Tryon Peak is the first mountain you hit driving north west from Charleston, or west from Charlotte. We are just south of Hendersonville and just north of the South Carolina line above Landrum.
Because it's tucked into the mountains and hills, the Tryon area is protected from most extreme weather temperatures. This means cooler summers and warmer winters than nearby areas higher up in the mountains or in the more southern or eastern foothills. The temperate climate and natural beauty have made it a popular retreat for those seeking milder winters, including outdoor enthusiasts, equestrians, city and beach dwellers looking for a quiet escape, and even grape-growing businesses like wineries.
Tryon is a well-established town known for its beautiful horse farms and equestrian community and for its love of the arts and humanities. It's seen as a haven for artists, writers, and musicians.
Whether you're looking for a quiet retreat, year-round great weather, outdoor recreation, or a great art scene, Tryon is the place to find it! CHeck out our real estate only site at www.cielore.com for sales, long term rentals, property management and short term vacation rentals.
With a quiet, woodsy atmosphere offering plenty of outdoor recreation and small-town culture without the big-city bustle and tourism of some of its surrounding areas, Tryon truly is the perfect vacation escape.
Tryon is located away from the commotion and noise of city life but isn’t far enough into the mountains to be affected by the hassles of true mountain-living (long, winding uphill roads, massive storms that snow residents in for weeks). This means that you can enjoy a truly peaceful and serene vacation from big-city life without the worries of remote living. And if you do want to experience the excitement of a bigger city, such as Asheville or Charlotte, downtown entertainment is never more than a short drive away.
Because it’s located so close to the mountains, Tryon is a prime spot for outdoor recreation. This includes mountain biking, hiking, skiing, golfing, and horseback riding. Hiking and biking in Tryon are among the best in the state, with miles of trails winding through acres of untouched forest filled with hundreds of species of native flora and fauna and even beautiful cliffs, waterfalls, and babbling streams.
Boating and fishing can also be enjoyed on Lake Lanier and Lake Adger. This includes canoeing, kayaking, and motorboat sports such as skiing and tubing.
In 1925, an enterprising man named Carter Brown arrived from Castle Park, Michigan and established the Tryon Horse and Hound Show (now known as the Tryon Horse Show), and since then, Tryon has been known for its equestrian competitions, drawing hundreds of competitors and thousands of spectators each year.
The town’s equine roots inspired the 2014 construction of the Tryon International Equestrian Center, which is now in use. It is a destination no horse-lover should miss.
Artists, writers, and architects from around the world make for a thriving art culture in Tryon, which is reflected in its many galleries, studios, theatres, and even in its architecture.
What does this mean for real estate and vacation homes in Tryon? It means that homes here are grand, elegant, designed with art in mind. Many homes, besides boasting unique, beautiful, or modern designs, are also made with natural or organic materials and offer various green certifications, such as LEED Certification, Energy Star Qualified, and NAHB National Green Building Standard.
Named for William Tryon, North Carolina’s colonial governor from 1764 to 1771, the town of Tryon grew in population and prominence in 1877 with Southern Railway’s rail expansion from South Carolina’s seaports into North Carolina, Tennessee and the Ohio Valley. This attracted more businesses and visitors to Tryon and, with them, more permanent residents, prompting the area to receive its town charter in 1885, cementing Tryon as a town and destination point.
One of Tryon’s most famous residents was the renowned poet Sidney Lanier, who moved there in 1881. Sadly, Mr. Lanier died of tuberculosis only a few months later. In 1889 a private library was built in his honor. The Lanier Library Association is the oldest civic establishment in Tryon, and its library is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays.
Also indicative of the town’s interconnectedness with horses is Morris, Tryon’s large wooden toy horse mascot mounted on a rolling platform. Built in 1928 by two workers at Tryon Toy Makers to be part of the town’s annual parade and to promote the Tryon Horse Show, Morris’s likeness graces storefronts, attractions and other spots all over town.
Though downtown Tryon has its own small-town charm, Tryon is primed for the exploration of neighboring cities.
For a little change of pace from the quiet mountain living, Tryon is conveniently located within an easy drive of several larger cities. Tryon is located south of Asheville and west of Charlotte in North Carolina, and just north of Spartanburg and Greenville in South Carolina.
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What's Your Favorite Thing About Tryon?
This turns out to be a fun question because it's hard to explain Tryon to people who don't already know it. You definitely can't see what makes it so special - but everything you do see is pretty nice - It's ...
My basic answer is it's a great life if you can get it. Yes, there are lots of retired people, but they're really busy. Like the retired brain surgeon who researches butterflies, or the retired airline CEO who writes crime novels, or the 80 year old guy who spent 40 years buying all the tomotoes they used in Campbell Soup. He's making sure kids in rural communities around Tryon always have books. I work, but I also take riding lessons- on a real horse - from the world's most best teacher - my 9 year old friend from the Green Creek Pony Club.
What could be better?
This is my amazing friend Joan. She's 88. She and her husband retired to Tryon in the 70's to be in the warmer than Chicago weather, and ended up running the communications department for Polk County Schools for 30 years. She took on the task of elevating the cultural awareness in rural Polk county to that of much larger cities. She figured out how to get the high school a Steinway concert grand piano and brought in world class programs for the community. Before she retired, she raised five kids in the 50s, then went to Iowa's graduate writing program.
What's your favorite thing about Tryon? How would you describe why you think it's such a special place? Who lives here? What's going on? Send us a note or pic to MyFavoriteThing@AroundTryon.com. We'll spread the word.