If you happen to be in downtown Hendersonville, your visit won't be complete without a stop at McFarlan Bakery! Ask anyone in Hendersonville to recommend a bakery, and hands down they will point you to McFarlan's.
This family owned business has been using the same recipes that have been passed down for several generations, serving the community for more than 80 years. This is one of the few genuine "made from scratch" bakeries, still in operation in the U.S. today.
The bakery offers a large selection of baked goods: homemade breads, pastries, cakes, seasonal pies, donuts, cookies and so much more. They do sell one gluten-free item: almond macaroons - which naturally do not contain gluten. Take a step back in time; you won't regret it!
Hours: Tues - Sat (7am -5:30 pm), Closed Sun & Mon
Address: 309 N. Main St. Hendersonville, NC 28792
Visit their website for a complete list of bakery items.
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Ice cream sandwiches aren't just for kids! If you're visiting the Arden or Asheville area, you must try one of Sunshine Sammies handmade Artisan ice cream sandwiches. They also serve an assortment of other sweets, ice cream scoops, and baked goods; all ingredients are locally sourced, and everything is homemade. Vegan and gluten-free options are also available.
Sunshine Sammie's also has a storefront location in downtown Asheville, right off of Lexington Avenue. You can visit them there; stop by their vintage ice cream truck, or look for one of their solar powered street carts.
And if you won't be anywhere near Arden or Asheville, you can still enjoy one of their sammies. The three classic signature sammies above are sold in the freezer section of Ingles Grocery, only a 5 minute drive from the cabin.
Look for this teal colored food truck. Their summer location is 2700 Hendersonville Road in Arden. I suggest checking their Facebook page first, in case they're at a farmer's market or festival. Or visit the storefront location in Asheville.
I tried the three classic signature sammies above, and my favorite was the Salted Caramel on Chocolate. Which ice cream sammie do you like best?
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The Village Scoop
The Village Scoop in downtown Chimney Rock, NC is located a short walk from the Chimney Rock State Park entrance. It's a 14 minute drive from A Touch of Luxury Cabin. They feature 6o flavors of Hershey's brand ice cream, in addition to two flavors each of sherbet and sorbet, and more than 21 ice cream toppings. They'll make milkshakes, banana splits, and sundaes out of any combination of your choosing. If you dare, try one of their signature Crazy Shakes!
Address: 439 Main St. Chimney Rock, North Carolina 28720
Phone: (828) 625-0052
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Yogurt World in downtown Hendersonville, NC is a frozen yogurt lover's paradise! This local favorite is just a short walk from their sister restaurant, Hot Dog World. This is a self-serve yogurt shop; the ingredient combinations is entirely up to you. Their well-maintained toppings bar has anything you can imagine, including candies, chocolates, fresh fruit, ice cream sauces, and even baklava. Can you guess the owners are Greek?
Yogurt World also serves dipped ice cream cones, fresh fruit yogurt smoothies, soft-serve ice cream, and more. And if you're too full from eating next door at Hot Dog World, you can always grab a pre-made frozen yogurt pie to take home with you.
Mon-Sat (11-9:30), Sunday (12-9)
Mon-Thurs (11-9), Fri & Sat (11-9:30), Sunday (1-8)
TIP: If you eat at Hot Dog World be sure to save your receipt or cup, to receive 10% off your bill. You must eat at Hot Dog World on the same day.
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The Ice Cream Barn
If you're exiting off of Interstate 26 and headed towards Lake Lure, I recommend making a pit stop at the Ice Cream Barn! They serve 40 flavors of Hershey's Ice Cream, along with Hawaiian Ice, brownies, Hot fudge cake, and milkshakes.
This family owned and operated ice cream shop, is a popular hangout with the locals. Try some favorites such as the Road Runner Raspberry, or Coffee flavored ice cream with fudge and salted caramel.
Summer Hours Are Extended.
Mon - Thurs (12 - 7), Fri & Sat (12 - 9), Sunday (12 - 8)
Address: 567 East Mills Street, Columbus, North Carolina 28722
Phone: (828) 802-1149
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