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Things to Do

For your enjoyment

Hike to a waterfall or stroll our small towns of Tryon, Saluda. Chimney Rock and Lake Lure, The Cottage at Ridgewood Farm invites you to enjoy a wonderful blend of rural atmosphere and small town charm, with great restaurants, shops, services and easy access to the rest of the world.

“It is impossible for the emotions arising from the sublime to be felt beyond what they are here…The rapture of the spectator is really indescribable.”

— Thomas Jefferson, on beholding the wonders of the Blue Ridge


Rest, relax and revive while visiting this enchanting woodland cottage. Discover the nearby treasures of Western NC including world class golfing and equine facilities. Explore an abundance of hiking trails, guided or solo, that lead to some of the most gorgeous places on earth. Climb a mountain top to find unparalleled serenity. Land the fish of your dreams, marvel at the tranquility of  waterfalls, enjoy a play or a concert then return to the cottage to kick back and drink in the peace of quietude.

Wine Tours

Polk County has a rich viticultural history going back to the 1800’s and you can easily enjoy tastings at four winery vineyards all within 20 miles. Call ahead for hours.

  • Parker-Binns Vineyards, about 10 miles away,
  • Over Mountain Vineyards about 15 miles away
  • Russian Chapel Hills Winery, about 17 miles away
  • Mountain Brook Vineyards, about 17 miles away
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Mill Spring Farm Store

The Mill Spring Farm Store is rather like a year ’round indoor tailgate market – a local food treasure house where shoppers can delight in what their neighbors have grown, raised and made, food and crafts that embody the care and love put into making them.

Fresh produce, organic eggs and cheeses, local trout, beef, poultry and pork along with packaged  jams, rubs, crackers and so much more.

See Rita to help you put together a unique gift basket to enjoy back at the cottage or to take back home with you.

Tryon International Equestrian Center

Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) has quickly become an international hub for many of the world’s top equestrian athletes. Guests are welcomed near year ’round to experience one of the premier riding facilities in the world built for the love of horses and our sport. TIEC is the home of the 2018 World Equestrian Games.

TIEC offers first class facilities for equestrian events of all levels and disciplines. With events for every season, diverse on-site restaurants, shops, and family entertainments TIEC is a year-round must see.

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5 to 10 Miles

  • Tryon Fine Arts Center
  • Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE)
  • Lake Lure (water skiing, lake tours)
  • Lake Adger (fishing)
  • Green River Adventures (kayaking)
  • The Gorge – Zipline Canopy Tour
  • Saluda – Historic Victorian Mountain Village
  • Green River Gamelands (hiking, hunting, fishing)
  • Chimney Rock State Park


+20 Miles

  • Carl Sandburg Home (National Historic Site)
  • Flat Rock Playhouse (State Theater of North Carolina)
  • Mineral & Lapidary Museum
  • Sierra Nevada Brewery
  • Western North Carolina Air Museum

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+30 Miles

  • Pisgah National Forest (Sliding Rock)
  • Dupont State Forset
  • The Biltmore Estate
  • Mt. Mitchell State Park
  • Western North Carolina Air Museum
  • Sugar Mountain Ski Area
  • Beech Mountain Ski Area
  • Carrowinds Theme Park
  • Blue Ridge Parkway