The Oaks Bed and Breakfast is an easy drive from all area attractions and historic sites: The DuPont State Forest, The Pisgah National Forest, The Blue Ridge Parkway, Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, Grandfather Mountain, hiking, fishing, biking, horseback riding, white water rafting, kayaking, canoe trips and more golf than you can shake a stick at! Locally we have something for everyone, regardless of your interests or ambition.
The Biltmore – Visit America’s largest home. Completed in 1895 (the same year as The Oaks Bed and Breakfast) for George Vanderbilt, the estate remains the number one tourist destination in North Carolina. Besides a tour of the castle, estate tickets also include access to the historic gardens, Antler Hill Village’s shops and restaurants, the Biltmore winery for tours and tastings and freedom to roam the estate’s 8,000 acres. For tickets and events go to: www.biltmore.com.
Green River Adventures – The world famous Green River is in our backyard and the people who can help in arranging the experience of a lifetime are only an eight-minute walk from The Oaks Bed and Breakfast. Everything from gear to expert instruction is available to accommodate any skill level – whether you are interested in paddling the “flat water” or challenging the withe water with “beyond the basics”, Sara and Tim can help with all the arrangements. greenriveradventures.com
Pearson’s Falls – Three-miles from The Oaks Bed and Breakfast, on a privately owned track of land maintained by the Tryon Garden Club, Pearson’s Falls remains pretty much as it did in 1931. Dedicated to preservation of the rich botanical beauty abundant in the region, the falls is a comfortable walk from where you park your car. Pearson’s Falls offers a number of educational programs through the year and The Oaks Bed and Breakfast often hosts guests that travel to Saluda to participate in these classes. See what’s blooming at: http://www.pearsonsfalls.org
The Gorge Zipline and Canopy Tours – Saluda is home to America’s steepest and fastest zipline canopy tour, with 11 ziplines, spanning over one-and-a-quarter miles from tree-based platforms. This could be the most adrenaline drenched way to experience the mountains, 14,000 acres of protected forest, waterfalls and the Green River. http://thegorgezipline.com/
The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site – Carl Sandburg is remembered as a vagabond poet, a minstrel and three time Pulitzer Prize winning author. While required reading in school, it wasn’t until I toured his Flat Rock home (eight miles from The Oaks Bed and Breakfast) that I was able to grasp what amazing contributions he had made contemporary literature. Tour his home. See his books, his desk and his glasses, exactly as he had left them at the time of his death in 1967. President Lyndon B. Johnson observed that “Carl Sandburg was more than the voice of America, more than the poet of its strength and genius. He was America.”
The Flat Rock Cinema – Enjoy first run motion pictures with a local craft beer or a glass of wine in a relaxing pub atmosphere. Comfortable seating and an expanded menu. Only 15 minutes from The Oaks. www.flatrockcinema.com
Winery Tours – “I woke up this morning and I thought I was in Napa!” As you look upon these rolling hills, manicured rows of grapes and beautiful architecture, you might actually think you’re in wine country . . . and you definitely are! Annually, these vintners are bringing home awards from around the globe and their dedication is easy to see. Contact each to check times for tours and tastings.
- Western North Carolina Wineries Guide – http://www.ncwine.org/wineries/mountains
- Overmountain Vineyards – http://overmountainvineyards.com/
- Parker-Binns Vineyard – http://parker-binnsvineyard.com
- Burntshirt Vineyards – http://www.burntshirtvineyards.com/
- St. Paul Mountain Vineyard – http://www.saintpaulmountainvineyards.com/
- Biltmore Estates Winery – www.biltmore.com/ourwine
Chimney Rock State Park – From one or our first trips to the Blue Ridge, our hosts insisted that we visit Chimney Rock. The main attraction is the unique rock tower. A hike to the top unveils 75-mile views of Hickory Nut Gorge, the French Broad River, a 404-foot waterfall and Lake Lure. The drive alone is worth the trip. http://www.chimneyrockpark.com/
The North Carolina Arboretum – Whether you enjoy strolling through gardens, exploring their exhibits, attending symposiums and seminars, or hiking and biking through this amazing beauty, The Arboretum offers activities for all ages. Connect with nature in a personal way that is as diverse and rich as the land itself. http://www.ncarboretum.org/
Pisgah National Forest – The Sierra Club calls it “One of the great natural resources of the United States”. With more waterfalls than all of North Carolina it is known as the “Land of the Waterfalls”. http://www.ncwaterfalls.com/pisgah1.htm
The Blue Ridge Parkway – “America’s favorite drive”. Outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most popular visits of the National Park System. Split-rail fences, old farmsteads and historic structures complement spectacular views of distant mountains and neighboring valleys. One of our favorite day trips from The Oaks is the western leg of the Parkway to the pinnacle of Mt. Pisgah for dinners at the lodge. Breathtaking! www.blueridgeparkway.org
The Dupont State Forest – Numerous land purchases have contributed to this 10,300 acre State Forest. Truly the “gem” of the NC State Park system, with beautifully maintained hiking trails, over 18 waterfalls, sparkling rivers and streams, picnic grounds, hunting and fishing. It is widely known that the hit motion picture, The Hunger Games, was filmed in the Dupont Forest and Fan Tours are now being organized to see some of the movie locations and share in the experience of participating in Hunger Games. http://www.ncwaterfalls.com/dupont1.htm or http://hungergamesfantours.com
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