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
I made dinner reservations for my wife’s birthday. Imagine my shock when I received email that morning that Orchard Inn had canceled my reservation! I called and was told they were having a special dinner that evening and they didn’t think I could afford it. Guess when we will go back!
We stopped in on a whim one weekend and we are really glad we found this Inn. It is close to home for us and was a nice quick getaway. The staff was very busy with a wedding reception there, but it didn't matter, we were welcomed to stay and they made sure we were comfortable. Breakfast was wonderful and even though dinner plans were not convenient for us this stay, we hope to return and experience it all !
Marc and Marianne hosted our group of 20 at their beautiful inn recently. They could not have been more gracious or accommodating. They adapted their meal offerings to our needs effortlessly. The food was outstanding and the stay was pleasant for everyone. We'll be back.