The Almost Camper — 3-Day Itinerary

For the Almost Camper: You enjoy time outdoors and may have fond memories of childhood summer camp, but you aren’t packing a sleeping bag this week! You’re ready to reminisce and relax, while adding in a few outdoor activities.

Engage all your senses

This itinerary offers up a blend of outdoor escapades, re-living childhood favorites, breathtaking views and some darn good food. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a foodie, or simply looking for a good time, this weekend-long schedule has something for everyone. So, buckle up and let’s hit the road!

Friday: Ease into the weekend

Hendersonville has a lot of great vacation rental homes, and one of our favorites is Carolina Wildwoods, because this lovely, clean space can accommodate up to 12 people, the shared space has both a foosball and an air hockey table, the kitchen is stocked with everything you could possibly need, has a great outdoor space with a firepit, and even a few hiking backpacks are provided. They have lots of games and kid’s items too, for those traveling with children.

people crossing the street in front of a big coc-a-cola mural painted on a brick building

Once you check in, head to nearby Sierra Nevada, the east coast headquarters for their brewing operation, where they offer brewery tours, a great restaurant, live music, and grounds and gardens to explore. Be sure to register in advance for your tour, they tend to fill quickly, especially in the summertime. Tours go deep into the story of Sierra Nevada and explain why they chose the mountains of Western NC for their east coast set up. For dinner, you can either sit down inside for small plates, snacks and pizzas, or head outside to their back porch, where they offer a smaller selection of sandwiches and snacks.

people crossing the street in front of a big coc-a-cola mural painted on a brick building

Saturday: Scenic Drive and Local Favorites

Kickstart your day with a delicious breakfast at Fletcher Village Bakery, fueling up for a day of fun ahead. Then, hop in the car and head to the Blue Ridge Parkway, where stunning vistas and historic landmarks await.

 The closest entrance to the famous 469-mile scenic route is at the North Carolina Arboretum, located just south of Asheville. As you wind your way westward, marvel at the 10 hand-built tunnels crafted by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Make sure to stop at the Pisgah Inn for panoramic views and photo ops aplenty.

Exit the Parkway onto Route 276 and descend into Pisgah National Forest. Don’t miss the majestic Looking Glass Falls, a roadside waterfall that’s sure to take your breath away. As you journey back towards Hendersonville, you may want to make pit stops at a local coffee shop or art stores, but you must stop at Packa’s Place for a unique farm experience complete with beer, live music, and food trucks – and a herd of beefalo in a nearby pasture.

After lunch, immerse yourself in the beauty of nature at Bullington Gardens, a public garden known for its dahlias and fairy trail. Though it is close to town, these 13 acres feel far from anything.

Quench your thirst with a wine tasting at Souther Williams Winery, a bicentennial farm that has been in the same family for more than 200 years, and offers some truly spectacular wine.

End your day on a high note with a scrumptious dinner at The Silo Cookhouse, a farm-to-table restaurant located at the Horse Shoe Farm, a place that can unironically be called magical, and is one of the best places to see a cozy sunset. Be sure to ask about s’mores by the fire pit after dinner.


Sunday: Riverside Relaxation and Downtown Delights

Start your morning off right with coffee and light breakfast at Cognative Brewhouse, gearing up for another day of excitement (pun intended, as they sell mountain biking gear here too). Then, head to Lazy Otter Outfitters for a leisurely paddle trip along the tranquil waters of the French Broad River, one of the oldest rivers in the world. Choose from a 4-mile or 7-mile paddle, and you’ll be picked up after your float.


You’ll work up an appetite on the river, so refuel with a delicious lunch at Arabella before exploring downtown Hendersonville. Relive your childhood memories at the Appalachian Pinball Museum, where you can play old pinball machines to your heart’s content for a flat fee, try your luck at gem mining at Pisgah Forest Gem Mine, grab an ice cream cone at Kilwin’s and check out the Bearfootin’ Bears, a fun public art installation.

Plan your eclectic Getaway

And there you have it, a perfect weekend getaway filled with scenic drives, outdoor adventures, and culinary delights in Hendersonville. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your adventure today!

wine glasses clinking with mountain view
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