Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2016 - 34
Above: Hendersonville boasts delightful
shops and eateries in North Carolina.
Top left: Horseback treks with Rebel's
Run (571-386-1944) of Afton Mountain,
Virginia, gallop between stables and
the Afton Mountain Winery.
Right: Echo Mountain Inn stands on a
perch, high above Hendersonville.
am pleasantly arrested by the
quaint and colorful downtown. Just south of Asheville,
this city boasts about a dozen
independentlyowned restaurants, including the retro-style Mike's on
Main, serving burgers and
shakes (828-698-1616), as well
as Renzo's Ristorante, an Italian-lover's delight (828-5517766), where the mood on
Main Street remains romantic,
Bottom left: The original Walton's
House was the boyhood home of the
late Earl Hamner, Jr.
and the entrees include eggplant parmigiana and handmade lasagna.
"The nice thing about Hendersonville is they do food
very well," says Greg Fortier,
the manager of this Tarheel
town's Echo Mountain Inn.
On a Saturday night, my wife
and I share the spacious Regal
Room-the original master
bedroom of the Echo Mountain Inn, a 33-room hotel that