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THINGS TO DO NEAR

HENDERSONVILLE, NC

Echo Mountain Inn is just 3 miles from historic Hendersonville Main Street where you'll find great food to suit any palette as well as shopping and places of interest for the young, old and in between. Then, no matter which direction you head, you will find all kinds of activities and events, historic landmarks, and outstanding art, music and festivals to enjoy. Plus, the beauty of the mountains, waterfalls and national forests are sure to capture your heart. Below are links to some of these treasures.

popular local attractions

Biltmore

Discover carefully curated experiences that invite you to spend a day or two exploring the estate's history, architecture, gardens and grounds, food, wine, and more.
For discounted tickets, visit www.biltmore.com/partners and use promocode "echomtn".
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Carl Sandburg Home

Carl Sandburg provided a popular voice for the American people of the twentieth century and still speaks to us through his words, activism, music and the beauty and serenity of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site.
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CHIMNEY ROCK

Chimney Rock state park, 20 miles away, is a great way to spend the day in the North Carolina Nature. Hiking activities to Chimney Rock, and visiting more attractions in the village are the perfect activity for those visiting young and old.
For discounted tickets, visit www.chimneyrockpark.com and use promocode "echo2022".
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Flat Rock Playhouse

Flat Rock Playhouse, the State Theatre of North Carolina, enriches lives through the art of theatre by sustaining production excellence, nurturing talent, and inspiring creativity in a safe haven for artistic vision, life-long learning and creative risk.
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outdoor activities

Blue Ridge Rentals

Blue Ridge Rentals is like no other rental company out there. Believing everyone should experience the thrill of the open road, they cater specifically to the everyday driver, not just the motorcycle rider, offering the Vanderhall, Polaris Slingshot & Lectric E-Bike. Available for delivery directly to Echo Mountain Inn. For discounted rates, visit www.blueridgerentals.net and use promocode "EchoMtn".
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Bullington Gardens

Bullington Gardens, once the nursery of Bob Bullington, is a public botanical garden on 12 acres of rolling land providing hands-on education in horticulture and other sciences to students, youth clubs and adults. These gardens incorporate some of the many unusual mature trees that Mr. Bullington collected and introduced to the area.
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Green River Adventures

Specializing with guided whitewater trips from class 1 to class 4 whitewater, waterfall rappelling, stand up paddleboarding, and whitewater kayak instruction. Green River Adventures has trips for all ages, skill, and thrill levels. For discounted tickets, visit greenriveradventures.com/ and use promocode "ECHOMTN".
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JUMP OFF ROCK

Jump off Rock, only 2.5 miles away, is a national park with scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Park visitors enjoy a range of hikes and quiet sitting areas to enjoy picnics and scenic views from up high. This is a must stop recommendation for all our guests.
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Gorge Zip Line

Billed as the steepest, fastest zip line canopy tour in the US, The Gorge launches visitors on a heart-racing descent into the gorge of the world famous Green River. The 11 sections culminate in a section co-owner Tim Bell calls "The Star Wars Zip," due to its similarity to the scene of racing through giant trees featured in The Return of the Jedi. For discounted tickets, visit www.gorgeszipline.com and use promocode "ECHOMTN'.
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Pretty Place

Fred W. Symmes Chapel (also known as "Pretty Place" because of its amazing view) is one of the many buildings that make up YMCA Camp Greenville. It was given by Mr. Fred W. Symmes for the enjoyment of the boys and girls who camp here each summer and is the spiritual center of the camp. Camp Greenville welcomes visitors - at no charge - to enjoy the beauty of the Chapel during daylight, except when it is in use for a Camp event.
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DUPONT FALLS

DuPont Forest, 16 miles away, is home to some of North Carolina's most gorgeous waterfalls. Visit the forest and plan for plenty of hikes. Dupont Falls is a popular attraction for visitors because of it's series of billowing white falls across the rugged landscape.
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Cummings Cove Golf & Country Club

Mountain golf partners with Mother Nature to produce 50-mile vistas and a landscape with as many shades of green as the Emerald Isle. Under the gaze of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Cummings Cove weaves mountain magic into a challenging but playable course that is always full of surprises. For discounted rates, please contact the front desk to schedule.
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HISTORIC HENDERSONVILLE MAIN STREET

DOWNTOWN HENDERSONVILLE

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Henderson County Heritage Museum

We would like for you to view “evidences of yesterday” that will remind you of the heritage that has been the legacy of this county’s pioneers. Colorful exhibits, diorama, educational programs, research, and collections reflect how the people of this county responded to their cultural, educational, political, and natural environments.
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Historic Hendersonville Train Depot

The Apple Valley Model Railroad Club is one of the Top Tourist destinations in Western North Carolina. Our HO layout is located inside the Historic 1902 Hendersonville, N.C. Railroad Depot.
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MINERAL & LAPIDARY MUSEUM

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KID FRIENDLY activities 

Elijah Mountain Gem Mine

At Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, You become a prospector from the 1800's and mine for real gem stones and gold that you can keep!
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Hands On! Children's Museum

Hands On! Children's Museum provides children and their families with interactive exhibits and STEM learning experiences that captivate the imagination and ignite wonder in a fun and safe environment.
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Pinball Museum

The Appalachian Pinball Museum has a collection of both vintage & contemporary pinball machines as well as video games. Play all you like for only $12.
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Pisgah Forest Gem Mine

Are you interested in trying your hand at gold panning here in the mountains?
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Many more local attractions


Moonshine Mountain (4.6 miles from the Inn)

The Western NC Air Museum (5.1 miles from the Inn)

The Historic Johnson Farm (6.0 miles from the Inn)

Folk Art Center (32.5 miles from the Inn)

Pisgah National Forest (17.8 miles from the Inn)

The North Carolina Arboretum (19.2 miles from the Inn)

Cradle of Forestry (28.6 miles from the Inn)

The Thomas Wolfe Memorial (29.0 miles from the Inn)

The Blue Ridge Parkway (29.1 miles from the Inn)

Golf

Horseback Riding
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SEASONAL EVENTS


9
Jul
Painting Workshop
Join local artist and Echo Mountain Inn proprietor, Becky Bonnema, as she leads us through a fun filled afternoon creating a beautiful hydrangea themed 16x20 canvas painting. All materials are included in cost.

$40/person or $70 for two (% of proceeds will be donated to Safelight)

*Beverages available for an additional cost

*$10 discount for purchase of two will be refunded at class.

**Becky Bonnema, is a homeschool mother of 5. She went to college to be an artist before having her kids. She loves spending time in her studio creating art and teaching others the love of color. She uses her spare time to design & decorate as well as work on some new canvases.
1:00pm
19
Aug
GPS Blitz Weekend
GPS Life Journey is a faith-based program that takes your Personality, Experiences, Abilities, Strengths, Passions, Spiritual Gifts and Values and uses this information to develop your personal mission and vision. At the end of the 2 day intensive, you'll have identified the specific passion and goals God has placed in your life as well as an action plan to get started on this adventure.

This GPS course if part of what led the Bonnemas to move to North Carolina and purchase Echo Mountain Inn.

The course is limited to 10 people in order to maximize the time for each participant. Because we believe so much in what this course brings we don't charge for our facilitation, the costs are only to cover materials.

Total Cost is $90 for the class which includes all materials.

There is no requirement to stay with us at the Inn during the weekend, but you may find benefit being able to get "away" from it all to reflect on the things we're learning. There is a 10% discount on lodging for those in the class.

Sample Schedule: Friday we'll start after lunch and go through the following sessions:
1. Personality
2. Experiences, Abilities and Strengths
3. Passions, Spiritual Gifts and Values


Saturday will start after breakfast and will include the following sessions:
4. Direction from God
5. Personal Mission
6. Personal Vision
7. Priority Action Steps and Venues
8. Margins
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