Experience Southern Hospitality as it was meant to be!

So much to do when you stay at 1898 Waverly Inn!

1898 Waverly Inn is convenient to Historic Flat Rock, Asheville, Brevard, Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. Hendersonville's Small Boyd Park with Mini Golf May to September and Tennis year round is right next door.

Local Parks

  • Boyd Park with Mini Golf and Tennis
  • Patton Park: Nature Trails, Swimming, Athletic Field, Racquet Ball, Basketball Courts, Playground, Tennis Courts, Picnic Area, Skate Park
  • Jackson Park: Picnic Baseball, Soccer, Events, Tennis, Playgrounds, Walking trails and Nature
  • Berkley Park: Nature Trails, Athletic Field, Picnic Area
  • More local parks
  • Hiking
  • Waterfalls
  • Kayaking
  • Horse-back riding
  • Bicycling and Mountain Biking
  • Golf
  • Fishing
  • Tennis
  • Mini Golf
  • Sightseeing
  • Museums
  • Antique Stores
  • Factory Outlets
  • Galleries and Artist Studios
  • Microbreweries & Brew Tours
  • Vineyards & Wineries
  • Local Music
  • Movie Theatres
  • Museums
  • Ziplining
  • Hot Air Ballooning

Spend a day exploring the House, Garden and Grounds of the Biltmore Estate. Get outside and enjoy our mountains. This is a great place for hiking, kayaking, horse-back riding, mountain biking. Play one of our seven golf courses. Take some time to relax and fish. You can catch local and stocked trout in our mountain streams, bass, perch and other fish in our lakes. Spend a day sightseeing. Drive through some of our historic neighborhoods. Then head out of town. This area is so beautiful, with waterfalls and amazing vistas you can see without even getting out of your car. We have a number of charming local museums and Broadway quality Theater.


If shopping is what you like to do on vacation, you're in for a treat! We have antique stores, galleries, local artists and crafters and many unique boutiques. We have some real factory outlets and the new outlet mall.

Featured Local Attractions

Biltmore Estate
The Biltmore House is the largest privately owned house in the United States with four acres of floor space and 252 rooms. Wander the 2.5 acres of manicured gardens. Or hike the nearly 22 miles of well-maintained trails on the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate Grounds.

Visit the Biltmore House. Take as much time as you would like exploring three floors of vintage clothing, accessories, art and furniture on a self-paced, self-guided tour. See original art by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and John Singer Sargent the way it was lived with by George and Edith Vanderbilt. The basement includes an exhibit on the history and innovative construction methods of the Biltmore House.

DuPont State Forest
10,400 acres of forest, trails, and waterfalls in the Little River valley of Henderson and Transylvania counties. Enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and more.

Explore 80 miles of roads and trails through Western North Carolina mountains. Open to the public for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Discover waterfalls and incredible views. Scenes in Last of the Mohicans and The Hunger Games were filmed here. Free forest maps are available from Forest Service Staff and from volunteers in the forest.

There are 6 larger listed waterfalls and smaller ones to discover. Swimming and wading is allowed, but only in the areas below the waterfalls.

  • Bridal Veil Falls
  • Grassy Creek Falls
  • High Falls
  • Hooker Falls
  • Triple Falls
  • Wintergreen Falls

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
Connemara Farms, the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and writer Carl Sandburg
Open daily, 9 AM - 5 PM

Home of Poet and Author Carl Sandburg and Goat Dairy of his wife, Paula Sandburg.  264 acres of pastures, ponds, small mountains, hiking trails and fifty structures.

Tour "Connemara" the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and writer, Carl Sandburg. The setting is beautiful! Explore grounds, trails, barns and outbuildings. The park is located on 264 acres in western North Carolina. The small lake is a great place to spot water birds as they migrate through this time of the year. The highlight is the goats. While Carl Sandburg wrote, his wife owned and ran a premier goat dairy. Baby goats are born each Spring

The North Carolina Arboretum
April 1 to October 31: 8 AM to 9 PM with entrance gates closing at 8 PM

The North Carolina Arboretum
April 1 to October 31: 8 AM to 9 PM with entrance gates closing at 8 PM
Baker Exhibit Center, Education Center and Bonsai Exhibition Garden
9 AM to 5 PM
The Connections Gallery; Baker Exhibit Center, Garden Level
11 AM to 4 PM
Savory Thyme Cafe
Tuesday through Saturday: 11AM to 4PM, Sunday, 12 Noon to 4PM

The 434-acre Arboretum includes 65 acres of cultivated gardens and 10 miles of hiking and biking trails through the natural beauty of Western North Carolina. Explore the National Native Azalea Collection along Bent Creek. The National Native Azalea Collection is a wood-land garden with azaleas representing every species native to the US, along with many natural hybrids and selections. They will be spectacular late spring and early summer.

The Cradle of Forestry in America
America’s first school of Forestry Historic Site

Open daily, 9 AM - 5 PM, from April 12 - November 9

The beginning of forestry conservation in the United States: Established by George W. Vanderbilt when he built the Biltmore House on Frederick Law Olmsted's advice, the school focused on teaching forestry skills and transforming what is now the Pisgah National Forest after extensive devastating logging practices.

Two easy walking trails explore the history of Biltmore's Forestry School with a view of life in the early 1900's. Features include a restored logging locomotive, antique sawmill, one-room schoolhouse, general store, cabins, blacksmith shop, Virtual Firefighting Helicopter Ride, local art exhibits and a restaurant.

Check out Lee Pantas' outstanding "The Ultimate Guide to Asheville, Hendersonville & The Western North" for great ideas about how to tour our area. The evening social hour and breakfast are great times to ask us for recommendations about the things to do in North Carolina. 

This area is known for its many beautiful waterfalls. While you are here, make sure you take the time to visit at least a couple of these remarkable sites. Here is a neat Web site on North Carolina Waterfalls. It is updated on a regular basis and has beautiful pictures!

Driving through Henderson County in western North Carolina, it soon becomes evident that you are in apple country. Henderson County, NC produces more than 80 percent of the apples grown in the state. For more information on our apples, including tours, visit and tour our many apple orchards. Labor Day Weekend we celebrate our apple growing history at the annual Apple Festival in historic downtown Hendersonville.

Please call 800-537-8195 or 828-693-9193 to reserve your room.

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