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First Peak Restaurant Guide

First Peak Restaurant Guide Whether you want fine dining, a casual meal or a quick bite , we’ve got some great options for you.  We produce this First Peak Restaurant Guide with the latest hours and update it regularly to keep you in the know. Scroll down for a...

This Week at the First Peak – Weekly Events newsletter

Greetings, First Peak Friends.  We’re taking a little break from our weekly events newsletter during these extra-quiet early months of 2021.  We’ll pick back up in the spring. In the meantime: Use our events calendar for everything you need to know about...
Tryon’s Nina Simone receives recognition

Tryon’s Nina Simone receives recognition

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 childhood home was...
Sneak Away to Small Town Comfort

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 and poet Sidney Lanier...

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. Click here to view...
First Peak Videos: Your Guide to Fall

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 drives, hiking,...
Historic Tryon Featured on NC Weekend

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 the places they...
The Gorge Zipline Canopy Tour in Saluda is Steepest, Fastest in U.S.

The Gorge Zipline Canopy Tour in Saluda is Steepest, Fastest in U.S.

[Saluda, NC] Green River Adventures, a tourism-based guide service, launched The Gorge, the steepest, fastest canopy tour in the country.  Reserve your Zip Line Canopy Tour. The Gorge, which opened in June 2013, features 11 zip lines, a sky-bridge, and 3 rappels in...

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