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 were inspired to stay and write. William Gillette, famous for his stage portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, stepped off the train for a short break and decided to stay!
More than a dozen of these historic inns, B&Bs and cottages are still eager to offer you rest and rejuvenation. The historic brick buildings endure – you can still find a hardware or drug store downtown, but many have taken on new residents like art galleries, restaurants and one-of-a-kind shops. Come walk the streets, visit with the locals at the general store or a coffee shop, listen to some live music or attend one of the many events happening each week. Who knows – you may stop for a visit and decide to stay too!