Hendersonville, North Carolina
Hendersonville is located about 30 minutes south of Asheville. A mountain community, Hendersonville is famous for hosting the North Carolina Apple Festival over Labor Day weekend every year. The Apple Festival is a 4 day event that includes free entertainment, foods featuring freshly picked apples (apple pie, apple cobbler, apple ice cream) and arts and crafts along Main Street. While some small towns have become economically depressed and have vacant store fronts, Hendersonville is thriving. There are restaurants, pubs, shops, patio dining and even a restaurant housed in an old bank.
One of the most popular shops in Hendersonville is a branch of the famous Mast General Store. Started in Valle Crucis, North Carolina, Mast is an old time general store with penny candy, outdoorsy clothes and camping equipment. Stop in and grab an old fashioned soda or a North Carolina t-shirt.
Brevard, North Carolina
Brevard is located in Transylvania County, known as Land of the Waterfalls. Home of the famous white squirrel, Brevard hosts the White Squirrel Music Festival held at the end of May which includes a gallery walk, a 5k race, a parade , a beer garden and 3 nights of music. Also home to Brevard College, a 4 year college with a nationally recognized music program.
The white squirrel is a white version of the eastern gray squirrel. There are various theories how they ended up in Brevard with the most prevalent being that a carnival truck overturned outside of Brevard and the squirrels were captured by a Brevard resident in the 1950's.
Dupont State Forest, the only state forest in North Carolina, is next door. And one of the waterfalls there, Triple Falls, was used as a filming spot for the movie The Hunger Games. There are, however, 249 waterfalls located in Transylvania County so as they say "when it comes to North Carolina waterfalls, Transylvania County is Mecca."
So if you like visiting small, throw back, mountain towns with festivals, shopping, and idyllic main streets, then Hendersonville and Brevard are your kind of towns. And don't forget the surrounding mountains and the awesome fall color. Maybe I need to plan a trip for this year!
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