For the last week and a half, I have had a friend visiting me from Iowa, where I lived for 21 years. His trip out here has really opened my eyes as to just how blinded I have become after seven years of living in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
I moved here to be in the great outdoors, to live in a beautiful environment with friendly people, to enjoy the slower pace of small town living. But since coming here I have been working so much and have gotten back into the same routine of being a work-a-holic that I had when I was in Iowa. Hence the blinders. Perhaps I put on the blinders so that I could stay focused on work. But I see now that I am missing out on all of the things I moved here to enjoy.
As I was out working during the day, my friend was out enjoying--you guessed it--all of those things that I moved here to enjoy. He has been making all of these little day trips out to great places all around Hendersonville. Black Mountain, Asheville, Brevard, the Arboretum in Asheville, the Pisgah Forest and hiking. Wow, there are so many FREE things to do here and so many are things I have yet to do.
It has made me realize that I really need to stop and smell the roses. Or rather, here, take the hikes and enjoy the waterfalls.
So what can you do for FREE in the Hendersonville area?
My number one pick is to visit the North Carolina Arboretum on the west side of Asheville. OK, most days it is $8 per car to get in, no matter how many people are in it. BUT, the first Tuesday of every month is FREE! The Arboretum is a great place to hang out for a full day. The have miles of trails, and all of the plants are marked with names. They have so many plants and trees, and you can easily spend a day there. They also have a great restaurant so you can get lunch there as well.
While you are in that area, you might as well stop in and see my second free pick, the WNC Farmers Market. This is a huge place and is open year round. You will need your hiking shoes for this event.
Number three on my list of Free things to see is Asheville's Grove Arcade. This is probably the most incredible building in the area, in the heart of Beautiful Asheville.
These are just a few of the things you can see and do for free in the area. SO next time you are thinking of a vacation, check these areas out. Maybe I will see you at one of these places, trying to enjoy the hike!
Jerri McCombs, Advanced Virtual Assistant
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