Historic Saluda, North Carolina

In the days before air conditioning and the interstate, folks traveled from the coast by rail to Saluda to find respite from the oppressive heat and the threat of malaria. At 2,200 feet above sea-level, Saluda lured guests to its Inns and guest houses, with mild winters and comfortable summer temperatures.

At the turn of the century visitors flocked to Main Street which was home to the post office, three general stores, restaurants, a tea room, a theater and a bowling alley.

Saluda has always been known for its healthy mountain air and in 1941 Dr. Smith constructed a hospital that catered to children with respiratory health issues known as the Smith Well Baby Clinic.

History speaks of the Saluda Grade as the “steepest standard-gauge railroad grade in the United States” and due to the number of train wrecks and fatalities associated with them, the railroad was closed in 1989. These days, the interstate brings people to Saluda and the villages stands as a postcard from the past, with its City Hall and the Police Department anchoring one end of Main Street and the bank and the post office on the other and an eclectic collection of restaurants, shops and galleries in-between.

Saluda’s popularity has continued to escalate along with its population – currently at 720! Today, this picturesque mountain village inspires artists of all disciplines, while attracting nature lovers of all persuasions with cycling, hiking, rafting, kayaking, winding mountain roads and a countless number of historic sites.

Surrounded by all the history of Western North Carolina and majesty of the Blue Ridge, stands The Oaks Bed and Breakfast — a warm and welcoming Victorian Inn, built in 1895 as the opulent residence of a mountain doctor and operating today as Saluda’s premier Bed and Breakfast.