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Sneak Away to Small Town Comfort

Known as a cool summer resort area in the late 1800s for those living in the heat and humidity of the low country, the small towns of Tryon, Saluda and Columbus are a year-round treat for travelers today. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway…

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Green River Gamelands

Thousands of visitors journey to Western North Carolina each year in search of backcountry adventures, and many find their heart’s desire in the Green River Game Lands, 14,000-plus acres of pristine wilderness in Polk and Henderson counties….

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First Peak Videos: Your Guide to Fall

We spent a week exploring fall fun at the First Peak of the Blue Ridge. You’ll find six of the videos on this page, so be sure to scroll down and watch them all, plus watch The Orchard Inn’s cooking demo here!  We talked about scenic…

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Historic Tryon Featured on NC Weekend

On the heals of downtown Tryon receiving its official designation as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places, it was also the featured town on UNC-TV’s NC Weekend program.  Take a look, and then find out more about…

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Upcoming Events

Tryon Arts & Crafts School will welcome heroes and witches, princesses and beasts, to enter the storied hinterland of the “​The Enchanted Forest.” The school’s August invitational exhibition premieres alongside Artists of the Month, Ben and Beth Waddell. The free, family-friendly reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, with hors […]

The public is invited to attend an opening of the Thursday Painters Art Exhibit from 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 27, at the Depot Room. This group of women has met and painted weekly in Tryon since 2009.  Led by Patricia Cole Ferullo, this group of water color artists is preparing to present an exhibit of their […]

The Art of Yoga is a dedicated space of self expression allowing individuals the opportunity to be inspired or contemplative. Wall space awaits for those of you have been stacking your paintings into that closet or spare room. Pedestals are awaiting your glass work or jewelry. Art comes in many forms and allows the artists […]

Tryon Arts & Crafts School will welcome heroes and witches, princesses and beasts, to enter the storied hinterland of the “​The Enchanted Forest.” The school’s August invitational exhibition premieres alongside Artists of the Month, Ben and Beth Waddell. The free, family-friendly reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, with hors […]

Did you know that the locals voted Rogers Park Amphitheater in Tryon, N.C. the "Best Place to Hear Live Music?" The Summer Tracks concert series, in its 19th year, is a great way to experience Rogers Park! Look for shows during the summer at firstpeaknc.com/events/ or www.summertracks.com/. The Tryon Daily Bulletin recently published its first Readers' Choice list, compiling votes for the best businesses and restaurants and creating 'the Best of the Best.' Stay tuned for more of our favorites! ... See MoreSee Less

Did you know that the locals voted Rogers Park Amphitheater in Tryon, N.C. the Best Place to Hear Live Music? The Summer Tracks concert series, in its 19th year, is a great way to experience Rogers Park!  Look for shows during the summer at https://firstpeaknc.com/events/ or http://www.summertracks.com/. The Tryon Daily Bulletin recently published its first Readers Choice list, compiling votes for the best businesses and restaurants and creating the Best of the Best. Stay tuned for more of our favorites!

1 week ago

First Peak Visitor Center - Polk County, NC Travel & Tourism

The Art of the Horse outdoor exhibit has painted horses on display throughout the First Peak through October 15. These are two new horses located in Tryon, N.C. The horses are called “Zentangle-Zebra Gone Awry” and “Four Seasons in the Foothills.” Drop by our Visitor Center in Columbus for a map or more information. Thanks to Kevin Haynes for the photos and Our Carolina Foothills for the project. ... See MoreSee Less

The Art of the Horse outdoor exhibit has painted horses on display throughout the First Peak through October 15. These are two new horses located in Tryon, N.C. The horses are called “Zentangle-Zebra Gone Awry” and “Four Seasons in the Foothills.” Drop by our Visitor Center in Columbus for a map or more information. Thanks to Kevin Haynes for the photos and Our Carolina Foothills for the project.Image attachment

2 weeks ago

First Peak Visitor Center - Polk County, NC Travel & Tourism

The Art of the Horse outdoor exhibit has painted horses on display throughout the First Peak through October 15. This is the new horse located in Saluda. The horse is called "Carolina". Drop by our Visitor Center in Columbus for a map or more information. Thanks to Kevin Haynes for the photos and Our Carolina Foothills for the project.

See more photos in the comments below. This horse represents the special full moons that have occurred this year. The abstract landscape was painted to echo the hills of the Upstate and Western Carolina. The artist is Hamed Mahmoodi. The sponsor is Our Carolina Foothills. This horse is located in Saluda at the Blue Firefly Inn at 91 Greenville Street.
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The Art of the Horse outdoor exhibit has painted horses on display throughout the First Peak through October 15. This is the new horse located in Saluda. The horse is called Carolina. Drop by our Visitor Center in Columbus for a map or more information. Thanks to Kevin Haynes for the photos and Our Carolina Foothills for the project.See more photos in the comments below.  This horse represents the special full moons that have occurred this year. The abstract landscape was painted to echo the hills of the Upstate and Western Carolina. The artist is Hamed Mahmoodi.  The sponsor is Our Carolina Foothills. This horse is located in Saluda at the Blue Firefly Inn at 91 Greenville Street.

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