How to Plan the Best Trip From Charlotte, NC, to Saluda, NC

Dreaming of a peaceful mountain getaway? Take a road trip from Charlotte, NC, to Saluda, NC. Saluda is a hidden gem of Western North Carolina and is the perfect place to relax and restore for a few days. You can unplug, spend time outdoors, and enjoy the charm of our small town. When you’re here, the worries of life just melt away.

Keep reading to discover our favorite things to do in Saluda. Then, use our free Vacation Guide to map out the rest of your vacation! From hiking trails to the best local restaurants, you’ll find it all in our complimentary guide.

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How to Get From Charlotte to Saluda

The drive from Charlotte to Saluda, NC, is just under two hours. Simply hop on US-74 West to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. As you drive, you’ll see the lush foliage and majestic mountains in the distance. Continue on I-26 toward Asheville, then take exit 59 toward Saluda.

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Arriving at The Orchard Inn

Stretch Your Legs

Your North Carolina staycation begins as soon as you pull into our driveway. Cut the engine and notice the sound of the birds, the smell of the trees, and the beautiful views surrounding our property. After you settle into your room or cottage, lace up your hiking shoes and get ready to stretch your legs! Orchard Inn is close to some of the best hiking spots in the state, including Chimney Rock State Park and Dupont State Forest. We even have a nature trail right onsite. 

If you’d prefer to walk around elsewhere, take the short drive from our inn to downtown Saluda. Our historic Main Street offers a quaint selection of restaurants, shops, and art galleries. It’s also surrounded by beautiful scenery. 

Fill Your Belly

It’s natural to be hungry after a couple of hours in the car! Feel free to order takeout from one of our local eateries (we love The Purple Onion’s fresh, healthy cuisine) or treat yourself to a five-star meal at our onsite restaurant. Newman’s is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. We offer a multi-course, farm-to-table dining experience and source many of our ingredients from our own organic garden. This is the best way to experience Saluda’s bounty!

Sleep Better

MVW BedroomBy now, you should be feeling a lot more relaxed. Take this opportunity to sink into bed for a restful night’s sleep. We know that city living presents lots of challenges and stress, so a trip from Charlotte to Saluda is always a great idea. You’ll wake up at The Orchard Inn each day feeling refreshed and can find more ways to enjoy Mother Nature’s beauty.

So, choose the accommodation that speaks to you and book your stay today! We look forward to showing you around Saluda, one of North Carolina’s coolest mountain towns.

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