Trot Around Town in Tryon, NC
Who wouldn’t want to visit a town that highlights both horses and wine? Tryon, NC, and the surrounding areas are packed with rolling hills of vineyards, the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), and some delicious food—does it get any better than that?
Most horse enthusiasts are familiar with the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), located just outside the center of town in Mill Springs. Home to numerous events held year-round, the center is one of the United States’ premier show venues and often showcases the best of the best of all disciplines, including the 2018 World Equestrian Games. No matter what your favorite discipline is, there is an event happening to catch your attention.
After a long day at TIEC, take a break at Overmountain Vineyards. This family-owned farm is set on 70 beautiful acres to admire while sipping on an array of hand-crafted wines. The tasting room is open year-round, meaning you can sip your wine anytime you visit the area, and live concerts and local food are also available from spring to fall during the winery’s high-season. For those looking for a little adventure, two miles of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail runs along the vineyard and starts at the tasting room.
If laying low is more your style, the Tryon Little Theater is the place to grab a seat and see a show. This historic, non-profit theater offers a smattering of performances and musicals throughout the year. But be sure to get your tickets early, the small theater only has a limited number of seats.
At the end of the day, grabbing a bite to eat is easy before heading to relax at your hotel, bed and breakfast, or rental. If you’re at TIEC, there are plenty of restaurants inside the venue, and if you are around town, you can’t go wrong with a local eatery. Donning riding attire? Huckleberry’s is “equine friendly” and isn’t afraid to serve you up a delicious meal to go with your breeches. A quick bite to eat can be had at Sidestreet Pizza and Pasta, and if your lodging doesn’t provide breakfast like Marilyn’s Melrose Inn does, you can get your caffeine fix at the Tryon Coffee House Co-Op.
Basically, Tryon, NC, has something for everyone whether you love the outdoors, can’t say no to a good live performance, or just love horses.