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...

The Art of Breakfast

The Art of Breakfast by Dale Potruski Summer 2012   From my first experience helping prepare Sunday breakfast with my Dad, to the craft of fine dining that I learned from working at some of Michigan, Florida and North Carolina’s best restaurants, I realized  that dining is an art.  Food preparation is very gratifying and extremely satisfying when it comes to our guests.  Every feast includes fresh fruit (local and seasonal), a breakfast meat (apple wood cured bacon, fresh ground country sausage or lean ham) and an entrée that is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the pallet.    Breakfast at The Oaks is an event and friends that stay with us for up to a week, will never be greeted by the same plate more than once.“I challenge myself to come up with a new and different menu every day,” explains Dale, the owner and chef of The Oaks Bed and Breakfast.  “I try to alternate meals between sweet one day and savory the next – something square, something round.   A great deal of thought and preparation goes into every presentation.”   “Accommodating guests with special dietary requirements or food allergies is never a problem”.  Dale promises, “With advance notice we can put a smile on everybody’s face!”  ...

What Makes Saluda One of America’s “Playful Cities”?

What Makes Saluda a “Playful City”? What does it mean to be one of America’s most “Playful Cities”? The non-profit organization, KaBoom!, has honored Saluda (for the second year) for its efforts in creating an environment that – quite simply – promotes outdoor activity! With schools releasing their students for summer vacation, there no doubt will be the temptation for many to remain sedentary in front of the TV or computer. The American Academy of Pediatrics had written that outdoor play is critical to healthy brain development, stimulating creativity and imagination, while building physical and cognitive strength. It is inspiring to pass any of the parks within walking distance of The Oaks Bed and Breakfast and witness the interaction between kids and their parents as they play catch in the schoolyard or practice their serve on the tennis courts. Such a simple act as a walk with Granddad on a quiet lane or trail opens conversational possibilities creating a bond that lasts forever. The emotional connection between a husband and his wife as he pushes her gently on a swing under a brilliant summer sky. Their children have grown, but for one shining moment, they are young again. How wonderful it is to have all this and to share it with others. Now is the time to visit one of America’s Most Playful Cities and reconnect with your children, your inner child . . . your husband, your wife . . . your life. Contact The Oaks Bed and Breakfast for reservations: 828-749-2000 — or visit us on facebook.      ...

Top Ten Reasons to Stay at The Oaks

TOP TEN REASONS TO STAY AT THE OAKS BED AND BREAKFAST: #10. To experience staying in a 119-year old Queen Ann Victorian, located in one of the oldest established villages in the Blue Ridge. #9. Easy access to all the area’s entertainment and attractions, including; theater, live music, waterfalls, hiking, cycling, tubing/kayaking, art classes, festivals, restaurants, shops, boutiques and golf. #8. Delectable gourmet breakfasts served each morning. #7. Cool evenings on the verandas. #6. Personal, courteous and knowledgeable hosts. #5. Hand pressed and starched sheets, pillow cases and napkins. #4. Fresh flowers in every room. #3. Lavender bubble bath. #2. Those cute little soaps wrapped in paper. #1. And the NUMBER ONE reason to visit The Oaks Bed and Breakfast this summer. . . CROQUET anyone? _________________________________________________ My wife, Donna, and I took over The Oaks Bed and Breakfast in the summer of 2007. Every year since, we have focused on an annual project to keep the inn shiny as a new diamond! That first winter it was decided that we would reestablish the original foundation to insure that the structure would remain stable and stand proud for another 100-years. Jacks were used to raise the house ever-so-carefully, allowing the contractors to pour concrete footers, install new pillars and build additional floor joist for added support. We shared a fantasy that the crew that labored beneath the house would surprise us by unearthing a crest of “Civil War gold” or some relic of untold wealth.  Truth be told, the workers did find an antique tea spoon, an old medicine bottle, a frontier ladle and a croquet set. It wasn’t...