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Tryon’s Nina Simone receives recognition in 2018

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…