Sunday, 01 October 2017 15:52

Guide to Hendersonville Travel on an Annual Basis

Hendersonville is the second most visited city in western North Carolina after Asheville.  Our cool summers and mild winters offer a great escape from more extreme climates and it all takes place in the beautiful setting of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The best time to travel here will depend upon your travel objectives but here's a quick guide to help you make your decision.

 

King Apple Parade in Downtown Hendersonville- Labor DayHoliday Festival Weekends

Two of the biggest western NC festivals take place in Hendersonville and both are on holiday weekends.  Memorial Day features the Garden Jubilee with flower vendors and others who cater to your outdoor summer wishes.  Main Street is closed for the holiday weekend and Hendersonville hosts around 100,000 guests.

The crowds are even bigger for Labor Day weekend when we host our annual Apple Festival.  Close to 300,000 guests came to town in 2017 to help us celebrate the new fall apple crop.  Apple turnovers, apple cider doughnuts, pies and just about anything you can imagine with an apple in it will be found here.

Value Travel Tip:  Sunday nights of both holiday weekends are in less demand.  Come early Sunday afternoon and enjoy the last day or two of each festival with lighter crowds.  Another advantage of a Sunday visit for the Apple Festival is you can enjoy one of the best small town parades you'll ever see, the King Apple Parade, on Monday before you head out of town.   Staying Thursday night before the Apple Festival also gives you early Friday morning access to the lightest crowds of the entirfestival.  

 

 

 

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October- Fall foliage offers beautiful landscapes and brings the biggest crowds to Hendersonville and the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Peak foliage is typical in late October and not only are weekends sold out with many accommodations but also mid-week.  Value Travel Tip:  Rates are lower mid-week in October but if you want real savings then slide your trip into the first ten days of November.  During this time you'll find that color is still on the trees but the crowds have dwindled.  

Summer-  Summer is the second busiest time of the year in Hendersonville.   School is out and families head to the mountains for summertime fun.  Temperatures in the mountains are eight degrees cooler than the rest of the Carolinas and provide a welcome relief from the heat and humidity elsewhere.  Value Travel Tip:  Early June, late August and early September offer cooler temperatures, smaller crowds and better rates.  As with any time of the year, stay mid-week and save.

Jump Off Rock in Late SpringSpring 

Mid March through May offers moderate temperatures in the Blue Ridge and much smaller crowds.  You are more likely to experience rainfall this time of the year but that actually adds to the great scenery with lush green mountains views and gushing waterfalls.   Value Travel Tip:  For great spring travel you don't have to plan early.  Check the weather forecast a week in advance of your anticipated stay to ensure ideal travel conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday  (Late November and December) 

In late November you can still find reasonable temperatures and even though most of the fall foliage is gone there is still a small amount of fall color to be found.  Thanksgiving is an especially great time to visit the 1898 Waverly Inn with our family style meal that brings our family together with yours.  The holiday season in downtown Hendersonville keeps growing each year and now features carriage rides, an outdoor skating rink and caroling.  To cap things off, join us for our family friendly New Year's Eve celebration.

Hooker Falls in DuPont State Forest after a January snow.Winter (Value Season)

January and February are the lowest travel months of the year but can offer amazing discounts.  Hendersonville doesn't experience much snow and you can actually find a few mild temperatures sprinkled in these winter months.  Look for great specials and promotions during these two months and even into March.  Value Travel Tip:  Join the 1898 Waverly email list to receive specials at this time of the year.  If you are adventurous don't run from any snow in the mountains but embrace it.  There is nothing like winter wonderland scenery and our western North Carolina waterfalls are stunning with snow and ice.