Known as the "City of Four Seasons", Hendersonville is the perfect place to spend not just a day but a lifetime. This quaint little community sits on a plateau between the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smokies. Part of and in fact the county seat of the Henderson County in North Carolina, the city has the edge of being centrally located about 22 miles south of Asheville, North Carolina, just 15 miles north of the North Carolina-South Carolina border and 40 miles from Spartanburg. Hendersonville's convenient location offers the idyllic combination of being close enough to urban areas to still enjoy the creature comforts they provide; but just the right distance away from the hustle and bustle of the big city to benefit from the slow pace and relaxed atmosphere of a smaller community. This perfect blend is one of the features that put Hendersonville among "The 100 Best Small Towns in America".
Living in this friendly and cozy community brings about an extraordinary combination of vibrant and sophisticated social experience and residents have access to dozens of enthralling attractions and historical sites, fascinating festivals, engaging recreational and family activities. The City of Hendersonville is home to First Rock Playhouse, North Carolina's official state theater, which produces Broadway quality performances. It also takes great pride in its Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Brevard Music Center, the renowned "performance Mecca", is only about 18 miles west of Hendersonville. Other cultural features that the city boasts include the Hendersonville, the all-volunteer group Hendersonville Little Theater, Hendersonville Community Band and Hendersonville Chorale.
Downtown Hendersonville has a well-preserved Main Street with various buildings of significant architectural designs that date back to the 19th and early 20th centuries. Hendersonville is truly a haven for history buffs that are enthusiastic to know more about this community's people and culture; starting at the Henderson County Heritage Museum. Other historic places of interest are the Henderson County Genealogical and Historical Society, The Mineral and Lapidary Museum, and the Team Ecco Ocean Center & Aquarium, which boasts the only salt water tanks in the entire Western North Carolina.
Shopping is truly a delightful experience in Downtown Hendersonville; a terrific place to spend the day, with its wide sidewalks and plenty of parking spaces, not to mention all the marvelous shops and stores, including the famous Mast General Stores, La Vida Loca, and Gypsy Heart, to name just a few. Of course, there's also the Blue Ridge Mall, the Heritage Square Village Mall, and the Four Seasons Mall for those who prefer one-stop-shopping.
As for dining, there are nearly 150 restaurants and dining places for the certified foodies to choose from, with an eclectic blend of diverse cuisines and dishes like the ice cream creation of Kilwin's to Mezzaluna's wood-fired personalized pizza or the exotic dishes of Negozio's Italian Groc and Deli, El Paso Mexican Restaurant, Lime Leaf Thai Fusion and Haus Heidelberg German Restaurant.
For those who seek the outdoors, the city maintains several parks and outdoor facilities for recreational opportunities and fun activities suitable for all ages, as well as the whole family, such as athletic fields, nature/walking trails, pavilion and picnic areas, swimming pools, playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, skate park, shuffle board and a lot more. Jackson Park is the largest among Hendersonville's parks, which is also home to quite a number of bird species, making it a favorite among birdwatchers. Other parks and nature trails include Patton Park, Berkeley Park, Four Seasons Rotary Park, King Memorial Park, Boyd Park, Sullivan Park, Oklawaha Greenway Trail, Dr. Martin Luther King Park, Toms Park, and Lenox Park. Of course, golf enthusiasts are never forgotten as the city maintains exceptional public golf courses with fantastic views like the Crooked Golf Course, Orchard Trace Golf Club and Cummings Cove Golf and Country Club.
The Henderson County Public Schools, one of the state's top school systems, manages Hendersonville's public school system and is committed to provide the residents/students excellent learning opportunities and environment. Top-rating public schools in the community include Atkinson Elementary, Hendersonville Elementary, Clear Creek Elementary, Rugby Middle, Hendersonville Middle, Apple Valley Middle, Hendersonville High, North Hendersonville High and West Hendersonville High. Institutions for higher learning/education are also very accessible, most of which are just a few minutes' drive from the center of Hendersonville. Popular colleges and universities in the nearby areas include the University of North Carolina at Ashville, University of South Carolina - Upstate, Ashville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Furman University, Spartanburg Community College, Bob Jones University, and Greenville Technical College.
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