Things to See & Do

Area Attractions ~ Asheville Area ~ Blue Ridge Mountains

Historic Downtown Hendersonville and the Village of Flat Rock

Melange is conveniently located in historic Hendersonville in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina,  near the Village of Flat Rock.  Hendersonville is located 22 miles south of Asheville, NC on a plateau of 2200 feet above sea level.

Downtown Hendersonville Historic Postcard

The heart and soul of Hendersonville is historic Downtown that reveals a shopping and dining district of more than 100 businesses with traditional southern hometown charm. Catch a festival, parade, show or live music on Historic Main Street. The focal point is the Old Courthouse which now houses the County Heritage Museum. The statue on its dome of “Lady Justice” holding a sword in her right hand and scales in her left, is believed to be only one of three in the United States without a blindfold. Catch an Old Timey Day, and shop for plants, produce, homemade art and baked goods, a traditional heritage of many local generations at the Curb Market, celebrating its 91 th anniversary in 2017.

The historic Village of Flat Rock came to prominence when affluent prominent plantation owners of the South’s low country and European transplants built summer estates. Specialty shops and restaurants add a new spin today.

A visit to the craft breweries and vineyards in the area has become very trendy.

Cultural and Creative

Flat Rock Playhouse is the State Theatre of North Carolina. It is located in the quaint village of Flat Rock (next door to the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site). What began as a few weeks of summer performances in 1940 is now an eleven month season of shows including concerts, Broadway musicals, comedies and dramas. The barn-like appearance of the main stage facility is reminiscent of Flat Rock Playhouse’s summer stock beginnings, but today it houses state of the art lighting and sound systems, and electronic stages. The auditorium seats 506 patrons in air-conditioned comfort. There is reserved seating for patrons with special needs and assistive listening devices are available at no additional charge. Flat Rock Playhouse’s, second location, “Playhouse Downtown” with seating for 250 is at 125 South Main Street with other shows and concerts– just steps away from downtown restaurants, bars and retail establishments. Tune-in or dance your heart out in Downtown Hendersonville’s Music SeriesThe Arts Council of Hendersonville celebrating its 60th anniversary with the highly popular Art on Main, and the self guided tour of Open Studio weekends. Browse through Art Galleries in Hendersonville, Flat Rock, and the greater Asheville area.  Visit Mona, the artistic and inspirational art couture in Hendersonville. Take a quick ride to take a glimpse of Wolfe’s Angel statue in the Oakdale Cemetery immortalized by author Thomas Wolfe in his work “Look Homeward, Angel”. The Brevard Music Center, has a summer festival with big name concerts and music recitals.  Attend to one of the concerts and shows of Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra celebrating its 46st anniversary.  Music, dance and theatrical performances are at the center of Asheville’s finest theater, the Diana Wortham Theater at Pack Place, about 25 miles away.

Museums and Displays

Hendersonville’s settler and Cherokee past is displayed at the County Heritage Museum. Crack a Geode and take it home at the Mineral and Lapidary Museum. Visit Connemara, Carl Sandburg’s home and farm where he has spent the last part of his poetic life, and visit nearby St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church, where many well-known members of declaration of independence and southern aristocracy have family plots in its churchyard.

Of course, no trip to Western North Carolina is complete without visiting the Biltmore House, the largest privately owned home in America. In Asheville, stop at the Blue Ridge Parkway Heritage Center, and the Folk Art Center, the most popular attraction on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Nature at Its Best

Don’t miss the DuPont State Forest , one of the area’s best natural and recreational attractions with over 10,000 acres including 6 waterfalls and 80 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horse-back riding. Bring a lunch; picnic sites with tables are available.  DuPont’s popularity skyrocketed following its featured role in the “Hunger Games” film and national magazines.  The forest is rapidly becoming the most visited recreational area in the state.

The Melange is less than 5 miles from the lookout of Jump of Rock where the visitor is entertained to a panoramic view of the Foothills, Blue Ridge Mountains and Mount Pisgah.

Chimney Rock State Park  is another nearby natural attraction covering 1000 acres with an elevation of 2,280 feet overlooking Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge. Still drawing crowds for reunions, the saga, “Last of the Mohicans”, was filmed here and at Du Pont State Forest. Plan a late afternoon cruise — perhaps combined with a dinner at a lakeside restaurant — and you will be treated to wonderful scenery second only to Lake Tahoe.

Visit the state-of-the art greenhouse, bonsai garden, special exhibits, and nature trails at the 434-acre North Carolina Arboretum.

Take a picturesque 20 mile drive to the Pisgah National Forest and experience one of the best vistas of the Blue Ridge Parkway via US 64/US 276 West. Once in the forest, the visitor will be rewarded with Looking Glass Falls, Sliding Rock and the trails and exhibits at America’s first forestry school, Cradle of Forestry. Mount Pisgah’s 5721 ft peak is a 1,5 mile trek from the parking lot close to Pisgah Inn or go back to US 64 and drive for another 45 minutes on US 64 to Panthertown Valley, America’s Yosemite of the East.

Recreational Opportunities

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