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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 Tryon Farmers’ Market is your source for purchasing locally grown products and handmade crafts, with a growing number of variety of vendors! We are located in Downtown Tryon every Thursday night from 4:30-6:30. Can’t wait to see you there!

The Saluda Historic Depot Theatre Troupe will present “The Gin Game” at the Orchard Inn in Saluda.  The Pulitzer-prize winning two-person play, written by D.L. Coburn (1978), directed by Bill Jameson and starring Cappy Hall Rearick and Jack Milhaupt, will be held on three different evenings in August: • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 • 7 p.m. […]

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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

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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.

Want to know where the locals recommend spending a summer day with the kids? Pearson's Falls, near Saluda, N.C., was voted the Best Place to Hike and the Best Place to Take Your Family (but leave Fido at home). It’s a ¼ mile hike to the 90-foot waterfall. Learn more here: firstpeaknc.com/businesses/pearsons-falls/. 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

Want to know where the locals recommend spending a summer day with the kids? Pearsons Falls, near Saluda, N.C., was voted the Best Place to Hike and the Best Place to Take Your Family (but leave Fido at home). It’s a ¼ mile hike to the 90-foot waterfall. Learn more here: https://firstpeaknc.com/businesses/pearsons-falls/.  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!

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