, non-professional, volunteer based organization of theater-lovers, was formed in 1966. The theater was known as the Hendersonville Little Theatre for more than 50 years. The season runs from May through early-November and special events during the off-season. Tickets are available for a single show or season tickets.

Hendersonville Visitor Center

201 South Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
 
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Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Come by the Hendersonville Visitor Center

  1. Conveniently located in historic downtown Hendersonville, on the corner of Main Street and Allen Street.
  2. Friendly staff and volunteers who are knowledgeable and excited to tell you about the diverse communities in Henderson County
  3. Hundreds of brochures, guides, maps, dining and lodging information.
  4. Clean Public Restrooms
  5. Free parking
  6. Pet Friendly
  7. A great place to shop for Hendersonville souvenirs and unique gifts
  8. Relocation Resources
  9. Free WiFi
  10. Free Cell Phone Charging Station

Step-On Guide Service available by appointment.

  • Specially-trained local guides are available by appointment.
  • A free bus “meet & greet” at Visitor Center is available by appointment. 
  • Tours ranging from ½ hour to all day available for a modest fee.
  • Customized itineraries free upon request:apple blossom & harvest tours, outdoor recreation, local history, spring & fall tours, museums and more.

High Vista Country Club

88 Country Club Road
Mills River, NC 28759
828-891-1986
 
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  • 18 holes
  • 6831 Yards Par 72
  • Offers five sets of tees for golfers of all skill levels.
  • The course provides elevation changes, winding fairways and stunning views.
  • PGA Instruction available for golfers of all ages and skill sets from a certified staff

Historic Henderson County Courthouse

1 Historic Courthouse Square
Hendersonville, NC 28792
 
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Historic Henderson County Courthouse (1905) was designed by Richard Sharp Smith, the “resident architect” of Biltmore House. The focal point of the Courthouse is atop of the copper dome, a 6-foot statue of “Lady Justice.” The statue is the Greek goddess Themis (“The Greek Goddess of Divine Justice and Law”) who is without a blindfold, holding a sword in her right hand and scales in her left. It is believed to be only one of only three in the United States without a blindfold, statues of Themis/Justice are blindfolded to typify that Justice should be impartial. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Historic Johnson Farm

3346 Haywood Rd.
Hendersonville, NC 28791
828-891-6585
 
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Historic Johnson Farm is a fine example of a late 19th and early 20th century farm & tourist retreat. The entire structure was handmade from bricks that were fired on site from French Broad River mud. Over the years many outbuildings were constructed, including a tool shed/blacksmith shop, barn, boarding house, and a cottage. The property offers historic home tours, nature trails, picnic tables, animals and 10 historic structures on 15 acres filled with trees in a natural setting.

The Heritage Weavers and Fiber Artists have transformed the boarding house into a fiber arts center, which includes weaving, rug hooking, bobbin lace, spinning or knitting.

Holmes Educational State Forest

1299 Crab Creek Road
Hendersonville, NC
828-692-0100
 
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Holmes Educational State Forest offers a series of well-marked trails, firefighting equipment, accented by exhibits and displays depicting ecology of a managed forest. Picnic sites with tables and a spacious picnic shelter (with grills) are also available. Located about 8 1/2 miles from downtown Hendersonville.

  • Nature Trails
  • Playground
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Area

Open March – November

HVL Pedal & Brews

110 2nd Avenue E
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-233-5606
 
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  • HVL Pedal & Brews is a 14-person pedal powered (electric motor assisted) vehicle that accommodates 10 Peddlers and 4 Non-Peddlers, as well as your conductor, who navigates downtown Hendersonville with a healthy dose of humor, style and entertainment.
  • Tour options include tours between the downtown breweries, non-alcoholic history tours, and private bookings. 
  • All options are BYOB.

Jennie Jones Giles

P.O. Box 802
E. Flat Rock, NC 28726
828-713-9677
 
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  • Jennie Jones Giles is a descendant of at least 30 of the earliest pioneer settlers in Henderson and Polk counties.
  • She teaches the history of Henderson County at Blue Ridge Community College.
  • She is a former reporter and community news editor for the local newspaper.

McConnell Farms

177 Old Dana Rd.
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-692-2819
 
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  • Offer strawberries, asparagus, blackberries, figs, fresh ginger, vegetables, apples, greenhouse & nursery plants, preserves, ciders, pumpkins, baked goods and homemade ice cream, and crafts.
  • Field trips and tours available.
  • Open 7 days a week.

Mineral & Lapidary Museum
of Henderson County

400 North Main St
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-698-1977
 
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The Mineral & Lapidary Museum features the natural beauty of minerals, gems, fossils and artifacts found in North Carolina, in the United States and around the world. Displays include North Carolina minerals, dinosaur egg cluster, English minerals, fluorescent minerals, geodes, petrified wood & large logs, coral, artfully crafted jewelry, gem stones, Cullinan Diamond replicas and a Henderson County Meteorite, on loan from the Smithsonian, are featured displays. Gift shop is open daily. Geode cracking. Free admission!

  • Open Monday-Friday 1pm-5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm (Winter Hours: open Wednesday – Saturday).
  • Admission is free.
  • Located on the lower level of the Henderson County Genealogical & Historical Society building.

North River Farm Tours

3333 North Mills River Rd.
Mills River, NC
828-890-5316
 
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  • Guided tours of a real working farm, activities include a picnic by the river, fishing, you pick produce, guided tube floats, tent caming, corn maze and guided horseback rides.
  • Tours offered May – October by appointment.

Olive or Twist

121 W. Barnwell St.
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-513-5130
 
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Serves cuisine from around the world, including weekly specials, and often has live entertainment.

  • Open Monday – Saturday
  • Serves lunch & dinner
  • Can accommodate groups

Point Lookout Vineyards

408 Appleola Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-808-8923
 
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Point Lookout Vineyards is situated at 3,000-feet above sea level, with a panoramic views of mountains, vineyards and farmland.  The ten wines offered include six reds and four whites. The reds are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rosé, Petit Verdot, Cliffield (a red blend), and Javine, a coffee and chocolate infused red that is a nod to the owner’s Jackson’s Java coffee shops in Charlotte. Plus, enjoy their great selection of mead!

The tasting room includes Jackson’s espresso and coffee paired with food items. The facility includes a 4,000-square-foot open-air pavilion that serves as both a tasting room and event space. Point Lookout has been nationally recognized for their award winning wines.

Open 7 days per week. Regularly has live music, special events and food trucks.

Quality Inn

111 Commercial Blvd
Flat Rock, NC 28731
65 Rooms
828-697-1085
 
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Amenities include:

  • Air Conditioned
  • Handicap Access
  • Pool/Swimming
  • Phones
  • Credit Cards
  • Jacuzzi/Hot Tub
  • Breakfast
  • Internet Access
  • TV/Sat/Cable

 

Ramada

150 Sugarloaf Rd
Hendersonville, NC 28792
56 Rooms
828-697-0006
 
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Amenities include:

  • Air Conditioned
  • Handicap Access
  • Phones
  • Credit Cards
  • Jacuzzi/Hot Tub
  • Breakfast
  • Pet Friendly
  • Internet Access
  • Meeting Facilities
  • TV/Sat/Cable

 

Red Roof Inn

240 Mitchelle Dr
Hendersonville, NC 28792
49 Rooms
(828) 697-1223
 
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Amenities Include:

  • Air Conditioned
  • Handicap Access
  • Phones
  • Credit Cards
  • Jacuzzi/Hot Tub
  • Breakfast
  • Pet Friendly
  • Internet Access
  • TV/Sat/Cable

 

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyard

588 Chestnut Gap Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-685-4002
 
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  • Saint Paul Mountain Vineyard is located on 10 acres, with panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Vineyard grows 14 varieties of wine-grapes. The winery’s tasting room serves Reisling blends, red Cabernets and Chardonnays, each with dry and semi-sweet versions.
  • Open 7 days per week. Regularly has live music and special events.

Saluda Historic Depot

32 W. Main St.
Saluda, NC 28773
828-674-5958
 
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  • Saluda’s 1903 train station houses a heritage museum highlighting the vital role of the railroad in this mountain town’s history. 
  • Exhibits include a diorama of the famous Saluda Grade – the steepest mainline standard gauge railroad grade in the United States – and a diorama depicting Saluda’s various railroading eras. 
  • Railroad artifacts.
  • Videos of trains climbing the Saluda Grade.
  • Admission is free. 
  • Scheduled tours are available.
  • Open Thursday-Sunday (call for hours)

 

 

 

 

 

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Serpentarium Magic

57 Hunters Ridge Rd
Mills River, NC 28759
828-776-4477
 
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  • Serpentarium Magic offers educational tours with over 200 snakes, a two-headed Corn Snake as well as an albino collection of snakes, turtles, toads and frogs.
  • Plenty of other unique interactive exhibits.
  • Call for hours as they change by season.

Sierra Nevada Brewing

100 Sierra Nevada Way
Mills River, NC 28732
828-681-5300 
 
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company has set the standard for artisan brewers worldwide as a winner of numerous awards for a wide variety of beers and ales, including the legendary Pale Ale. Sierra Nevada’s east coast brewing, bottling and distribution operation in Mills River is located 10 miles from downtown Hendersonville, south of Asheville. The Taproom offers 20 beers on tap. The restaurant serves farm-to-table dishes that are mainly supplied locally. Located in Henderson County on approximately 90 acres along the French Broad River.

 

  • Free, guided tours of the brewery are offered 7days a week, reservations must be booked online (tours fill up quickly)
  • Self-guided tours are also available (no reservations required)
  • Taproom and Restaurant – open 7 days a week
  • Regularly has live music

St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church

1895 Greenville Hwy. (Hwy. 225 South)
Flat Rock, NC
828-693-9783
 
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St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. St. John in the Wilderness was built as a private chapel in 1833, on the grounds of Charles and Susan Barings’ home, Mountain Lodge. The church was deeded to the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina in 1936. Many well-known members of southern aristocracy have family plots in the churchyard; those names include: Christopher Memminger, first secretary of the Confederate treasury; Rev. John Drayton, developer of the world-famous Magnolia Gardens of Charleston; members of the families of three signers of the Declaration of Independence; Major General Edward P. King, Jr., of the United States Army who led the defense of the Bataan Peninsula in the Battle of Bataan against the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in World War II.

The Old Home Place

4060 North Mills River Rd.
Mills River, NC 28759
828-891-7704
 
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  • The Old Home Place features a large dance floor, live entertainment in a family atmosphere with no alcohol or smoking.
  • The bands play country or bluegrass music for a toe tapping evening.
  • Fridays & Saturdays  7:00pm – 10:30pm

The Oriole Mill

701 Oriole Drive
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-693-5500
 
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The Oriole Mill creates luxury quality, Jacquard and Dobby woven textiles. Their own line of products, sold at their factory store, lines includes coverlets, duvets, shams, throws, decorative pillows, window covering, yardage, and more. Everything they sell at their store is made on-site.

  • Free factory tours are available most Fridays at 1pm, for groups of 12-16 people.
  • Reservations are required .
  • Must be at least 12-years-old and wear closed-toe and closed-heel shoes to enter factory.
  • Private group tours are available as well.
  • To make a tour reservation, call 828-693-5500 or email tours@theoriolemill.com.

 

 

The Trolley Company

1928 Brevard Road
Hendersonville, NC 28791
828-606-8606
 
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  • The Trolley Company, offers guided tours of Historic Hendersonville, Wine Tours, and special events.
  • Call for dates & times. Holiday tours are offered late November through December, and shuttles are offered on weekends to/from the NC Arboretum’s Winter Lights show.
  • Groups may be arranged year round.

Timber Axe Throwing

218 Duncan Hill Rd.
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-595-9909
 
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Axe throwing is similar to a combination of darts and bowling. It is an indoor recreational range set up like a bowling alley with a bullseye target at the end of the lane. The lanes are divided by steel fencing with rubberized floors. Great fun for groups.

  • Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are suggested and maybe made online
  • For ages 13+, but anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian
  • Beer and Wine Available
  • No experience necessary
  • Admission Charged
  • Coaching Provided

 

Van in Black

 
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  • Van in Black provides customized group tours.
  • They offer group transportation, for even things as simple as an airport shuttle.
  • Call for more information and rates.

 

 

Western North Carolina Air Museum

1340 East Gilbert Street
Hendersonville, NC 28793
828-698-2482
 
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  • North Carolina’s first air museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting the flying heritage of the Western North Carolina.
  • It features an impressive collection of restored, replica and vintage airplanes, models, engines, and flying memorabilia.
  • The museum is housed in two large hangers, where you will find passionate volunteer pilots that are eager to show you around. 
  • The museum is located adjacent to the Hendersonville Airport .
  • No admission charge.
  • Advance reservations for groups requested.