The Orchard Inn Awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2013

For the second year in a row The Orchard Inn has been awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, as well as Green Leader’s Silver Level Designation. The Inn has also received a Four Star Top Rating from

The Orchard Inn, located in Saluda, was originally built in 1926 by The Brotherhood of Southern Railroad as a summer retreat. It is on the National Register of Historic Places as the Railroad Clerk’s Mountain Home and is a member of the prestigious Select Registry group of Inns and B&B’s throughout North America.  Marc & Marianne Blazar purchased the Inn in 2010 from Bob & Kathy Thompson and have been working tirelessly to upgrade the amenities and rooms as well as the fine dining restaurant. There are 8 rooms upstairs in the Inn, one suite downstairs and 5 cottages situated on 12 lovely acres with stunning mountain views. Marianne, who learned her culinary skills in her native Vienna Austria, is chef serving breakfast every day, dinner Thursday thru Saturday and Brunch on Sunday. The restaurant, with wonderful mountain views from every table, is open to the public by reservation.

The TripAdvisor Award was given to The Orchard Inn based on unsolicited reviews from guests such as the following:

“A rare find — simple elegance and genuine hospitality”

Reviewed July 21, 2013

“My family and I have spent many years visiting the Saluda/Hendersonville area and thanks to the Orchard Inn, we have now begun a tradition of a family reunion/birthday celebration at the Inn each July.

From the moment we drive up, we are greeted by two friendly boxers and the owners, Marc and Marianne. There are delicious refreshments in the main room and the bedrooms are quite comfortable; many have views of the gardens below or the mountains in the distance. The attention to detail is extraordinary and I love the little amenities like the wonderful, handmade soup/shampoo and the tasty treats that await you in your room.

Marc makes sure that you are comfortable and that you have everything you need. Marianne is an fantastic chef and there is no need to ever leave the Inn because the breakfast is out-of-this-world (the best scones I have ever tasted) and the dinner is just perfect in every way; the ambiance, the wine selections and the affordable, fixed price menu which offers interesting and delicious choices so there is sure to be something for everyone.

Make sure to arrive early enough to enjoy wine on the side porch while gazing at the beautiful view or rise early enough to leisurely sip coffee in one of the comfortable rocking chairs on the front porch.

I have reviewed other properties and restaurants for Trip Advisor, but I confess that selfishly, it is with mixed emotions that I write about the Orchard Inn because it is simply a one-of-a-kind, fabulous experience and as the word spreads, I don’t want anything to change about this wonderful refuge from the “real” world.”