The first time I visited Carl Sandburg’s North Carolina mountain home, I wasn’t quite sure who he was. I had been told repeatedly, though, that I needed to take my kids up to see the goats at Connemara, and to walk the trails offered for enjoyment there. It was free, with a small fee being charged only to tour the home. Here is a link with more information. http://www.nps.gov/carl/index.htm
Since the first time that I went to Carl Sandburg’s home 2 years ago, we make it a “must see” place to visit each time that we come. The kids DO love to interact with the goats (especially in the spring when the babies are born!), but they also love to walk the trails, look at the waterfall, and see glassy mountain when they are there.
Now that our “baby” is almost 3 (too big to carry, yet too small to walk the 3 miles round trip)….you will not see images of the views of Big Glassy Mountain here today. But here is a little bit of eye candy of what Connemara farms has to offer, should you ever decide to make the trip. Enjoy~
How could I write a post about Historic Hendersonville without including some of the following images??? Chosen in black & white, as so to reflect the timelessness of the town. Come and take a walk down main street with me……
One of my favorite parts of downtown “Historic Hendersonville” is Main Street. It was established in the 1840’s, and still remains quaint and timeless in its beauty. While many (if not most) of the buildings on the main 7 block stretch are original….they are all transformed into a cultural and diverse display of modern tastes. One does not need to walk far to find fantastic food, chocolates, art, clothing, and trinkets of any kind. And I can’t write about downtown Hendersonville without mentioning the bears. No…not real bears, but the bear statues that are painted by local artists each year, and then auctioned off for local charities. You can read more about that here, if you like. http://www.hendersonvillebears.com/about/
I walked down Main Street a few days ago, camera in hand, to take pictures of a few of my favorite spots. I ended up coming home with over 150 pictures. Just of 6 blocks. As I poured over them, I couldn’ t decide which to share. There is a place in my heart for every store that I love on Main street. Every historic thing. The kind store owners who always have time to talk, to help… to share their knowledge or their recipes or their directions to the best hidden spots to visit in these mountains. So rather than post over 150 images of the entire street, I decided to do a 2 part series, and narrow it down to my favorite three places in part 1. The places I always visit when I walk these streets, because something always draws me back time and time again.
Now….I am sure I would get arguments from many on what THEIR favorite haunts are in Hendersonville. And they would all have their points, as these places all have special enticements to each unique individual. However, these are my PERSONAL favorites…and I am glad to have the opportunity to share them with any of you who are reading. I hope you all have the chance to visit someday……there really is no place like Main Street.
My Favorite Art Gallery
My Favorite Restaurant
- Ahhhh…..the Never Blue. While there are many fantastic restaurants in town, this one is a “MUST VISIT” for me, every time.
Kids Top Pick: The Toy Store!
It’s not often that I brag. At least, I don’t think I do. But when I have a backyard view that some people hike for miles to witness, I have to share it. I am not trying to brag, but more to let others witness what I get to see in just a few hours.
One thing I always loved about living in the mountains of North Carolina, was the ever changing view that I got to experience. Every day. From the moment that you wake up in the morning until it gets dark at night, no matter when you look out that back window, SOMETHING is always changing. Perhaps its the photographer in me that notices the light differentiation, the clouds moving, the mountains turning different colors….but I dont think so. I think it would be something that would be hard for ANYONE to miss.
SO today I set out on a small personal challenge. From the moment the sunrise cast its pink colors onto the Blue Ridge Mountains….until the moment it set underneath its beautiful peaks….I photographed it. I probably took 20 pictures in all, of the same view, from roughly the same spot on my deck. Here are some of my favorites, and I hope you enjoy todays view as much as I did. 🙂