Inn at a Glance: 1906 Pine Crest Inn
1906 Pine Crest Inn seems plucked from another time. The inn holds a place on the National Register of Historic Places, and its stone fireplaces, overstuffed leather chairs, and hardwood floors would be right at home in 1906—the year it was constructed. It also offers individually-decorated rooms and suites, as well as 10 landscaped acres that feature elaborate flower gardens and an onsite tavern, where guests dine on a complimentary breakfast every morning. Afterwards, venture out to kayak, fish, and explore The Blue Ridge Mountains.
- Eat locally: The onsite Carter’s Tavern relies on local, seasonal ingredients to create dishes that change weekly.
- 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 also offers numerous local wineries.
- Hike mountain trails at the nearby Foothills Equestrian Nature Center and Blue Ridge Parkway.
- Play a round at the Tryon Country Club: Typically closed to the public, this nine-hole golf course welcomes guests of the inn by special arrangement.
- Discount tickets offered to Biltmore House & Gardens.
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 place 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 in 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, and you’ll find fishing areas stocked with trout, as well as 10 different 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 cozy book stores, community theaters, and art galleries stocked with stained glass, leatherwork, and paintings by local artists.