Family – Weekend Itinerary

For families looking to spend a weekend in Hendersonville, you are sure to find something to suit every family member’s tastes. You will enjoy everything from ice cream to burgers, hiking to model trains, and picking apples to a show at the Flat Rock Playhouse.

Friday Night

Kick off your weekend with dinner at Campfire Grill in the quaint Village of Flat Rock. The restaurant recreates the summer camp experience in its dining room. Hendersonville is the camp capital of the Southeast, with approximately 20 youth summer camps. Standout menu items include the towering counselor burger and s’mores skillet served with graham crackers for dipping

Walk to an evening show at the Flat Rock Playhouse. The State Theatre of North Carolina specializes in musicals, comedies and shows for young audiences. The professional theater merges top talent with an approachable, laid-back vibe for a bit of Broadway in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Allow everyone in the family to unplug at Kanuga, a sprawling campus that includes public accommodations, a Conference and Retreat Center, bike park, children’s summer camp and more. Located on 1,400 acres, the resort encourages outdoor exploration and quality time with loved ones. Book a hotel-style room in the main inn, or choose from multi-bedroom historic cottages and guesthouses with various amenities, such as fireplaces, screened porches and kitchens.


If you’re in Hendersonville from August through October, spend Saturday morning at an apple orchard. Hendersonville leads North Carolina in apple production, and many orchards invite customers to pick their own fruit. Other farm adventures include hayrides, apple cannons, corn mazes, pumpkin patches and bakeries with fresh apple treats. If apples aren’t in season, head to Elijah Mountain Gem Mine and search for gemstones and gold. Covered outdoor flumes are open seven days a week year-round. In addition to mining, visitors can pet and feed the goats and admire colorful peacocks and pheasants in the aviary.


Spend the afternoon in the Seventh Avenue Historic District. The Apple Valley Model Railroad Club is located in the former train depot. The museum has a working HO-scale model train that depicts Western North Carolina circa the 1950s. A larger, all-weather G-scale display runs outside with plants and water features.


On Saturday evening, White Duck Taco Shop makes taco night an easy dinner choice. Adults will like the variety with everything from jerk chicken, lump crab, Korean beef bulgogi and lamb gyro filling tortillas. And kids will like the familiarity of chicken or cheese quesadillas. End the night with ice cream at nearby Celtic Creamery. The shop uses an Irish recipe and local ingredients to create an exceptionally creamy ice cream that is made, churned and frozen daily in-house.


Sunday Morning

After checking out on Sunday, take one final stroll around the Kanuga campus, taking time to meditate by the lake or walk the labyrinth before making a final jaunt to Holmes Educational State Forest, which opens on Sundays at 11am, for a hike around the Talking Trees Trail. Along the half-mile loop, different species of trees share a bit about themselves, including their distinct characteristics and helpful uses. Holmes also makes for an excellent picnic location after your hike.

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