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Tryon’s Nina Simone receives recognition in 2018

In 2018, some much-deserved recognition has come to Nina Simone, born Eunice Waymon in Tryon, N.C. in 1933. The world famous jazz singer known as the High Priestess of Soul was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, 2018.  Her…

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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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Saluda, NC is looking so beautiful on this snowy Saturday night! Tune in to their live video feed of Main Street to see how the views of this tiny mountain city change as the snow continues. www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBloQ2fHDJU ... See MoreSee Less

Saluda, NC is looking so beautiful on this snowy Saturday night!  Tune in to their live video feed of Main Street to see how the views of this tiny mountain city change as the snow continues. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBloQ2fHDJU

3 weeks ago

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

I love that we still have spots of brilliant fall color this close to Thanksgiving! Taken 11/19/18 at the Polk County Courthouse in Columbus, NC. ... See MoreSee Less

I love that we still have spots of brilliant fall color this close to Thanksgiving!  Taken 11/19/18 at the Polk County Courthouse in Columbus, NC.

3 months ago

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