Your Summer Guide to the Saluda River

If floating beneath gorgeous drapes of Spanish Moss and through scenic river canyons sounds like an ideal way to spend at least part of your summer vacation, then it’s time to plan your Saluda River tubing adventure! Saluda River tubing is a particularly lovely way to escape the oppressive summer heat of North Carolina, too! The mountain breezes and cooling lakes and rivers are a welcome reprieve! 

The higher elevations of the North Carolina Mountains provide a welcome escape from the sweltering conditions of urban areas. However, these breezes aren’t the only reasons to retreat to the mountains this summer! During the summer, the North Carolina mountains offer many activities that cater to all interests. Saluda, in particular, is a hidden gem for outdoor enthusiasts. Saluda River Tubing is perfect for lazy afternoons floating on the water. Beyond the river, Saluda boasts numerous hiking trails, a vibrant arts scene, and a charming downtown, where visitors can peruse local boutiques and galleries.

For those seeking the ultimate relaxation experience, a stay at our top-rated hotel in Saluda, NC, provides an unparalleled retreat. After a day of exploring, guests can indulge in luxurious spa treatments designed to rejuvenate the body and mind, followed by an exquisite dinner at the award-winning Newman’s Restaurant. The exceptional hospitality, coupled with world-class amenities, ensures a stay that is both restorative and memorable. Book your stay at our boutique hotel in the North Carolina Mountains today! 

People enjoying an afternoon of Saluda River Tubing

Get Outside for Saluda River Tubing

The Saluda River, a picturesque waterway winding through the verdant landscapes of the North Carolina Mountains, is the perfect destination for summer tubing enthusiasts. Known for its gentle currents and crystal-clear waters, Saluda River tubing provides a refreshing escape from the summer heat. The river is framed by lush forests and rolling hills, creating a picturesque backdrop for those seeking a lazy but scenic afternoon floating along the river’s course. 

Saluda River tubing is suitable for novice and seasoned tubers, and several companies offer equipment and access to the river for this fun adventure, including Saluda Outdoor River Company. In general, you can expect your Saluda River tubing experience to take anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5 hours, depending on the speed of the water that day. Most of the river is considered flat for a calm floating experience, but there are a few small rapids along the way, especially towards the end of the tubing journey. 

We recommend you take snacks, water, and sunscreen with you. Even though you’ll keep cool on the water, the river isn’t shaded, and the sun will undoubtedly shine on you as you float the river! The dropoff point for Saluda River Tubing is just below the dam. From there, you’ll float under bridges and along the scenic riverbanks, where you’ll likely spot plenty of wildlife. 

As fun as Saluda River tubing can be, it’s not the only river adventure around here, especially for those looking for a slightly more adventurous tilt to their days! Our friends at Green River Adventures offer a range of adventures, including whitewater rafting on the Green River, waterfall rappelling, ziplining, kayaking, and standup paddleboarding. 

The spa treatment rooms at our Saluda, NC Hotel

Unwind at our Elevated Saluda, NC Hotel

Regardless of what brings you to the North Carolina mountains, there’s no better place to stay than our elevated Hotel in Saluda, NC. Our Hotel is rated as one of the most romantic getaways in NC, for a good reason! The Orchard Inn offers visitors an exquisite retreat into the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Guests can choose from cozy rooms, spacious suites, or private cottages, each furnished with modern amenities and private baths. The welcoming ambiance is complemented by stunning views of the surrounding natural beauty, perfect for a rejuvenating getaway.

The accommodations are just part of the story at our Hotel in Saluda, though. Guests also have access to our on-site spa, where they can enjoy rejuvenating massages, facials, and yoga, surrounded by the beauty of these scenic mountains. Whether you stay close to the Inn and indulge in these pampered treatments or schedule a rejuvenating massage after your busy day of adventure, our spa is a coveted part of every stay at our Hotel. 

Elevate your experience in the North Carolina Mountains with exquisite meals at Newman’s Restaurant. Our award-winning restaurant is one of the finest restaurants in the state, competing with those high-end establishments you’ll find in Asheville. Dining at Newman’s Restaurant is nothing short of delightful. Here, you’ll find an exceptional farm-to-table dining experience. Beyond exquisite dinners, guests are treated to a full, made-to-order breakfast each morning as a part of your stay at our Saluda, NC Hotel. Our dining room overlooks the mountains and vibrant bird feeders, adding to the overall experience of your mountain retreat.

With all of these fabulous amenities and elevated experiences, not to mention our outstanding hospitality, it’s easy to see how we’re one of the best romantic getaways in North Carolina. Book an unforgettable getaway to our Saluda hotel today!