Things to Do

The Oaks by Night

The Oaks by Night

The Oaks Bed and Breakfast is an easy drive from all area attractions and historic sites: The DuPont State Forest, The Pisgah National Forest, The Blue Ridge Parkway, Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, Grandfather Mountain, hiking, fishing, biking, horseback riding, white water rafting, kayaking, canoe trips and more golf than you can shake a stick at!

Randon Arts, Saluda

Random Arts

Random Arts– Is a unique shop for all artistic endeavors. What sets Random Arts apart (aside from Jane and her crew) is their calendar of workshops taught by nationally recognized instructors in the areas of fiber work, beading, jewelry, collage, assemblage, stamping, mixed media art and more. Check their web site for class availability.

Green River Adventures – The world famous Green River Gorge is in our own back yard. Call Sara or Tim to arrange the kayak or rafting trip you have always dreamed of. Safe and professional.

Pearson Falls

Pearson’s Falls – Owned and maintained by the Tryon Garden Club, Pearson’s Falls is our closest local botanical preserve and waterfall and river.  Only 3 miles from The Oaks Oaks Bed and

Jim Carson – Artist. One of Saluda’s nationally recognized resident artists who specializes in the Plein Air method of painting.  Jim shares his techniques in annual workshops in and around Saluda.

The Biltmore- Edited

Biltmore House

The Biltmore – America’s largest home. Completed in 1895 (the same year as The Oaks) for George W. Vanderbilt.  The estate remains the number one tourist destination in North Carolina.  Plan to spend the day, as the estate is continually introducing new fascinations.

The Flat Rock Playhouse — North Carolina’s official State Theaterhas an exciting line-up of first rate theatrical and concert productions.

Curtis Wright Outfitters – your fly-fishing headquarters. For the novice to the professional, every fishing trip starts at Curtis Wright.

Connemara, Carl Sandburg Home

Sandburg Home

The Carl Sandburg Home – Carl Sandburg is remembered as a vagabond, a minstrel, a Pulitzer Prize winning author and a poet. Visit his home, see his books, walk his paths, feed his goats and discover what inspired this great American author.

The Flat Rock Cinema – Enjoy first run motion pictures with a cold draught beer or a glass of local wine in a relaxing pub atmosphere. Only 15 minutes from The Oaks.

The Saluda Mountain Jamboree – Inspired by the dance hall from movie Dirty Dancing. (Which was filmed at nearby Lake Lure in 1987. The original barn used in the film has since burned down.) The Jamboree brings name entertainers to the people of Western North Carolina. Owners Bob and Linda Whitaker invite you to get up and dance!

Wineries and Vineyards– Western North Carolina is rapidly being recognized for its fine wines – more than six wineries can be found in the area surrounding The Oaks Bed and Breakfast:

Local Grapes

Local Grapes


Chimney Rock and Lk. Lure

Chimney Rock and Lk. Lure

Chimney Rock State Park – From one or our first trips to the Blue Ridge, our hosts insisted that we visit Chimney Rock.  The main attraction is the unique rock tower.  A hike to the top unveils 75-mile views of Hickory Nut Gorge, the French Broad River, a 404-foot waterfall and Lake Lure.  The drive alone is worth the trip.

The North Carolina Arboretum – Whether you enjoy strolling through gardens, exploring their exhibits, attending symposiums and seminars, or hiking and biking through this amazing beauty, The Arboretum offers activities for all ages.  Connect with nature in a personal way that is as diverse and rich as the land itself.

Pisgah National Forest – The Sierra Club calls it “One of the great natural resources of the United States”.  With more waterfalls than all of North Carolina it is known as the “Land of the Waterfalls”.

A For-Real Covered Bridge

Covered Bridge

The Blue Ridge Parkway – “America’s favorite drive”. Outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most popular visits of the National Park System.  Split-rail fences, old farmsteads and historic structures complement spectacular views of distant mountains and neighboring valleys.  One of our favorite day trips from The Oaks is the western leg of the Parkway to the pinnacle of Mt. Pisgah for dinners at the lodge.  Breathtaking!

The Dupont State Forest – Numerous land purchases have contributed to this 10,300 acre State Forest.  Truly the “gem” of the NC State Park system, with beautifully maintained hiking trails, over 18 waterfalls, sparkling rivers and streams, picnic grounds, hunting and fishing.  It is widely known that the hit motion picture, The Hunger Games, was filmed in the Dupont Forest and Fan Tours are now being organized to see some of the movie locations and share in the experience of participating in Hunger Games. or

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