Photo courtesy of Lazy Otter Outfitters. MORNING EVENING Jump Off Rock, only 15 minutes from downtown, offers stunning sunset views. Peer into four states as the sun sinks behind the Blue Ridge. AFTERNOON Get an early start at North River Farms where DB bar D Outfitters leads half-day and full-day guided trout fishing trips on the 1,450-acre farm along the north fork of Mills River. Rainbow, brook, and brown trout are plentiful in the catch-and-release waters. Afterward, enjoy a streamside lunch. MORNING DAY ONE Next door to the Riveter, the East Coast headquarters of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company beckons beer enthusiasts. The palatial brewery combines good beer, environmental stewardship, culinary creativity, and fun times. Sign up in advance for a brewery tour or take a self-guided stroll down hallways filled with memorabilia from the company’s 40-year history. Circle around the fire pit in the expansive beer garden out back and toast your time in Hendersonville. Stop by The Baker’s Box and grab a freshly made sandwich, wrap, or salad to go. Enjoy a picnic lunch at DuPont State Recreational Forest. A short hike leads to Hooker Falls or take a longer trek up to Triple and High falls. AFTERNOON Book a room at The Charleston Inn or 1898 Waverly Inn for a downtown lodging experience. The side-by-side bed and breakfasts both include historical charm and modern amenities. Walk to dinner on Main Street and choose from 25 independently owned restaurants. Don’t miss cocktails at Shine, Hendersonville’s first rooftop bar. Start the day with a relaxing paddle along the French Broad River, one of the oldest in the world. Lazy Otter Outfitters rents all the gear necessary to tube, kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard. This section of the French Broad remains largely untouched by development, so paddlers will enjoy wildlife and vegetation along the banks. DAY TWO A WEEKEND IN… Feature Image: Sierra Nevada Brewery is one of 16 craft producer on the Henderson County Cheers! Trail. Photo by Sam Dean. Dupont Triple Falls. Photo by Bill Russ. Surrounded by Pisgah National Forest and minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Hendersonville beckons travelers looking to disconnect from daily worries and reconnect with each other and the natural world. Just south of busy Asheville, the vibrant mountain town of Hendersonville delivers its own blend of arts and culture, outdoor adventure, and creative craft beverage producers. Hendersonville, North Carolina EVENING Facebook: VisitHendersonvilleNC | Instagram: VisitHendersonvilleNCVISITHENDERSONVILLENC.COM The new Riveter gym combines an extensive climbing facility and bike park under one roof. With more than 16,000 square feet of climbing terrain, a multi-feature covered bike track, yoga studio and fitness area, Riveter accommodates whatever exercise gets you moving.
At a time when high school seniors across the nation are starting to hear back from some of their dream schools, one particular senior just ended a rather peculiar college search. Velus Jones Jr., a wide receiver recruit out of Saraland High School in Alabama, announced Saturday that he has committed to USC in the fall.Saturday’s announcement wasn’t the first time Jones committed to USC — the 5-foot-11, 180-pound recruit said back in April that he had chosen the Trojans over a host of suitors that included schools like Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and Michigan. Still, there was one alternative that remained appealing to Jones.On Friday, Jones swapped the cardinal and gold for the crimson and cream, as Jones announced that he was committing to Oklahoma.No sooner had Jones committed to being a Sooner, than the three-star recruit changed his mind once again to return to Troy, stating in a tweet on Saturday: “I have made my final decision to attend the University of Southern California and I’m ending my recruitment FIGHT ON!”The Trojans hope Jones can continue his success from his last two years at Saraland. In his junior and senior seasons, Jones gained more than 2,000 yards over 99 receptions, racking up 19 touchdowns in the process. After leading Saraland to Alabama’s Class 6A championship game and making an appearance in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic, his former head coach Jeff Kelly has good reason to give him a glowing review.“I think Velus is a guy who can do a lot of things,” Kelly said to AL.com. “He can play both the inside and outside receiver. He can create different matchups, and he also is a guy who is very dangerous returning kicks and punts.”Jones will likely join four other USC wide receiver recruits in the 2016 class, including Josh Imatorbhebhe from North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Georgia and Michael Pittman from Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, California, both of whom have already enrolled for the spring semester. The other two — who have not yet signed letters of intent — are Tyler Vaughns and Trevon Sidney, both hailing from Bishop Amat in La Puente, California.The incoming class of receivers will hope to follow in the footsteps of recent Trojan greats like Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, and they will have at least one season with current star JuJu Smith-Schuster to show them the ropes.All recruits have until National Signing Day — Feb. 3 — to finalize their commitments.