The Butcher, the Baker and the Candle Stick Maker…

The Old English nursery rhyme (sort of) reads: Rub-a-dub-dub, Three men in a tub, And who do you think they be? The butcher, the baker, The candlestick-maker, and all a short walk from me! Saluda, for all its history and charm, features some completely unique businesses within walking distance from The Oaks Bed and Breakfast. The Butcher – As your feet hit the antique hardwood floors in Thompson’s Store, you’ll feel like you’ve found a portal back in time.  Proprietor Judy Ward will be happy to show you Thompson’s classic meat display cabinet showcasing local, hand cut steaks, chicken, pork and Thompson’s “famous” fresh-made  Sage Sausage (as served at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast). The Baker – The term “artisanal” truly describes what’s happening at The Wildflower Bakery.  Owner and master baker, Debbie Thomas, stone grinds flour for each item she creates – breads, confections and pizza – giving Wildflower the most flavorful & nutritious bread on the market. The Candlestick Maker – Melissa and Jason Smith brought their dream to Main Street, along with a talent for creating handmade soy candles and fragrant natural soaps.  The Saluda Gem Mine Wicks and Wares took over an abandoned restaurant on Main Street and have a covered sluice box where visitors can spend an afternoon panning for minerals and gems. The Innkeepers – Nine years ago Donna and Dale Potruski created a warm and inviting historic Victorian bed and breakfast, an easy walk to Main Street, Saluda.  With their years of experience as three time innkeepers, they welcome guests with a rich knowledge of the mountains and genuine flare for hospitality...

A Valentine Gift for You!

A Valentine Gift for You!  Guests at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast find LOVE 365-days a year in the elegant detail of this 1895 Victorian home – an atmosphere that brings people together in a comfortable, relaxing and enchanting way.   This Valentines, shine the light on the person that has brightened your life by escaping to our private mountain retreat, where bountiful breakfasts and the historic village of Saluda are waiting to cast their spell on you!    Guests that book the weekend of February 14th will receive a Special Gift to share, along with reduced rates (good until April), beautiful antique appointed rooms, fresh flowers and bubble bath!  “Click” on the Events and Attractions link at the top of this page to garner ideas and suggestions for fabulous dinning, shopping, entertainment and activities, all within an easy walk from the Inn.   If work or family obligations make it difficult for you to get away on Valentines weekend, we will extend this offer  for the entire month of February!  Call to reserve the accommodation of your choice and remember to mention our Valentines Package.     Gift certificates are also available!  The Oaks Bed and Breakfast 828.759.2000 Theoaksbedandbreakfast.com Friend us on...

“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....

Valentines: Right Around the Corner

The Oaks Bed and Breakfast is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. Picture yourself and your ‘special someone’ all warm and cozy in a beautiful 1895 Victorian home, located in a quaint village in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. It’s all quite easy!  Select the room of your choice and call 828.749.2000 to reserve. We’ll have the flowers and chocolates in place for your arrival, plus delightful gourmet breakfast each morning! We would be happy to assist in dinner suggestions, theater tickets, Biltmore passes and a long list of springtime outdoor activities.  A two night minimum is required for all weekends and holidays. Allow us to sweeten the deal. . . With less than a week until Valentines, our good friends at The Saluda Grade Café will offer our guests a complementary desert – the perfect finish to a romantic dinner at our favorite restaurant on Main Street! Be surrounded by original art, ‘live’ music and attentive servers, while you enjoy the best creative local cuisine. Share the love and share a desert. Book now, while rooms are still...