Twenty minutes from Orchard Inn is the 1,400-acre equestrian lifestyle destination Tryon Resort, which undoubtedly will make its mark in Western North Carolina upon the resort’s completion. Besides exciting year-round activities, the $100-million resort also features the Tryon International Equestrian Center, which hosts international-level equestrian competitions across various classes. The world-class equestrian center also features up to 10 riding arenas, 1,000 permanent stalls, 6,000-capacity stadium, viewing decks, and a covered riding facility.
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Even if you’re not into riding, there are still a bevy of activities you can look forward to at Tryon Resort: a spa resort, an on-site Arnold Palmer Signature Design Golf Course, a 5,000-square-foot entertainment pavilion and a sports complex center with a fitness center, climbing walls, game room, sports bar, children’s playground, mountain bike park, tennis and basketball courts, and a large swimming pool with private cabanas. The developer Salamander Hotels & Resorts also unveiled their plans to open a 150-room hotel off U.S. 74 in summer 2017. Currently visitors are welcome to the Log Cabin Village and the RV park with its own clubhouse.
Mark Bellissimo, one of the founders of Tryon Equestrian Partners, expressed their goal of creating a special place for horses and horse sport. And as Tryon is located just seven miles north of the South Carolina border in the Blue Ridge Thermal Belt, visitors can expect temperate climates and accessible outdoor activities all-year round. The Tryon International Equestrian Center is expected to further boost Polk County’s economy with a 30 percent growth in horse-related jobs in the next decade.
The small town of Tryon is proudly one of the top ten horse communities in the country according to the Western Horseman magazine. Looking at its equestrian experience of more than 100 years, “The Friendliest Town in the South” has had a number of worldwide recognition. It is the historical birthplace of modern show jumping, hosted the 1956 and 1960 Olympic trials, and served as the training ground for many legends in the sport of show jumping. Don’t be surprised that this equestrian town has Morris the Horse as its mascot displayed right in the center of downtown.
Tryon Resort is conveniently located near public and private airports: one hour west of Charlotte International Airport, 30 minutes north of Greenville/Spartanburg International Airport, 30 minutes south of Asheville Regional Airport, and 15 minutes from Rutherfordton private airport. There is also an on-site heliport that supports commercial travel. The resort’s Blue Ridge Mountains foothills location also makes it accessible by auto as it is directly located off Route 74 and minutes from I-26. Tryon Resort is definitely in the center of everything this side of Western North Carolina.
Address: 4066 Pea Ridge Rd, Mill Spring, NC 28756