“Can’t see the forest for the trees”

The idiom says, “Can’t see the forest for the trees”. The winter months are our quiet time here at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast – a time for us to polish and prepare the inn for our summer guests.  It also gives us the opportunity to travel.  And while it was time well-spent, to return home reminds us of the genuine beauty, culture and lifestyle that we enjoy here in the mountains.  It’s “your time” to discover – or rediscover – this unique and beautiful place. The spring mornings have awakened the plants and trees, while painting the hills and valleys with colorful foliage.  The friendly smiles of the town folk welcome you to a place like no other.  The only traffic light in town is a flashing yellow at the school crosswalk.  Zero pollution and our mountain-top advantage promise night skies lit by only stars, the serenade of the Spring Peepers off in the woods and the perfume of lilac wafting through your window. Local music and art kick-off the first organized celebration of the season, with the Saluda Art Festival, May 16th.  No need to worry about parking or finding a seat in a restaurant.  Simply book your comfortable and spacious accommodations at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast and enjoy a relaxing stroll to Main Street, a sumptuous gourmet breakfast and the hospitality that The Oaks Bed and Breakfast is famous...

Geraniums and Wind Chimes

Beneath the shade of the old oak tree sits a friendly home, built during a time when ladies walked to Main Street with parasols in hand and gentlemen dressed for dinner.  Guests are welcomed, with a cool drink, while their bags were carried to their accommodations. The windows opened broadly to invite in the sunshine and comfortable mountain breezes and for those who wish to immerse themselves in the total experience, the Garden Terrace, Veranda and back deck are waiting. Wind chimes serenade as geraniums cast their perfume to the afternoon sky.  You gaze upon this ancient oak with its dark craggy bark and the ivy that grows upon it and ask, “How shall I spend this beautiful day?”  Shopping on Main Street; perhaps an early dinner and a night at the Flat Rock Playhouse?  Maybe a simple hike to a local waterfall to photograph wildflowers in their natural glory. Or should I just sit here with you mighty oak, place my book to the side, and have you speak to me of summers past. How you decide to spend your time at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast is completely up to you.  And that’s the way it should be – don’t you think?  One thing is for certain, your time will belong to you and your breakfasts will be monumental!  Make some history of your own by calling The Oaks Bed and Breakfast today!  Friend us on Facebook!      ...

The Hands on B&B

We are thrilled at the number of ‘first time’ B&B guests that we have staying   with us at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast! We have to ask, “Why?”  And the responses we get are varied.   Most often we hear: · “We thought that most historic inns were stuffy old houses.” – Our effort is to provide each guest with an impeccable environment—clean and friendly — including private bath, plush towels and linens and a gourmet breakfast you will not find off the interstate.  Each guest room features individual heat and A/C controls, so that each guest can satisfy their personal comfort level and we provide Wi-Fi at no additional charge! · “Aren’t most Bed and Breakfasts filled with fragile antiques?” – In keeping with the historic ambiance of the home, most are!  We like to think of The Oaks as a true ‘hands on bed and breakfast’; chairs are meant to be sat in, books are intended to be read and the piano is there to be played.  We feel that this is a big part of the B&B experience. · “Most bed and breakfasts are in the middle of nowhere.” – In seeking out our perfect bed and breakfast, we insisted that it have 1) spacious and comfortable rooms and suites, 2) vast public areas, 3) expansive veranda and terraces and 4) be an easy walk to town.  We live in this remarkable place and we are proud to share it with others. The way we see it, we are doing our best to cultivate the bed and breakfast clientele of the future, for us and innkeepers everywhere....

The Oaks Bed and Breakfast in Historic Saluda, North Carolina

This Classic Queen Ann Victorian, located in one of the oldest established villages in Western North Carolina, stands as a landmark work of art—a testament to the architecture and craftsmanship of the 1800’s. Today, this elegant lady graciously welcomes guests with arms open wide. Generations that have grown-up in the mountains of Polk County can make reference to the “beautiful Victorian up the hill.” The original home was built on land purchased from the Pace Family ($116) in 1895 by physician E.B. Goelet as residence for himself and wife Julia.  The Oaks was sold to Wessie Roach-Lane in 1906 and a long tradition of receiving guests had begun. At that time, Saluda boasted nearly 40 lodges and retreats, welcoming visitors who arrived by rail, up the famous Saluda Grade, or horse drawn carriage to enjoy the infinite vistas, cool summer breezes and the healthy mountain air.  The Oaks Bed and Breakfast is now, more than ever, a historic and memorable part of your Blue Ridge experience. From the moment The Oaks Bed and Breakfast comes into view, you’ll know this place is special.  The primary historic structure features four spacious guest rooms, all located on the second floor and each with a private bath.  The Carriage House offers two cottage suites designed to accommodate up to four travelers each, with maximum privacy and comfort. Your favorite destination/inn in the Blue Ridge Mountains has been featured in this sweeping article by CBS Atlanta. While shooting in the area the crew stayed at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast and you can too!  Call 828.749.2000 for reservations. http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/18850959/north-carolina  Relax. . .  Explore. . .  Enjoy. . . Relax and sit awhile on one of three...

FROG Jam and the Art of the Two Finger Wave

Spring 2012 FROG Jam and the Art of the Two Finger Wave As Saluda sits atop one of the first peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the abundant beauty and remarkable mountain vistas make it a memorable place to visit.  But for those fortunate individuals that call this place home, Saluda has a few characteristics that make them unique. On my first visit to the Atkins Orchards gift shop, out by the interstate, I was introduced to their line of amazing fruited jellies, jams, ciders, along with pickled green beans, okra and chutney.  There were the recognizable spreads that we knew from childhood: apple, grape, blue berry and cherry.   Then there the ones that were not familiar to me. Items labeled as Mayhaw and Muscadine Jelly seem to stand out on the shelves.  But the one that caught my eye was FROG Jam.  (A name that conjures images of the little amphibians, outfitted with tiny guitars and drums, playing improvised music . . .  that is to say, jamming.) Turns out that F.R.O.G Jam is as much an acronym as it is a tasty breakfast treat.  The name spelled out is: fig, raspberry, orange and ginger.  The color is an inviting red (not green), with the seeds of the raspberries running throughout.  The taste is as stimulating as that first cup of coffee.  F.R.O.G. Jam has become a staple at our breakfast table here at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast and generously spread upon many a hot buttered biscuit.  Our guests will tell you, “There’s nothing like the F.R.O.G.!” The Art of the Two Finger Wave For over one...