Inn at a Glance: 1906 Pine Crest Inn
The 1906 Pine Crest Inn seems plucked from another time. The inn is one of only 325 members of the Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North America, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its stone fireplaces, overstuffed leather chairs, and hardwood floors would be right at home in 1906—the year it was constructed. It offers individually decorated rooms and suites, as well as 10 landscaped acres that feature elaborate flower gardens.
- Eat locally: The onsite Carter’s Tavern relies on local, seasonal ingredients to create dishes that change weekly; dine on a complimentary breakfast every morning.
- Sip wine at the inn’s Fox and Hound Bar, which has won numerous Wine Spectator Best of Awards of Excellence for its more than 2,000 wines. The area is also home to numerous wineries.
- Hike mountain trails at the nearby Foothills Equestrian Nature Center and Blue Ridge Parkway.
- Tee off: Typically closed to the public, the nine-hole, Donald Ross-designed, Tryon Country Club welcomes guests of the inn by special arrangement.
- Discount tickets to the Biltmore House & Gardens are available.
Tryon, North Carolina: Small Mountain Town with Abundant Hiking Trails and Golf Courses
You could walk from one end of Tryon to the other in a little more than a half hour. The Blue Ridge Mountains looming in the distance make the town feel even smaller, too. In the nearby foothills, you can take a quarter-mile hike to Pearson’s Falls, where water cascades down a 90-foot drop, and picnic on 268 acres of undeveloped forest. A few miles away is Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, which has horseback-riding trails through a sprawling nature preserve. Beyond these local trails, you’ll find fishing areas stocked with trout, as well as 10 golf courses. Other nearby activities include rafting and kayaking at Green River Adventures and the Gorge Zipline Canopy Adventure.
Tryon lies within a “thermal belt”—an area of the mountainside where freezing temperatures are less likely to occur. That means you can enjoy outdoor activities most of the year. Should winter or other foul weather rear its head, you can still find plenty to do. Tryon’s downtown is lined with bookstores, community theaters, and art galleries stocked with stained glass, leatherwork, and paintings by local artists.