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Dinner at Renzo’s Ristorante in Hendersonville

We were invited recently to a soft opening at the new Renzo’s restaurant in Hendersonville, North Carolina. (The planned public opening is March 25th, so call now for reservations!)

Awning and Front Door at Renzos Restaurant, Hendersonville, NC

When I got the call inviting us to the soft opening, they said I could bring others so I asked two friends to join us. I’m glad I did, because we all had a wonderful time.

Renzo Maietto, Owner of Renzo's Ristorante, Hendersonville, NC

Maietto Renzo is originally from Italy, but he also spent 30 years designing and building beautiful homes in Florida before deciding to move to Hendersonville to open an Italian-Mediterranean restaurant in the former Mrs. G and Me’s location. The new Renzo’s offers delicious multi-course dinners in a sweet atmosphere…

Inside Renzo's Restaurant, Hendersonville, NC

Each couple started with an appetizer to share. My sweetheart and I had Insulata Caprese – Mozzarella Di Bufala, Roma tomatoes, and fresh basil with olive oil. It was perfect…

Renzo's Insalata Caprese Appetizer

Our friends had Beef Carpaccio – thin slices of beef tenderloin with shaved Parmesan cheese and arugula, and garnished with lemon. Great presentation and delicious…

Renzo's Beef Carpaccio Appetizer

For our first course, my sweetheart and I shared homemade Lasagna Della Donna, with meatballs, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. The noodles were homemade, super thin, and out of this world. I hope my grandmother doesn’t read my blog (God rest her soul) because these noodles were as good as hers…

Renzo's Lasagna Della Nonna

We made it easy on our server by ordering the same entrees for each couple to share.  Grilled Shrimp drizzled balsamic vinaigrette, with summer squash and roasted potatoes…

Renzo's Grilled Shrimp, Squash and Roasted Potatoes

…And Veal Saltimbocca with Prosciutto and sage, roasted potatoes, and spinach with golden raisins and pine nuts. It was fantastic…

Renzo's Veal Saltamboca

And finally, each couple shared a dessert. We had homemade Fresh Strawberry Ice, which had a super smooth and sweet ice cream like texture…

Renzo's Homemade Strawberry Ice Dessert

And a warm slice of fresh, rich (and deliciously sweet) Almond Cake…

Renzo's Almond Cake Dessert

(Each night since our dinner at Renzo’s I’ve been tempted to hop in the car and run down to Renzo’s for another slice of that Almond Cake!)

The staff at Renzo’s is exceptionally friendly and helpful. The combination of their spectacular food and great service will easily make Renzo’s one of the best restaurants in Hendersonville, North Carolina. (Possibly the best!) Renzo’s is located at 502 North Main Street, Hendersonville, North Carolina. For reservations (recommended) call 828-551-7766.

Spring and Summer Activities in the Mountains

Summer activities — indoors and outdoors, for children and adults — abound in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. For your convenience we’ve compiled an extensive list of the best ones here. For both the young and the young at heart, there is everything from magical train rides through the mountains to wildlife tours on foot … and everything in between.

Fast and Fun Zip Lines and Canopy Tours

Zip lines in the Blue Ridge Mountains are incredibly popular and exciting, and some of the fastest and most thrilling zip lines in the nation are located right here in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. Our list includes zip lines for all ages, with no experience required.

Whitewater Rafting, Kayaking, Tubing, and Canoeing in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains

Whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and tubing are very popular, and can be enjoyed both rain or shine. You’ll find our extensive list of fun and exciting outdoor water sports and adventures here.

Fly Fishing Guides and Outfitters in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains

Professional fly fishing guides help both novices and experienced fishermen have more fun and catch more fish on beautiful public and private mountain streams, lakes and rivers.

Horseback and Trail Rides in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains

Guided horseback rides offer an opportunity to explore the mountains in a fun way, and it’s a great activity for families and couples. For a totally unique perspective, view the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains from the air in a hot-air balloon.

Best Golf Courses in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains

If you’re looking for a terrific golf experience, we’ve prepared a list of excellent mountain golf courses, all with challenging greens, beautiful layouts, scenic views, abundant wildlife, and great golf pros.

Grandfather Mountain Swinging Bridge Aerial Photo

Two of the most popular attractions are Grandfather Mountain with its lofty altitude, beautiful scenery, mile-high swinging bridge, environmental habitats for native wildlife, nature museum, restaurant, gift shop, hiking trails, picnic areas, naturalist programs and more. …and Chimney Rock Park, with its 400-ft.-high Hickory Nut Falls, nature trails, newly renovated elevator and Sky Lounge, guided hikes and rock climbing, workshops and many other special events.

Chimney Rock Park

Adults enjoy the many wineries, vineyards and craft beer breweries located near their inns and resorts. And some lodging facilities provide free transportation for guests.

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Those who enjoy two-wheeled touring will find motorcycle rental firms listed here.

Motorcycle Rental Firms in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains

Adults enjoy art and craft galleries throughout the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains.

Art and Craft Galleries in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains

Day spas and shopping go hand in hand with vacations, so be sure to check out our lists.

Small Town Shops in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains

Every vacation deserves great food, so our list of restaurants in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains is guaranteed to wet your appetite and satisfy your palate, whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner, a hearty breakfast, a good lunch, or a fun family meal, you’ll find what you need here.

Maps of the Most Scenic Highways, Byways, and Mountain Roads

One of the most popular attractions in our area is the Blue Ridge Parkway and the many other scenic highways and byways. We’ve provided an extensive list of fun roads, with maps and information for great rides in the Blue Ridge Mountains. These roads have beautiful views and lots of curves and elevation changes. Clicking on each map will take you to an interactive Google map of the scenic road so you can zoom in or out, and get distances and other details.

We hope you have a wonderful time in the mountains this summer! Here are some good books that will help you enjoy your visit:

Guide to Waterfalls of the Blue RidgeHiking and Traveling the Blue Ridge ParkwayAn Explorers Guide to the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains

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