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Hendersonville Rated as Very Attractive Place to Retire by USA Today

Excerpt from USA TODAY article: Retirement Living:  5 Great (Unknown) Places to Retire

Picking a place to retire is a pretty big deal. Any good financial planner will advise you to start thinking about where you want to live well before you enter those retirement years.

If you don’t plan to retire in the home you’ve lived in for years, you may go to one of those “Best places to retire” lists.

We wanted to try something different. We have a list of great places to retire that many of you may not have thought about, all great communities, but not on the radar of the masses.

What made us choose these places? They have all the things retirees want when they start looking for a place to spend their golden years.

“Retirees want relatively low cost of living and housing, a favorable tax situation, a low crime rate, an active downtown, good medical facilities and, more than ever, a range of activities that can keep them fit and healthy,” says Annette Fuller, managing editor of Where to Retire magazine. “Big cities still attract, such as Austin and Santa Fe, but the little guys – such as Mountain Home, Ark.; Natchez, Miss.; and Port Townsend, Wash. – have many relocated retirees who proudly boast of their new home and delight in finding an off-the-beaten-path location.”

Here are five cities and towns for consideration.

1. Hendersonville, N.CMost people know Asheville, N.C., in the western mountains of the state. But, according to Terri King, CEO of Coldwell Banker King in Asheville, people are discovering the outlying areas. Twenty-five minutes south of Asheville is Hendersonville (pop. 13,000) which has many of the qualities sought by Baby Boomers, King says.

She calls the city a “remarkably friendly yet sophisticated social experience.” Among the attributes, a 72-piece orchestra (the smallest town in the USA that has one, she says). It is also home to the official state theater, the Flat Rock Playhouse. And it’s 25 miles from Mission Hospital, which was ranked in the top 15 health care systems in 2013 by Thomson Reuters.

“It has easy walking, waterfalls and a national forest,” King says. “And you are two to three hours from cities like Atlanta and Greensboro.

“It’s very conducive to a retired individual,” she says. “For Baby Boomers, it has a mild, four-season climate. People retirement age are done with the extremes in life.”

Steve Wike, 64, publisher of, and his wife, Mickie, moved to Hendersonville in 2010. “There is everything imaginable to do here,” he says. “I wouldn’t trade it. I love it here.”

“There are over 200 waterfalls in Western North Carolina,” Wike says, and you can hike to almost all of them.” And, of course, there’s golf.

“I don’t play golf, but for the guys around here who do, they say they can get on any private course. It’s like $35 for 18 holes,” says Wike, who grew up in Northern Virginia. “They love it. They say the views and courses are beautiful.”  More

The Melange Attains 4.9 out of 5 Ranking on

The Melange has attained “Outstanding” status on with a ranking of 4.9 out of 5.  Here are a few reviews:

“A melange of unique beauty”

“I have never been in a more beautiful hotel/motel or B&B. So the backdrop was wonderful. The breakfasts were very good. The owners were good to talk to–they are intense persons. If we travel in these parts again, we will not hesitate to stay here again.”

“The best B&B we have ever stayed in!”

“We LOVED this place. It is completely gorgeous. The home is exquisite, the rooms are large and comfortable, the grounds are beautifully landscaped, and the owners are kind and attentive. We will make this stay an annual anniversary retreat. I already cannot wait to return. We travel a lot and have stayed in many B&Bs. Although we have stayed in other lovely places, this is our new all time favorite. You really just need to see it for yourself.”

“Exceeds expectations!”

“Beautiful B & B and property/gardens. Gracious hosts. Gourmet breakfast every morning – each different, but all wonderful and served on beautiful china. Impeccable attention to detail. Spotlessly clean. High quality sheets, towels. Location close to town, but in a quiet street. Service above and beyond.”

Hendersonville & Asheville Among Best Places to Retire

Where to Retire magazine has included Hendersonville and Asheville North Carolina in its fifth edition of “America’s 100 Best Places to Retire.”  Most cities selected, the editors say, have vibrant downtowns, ample adult education and volunteer opportunities, walkable neighborhoods, superior health care, mild weather and low taxes.

Mountain Wine & Music Festival

Saturday, September 28, 2013 – The Mountain Wine & Music Festival is day long event held in Flat Rock, NC. Family friendly, it will feature wineries & vineyards from Henderson and Polk counties, as well as all-day music and local food and retail vendors.  Plan to stay at The Melange Bed & Breakfast for the entire weekend.  Check for Reservations

September is NC Wine & Grape Month!

Whether it’s sipping a favorite N.C. wine or enjoying grapes directly off the vine, there are plenty of ways for people to celebrate N.C. Wine and Grape Month in September.   During NC’s Wine & Grape Celebration during the month of September,  plan a trip to Hendersonville and stay at The Melange Bed & Breakfast.  During your visit, stop by any one of  Hendersonville’s three wineries / vineyards: Burntshirt Vineyards, St. Paul Mountain Vineyards, and the Falderal Winery.

North Carolina is home to the nation’s first cultivated wine grape, the scuppernong, which grew wild on Roanoke Island. Known as the “Mother Vine,” the plant is more than 400 years old and covers half an acre. Today, the state produces a large assortment of both muscadine and vinifera varieties of grapes.  Our state is also the 10th largest producer of wine and grapes in the nation.  

Flat Rock Playhouse Announces 2014 Line-up

The State Theatre of North Carolina, Flat Rock Playhouse, has announced a 2014 season that includes classic musicals, proven comedies, the long-running “Fantasticks” and the big summer offering, “Miss Saigon.”  Music on the Rock tributes include the Beatles, Journey and Air Supply, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Chicago, the Mammas and the Pappas, the Songs of the 60s and Motown Christmas.

Intimate Afternoon Wedding

Appetizer Platter, Garden Weddings Hendersonville, NC

Mediterranean Appetizer Platter served at Caitlin and Colin’s Wedding on June 15,2013

Springtime at The Melange

Everything’s Coming Up Roses!

Guests enjoy the beautiful gardens during the day or in the evening at The Melange!

Recent Weddings & Parties Held at The Melange

We have had an eventful Spring at the Melange. Lale and I would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to our patrons.

 Congratulations to these Brides & Grooms:

Shannon and Ronny

Chaitra and Galen

Caitlin and Colin 

Other Special Events at The Melange this Spring:

Teddi ‘s Appreciation Party for the community

Susan and Jean-Marie’s Bridal Luncheon for their daughter and sister.

Lynn’s 60th Birthday Party

Shirley’s 70th Birthday Party

Sandy’s 75th  Birthday Party

Katie’s Long Range Planning Retreat for a Medical Group


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