A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of previewing the very first Hendersonville Restaurant Week with a handful of other writers for 72 hours. Our dining and accommodations were sponsored by the establishments listed below, however I would never recommend a restaurant or hotel that I didn’t enjoy myself. In this post, I talk about my culinary excursions and overall visit to Hendersonville, North Carolina. All opinions here are mine alone.
Hendersonville is a scenic mountain community located about 2 hours west of Charlotte. This Blue Ridge getaway serves as an outdoor paradise, which encourages tourists to spend their time fishing, golfing and trekking through their vast amount of hiking trails. To be honest, I’m not quite sure how this charasmatic little destination fell off my travel-radar in the past. The entire town is captivating and I instantly fell in love with it’s rustic downtown and charming residents. In fact, I adored Hendersonville so much that I even returned this past weekend with my family visiting from California.
Where to Fill Up:
FYI: These are listed in the order that we visited (not by favorite or taste preference). Depending on the mood you’re in, Hendersonville Restaurant Week truly has something for everyone in various price ranges.
1501 Greenville Hwy, Hendersonville
201 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville
142 Third Avenue West, Hendersonville
401 N Main St., Hendersonville
86 Lily Pad Lane, Flat Rock
The Deets: I had the pleasure of dining here twice (once with the group and then again the next morning with Chrissie for breakfast) and both occasions were sensational. Executive Chef, Nate Sargent, focuses on utilizing fresh local ingredients when creating his menu; the bright contrast of flavors really shows his dedication to his craft.
Restaurant Week: Open for lunch & dinner; Menu
Personal Favorite: The Lamb Pappardelle featured Roasted Lamb Leg with Kalamata Olives, Preserved Lemon, Peas and Asiago-Rosemary Allemande Sauce tossed with hand-cut Pappardelle Pasta.
300 N Main St., Hendersonville
119 South Main Street, Hendersonville
430 N. Main St., Hendersonville
I want to give a whole-hearted thank-you to all the restaurant owners who graciously invited us into their establishments and treated our group to a special sneak-peak of their restaurant week menu. Just a short drive from Charlotte, this mountain town is a hub for gastronomical fare and outstanding customer service.
Hendersonville’s very first Restaurant Week kicks off March 15th through the 24th, featuring prix fixe lunch and dinner menu’s ranging from $10-$15 for lunch and $25-$35 for dinner. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Dandelion Cafe, a non-profit that provides an internship program to those who have been victims of domestic violence. Read more about Safelight’s programs here.
Where to Wind Down:
86 Lily Pad Lane, Flat Rock
This jaw-dropping property is tucked away on 26 secluded acres in Flat Rock, North Carolina. There’s a private lake on-site that offers canoe’s in the summertime and picturesque views year-round. If you’re looking for a gorgeous mountain getaway that’s conveniently located to Hendersonville Restaurant Week, I highly recommend staying here.
In addition to the relaxing lakeside views, this resort boasts a highly sought-after restaurant, organic gardens and a small farm that’s complete with goats, one of the friendliest turkeys I’ve ever met, chickens and a curious white peacock (who may or may not have scared the living crap out of me because he was so eager to say hello).
I stayed in a room at Highland Lake’s Historic Lodge, which just so happens to be over 100 years old. This 20-room estate serves as the perfect retreat for a family reunion or large wedding party because everyone could stay under one roof. The manor is equipped with a spacious kitchen and dual-sided common room that’s furnished with leather couches, claw foot chairs, a classic piano and flat screen TV. What more could you want? In addition to the shared amenities above, each private room is outfitted with it’s own bathroom, coffee maker, cable TV and wireless internet access.
Oh, and did I mention they have a stunning waterfall on the way to and from the resort? Yes… it’s as breathtaking as it looks.