Category Archives: B&B’s

Saluda, N.C. and the Orchard Inn B & B “Rocks.”

 American Press travel News-June 9th,-Saluda, N.C.-Bob and Barb “Stopping to smell the roses.” Our favorite B&B! What we like is everything is first class at wonderfully down to earth costs for what you experience and get for your vacation there!
The food at Newman’s Restaurant is inspired by the season and the harvest from our garden. We are excited to partner with Sow True Seeds to host a Summer Wine Dinner on August 14th that will showcase the beautiful produce that we have grown using Sow True Seeds.

Where Is the Best Gem Mining in NC?

The mountains near Asheville offer visitors the unique opportunity to go gem mining. There are many great opportunities to go gem mining in NC – picking a place to go can be a bit daunting. Read our latest blog to see all the places you can visit to go gem mining during your visit!

How to See the Best of Historic Asheville NC

If you are unfamiliar with the Asheville area, there is one side of it you must see to get to know it, historic Asheville NC. There are so many wonderful sites when you see historic Asheville NC. Let’s highlight a few of the stops you can choose from.

See All There Is to Do In Saluda and Asheville

Where the foothills end and the Blue Ridge begins, Saluda is noted for its orchards, its climate, its art and culture, its historic downtown, and the many available outdoor activities. Plus, nearby Asheville has plenty of activities to ensure you’ll never run out of things to do on your trip!

New Smyrna Beach – Night Swan Bed and Breakfast

P1040032AMERICAN PRESS TRAVELNEWS, Bob, Barb & Terry, “On the Road Again” and “Stopping to Smell the Roses” this time in New Smyrna Beach, FL. When we popped off I-95, heading for New Smyrna Beach, that the National Geographic Magazine folks voted as “the Worlds Top Surf Towns” and Dr. Beach rated New Smyrna  as “Florida’s Top 10-Beach Towns” ,we knew that we’d be on the Intracoastal Waterway with dolphins feeding and playing, just about 200 feet away from our lagoon view window. We weren’t wrong! We enjoyed the frolicking marine mammals seen from our Manatee Viewing Suite, at the Night Swan Bed and Breakfast, before heading to the beach, after lunch with Terry at the Dolphin View Seafood Restaurant. Night Swan Owners, Matt and Betsy Baker, bought the business in 2013 and lovingly placed their experience and tastes in all upgrades, and you will see this in everything about the B&B, that consists of twin vintage, but thoroughly updated houses, 16 room, with 6 rooms dedicated to be dog friendly and a dog friendly cottage too! On a historical note; “Smyrna” comes from the word purported to be Myrrh, one of the special fragrances brought to the manger by one of the 3-wise men during the time of Jesus’s birth! There are other thoughts on the name, but from a historical prospective we are offering this theory! The other side of the B&B besides the bed, you also get the breakfast. We enjoyed the fruit, blueberries and seasonal strawberries.  The scones, and the really great waffle, with real maple syrup and sausages. The coffee, tasted like coffee! Its not every place you go that you run into the real thing, “baby.” So many times, at too many other locations I have had dishwater called coffee, not at the Night Swan, it was real and good! There was all Breyers ice creams, cookies and drinks anytime you were in the mood for a snack, and we met some fine folks visiting from all parts of the east coast! The one thing that stands out for a great B&B is that the personalities and conviviality you find at a high quality B&B, is found no where else in the accommodations business, with the exception of cruising the oceans of the world!  Some of the items and amenities found at the Night Swan:  no charge boat dock, flat screen TV’s, private baths, elevated dock (we even watched a NASA launch from it on our last day at the B&B) lovely front porch, free WiFi, all kinds of meeting space for up to 40, great family reunion location, and wedding receptions in the great outdoors and so much, much more! You can come by boat, auto or any way you wish to this B&B—-Go: or call 386-423-4940 Check out the myriad of events you can attend weekly, for months in New Smyrna Beach and surrounding enclaves by going: 

Stay tuned 3 more posts coming at you from Smyrna Beach, trips, restaurants and a nature boat excursion as well.

Water to land view of the Night Swan B&B with the sailing charter double mast schooner on their end dock!



Bob and Barb with Terry at the Dolphin View Seafood Restaurant located at 107 N. Riverside Drive on the Mosquito Lagoon. One of the many pet friendly restaurants in New Smyrna Beach! We saw sea food and we all enjoyed it!
Just one of Dolphin's treats for lunch; stuffed mahi mahi with shrimp and crabmeat, oh, what a luncheon treat!
Just one of Dolphin’s treats for lunch; stuffed mahi mahi with shrimp and crabmeat, oh, what a luncheon treat!


Get Married at The Orchard Inn in Saluda, N.C.

The Orchard Inn provides an elegant, intimate setting enhanced by the warm hospitality that is our signature. Elopements are our specialty and we have a range of customizable elopement packages.

These Asheville NC Festivals are the Best

Here in Western North Carolina, we love celebrating just about anything and enjoy putting on a festival to do so. We at Orchard Inn love the upcoming season of Asheville NC festivals and would love to share with you some of the ones that we look forward to each year.

The Biltmore Gardens are Stunning in the Spring!

When you get sick of the snow and ice, one of the best things that you can do is start planning a trip for the spring. While the mountains can be stunning any time of year, spring can be just spectacular. There is one particular place you should check out in the spring: the Biltmore Gardens. Come have a quick peek at what you should find there!

Explore What To Do in Asheville

There are tons of things to do in the Asheville and Blue Ridge Parkway areas. Best of all, this fantastic city is just a short drive from our Saluda Inn! Click to explore some of our favorites.

Request Your Free Vacation Guide to Asheville, NC

If you are planning a visit to the Asheville, NC, area, you should request our free Vacation Guide. The Asheville/Saluda area has so many things to do for a romantic getaway, a family vacation or even a trip for “me time,” and we want to share our suggestions with you!
Simply fill out this form to download our complimentary Vacation Guide to see all that you can take advantage of in Asheville.

Our Guide covers:

• Restaurants You Will Want to Visit Time & Time Again
• Festivals & Attractions You Don’t Want to Miss
• Outdoor Activities for All Skill Levels
• Shopping For One-of-a-Kind Items
• Orchard Inn Exclusives


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Running Up to the New Year, 5 Images from 2015

When Barb is happy, Bob is happy! A fine Charlotte restaurant, serving up interesting and tasty cuisine!
Scallops to remember!
Scallops to remember!
The sauce and everything about this seafood melange' was exceptionally tasty!
The sauce and everything about this seafood melange’ was exceptionally tasty!
Late afternoon delight! Trying out a new restaurant in Charlotte, N.C. It passed out critique with a big margin!
Late afternoon delight! Trying out a new restaurant in Charlotte, N.C. It passed out critique with a big margin!
Peace and quiet and a terrific breakfast at the Duke Mansion in Charlotte, North, Carolina!