Wandering on US 64 East between Hendersonville and Lake Lure is a lot of fun this time of year. Take your time and stop often!
On your left at Sugarloaf Road (east of I-26) there is a wonderful old factory that has been converted into a huge antique store. It is called “Needful Things”. Take comfortable shoes and a little extra time because it is big.
If you go right on Sugarloaf Road you will find “El Paso” at the Best Western Motel. It is not Mama Rosita’s in Washington DC but it is Tex Mex at a good level. Next stop on your left is A Day in The Country. This is by their definition “a one of a kind gift and boutique shop”. It also has a restaurant called “Café on the Veranda” which has good food. Burnt Shirt Vineyards, a wonderful new vineyard is a few miles down the road. Orchard Trace is a little farther down. It is a par 3 course with very friendly staff and really high rough. Take extra golf balls.
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After you pass our lovely and scenic Sams, Walmart & Chick-Fil-A along with other box stores (This is for those of us who live here. Do not panic!) the road narrows to two lanes and runs through wonderful orchard and farmland. Justus Orchards has wonderful U-Pick apples to your left on Fruitland Road. Grandad’s, a little farther up the road, is a lot of fun and has Yodi the llama . St Paul Mountain Vineyards is on Chestnut Gap road to your right. It has beautiful views and a great tasting room.
Apple orchard signs line the road for quite a few miles after this. There are gift shops, cafes and lots of orchards to stop at. Apples are sold from August – October. Quite a few of the farms, like Stepp’s and Lyda Farms, sell wonderful vegetables earlier than that. Some of the best corn in Western North Carolina comes from this area.
Worlds Edge is off to your right on Gilliam Mountain Road. Take a left on Sugarloaf Mountain Road and follow this. It will eventually be named Worlds Edge Road and lead you to the turn off on your right. And… you will feel like you have arrived at ‘the world’s edge’.
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Did you know that you cross the Eastern Continental Divide on this road? If you get to Reedy Patch Sugar Shack or Granny’s you have gone too far. On one side of the divide, every bit of water drains into the Atlantic Ocean. On the other side it drains into the Gulf of Mexico. Such a mind boggling world that we live in!
The rest of the trip to Chimney Rock is picturesque and the Rocky Broad River on your right is one of the best “sit a spell” stops in this area. The area shops are a lot of fun with an odd collection of old timey and new age mixed together.
Lake Lure is just a couple of miles up the road. It has a marina, beach, boat tours, mini golf…You get the idea. Have some fun!
John, Diane, Darla & Debbie
1898 Waverly Inn
Bed and Breakfast Hendersonville NC