Itinerary: A Fall or Winter Weekend Getaway to Tryon Resort

Oct 25, 2019 - 10:43 AM

Escape heavy traffic, long lines and life’s hurried pace for some downtime in the scenic Western North Carolina foothills and mountains at Tryon Resort. Designed with the horse lover in mind, this equestrian lifestyle destination’s busy competition calendar is bustling in early fall and slows down in the winter, and is the perfect retreat for a peaceful getaway. Whether you’re searching for fall foliage and adventure, holiday events, or a quiet weekend retreat, Tryon Resort is the perfect escape.

Tryon Resort offers a variety of onsite lodging, diverse restaurants, shopping, equine simulator lessons, and nearby amenities like golf and clay pigeon shooting. The region is bookended to the west by the Blue Ridge Mountains, which offer a plethora of outdoor adventures all fall and winter long, including leisurely strolls if you want to keep your blood pleasure low. Tryon Resort is also centrally located an hour or less between Asheville and Charlotte, NC and Greenville, SC, leaving you with plenty of opportunities to enjoy an extended getaway surrounded by the Carolinas’ gorgeous natural beauty while making it easy to reach from three major airports.


For a cozy and intimate retreat, try one of our signature one-bedroom “tiny house” cottages onsite. You’ll have everything you need at your fingertips, but none of the chaos and clutter of everyday life. Bringing the kids along, or need a little more space? Our spacious three and five-bedroom riverside log cabins can keep your whole crew comfortably.



You won’t have to go far to find delicious options to satisfy every craving or any palette, from artful sushi to classic American diner fare, local and organic favorites, and delicious Italian cuisine at our onsite restaurants. See our recommendations below.

Best Sushi Ever:
For sushi that’s almost too gorgeous to eat, but delicious at every bite, be sure to stop by and enjoy Chef James’ creations at Blue Ginger Sushi. There are plenty of non-sushi options for those who aren’t fond of seafood, too, from ramen and soup to noodles and more. You’ll often find a winter special at Blue Ginger, so be sure to stop in for great deals, too!


Best for Kids:
Roger’s Diner is home to all your classic American favorites, from breakfast served all day to burgers, salads, and classic banana splits and sundaes. Roger’s Diner is open daily.

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Best for Lunch On-the-Go:
Located inside the General Store, the Pony Express Deli is a delicious and convenient way to grab sandwiches, wraps, and salad, perfect for a to-go lunch for a hike or outdoor adventure. You’ll also find specialty chocolates, pastries, ice cream and coffee behind the counter. While you sit and enjoy your lunch, you can also browse the store for keepsakes, Tryon Resort apparel, or any sundries you may need for the weekend!

Best for Date Night:
For a high-end dining experience without the dress code, try Legends Grille to enjoy organic and local favorites that are sure to satisfy. From famed tacos to bison burgers and delectable desserts, plus a full bar that can craft personalized cocktails just to your liking, you won’t want to miss out on this signature Tryon Resort restaurant.


Best for Large Groups:
Sundays at Campagna are for endless crab legs and all the Italian favorites your heart desires, from pasta and lasagna to salads and flatbreads. The all-you-can-eat crab legs special is a must for your weekend and is a total crowd-pleaser!

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If you’re here in December, you can’t miss Winterfest! Friday nights, enjoy s’mores and snores with one of Santa’s elves in Legends Plaza for a cozy and delicious way to wind down the week. Every Saturday in December before Christmas Day, you can enjoy pancakes with Santa, cookie decorating in the General Store, and free carousel rides.

New for 2019, the Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland at TIEC presented by Ingles will light up the season with hundreds of thousands of lights dancing to music across two miles of entertainment. The Weekend Winterfest Village features photos with Santa and story time with Mrs. Claus in Santa’s House, carousel and pony rides, live music, animal experiences and more. Admission is by the carload, and Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland presented by Ingles is open daily from 6-10pm November 15, 2019-January 5, 2020. Learn more here.


18 Holes at Cleghorn Golf & Sports Club:
Fancy a round of golf? We’ve got you covered! Tryon Resort’s Cleghorn Golf & Sports Club is just minutes from TIEC, and boasts a George Cobb design that will both challenge and satisfy any golfer. Just give them a ring at 828-286-9117 to book your tee time. While you’re there, enjoy post-round drink or wings at Mulligans in the pro shop.

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A Round at Cleghorn Gun Club:
If you’d rather shoot than swing, we recommend a trip to Cleghorn Gun Club, just minutes from TIEC and a signature Tryon Resort experience. From gun and ammo rentals to lessons with experienced instructors, our 15-stand course and five stand will challenge any shooter from novice to expert. Call 828-863-1435 or visit to learn more.

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If a winter hike is just what you need to reflect and refresh, we’ve got a great recommendation: Chimney Rock State Park. Hike to a 75-mile panoramic view or drive to the top for a relaxing top-of-the-world experience at any time of year. Visit to learn more and get tickets.


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