The Saluda Inn is a comfortable environment that can easily accommodate a group of 38 (sometimes more). With 7200 sq. ft. of living space, it offers guests the opportunity to spread out and yet still be under the same roof. http://www.saludainn.com/rates-reservations/53.html for the floor plan.
There are spacious living rooms for meetings and group activities. The dining room has plenty of seating for everyone in your group to share meals together. Kitchen facilities are roomy and fully equipped for you to prepare your own meals as you wish or arrange to have your meals catered. The sunroom offers a great place to spend time with a book. You may even wish to enjoy the almost 2 acres of property by sitting next to a campfire, enjoying a game of shuffleboard or just relaxing under a tree in the hammock.
Take a stroll down the sidewalk into historical downtown Saluda to visit the great shops, parks and restaurants. Enjoy an afternoon of tubing on the Green River or a brisk bike ride down to Pearson Falls or just get in some good rocking time on the porch. The Saluda Inn lends itself to a focused group retreat or to a group that just wants to step back in time and relax.
The inn is available by the week or weekend. Your group will truly “have it to yourself.”
Beds have comforter and top blanket, bring your linens and pillows.
Joni Mahaffey-Rauschenbach a graduate of USC Johnson & Wales Graduate school of Culinary Arts in Vail, Colorado
Wine and food have guided her through life and where she met her husband Rich. She owns Joni Artisanal Wine and Beer.
Rich lived in New Jersey most of his childhood & in New York most of his adult life other than a brief stint as a bartender in Berkeley, CA. Rich graduated from SUNY Albany and Harvard.
He is a firefighter in Asheville. When he is not on duty, he is training for triathalons.
Joni and Rich have a couple of dogs and a little boy who has really enjoyed living in this tiny little town where he walks to school every morning.
Although it is a very large property, it felt warm and inviting, peaceful and just like a home should feel. Almost like being in Grandma's home. When we first saw it, there was an overwhelming need to buy it and restore it so that it could continue to be used as a family retreat. It took a lot of time, work, money and courage. So far it has all been worth it.
The property offers a great, commercial-like kitchen that seems to be the heartbeat of the house, all day long there is activity. Just like at Grandma's, in the morning for coffee and the late hours of the night for midnight snacking.
The wrap around porch offers sunshine and shade and rockers with many hour on them. A porch swing and some card tables.
The outside offers a mature setting, views of gentle mountains, valley and tall tree tops. There is a fire pit, shuffle board & horse shoes. If the family gets to be too much, you can hide in one of the rooms in the inn or walk downtown.
All age appropriate, childern love running up and down the long halls at the inn. Grandparents love the many places to sit and enjoy watching the buzz of the family. The younger generations love the freedom of walking downtown, the green river tubing and the parks. Basket ball, tennis and a couple of great playgrounds are walking distance from the inn.
A small historic town located 30 miles from Asheville, 7 miles from Hendersonville, 5 miles from Tryon, Greenville and Spartanburg are 30 minutes away. Charlotte 1.5 hour drive, Atlanta, 3 hours.
This town is like taking a step back in time. Several restaurants, night life, live music. Quiet strolls down the sidewalk. Close enough to get out and explore local towns with a quiet home base.
Wineries are located within a 20 minute drive both east and west. Beautiful waterfalls, state parks and the historic Biltmore House are all near by.
Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the area - cyclists from all over the world come here to do spring training. This is home of the 'Bakery Ride' and the Saluda Grade Climb.
For those who love being surrounded by nature but don't enjoy the rigor of hiking, there are nature trails, and places to sit and enjoy the beauty of nature, even from a rocking chair or a downtown bench.
The town of Saluda has everything you will need to get by and all is walking distance from the Saluda Inn. Grocery store, library, wine shop, grill, bb-q, gourmet food, shopping, ice cream, coffee....
The area is dedicated to health and well being, you can throw a rock and hit a fantastic massage therapist, yoga, healing, drumming and many mountain side churches.