The Glamper — 3-Day Itinerary

For the Glamper: You reminisce fondly on your younger days spent at summer camp and in the great outdoors, but these days you crave a nice mix of recreation and relaxation.

Recreation meets Relaxation

This itinerary for 3 days spent in Hendersonville takes you out of the hustle and bustle of everyday life and immerses you in the outdoors, while still making time for the restorative power of a vacation. From rustic cabins to scenic hikes, this getaway promises to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. So, pack your bags and let’s embark on a journey of relaxation and adventure!


Your weekend starts at Kanuga Conference & Retreat Center, which is nestled amidst 1,400 peaceful, wooded acres. Kanuga has offered summer camp to kids since 1931, and the rest of the property, which offers a mountain bike park as well as the retreat center and conference space, feels like an extension of the summer camp, to the point that it still offers Kanuga toast in their buffet breakfast and plays the bugle call daily.


Friday: Cabin Comforts and Downtown Delights

After checking and settling in at Kanuga, head to downtown Hendersonville to take a leisurely stroll, stopping by Mast General Store to step back in time as you peruse their candy barrels, eclectic finds and camping essentials. You’ll want to grab a bottle of wine from Wine Sage Merchant & Wine Bar before indulging in dinner at the well-known White Duck Taco Shop, who offers non-traditional tacos, like Bangkok Shrimp and Mole Roasted Duck.


Be sure to save room for ice cream from Celtic Creamery, where the top selling flavor is The Sea & The Bee. Celtic Creamery has a drive-thru window to easily take your treat to go. Head back to Kanuga to enjoy your ice cream and wine on the porch of your cabin.

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

Saturday: Farm Fresh Adventures

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at Kanuga, fueling up for a day of exploration. Dive into the local culture by visiting one of the area’s vibrant farmers markets, where you can purchase fresh produce and artisanal goods. There are a few markets to choose from on Saturday mornings, but the Mills River Farmers Market will be the closest one to your destination. 


Next, embark on a scenic horseback ride through Pisgah National Forest with Saddle Up Trail Rides, taking in the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Refuel with a delicious lunch at The Salty Landing before indulging in craft brews at Sideways Farm & Brewery, where they grow the ingredients used in the beer they brew on-site.

stand at a farmers market on brick road

Spend the remainder of your afternoon back at Kanuga, re-living your summer camp experience. Immerse yourself in nature with kayaking on the 30-acre lake, self-reflect while walking the labyrinth, or relax on the lakeside beach.  


In the evening, head back into town for a farm-to-table dinner at Postero, followed by a drive up to Jump Off Rock, a roadside scenic overlook that is the perfect place to watch the vibrant sunset before heading back to Kanuga to turn in for the night.

pork chop over mashed potatoes on a plate

Sunday: Hiking and Vineyard Vibes

After having your fill at Kanuga’s breakfast and checking out, be sure to savor your final moments at this serene sanctuary. On the way to today’s adventures, you’ll want to pick up some sandwiches to have for lunch later, and the Flat Rock Village Bakery offers some delicious options. Next, you’ll embark on a scenic hike to the top of Bearwallow Mountain, where sweeping 360-degree views and grazing cows await. This hike is uphill, but it is only about a mile long each way. You can either hike up the trail or the gravel road.

4 people sitting on a rock on top of a mountain at sunset

Near the Bearwallow trailhead, you will be excited to tour Ellaberry Llama Farm, a working llama farm! Take it easy with a brief tour to meet the llamas, or really experience the farm’s charm with a 1-mile llama trek through their apple orchard. The family that owns Ellaberry shows their 21 llamas, so they even have a llama training area that is a lot of fun to experience! 

By now, you will have worked up an appetite, so move on to Stone Ashe Vineyard, where you can finally break into the sandwiches you bought this morning while you indulge in a taste of Bordeaux in Western NC. Their passion for natural wines with limited additives is reflected in each glass, and a guided tasting will leave you wanting to take home multiple bottles.


Before bidding Hendersonville goodbye, be sure to stop at one of the area’s 20+ apple orchards. Most are only open August through October, but Barnwell’s Apples, which is conveniently located near the highway, is open nearly year round, and offers local produce, canned goods, and sweet apples — a delightful reminder of your time spent in this idyllic retreat.

Make it Happen

And there you have it, a rejuvenating 3-day getaway filled with relaxation, adventure, and the beauty of Hendersonville. So, when’s your next escape?

couple looking out at mountain views from scenic overlook
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