Spring Visitor's Bulletin 2024

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On behalf of the staff of the World’s Smallest Daily Newspaper, The Tryon Daily Bulletin, publisher of this Visitor’s Bulletin, I’d like to welcome you and your family to the Foothills this Spring! We’re fond of all the seasons here, of course, but there’s something extra special about springtime in our Foothills towns of Columbus, Landrum, Saluda and Tryon.

If this is your first time to the Foothills area, we invite you to explore our many offerings. Whether it’s a few nights in a romantic cabin, a family camping trip, a hike with friends to a gorgeous mountaintop, or a night on the town at an art show, the theater, or an equestrian competition, we can meet each of those needs with our cozy inns, recreational parks, safe trails, classy performances, top-notch equestrian centers, cool rivers, and delicious locally-grown food and wine.

Love to be outside? Take a hike through a shaded glen to the stunning waterfall at Pearson’s Falls, be amazed by the variety at the Farmers markets in Landrum and Columbus, enjoy the equestrian tradition of the Block House Steeplechase, or zipline through the Green River Gorge.

Indoors more your vibe? Settle into a quiet coffee shop with a good book, browse for antiques, admire the art on the wall in several galleries, take in a movie at a historic theater, or treat your family to some tasty restaurants.

We hope your visit with us is memorable and that you enjoy everything about your stay here in the Foothills area during this colorful time. Remember to stop and smell the flowers!


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Overmountain Vineyards sits on a 70-acre family-owned farm in the Tryon Foothills of Polk County, NC. Winemakers Frank Lilly and his daughter Sofia use innovative techniques to develop handcrafted and distinctive French-style wines. The Tasting Room at Overmountain Vineyards, opened in 2010, welcomes guests year-round. Our tasting room offers stellar views of the foothills, or you can reserve a more intimate seating area.

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It’s time to come out of winter hibernation, and shed the sweaters and coats. Welcome to Spring in the Foothills! The community beckons you to take a fun bike ride or waterfall hike, stroll for treasures in the antique stores, tap your toes to some fine mountain music, and to enjoy sweeping vistas of blooming azaleas, rhododendrons and wisteria. Start mapping out your Foothills adventure here!

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Plan Your Visit

Unique attractions, welcoming family-friendly events, spectacular Spring flowers and small town charm … what more could you need? These pages will help you plan your visit for maximum enjoyment.



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Spring is a busy and fun-filled time in the Foothills with festivals, art exhibits, equestrian events, concerts and more planned, with something for everyone in the family to enjoy! For more details on these events, and to find even more things to do, visit NCFoothillsCalendar.com. The First Peak Visitors Center can also help you plan your visit. Give them a call at 828-894-2324.


Reimagined Realities:

UP/REcycled Art

Through April 11

Tryon Arts and Crafts School 373 Harmon Field Rd., Tryon

All Members Exhibit:

The Story Begins

Through April 27

Tryon Painters & Sculptors 78 N. Trade St., Tryon

Exhibits: “Concerning Being,” “Like an Epiphany,” and “Scenes from Alice in Wonderland”

Opening Reception April 6, 5-7pm

On display through May 24

Upstairs Artspace 49 S. Trade St., Tryon

Columbus Winter Market

April 6 and April 20, 10am

Iron Key Brewing Co. 135 Locust St., Columbus

Tryon Concert Association presents Calefax Reed Quintet April 8, 7:30pm

Tryon Fine Arts Center TryonConcerts.org

Saluda Library Speaker Series: Creating an Ecologically Sustainable Landscape April 9, 2pm

Saluda Library 44 W. Main St., Saluda

TFAC Film Series: “As Good as it Gets” April 9, 7pm

Tryon Fine Arts Center Tryonarts.org

76th Annual Block House Steeplechase April 13, 10am-4pm

Green Creek Race Course Tryon.com, 828-278-8088

Saluda Winter Market

April 13 and 27, 10am

Saluda Center 64 Greenville St., Saluda

Asheville Jazz Collective April 14, 4pm

Tryon Fine Arts Center Tryonarts.org

Conserving Carolina

Speaker Series: Old Indian Paths and a Revolutionary Battle Site in the Landrum Area April 16, 6pm

Landrum Library

111 Asbury Dr., Landrum

1950's Americana Music with Chris Wayne April 18, 6:30pm

Landrum Library 111 Asbury Dr., Landrum

Power of the Page

Poetry with Dasan Ahanu April 19, 10am

Tryon Fine Arts Center Tryonarts.org

8th Annual Pig Pickin

April 20, 12-7pm

Parker-Binns Vineyard Parkerbinnsvineyard.com

Plant & Labyrinth

Walk - Spring Ephemerals

April 20, 3pm

Adawehi Wellness Center 93 Adawehi Lane., Columbus

Saturday Night Lights - Tryon International Equestrian Center

2nd Annual Hempfest

April 21, 2-7pm

Back Alley Boutique & Bud Bar 28 Oak St., Tryon

Tryon 4th Friday

April 26, 5-7pm

Trade St., Tryon

Airstream Rally

April 26, 10am parade

April 27, 2-4pm camper open house

Downtown Tryon

FENCE 40th Anniversary Bash

April 28, 12-4pm

3381 Hunting Country Rd., Tryon Fence.org


Play: Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest

May 2-5 & 9-12

Tryon Little Theater

Tickets: TLTinfo.org

Amphitheater Series: David Childers & The Serpents

May 2

Tryon Fine Arts Center Tryonarts.org

Saluda Tailgate Market

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 from 4:306:30pm W. Main St., Saluda

Landrum Farmers Market

May 4, 11, 18, 25 from 8am-12pm 221 W. Rutherford St., Landrum Landrumfarmersmarket.com

Columbus Farmers Market

May 4, 11, 18, 25 from 8am-12pm Courthouse St., Columbus

All Members Exhibit + Guest

Artist: Road Less Traveled

May 4 – June 8

Opening Reception May 4, 5-7pm

Tryon Painters and Sculptors

Dark Corner Classic Car Show

May 4, 10am-3pm

N. Trade Ave., Landrum Cityoflandrumsc.com

Game of Throws

May 4, 11am

Harmon Field, Tryon Tboutreach.org

Saturday Night Lights

May 4, 11, 18, 25 from 4-10pm

Tryon International Equestrian Center Tryon.com

Spring Bird Walk

May 8, 8 am

FENCE Center

3381 Hunting Country Rd., Tryon

Amphitheater Series: The Krickets

May 9

Tryon Fine Arts Center Tryonarts.org

Isaac’s Well Ministries: Bluegrass & Southern Gospel May 11, 5pm

Veterans Park Gibson St., Columbus

Saluda Library Speaker Series: For the Love of Bats!

May 14, 2pm

Saluda Library 44 W. Main St., Saluda

Film Series: My Big Fat Greek Wedding May 14, 7pm

Tryon Fine Arts Center Tryonarts.org

Amphitheater Series: Dirty Blanket

May 16

Tryon Fine Arts Center Tryonarts.org

Saluda Train Tales

May 17, 7pm

Saluda Historic Depot SaludaHistoricDepot.com

19th Annual Saluda Arts Festival

May 18, 10am-4pm

W. Main St., Saluda

Mountains to the Sea

Jazz Series: Jazz & Poetry

May 19, 4pm

Tryon Fine Arts Center Tryonarts.org

Amphitheater Series: Ever More Nest

May 23

Tryon Fine Arts Center Tryonarts.org

Tryon 4th Friday

May 24, 5-7pm

Trade St., Tryon

Amphitheater Series: Alice Walker Band

May 30

Tryon Fine Arts Center Tryonarts.org


FENCE Community Yard Sale

June 1, 8am-12pm

3381 Hunting Country Rd., Tryon 828-859-9021

Landrum Farmers Market

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 8am12pm

221 W. Rutherford St., Landrum Landrumfarmersmarket.com

Columbus Farmers Market

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 8am12pm Courthouse St., Columbus

Saturday Night Lights

June 1, 8, 29 from 4-10pm

Tryon International Equestrian Center Tryon.com

Bayard Wooten

Photography Exhibition

June 1 – July 19

Tryon Arts & Crafts School

373 Harmon Field Rd., Tryon

Landrum Library Speaker Series: André Michaux and his Contribution to Botany in the Southeast

June 6, 6pm

Landrum Library 111 Asbury Dr., Landrum

Saluda Tailgate Market

June 7, 14, 21, 28 from 4:306:30pm

W. Main St., Saluda

Annual Student-Teacher Pottery Sale

June 7 – 9

Tryon Arts & Crafts School

373 Harmon Field Rd., Tryon

Historic Saluda Home Tour

June 8

Historic Saluda Committee 828-808-0287

Westside Mixer – Clay & Fiber

June 14

Tryon Arts & Crafts School

373 Harmon Field Rd., Tryon

Family Concert:

Café String Quartet

June 16, 4pm

FENCE Center

3381 Hunting Country Rd., Tryon

Walnut Creek Preserve

Speaker Series: The Backyard

Chorus Insect Songs

Through the Seasons

June 15, 10:30am

Walnut Creek Preserve


All Members Exhibit:

Summer Song

June 15 – Aug. 3

Tryon Painters & Sculptors

78 N. Trade St., Tryon

Saluda Train Tales

June 21, 7pm

Saluda Historic Depot


Sean of the South

June 22, 6:30pm

Tryon Fine Arts Center 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon

Music at the Market:

Summer Solstice Soiree

June 22, 7pm

Landrum Farmers Market

221 W. Rutherford St., Landrum

Musical: Floyd Collins

June 26 – 30



continuously for 166 years.


Historic Columbus, N.C., population 1,240, is centrally located in Polk County at the foot of Interstate 26’s Saluda Grade and White Oak Mountain, making it the perfect location as a hub of law, government, public safety, healthcare, and education. Additionally, there is a thriving community of businesses, walkable neighborhoods, restaurants, parks, churches, and smiling faces to welcome you.

Completed in 1857, the iconic and historic courthouse in the center of town is one of the oldest buildings in Columbus, and it is still used as a courthouse today. The bricks used in its construction were made from native clay and baked nearby. Encircling the courthouse is a brick sidewalk which allows anyone with an interest in historical architecture to admire the restoration efforts undertaken on the handsome building. Visit on a Saturday from May to October and enjoy the Farmers Market on Courthouse Street.

Across Mills St. from the courthouse is Stearns Park, with its playground, gazebo and walking path, and the columned brick former school building that now houses Polk County’s public school system

administrative offices. A point of pride for Polk’s residents is that Polk Schools are consistently ranked in the top three in the state.

Adjacent to the courthouse is the Womack Building, Polk County’s administrative headquarters where residents can attend county commission meetings, pay their property taxes, and much more. The building was named after Pfc. Bryant Homer

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others who wonder what that word means) No United States flag ever becomes obsolete. Each is still a legal flag and is entitled to the same respect as the current flag. Want to know more trivia about flags, such as how our flag got its stripes? Indulge your inner vexillologist and visit the House of Flags, 33 Gibson St., on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. to learn other important facts about the flags of the United States. Displayed flags include military service and religious flags, braille-tactile flags, and flags from the Revolutionary War era, the War of 1812, Texas Republic, Civil War, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, Gulf Wars, Iraq & Afghanistan wars. Take a self-guided tour or ask the docent to assist you. Admission is free. Handicap accessible. Gift shop. Call 828-894-5640 or visit HouseOfFlags.org for more info.


Polk County is home to over 1,500 veterans and

boasts active American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts which are a regular part of many events. The Polk County Historical Association and Museum in Columbus regularly features Polk’s veterans in their exhibits and programming, from the Revolutionary War to Iraq and Afghanistan. The Doughboy statue, located by the courthouse, was built to honor the men who fought and died in World War I. Veterans Park located on Ward St. features a pavilion, flags and fountain, and is the site of patriotic concerts and events throughout the year.


Columbus’ Fabulous 4th Celebration is an event the entire county and neighboring areas highly anticipate each year. The downtown fills with people for a day-long celebration of the nation’s independence. From fried oreos, face-painting, and carnival rides to a rousing assortment of music performances, lemonade stands, and

flag-wavers, the event is one not to be missed. And of course, plan to settle in for the evening’s fireworks, a truly spectacular display set against a mountain backdrop.


In October 1780, the Overmountain Men, a band of 1,400 rag-tag Patriot militiamen from Virginia, North Carolina, and what is now Tennessee and Kentucky, changed the course of the Revolutionary War at the Battle of Kings Mountain near Charlotte. North Carolina recently placed a roadside marker to recognize these men who traveled through and camped in present day Polk County on their way to bring reinforcements. A re-enactment occurs yearly in October, but if you want to retrace their steps, take NC Hwy. 108 East to County Line Rd., and follow the signs to Alexander’s Ford. The hike is gentle and shaded, ending in a meadow by a river crossing.

Womack from Mill Spring, who was killed in the Korean War and given a posthumous Medal of Honor.

The Town of Columbus has its Town Hall and Police Department on Walker St., a short walk from the courthouse. The Polk County Sheriff’s office and detention center is located just outside Columbus’ downtown area.

Numerous medical offices are available in the Columbus area, anchored by St. Luke’s Hospital which is located on the western side of town near the Columbus Public Library. Employing

300 medical professionals, the hospital has been serving county residents since 1929 when it started in Tryon with two doctors and four nurses.

Mills Street hosts numerous events throughout the year, including the annual Fabulous Fourth of July festival, complete with games, food, and rides, plus parades for Christmas, Veterans Day and Polk County High School’s Homecoming.

While Columbus invites you to discover all that it has to offer in the present day, it also is a community that recognizes the importance of its place

in history. Within walking distance of the courthouse are two museums, the Polk County History Museum and the House of Flags Museum, which contain fascinating details about the development of the county and the nation.

A trip to Columbus would not be complete without a drive to the top of White Oak Mountain for some eyecatching selfies with amazing backdrops! On a clear day, you’ll have a view which can stretch from Charlotte to Tennessee, and you’ll drive by the beautiful Shunkawauken waterfall!

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Landrum Love

There is a certain charm that Southern railroad towns have, each expressed in their own unique way. Landrum (population 2,600) is no exception. Situated at the base of Hog Back Mountain with extensive views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Landrum, like Tryon and Saluda further up the tracks, can thank the railroad for its founding, development, and success through the years.

One of the first stops a visitor should make is to see the historic depot. It has been lovingly restored, and it currently serves as a community gathering spot and event venue. The “Pacolet” rail car outside is being converted into a museum, with a tentative opening scheduled for May 2024. Long-range plans call for the abandoned tracks to become a walking/biking path linking Landrum with Tryon and Saluda.

Another required stop is the Farmers Market at 221 W. Rutherford St. Newly constructed, the 15,000 sq. ft. market is open Saturdays from 8 am to noon, May though October. A Holiday Market and Craft Fair are offered during November and December. It’s a great source of locally grown vegetables, farm raised meats, plants, crafts, preserves, honey, and so much more. Plan to spend some time there getting to know the growers and producers – it’s worth it!

Landrum is well-known for its eclectic antiques and boutiques. A stroll down E. Rutherford St. will include shops that sell everything from jewelry to beard balm, shoes to chocolates, deck chairs to Amish bread, pet food to gourmet olive oil – and so much more! All are small businesses, ready to cater to you.

Restaurant choices are as varied and mouth-watering as they come. From traditional Southern fare, to Cajun, Farm-

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Visitors will notice colorful quilt blocks located throughout Landrum on the sides of businesses and municipal buildings. The 42-block Foothills Quilt Trail promotes history, the arts and tourism. Details can be found online at foothillsquilttrail.com. Landrum is also home to an active quilters organization which holds regular meetings, projects, and public exhibitions, including Airing of the Quilts on August 17, 2024. Landrum Quilters is online at landrumquilters.com.


A short drive from Landrum is Poinsett Bridge, the oldest stone bridge in the state and one of the oldest in the South. It was built in 1820. Historians believe its architect was Robert Mills,

To-Table, Italian, Thai, and Mexican, the choices are guaranteed to satisfy. See our Restaurant section for details.

History and adventure lie outside city limits as well. The Blue Wall Preserve has a 14-mile leg of the Palmetto Trail, a hiking, biking and equestrian path, plus it boasts waterfall views. Another type of path to follow is the 42-block Foothills Quilt Trail. History buffs will enjoy Jackson’s Grove

known for his design of the Washington Monument. Marvel at its 14 foot Gothic arch! Conde Nast Traveler Magazine named the bridge to its list of 30 most haunted places in America, due to strange sightings, noises, screams and unexplainable happenings. Haunted? You’ll have to judge for yourself.


Traversing the state of South Carolina, the 500-mile Palmetto Trail is a must for hikers, bicyclers, and nature lovers. A 14-mile section of the trail known as the Blue Wall Passage crosses through the Landrum area. The eastern trailhead is located at the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center. Country roads and sidewalks take the Trail user through downtown Landrum and around Lake Lanier. The Southern Blue

United Methodist Church, formed in 1830, and its fascinating graveyard which holds many of Landrum’s earliest settlers. And nearby Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, known as FENCE, offers everything from hiking paths and nature seminars, to Sunday concerts and horse shows.

After spending an afternoon, weekend, or longer in Landrum, you’ll know why the city was named to Southern Living

Ridge Escarpment at miles 12 to 14 climbs steeply and abruptly to Vaughns Gap, which is the trailhead for the Poinsett Reservoir Passage.


East of Landrum where SC Hwy. 14 meets I-26, history buffs will find two historical markers memorializing a Revolutionary War battle that occurred nearby. At the Four Columns Farm, a private residence that was originally part of two land grants from King George III on either side of the North Pacolet River, there is a marker to the right of the columned entrance, and further north another marker is at the river crossing. Originally established as protection against the Cherokee, the fort was subsequently used as a Patriot refuge during the Revolution.

Magazine’s top 20 list of “The South’s Best Small Towns” in 2016 and 2018.

You’ll also understand, after visiting the library, walking tree-shaded sidewalks by old homes, admiring the cars at a car show, enjoying a playdate in the park, and gathering with community to light the Christmas tree, why “Love Landrum” isn’t just a marketing slogan, it’s a way of life and source of community pride.

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Whether you arrive in Saluda from the bustling interstate or via the twisty, curvy two-lane back roads, upon sliding round the bend onto Main Street, you’ll realize you’ve been transported to a place worry forgot.

Words like quaint, historic, adorable, quirky and friendly aren’t enough to describe the small town nestled into the mountains which is, metaphorically speaking, miles from the busy-ness of modern life. Saluda has a certain vibe that is casual yet playful, both modern and rooted in history; it’s a town that proceeds at its own pace.

The town owes its existence to the railroad tracks which bisect the center of town, cresting at 2,097 feet. The railroad grade into Saluda 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, following the steep gorge along the Pacolet River. The first train chugged up the grade on July 4, 1878; the town was chartered soon thereafter in 1881. History buffs will enjoy visiting the lovingly restored depot museum which shares the intertwined tale of the town’s and the railroad’s development. There’s an ice cream shop there, too!

Saluda thrived through the years as train passengers from the Low Country discovered the restorative properties of

the cool mountain air. The town grew, businesses thrived, a post office and private school were established, and grand inns, boarding houses and hotels were built on every hill and valley to accommodate the new residents and visitors.

Today, with a population of 779, Saluda is often named as one of the top 10 best small towns in North Carolina, and it also claims Playful City USA designation. With a large playground in the center of town, the wildly popular

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Saluda Gorge zipline ride, numerous kayaking, rafting and tubing centers, the iconic Coon Dog Day Festival, the heavily attended Top of The Grade summer concerts, and the Saluda Arts Festival, Saluda lives up to its billing.

Indeed, Saluda has developed quite a reputation amongst outdoor enthusiasts for all sorts of adventurous pursuits.

Hiking trails abound (see the Recreation section in this guide). Bicyclists can test their endurance on the uphill switchbacks of Hwy. 176. Pearson’s Falls offers unique flora and fauna along a path through a wooded glen, beautiful

at any time of year. And on the Green River, one of the top kayaking rivers in the nation, several companies offer instruction, clothing, and equipment.

If a slower paced vacation is more your thing, a stroll through downtown will take you through several art galleries and gift shops. The town offers more than enough eating choices, from BBQ to tacos to craft beer, with indoor and outdoor dining venues. Step back in time when you enter the doors of M.A. Pace Hardware store or peruse the displays at the Historic Depot Museum. And be sure to stop in Pace Park, a small pocket park

lovingly created through a town wide effort to honor the early luminaries of Saluda’s history.

So, leave your worries behind and enjoy Saluda’s warm community spirit, cool mountain air, respect for history, outdoorsy momentum, and eclectic dining. As the music from outdoor concerts floats around the hills of town, and the laughter of children playing in McCreery park fills the air, you’ll understand the perennial lure of this small town tucked away from worry in the Carolina mountains.



In studying the English-Cherokee vocabulary, we learn that the English word “Saluda” came from the Cherokee word “Tsaludiyi,” meaning “green corn place.” According to legend, Tsaludiyi was a chief of the Cherokee nation, whose people lived from the North Carolina mountain ranges to the South Carolina flat country.


Where else can you celebrate the coon dog but in Saluda each July, with a parade, 5K, food, art vendors, music and other town wide events that draw thousands to Main Street. The

celebration of a sporting dog trained to hunt raccoons goes back to the early 1960s.


Saluda has been named one of America’s “Playful Cities” by the non-profit KaBoom! for its efforts in creating an environment that promotes outdoor activity. McCreery Park, at the center of town, is a safe place to let the kids play.


Dr. Lesesne Smith, who established the Infants and Children's Sanitarium in 1914 with the belief that babies needed the town’s fresh air, explained Saluda’s beneficial air as Pacolet

Valley air meeting currents from the Green River. Ozone must be taken on faith, but Saluda certainly has a clean, zestful air quality that remains uncontaminated by pollution.


In 2016, Saluda became the Sister City of Carunchio, Italy, located in the province of Abruzzo on the Adriatic. The two towns share similar climate, altitude, population and mountainous location, in addition to celebrating local food, art and music. Saluda’s city hall displays a proclamation in Italian and English, and city leaders from both towns have participated in cultural exchange delegations.

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Harmon Field is used year-round for equestrian competition. Located at the Pacolet River’s edge, Harmon Field also has baseball diamonds, a dog park, a soccer field, disc golf course, the Tryon Arts and Crafts School, a covered gymnasium, tennis courts, and walking trails.

Affectionately known as the “Friendliest Town in the South,” Tryon is nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is known for its moderate seasons thanks to its location in the Thermal Belt. Tryon became a railroad town in the 1800s. Many visitors, particularly from the Low Country of South Carolina, moved here because of the moderate temperatures.

Chartered in 1885, the town has an area of about two square miles and approximately 1,431 residents. Designated as an historic district, Tryon’s history runs deep, particularly in the arts and equestrian sports.

In the early 1900s, authors and artists selected Tryon as their resort town to visit, and many chose to stay. Some

of Tryon’s famous residents included The Great Gatsby’s author F. Scott Fitzgerald, actor William Gillette known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in 1899, First Lady Grace Coolidge, and actor Kenneth Lackey, one of the original Three Stooges.

Eunice Waymon, born in Tryon in 1933, went on to become the world-renowned artist and Civil Rights activist known as Nina Simone. A plaza and statue dedicated to her memory are in a prominent location on Trade St. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, together with artist partners, are working to develop a rehabilitation plan and protections for her childhood home on E. Livingston St. A striking mural of her is painted on the back side of the Marathon gas

station near Tryon Elementary School.

The town has something for every artist and crafter. Numerous art galleries, the Tryon Fine Arts Center, Tryon Little Theater, Tryon Arts and Crafts School, Rogers Park Amphitheater, and Tryon Painters & Sculptors all support a vibrant arts scene. Also, the cinematic arts get a boost in October with the Tryon International Film Festival, held at the historic Tryon Theater and other locations around town.

At the center of town, Morris

the Horse overlooks Trade Street. 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, Morris stands at a prime location for visitors to take selfies. Morris is not just the mascot of the town, he’s a symbol of the importance of equestrian life to the area.

Tryon’s equestrian heritage is well known, with the town and nearby areas hosting horse lovers, professional trainers, world-class competitors, horse shows and events year-round.

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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 (FENCE), Harmon Field and the Tryon International Equestrian Center.

No visit would be complete without sampling Tryon’s restaurants. From cupcakes and artisan breads, to pizza and pasta, seafood and deli fare, there is much to enjoy. Locally grown wines are available in Tryon, or you can take a short drive to the vineyards. If you enjoy craft beer, visit during November for Beer Fest at the train depot plaza overlooking Tryon.

For more information about Tryon, visit exploretryon.com.



Harthorne Wingo, a 6’6” forward who played four seasons for the NBA’s New York Knicks, began playing basketball as a child growing up in Tryon. Part of the first integrated class at Tryon High School, he would later be part of the Knicks’ 1973 world championship team and play professionally abroad.


Tryon is home base for many world class artists and musicians including composer, arranger and educator Jamie Laval. He is hailed as one of America’s finest practitioners of traditional Scottish music, and once gave a private performance for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth. His unique approach to Celtic music blends the simplicity of an ancient art form with stunning virtuosity and contemporary flair. He performs locally, nationally, abroad and online. Visit JamieLaval.com for his schedule.


William Hooker Gillette (1853 – 1937) was an American actor-manager, playwright, and stage-manager who is best remembered for portraying Sherlock Holmes on stage and in a 1916 silent film. In 1891, after first visiting Tryon, Gillette began building his bungalow, which he later enlarged into a house. He named it Thousand Pines and it is privately owned today. The Polk County Historical Museum displays

Gillette's pipe and slippers from his farewell tour of Sherlock Holmes, as well as china, some letters and other items left behind at the actor's North Carolina home.


With 1,600 acres of top-notch competition venues and resort luxury, visitors come from all over the globe to watch or compete in equestrian events, including the annual Block House Steeplechase, at Tryon International Equestrian Center. Harmon Field and Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE) also host numerous equestrian events throughout the year.


Called the “High Priestess of Soul,” Nina Simone was born in Tryon in 1933. To honor her, mural artist Scott Nurkin has created a stunning portrait of Simone on the back of the Marathon gas station, visible from Hwy. 176. This mural is part of the North Carolina Musician Mural Trail (@ncmusicianmurals, #NCMMTrail), which honors trailblazing North Carolina musicians with murals in their hometowns across the state.


Well, yes! Tryon has a Free Little Art Gallery (FLAG) located in a small glass-front cupboard outside the Tryon Theatre, near Upstairs Artspace Gallery. Similar in concept to Little Free

Libraries for books, the FLAG is there to connect art creators with admirers. If you like what you see, take it! But, make sure you leave some sort of artistic creation in its place.


Established in 1928, the Tryon Daily Bulletin is printed twice 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 Tryondailybulletin.com.


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.


For history and genealogy buffs, a stroll around Tryon’s 3.3-acre hilltop cemetery, which was founded in 1892, is well worth the time. The cemetery is the resting place of authors, artists, crafters, doctors, teachers, veterans and more, who once called Tryon home.

Jamie Laval


A historic bed and breakfast located in Lynn near Tryon, the Green Life Inn at the Mimosa features seven guest rooms and two extended-stay suites.

IYour place

to stay

f you plan to spend longer than a day in the area, you will 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 vrbo.com or airbnb.com for homes available by the night or for longer stays.

Adawehi Wellness Retreat

The Adawehi Campus is nestled on 125 acres of woodlands, where a balance of natural and manicured gardens show 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 a bed and breakfast.

93 Adawehi Lane, Columbus, NC 828-894-5260, adawehi.com

Butterfly Creek Inn

Tucked between creek and woods is Butterfly Creek Inn. Enjoy the waterfall, creek and mountains. Experience extraordinary breakfasts, bedside treats, spa and wellness services.

780 Smith Dairy Road, Columbus, NC 877-894-6393, 828-817-7777 (text), Butterflycreekinn.com

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever is the ultimate eco-resort getaway with seven rustic charming cabins on 15 acres that are perfect for a romantic weekend or a family vacation to remember. Four of the cabins are dog-friendly. Friends, social clubs, and corporate and church groups often rent the entire place!

7337 Spartanburg Hwy., Saluda, NC 828-749-9811, cabinfevernc.com

Columbus Inn & Suites

Located conveniently in Columbus at I-26 and Mills St., the hotel features 59 rooms, outdoor pool, RV/bus parking, free breakfast and wireless internet.

626 W. Mills St., Columbus, NC 828-894-3303, columbusinnandsuites.com

Early Blue Motel

The pet-friendly Early Blue Motel offers 24 clean, cozy and serene guest rooms surrounded by astonishing mountain splendor. Perched atop the rim of the majestic Green River Gorge, the motel offers stunning views of five mountain ranges, ever-changing watercolor sunsets and surreal star-gazing by the fire pit.

1793 Holbert Cove Road, Saluda, NC 828-518-2102, earlybluemotel.com

Green Life Inn at the Mimosa

A historic 1903 bed and breakfast nestled in the Pacolet River Valley near Tryon, Green Life Inn has seven standard, private guest rooms and two fully outfitted suites for short term or extended stay visits with all common areas available to guests.

65 Mimosa Inn Drive, Tryon, NC 828-436-0097, greenlifeinn.com


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 fine dining at Newman's Restaurant.

100 Orchard Inn Lane, Saluda, NC 828-749-5471, orchardinn.com

Red Horse Inn

A stately bed and breakfast on 190 acres with spectacular mountain views, the inn offers six Victorian-style cottages, relaxing couples retreats, wedding facilities and delicious breakfasts.

45 Winstons Chase Court, Landrum, SC

864-909-1575, TheRedHorseInn.com

The Saluda Inn

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the spectacularly renovated Saluda Inn offers 11 stunning rooms and suites, complimentary breakfasts, a Grand Lawn for outdoor functions, wedding settings, a wine cellar with small eats menu and crafted bar selections, and a sunroom for more intimate gatherings.

229 Greenville St, Saluda, NC 828-388-9027, thesaludainn.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 stables. Offers RV pad, inn, and cabins of varying sizes.

4066 Pea Ridge Road, Mill Spring, NC

828-863-1000, tryon.com

The Saluda Inn

Explore the Outdoors

LHarmon Field’s disc golf course is known as a fun nine-hole course, with mostly open field shots, with some well placed trees to work around.

ike to fish? There’s a river for that. Want to swim in a cool mountain stream or river? You will not have to go far. Have little ones who would enjoy the swings or jungle gym? We have several municipal parks and playgrounds. 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 log miles on the trails, or you just want to spend time in a slow-paced float down the river, we have it all.


Bradley Nature Preserve at Alexander's Ford

Trail type: Out and back, Length: 1.3 miles each way, Difficulty: Easy, Parking: Located near the intersection of County Line Rd. and Gray's Rd. The Preserve was acquired through multiple grants to help tell the story of the Overmountain Men, a rag-tag group of area militia that chased down a British general during the Revolutionary War and won a pivotal battle at Kings Mountain. The old roadbed that is now the Preserve's main trail is believed to be the exact location of their trip.

Little Bradley Falls Trail

Trail type: Out and back, Length: 1 mile each way, Difficulty: Moderate, Parking: Located off Holbert Cove Rd.

The Little Bradley Falls Trail is a moderate 1-mile trail to a beautiful 40-foot waterfall located in the Green River Game Lands. A little more than a quarter mile into the trail there is flagging on a tree on the right side, hikers should continue this way, crossing a small creek to stay on the trail. Another creek crossing awaits hikers shortly after

the first in about ankle deep water. Red blazes mark the trail, but some are fading and hard to see.

Bradley Nature Preserve

Trail type: Out and back, Length: 1.5 miles each way, Difficulty: Easy, Parking: Located at the intersection of Esseola Dr. and Substation Rd. The Lazy Girl Loop is an easy trail that runs through the woods of the Bradley Nature Preserve. There is a Connector Trail that links the Lazy Girl Loop to Laurel Drive. Dogs are not allowed on the lower loop sections of the trail.

Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE)

Trail type: Loop Trail System, Length: 5-6 miles of trail , Difficulty: Easy to Moderate, Parking: 3381 Hunting Country Rd.

The Foothills Equestrian Nature Center is located on a beautiful 380-acre nature preserve. There are leisurely trails for both hikers and horseback riders on the property. More info: FENCE.org.

Green River Game Lands

Trail type: 9 Connected Trails, Length: 14.3 miles total, Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous, Parking: Can be accessed from the North via Big Hungry Rd. or from the South via Green River Cove Rd. The Green River Game Lands consist of 18,639 acres of wilderness. Nine named trails run through the Game Lands that have signs at each trail connection, blue blazes that mark the trails. Hunting is allowed. More info: ncwildlife.org. The trails are better suited to more experienced hikers.


Community College Loop

Trail type: Loop, Length: 0.5 miles, Difficulty: Easy, Parking: Located off NC Hwy 108 in the ICC/ Library Parking lot

This easy 0.5-mile trail is located behind Isothermal Community College. It connects to St. Luke's Tom Raymond Fitness Trail. A great trail for kids or to stretch your legs during the day!

Norman Wilder Forest

Trail type: 5 trails, Loop, Length: 2 to 3 miles of trail, Difficulty: Easy to Strenuous, Parking:


Located off Hwy. 176 between Tryon and Saluda

Norman Wilder Forest is a 185-acre protected forest on the slopes of Little Warrior Mountain. It is composed of mature third growth mixed hardwoods managed by Conserving Carolina. This forest is home to a wide variety of wildflowers, birds, and mammals. Drip Falls also provides a unique environment and is a haven for salamanders. There are multiple trails of varying difficulty to explore.

Round Mountain

Trail type: Out and back, Length: 0.5 mile each way, Difficulty:

Strenuous, Parking: Located off Howard Gap Rd. between Warrior Mountain Church and the bridge over I-26

There is currently about 0.5 miles of completed trail with a small picnic area at the beginning of the trail.

Poinsett Reservoir Passage of the Palmetto Trail

Trail type: One way hiking trail, Length: 6.6 miles, Difficulty: Moderate , Parking: The parking area is inside a split rail fence just off Fork Creek Rd. At the other end of the open RV camping area is the trailhead kiosk. More info: PalmettoConservation.org

Blue Wall Passage of the Palmetto Trail

Trail type: One way hiking trail, Length: 14 miles, Difficulty: East to west, miles 0-6, easy; miles 6-12, moderate; miles 12-14, strenuous., Parking: FENCE, 3381 Hunting Country Rd., Tryon

The eastern trailhead is located at FENCE. Country roads and sidewalks take the hiker through downtown Landrum and around Lake Lanier. The Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment at miles 12 to 14 climbs steeply and abruptly to Vaughns Gap (trailhead for Poinsett Reservoir Passage). More info: PalmettoConservation.org

Saluda Mountains Passage of the Palmetto Trail

Trail type: One way hiking trail, Length: 9.1 miles , Difficulty: Moderate

to Strenuous  , Parking: Orchard Lake

Campground & Talisman Camp

Runs along the ridge defining the northern perimeter of the Poinsett Watershed and the border between the Carolinas. The 19,000-acre watershed is a pristine wilderness area with remarkable habitat for rare plants and animals, including the threatened Peregrine falcon. More info: PalmettoConservation.org

Pearson's Falls & Glen

Trail type: Out and back, Length: 0.25 mile each way, Difficulty: Moderate, Parking: 2748 Pearson

Falls Road

Pearson's Falls is located on a 268acre botanical reserve with moderate hiking to a beautiful 90-foot waterfall. This lush forest is home to some 200 species of wildflowers and plants. Small admission fee, no dogs are allowed. More info: pearsonsfalls.org.

Tom Raymond Fitness Trail

Trail type: Out and back, Length: 0.4 miles each way, Difficulty: Easy, Parking: St. Luke's Hospital

The Tom Raymond Fitness trail is located behind St. Luke's Hospital and features 8 fitness stations along the wide gravel trail. This trail connects to the Isothermal Community College Loop.

Tryon Missing 40 Trace

Trail type: Loop, Length: 1 mile, Difficulty: Moderate , Parking:  Between Tryon and Saluda on Pearson's Falls Rd.

The Tryon Missing 40 Trace is set in the beautiful Pacolet River Gorge. The trail 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. Taking the trail to the right is recommended to save river crossings for the end of the hike. White blazes mark the trail throughout.

Vaughn Creek Greenway

Trail type: Out and back, Length: 0.8 miles each way, Difficulty: Easy, Parking: Off New Market Rd. in Tryon, a small, open field about 300 feet from the trailhead

This easy 0.8-mile trail takes hikers through a beautiful, wooded area along Vaughn Creek. Not far into the hike, visitors can see Siller's Falls on their left. The trail ends at a large tunnel that Vaughn Creek flows through. A short trail goes from the picnic shelter to Siller's Falls.

Woodland Park

Trail type: Loop, Length: 1 mile, Difficulty: Easy to Moderate, Parking: Two entrances, one off Chestnut St., Tryon and one behind the Tryon IGA Woodland Park is a nice escape into the woods, close to downtown Tryon. There is about 1 mile of trail with several small loops, located in a beautiful patch of woods featuring many large hardwoods and pines.


Adawehi Institute

93 Adawehi Lane, Columbus 828-894-5260

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 1.5-mile 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.

Green Creek

Family Life Center

Green Creek Dr. and Coxe Rd., Green Creek

Paved walking trail

Isothermal Community College Trail

1255 W. Mills St., Columbus

Primary access is from Polk County Public Library/Isothermal Community College parking lot.

Tom Raymond Fitness Trail

101 Hospital Dr., Columbus

Easy footpath features fitness stations as well as an attractive hardwood forest setting, primary access is from St. Luke’s Hospital back parking lot.

Polk County High School Track

1681 N. Hwy. 108, Columbus

Regulation size paved oval running track

Stearns Park

125 East Mills St., Columbus

Includes a paved walking path loop (0.2 mi) and Stearns Gym with indoor recreational activities

Brookwood Park

East Rutherford St./Hwy. 14 in Landrum

Half-mile paved walking path, some shaded, and a playground.

Polk Central Elementary School 2141 Highway 9 South

Half-mile nature trail with educational markers.

Polk County Middle School Track

321 Wolverine Trail

Paved regulation sized oval outdoor track.

Polk County Recreation Complex

223 Wolverine Drive

Includes paved walking path loop, baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic shelters, large playground and fishing pond access.

Sunny View Elementary School Playground

86 Sunny View Road

Lazy Girl Loop Trail

Accessible from Laurel Drive, Saluda, easy 1-mile trail (one way), no dogs allowed.

McCreery Park

Greenville and Maple Street

A busy playground and park located in the heart of Saluda at the intersection of Greenville and Maple Streets that features swings, slides and an obstacle course, as well as a covered picnic area and gazebo.

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Norman Wilder Forest

Located off Hwy. 176 between Tryon and Saluda

Managed by Conserving Carolina, trails are located on 185 acres of mature third growth mixed hardwood on the slopes of Little Warrior Mountain. Trail has bridges, steps and loops. Plan on a 2 to 3-mile hike.

Saluda Elementary School playground and tennis courts

214 E. Main St.

Harmon Field

117 Harmon Field Road, Tryon Thirty-six 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, a dog park, stables, disc golf course, and Pacolet River beach access.



• North Pacolet River from Pacolet Falls to Highway 108 bridge

• Fork Creek Church on SR 1100 to North 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.


North Carolina fishing regulations can be found online at ncwildlife.org or by consulting the Regulations Digest for

North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping. The regulations digest and fishing licenses can be obtained locally at the following locations:

MA Pace General Store

60 E. Main St., Saluda 828-749-2401

McGuinn’s Store

4884 Highway 9, Mill Spring 828-625-4755

Silver Creek Campground

3111 Silver Creek Rd., Mill Spring 828-894-2331

Tim Edwards Landscaping

109 Post Office Rd., Mill Spring 828-894-0741


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. Fee for pool use. Annual pass available. 236 Park St., Columbus 828-894-2646

Harmon Field Beach

Public river swimming and a public park with playgrounds 828-859-5784

Lake Lure Beach and Water Park

A beautiful mountain lake that features a traditional beach and a kid’s park with waterslide and water games.

2724 Memorial Hwy., Lake Lure 828-625-0077


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, Saluda 828-749-9100

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 fly-fishing, bait casters and knot tying.

3111 Silver Creek Road, Mill Spring 828-894-2331

The Gorge Zipline

The Gorge offers a unique and thrilling tree-based zipline canopy adventure in the famous Green River Gorge.

166 Honey Bee Drive, Saluda 828-749-2500

Green River Tubing

During peak season, tubers can float the deliciously cool river MondaySunday from 10 am - 3 pm. Three mile trips between 10 am - 3 pm and six mile trips from 10 am - 1 pm.

5200 Green River Cove Rd., Saluda 828-749-3781


Green River Adventures

Guided whitewater kayaking, selfguided kayaking, waterfall rappelling, paddleboarding, zipline adventures, kayak instruction and gear rentals.

111 East Main St., Saluda 828-749-2800


Lake Adger

Bring your own boat, kayak, canoe or tube to enjoy this calm 438 acre lake. There is an 80 horsepower limit on pontoon boats and a 60 horsepower restriction on any other watercraft; no jet skis or water skiing is permitted on the lake. Swimming and fishing are permitted.

Boat ramp at 4741 Lake Adger Rd., Mill Spring.

Living Waters Tubing

Tube rentals, a beach for relaxing and picnicking, and a Sundae Shack are all you will need for a great day on the Green River! Bring your sunscreen

and river shoes, and let your troubles float away.


5153 Green River Cove Rd., Saluda



Links O' Tryon

This Tom Jackson 6,800-yard course allows you to feel like you are visiting Scotland, Pinehurst and Pebble Beach in one day! Nestled in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains, the course winds through rolling countryside with spectacular mountain and water views. The fairways are challenging and playable for all levels of golfers.

11250 New Cut Road Campobello


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 10 holes. Stretching to just over 6,700 yards from the back tees (blue) and offering four 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 Road, Rutherfordton


Tryon Country Club

The Donald 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. Do not let its size fool you — tests await at every turn. The layout rewards well-struck shots on its Bermuda fairways, though the trademark bent-grass greens are well-bunkered and unforgiving to errant approach shots. A stream running through the property often comes into play.

393 Country Club Road, Tryon 828-859-9561




3772 Green River Cove Rd, Saluda 828-749-9100


Emberglow Outdoor Resort

Enjoy the outdoors on your own terms at Emberglow Outdoor Resort – treehouses, yurts, vintage campers, and more nestled in the rolling hills of Western NC.

95 Pinewood Trail, Mill Spring, NC 828-625-2205, emberglowoutdoorresort.com

Hitching Post Campground

The Hitching Camp offers tent and RV camping near beautiful Lake Lure and includes a fishing pond, playground, camp store, bath house, 40 acres of nature trails, babbling brooks, and cascading waterfalls. Lease sites available.

620 Girls Camp Rd Mill Spring, NC 828-625-1138, hitchingpostcampground.com

Orchard Lake Campground

Wooded campsites with fire rings for tents, full hook-ups for recreational vehicles 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 a small kitchen and an event tent.

460 Orchard Lake Road, Saluda, NC 828-749-3901, orchardlakecampground.com

Silver Creek Campground

Family-friendly RV campground. Cabins, safari-style tents and group tents available. Includes swimming pool, full laundry, fishing pond, hiking, picnic area, store, bathhouse, games and more.

3111 Silver Creek Road, Mill Spring, NC 828-894-2331, 828-748-3390, silvercreekcamping.com


460 Orchard Lake Rd, Saluda 828-749-3901


Wilderness Cove Campground

Wilderness Cove offers wooded, primitive campsites and limited water/electric sites. Each campsite has its own fire pit and many have picnic tables. Also available are sleeper cabins, which are one-room units with beds and electricity. A

bathhouse with showers is on the campground.

3772 Green River Cove Road, Saluda, NC

828-749-9100, outdooradventureretreats.com/ wilderness-cove

For additional lodging options, including Airbnb, VRBO and others, you are invited to visit Firstpeaknc.com.


TFlavor & Savor

he Foothills area has a wide variety of dining options available from kid-friendly casual to reservationsrequired fine dining. Enjoy down-home barbecue, classic meat ‘n’ three plates, locally sourced farm-to-table meals, delicious Polk County wines, shakes, and more.


All Good Things Bakery

289 S. Trade St. 828-440-1018

Bakery, Coffeeshop

Big Guns Coffee

152 N. Trade St. 704-574-6611


Buck’s Pizza

30 N. Trade St.



Caro-Mi Dining Room

3231 Highway 176 828-859-5200

Casual Dining

El Sureňo

1052 S. Trade St. 828-859-3075


Brooks Tavern 10 Oak St. 828-440-1540

Casual Dining

Hunt Brothers Pizza & Hotdog King 3950 Lynn Rd. 828-859-9080

Pizza (take out)

Katie D’s NY Bagels & Deli 255 N Trade St. 828-440-1441

Bagels & Deli

K.D.’s Sea Shack 82 N. Trade St. 828-440-1285


Manzolina’s Eatery Harmon Field 828-440-1400

Breakfast, Lunch


62 N. Trade St. 828-440-1459

Spanish, French

Mr. Juan’s Mexican Restaurant

526 S. Trade St. 828-859-6858


All Good Things Bakery in Tryon

Nana’s Kitchen

354 S. Trade St. #A 828-859-0305

Casual Dining

Rhema Soul Food Truck 480-987-1460

Soul food


Side Street Pizza & Pasta 135 S. Trade St. 828-859-5325


Trade Street Creamery & Sandwich Shoppe

10 N. Trade St 828-440-1522

Casual Dining, Ice Cream

The Tryon Bottle

15 S. Trade St. 828-859-6473

Wine bar

Tryon Coffeehouse Co-op

62A N. Trade St. 828-436-0085



The Brick Pizzeria

214 E. Mills St. 828-894-2299


Calvert’s Kitchen

306 E. Mills St. 828-894-0268

Casual Dining

Cocula Mexican Grill

338 W. Mills St. 828-894-2099


El Campesino

205 E. Mills St. 828-894-0541


Fuji Express (in Shell Station)

393 W. Mills St. 828-802-1199


Iron Key Brewing Company

135 Locust St. 828-802-1045

Craft beer, Grill

Joy Wok II

155 W. Mills St. #102 828-894-5566


Lunch Box Grill (in Vgo station) 401 W. Mills St. 828-802-1196


Martha’s Amish Bakery 6431 Hwy. 9 South 863-4643


Mountain View BBQ & Deli 829 W. Mills St. 828-894-7060


Openroad Coffee Roastery 915 W. Mills St. 828-894-2021


The Rural Seed

322 E. Mills St. 828-802-1097

Farm to table

Sully’s Place 155 W. Mills St. 828-802-1099

Casual Dining

Wolverine Pizza 1550 Hwy. 108 W 828-894-5252


Zoe’s Place 192 E. Mills St.

Sandwiches, salads


Azalea Bistro

40 E Main St. 828-769-9022

French/ Lowcountry style bistro


Back Alley Barn

24 E. Main St. 828-521-1169

Tap room, bar fare

Green River BBQ

131 Highway 176 828-749-9892


Green River Brew Depot 26 Church St. 828-769-9033

Bar & Grill

Green River Eddy’s Tap Room

435 E. Main St. 828-848-4060

Tap Room, Bar Food

Newman’s Restaurant at Orchard Inn

100 Orchard Inn Lane 828-749-5471

Fine dining Reservations required

Purple Onion

16 E. Main St. 828-749-1179


Saluda Sweet Shop

32 W. Main St. (in depot) 828-769-9016

Ice Cream

Saluda Truck Plaza 1380 Ozone Dr. 828-749-4921


Somewhere In Time

70 E. Main St. 828-749-1514

Ice Cream

The S.P.O.T

101 E. Main St. 828-769-9100

Tacos, Margaritas

Thompson’s Store & Ward’s Grill

24 E. Main St. 828-749-2321

Casual Dining

Wakey Monkey

18 Church St. 828-769-9040


Wildflour Bakery & Café

173 E. Main St. 828-749-3356

Bakery, Café


Bluebird Coffee

102 W. Coleman St. 843-323-7302

Bodega Noir

102 W. Coleman St. 864-381-7054

Wine and Beer Bar

Boots’ & Sonny’s #2

328 S. Howard Ave. 864-457-2378

Casual Dining

Trade Street Creamery in Tryon

Cardinal Coffee & Bistro

114 E. Rutherford St.


Coffee, ice cream, pastries

China Café & Japanese Hibachi 1760 Hwy. 14



Dimitri’s Greek & Italian Restaurant

5600 Hwy. 14



The Drake House

511 N. Howard Ave. 864-457-2533

Casual dining

El Chile Rojo

209 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-5977


The Hare & Hound

101 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-3232

Casual dining

Harvest House

22345 Asheville Highway 864-457-2823

Casual dining

The Junction of Gowensville 5599 Hwy. 14



Kirk’s Kitchen 603 S. Howard Ave. 864-607-4224


The Pasta Station

909 E. Rutherford St. 864-510-8116


The Red Horse Inn

45 Winstons Chase Ct. 864-909-1575

Wine Bar

Soulisa’s Fine Thai Dining

208 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-5318

Thai, Japanese

Southern Manners

2915 Hwy. 14 E 828-894-0406

Casual dining, deli

Southside Smokehouse & Grille 726 S. Howard Ave. 864-457-4581

Casual dining

Stone Soup Market & Café

1522 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-5255

Casual dining

Twin Palmetto

1005 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-5008

Casual dining


Betty’s Biscuits Food Truck 82 NC Hwy 9

Crossroads Ice Cream & Coffee parking lot

The Burger Barn at Parker-Binns Vineyard

2275 Whiteside Rd. 828-894-0154

Burgers, chicken, wine

Crossroads Ice Cream & Coffee

82 Hwy. 9 N. 828-894-0119

Ice cream, fudge, brownies

Deb’s Mini Mart

21 Hwy. 9 North 828-894-2232

Sandwiches, drinks

Happy Heifers Cafe & Ice Creamery

5807 Hwy. 9 N. 828-722-4950

Ice cream, yogurt

Mill Spring Farm Store

82 Hwy. 9 N. 828-894-8028

Artisan Farm Store

Relish Grill at Parker-Binns Vineyard 2275 Whiteside Rd. 828-894-0154

Charcuterie, Burgers, Tacos





Burger King

1880 Hwy.

Domino’s Pizza





Tryon International

Equestrian Center

25 International Blvd.

*Blue Ginger

Sushi & Noodles



*Campagna Italian Cuisine 828-863-1127


*Legends Grille 828-863-1122

Fine Dining

*Roger’s Diner


Casual Dining

*Taco Mundo & Siesta Cantina 828-863-1000


*Silo Bar

Beer, Ale, Cider, Karaoke

*Pony Express Deli

Deli sandwiches, soup, salad

*Mane Street Coffee

Coffees and treats

*The General Store & Market Groceries, wine, ice cream, beer

*Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ 828-863-1179

*Bonne Bouche Fine Chocolates 828-817-4122

Waffle House


W. Mills St.,
14 East, Landrum
14 East, Landrum 864-457-5449
Hwy. 14 East, Landrum 864-510-0080
1712 SC-14, Landrum 864-702-8301
300 W. Mills St., Columbus 828-894-2827
1851 Hwy. 14E, Landrum 864-457-5187 Subway 235 W. Mills St., Columbus 828-894-3333 1772 Hwy. 14 East, Landrum 864-457-7337
Ozone Drive, Saluda 828-749-3650
(in Ingles)
W. Mills St., Columbus 828-722-1025
363 W. Mills St., Columbus 828-894-2311
255 W. Mills St., Columbus 828-894-5269

From farm

to Plate

TDrop in to the Apple Mill Market located in Saluda for fresh apples, or visit their website for shipping information.

he Farmers Markets in Polk County and Landrum are the place to see and be seen! Not only are the markets a reliable source of quality produce, but they are also a social gathering spot, complete with music, crafts, food and more. Come as a stranger but leave as a friend, with some tasty, healthy, fresh and local food for your table, plants for your garden, or crafts to admire. Want to meet the farmers who feed you? Venture out into the surrounding areas to visit farms, wineries, dairies, farm markets, and farm-to-consumer operations.

Apple Mill Market

Located at 1345 Ozone Dr. in Saluda, the Apple Mill Market sells a variety of apples, honey, cider, preserves, salsa, syrup and pumpkin butter. With a working sawmill, you can also buy rocking chairs or special wooden boxes. Call 828-749-9136 or shop online at NCAppleMill.com.

Atkins Orchard Store

This roadside orchard store carries a delicious assortment of jams, jellies, pickles, butters, salsa and honey in addition to apple, cherry, muscadine and peach cider. The store is located on Ozone Drive in Saluda, at the Marathon Gas Station at Exit 59 off I-26. 828749-2111.

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. Call 828-894-0737 or stop by 93 Adawehi Lane, Columbus.

Benson’s Produce Stand

Located along a busy stretch of Hwy. 108 between Columbus and Lynn, this popular produce stand carries an assortment of seasonal vegetables and fruits, as well as flowers, Christmas trees, and garden decor/ pottery. 1912 NC Hwy. 108, 828-859-2888.

Columbus Winter Market

Join a plethora of vendors on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. to noon, November through April at Iron Key Brewing,135 Locust St, Columbus 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.

Columbus Farmers Market

Join a plethora of vendors each Saturday morning from 8 to noon at the courthouse in Columbus for an amazing assortment of Polk County’s best homegrown produce, meat, cheese, eggs, plants, home goods and more. See amazing arts and crafts and value added products. Open May through October.

Landrum Farmers Market

Join a large group of vendors each Saturday morning for an amazing assortment of delicious homegrown produce, meat, honey, eggs, soaps, crafts and more. Coffee and biscuits are available, too, as you listen to local musicians. 221 W. Rutherford St. by Burke’s Outlet.

Looking Glass Creamery

In addition to making award-winning cheese, Looking Glass Creamery crafts caramel sauce, pickles, seasonal preserves, ice cream and hard cider. Most everything is sourced from their farm or nearby farms, and is made in an old fashioned, small-batch way. For

more information call 828-863-2104 or view LookingGlassCreamery.com. Better yet, plug 335 Harmon Dairy Lane, Columbus into the GPS and get going for a tour and tastings.

Mill Spring Farm Store

At 82 Hwy. 9 North, Mill Spring Farm Store is a specialty farm store showcasing a large selection of local meats, eggs, produce, dairy and artisan breads and baked goods, cheeses, jams and honey. They also stock gluten free, vegetarian, organic, and more. Search Facebook for farm2store2you or call 828-8948028.

Saluda Tailgate Market

Located up the hill, this winter market features food vendors from our region selling some of the best tasting and healthiest produce, meat, eggs, and baked goods around. It’s held on Fridays from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. off W. Main St., May through October. Text gro237 to 828-5481316 for more info.

Saluda Winter Market

Held indoors at the Saluda Center, 64 Greenville St. Vendors feature locally grown and raised meat, produce, and eggs. In addition to the staple food products, you may also find handmade crafts, pottery, and beauty products. Held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, November through April from 9 a.m. to noon.


Sip and Savor

TThe Experience Center at Mountain Brook Vineyard is a beautifully curated space that creates an ambiance of luxury and comfort, all the while educating patrons on the wines so lovingly crafted.

he Foothills’ first vineyards were established in the Tryon area on south facing slopes of Warrior Mountain in the 1860s. As the elevation was below 1,500 feet, growers could take advantage of the protective isothermal belt and a longer growing season. Not all grapes found their way to a wine bottle, however. “Tryon grapes,” as they came to be called, were sold to passengers on the train that passed through the Tryon Depot daily from the late 1890s to 1940s. For more information on tastings and other vineyard-sponsored events, visit Firstpeaknc.com or call the Visitor Center at 828-894-2324.

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 percent 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 Phillips Dairy Road, Tryon 828-722-1037


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. They grow French vinifera: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Petit Manseng, as well as blueberries for a future blueberry wine.

2012 Sandy Plains Road

Tryon, 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. Parker-Binns Vineyard

features Chardonnay, Petit Manseng, Muscat, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Rosé. Come for the wine, stay for the views!

2275 Whiteside Rd., Mill Spring 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 828-863-0540


(Photo by Biz Eischen)

An Artist's Haven

No 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, bake clay in the kiln, create other worlds on stage and film, 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.



80Six Art Gallery

86 N. Trade St 828-440-1162

Carri Bass Photography & Art Gallery

158 N. Trade St. 864-598-9880


Green River Frame Shop and Gallery

145 N. Trade St. 828-859-2255

Tryon Arts and Crafts School

373 Harmon Field Road 828-859-8323


Tryon Fine Arts Center Gallery

34 Melrose Ave. 828-859-8322


Tryon Painters and Sculptors

78 N. Trade St. 828-859-0141


Upstairs Artspace

49 S. Trade St. 828-859-2828



eARThly Minds Gallery 19 Pearson Falls Rd. 828-769-9063


Evening Shade Pottery 38 Church St. 828-749-3249

Heartwood Gallery 21 E. Main St. 828-749-9365


Jim Carson Gallery 20-2 Main St. 828-749-3702


Pottery Gallery 50 E. Main St. 828-713-5719

Saluda Moon Glass Studio & Gallery 937-623-1998

Saluda Studios 144 US-176 828-713-2130


Wood Berry Gallery

66 East Main St. 828-769-9034



Edward J. Bednar Fine Art 221 E. Rutherford St. 704-807-4466

Millstone Gallery 221 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-2202

Whimsical World Gallery

116 Jones St. 207-272-9088



Legends Club Art Gallery 25 International Blvd. Tryon International Equestrian Center 828-863-1000


Music at the Tracks

Summer Music Series

Performances are held at the Landrum Depot Saturday evenings during the summer.

211 N. Trade Ave., Landrum cityoflandrumsc.com

Music at the Market

Concert series held at the Landrum Farmers Market Pavilion, JuneNovember.

221 West Rutherford St., Landrum cityoflandrumsc.com

Summer Tracks

Performances are held at Rogers Park Amphitheater Friday evenings, JuneAugust

55 W. Howard St., Tryon summertracks.com

Top of the Grade Concerts

McCreery Park’s Ella Grace Mintz Stage features Top of the Grade concerts on third Friday evenings in summer. Bring your own chairs and blankets. Main St., Saluda saluda.com

Tryon Concert Association

Committed to nurturing appreciation of and involvement in classical music, Tryon Concert Association presents an annual series of concerts that provides the community with a variety of classical music and other quality music with cultural and educational value.

34 Melrose Ave., Tryon 888-501-0297, tryonconcerts.org

Tryon Fine Arts Center

Tryon Fine Arts Center brings Grammy Award-winning music, internationally acclaimed musicians, arts education for toddlers and teens, and world-class art exhibits to our rural community. Facilities include the Veh Stage, an intimate 300-seat auditorium, Gallery I for visual arts exhibits and the Peterson Amphitheater, a 150-seat outdoor venue.

34 Melrose Ave., Tryon 828-859-8322, tryonarts.org Veterans Park Pavilion

Tryon Theater and Upstairs Artspace are two options among dozens of cultural and entertainment offerings in Tryon.

In the heart of Columbus on Ward Street, this pavilion hosts music performances in the spring and summer months. Bring your chair or blanket.

Corner of Gibson St. and Ward St. Columbus


Tryon Arts & Crafts School

Tryon Arts and Crafts School provides creative opportunities for everyone through education, instruction and expression of heritage and contemporary arts and crafts in a friendly, stimulating and enriching environment. Classes and workshops are offered in subjects that include pottery, weaving, basketry, woodworking, blacksmithing, lapidary, stained glass, silversmithing, copper



Rogers Park Amphitheater is a gently terraced outdoor amphitheater located in a wooded glen in the heart of Tryon. Normally, you wouldn’t know it was there, as it’s pretty well hidden. But, during summer nights, the

enameling and fiber arts.

373 Harmon Field Rd., Tryon 828-859-8323, tryonartsandcrafts.org

Tryon Painters & Sculptors

From its sculpture and painting studios, TPS offers classes in a variety of disciplines, from oil painting to digital photography, collage to acrylic painting, and much more, as taught by the organization’s many members.

78 N. Trade St., Tryon 828-859-0141, tryonpaintersandsculptors.com

Tryon Fine Arts Center

TFAC hosts Pacolet Junior Appalachian Musician programs, camps and intensives, for students ages 6 to late teens to experience instruction

in traditional music of the Southern Appalachian mountains. Instruments include guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bass, and banjo.

34 Melrose Ave., Tryon 828-859-8322, tryonarts.org/pacjam


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., Tryon 828-859-2466, tltinfo.org

Mountain Page Theater

Established in 2020, Mountain Page Theater is a youth-led theater troupe, ranging in age from 4 to 16, with an adult

group of supportive players. In just a few years, the group has an impressive list of musical plays and performances to their credit.

1303 Mountain Page Rd., Saluda 828-817-1060, mountainpage.theater


Tryon Theatre

Tryon Theatre, an independently owned and operated movie theater located in downtown Tryon, has been showing films to the community since 1938. Renovated in 2018 to a 1950’s art-deco aesthetic, the theater has one screen, plus an assortment of candy, popcorn and soft drinks, wine and beer.

45 S. Trade St., Tryon 828-859-6811, tryontheatre.com

glen comes alive from the sounds of musical performances and plays. You can hear the tunes and toe-tapping beats from the popular Summer Tracks series (see our Calendar of Events at the back of this magazine for show listings), as well as Shakespeare play performances and more.

Mark Holland of Saluda’s Wood Berry Gallery highlights regional contemporary artists in a quaint but packed downtown gallery.

Shop Local

RIn Landrum, Crawford’s offers fine furnishings, classic decor, women’s clothing and accessories, plus antiques.

un by our local friends and families, this area has numerous small businesses where you’ll find everything from hardware to books, flowers to coffee, clothing to tattoos - and everything in between! You have to drive at least 30 minutes in any direction to find a major shopping center or mall, so we hope you’ll choose to spend your money with our local merchants.


Architectural Warehouse at Old Mill Market Square 151 Southern Mercerizing Rd. 828-966-9030


Back Alley Boutique and Bud Bar 28 Oak St. 828-440-1184, 828-388-6040

The Book Shelf 17 S. Trade St. 828-859-9304

Brett Auston Floral & Gift Boutique 255B N. Trade St. 828-412-7016


Dark Horse Antique Market 1161 S. Trade St. 828-859-5634

Four Winds Gift and Floral Shop 16 Maple St. 828-859-9545


IGA Supermarket 370 S. Trade St. 828-859-9245

Mountain Trail Soap Company 112 N. Trade St., Suite #5 828-301-4546



Find the perfect read at these bookstores:

The Book Shelf

17 S. Trade St., Tryon 828-859-9304

Unique Boutique, Gift Shop and Book Nook at Adawehi 93 Adawehi Lane, Columbus 828-894-5260

Nature’s Store House Health Food Store 427 S. Trade St. 828-859-6356


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

Facebook: The Nest Artisan Market

Red Door Deals 1913 Lynn Rd. 828-440-1415

Seventh Day Adventist Church Thrift Store 2820 Lynn Rd. 828-859-6407

Southern Agenda 27 S. Trade St. 850-218-4798

Thompson Garden Gallery 83 Palmer St. 828-859-3185

Tryon Antique Mall 1005 S. Trade St. 828-859-2756

Tryon Bottle - A Wine & Beer Boutique 15 S. Trade St. 828-859-6473


Tryon Toymakers & Woodcarvers 17 S. Trade St. 843-373-7232


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

wildpetunias.com COLUMBUS

Advance Auto Parts 211 W. Mills St. 828-894-3202

Avery Creek Nursery & Gift Shop 2676 NC 108 828-894-0107



Bear’s Den Trading Post 222 E. Mills St. 864-478-4212

Beneficial Foods Organic Grocery 93 Adawehi Lane 828-894-0737

Blissful Buds 200 E. Mills St.

Blue Waters Pool & Spas 32 N. Peak St. 828-894-0299

Carolina Dragonfly Boutique 2060 Lynn Rd., Suite 3 828-440-1163


CarQuest Auto Parts 291 E. Mills St. 828-894-3064

Columbus ABC Store

250 W. Mills St., Suite 3 828-894-3188


333 W. Mills St. 828-894-8247

Dogwood Market Home Decor 2060 Lynn Rd., Suite 10 864-491-0371

Dollar General 101 Shuford Rd. 828-722-1100

Dutch Boy Barns

617 W. Mills St. 864-804-6999

Elegance Permanent Beauty Co. 155 W. Mills St, Suite 201 828-802-1187

The Endurance Boutique 370 John Weaver Rd. 704-953-1541

European Market

155 W. Mills St. 828-590-6760

Family Dollar

229 W. Mills St. 828-802-6023


Food Lion Supermarket

250 W. Mills St. Unit 5 828-894-8286


Foothills Pharmacy 80 Shuford Rd. 828-894-6112

Garden Patch 39 W. Mills St. 828-894-2200

Gert’s Place Antiques & Collectibles 6431 Hwy. 9, Suite 5 828-722-1255

Green River Cycles 155 W. Mills St. Suite 103 828-802-1210


Gunner’s Custom Holsters 2060 Lynn Rd., Suite 5 828-440-1057


Hay Rack on 9 6331 NC 9 828-863-0536

King Smoke & Vape 155 W. Mills St., #106 828-802-1116

O’Reilly Auto Parts 120 W. Mills St. 828-722-1000

Pure Country Weavers 81 Skylar Dr., Lynn 828-859-9916


Purrrfect Bark

155 W. Mills St., Suite 109 828-894-2444

Re-Ride Consignment Tack Shop 2060 Lynn Rd., Suite 8 828-755-1948

SS Farm & Saddlery 2060 Lynn Rd., Suite 7 828-440-1510

Second Chance Thrift Store 232 E. Mills St. 828-894-2373 stepstohope.org

Tractor Supply Co. 651 W. Mills St. 828-894-0560 tractorsupply.com

Unique Boutique, Gift Shop and Book Nook at Adawehi 93 Adawehi Lane 828-894-5260

Watson Appliance and Flooring 133 Shuford Rd. 828-894-5150


Adventure Cycles

160 W. US 176 (in Tickle Family Health) 828-817-1892


Botanica Belize Wildcrafted Skincare

Holistic Aesthetic Spa & Shop 144 US 176 828-577-8660 botanicabelize.com

The Dressing Room, Etc. 137 E. Main St. 828-749-9555

Facebook: thedressingroometc

eArthly Minds Gallery & Gift Shop 19 Pearson Falls Rd. 828-769-9063


Gardener’s Cottage & Brass Latch 181 E. Main St. 828-749-4200

Heartwood Gallery

21 E. Main St. 828-749-9365


Historic Thompson’s Store/Ward’s Grill 24 Main St. 828-749-2321

M.A. Pace General Store

60 E. Main St. 828-749-2401


171 E. Main St. 828-769-9036


Milkweed Chainstitch Embroidery 192 Patterson St. 828-290-9268


River Dog Run

46 E. Main St. 828-551-1461

Saluda Outfitters

435 E. Main St. 828-848-4060


Somewhere in Time

Ice Cream & Antiques

70 E. Main St. 828-749-1514


50 E. Main St. 828-749-3000

The Bookshelf



1752 Hwy. 14 855-955-2534

Bealls Outlet

209 W. Rutherford St. 864-457-2140

Big John’s Antiques

601 S. Howard Ave., Suite B

Blue Ridge Wine & Spirits (Inside Roadrunner Markets) 1884 SC Hwy 14 864-457-5260

Carolina Hemp Company

118 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-1004

Carriage House Consignments & Estate Sales

110 S. Shamrock Ave. 843-225-0001

Carruth Furniture

104 S. Howard Ave. 864-457-3344

Classic Couture 109 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-3360

Covington & Co. Jewelry 210 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-5854

Crawford’s of Landrum 108 E Rutherford St. 914-954-7704


Dollar General 1756 SC Hwy 14 828-722-1029

Dollar Tree 213 W. Rutherford St. 864-708-6028 dollartree.com

Dutch Country Whole Foods 214 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-2450

Elaine’s Attic 601 S. Howard Ave. 864-457-1242

Eubanks Farm Store 1506a E. Rutherford St. 814-673-4655

Expressions Florist and Antiques 105 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-6694

The Farm House 22341 Asheville Hwy. 864-457-3557 farmhousetack.com

Foothills Amish Furniture 106 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-2400


The Hay Rack 325 W. Rutherford St. 864-457-2155

The Hikers Hut 118 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-1214

Ingles Markets & Gas Express 1851 SC Hwy 14 E 864-457-5187

Landrum Armory 106 Jones St. 864-457-1366

Landrum Drug 104 W. Rutherford St. 864-457-2401

Landrum Eclectics 601 W. Rutherford St. 864-457-2314

Landrum Hardware 1712 SC Hwy 14 864-457-2324


Lucy’s Boutique 1508 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-4445


Millstone Gallery 221 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-2202

O’Darby’s Liquor Barn 127 Fairwinds Dr. 864-457-1557



Like the thrill of second-hand shopping? Are you thrifty, but still want to support a worthy cause? There are several thrift shops in the area that offer incredible bargains, and support hospice, stray animals, our domestic violence shelter and affordable housing, among other worthy causes.

Good Neighbor Store

Columbus Baptist Church 45 Houston Rd., Columbus 828-894-8588

Habitat For Humanity Restore

132 N. Trade Ave., Landrum 864-457-2666

Operation Hope Thrift Store

206 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-1005

Paws, Prayers & Promises

P3 Retail for Rescue

112 E. Rutherford St., Landrum 864-457-3694

Seventh Day Adventist

Church Thrift Store 2820 Lynn Rd., Tryon 828-859-6407

Steps to Hope Thrift Barn 1810 Hwy. 14, Landrum 864-457-1099

Second Chance Thrift Store 232 E. Mills St., Columbus 828-894-2373



Sandhurst Leatherwork

687 N. Trade St., Tryon 828-440-1373


Custom saddlery, tack repair

The Endurance Boutique

370 John Weaver Rd., Columbus 704-953-1541

Equestrian clothing

Hay Rack on 9

6331 NC 9, Columbus 828-863-0536

Horse feed, supplies

Re-Ride Consignment Tack Shop 2060 Lynn Rd., Suite 8, Columbus 828-755-1948

Used equestrian supplies, clothing

SS Farm & Saddlery 2060 Lynn Rd., Suite 7, Columbus 828-440-1510


Tack, saddles, animal care products

Tractor Supply Co.

651 W. Mills St., Columbus 828-894-0560

P3 Retail for Rescue

112 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-3694



Savvy Scavengers Antique Mall and Marketplace

105 S. Randolph Ave. 864-457-6710

The Shops at LAM

221 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-4000

Facebook: LandrumAntiquesandFurniture

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

Facebook: Sissyboutiqueandgifts

Steps to Hope Thrift Barn 1810 Hwy. 14 864-457-1099



Farm supplies, animal feed, clothing, tools, fencing

The Farm House

22341 Asheville Hwy., Landrum 864-457-3557


Equestrian clothing

The Stitching Fox 22349 Asheville Hwy. 828-222-5018


Thermal Belt Habitat For Humanity Restore

132 N. Trade Ave. 864-457-2666


Whimsical World Gallery

116 Jones St. 207-272-9088


White Buffalo Collectibles 205 E. Rutherford St. 386-405-2263

The Yankee Peach Antiques and Collectibles

120 E. Rutherford St. 864-386-5800


The Hay Rack

325 W. Rutherford St., Landrum 864-457-2155

Farm supplies

Ride Equistyle

207 E. Rutherford St., Landrum 828-202-9811


Home accents, equestrian goods


Adair’s Rod & Gun Supply (at Tim Edwards Landscaping Feed & Farm Store) 109 Post Office Rd. 828-894-0741

Dover Saddlery 30 Legends Circle 800-406-8204


The General Store & Market at TIEC 25 International Blvd. 828-863-1000


McGuinns Store 4884 NC 9 North 828-625-4755

Red Mountain Hardware 6068 NC 9 828-553-7470

Tim Edwards Landscaping Farm & Landscaping Supplies

109 Post Office Rd. 828-894-0741


Unique Boutique at TIEC 25 International Blvd. 828-863-1000


Sandhurst Leatherwork


Whether you are searching for heirloom antiques, collector’s items, things to upcycle and repurpose, fun holiday home decor, or quirky and offbeat “rare as a hen’s teeth” objects, you’ll find our antique shops offer an abundance of choices and an eclectic mix. Make a day out of the search or an entire weekend!


Gert’s Place

6431 NC Hwy. 9, Suite 5 828-722-1255


Big John’s Antiques

601 S. Howard Ave.

Crawford’s Fine Furnishings and Classic Decor

108 E. Rutherford St. 914-954-7704

Expressions Florist and Antiques

105 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-6694

Landrum Antiques & Furniture Company

Landrum Antique Mall

The Shops at LAM 221 E. Rutherford St. 864-457-4000 or Facebook.com/


Landrum Eclectics 601 W. Rutherford St. 864-457-2314

My Favorite Shoppe 21919 Asheville Highway 864-230-8585

Savvy Scavengers Antique Mall and Marketplace

105 S. Randolph Ave. 864-457-6710


The Yankee Peach Antiques and Collectibles 120 E. Rutherford 864-386-5800


Voyageur’s Antiques 22625 Asheville Highway 864-457-3955

White Buffalo Collectibles 205 E Rutherford St. 864-457-1411


Gardener’s Cottage & The Brass Latch 181 E. Main St. 828-749-4200

M.A. Pace General Store 60 E. Main St. 828-749-2401

River Dog Run

46 E. Main St. 828-551-1461


Architectural Warehouse

151 Southern Mercerizing Road 828-859-2297


Dark Horse Antique Market

1161 S. Trade St. 828-859-5634

Foothills Mercantile Antiques & Home Goods

1005 S. Trade St. 828-859-0164

Old Mill Market Square

151 Southern Mercerizing Rd. 828-859-5467


Tryon Antique

Mall & Marketplace

1005 S. Trade St. 828-859-2756

Tryon Antique Mall

It’s playtime!

Steep. Fast. Beautiful. The Gorge, a thrilling tree-based zipline canopy tour in Saluda will take your breath away! Begin your experience perched on the rim of the Green River Gorge, then plunge into untouched wilderness. Descend 1,100 vertical feet in elevation as you zipline from tree-top to tree-top, traverse an epically beautiful sky-bridge, and conquer three huge rappels.

Whether you like to stay busy or chill with friends and family, there are fun places to go and exciting things to do in the Foothills. Ziplining through the trees high above the gorge in Saluda is an option, or you can join a game at the gym, enjoy excellent programming at the library, ride the carousel at Tryon International Equestrian Center, or spend an easy afternoon at the playground. Check the calendar of events for lots of other things to do.


Foothills Equestrian Nature Center

Nature and equestrian-themed summer camps

3381 Hunting Country Rd., Tryon, 828859-9021, fence.org

Gibson Park Pool

Swimming lessons, lap swim, open swim 236 Park St., Columbus, 828-894-2646

Bright’s Creek Equestrian Center

Horseback riding lessons, ages 4 to adults, beginners through advanced 2222 Palmer Road, Mill Spring, 828-6944500, BrightsCreek.com

Polk County 4-H

Hands-on learning in areas of agriculture, science/STEM, public speaking/communication, life skills, sewing, community service projects, ages 5-18.

79 Carmel Lane, Columbus, 828-8948218, polk.ces.ncsu.edu

Polk County High School – Sports Camps

Numerous sports camps offered during the summer

1681 NC Hwy. 108, Columbus, 828-8942525, polkschools.org/pchs

Stearns Day Camp (YMCA of Greater Spartanburg)

105 N. Peak St., Columbus 828-894-8199, recreation@polknc.org, afehl@spartanburgymca.org

The Adventure School Programs include Wild Child, Adventure Youth Group, Adventure Days, Summer Camps.

3493 U.S. Hwy. 176, Tryon, 828-8170454, theadventureschool.org

Tryon Arts and Crafts School Arts programs offered throughout the year in a variety of disciplines for youth.

373 Harmon Field Rd., Tryon, 828-8598323, tryonartsandcrafts.org

Tryon Fine Arts Center

Summer camp specializing in traditional Appalachian music instruction.

34 Melrose Ave., Tryon, 828-859-8322, tryonarts.org

Tryon Little Theater

Youth theater classes, Tyron Youth Summer Theater Program

516 South Trade St., Tryon, 828-8592466, tltinfo.org


Brookwood Park

Half-mile paved walking path, some shaded, and a playground.

East Rutherford Street/Highway 14, between South Poplar, South Bomar and Brookwood

Dr., Landrum

Harmon Field

This popular 36-acre park has a 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, stables, disc golf course and Pacolet River beach access.

117 Harmon Field Road, Tryon

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 Streets, Saluda

Stearns Park

Includes a paved walking path loop, jungle gym, gaga ball pit, tetherball, gazebo, and picnic tables. Stearns Gym hosts indoor recreational activities such as volleyball, basketball, pickleball, art classes, playtime groups.

East Mills St./NC Hwy. 108 (across from the Polk County Courthouse), Columbus


Polk County Recreational Complex

Includes three ballfields, walking paths, two picnic shelters, a large playground, basketball courts, tennis courts. 235 Wolverine Trail, Mill Spring


Gibson Park Pool Public swimming pool. Summer hours:

Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Fee for pool use. Annual pass available.

236 Park St., Columbus, 828-894-2646

With McCreery Park playground located in the heart of Saluda’s downtown district, it’s no wonder that the town earned the designation Playful City USA in 2013.

Lake Lure Beach

Mountain lake featuring both a traditional beach & a kids’ park with a waterslide & water games.

2724 Memorial Hwy., Lake Lure, 828-6250077, lakeluretours.com


Freedom Hill Farm and Rescue Petting Zoo

Petting zoo and pony rides available for children and adults. All ages welcome.

311 Mize Nursery Lane, Columbus, 203321-6178

The Gorge Zipline

America's Steepest and Fastest Zipline Canopy Tour with 11 ziplines, skybridge, 3 huge rappells.

166 Honey Bee Dr., Saluda, 828-7492500, thegorgezipline.com

Green River Adventures

Kayak instruction, guided whitewater trips, stand up paddle boarding, waterfall rappelling program

111 E. Main St., Saluda, 828-749-2800, greenriveradventures.com


Enjoy a good book or some fun library programming at one of our four libraries. Visit in person or virtually to find out what cool stuff the librarians have in store!

Polk County Public Library - Columbus Branch

1289 W. Mills St., Columbus 828-894-8721


Polk County Public Library - Saluda Branch

44 W. Main St., Saluda 828-722-5218


Spartanburg County Public Library - Landrum Branch

111 Asbury Dr., Landrum 864-457-2218


Lanier Library

72 Chestnut St., Tryon 828-859-9535


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We’re going to let you in on a few secrets that only the locals know …

Take it all in

Sit and ponder the world at the top of White Oak Mountain. Enjoy the peace and quiet, and revel in miles of stunning mountain views.

Chicken soup for the soul

On a cold night, or if you’re feeling under the weather, try the Mexican version of chicken soup, complete with rice, cilantro, lime and avocado, from El Campesino Restaurant in Columbus.

Calling cornhole pros

This game isn’t just for tailgate lawn parties anymore. Cornhole enthusiasts and pros will find serious (and fun!) competition at Iron Key Brewing Company in Columbus.

Heavenly and delightful

What has just a few simple ingredients, and is sinfully good? It’s the oreo pudding from Southern Manners outside Landrum. One bite and there’s no stopping.

Tacos, tequila and trivia?

Yes, they do go together. Head into Saluda to the S.P.O.T. at 101 East Main for casual, flavorful, cocktails and dinner, while you test your trivia knowledge.

Just say ‘no’ to the megaplex

If you’re ok with catching a movie a month (or decade) after it hits the megaplex cinemas, and you like the ambience of an old time movie theater with a modern sound system, come to Tryon Theater on Trade St. In continuous operation since 1938, this independently owned treasure is a quirky, delightful experience.

Carousels, bands, food … oh! and horses, too!

You don’t have to know a thing about horses or equestrian competition to enjoy Saturday Night Lights, hosted by Tryon International Equestrian Center. With loads of activities for children, plus bands and entertainment and a plethora of restaurant choices, the summer evenings are a magical part of summer in the Foothills. Visit Tryon.com for the schedule.

Nature Talks and Walks

If you feel you need more nature in your life, and you appreciate educational programs about flora and fauna, consider attending programming by Conserving Carolina, a nonprofit organization that works to preserve and protect our natural world in Polk County and Upstate South Carolina. Find an event at ConservingCarolina.org that fits your schedule, and prepare to be awed with the natural world all around us.

Carousel at TIEC


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, and advancements in orthopedic surgery and rehab.

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 decades.

101 Hospital Dr., Columbus 828-894-3311




Mercy Urgent Care Center provides treatment for non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses, including colds, ear infections, the flu, broken bones, sprains, mild asthma, urinary tract infections, sports physicals, and more. No appointment needed. Walk-in, video-in, or call-in care.

140 W. Mills St. (Hwy. 108) Columbus, NC

Open 7 days/week: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas 828-802-1011




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

Landrum Drug Co.

104 W. Rutherford St., Landrum 864-457-2401

Ingles Markets

1851 Hwy. 14, Landrum 864-457-5187

We are hoping you do not need a doctor or services of a hospital while you are visiting the area, but if you do, rest assured, there are a variety of health care options available to you, whether you are experiencing an emergency, need a prescription refilled, or need to speak with a specialist in a particular field.


First Peak Visitor Center

The First Peak Visitor Center has information spanning Polk County and all of Western North Carolina. They will provide a warm welcome for newcomers, plus share local information, calendar of events, detailed road maps and phone books. For those wanting to entertain visiting family and friends, stop by to find things to do during their visit. And, of course, locals and visitors alike will discover nearby interests: small towns, waterfalls, wineries, shops, restaurants, outdoor adventures and scenic drives. Stop by on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 20 E. Mills St., Columbus, call 828-894-2324, 800-4407848, or visit Firstpeaknc. com.

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 and Landrum. They are online at Carolinafoothillschamber. com or call 828-859-6236. Stop in for a visit at 2753 Lynn Road, Suite A. Open Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m - 12 p.m., and Friday by appointment.

Landrum Area Business Association

The Landrum Area Business Association is a membership organization for all types of businesses and nonprofits in Landrum, dedicated to promoting the economic vitality of the area. The organization sponsors multiple events throughout the year aimed at drawing visitors and residents to the historic downtown area, including a town Easter

Egg Hunt, Christmas and Halloween Strolls and the annual Christmas Parade. The association meets at Landrum City Hall, 100 N. Shamrock Ave., Landrum. Call 864-457-3000 or visit cityoflandrumsc.com/ business-association.

Saluda Business Association

The Saluda Business Association meets the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Saluda Visitors Center on Main St. next to the Depot. Call 828-749-2581 for more information or visit Saluda. com.

Saluda Visitor Center

Located at 20 W. Main St., Suite 1 in downtown Saluda, the Visitor Center offers information on shopping, restaurants, recreation, the arts, and much more. Visit in person 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily or virtually at VisitSaludaNC.com.

Tryon Visitor’s Center

Located in the Tryon History Museum, the Tryon Tourism Board invites you to look at their website, exploretryon. com, to follow Tryon on Pinterest and Facebook, or to call 828-859-6654 for information specific to Tryon. The Visitor’s Center is located at 26 Maple St., Tryon.

Tryon Downtown Development Association

The TDDA works to preserve and enhance the community of Tryon through a downtown revitalization program that focuses on economic restructuring, streetscape design and historic preservation. Members plan a wide variety of community activities throughout the year. Search the organization on Facebook or call 828-859-6655 for more information.


Find Your Way!


Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)

Airlines operating out of AVL include:

Allegiant Air

American Airlines

Delta Air Lines

jetBlue Airways

Sun Country Airlines

United Airlines


Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP)

Airlines operating out of GSP include:

Allegiant Air

American Airlines

Avelo Airlines

Breeze Airways

Delta Air Lines

Silver Airways

Southwest Airlines

United Airlines


Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)

Airlines operating out of CLT include:

Air Canada

American Airlines

Contour Airlines

Delta Air Lines

Frontier Airlines

jetBlue Airways


Southwest Airlines

Spirit Airlines

Sun Country Airlines

Swift Air

United Airlines

Vacation Express


Volaris Airlines


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 and fuel services. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 828-287-0800 rutherfordcountync.gov/departments/ airport_dept


The Foothills area is easily reached from Interstate 26 (Exit 1 is Landrum, S.C., Exit 67 is Columbus, N.C., and Exit 59 is Saluda, N.C.). U.S. Hwy. 74 crosses Polk County with Exit 170 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, and

Exits 163 and 161 in Columbus.

I-26 connects to I-40 in Asheville, N.C. and I-85 in Spartanburg, S.C.


Amtrak runs the Crescent Line daily from New York to New Orleans with a 4:21 a.m. southbound stop and 3:01 a.m. northbound stop in Spartanburg, S.C., (SPG) just 25 minutes from Landrum, S.C. The station is located at 290 Magnolia St, Spartanburg, S.C. Amtrak.com


Greyhound Bus Lines has a transit center at 100 N. Liberty St. in Spartanburg, S.C. and a bus station at 9 Hendrix Dr. in Greenville, S.C. Greyhound.com


Trapped without a car? Schedule a pickup for errands, shopping or medical appointments both in and out of Polk County, with PCTA. Senior citizens ride free. Call 828-894-8203 for rates and schedule. Advance notice required.

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