Do you have folks in your family who are addicted to Hallmark Christmas movies? If you do, you might want to bring them to Saluda, N.C., because just spending an afternoon poking around this small southern town will have you seeing snowflakes and hearing silver bells.
This picturesque, historic downtown is nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains between the bustling hubs of Greenville, Spartanburg, and Asheville. Perched at the top of the steepest rail grade in the United States, Saluda started as a railroad town, and you can learn about that history in the Saluda Historic Depot.
The buildings that popped up at around the turn of the last century survive today and host a fun variety of local businesses. One of those is across the street from the depot at Wakey Monkey – an awesome coffee shop and café with mouth-watering delights.
Wakey Monkey, just like Ingles Markets, supports local farmers. They use local eggs and local greens from right here in Saluda, and their items are delicious!
This town is the type of place where the mayor also runs the local hardware store. With coffee in hand, wander over to the mayor’s MA Pace General Store. The store was started in 1899, and the echoes of the ages line the display cases. Perhaps you’ll find something that inspires you to start a new project to put in your home.
Speaking of home, isn’t it funny how some places feel so inviting and comfortable, even though you’ve never been there? Well, that’s the vibe in Saluda. There’s so much to discover here, including Heartwood Contemporary Crafts Gallery, which boasts one of the best collections of pottery in the region. They support a huge variety of artisans from across North America, who provide a supply of handcrafted wood, glass, paintings, and more.
Saluda is a gem in the Blue Ridge, with outdoor adventures, great restaurants, and more to enjoy. Plan your trip at Saluda.com. Your weekend is waiting on the Ingles Open Road.