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Finding Wonders in the Outskirts

Henderson County sprawls out toward higher ground and, as it unfurls, artists of every stripe seem to nestle into its nooks and crannies.

Artist Heidi Mayfield with the Pink House Studio offers demonstrations and classes in pottery, painting and encaustic wax by appointment. Located at 306 Shepherd St. in Hendersonville, it’s best to call Heidi at 828.393.5755 or email her at arton4th.ave@gmail.com before visiting.

Also, by appointment only ~ Leftwich Pottery, 126 Bane Road, in Mills River, between Hendersonville and Brevard. In addition to high-fired face jugs, Rodney Leftwich captures wildlife, waterfalls and farms in his graceful fine pottery pieces, using cut-out (reticulation) techniques. (Call 828-890-3053 or email artleftwich@yahoo.com.)


At Historic Johnson Farm, just north of Hendersonville (3346 Haywood Road), you can take classes in weaving, knitting, spinning and rug hooking at Heritage Weavers & Fiber Artists or simply gather your favorite items at the gift shop. While on the property, navigate the history of the place using a self-guided audio tour and stretch out along two nature trails. For hours and events, 828-595-9475.


Not to Miss

  • Feed & Seed.
    Live bluegrass and traditional music. 3715 Hendersonville Rd., Fletcher. Thursday nights, 828-216-3492.  
  • Orchards galore! For a full listing of Henderson County apple orchards, go to visithendersonville.org.
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing.
    100 Sierra Nevada Way, Mills River, 828-681-5300.

Leftwich Pottery

Inspired by the North Carolina mountains and local pottery traditions, potter and author Rodney Leftwich...

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The Regions of the Blue Ridge

In planning the best use of your NC mountains vacation days, know that the region can be divided into three sub-regions for ease of exploration:

Far West

  • Cherokee
  • The Nantahala Gorge
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park


  • Asheville
  • Hendersonville
  • Chimney Rock State Park
  • The waterfalls of Transylvania County
  • Many more highlights

High Country

  • Grandfather Mountain
  • Linville Falls
  • Boone
  • Blowing Rock
  • High northern mountains


  • Mt. Airy
  • Lenoir
  • Elkin