The Orchard Inn
What We Love
- A historic, adults-only Blue Ridge Mountains B&B run by two former chefs, with stunning viewsThe property’s inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places
- The incredible feedback on TripAdvisor, where it boasts 94% five-star reviews
- The complimentary breakfast and other thoughtful touches throughout the 12-acre property
- The extraordinary scenery, with mountains in view from the front porch
What To Know
- Don't expect an action-packed stay; the B&B is better suited for those travelers looking for peace and relaxation
- Dogs are permitted; call the hotel directly for additional information
Envision your perfect Blue Ridge Mountains getaway, and it probably looks a lot like The Orchard Inn. This charming retreat in the range’s foothills has established itself as one of the absolute best, run by a duo of chefs-turned-innkeepers who know just how to care for you – and for that matter, cook a memorable meal. Vegetables from the compost-fertilized organic garden are incorporated into multi-course brunches and dinners, not to mention the complimentary daily breakfast.
There’s a reason that this getaway holds a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and that the vast majority of its reviews there are five-star. Formerly a mountain home for railway clerks – hence its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places – The Orchard Inn has truly refined the art of hospitality. When you’re not off seeing the local sights (including poet Carl Sandburg’s home), choose from indulgent spa services, or head to the glassed-in porch. Pull up a chair, soak in the scenery, and let those lofty bed-and-breakfast aspirations come to fruition.
The inn’s accommodations comprise the main building’s nine guest rooms and five cottage suites. Queen rooms are individually decorated, but they share a quaint country style, many with hardwood surfaces, floral or gingham prints and embroidery or patchworking. All feature antiques and period items.
The inn’s owners previously worked as chefs themselves, and the restaurant’s executive chef, Stuart Partin, shares their dedication to crafting memorable meals. His three-course Sunday brunches and hearty dinners, which include hazelnut tortelloni, grouper fillet with parsnip purée and extensive wine pairings, are among the many inn features that TripAdvisor reviewers have breathlessly praised. Please note that at dinner, jackets are suggested for men, and shorts and tank tops are not permitted.
Set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Saluda offers spectacular scenery, a rich history with the railroad industry and a strong equestrian culture. The downtown business district, like the inn, holds a spot on the National Register of Historic Places (making Saluda possibly America’s only town with such an honor), so after you bike, hike or horseback ride at Tryon Resort, leave some time to go out to eat. Make sure to also visit the Vanderbilts’ Biltmore Estate and the famous poet Carl Sandburg’s home, Connemara, a National historic site.
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My husband and I stayed in one of the cottages in March for a quick night away. The view from our cottage was beautiful and peaceful. We were treated so well by the staff and enjoyed the breakfast. It was a perfect place to relax. We we definitely come back!
We have been visiting the Orchard Inn since 2013. On our first trip, I gave Marianne a list of foods to which I have intolerances. My food restrictions change daily. I have not had to remind anyone there about my dietary needs since. Not only that, but Marianne has suggestions for some delicious substitutions when we get there, and keeps up with me while we are guests. If that were the only wonderful thing about our visits, it would be enough, but Marc and Marianne and their staff are true professionals. There is a lot going on behind the scenes, but the staff always makes us feel that we are the most important people there. We have our favorite room, but have stayed in a few others with no disappointment. Restaurant wait staff who have been there awhile know us and treat us like friends. The same goes for the person checking us in. The chef and his staff (and the FOOD!) are awesome. The housekeepers are in and done quickly while we are at breakfast, and the cottage is tidy and clean when we return. The Orchard Inn is our favorite place for a weekend away.
Oh my goodness! I love this inn! Historic charm, beautiful setting in the mountains, delicious food, fresh flowers, nature on every side and so much more. Go there! You will enjoy every minute with the innkeepers and their well behaved 4 legged babies.
This is a B&B with the emphasis on quality and service. The linens, towels, pillows and fresh flowers make your stay very upscale. Location is perfect for all the sweet towns of the foothills. We were even there before the spring blooming and it didn't matter with a fireplace in our cottage and fabulous food.
We have been going to the Orchard Inn for several years. We look forward to each visit and are never disappointed. Marc and Marianne are outstanding hosts and make you feel like you are at your second home. Breakfast is always delicious and changes daily.