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.
How to Get There
We recently stayed here for a long weekend over Christmas and had a wonderful visit. As the title says, we'd love to go again but it's a challenge to figure out which would be better - spring or fall, both would be gorgeous! The Inn is located on the tip of a ridge and the view, and setting, are beautiful. The hosts and staff were great and took time to chat even though it was busy with the holiday. The breakfasts were gourmet and the staff were not bothered when we lingered to keep enjoying the view. It was obvious that others were repeat visitors and it's clear why, it's a beautiful and relaxing place to get away from your day-to-day life. One note, this is an old building and as such the rooms are smaller and there are stairs and steps that are a little uneven - if you have mobility issues you need to be aware and plan accordingly. Overall, we had a great time and it's definitely on the list of places we would revisit.
We just celebrated our wedding anniversary at the Orchard Inn. This is a delightful place that reminded us of New England inns often featured in 1930s musicals. Our room was small, yet comfortable. No TV which was a bonus in our view. The bathroom appeared to be quite newly installed with a spacious shower that had handles for safety. The wash basin had wide edges where we could put our toilet kits for convenience. The room and the bathroom were immaculately clean as was everything at the inn. The gourmet restaurant offered a fixed-price four-course meal that evening that was well worth the price. Breakfast the next morning in the many-windowed dining room was also a treat. We could watch a variety of birds at the numerous birdfeeders outside. The staff was universally competent, helpful, and friendly under the supervision of owners Marc and Marianne Blazar who made it plain that they love their work. A high point for us was having two of the best massages we've ever had in the new spa located in a separate building. One caution: as an historic building the inn has minimal accommodations for handicapped persons. I use a walker but was able to negotiate outside steps and stairs with the aid of railings and my wife. Many of the other guests were planning to stay over for New Year's Eve – a tradition for some of them. We can see why they are repeat customers.
Just before Thanksgiving, my wife and I spent a three-day hiking holiday at the Orchard Inn. Each day we hiked 9+ miles in Dupont State Forest, 30-minutes away. We did our hiking after a WONDERFUL breakfast each morning. Those breakfasts were varied and gourmet and a real treat. They serve between 8:30 and 9:30, so that gave the weather time to warm up outside each morning before our 4.5-hour hikes.
We stayed in room 1 in the Inn and the room was very nice, with its own thermostat and two windows that opened. It was en suite as well. The only issue was that the mattress sagged toward the middle and my wife and I rolled together toward the center of the bed as we slept, making for a bit less restful night because of my bad back.
There is a wonderful sitting area on the main floor, as well as a huge pool table room in the downstairs. Round-the-clock coffee, tea and soft drinks/water were available, and each night there were tasty cookies.
The breakfast porch is also a wonderful gourmet restaurant that serves fixed-price dinners Thursday through Saturday (plus Sunday brunch) and it seems like that would be a great meal, based on how good the breakfasts were. We never got a chance to eat there during our stay, but hope to do so on a future visit.
The owners were incredibly nice and helpful, and they made us feel like we belonged to their family while we were there. They even took a photo of us for their guest book and then shared a copy with us by email.
We'd rate the ambiance as a 5, the service as a 5, the location as a 5, and the room as a 4. So, we'd really rate it as a 4.5, heading toward 5. We think we likely will go back. And the owner told us he is in the process of replacing mattresses, so it looks like our rating is likely to go up!
The accommodations are excellent, the food is wonderful and the hosts are superb! We had a lovely stay and we will return!
The inn is cozy and comfortable. When it’s cool or cold, the center fireplace is the spot to gather around. When the weather is warmer, the porch or deck with its views, are delightful!
A great place for a group of old friends to get together to embellish the past. We stayed in the large cottage which was perfect. A superb breakfast each morning and a friendly staff that was very tolerant of those who lingered way too long over their upteenth cup of coffee. Evening dinner memorable.
I've been coming to the Orchard Inn for about 20 years - as a couple, as a family, with friends. Never disappointed.