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Discover Horse Country in Tryon, North Carolina

Horses and beautiful fall foliage, a great getaway when visiting the Tryon Equestion Center in Tryon NC

If you're a horse lover and want to turn your love of these majestic animals into a great getaway vacation, look no further than the great town of Tryon, North Carolina. Tryon is home to the famed Tryon Equestrian Center, billed as the "horses, outdoor living, and an active lifestyle."

Tryon Equestrian Center, which is home to several horse shows throughout the year, along with plenty of exciting exhibits, is located in Tryon, about 45 minutes southeast of Asheville, North Carolina, and around 40 minutes north of Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Tryon has been called the "friendliest town in the south," which we can agree on. It's also home to two nearby Select Registry Bed and Breakfasts, where you'll find an incomparably wonderful lodging experience. 

The Select Registry lodging experience is built upon a strong foundation, where each property is inspected and held to the highest industry standards. Moreover, each property offers an authentic experience, staffed by people who not only love where they live but love what they do - taking care of guests!

Explore the country with us, starting right here in Tryon, North Carolina! Here, you'll find a warm welcome, a delicious meal, a friendly host, and your private sanctuary.  What else could you possibly ask for?

A horse country getaway while visiting the Tryon Equestrian Center in North Carolina

Visit the Tryon Equestrian Center

Given Tryon's relatively small size, you might be surprised to find out that the Tryon Equestrian Center attracts horse lovers from all over the world. Most compete in events, but others soak in the atmosphere and watch the various races and horse events. Most competitions are free for the public to watch! 

The Tryon Equestrian Center was built in 2015 and is most well-known for hosting the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2018. Each year, the Tryon Equestrian Center hosts 40 weeks of competition, including hunter/jumper and dressage events, with Olympic-level riders coming to compete from all over the country.

On most Saturday nights from spring through fall, the Tryon Equestrian Center hosts their Saturday Night Lights event, which features the highest level of competitive jumping. In addition to the horse-related events of the evening, these weekends are also a great time to enjoy some live music and a variety of dining and shopping.

The Tryon Equestrian Center features several restaurants, along with year-round and seasonal boutiques and specialty services. You can even book yourself a spa treatment here, should you so desire!

In the winter, the Tryon Equestrian Center transforms into a lighted winter wonderland. The Tryon Winterfest features a 2-mile drive-through light show, live performances from holiday characters, and a Christmas village. Details for the 2021 season have yet to be released. 

Beautiful Mountains and pasture near the Tyron Equestrian Center in North Carolina

More Things to do in Tryon NC

While we'd add the Tryon Equestrian Center to the top of our list of favorite things to do in Tryon, North Carolina, there is so much more about this town to love. Tryon's small population is only around 1,700 people.  Even so, there are plenty of great things to do in Tryon, NC! 

Tryon is home to a pretty amazing arts community, with several excellent art galleries located downtown. And, of course, with so many horse-related events taking place at the Tryon Equestrian Center, it's a true horse-lovers paradise.  Aside from these things, though, here are a few more of our favorite things to do in Tryon, North Carolina. 

  1. If you enjoy waterfalls, Pearson's Falls is a must-see no matter the season you visit. 
  2. Enjoy browsing the small shops along Trade Street in downtown Tryon. There's a great selection of antique and vintage shops, along with several longtime book collectors and bookstores that are worth browsing.
  3. Visit the Upstairs Artspace, a unique art gallery in downtown Tryon. Another great place for classes and workshops is Tryon Arts & Crafts School
  4. Take in a performance at the Tryon Fine Arts Center. They also offer an incredible range of workshops and classes throughout the year. 
  5. Visit the Nina Simone Plaza, a tribute to the incredible woman who introduced the world to a unique musical infusion of pop, gospel, classical, jazz, folk, and ballads, that she called "Black Classical Music" and whose music was instrumental to the Civil Rights Movement. 
  6. Each June, celebrate the community's equestrian heritage with the Block House Steeplechase. The event is a grand celebration with picnics, sundresses, elegant hats, tailgating, and the racing of thoroughbred horses. 

This fall and winter is the perfect time of year to escape to North Carolina's stunning horse country. As friendly and charming as the town of Tryon is, the best way to enjoy this spectacular part of North Carolina is to curl up and get cozy at one of our Select Registry Bed and Breakfasts nearby. Let their comfortable accommodations and exceptional hospitality whisk you away to another time and place.  We'll see you soon!

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The Orchard Inn

The Orchard Inn

Ascending the winding drive, the rest of the world falls away as the Orchard Inn of North Carolina comes into view. Situated on a 12-acre mountaintop with stunning views, this North Carolina inn has long been a favorite retreat with its wraparound porches and large, inviting living room with stone fireplace.

Guest quarters are furnished with period pieces and antiques. Cottages feature fireplaces, whirlpools, and private decks. Enjoy fine dining on the glassed-in dining porch overlooking the gardens, vineyard, and mountains. Guests explore nature trails, watch birds, and experience the peace and tranquility of this lovely elegant Asheville bed and breakfast.

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