Pack your bags and travel north this fall to discover the beauty of the Western North Carolina Mountains, in Hendersonville, NC. You may be surprised and mark this gem as a tradition you want to continue every fall!
Why Hendersonville, NC?
My husband and I decided to make the move from Maine to Hendersonville, NC. six years ago. Fall sightseeing in New England was something we enjoyed and made sure to see every year. There is nothing that can beat the glorious fall foliage across all the mountains in the area. Moving south has allowed us to continue this tradition in the beautiful WNC Mountains.
We also love to hike the many trails right here in our backyard in DuPont State Forest, and Glassy Mountain at the Carl Sandburg National Site. We have noticed that the leaves start to turn mid-September and continue through early to mid-November. It’s a long stretch of time to take in the beauty of the yellows, oranges, reds, crimsons, and purples.
Growing up outside Boston, our family also had a tradition to go to the apple orchards and pick our own apples. We chose to live in Hendersonville where it is very well known for their apples! And what a variety. 40 Varieties to be exact! I must admit, in New England, I remember a few different kinds, certainly not 40!
I encourage you to discover new places here during your visit.
If you are ready to explore scenic trails or routes and pick perhaps a new variety of apple, pack your bags! Share with us what you discover while visiting Hendersonville, NC.
4 Reasons to Getaway This Fall to WNC Mountains:
No. 1 – Legendary Leaf Peeping
Here are our Fall Foliage Tips:
When is the Peak Color?
The best time to see Blue Ridge Mountain Fall Foliage is anywhere from mid-October to early/mid-November. Our Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains have one of the longest Autumn color seasons in the country!
Why do we get such colorful landscape here?
Our many 6,000-foot peaks (highest in eastern USA), along with the deep valleys and varying microclimates all add up to glorious colors.
What species of Trees add to the colors?
The landscape here is heavily populated with sugar Maples, Hickories, Sweetgum, Scarlet Oaks, Red Maples and nearly 100 other species of native trees that add to the kaleidoscope of leaf colors for many weeks.
Where to see the Best Foliage:
Take a Drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway; stop at Wagon Road Gap, Pounding Mill Overlook, Cherry Cove or Doubletop Mountain Overlook
Our personal favorite places to visit for views and colorful paths are below:
- DuPont State Forest
- Jump Off Rock
- Point Lookout Vineyards
- Chimney Rock State Park
Or enjoy these views from the decks of our luxurious cabins:
- Lodge at Shady Branch
- Whispering Trees Loft
- Mt. Mitchell View House
(Brand new vacation home: Apple Hill House)
No. 2 – Astounding Apple Orchards
Visit some of our local apple orchards to enjoy apple cider, donuts, and pick your own apples. There are plenty of family fun activities including, corn maze, goats, and pumpkin pickin’!
We highly recommend:
No. 3 – Brewery Trail Event
Call Julie today ( 828-424-0937) for details on Hendersonville’s Visitor Center special Cheers! Trail or find out more information HERE.
The Cheers! Trail is the only trail in North Carolina showcasing four different types of craft beverages. The location is a huge plus, as it is in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in the Hendersonville area. There will be a selection of 17 different tasting experiences to choose from along the trail.
Receive a FREE Pint Glass from Dry Falls, our favorite brewery, when you stay with us at WNC Mountain Rentals. It is located on Kanuga Road. Present your special card when you go in for a tasting experience!
No. 4 – Receive Your Special Rate When Staying with WNC Mountain Rentals
Do you have a client who needs temporary furnished housing? Do you have a client looking for investment property and needs managing? If you want details on our Referral Offer call us today.
Receive Your Special Rate When Staying with WNC Mountain Rentals
Reserve your stay at any one of our many cabins in the mountains, or a downtown vacation home, and be sure to call Julie directly to receive your special guest rate. Enjoy what Hendersonville has to offer. Whether you are interested in over 20 eateries, breweries, wineries, and shops most are within walking distance.
Make your plans today to get some fresh air, exercise, and a true Fall mountain experience!
Call Julie at 828-424-0937 for more tips for a most memorable stay!
Fortin Family Apple Brownie Recipe:
2 Sticks of Butter
2 Cups of Sugar
5 medium Apples, peeled and chopped and preferably local to Hendersonville
2 Cups of Flour
1 Tsp. Baking Powder
1 Tsp. Baking Soda
1 Tsp. Salt
1 TBLS Cinnamon
1 Cup of Chopped nuts
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
Cream butter and sugar, add eggs.
Beat until creamy.
Add Dry Ingredients, mix well.
Fold in apples and nuts.
Pour into a greased 9×14 pan.
Bake for 40-50 minutes
Drone Photo by Jack Elka Photographer, at Apple Hill House. Foliage photos at Dupont State Forest by Julie and Dan