Vibrant autumn leaves, mountain views, and cool, crisp air greeted my husband and I as we made the scenic journey from Charleston to Saluda, North Carolina, to stay in the Orchard Inn. As we drove farther and farther north, whizzing past the cheerful “Welcome to North Carolina!” sign, the traffic steadily thinned while the roads became more winding and uphill. Thrilled by the beautiful views and inviting weather, we arrived at the Orchard Inn, a cozy haven tucked away in the heart of the western North Carolina mountains.
I recently started writing for the Orchard Inn a few months prior to visiting their property. Saluda, North Carolina, has been a favorite destination of mine for several years, so I was excited to be awarded this opportunity to promote such a wonderful place. I’ve always admired how this area is so quiet and peaceful, yet offers endless things to do. You feel as though you’re in your own little world when exploring the great outdoors of Saluda, NC; it’s a refreshing escape from busy, everyday life!
Upon arriving at the Orchard Inn, we were granted a tour of the property. I was immediately impressed by the many activities the inn had to offer. There was a small library equipped with well-stocked bookshelves and comfy chairs, numerous board games, and even a downstairs bonus room that included a pool table, a large television set, a wide DVD selection, and plenty of seating. Our room was lovely as well- we instantly fell in love with the handmade soaps in the bathroom! Their deluxe restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating, providing picturesque views of their garden as well as the surrounding North Carolina mountains.
We started each day of our stay at the Orchard Inn with a hearty breakfast from Newman’s Restaurant. Each delectable course they prepared was made with all organic ingredients, most of which they had procured from their own garden! Marc, one of the owners, was even kind enough to show us his beehive in the garden that provides the inn with fresh, organic honey. We spent the rest of our time exploring the local attractions, like the nearby hikes to Little Bradley Falls and Pearson Falls, and dining in Asheville, NC, just a forty-minute drive away from the inn. We greatly enjoyed being able to simply unwind at the inn as well; their quiet and relaxing atmosphere sets the perfect scene for spending time with a loved one.
Our trip to Saluda, NC, to stay at the Orchard Inn was a memorable experience we’ll never forget! The owners, Marc and Marianne, and each of the staff members were all warm and friendly towards us, and the food was some of the best we’ve ever had. We left the Orchard Inn feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, with plenty of pictures and memories of our time spent there! We will definitely be planning a return trip as soon as we can!