One of my favorite places in the whole world is Hendersonville, NC. There is so much to do for a family and there is so much to photograph for me! It’s hard to know when to travel up there to catch the leaves at their best in the fall, and this trip, I realized I’m probably about a week late, but I was still able to get some beautiful pictures. First stop is the Carl Sandburg home because 1) it’s absolutely gorgeous and 2) my kids like to pet the goats.


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This little yellow tree was calling my name. This little lake has a hiking trail that I’ve never taken! Our main goal today: GOATS. Maybe next time, we’ll hike a bit but Ellie made me promise that we’d make it to the Hands On Museum in Hendersonville.


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Although we didn’t make it this trip, we typically go to Moe’s BBQ in downtown Hendersonville. It has THE. BEST. BBQ. I know it’s a betrayal to my SC roots to like a vinegar based sauce but OMG, this place is amazing. I always eat the black eyed peas with tomatoes and okra as well as the collard greens. Best. Ever.


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We did make it to the Hands On Museum which is an awesome place for little kids. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Children’s Museum of the Upstate but it’s big and hard to manage two small kids sometimes. This museum in Hendersonville is one big room and you can see all kids almost all of the time. Big bonus for a mama with wild children.


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Another great place to eat is Mezzaluna which is a brick oven pizza place. I haven’t been since having Alex because I can’t have dairy, but they have some interesting choices and they’re all really good. Plus, if it’s fall and football season, you can watch any game you want.


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It was a fun trip and I got to release some energy through my favorite creative outlet. On the drive up, I was in awe as I drove through the back roads filled with red, yellow, and orange leaves. Western NC is such a beautiful place in the fall and I feel super lucky to be able to travel there. And travel there, I do.


Have you ever been? Any places you recommend?