We visited in late July, and the temperature never got above 70. On one rainy day we relaxed in front of a crackling fire, browsed books from the Inn's library, and looked out over the misty mountains.
In terms of restaurants and activities, Saluda has good options. I recommend eating dinner at the Inn for a true 5-star meal. In town, the Purple Onion is quite good, and the barbecue joint is consistently tasty. We had a family kayak trip on the Green River with Green River Adventures, which is located 5 minutes from the Inn. It also offers guided nature and waterfall hikes.
The owners of Orchard Inn, Marc and Marianne, are very friendly yet professional. We had our two children with us, ages 7 and 11, and they had a great time. We had family card games and pool games in the inn's recreation room. All of our breakfasts were delicious. Morning coffee was superb. On Friday and Saturday evenings, delicious appetizers were offered to all of the guests.
This was our fourth visit to the Inn, and it met all of our needs and expectations. We definitely plan to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just 30 mi. south of Asheville where the foothills meet the Blue Ridge Mountains, the rest of the world melts away the moment you enter the long winding driveway and approach our elegant mountain top escape, comfortably nestled on 12 peaceful acres. As you walk up the front steps, graciously framed in boxwood hedges, the cozy rockers on the Antebellum style porch are calling. Enter the open and airy living room with it's great stone fireplace, and you immediately feel at home. The Inn was originally built in 1926 by the Brotherhood of Southern Railroad as a summer retreat for members' families. Transformed into a B&B in 1981 it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, member of Select Registry as well as Chaine des Rotisseurs. Fine dining restaurant serving dinner Thurs-Sat. 14 rooms tastefully decorated in period pieces & antiques all with luxurious linens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Orchard Hotel Saluda