Itinerary: The Ultimate Summer Weekend at Tryon Resort

Jun 19, 2019 - 3:02 PM
Summer in Western North Carolina means opting out of coastal crowds while enjoying water sports, hiking, delicious food and drink, family-friendly events and entertainment, gorgeous views, and all that Tryon Resort and Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) have to offer. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and conveniently located equidistant from Asheville and Charlotte, NC, as well as Greenville and Spartanburg, SC, TIEC is within easy reach of three major airports. Summer at Tryon Resort is for adventurers, lovers of nature and food, and most of all, people who love horses. Read below to plan your perfect summer weekend at Tryon Resort!


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The Lodge on Lake Lure, Tryon Resort’s intimate oasis situated 25 minutes from TIEC in the stunning mountain lake setting of Lake Lure, is the perfect place to stay when summer comes to Western North Carolina. From water sports to gorgeous views at every turn and fine, lakeside dining, the Lodge has 17 unique, well-appointed rooms to enjoy, each equipped with a scenic patio. Or, stay close to the horse show action in a one, three or five-bedroom cabin onsite at TIEC.





Don’t miss out on all the fun to be found in Lake Lure while staying at the Lodge. Rent a pontoon boat, kayaks, or take a scenic boat tour from one of several local businesses, and enjoy the sunshine in and around the water. If you prefer to explore the region by land, hike to a 75-mile panoramic view at Chimney Rock State Park or drive to the summit for a relaxing top-of-the-world experience. Meander the famed Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, too, and enjoy 155 feet of carefully-curated gardens featuring more than 1,000 native flowers and plants to delight the senses.



“Saturday Night Lights,” (SNL) a signature Tryon Resort experience, can be enjoyed every Saturday evening May through October at TIEC. Featuring free admission, live music, face painting, carousel and pony rides all leading up to thrilling equestrian competition under the lights in Tryon Stadium, this tradition is a can’t-miss. With fair-style concessions stands, shopping, bars and restaurants available every Saturday, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Don’t miss the karaoke after-party hosted at the Silo Bar when competition concludes!



To test your shot with clay pigeon shooting, we recommend a trip to Cleghorn Gun Club, just minutes from TIEC and an iconic Tryon Resort experience. From gun and ammo rentals to lessons with experienced instructors, our 15-station course and five stand will challenge any shooter from novice to expert. Call 828-863-1435 or visit to learn more!



If you’d rather swing than shoot, we’ve got you covered – any day of the week! Tryon Resort’s Cleghorn Golf & Sports Club is just minutes from TIEC, and boasts an 18-hole 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 drinks or wings at Mulligans in the pro shop, or enjoy the Olympic-sized pool and athletic courts. Learn more at




Tryon Resort is for foodies of all kinds. 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 and more at our onsite restaurants. Find our recommendations below.



Friday lunch at the General Store: 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, outdoor adventure, or just browsing the TIEC grounds. You’ll also find specialty chocolates, pastries, ice cream and coffee behind the counter. While you sit and enjoy lunch, browse the store for keepsakes, or Tryon Resort apparel.



Friday dinner at Treetops Restaurant: For a gourmet dining experience that you won’t be able to stop talking about, try the intimate Treetops Restaurant located within the Lodge. Our expertly-crafted dishes with hand-selected local and organic ingredients will bring an artful and delicious flavor to any weekend. Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling 828-625-2789.




Saturday breakfast at the Lodge: The same hand-crafted, gourmet experience at Treetops Restaurant is available to Lodge on Lake Lure guests for breakfast, too! Take advantage of a slow morning and watch the day unfold over the Blue Ridge Mountains while enjoying a delicious meal that will fuel any adventure ahead.



Saturday lunch at Legends Grille: 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 beverages just to your liking, you won’t want to miss out on this signature Tryon Resort restaurant.



Saturday Dinner at Legends Club: While enjoying TIEC’s signature “Saturday Night Lights” festivities, sit ringside with a front-row seat for all the action and take advantage of a scrumptious buffet and cash bar at Legends Club for an enhanced spectator experience. Tables are open to the public on a first come, first served basis, and reservations are recommended though not required. Call 828-863-1000 to claim your table!



Sunday Lunch at Blue Ginger Sushi: For sushi that’s almost too gorgeous to eat, but delicious at every bite, be sure to stop by and enjoy Chef James’ creations. There are plenty of non-sushi options for those who aren’t fond of seafood, too, from ramen and soup to noodles and more.



Sunday Dinner at Campagna Italian Cuisine: 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!



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Whatever your experience (or not!) with horses or your preferred discipline, the onsite equine simulator is always a good ride and is a great way to freshen up an old skill or improve on new ones! Private lessons with renowned instructor Barbro Ask-Upmark are available by appointment. Click here to learn more!



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