Saluda, North Carolina is one of our favorite towns to visit for an afternoon getaway. Often we’ll take off last minute and scoot up for lunch or just for a change of scenery. Just the drive to Saluda is enough to clear the cobwebs.
Saluda has history, scenery and more than its share of quaintness. Situated at 2100 feet elevation, Saluda is located on top of a sharp elevation change. In fact, a section of the Norfolk Southern railway just south of downtown is the steepest standard-guage mainline railway grade in the United States. That steep stretch of railway is called the Saluda Grade.
The railway was completed in 1879. Back in the day it served passengers coming up from Charleston, SC to escape the heat and bugs of a low-country summer. The advent of air conditioning and bug spray have not dampened Saluda’s appeal however. Today cyclists flock to the scenic roads in the area.
Outdoor types can fly fish, hike, or hunt to their hearts content around here. Music lovers can take in Saluda’s vibrant live music scene. Or you can just stroll down main street and enjoy some of the interesting shops.
Ward’s Market & Grill displayed this colorful bounty.
Aren’t they pretty?
A variety of shops line Main Street for your perusing pleasure.
Hank honey, I don’t think they do Crocs.
For a tasty bite, The Purple Onion offers a variety of menu items that are sure to please.
Check out the pizza combinations. Pesto…yum.
They even have local artwork on display and most are for purchase.
And look at this pie. Oh my word…I wonder if they would’ve noticed if I snagged it and ran real fast?
Saluda even offers a playground for the little ones and not so little ones.
Our two had a ball goofing off for a while.
Convenient to I-26 and Hwy. 25 between Greenville, SC and Asheville, NC, Saluda is sure to win your heart as a quick quaint town to frequent. For more information on Saluda, NC visit http://www.saluda.com/ where you’ll find local calendars and other attractions close by.
Near or far, I’d love to hear your favorite places to visit for a day trip. Where do you go and what do you do when you get there?