Fall Color in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville NC

Autumn in the mountains of western North Carolina

Autumn in the mountains of western North Carolina

Where to Find Color Week-by-Week

  • October 2-9: Highest elevations north of Asheville above 5,000 feet show the most color, especially in the Mount Mitchell, Craggy Gardens, Grandfather Mountain, Beech Mountain, Rough Ridge and Graveyard Fields areas. 
  • October 8-16: Color will increase in elevations greater than 4,000 feet, including the Mount Pisgah, Black Balsam, Devil’s Courthouse, Waterrock Knob, southwest of Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It will also be peak color in the Highlands area, including Whiteside Mountain, with plenty of waterfalls to enjoy, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including hikes to Alum Cave and Chimney Tops.
  • October 14-23: Many of the surrounding mountains around Asheville show plenty of color, especially in the 3,000-4,000 foot elevation range. Take the Parkway north or south from Asheville. A great hike in Pisgah National Forest would be Looking Glass Rock or Cradle of Forestry. North of Asheville, head to Linville Gorge with hikes to the top of Table Rock and Hawksbill Mountain. West of Asheville, Bryson City and the Nantahala Gorge will shine.
  • October 20-29: The city of Asheville (2,000 feet elevation) shows the brightest colors, along with areas around Hendersonville and Brevard. This is the perfect time for a waterfall hike in DuPont State Forest or leisurely walk at the NC Arboretum. This is also the peak leaf color for Biltmore Estate. 
  • October 25-November 4: The color show concludes in the Chimney Rock area (elevation of 1,300 feet). Ride to the top of Chimney Rock or take a boat tour on Lake Lure. Also peak at Lake James and South Mountains State Parks.


Private Dinner in the Mediterranean Courtyard

Recently, some of our favorite guests entertained some friends in the Mediterranean Courtyard.  

Private Dinner in the Mediterranean Courtyard

Love the New Travel & Tourism Logo!

Check out the new logo for the Henderson County Tourism Development Board. We love it! hendersoncountytraveltourism

Bed & Breakfast Guest Comment

“Thank you very much for your hospitality.  Food was excellent and we absolutely loved the Rose Suite.  We loved, loved, loved it.”

Kumar Family

September is Wine & Grape Month in NC

September is N.C. Wine and Grape Month, and wineries and vineyards across the state are planning wine tastings, grape stomps and other special events to celebrate the industry. Western North Carolina is home to more than 20 wineries/vineyards.   Check out the ncwinemap

Flat Rock Playhouse Ticket Special

See the Melange Bed & Breakfast Specials that include Flat Rock Playhouse Tickets.

Experience Japanese Culture First Hand at Local Center

JapaneseCultureCenterA new center celebrating Japanese culture has opened in Hendersonville at 629 5th Avenue West.  The Western North Carolina Japanese Culture Center offers classes in Ikebana flower arrangement and also offers the opportunity to experience a traditional tea ceremony ritual. The center plans to also bring in instructors to teach other aspects of Japanese culture.

WNC Japanese Culture Center is a dream venue of owners, Manabu and Emiko Suzuki, who are residents of Hendersonville, originally from Japan.  They also hope to showcase Japanese-related art and hold Japanese movie nights.

Ikebana classes, which are $20 per session excluding plant materials, will be held every Wednesday and every other Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tea ceremony classes are scheduled every other Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.


Flat Rock Playhouse Season – Scheduled Events

flat-rock-playhouse-mainstageFlat Rock Playhouse recently revised the 2015 season lineup for both the Mainstage and Playhouse Downtown locations.

Previously announced titles The Wizard of Oz Young Performer’s Edition, Always…Patsy Cline, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Driving Miss Daisy, Gypsy, Fly, Pump Boys and Dinettes, and Oliver!, as well as the Music on the Rock Series has been augmented by the addition of three new titles for the Playhouse Downtown:  Over The River and Through the Woods, Crimes of the Heart and Catfish Moon.  Visit Flat Rock Playhouse Website

North Carolina Apple Festival – Labor Day Weekend 2015

nc-apple-festival-hendersonville-ncFruits of our Labor Day – Friday, September 4 – Monday, September 7, 2015

Main Street – Hendersonville NC

The North Carolina Apple Festival is held annually over Labor Day Weekend in Hendersonville, North Carolina.  It has been Western North Carolina’s Leading Family Festival for over 60 years.  From September 4-September 7, 2015 you can enjoy 4 days of fun including one of the most best known Street Fairs in the Carolinas with freshly picked apples, arts & crafts, festival food, and free entertainment at the Historic Courthouse on Hendersonville’s beautiful Main Street.

The event concludes with the King Apple Parade held on Monday, September 7, 2015 at 2:30 p.m..

At the parade, there will be professional floats, bands, youth groups, antique cars, fire trucks and many others participating in this event that will draw over 60,000 individuals.

Please leave your pets comfortably at home.  The City of Hendersonville has an ordinance against allowing pets within the event area.


NC Arboretum Garden Inspired by Quilts

North-Carolina-Arboretum-Quilt-GardensA Quilt Garden located near the Heritage Garden at the NC Arboretum in Asheville is an living interpretation of traditional quilt block patterns.  The plants represent he close ties between the heritage crafts, gardening, contemporary art and the craft of quilting in the Southern Appalachian region.  The garden consists of 24 in-ground be divided by a gravel and slate paths or walkways with garden quilt designs changing seasonally.  Visitors can explore the gardens up close using the path walkways between the individual gardens that form the quilt pattern.  And the observation area provides the opportunity to get  an overview of the spectacular garden.

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