The majestic mountains are often what attract people to Asheville resorts, but the pastoral setting of the French Broad River Valley has a beauty of its own. imgresIn fact, Henderson County is one of the most productive apple growing regions in the country. The county seat, Hendersonville, celebrates that heritage with the annual N.C. Apple Festival, held on Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29 to Sept. 1. The Asheville luxury cabins of Willow Winds provide the perfect base for the weekend, being only 30 minutes from Hendersonville.  It is adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and close to the Biltmore Estate and other area attractions. With four full days of activities, you can pick one or more days to attend the N.C. Apple Festival while enjoying the area. Entertainment begins at 10 a.m. Friday and lasts until Sunday night, offering everything from magic shows to bluegrass and clogging to the classic big band sounds of The Buddy K Big Band. The historic downtown Hendersonville merchants participate with their “sidewalk sale” Friday through Sunday. The Blue Ridge T-Riders Antique Model T Car Show and FBC Quilt and Craft Show are both held Saturday. At 2:30 p.m. on Monday, the town holds the King Apple Parade, a good ol’ fashioned small town parade. The apple festival is a popular part of many Asheville romantic getaways as well as family outings. If you want to take your sweetheart dancing, take some lessons from the Mountain Shag Club throughout Saturday. If the children are in tow, the festival has the Kiddie Carnival, with rides and entertainment.

 Apple Orchard in Fruitland, NC