One of the greatest pastimes that we enjoy in Hendersonville is apple picking. Hendersonville has a rich tradition of apple orchard culture; our city limits sign even claims the Apple Festival as its mark of fame. With multiple orchards around Hendersonville, the late summer/early fall is the ideal time for families to visit our neck of the woods. The orchards offer a ‘you-pick’ opportunity so that you have the chance to not only peruse the apple orchard to find the perfect apple, but you also get to take it home! That’s not all though, almost all of the orchards have additional family friendly activities. Corn mazes, tractor pulls, pumpkin patches, animals and even playgrounds are just a few of the activities that you might encounter at any of our local orchards. Fresh apple cider, apple slushes, apple donuts and caramel apples are available for purchase, and trust us, you don't want to miss out! The orchards will be opening their doors in just a couple weeks, in time for the Hendersonville Apple Festival. 

Downtown Hendersonville will celebrate the third Rhythm and Brews event of the summer this Thursday, July 20 from 5-9pm. This month’s lineup includes The Steel Wheels as a headliner whose genre is described at Americana roots music. The openers for the event include sing/songwriter Rob Williams and the official opener is Angela Easterling & The Beguilers. As always wine and beer is available for purchase at the event as well as fair from local food trucks! It’s a great event for the family to come and enjoy live music while dancing; drinking or sitting, whatever strikes your fancy!

Every year, Hendersonville based Narnia Studios sponsors the colorful and lively event called Chalk it Up! This year commemorated the 21st anniversary of the event. Colorful chalk drawings adorn the sidewalk from First Citizens Bank to Jongo Java in downtown. This year alone 150 artists took part in the event of all ages including a professional group. Each age group had five winners, save for the professional group, which only had one.

Events like these are what make Hendersonville such a fun community. Sidewalk art similar to what you might come across in a plaza in Europe is on display throughout downtown as a full day event. That is part of why we at Mill House Lodge created the Vacationer’s package. Summer in Hendersonville is a great time to explore what the mountains have to offer, and with all of the downtown events taking place, you won’t ever be bored! Book now to take advantage of our Vacationer’s package now. Receive $10 off night three and four and an additional $10 off night 5, we know you won’t want to leave once you’ve arrived in Hendersonville, so take a week, sit back and relax.

This weekend we are celebrating the annual Antique and Vintage show in Downtown Hendersonville. Do you enjoy rummaging through antique stores searching for your next great treasure? Then this weekend Downtown is the place for you. All of our local vintage and antique shops will hit the sidewalks of Main Street along with additional vendors! Come and have a look to see what kind of long forgotten relics you might find. This year, this event is pet friendly and with our new pet policy, you can bring your furry friend and enjoy the best weekend in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. The Vintage and Antique show takes place June 24 from 8am-5pm along Main Street.

Every year local artists and organizations take on the important task of designing and painting a bear to adorn the sidewalks of Downtown Hendersonville. This year marks the 15th annual bear reveal. This year 20 ceramic bears were revealed. The bears are displayed throughout the summer for tourists and locals alike and are then auctioned off in October. The proceeds from the auctioned bears benefit local non-profits. In the 15 years that this event has gone on over $200,000 has been raised. This year was unique in that it was the first time that all of the bears were revealed in one location. Make sure when you’re strolling through Downtown Hendersonville you take a special look at the bears, they mark a special part of Hendersonville history!