Before you know it school will be back in session and your days and weekends will be filled with football, PTA, and homework. Make the best of the time you have left of the summer months and spend that time in the mountains enjoying the outdoors. The perfect place to think about for your last summer trip would be Saluda, NC. While thinking of things to do in Saluda, NC, make sure you plan to rest your head at The Orchard Inn. This lovely B&B can cater to your every need to make sure you have an amazing weekend. Let’s go over some of the local highlights for not only the end of summer but any time of year.
The best way to spend your time in the mountains is actually on a mountain, Grandfather Mountain to be exact. Located in Linville, NC, Grandfather Mountain is one of the most beautiful things to do in Saluda, NC. It is the highest peak in the Blue Ridge and is packed with enough wild flowers and animals that will leave you not wanting to leave. While there, don’t miss the Mile High Swinging Bridge which will give you a 360 degree view of the Blue Ridge.
One attraction for all ages is The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Starting in Bryson City, NC the railroad has excursions for every interest. One is the Nantahala Gorge Excursion which takes you from Bryson City to the Nantahala Gorge and back. This 88 mile trip takes 4 1/2 hours and will deposit you at the Nantahala Outdoor Center where you can use your 1 hour layover to check out the river or sight see. While on the train enjoy bluegrass music and Appalachian stories.
For the more adventurous type, you can’t pass up the Gorge Zipline Canopy Tour. The 3 1/2 hour trip begins at the Green River Gorge and will take you through some of the most beautiful wilderness. The tour features 11 zip lines, 3 huge rappels and a sky bridge and will plunge you through 14,000 acres and 1,100 vertical feet. There are some requirements so please check the website before booking.
By far the most informative thing to do is the Brews Cruise in Asheville, NC. You can choose between a mobile or walking tour and learn and sample some of the best craft beers in the nation. While on your tour you will learn all about different beer styles and the beer brewing process. There are many options to choose from, including a gluten free tour featuring cider, mead, and wine.
Nestled in the heart of these fun activities is The Orchard Inn in Saluda, NC. This amazing Western NC B&B has become a landmark with locals and visitors alike for not only their service and relaxing rooms but their local knowledge base. The owners can recommend a multitude of things to do in Saluda, NC that will fill your time in the mountains with unforgettable memories. Contact them today and ask about their amazing deal of 2 nights and tickets for 2 at the Gorge Zipline Canopy Tour.
Photo by: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad