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Where adventure and the outdoors meet SHOPPING | ARTS SCENE | FOOD & DRINK RECREATION | LODGING | FALL EVENTS 1  |  VISITOR’S BULLETIN Fall 2017

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Claire Sachse

Managing Editor Tryon Daily Bulletin Visitor’s Bulletin Life in Our Foothills

elcome! We’re glad you’re here, or thinking about coming here, to Polk County, N.C. and Landrum S.C., our little corner of the Foothills. We’re known for our distinct, yet mild, four season climate; our small towns that we like to call “Pearls of the Foothills”; our traditions, which run deep in the arts, equestrian life, and love of the outdoors; our hearty and healthy foods and tasty wines; and our love of a good parade, festival, car show, fireworks and farmers markets. We like to think this guide is special. Yes, we’ve listed some of the “touristy” things to do, but you’ll also see life from the locals’ perspective because we want you to feel at home, welcomed as friends and family. This issue is packed with ideas and information, trivia and lore, history and traditions, and helpful things like maps, phone numbers and websites. We hope you enjoy your stay in the Foothills and this fall edition of the Visitor’s Bulletin.

TRYON NEWSMEDIA, LLC Publisher of The Tryon Daily Bulletin Life In Our Foothills Visitor’s Bulletin

16 N. Trade St. Tryon, N.C. 28782 828-859-9151

General Manager Kevin Powell

Managing Editor Claire Sachse


Catherine Hunter Leah Justice Claire Sachse


Shay Carlson Kirk Gollwitzer Tim Robison Claire Sachse Mark Schmerling Vince Verrecchio David Widdicombe Steve Wong

Production Gwen Ring

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The Foothills area has long been a favorite of cyclists, both novice and pro. With its varied terrain, steep elevations, thrilling curves, and abundant natural sights, biking enthusiasts will find our roads second to none. Photo by Mark Schmerling

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Trish Boyter Magan Etheridge Brandon Moore


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Jeff Allison Alex Greene Jamie Lewis Conner Peeler

14 18 26 ADVENTURE AWAITS Put down your phones, unplug from the news, and prepare to get out in the great outdoors and have some adventures! Whether you like the peacefulness of a woodsy horseback ride, or adrenaline-pumping mountain bike excursions, strolling antiques shops or enjoying our community-wide celebrations, start mapping out your adventure here! 6  |  VISITOR’S BULLETIN Fall 2017


Pick a trail, road, sidewalk, waterway or footpath – and you’ll discover something fun around every corner and curve of the Foothills. These pages will help you get there. 8 Getting Here 10 Columbus


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14 Saluda 16 Tryon 18 Recreation 22 Wineries 24 Antiques 26 Arts 30 History 34 Children’s Activities 36 Fall Event Calendar


40 Area Map 42 Equestrian Traditions 46 Boutiques & Shopping 52 Population and Climate


56 Agriculture 58 Farmers Markets 59 Living Local 62 Lodging 66 Restaurants 72 Resources for Visitors 72 Medical Care


getting from there to here

NEARBY AIRPORTS Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) Airlines operating out of AVL include: Allegiant Air American Airlines Delta Elite Airways United Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) Airlines operating out of GSP include: Allegiant American Airlines Delta Air Lines Southwest Airlines United Airlines

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Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) Airlines operating out of CLT include: Air Canada American Airlines Delta Air Lines Frontier Airlines JetBlue Airways Lufthansa Southwest Airlines United Airlines United Express ViaAir Rutherford County Airport-Marchman Field (KFQD) Located just outside Polk County in neighboring Rutherford County, Marchman Field is a general aviation airport with a 5,000 foot runway, pilot’s lounge, wireless internet, restaurant, fuel services. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Call 828-287-0800 or visit for more information.

HIGHWAYS AND INTERSTATES The Foothills area is easily reached from Interstate 26 (Exit 1 to Landrum, S.C., Exit 67 to Columbus, N.C., and Exit 59 to Saluda, N.C.) and US-74. Interstate 26 connects to Interstate 40 in Asheville, N.C. and Interstate 85 in Spartanburg, S.C.

TRAIN SERVICE Amtrak runs the Crescent line from New York to New Orleans with a stop in nearby Spartanburg, S.C., just 25 minutes from the Landrum area. The train pulls into the station at midnight, so be prepared for a late arrival or departure.

BUS SERVICE Greyhound Bus Lines has a transit center in Spartanburg, S.C. and a bus station in Greenville, S.C. (about an hour from the Foothills area).

POLK COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY Trapped without a car? There is a better way from here to there. Schedule pick-up and drop off for errands or shopping. PCTA travels throughout the county and outside the county. Senior citizens ride free. Call 828894-8203 for rates and to schedule.

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he seat of Polk County, N.C., Columbus was founded in 1855, located in the geographical center of the county, and named in honor of Dr. Columbus Mills to recognize his efforts to form the county. Columbus remains a small community, retaining several interesting buildings from its past. The historic courthouse,

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finished in 1857, is one of the oldest still in use in North Carolina and has been lovingly restored. The brick, columned Board of Education building was one of our first schools. Both properties have park areas that are host to town festivals throughout the year, including parades for Veterans Day, July 4, Homecoming and Christmas, and the farmers market which sets up for the May through October growing season.  Downtown Columbus features a variety of small businesses, including a hair salon and barbershop, Laundromat, florist, book store and thrift store, in addition to banks and several restaurants and an ice cream parlor. Just outside of downtown, you’ll find the public library, St. Luke’s Hospital, grocery stores, a few churches, gas stations, and several retirement communities. Being the county seat, you’ll also find the sheriff’s office, county administrative building, and DMV office in the center of town. Scenic drives abound around Columbus, whether you drive along the base of White Oak Mountain, or take the winding road 1,000+ feet to the top for spectacular views. On clear days you can see Charlotte to the east and Tennessee to the west. The drive to the top of White Oak Mountain also includes a drive-by waterfall, Shunkawauken Falls.  Columbus’ population has held steady for about two decades at just about 1,000, so it’s a town where everyone will know your name, and greet you as you enter. •





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DID YOU KNOW? THE OVERMOUNTAIN MEN History buffs and nature lovers alike will enjoy Alexander’s Ford at the Bradley Nature Preserve, east of Columbus along the Green River. Containing a portion of the Overmountain National Historic Victory Trail, in 1780 Alexander’s Ford served as an encampment area and river crossing during the Revolutionary War for patriot militiamen headed to the historic engagement with loyalists at

Kings Mountain. A portion of the trail meets Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. ROUND AND ROUND WE GO! In some places they’re called traffic circles or rotaries, but here we call our two traffic circles “roundabouts” and they’re at the intersection of Interstate 26, US Highway 74 and NC Highway 108. Remember to yield to vehicles in the roundabout! Take

them a little slow, especially if you’re trailering horses or truckloads that can shift. And if you miss your off ramp, that’s ok, just ride the loop-de-loop till you get back around to where you need to be. No one will hassle you! TRYONDAILYBULLETIN.COM | 11

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ocated just a hop, skip and a jump from the North Carolina/South Carolina state line and with stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Landrum, S.C. is a a historical town bursting with shops and character. It is 20 minutes north of Spartanburg, S.C. and an hour south of Asheville, N.C., making it the perfect gobetween stop for the weekend. Like Tryon and Saluda further up the tracks, Landrum can thank the railroad for its founding in 1880 and development through the years. The depot was lovingly restored and currently serves as a community gathering spot and event venue. While many small cities have lost their traditional downtowns as a result of commercial strip and suburban development, the

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City of Landrum has held on to and strengthened its traditional downtown center through careful and deliberate city planning. For many years Landrum’s local government in partnership with the business community and supported by the citizenry, have created and continue to maintain a pedestrian-oriented traditional downtown environment. With a population of 2,400, visitors will immediately notice the friendliness and warmth of its residents and will become enveloped in the town’s charm. Whether shopping at one of the many boutiques or antique stores, or dining at the wide variety of restaurants, or strolling the quaint downtown beside the railroad tracks, visitors will feel welcomed and right at home. After your visit, you’ll see why the town was named to Southern Living Magazine’s top 20 list of “The South’s Best Small Towns”! •





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DID YOU KNOW? HOLDING IT TOGETHER Have you ever given any thought to your door or cabinet hinges? Many have not, but just outside of Landrum in a 120,000 sq. ft. building is a manufacturing plant called Bommer Industries that ships its hinges all over the world, for all kinds of commercial applications, including notably, for the Pentagon, Trump Tower and the White House.

FOOTHILLS QUILT TRAIL Visitors will notice colorful quilt blocks located throughout Landrum on the sides of businesses and municipal buildings. The 39-block Foothills Quilt Trail promotes history, the arts and tourism, and details can be found online at Landrum is also home to an active quilters organization, which has regular meetings, projects, and exhibitions. Landrum Quilters is online at

HIT THE TRAIL Part of the 500-mile Palmetto Trail runs through the town so bring your hiking boots, sneakers or bikes if you want to check out the trail. Hog Back Mountain and the Blue Wall Passage are just two of several hiking destinations here.


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“If you’re in a hurry in Saluda, you’re in the wrong place.”

Charlie Ward long-time Saluda resident


aluda, N.C. is a place where visitors can literally go back in time with its historic downtown carefully preserved and shops and stores that serve as museums. Saluda, with a population of about 700 people, is often named as one of the top 10 best small towns in North Carolina. A lot of Saluda’s history is based on its elevation and cooler temperatures that Low Country people escaped to for relief and its “restorative properties.” But also, the town owes its existence and strength to the railroad tracks, and the tracks themselves

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are famous because of the mountain grade. The Saluda Grade was named for the railroad, which crests in the center of town at an elevation of 2,097 feet. The Saluda Grade is the steepest standard gauge mainline railway in the United States, gaining 606 feet of elevation in less than three miles between Melrose and Saluda. Bicyclists enjoy climbing the grade via U.S. 176 that follows the railroad tracks and the Pacolet River into Saluda, and sightseers and history buffs will enjoy visiting the restored depot which houses a museum. Whether visitors are



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seeking antique shopping, hip restaurants, citywide festivals, outdoor concerts, historic bed and breakfasts or mountain outdoor activities, Saluda has something for everyone. For the outdoor enthusiast, Saluda has a zipline, venues for kayaking, rafting and tubing down the Green River, which is one of the top kayaking rivers in the nation, hiking trails and waterfalls, and nearby lakes and rivers for trout fishing. Since the turn of the

DID YOU KNOW? WHAT’S IN A NAME? In studying the English-Cherokee vocabulary, we learn that the English word “Saluda” came from the Cherokee word “Tsaludiyi,” meaning “green corn place.” From legend, Tsaludiyi was a chief of the Cherokee nation, which once ranged from the North Carolina mountain ranges to the South Carolina flat country.

A PLAYFUL CITY Saluda has been named one of America’s “Playful Cities” by the nonprofit KaBoom!, for its efforts in creating an environment that promotes outdoor activity. GREEN RACE Like whitewater kayaking? In the cold? Then come to the 22nd annual Green

Race: Up the Ante, held Saturday, Nov. 4 on the Green River narrows. About 100 will enter, and 1,000 will watch, and all will agree it’s the best party on the river! Register or get more information online at


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ffectionately referred to as the “Friendliest Town in the South,” Tryon, N.C. is nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Known for its moderate seasons due to its location in what is known as the Thermal Belt, Tryon became a railroad town in the 1800s with many visitors, particularly from the low country in South Carolina, deciding to move here because of the moderate temperatures. The town, chartered in 1885 with a current area of about two square miles, now has approximately 1,700 residents. Recently designated as a historic district, Tryon’s history runs deep, particularly in equestrian sports, arts and theater. In the early 1900s, authors and artists began selecting Tryon as their resort town to visit with many choosing to stay. Some of Tryon’s famous residents included author F. Scott Fitzgerald, actor William Gillette, first lady Grace Coolidge and actor Kenneth Lackey. Nina Simone, born Eunice Waymon in Tryon, began her musical career as a young girl in Tryon. At the center of town, Morris

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the horse can be seen overlooking Trade Street. Morris is a large statue of a toy horse on wheels made by the Tryon Toy Makers, a replica of a 1928 toy horse built by two boys who worked for the Tryon Toy Makers to advertise the spring Tryon Horse Show. Tryon’s equestrian heritage runs deep, with the town and nearby areas hosting many horse shows and events year round. In addition to Tryon being the training grounds for the 1956 U.S. Olympic equestrian team, Tryon’s horse history also includes the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, Harmon Field, the Tryon International Equestrian Center, and the annual Block House Steeplechase. Tryon is home to many unique restaurants and shops downtown, as well the historical Tryon Movie Theatre, which shows one movie per night and serves beer and wine upstairs. The town has something for every artist and crafter with several art galleries, a historical museum, the Tryon Fine Arts Center, the Tryon Little Theater and Tryon Arts and Crafts, and renovated train depot. For more information about Tryon, visit •

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DID YOU KNOW? EQUESTRIAN TRADITION The Blockhouse Steeplechase is the longest running steeplechase in North Carolina, occurring continuously since 1947. The race includes tailgating, picnics, a hat contest, the Old Tryon Foot Beagles and Hounds and many other activities throughout the day. For more information about the steeplechase, visit GET THE SCOOP Established in 1928, the Tryon

Daily Bulletin is printed five days a week at 16 N. Trade St. in the heart of downtown Tryon in a building that is listed on the National Historic Register. Copies of “the world’s smallest daily newspaper” are available on racks throughout the county, or get the scoop online at WHAT’S IN A NAME? Tryon Peak and the Town of Tryon are named for William Tryon, governor of North

Carolina from 1765 to 1771, in recognition of his negotiation with the Cherokee for a treaty during a bloody period of conflict during the French and Indian War. IT’S A NEW DAWN, IT’S A NEW DAY Called the “High Priestess of Soul,” Nina Simone was born in Tryon as Eunice Kathleen Waymon in 1933, and her birthplace stands in town limits atop a hill at 30 East Livingston Street, off Markham

Rd. The town created the Nina Simone Plaza and statue in her honor on Trade St. TRYON BEER FEST The 6th Annual Tryon Beer Fest, Tryon’s annual popular Oktoberfest-style event, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4 from noon ’til 6 p.m. in the Tryon Depot Plaza. Enjoy craft beer, an oyster roast, authentic German food and other treats. Rain or shine!




ecause of the area’s moderate climate, there is an abundance of outdoor activities that provide year-round enjoyment. Like to fish? There’s a river for that. Want to swim in a cool mountain stream or river? You won’t have to go far to find one. Have little ones who would enjoy the swings or jungle gym? We have several municipal parks and fields of play. Want to experience the challenge of a new golf course? You can do several rounds at our local courses. Whether you’re a fitness fanatic who wants to hit the tough trails, or you just want to spend time in a slow-paced float down the river, we have it all, right here.

FISHING POLK COUNTY HATCHERY SUPPORTED TROUT WATERS: • North Pacolet River from Pacolet Falls to Hwy. 108 bridge • Fork Creek Church on SR 1100 to N. Pacolet River • Big Fall Creek portion above water supply reservoir • Green River from the Henderson County line to mouth of Bright’s Creek • Little Cove Creek • Big Fall Creek (portion below water supply reservoir) • Cove Creek • Camp Creek (Henderson County line Green River) Laughter Pond Laughter Pond, located at the Polk County Recreation

Complex in Mill Spring, provides public fishing and is stocked with catfish. There are no size restrictions on catfish and the daily limit is six catfish per licensed person per day. Lake Adger Lake Adger is stocked with Muskies as part of the N.C. Wildlife Resources fish-stocking program as well as having Bass. The Muskies are raised at the Table Rock State Fish Hatchery and the juvenile fish are released into Lake Adger in October with an average size of 8 to 18 inches in length. FISHING LICENSE AND SUPPLIES: North Carolina fishing regulations can be found online at or by consulting the Regulations

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Digest for North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping. The regulations digest and fishing licenses can be obtained locally at the following locations: Crossroads Outdoors 82 Hwy. 9 N. Arledge Business Plaza Mill Spring, NC 828-899-0333 or crossroadstp4 MA Pace General Store 60 E. Main St. Saluda, NC 828-749-2401 or Facebook: M.A. Pace General Store McGuinn’s Store 4884 Hwy. 9 Mill Spring, NC 828-625-4755 or mcguinnsstore

Silver Creek Campground 3111 Silver Creek Rd. Mill Spring, NC 828-894-2331 or SilverCreekCampground

PUBLIC SWIMMING The Foothills area is known for its mountains and rivers but also has public swimming opportunities. The area is home to nearby lakes, the Green River, Pacolet River and a county-owned outdoor swimming pool. Gibson Park Pool Public swimming pool. Summer hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 12-5 p.m. Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Lap swim: Tuesday – Friday, 8-10 a.m. Fee for

pool use. Annual pass available. 236 Park St. Columbus, NC 828-894-2646 or Harmon Field Beach Public river swimming and a public park with playgrounds 828-859-5784 for cabin reservations or more information Lake Adger The county-owned lake has public access to swimming, fishing and boating. The marina is located off Silver Creek Road in Mill Spring. There are boat motor size restrictions. No waterskiing or jetskiing permitted. Kayaks and canoes, fishing and pontoon boats are allowed.

recreation KAYAKING, TUBING, CANOEING, ZIPLINING The Green River is home to the world class Narrows race for championed kayakers and is also known as a relaxing spot for tubing and canoeing. Several access points are available on class I though class V rapids. Green River Cove There are two public access areas to the Green River, Fish Top and Big Rock, which offer kayaking, tubing, hiking and other activities. Swimming is not allowed and is illegal (a misdemeanor) at any N.C. Wildlife access area. Green River Adventures Guided day trips are offered as well as classes for whitewater kayaking. 111 East Main St. Saluda, NC 828-749-2800 or Wilderness Cove Tubing and Campground River tube rentals available May through September with prices including shuttles to the campground. Open seven days a week. 3772 Green River Cove Rd. Saluda, NC 828-749-9100 or Silver Creek Campground and Whitewater Outfitters Whitewater rafting, canoeing, tube rentals and paintball are available. The campground also offers fishing classes for campers, including instructions on



he Gorge – America’s steepest and fastest zipline canopy tour offers a thrilling tree-based aerial adventure in Saluda, N.C. Begin your experience perched on the rim of the Green River Gorge and plunge into untouched wilderness. Descend an unprecedented 1,100 vertical feet in elevation zipping from tree-top to tree-top on 11 ziplines, traversing a sky-bridge, and descending three huge rappels, all through stunning old growth forest, overlooking 18,000 acres of protected Green River Gamelands. fly-fishing, bait casters and knot tying. 3111 Silver Creek Rd. Mill Spring, NC 828-894-2331 or Zip Line Adventures The Gorge The Gorge offers a unique and thrilling tree-based zip line canopy adventure in the famous Green River Gorge. 166 Honey Bee Dr. Saluda, NC 828-749-2500 or


& PLAYGROUNDS Walking has tremendous health and mental benefits and the Foothills area has plenty of spaces designated for walking and hiking at all levels. From paved walking tracks at schools to true hiking trails that are longer, and often hilly, Polk County and Landrum have many

options for a leisurely walk, a mountainous hike or a playground to take children. COLUMBUS Adawehi Institute Adawehi’s hiking trails are an easy walk that meanders along White Oak Creek, past an abundance of native plants and the occasional wild turkey. There are two trailheads to start your 1.5mile hike. Begin at the parking lot just below the Main Community Building or you can begin at the Adawehi parking lot off Smith Dairy Road. Trails are open every day during daylight hours. 93 Adawehi Lane Columbus, NC 828-894-5260 or Green Creek Family Life Center Paved walking trail Green Creek Dr. and Coxe Rd. Green Creek, NC Isothermal Community College Trail Primary access is from Polk

County Public Library/ Isothermal Community College parking lot. 1255 W. Mills St. Hwy. 108 Columbus, NC Tom Raymond Fitness Trail Easy footpath features fitness stations as well as an attractive hardwood forest setting, primary access is from St. Luke’s Hospital back parking lot. 101 Hospital Dr. Columbus, NC Weaverbarton Shuford Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary Trail Primary access is from natural parking area located just past Bonnie Brae Veterinary Clinic. 215 Shuford Rd. Columbus, NC Polk County High School track Regulation size paved oval running track 1681 N. Hwy. 108 Columbus, NC

Stearns Park Includes a paved walking path loop and Stearns Gym with indoor recreational activities E. Mills Street/Hwy. 108 (across from the Polk County Courthouse) Columbus, NC LANDRUM Blue Wall Passage of the Palmetto Trail Eastern and most northern section begins with FENCE trails, then connects with country roads and sidewalks through downtown Landrum and around Lake Lanier, continuing from Dug Hill Road to Vaughn’s Gap where it connects to the Poinsett Reservoir Passage. Brookwood Park Half mile paved walking path, some shaded, and a playground. East Rutherford St./Hwy. 14 between S. Poplar, S. Bomar and Brookwood Drive


recreation Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE) Five miles of hiking and riding trails located on 390-acre tract; Wildwood Trail is 0.3 miles, paved and handicap accessible. 3381 Hunting Country Rd. Tryon, NC 828-859-9021 or MILL SPRING Bradley Nature Preserve at Alexander’s Ford The preserve is a quiet country respite that includes picnic areas, a 2.6-mile round trip loop trail to the Green River and a preserved mature forest. The trail is part of the route the Overmountain Men, a rag-tag group of area militia that chased down a British general during the Revolutionary War, took to go on and win a pivotal battle at Kings Mountain. County Line Rd. and Gray’s Rd. Mill Spring, NC Polk Central Elementary School Half-mile nature trail with educational markers 2141 Hwy. 9 South Mill Spring, NC 828-894-8233 or naturetrail Polk County Middle School track Paved regulation sized oval outdoor track 321 Wolverine Trail Mill Spring, NC 828-894-2215 or pcms. Polk County Recreation Complex Includes paved walking



earson’s Falls is a lovely escape at any time of year, but during the fall it is an especially beautiful destination. The hike from the parking lot is about a quarter mile and is considered easy. Along the way, take in the autumn leaves and winding trail, all lovingly maintained by the Tryon Garden Club. More details are online at path loop, baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic shelters, large playground and fishing pond access. 223 Wolverine Drive Mill Spring, NC 828-894-8199 Sunny View Elementary School Playground 86 Sunny View Rd. Mill Spring, NC 828-625-4530 or SALUDA Bradley Nature Preserve 9.2-acre tract, shares trailhead with Lazy Girl Loop Trail at intersection of Esseola Drive and Substation (near Autumn Care). Intersection of Esseola Drive and Substation Road bradley-nature-preserve Lazy Girl Loop Trail Accessible from Laurel Drive, easy one mile trail (one way), no dogs allowed

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Little Bradley Falls Trail Two-mile moderate out and back hike crosses and follows Big Cove Creek, leading to 40-foot Little Bradley Falls located in the Green River Game Lands Holbert Cove Rd. Saluda, NC McCreery Park A busy playground and park located in the heart of Saluda that features swings, slides and an obstacle course as well as a covered picnic area and gazebo Intersection of Greenville and Maple Street Saluda, NC Norman Wilder Forest Managed by the Pacolet Area Conservancy, trails are located in 185 acres of mature third growth mixed hardwood on the slopes of Little Warrior Mountain. Trail has bridges, steps and loops. Plan on a two to three mile hike. Hwy. 176 between Tryon and Saluda

Saluda Elementary School Playground and tennis courts 214 E. Main St. Saluda, NC

TRYON Harmon Field 36 acres containing paved walking path loop with a fitness course, paved oval walking track, playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball fields, picnic shelter and cabin, equestrian riding rings and stables 117 Harmon Field Rd. Tryon, NC 828-859-5784 or parks-recreation

Trails of the Green River Game Lands, The Green River Game Lands consist of 18,639 acres of wilderness, with 9 named trails that have signs at each trail connection. Hunting is allowed in the Green River Game Lands and all information on seasons and regulations can be found at ncwildlife. org. The trails of the Game Lands are better suited to more experienced hikers. Big Hungry Road or Green River Cove Road

Tryon Missing 40 Trace The one-mile moderate to difficult loop starts at the convergence of Joles Creek and the North Pacolet River, it continues next to the river and features two unassisted river crossings in about ankle high water. White blazes mark the trail throughout. Trailhead is on Pearson Falls Rd. Pearson Falls Rd. Saluda, NC

Pearson’s Falls A 268-acre botanical preserve owned and maintained by the Tryon Garden Club, trail is ¼-mile walk to a 90-foot waterfall, admission charged. 2720 Pearson’s Falls Road Saluda, NC, 828-749-3031 or

recreation Vaughn Creek Greenway One of Tryon’s newest additions to its park system, the Vaughn Creek Greenway features an easy walking trail of approximately ¾-mile along picturesque Vaughn Creek that offers many woodland views and beautiful cascades, including Sillar’s Falls near the trailhead. 884 New Market Rd. Tryon, NC 828-859-5784 or parks-recreation Woodland Park Approximately 10 acres of natural park located just off Chestnut Street providing hiking trails through unspoiled forest. 262 Chestnut St. Tryon, NC parks-recreation

GOLF COURSES Meadowbrook Golf Club The 6,700-yard course rolls gently up hills and down through meadows with Henson and Davis Creeks creating challenging holes on both nines. The golf course at Meadowbrook Golf Club is characterized by its tree-lined fairways and abundance of water. Both creeks and two ponds come into play on ten holes. Stretching to just over 6700 yards from the back tees (blue) and offering 4 tee boxes, Meadowbrook’s golf course is ready to test the skills of both young and old as well as the novice and experienced golfer. 1211 Meadowbrook Rd. Rutherfordton, NC

828-863-2690 meadowbrookgolfclub. com Red Fox Country Club A nationally recognized golf course designed by Ellis Maples. The full service Pro Shop is equipped with a full range of clothing, balls, caps, clubs and all other golfing needs. Lessons are available from the teaching pro. A large putting green and full driving range is also available. The golf course has been included three times by Golf Digest in the Top 100 in America and as one of America’s Most Testing Courses. It is also rated in the Top 50 Courses in North Carolina and Top 50 Development Courses in the Southeast. 77 Club Rd. Tryon, NC 828-894-8251 or

Tryon Country Club The Ross-designed course is a nine-hole golf club where members walk or ride, play 9, 12 or 18 holes and rarely wait for the tee. Don’t let its size fool you – tests await at every turn. The Ross layout rewards well-struck shots on its Bermuda fairways, though the trademark bent grass Ross greens are well-bunkered and unforgiving to errant approach shots. A stream running through the property often comes into play. 393 Country Club Rd. Tryon, NC 828-859-9561 or

BIKING Whether you are a casual recreational rider or a hard-core long distance enthusiast, there are some amazing rides, routes and events in the Foothills. From the Assault on Mount Mitchell, the Climb to Conquer Cancer (on the

Saluda Grade), the Metric Century Tour, and the Tour De Leaves, to the easier loops around Lake Lanier, bikers of all levels will find appropriate challenges. Need route suggestions? Visit, an online resource for sharing ride suggestions and routes.



eadowbrook Golf Club was built in 1963 and is located in the Green Creek area of Polk County. It has been family owned and operated by the Deck family since it opened. The course was designed by William B. Lewis and has a full 18 hole layout, utilizing four sets of tee placements on each hole. The owner, William H. Deck, is the general manager and the top golf pro available by appointment. Visit for information on specials, to book online, and to see videos of the complete course.



EXPERIENCE LOCAL WINES and meet their makers. WINERIES Green Creek Winery Sip wine on the patio with vineyard and distant mountain views. Or use as a locale for weddings, receptions, private parties, luncheons, dinners, or business events. 413 Gilbert Rd., Columbus, NC 28722 828-863-2182 Mountain Brook Vineyards At Mountain Brook Vineyards crafting fine wine is a labor of love. We take great care in nurturing our 7.5-acre vineyard. All of our wines are made of 100% North Carolina grapes, harvested by hand and aged in oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. We keep our vintages small to focus on producing the highest quality wines. 731 Philips Dairy Rd., Tryon, NC 28782 828-817-4376

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Overmountain Vineyards and Winery Nestled in the Tryon Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains on over 10 acres of land, and a Certified Protected Segment of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, Overmountain Vineyards beckons you to come and enjoy an experience that is like no other. 2012 Sandy Plains Rd. Tryon, NC 28782, 828-863-0523 Parker-Binns Vineyard Come visit Parker-Binns Vineyard for a chance to savor some fine wines. Bob Binns and Karen Parker-Binns brought their passion for fine wines into the beautiful Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and established this wonderful vineyard on 35 acres of lush, sprawling countryside. 7382 E NC 108 Hwy., Mill Spring, NC 28756 828-894-0154

Russian Chapel Hills Winery Sip wine on the patio with vineyard and distant mountain vistas. Great for weddings, receptions, private parties, business events or just a relaxing picnic lunch, this winery provides all the special treatment you need. It is nestled in the rolling hills of Green Creek near horse country. 2662 Green Creek Drive, Columbus, NC 28722 828-863-0541

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hether you’re searching for heirloom artifacts, household items to recycle and repurpose, or quirky and offbeat objets d’art, this area has plenty of shops to choose from. You could plan to make an entire day out of antiquing alone! It’s recommended that you bring a big enough car or truck to hold all your loot, because it’s hard to resist all the choices!

TRYON Nancy Roth Antiques 838 N. Trade St. 828-859-6768 or theantiqueshopnancyroth Tryon Antique Mall & Marketplace 1005 S. Trade St. 828-859-2756 Architectural Warehouse NC 151 Southern Mercerizing Rd. 828-859-2297 or architecturalwarehouse. com Dark Horse Antique Market 646 North Trade St. 828-859-5634 or darkhorseantiquemarket. com

HOOP’s Antiques & Vintage Collectibles 112 N. Trade St. Ste. A 828-440-1440 or Old Mill Market Square 151 Southern Mercerizing Rd. 828-966-9030 or Red Dog Relics, LLC 620 S. Trade St. 828-440-1303 The Frog & Swan Inc. 879 N. Trade St. 828-859-6757 Whitney Antiques 120 N. Trade St. 828-859-9980 Lake Lanier Country Cottage 974 S. Trade St. 828-859-2004

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SALUDA A Gardener’s Cottage 183 E. Main St. 828-749-4200 or saluda. com/gardenerscottage/

Savvy Scavengers Antique Mall and Marketplace 205 W. Rutherford St. 864-457-6710 or

Brass Latch 181 E. Main St. 828-749-4200 or

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Expressions Unlimited Florist and Antiques 105 E Rutherford Street 864-457-6694

Landrum Antiques & Furniture Company 221 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-4000 or Carolina Antiques & More 108 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-4444 or carolinaantiquesand

Landrum Eclectics 601 W. Rutherford St. 864-457-2314 Lavender Sage 101 N. Howard Ave. 864-457-5451 Market Antiques Inc. 110 Thrift Circle 864-423-3385

My Favorite Shoppe 21919 Asheville Hwy. 864-230-8585 Rustiques 702 E. Rutherford St. 864-908-1739 Fox Hollow Antiques 112 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-3891 Memory Lane 110 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-2190 My Favorite Shop 21919 Asheville Hwy. 864-457-4840 Voyageur’s Antiques 22625 Asheville Hwy. 864-457-3955

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o matter your artistic passion there is an outlet here in the Foothills for creativity and discovery, whether you put paint on canvas, forge metal in the fire, arrange prose on paper, put clay in the kiln, create other worlds on stage, or send harmonies to the wind. With art ranging from contemporary and modern, to eclectic or rustic, there is an artist, gallery, show, festival or event that will satisfy your artistic yearning.

THE ARTS SCENE ART GALLERIES SALUDA Heartwood Gallery 21 East Main Street 828-749-9365 Random Arts & Apparel 481 Louisiana Ave. 828-749-1165 The Pottery 50 East Main St. 828-683-8726

TRYON Thompson Garden Gallery and Outdoor Living 83 Palmer Street 828-859-3185 or

Green River Frame Shop and Gallery 145 N. Trade St. 828-859-2255 or Facebook: Green River Frame Shop and Gallery

Upstairs Artspace 49 S Trade St 828-859-2828

Tryon Arts and Crafts School 373 Harmon Field Rd. 828-859-8323 or

Willis and Sellers Art Gallery 112 N. Trade St. 843-509-7665 or Willisandsellersartgallery

Tryon Fine Arts Center Gallery I 34 Melrose Ave. 828-859-8322 or

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Tryon Painters and Sculptors 78 N. Trade St. 828-859-0141 or Little Mountain Pottery/Tyson Graham Pottery 6148 Peniel Rd. 803-960-1377 Facebook: Little Mountain Pottery LANDRUM Edward J. Bednar Fine Art 221 E. Rutherford St. 704-807-4466 or


DID YOU KNOW? PIECING IT TOGETHER The Landrum Quilters is an active group of 130 members who meet monthly in Campobello, S.C. to share artistic and sewing techniques, work on philanthropic projects, hold workshops, and form lasting friendships. Learn more at

Millstone Gallery 110 N. Trade Ave. 864-457-2202

MUSIC ASSOCIATIONS/ PERFORMANCE VENUES Tryon Concert Association Performances are held at Tryon

Fine Arts Center, and the 20172018 season includes The Montrose Trio, the Calmus Vocal Ensemble, Stephen Hough on Piano, and Windsync Chamber Musicians. 888-501-0297 Music in Landrum Performances are held at Landrum United Methodist Church with the next season starting in October 2017.

TALENT ON STAGE Tryon’s Lanier Library, named after poet Sidney Lanier and founded by a pioneering group of civic-minded women in 1889, brings the best of literary arts to its thriving membership, including Literary Open Stage, an event where local writers and poets share their original works. The library also offers frequent book signings and author talks. 72 Chestnut St., Tryon 828-859-9535 or Facebook: Music in Landrum Tryon Fine Arts Center World-class music performances, films and exhibits are held throughout the year on the Veh Stage, the Peterson Amphitheater, and in Gallery I. 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon Daily Bulletin 828-859-8322

THEATER Tryon Little Theater TLT stages four theatrical productions a year, plus special events and summer youth productions. Auditions are open to the public. 516 S. Trade St. 828-859-2466


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y 1540, some 47 years after Columbus discovered the New World, Hernando DeSoto had arrived in the mountain country, probably here in Polk County, where he found the Cherokee Tribe already in an advanced state of civilization. The Indians lived in substantially built log houses. Though accomplished hunters, they subsisted chiefly by their knowledge of agriculture. They raised corn, pumpkins, and beans. The area was a fine place in which to live, as the first white settlers quickly learned. Several decades before the Revolution a sprinkling of families had set down their roots in the mountain coves in the midst of the Cherokee hunting lands. By 1768 traders were already traveling up the old Blackstock Road from Charleston to bargain for furs and

hides. The proximity of the two civilizations resulted in many clashes and much bloodshed. The conflicts became so numerous that the Royal Governor, William Tryon, himself journeyed west from the colonial capital to parley with the Cherokees and negotiate a boundary line. The new line agreed upon extended from a point near Greenville in South Carolina to the highest peak on White Oak Mountain. When the treaty had been signed, Governor Tryon was flattered to learn that the settlers had named the highest place on White Oak “Tryon Peak.” Determination of the boundary, however, failed to ensure safety for the pioneers to the east or for Indians to the west. Many vicious raids continued despite the establishment of forts. One of

the heroes of the time was the Indian, Skyuka. As its population slowly increased, the area became a favorite stopping place for drovers transporting livestock from Kentucky and Tennessee to seaboard harbors. With political independence, towns gradually emerged. Polk, named to honor the Revolutionary War hero Colonel William Polk, did not achieve county status until 1855. Columbus, the county seat, was named for Dr. Columbus Mills of Mill Spring. One of his ancestors, Colonel Ambrose Mills, was a Loyalist who was hanged by Patriots after his capture at the Battle of Kings Mountain. An imposing courthouse, built of handmade brick in 1855 distinguishes the Town of Columbus. The ancient slave block still remains on the courthouse lawn. •

TRAITOR OR HERO? In June of 1776 a Cherokee named Skyuka honored his friendship with 16-year-old Thomas Howard who had saved him from a snakebite years before. Skyuka guided Howard and his American patriots through what is now known as Howard’s Gap in the mountains of northern Polk County. The Americans snuck up in the rear of the British Tories and their Cherokee allies where they camped on what is now called Round Mountain. Catching them completely by surprise, the patriots killed nearly all the Indians and British. British loyalists later caught and hanged Skyuka from a sycamore tree near the foot of Tryon Mountain. Today, rockcovered mounds mark where the Indians buried their dead on the battlefield of Round Mountain. In 1909 the Junior Order United American Mechanics originally sponsored a monument to the battle of Round Mountain and first located it on Howard Gap Rd., now known as Asheville Highway. Because of the construction of I-26, the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsored reassembly and relocation in 1977 on Miller’s Mountain opposite Round Mountain. The 20-foot tall obelisk now stands in Stearns Park, at the corner of Hampton and E. Mills Streets in Columbus.

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history THE BLOCK HOUSE The historic Block House became a prominent landmark for early settlers in 1750 because it marked the boundary line between North and South Carolina. It was originally a trading post, then was fortified by local settlers during the French and Indian War. Historical mentions of the Block House are rare, though it is said in 1776 militia leader Thomas Howard used the building to stage an attack against the Cherokee. Records from the early 1880s report a structure called the Block House stood on the border between North and South Carolina. On July 20, 1813 representatives of both states met at the Block House and marked the boundary at the building. During the Civil War, the building became a haven for Confederate deserters and local Unionists and was called “the Dark Corner.” After the war the place gained a reputation as a hideout for highwaymen complete with a gambling hall, a still, a bar and cockfighting. In the late 1800s, locals drove out the bad elements and shut down the gambling.

POLK COUNTY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION MUSEUM The purposes of the PCHA are to promote, advance, encourage and cultivate public and private interest in the history, oral histories, genealogy, archives and memoirs of Polk County, N.C. and to provide a location for the collection and preservation of Polk County artifacts. Located at 60 Walker St. in downtown Columbus, N.C., the museum is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.


TRYON HISTORICAL MUSEUM Tryon has a newly created museum that opened last year. The museum is run by volunteers and is located at 26 Maple Street in downtown Tryon. The museum was created to preserve and protect Tryon history. The museum has exhibits about Tryon’s history as well as many programs throughout the year. For more information, visit or call 828-859-0123.

In 1767 British Governor William Tryon declared there should be a boundary line between the colonists and the Cherokee Indians. The line stretched from Reedy River in South Carolina, 53 miles north to a Spanish oak atop the peak that the Indians called the “great Mountain,” now known as Tryon Mountain, slightly north and west of modern day Columbus. From there the line extend to “Colonel Chiswell’s mines” in Wythe County, Virginia. On July 13, 1767 it was announced that all white settlers west of the line “should remove themselves by January 1, 1768. Anyone wishing to trade with the Cherokee was required to obtain a permit from the governor. TRYONDAILYBULLETIN.COM | 31

Tryon, NC UPCOMING EVENTS & Entertainment

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hether you like to stay busy, or chill with friends and family, there are fun places to go and exciting things to do. Day camps with a focus on the arts, athletics and sports are available, plus there are adventures to be had on the Green River or high above the gorge in Saluda. SUMMER AND DAY CAMPS Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE) 3381 Hunting Country Rd. Tryon, NC 828-859-9021, Stearns Day Camp 105 N. Peak St. Columbus, NC 828-894-8199 Tryon Little Theater 516 South Trade St. Tryon, NC 828-859-2466,

Tryon Arts and Crafts School 373 Harmon Field Rd. Tryon, NC 828-859-8323, Polk County High School – Volleyball Camp 1681 NC Hwy. 108 Columbus, NC 828-894-2525, pchs. The Adventure School 3493 US Hwy. 176, Tryon, NC 828-817- 0454

Tryon Fine Arts Center 34 Melrose Ave. Tryon, NC 828-859-8322 Polk County 4-H 60 Gibson St. Columbus, NC 828-894-8218, polk.ces. Gibson Park Pool Swimming Lessons 236 Park St. Columbus, NC 828-894-2646

Horseback Riding Lessons Ages 4 to adults beginners through advanced. Bright’s Creek Equestrian Center 2222 Palmer Rd. Mill Spring, NC 828-694-4500 or

PLAYGROUNDS Stearns Park Includes a paved walking path loop and Stearns Gym with indoor recreational activities E. Mills Street/Hwy. 108 (across from the Polk County Courthouse) Columbus, NC Brookwood Park Half mile paved walking path, some shaded, and a playground. East Rutherford St./Hwy. 14 between S. Poplar, S. Bomar and Brookwood Drive Landrum, SC McCreery Park A busy playground and park located in the heart of Saluda that features swings, slides and an obstacle course as well as a covered picnic area and gazebo

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Intersection of Greenville and Maple Street Saluda, NC Harmon Field 36 acres containing paved walking path loop with a fitness course, paved oval walking track, playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball fields, picnic shelter and cabin, equestrian riding rings and stables 117 Harmon Field Rd. Tryon, NC

SWIMMING Gibson Park Pool Public swimming pool. Summer hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 12-5 p.m. Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Lap swim: Tuesday – Friday, 8-10 a.m. Fee for pool use. Annual pass available. 236 Park St. Columbus, NC 828-894-2646 Harmon Field Beach Public river swimming and a public park with playgrounds 117 Harmon Field Rd. Tryon, N.C. 828-859-5784 for cabin reservations or more information

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events SEPT. OCT. NOV. DEC.

SEPT. 9 3rd Annual Mental Health Remembrance Walk 6-9 p.m., Harmon Field 117 Harmon Field Rd., Tryon SEPT. 15 “Black & White Show” Opening Reception 6-8 p.m., Tryon Arts & Crafts School 373 Harmon Field Rd., Tryon SEPT. 15 Kruger Brothers 8 p.m., Tryon Fine Arts Center 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon, tryonarts. org SEPT. 16 Ache Around the Lake 8 a.m., Lake Lanier St. Luke’s Foundation

SEPT. 16 Rotary Club of Tryon Shrimp & Sausagefest 6 p.m., Harmon Field 117 Harmon Field Rd., Tryon SEPT. 17 Saturday Night Lights Sept. 17, 24 & 30, 5-10 p.m., Tryon International Equestrian Center 25 International Blvd, Mill Spring,

SEPT. 14 Tryon Little Theater Presents “Greater Tuna” Sept. 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 8 p.m. Sept. 17, 24 at 3 p.m. TLT Workshop 516 S. Trade St., Tryon,

SEPT. 21 Otho Gibbs Golf Tournament Meadowbrook Golf Club 1211 Meadowbrook Rd., Rutherfordton,

SEPT. 21 Stage Door Series Featuring Peter Karp 7 p.m. Tryon Fine Arts Center 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon, SEPT. 29 Art Trek 2017 Opening Reception Sept. 29, 5 p.m., Upstairs Artspace 49 S. Trade St., Tryon Sept. 30 & Oct. 1, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Tour Various Studios SEPT. 30 Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry Empty Bowls Fundraiser Sept. 30, 4-7 p.m. Parker-Binns Vineyard 7382 NC Hwy. 108, Mill Spring,

SEPT. 30 Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry Empty Bowls Fundraiser Sept. 30, 4-7 p.m. Parker-Binns Vineyard 7382 NC Hwy. 108 Mill Spring, SEPT. 16 Ache Around the Lake 8 a.m., Lake Lanier St. Luke’s Foundation 36  |  VISITOR’S BULLETIN Fall 2017

events OCT. 8 Tryon Riding & Hunt Club 84th Annual Any & All Dog Show 1 p.m. Harmon Field, Tryon OCT. 31 Downtown Halloween Strolls

OCT. 8 FENCE Free Family Concert with Letters to Abigail 4 p.m.,

Landrum, 5-7 p.m. Tryon, 5-8 p.m.

OCT. 14 Disc Golf Tournament Harmon Field

OCT. 1 Art Trek Studio Tour 12-5 p.m., Various Locations in the Foothills OCT. 1 Music in Landrum presents Upton Trio 3 p.m., Landrum United Methodist Church

OCT. 7 Columbus Heritage Festival, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Courthouse Square

OCT. 17 Tryon Concert Association presents

NOV. 18 8 a.m., Thermal Belt Outreach Half Marathon Harmon Field

NOV. 4 Beer Fest 12-5 p.m., Tryon

NOV. 4 Rolling Art: Tryon’s Art Car, Motorcycle & Truck Show

OCT. 20-21 Lanier Library Mystery Festival, Workshop and Cocktails & Clues Lanier Library, Tryon OCT. 27-29 Tryon International Film Festival Various Locations in Tryon TryonInternational

OCT. 7 & 21 & 28 Saturday Night Lights 5-10 p.m., Tryon International Equestrian Center

NOV. 17 Elizabeth Child, pianist 6 p.m., Tryon Concert Association

NOV. 3 Ranky Tanky 8 p.m. Tryon Fine Arts Center

The Montrose Trio 8 p.m. Tryon Fine Arts Center

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Palmer Street, Tryon NOV. 9-12, 16-19 “Outside Mullingar” Tryon Little Theater

NOV. 18 12-4 p.m. Carolina Foothills Chamber Holiday and Lifestyle Expo Party Place & Event Center, Saluda

NOV. 19 3 p.m., Music in Landrum presents Sam Parrini, Violin Landrum United Methodist Church NOV. 25 Annual Motorcycle Toy Run 2 p.m. Saluda Fire Department

NOV. 19 4 p.m., Free Family Concert with Simple Folk


events DEC. DEC. 31 Tryon Midnight 7-10 p.m. Downtown Tryon

DEC. 1 Tryon Christmas Stroll 5-8 p.m. Downtown Tryon DEC. 2 Tuba Christmas 1:30 p.m. Polk County High School DEC. 7 Hometown Christmas Parade & Stroll 6-8 p.m. Downtown Landrum

DEC. 8 Hometown Christmas Open House and Music 6-8 p.m. Downtown Saluda DEC. 10 Community Chorus Christmas Concert 3 p.m. Polk County High School

DEC. 13 Tryon Christmas Parade 5 p.m. Downtown Tryon DEC. 17 Music in Landrum presents Miles Hoffman, Viola & Fabio Parrini, Piano 3 p.m. Landrum United Methodist Church

DEC. 12 Tryon Concert Association presents Calmus, Vocal Ensemble 8 p.m. Tryon Fine Arts Center

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estled in the Carolina Foothills, Tryon’s horse country has a deep history, enduring traditions, and exciting growth planned in the years ahead. From foxhunters and hounds crossing meadow and wood, to carriage trotting on River Road, youngsters participating in pony club activities, rodeos and barrel racing, polo competition, bustling weekend horse shows, relaxing trail systems, and the internationally known Block House Steeplechase, the Foothills are bursting with equestrian activities and competition. Harmon Field, Foothills Equestrian Nature Center and Tryon International Equestrian Center are the hub of much

of the activity in this area, with shows and programming scheduled for most of the year. As you would expect in a community with such an emphasis on the equestrian lifestyle, there are veterinarians, farriers, tack and feed suppliers, trailer and equipment dealers, realtors, and a range of innkeepers, boutiques and restaurants established to accommodate horses (and their people) in comfort and style. In fact, look for the “Boots & Breeches Always Welcome” sign in businesses throughout the Foothills!

FALL EQUESTRIAN EVENTS SEPTEMBER 12-15 Dressage Instructors Seminar Tryon International Equestrian Center 14-17 FEI CDI-W, CPEDI 3*, and National Show Tryon International Equestrian Center 16 Gladiator Polo “Battle for South Carolina” Tryon International Equestrian Center 21-24 Tryon Fall I – USEF B/ Level 3 Tryon International Equestrian Center 23 FENCE Open Horse Show Foothills Equestrian Nature Center 23 Saturday Night Lights $25,000 Grand Prix Tryon International Equestrian Center 24 Windridge Farm Fall Western Carolina Hunter Pace Event Sept. 27- Oct. 1 Tryon Fall II – USEF AA/Level 6 Tryon International Equestrian Center 30 Saturday Night Lights Gladiator Polo Battle for the Carolinas Series Championship Tryon International Equestrian Center OCTOBER 4-8 Tryon Fall III – USEF AA/ CSI 2* Tryon International Equestrian Center 6 PSJ Horse Show Foothills Equestrian Nature Center 7 Saturday Night Lights

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$86,000 MD Barnmaster Grand Prix Tryon International Equestrian Center 8 Tryon Hounds Fall Western Carolina Hunter Pace Event 11-15 Tryon Fall IV – USEF AA/ CSI 3* Tryon International Equestrian Center 14 FRC Dressage Schooling Day Foothills Equestrian Nature Center 14 Saturday Night Lights $130,000 Suncast Commercial Grand Prix CSI 3* Tryon International Equestrian Center 18-22 Tryon Fall V – USEF AA/ CSI 5* Tryon International Equestrian Center 21-22 TRHC Horse Trials Foothills Equestrian Nature Center 21 Saturday Night Lights $380,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5* Tryon International Equestrian Center 22 Green Creek Hounds Halloween Western Carolina Hunter Pace Event 25-29 Tryon Fall VI USEF AA/ CSI 3* Tryon International Equestrian Center 28-29 BRHJA Classic Foothills Equestrian Nature Center 28 Saturday Night Lights $130,000 Greenville-Spartanburg Int’l Airport Grand Prix CSI 3* Tryon International

Equestrian Center NOVEMBER 5 FENCE Fall Western Carolina Hunter Pace Event 7-12 Young Horse Show Tryon International Equestrian Center 18 TROT Horse Show Foothills Equestrian Nature Center 19 River Valley Pony Club Fall Western Carolina Hunter Pace Event DECEMBER 3 Windridge Farm Winter Western Carolina Hunter Pace Event

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AREA EQUESTRIAN ORGANIZATIONS FENCE Foothills Equestrian Nature Center offers 380 acres of nature and recreation possibilities, online at

DID YOU KNOW? The 19th-century surveyors who laid out Tryon stuck a compass in the map and drew the town boundaries as a circle a mile and a half in diameter. At the center of that circle stands the Tryon Horse, known as Morris, a jumbo version of a popular toy originally created for the Tryon Horse Show.

WHO WAS CARTER P. BROWN? Carter Brown was a gentleman from Michigan who first came to Tryon in the fall of 1917. He was a horseman and the man who put Tryon on the map as a horse center. He was the founder of the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club in 1925 and its first president. He also started a fox hunt, the Tryon Hounds, in 1926 and was Master of Fox Hounds for many years. He was the guiding light of the Tryon Horse Show and the father of Steeplechasing in Tryon.

DID YOU KNOW? The area’s first settlers, led by Elijah Clark who later was a hero of the Revolution, began to move into Polk, Spartanburg, and Greenville counties around 1750. Also among the early arrivals were the Earle brothers: John, who built Earle’s fort on the north side of the Pacolet; and Bayliss, who created the fine estate, Four Columns, on the south side. The original Block House, site of the famed steeplechase of the same name, was built around 1756 for protection against the Indians.

The Block House Steeplechase is one of the premier events in Tryon and one which supports much of the horse sport in the area. The first steeplechase in Tryon was run in 1934, and is now run annually each May.

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Foothills Riding Club FRC is organized for the purpose of promoting understanding and enjoyment of equestrian activities, particularly dressage and combined training. Visit to learn more. River Valley Pony Club River Valley Pony Club (RVPC) is a local (Spartanburg Co., S.C. and Polk Co., N.C.) chapter of the United States Pony Club (USPC) and part of USPC’s Carolina Region. Tryon Hounds The Tryon Hounds maintains all the traditions associated with mounted foxhunting and provides a seven-month season of riding to hounds in Polk County, N.C., and upper Spartanburg County, S.C. Events, galleries and news are online at Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Organizer of the annual Block House Steeplechase, Tryon Riding & Hunt Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and preserving the equestrian tradition in Polk County and Upstate South Carolina. Visit them online at Western Carolina Hunter Pace and Trail Ride Series Series of competitive horseback rides held at a variety of locations through the Western Carolinas. Photos, stats and more are posted at

For the best properties near Tryon International Equestrian Center…

Private 34-acre estate just down the road from TIEC. Cross the entry bridge to this elegant European style home with pasture, woods and your own spring fed pond. 4 bedroom, ensuites, 3 fireplaces, media room, pool and so much more. This house was built for entertaining with attention to luxury details! $1,275,000

Waterfront on Lake Adger with a deep-water dock and mountain views. Private community. An easy 10-mile drive from TIEC. Three levels of living space with two levels of decks plus patio and an upper dock for entertaining. Immaculate home. $649,500

Gated, riverfront community. Just 3 miles from TIEC. Mountain views. 3 ensuites, 2 fireplaces, heated pool, hot tub, media room. Also a detached heated building. 4.49 acres can be subdivided or add a cottage for your guests or staff. $565,000

130-acre horse farm with 35-stall barn, Morton indoor arena, fly spray system, fans, 4 HOUSES, pool, tennis court, pond, trails and more. Bordered by the beautiful Broad River and only 25 minutes from TIEC. Multiple apartments on-site. Housing for you, your staff and guests. This is a steal at $1.8 million! 631-834-9943 │ 828-277-3238 │ 10 BROOK ST. ASHEVILLE, NC 28803

“Call me for more information on these properties and others. I will provide you with guidance about the area and find you exactly what you want!”

boutiques & shopping


ne thing visitors will notice here in the Polk County, N.C. and Landrum, S.C. area is that we have numerous mom and pop establishments, from the corner hardware store in Landrum and the artisan market in Tryon, to the outdoor clothing gear store in Saluda and a quaint florist shop in Columbus. You have to drive a ways (at least 30 minutes in any direction) to find a major shopping center or mall. The Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce regularly stresses the importance of buying local and supporting the merchants and their families who live and work in the immediate area, not to mention our tax base right here at home. We have a diverse group of boutiques, and you’re sure to find gifts to bring home from your travels, or maybe you’ll find something special for yourself!

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SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP LANDRUM Covington & Co. Jewelry 210-A E. Rutherford St. 864-457-5854 Covington-companyjewelry Getfitted Boutique 116 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-1203 Honey Child 203 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-2428 Horse and Home 200 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-2102

Imagination Station II 110 N. Trade Ave. 864-457-2005 Kenzie 118 E. Rutherford St. 828-817-9971 Lucy’s Boutique 1508 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-4445 LucysboutiqueLLC PJ’s Fashions on Main 109 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-3360 Perry Ltd. 212 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-1250

boutiques & shopping

Sissy Boutique and Gifts 210-B E. Rutherford St. 864-457-2425 Sissyboutiqueandgifts

SALUDA Brass Latch 181 Main St. 828-749-4200 The Dressing Room, Etc. 137 E. Main St. 828-749-9555 Heartwood Gallery 21 East Main Street 828-749-9365

Duck Alley Gift Shop 24 W. Main St. 828-749-3687

Somewhere in Time 70 E. Main St. 828-749-1514

Purrrfect Bark 155 W. Mills St. #109 828-894-2444

Random Arts & Apparel 481 Louisiana Ave. 828-749-1165 Salamander 7 W. Main St. 828-749-3466

Sweet Earth Mountain Resale/Thrift/Consignment 160 W. Main St. 828-606-1748


Saluda Outfitters 435 Main St. 828-848-4060 Sassafras 46 E. Main St. 828-749-2379 SassafrasSaluda Scents of Saluda 141 E. Main St. 828-489-9168

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COLUMBUS Unique Boutique, Gift Shop and Book Nook at Adawehi 93 Adawehi Lane 828-894-5260 The Flower Cottage of Columbus 148 E. Mills St. 828-894-3989

Equitreasures 148 N. Trade St. 908-797-9865

The Nest Artisan Market 13 S. Trade St. 404-319-1052 Facebook: The Nest Artisan Market

Birdie’s Boutique 90 N. Trade St.

Blue Ridge Barkway Pet Salon & Boutique 10 Maple St. 828-440-1217 Facebook: Blue Ridge Barkway Pet Grooming Salon & Boutique

Vines of Tryon 112 N. Trade St. 828-859-7039

Southern by Design 98 N. Trade St. 828-440-1555

Owen’s Pharmacy 38 N. Trade St. 828-859-9181




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“A Community Greenspace�

3381 Hunting Country Road Tryon, North Carolina 28782 828-859-9021 Foothills Equestrian Nature Center is a wonderful community resource providing natural spaces with room for kids to run and play, places for families to picnic, quiet places to connect with nature, shelter for wildlife, hiking trails, and places to walk your dog. The property is open for you to enjoy daily from dawn til dusk. Additionally, FENCE offers excellent equestrian show rings, stabling, a cross-country course, and so much more. Come visit FENCE, fall in love with the land, and help us to maintain this beautiful green space for years to come. What does FENCE have to offer? Equestrian: Dressage Hunter Pace Horse Trials Hunter/Jumper Cross-Country Stadium Jumping

Rodeo Dog Agility Therapeutic Riding of Tryon (TROT) Carriage Driving Schooling Events

Nature: Hiking Dog Walking Bird Watching Recreation Picnic areas Educational presentations Field trips

School Programs Summer Camps Pond & Board walk Nature Center Guided hikes Butterfly Gardens

Community event rentals for: Weddings Meetings Fundraisers Seminars Family/Class reunions Musical performances Celebration of Life Services Large outdoor events




ome people call it “paradise,” and the rural nature of the county is the main reason. People in the Foothills, if they choose, can almost live entirely “off the grid” and rarely visit a grocery store. That’s because farms are so prevalent locally and it is not uncommon to get stuck behind a tractor, or to stop and wait for chickens or turkeys to cross the road, or an occasional cow.


The area has thriving farmers markets where residents can get a variety of home grown foods as well as the Mill Spring Farm Store, where many local farmers sell their products, including produce, meat, fish and homemade canned and baked goods. VINEYARDS

Polk County has a variety of vineyards, where people can stock up on locally produced wines. See page 20 for more details. SOURCING LOCAL

The county has several businesses besides the farm store that source local agricultural products, including Manna Cabanna in Tryon, Meanwhile Back in Saluda, Cool Mama’s Bakery in Green Creek and OpenRoad Coffee in Columbus. FARMERS MARKETS

Farmers markets are in full swing through the fall. Tryon’s market is at Harmon Field on Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-noon; Saluda’s market is in the city’s downtown parking lot off U.S. 176 on Fridays from 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Columbus’ market is in front of the Polk County Courthouse from 8 a.m.noon on Saturdays; and Landrum’s market is held beside the railroad tracks on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon. BEEKEEPERS

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While Polk’s number one cash crop is hay, don’t be surprised to discover there are some unique farms all around. Nelon Knoll Bison is one place to purchase bison, while Emerald Springs Farm

features an aquaponics greenhouse system to get excellent fresh lettuce mixes and other greens. Buttercup Cottage in Saluda grows tomatoes, onions, beans, apples, figs, pears, herbs and other tasty items. Buttercup Cottage grows using organic methods

and sells a variety of canned products at the local farmers markets and local restaurants, including the Purple Onion in Saluda. Sunny Creek Farm grows hydroponic sprouts and is a local produce distributor and GoGarlic! is a group of ladies who know garlic in and out. TK Family Farm is a high-density apple orchard that also produces pork and eggs. Bradley Family Farms produces beef, pork, chicken and eggs and local mushrooms can be found at Adawehi in Columbus and Myla Rose Farm.


To catch a glimpse of Polk County’s agriculture, don’t miss out on this year’s PolkFresh Farm Tour. Participants can tour the county’s finest farms and vineyards on Saturday, June 24. For more information and to see a list of participating farms, visit


farmers markets


on’t laugh, but, the farmers markets in Polk County and Landrum are the place to see and be seen! It’s a social gathering spot, complete with music, crafts, produce, food and more! What more do you need? Come as a stranger but leave as a friend, plus you’ll have some great, healthy, fresh and local food for your table.

FROM FARM TO TABLE Tryon Farmers Market Tryon has been voted one of the best places in America to raise a family, and the Tryon Market is the place to feed that family.   May through November   Thursdays, 4:30-6:30 p.m.   Tryon Depot Plaza Follow the Tryon Market on Facebook for up to date vendor and market news.  Get text updates about this market by texting gro412 to 828-548-1316.     Saluda Tailgate Market  A bustling market located up the hill, this market features food vendors from our region selling some of the best tasting and healthiest produce, meat, eggs, baked goods, and more around. 

May through October Fridays, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Off of W. Main Street   Get text updates about this market by texting gro237 to 828-548-1316.    Columbus Tailgate Market   Join a plethora of vendors each Saturday for an amazing assortment of Polk County’s best homegrown produce, meat, cheese, eggs and more. See amazing arts and crafts and value added products.  April through November   Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon Courthouse Street  Follow the Columbus Market on Facebook for up to date vendor and market news.  Get text updates about this

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market by texting gro846 to 828-548-1316 Landrum Farmers Market  Join a large group of vendors each Saturday morning for an amazing assortment of delicious homegrown produce, meat, honey, eggs and more. Coffee and biscuits are available, too, as you listen to local musicians.   May through October  Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon On Trade Ave. on the grass beside the tracks from the Depot to the E. Rutherford St. intersection.   Green Creek Community Market Every third Saturday

7 a.m. to noon 828-863-2422 Green Creek Community Center Manna Cabanna Local Organic Market Looking for fresh, locally grown seasonal vegetables and herbs for your pantry? You will love shopping on the shaded deck of this old train caboose in Saluda where you get to pick out your own selection of veggies while you enjoy the wonderful mountain breezes. Carrying local eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, jams, jellies and more, open May through October, Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store also has a Tryon location,

17 S. Trade St. For more information call Carol Lynn Jackson at 828-817-2308. Interested in purchasing a CSA farm share? Jackson can also help you with that. Beneficial Foods Organic Grocery This natural foods market carries a full array of healthy foods including fresh, organic produce, herbs and spices, jams, jellies, honey, baking goods, health and beauty products, nuts, grains, organic snack foods and environmentally friendly household cleaning products. 828-894-0737 93 Adawehi Lane Columbus.

living local WINGIN’ IT!

If you think you’ve had the best hot wings ever, but have never been to Sidestreet Pizza, you are missing a hot wing experience of a lifetime. The family-owned Italian restaurant that began on a side street in Tryon, makes a spicy chicken wing sauce that can’t be duplicated. Coupled with their ranch or blue cheese, the wings are a perfect complement to the Capozzi’s homemade pizza and pastas that people come from far away to experience. 135 S. Trade St., Tryon, 828-859-5325

LIVING “LA VIDA LOCAL” Want to live like the locals do? Here are some of our favorite things to see, do and eat:

‘R’ toys on your wish list? Don’t like the big box feel, and cutthroat crowds of a certain chain toy store, especially around the holidays? Then come to Landrum’s Imagination Station to shop for the kids, grandkids, or (shhh!) yourself. The toys are truly interesting, challenging, fun and thoughtful -not the mass-produced, constantly advertised ones you’ll see on TV. 110 S. Trade Ave., Landrum, 864457-2005 Mind your manners Want a local place to eat a big Saturday morning breakfast? Try Southern Manners in Columbus, at the corner of Down Home and Delicious. The food is wholesome and fresh, with farm-raised meats, homemade

breads, and local eggs. They’re also open for lunch, and serve a simple but delicious assortment of wraps, burgers, and a popular favorite, the BBQ turkey sandwich. 192 E. Mills St., Columbus, 828-894-0406

Vote in the Scarecrow Contest Stroll around Landrum during the month of October and you’ll be greeted by an assortment of scarecrows decorated and costumed by local business owners. Sponsored by the Landrum Area Business Association, the scarecrows are actually a contest, and visitors are asked to judge! Information is at the kiosks downtown. A downhome hometown holiday Step back in time in a very special town, Saluda, as it celebrates its Hometown Christmas, Friday, Dec. 8 from 6-8 p.m. The glow of


If you ride a motorcycle and love kids, consider participating in the annual Toy Run. Starting at the Saluda Fire Department at 2 p.m., about 800 bikers will wind their way through Polk County and Landrum on November 25, carrying toys with them to the county courthouse. There, Santa will take them and distribute them to children in need. 828-894-3001 TRYONDAILYBULLETIN.COM | 59

living local BOOKS & BITES

When the weather starts to get cold, maybe even a little rainy, who doesn’t get the urge to retreat indoors and pass the time with a good book? In Tryon, there is a small independent bookseller, the Book Shelf (86 N. Trade), and just doors down is the Tryon Coffeehouse Coop (62A N. Trade). Pick out a bestseller, or a book by one of many local authors, and enjoy a steaming mug of delicious coffee and a scone or cinnamon roll.


Since 1938, the independently owned Tryon Theatre has been operating in the historic downtown, providing residents and vistiors a chance to partake in a timeless movie experience. Open Wednesday through Sunday, the theater offers one showing a day along with a plethora of classic movie concessions and an upstairs balcony that serves beer and wine. The theater only accepts cash or check so be sure to keep that in mind when making plans. 45 S. Trade St., Tryon 828-859-6811 or

twinkling holiday lights through the windows of businesses downtown and the sounds of carolers will beckon you out of the cold mountain air and into the warmth of the holiday spirit. Visit Saluda. com for more. Fall for Pearson’s Falls Tucked away under a leafy canopy between Saluda and Tryon is Pearson’s Falls, a lovely spot any time of year for a short, easy hike to a beautiful waterfall. This time of year is especially worth a trip, and the autumn foliage will provide a stunning backdrop to your family photos. The admission fee supports the work of the Tryon Garden

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Club in preserving and protecting this 268-acre forest, stream and waterfall. Hours and more information are online at Biscuit from Heaven Out in Green Creek, way out yonder on Chesnee Highway, you’ll find the Green Creek Farm Supply store, which sells, hands down, the most amazing breakfast biscuits you’ll ever taste. You’ll think you died and went to Heaven when you taste them! The drive is worth it. Trust us.

Strut Your Mutt October 28th 2017 10 AM - Noon

Pet Parade & Costume Contest

Light Up the Night

Friday, December 8th 2017 6:00 PM

Christmas Parade and Downtown Christmas

Irish Fest

March 17th 2018 Card Competitions House Competition Run of forCards the Clover 5K Run ForPerformance the Clovers 5K Music Doo-Dah Parade and More!!

For more information: Gaffney Visitors Center & Art Gallery 210 West Frederick Street Gaffney, SC 29341 864.487.6244 events





f you plan to stay longer than a day, you’ll need a place to stay. Below are suggestions that range from rustic to glam, from campgrounds and cabins, to lodges and bed and breakfast inns. For other options, visit for homes available by the night, or for a longer stay.

Adawehi Wellness Retreat The Adawehi Campus is nestled on 125 acres of woodlands where a balance of natural and manicured gardens shows off the diversity of nature. Over the years, Adawehi has grown to include 10 community houses, a healing center, conference center, three shops, health food store, exercise facility and bed & breakfast. 93 Adawehi Ln., Columbus, NC, Adawehi. com or 828-894-5260 Blue Firefly Inn An incredible nutritious breakfast is provided with your room and private bath as well as the option of a midday recovery meal. A clean, modern interior balanced with the historical integrity of this 1922 craftsman-style home provides comfort and character with plenty of elbow room. Maps, guided trips, and support for all your mountain adventures are available - including a SAG wagon if you find yourself in a bind!  91 Greenville St., Saluda, NC, 828-808-4248 or

Bright’s Creek Golf Club With a variety of accommodations and event spaces – both indoors and out – your group’s needs and expectations will be met in a beautiful setting. Whether you’re planning a wedding, a reunion, a corporate retreat, or a business gathering, Bright’s Creek will customize your stay to ensure a memorable occasion for you and your guests. 2222 Palmer Rd., Mill Spring, NC, Brightscreek. com or 828-694-4500 Butterfly Creek Inn Tucked between creek and woods is Butterfly Creek Inn. Enjoy waterfall, creek, mountains, and experience extraordinary breakfasts, bedside treats, flowers, and candlelight desserts. 780 Smith Dairy Rd., Columbus, NC, 828-894-6393 or ButterflyCreekInnTryon. com Days Inn Columbus Located conveniently in Columbus at the Columbus exit off Interstate 26, the hotel features 59 rooms, outdoor pool, RV/bus parking, free breakfast and

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wireless internet. 626 W. Mills St., Columbus, NC , 828-8943303 End of the Road Cabin Rentals With six cabins to choose from, all with a queen size bed and micro loft which can accommodate a golfing buddy or your grand kids. Each cabin contains everything you’ll need for a comfy stay is available including a full kitchen and bath.   444 Delind Dr., Mill Spring, NC, 828-817-2208 or Melrose Inn Built in 1889, the historic Melrose Inn is friendly, comfortable and inspiring – and right in the heart of Tryon, walking distance to restaurant, galleries, the movie theatre and more! 55 Melrose Ave., Tryon, NC, or 828859-0234 Paradise Cozy Cabins Paradise Cozy Cabin Vacation Rentals are nestled quietly among foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Tryon, Mill Spring, Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Park offering comfortable lodging accommodations, mountain views, and private nature settings.

Red Horse Inn

A stately bed and breakfast on 190 mountain-view acres with six Victorian style cottages in the middle of fox hunting country, the Red Horse Inn offers relaxing couples retreats and much more, including swimming and tennis, wedding facilities, and delicious breakfasts. 45 Winstons Chase Court, Landrum, SC 29356  864-909-1575 or

Located three miles from Tryon International Equestrian Center and are walking distance to ParkerBinns Vineyard Winery. 7505 Hwy 108 East, Mill Spring, NC, 828-447-3370 or Pine Crest Inn and Restaurant The 1906 Pine Crest Inn awaits you with its 33 affordable rooms, luxurious suites, intimate

cottages, romantic cabins, award winning restaurant and beautiful year-round flowering gardens make it a perfect destination for any occasion. 85 Pine Crest Ln., Tryon, NC, 800-633-3001 Saluda Mountain Lodge The Saluda Mountain Lodge offers exceptionally clean, cozy, and serene guestrooms surrounded

lodging CAMPGROUNDS Orchard Lake Campground Wooded campsites with fire rings for tents, full hook-ups for RVs, and three A-frame cottages. Two private lakes for fishing (no license required), boating, and swimming. Lots of games and amenities. For group gatherings, there is a recreation hall with small kitchen and an event tent. 460 Orchard Lake Rd., Saluda, NC, 828-749-3901 OrchardLakeCampground. com

Oaks Bed and Breakfast

The Oaks Bed and Breakfast is a spectacular 1895 Queen Anne Victorian located in Saluda, featuring elegant fireplaces and chandeliers, an expansive wrap-around porch, four spacious and comfortable guest rooms, and a Carriage House with two complete apartment suites – all within an easy walk to town. 339 Greenville St Saluda, NC 28773 800-893-6091or

Silver Creek Campground Rent tubes, canoes and kayaks. Also shuttle service to the Green River for dropoff and pickup. Paint ball, mini golf, swimming pool,

fishing ponds, camp store and many more amenities. Four rustic sleeping cabins with fans plus three rental campers available. 3111 Silver Creek Rd., Mill Spring, NC, 800-510-1603 or silvercreekcampground Wilderness Cove Campground Wilderness Cove offers wooded, primitive campsites and limited water/electric sites. Each campsite has its own fire pit and many have its own picnic table. Also available are “sleeper cabins” which are one room units with beds and electricity. Bathhouse with showers on the campground. 3772 Green River Cove Rd., Saluda, NC, 828-749-9100 or

by astonishing mountain splendor. Perched atop the rim of the majestic Green River Gorge, The Lodge offers stunning views of five mountain ranges, everchanging watercolor sunsets, and surreal star-gazing by the fire pit. 1793 Holbert Cove Rd., Saluda, NC, 828-749-4951 or SaludaMountainLodge. com Tryon Resort at Tryon International Equestrian Center Choose from a variety of lodging options in this incredibly beautiful equestrian center - all are within easy walking distance of restaurants, a general store and all the equestrian arenas and stab les. 4066 Pea Ridge Rd., Mill Spring, NC, 828-863-1000 or

Orchard Inn

An elegant mountain retreat, Orchard Inn in Saluda is a historic bed and breakfast that features stunning mountain scenery, warm and welcoming staff, and the farm-to-table fine dining restaurant known as Newman’s. 100 Orchard Inn Lane Saluda, NC 28773 800-581-3800 or TRYONDAILYBULLETIN.COM | 63

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ing Someth ne! ryo for Eve Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm / Sunday 12pm - 5pm 221 E. Rutherford St. / Landrum / 864-457-4000

restaurants TRYON



ant to eat out while you’re visiting? The area has a wide variety of dining options available, from kid-friendly casual to reservations-required fine dining, from down home BBQ, to spinach-stuffed poussin ballotine, with grilled baby artichoke, carrot puree, sugar snap peas, grilled carrot, and porcini mushroom jus. Wow, that’s a mouthful!

A Taste of Olives & Grapes 158 N. Trade St. 828-859-0212 atasteofolivesandgrapes. com Black Coffee 15 S. Trade St. 978-394-4430 Coffeehouse Buck’s Pizza 30 N. Trade St. 828-859-0400 Pizza Caro Mi Dining 3231 US 176 Hwy 828-859-5200 Casual Dining El Sureno’s 1052 S. Trade 828-859-3075 Mexican Huckleberry’s 62 N. Trade St. 828-436-0025 Casual Dining Lavender Bistro 82 N. Trade St. 828-440-1140 Bistro McGourty’s Pub 74 N. Trade St. 828-817-2993 Pub Mr. Juan’s Mexican Restaurant 526 S. Trade St, 828-859 – 6858 Mexican Nana’s Kitchen 354 S. Trade St., 828-8593122, Causal Dining 10 N. Trade Cafe & Bakery 10 N. Trade St. 828-859-3010, Cafe Pine Crest Inn 85 Pinecrest Ln., 828-8599135, Fine Dining

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Side Street Pizza 135 S. Trade St., 828-8595325, Italian TJ’s Café 456 S. Trade St., 828-8590446, Breakfast, All-American Cuisine The Tryon Bottle, 10 N. Trade St., 828-859-6473, Contemporary, wine bar Tryon Coffee House Co-Op 62A N. Trade St. Coffee, Pastries

MILL SPRING Tryon International Equestrian Center 4066 Pea Ridge Rd. • Blue Ginger Sushi & Noodles 828-863-1121 Asian • Campagna 828-863-1127 Italian • Legends Grille 828-863-1122 Fine Dining • Mane St. Coffee 828-863-1000 Coffeehouse • Rogers Diner 828-863-1113 Casual Dining • Tryon Café 828-863-1000 Coffeehouse • Siesta Cantina 828-863-1000 Mexican Sunny Mountain 4891 Hwy. 9 N. 828-625-1313 Casual Dining

SALUDA Crust & Kettle 1487 Ozone Dr. 828-749-3503 Casual Dining

Green River BBQ 131 US 176 Hwy. 828-749-9892 BBQ Purple Onion 16 Main St. 828-749-1179 Mediterranean Saluda Grade Café 40 E. Main St. 828-749-5854 Cafe Ward’s Dairy Bar & Grill 24 Main St. 828-749-2321 Casual Dining Wildflour Bakery & Café 173 E Main St. 828-749-9224 Cafe Steamy Mug 18 Church St. 828-388-3024 Coffeehouse Newman’s Restaurant at Orchard Inn 100 Orchard Inn Lane 800-581-3800 Fine Dining Reservations Required Green River Brew Depot 26 Church St. 828-808-2600 Pub Meanwhile, Back in Saluda 117 E. Main St. 828-749-2480 Farmers market, tasting room, grocery Subway 1484 Ozone Dr. 828-749-3650 sub sandwiches, salads

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Purple Onion 16 Main St., Saluda 828-749-1179 / Mediterranean

LANDRUM Bojangles’ 1742 S.C. 14 Hwy. 864-457-2207 Fast Food Burger King 1880 SC 14 Hwy. 864-457-5449 Fast Food China Café 1760 Hwy. 14 864-457-3835 Asian Dimitri’s Greek & Italian Restaurant 5600 SC 14 864-468-4310 Italian The Drake House 511 N. Howard Ave. 864-457-2533 Casual Dining El Chile Rojo 209 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-5977 Mexican The Hare & Hound 101 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-3232 Casual Dining

Southern Delights & More 114 E. Rutherford St., Landrum 864-457-1181 / Casual Dining

Harvest House 22345 Asheville Hwy. 864-457-2823 Casual Dining

Southside Smokehouse 726 S. Howard Ave. 864-457-4581 Casual Dining

El Campesino 205 E. Mills St. 828-894-0541 Mexican

Waffle House Hwy. 108 W., 828-894-2311 Fast Food

The Junction 5599 Hwy. 11 864-468-4675 Buffet

Twin Palmetto 1005 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-5008 Casual Dining

Giardini Trattoria 2411 N.C. 108 E 828-894-0234 Italian

Wendy’s 255 W. Mills St. 828-894-5269 Fast Food

Kent’s Restaurant & Ice Cream 328 S. Howard Ave. 864-457-2378 Fast Food

Subway 1772 SC Hwy. 14 864-457-7337 Fast Food

Joy Wok II 155 W. Mills St. 828-894-5566 Asian

Southern Manners 192 E Mills St. 828-894-0406 Casual Dining


KFC/Taco Bell 30 Shuford Rd. 828-894-2445 Fast Food

Subway 250 W. Mills St. 828-894-3333 Fast Food

Larkin’s Carolina Grill 115 W. Mills St. 828-894-8800 Casual Dining


Pizza Hut 909 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-3851 Italian Stone Soup Market & Café 1522 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-5255 Casual Dining Soulisa’s Dining 208 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-5318 Thai, Japanese Southern Delights & More 114 E. Rutherford St., Landrum 864-457-1181 Casual Dining

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The Brick 214 E. Mills St. 828-894-2299 Italian Calvert’s Kitchen 306 E. Mills St. 828-864-0268 Casual Dining Cocula Mexican Grill 338 W. Mills St. 828-894-2099 Mexican Cool Mama’s Bakery 6431 N.C. Hwy. 9 South 828-894-9461 Bakery

McDonald’s 300 W. Mills St. 828-894-2827 Fast Food Openroad Coffee 915 W Mills St. 828-894-2021 Coffeehouse Wolverine Pizza 1550 Highway 108 W. 828-894-5252 Italian

Broncos Mexican Restaurant 18155 Asheville Hwy. 864-468-4259 Mexican Dog House 605 N. Main St. 864-468-4458 Fast Food The Dutch Plate Family Restaurant 206 S Main St. 864-468-4584 Casual Dining


TRAVEL, TOURISM AND THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE After looking through this Visitor’s Bulletin, if you need more information or direction, don’t hesitate to contact the following agencies for assistance.

North Carolina Welcome Center After you enter North Carolina on Interstate 26 westbound from South Carolina, the first exit before the Columbus/Tryon exit will be the North Carolina Welcome Center. Its hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Call 828-894-2120 or visit South Carolina Welcome Center After you enter South Carolina on Interstate 26 eastbound from North Carolina, the second exit will be the Landrum Welcome Center. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Call 864-4572228 or visit First Peak Visitors Center First Peak is centrally located in Columbus, N.C. at 20 E. Mills St. in the heart of downtown. On their website, you can request a free visitor guide, sign up for an e-mail newsletter, view photos and suggested itineraries. Visit or call 1-800-440-7848. Stop in weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce The chamber is a clearinghouse of information for visitors and people wishing to relocate. It also has a wealth of information about businesses in their membership area which includes all of Polk County, N.C. and Landrum, S.C. They are online at or call 828859-6236. Stop in for a visit at 2753 Lynn Rd., Suite A. Tryon Visitor’s Center Located in Tryon Town Hall, the Tryon Tourism Board invites you to look at their website,, to follow Tryon on Pinterest and Facebook, or to call 828859-6654 for information specific to Tryon.

medical care IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY We’re hoping you don’t need a doctor or services of a hospital while you’re visiting in the area, but if you do, rest assured, there are a variety of health care options available to you, whether you’re experiencing an emergency, need a prescription refilled, or need to speak with a specialist in a particular field.


Surrounded by hardwoods and mountain laurel, the peaceful setting gives the feeling of a sleepy little hospital. But residents of Polk County and Upstate South Carolina take comfort knowing that their community hospital offers a wide array of acute care health services and advanced technology. Long recognized for providing “high touch” healthcare, St. Luke’s Hospital provides “high tech” services such as all digital imaging capabilities, 24-hour physician-staffed Emergency Department, impressive surgical services, advancements in orthopedic surgery and rehab and respectful geriatric-psychiatric care for older adults suffering with depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s and other mental health issues. Fully accredited by The Joint Commission, St. Luke’s Hospital has been an important part of the foothills’ history, providing needed healthcare services to the area for more than 80 years. 101 Hospital Drive, Columbus, North Carolina 28722  828-894-3311 72  |  VISITOR’S BULLETIN Fall 2017

PHARMACIES CVS 330 W. Mills St., Columbus, 828-894-8247 303 E. Rutherford St., Landrum 864-457-4163 Foothills Pharmacy 80 Shuford Rd., Columbus, 828-894-6112 Owen’s Pharmacy 38 N. Trade St., Tryon, 828-859-9181 Landrum Drug Co. 104 W. Rutherford St., Landrum 864-457-2401 Ingles Markets 1851 SC 14, Landrum, 864-457-5187

Get Into History Rev War Weekend October 5 - 8, 2017 featured Festival of the Year

Cowpens Anniversary January 13 & 14, 2018 Permanent Exhibits: Gaffney’s largest piece of art, the 90 ft. mural Cherokee County History & Art Museum 301 College Drive, Gaffney, SC 29340 Its Happened Here, It Happens Here Gaffney Visitors Center & Art Gallery 210 W. Frederick Street Gaffney, SC 29341 864.487.6244

Fall 2017 Visitor's Bulletin, Tryon Newsmedia, Tryon Daily Bulletin  
Fall 2017 Visitor's Bulletin, Tryon Newsmedia, Tryon Daily Bulletin  

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