The Oaks Bed and Breakfast
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In one of the oldest established villages in the city of Saluda in Western North Carolina, stands a landmark work of art - a testament to the architecture and craftsmanship of the 1800's. Today, this elegant lady graciously welcomes guests with arms open wide.
Explore the vast public areas of The Oaks Bed and Breakfast located in Saluda, that include a Library, stocked with many collectible first editions; a beautiful Dining Room where sumptuous breakfasts are served beneath a spectacular Venetian Glass Chandelier; and our Parlor, with private deck, that overlooks a heavily wooded nature preserve and gardens.
Relax on the sprawling wrap-around verandah that fronts this classic home. You will find this a welcome gathering place for guests and friends. Join in lively conversation with fellow visitors, while enjoying evening beverages.
On your return to The Oaks Bed and Breakfast from exploring the area, you may wish to settle in to your spacious accommodations for an afternoon nap before strolling down to Main Street Saluda for shopping, antiquing and top-notch dining! The most memorable part of your Blue Ridge experience!
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Dale and Donna Potruski for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
For over a hundred and thirty years folks have traveled to our area by horse carriage and rail, from Savannah, Charleston and the coast, to escape the oppressive heat and onslaught of malaria. Today, Guests arrive by the interstate and come to relax in a town where time has stood still; to explore the vast mountain vistas and outdoor opportunities and enjoy the local music, arts, architecture and cuisine, while staying at a historic Victorian home that is at the center of it all --The Oaks Bed and Breakfast.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
The Oaks Bed and Breakfast was built in 1895, the same year that George Vanderbilt moved into his home in nearby Asheville. This beautifully restored Queen Ann Victorian has been welcoming guests since 1906 and while offering all the modern comforts you might expect. The Oaks Bed and Breakfast has held on to it's rich sense of history, elegance and dedication to service. 100% of our guest reviews rave about the decor and sumptuous gourmet breakfasts. It is truly a labor of love.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
What makes Saluda unique is that it looks pretty much as it did 131 years ago. Like something out of a movie, Main Street (that alone should give you a clue) is still home to the police station and city hall, with the library anchoring one end of town and the post office holding down the other. With a well documented history in railroading, healthcare and hospitality, Saluda has become a haven for artists. This includes world recognized painters, authors, sculptors, jewelers, culinary artists and musicians. There is always something to see or do on Main Street!
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
The best compliment we have ever received about the inn is that guests "love" that The Oaks brings back warm and happy memories of some grand home that once was part of their past. That they can decompress from "life in the fast lane" and find time to relax on spacious veranda, garden terrace, or by a cozy fire. That our home allows guest the environment to reconnect with family, their inner child . . . their husband, their wife . . . their life.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
That more people don't know about us and all that we have to offer!
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
We tell guests interested in visiting our area that "they can do as much, or as little as they desire." After breakfast, many of our guests are off and running, taking advantage of our ideal location to the Biltmore, the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, state and national parklands, waterfalls and trails, river rafting, kayaking, hiking, biking, zip-lining, shopping, antiquing, restaurants, live music, craft breweries, wineries, theater, the NC Arboretum, historic sites, an endless calendar of festivals and events; while other guests are content to just find a comfortable spot to sit and read, while enjoying our fresh mountain air.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Our number one item of importance (for ourselves and our guests) is that we are an easy walk to town. A historic and thriving village to explore with its eclectic collection of shoppes, galleries, bistros and cafes'. Our closest waterfall, Peason's Falls, is often hiked to by our guests.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
We have four! Each within walking distance of the inn. The Purple Onion is a long established favorite, offering a wonderful menu featuring local creations and live music. The Saluda Grade Cafe' is home to great mountain comfort food. The region is known for its Carolina Mountain Trout--the absolute best you've ever tasted and cane be found on the menus of both The Onion and The Grade. Wards Grill is the original soda fountain/diner, famous for their Chili Cheeseburgers and fries! In the mood for some genuine Carolina BBQ? It's got to be The Green River BBQ! The real deal! When our guests exhaust all the possibilities here in town, we send then to near by Hendersonville, home to a myriad of places to eat; the best of which is Two Guys Pizza and Ribs. A friendly atmosphere with the absolute best NY style pizza this side of Long Island!
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
The Oaks Bed and Breakfast features 6 spacious and comfortable accommodations, five in the main historic home and a Cottage Suite located in the Carriage House.
Do you accept pets?
Yes, we welcome travelers with pets.
The Art of Breakfast, by Dale Potruski
As all our guests discover, "I love to cook!"
From my first experience helping prepare Sunday breakfast with my Dad, to the craft of fine dining that I learned from working at some of Michigan, Florida and North Carolina’s best restaurants, I learned that dining is an art.
Food preparation is very gratifying and extremely satisfying when it comes to our guests. Every feast includes fresh fruit (local and seasonal), a breakfast meat (apple wood cured bacon, fresh ground country sausage or lean ham) and an entrée that is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the pallet.
In our personal travels, we have stayed at inns where your day starts with a bagel and a fruit cup and that might be fine if you need to get out the door and on your way to work. But breakfast at The Oaks is an event and friends that stay with us for up to a week, will never be greeted by the same plate more than once.
“I challenge myself to come up with a different menu every day, explains Dale, the owner and chef. “I try to alternate meals between sweet one day and savory the next – something square, something round. A great deal of thought and preparation goes into every presentation.”
“Accommodating guests with special dietary requirements or food allergies is never a problem”. Dale promises, “With advance notice we can put a smile on everybody’s face!”
Visit "guest reviews" on our website, then come and taste what they’re all raving about!
Easy Drive to Nearby Area Attractions
Enjoy all the splendor and beauty that the Blue Ridge has to offer:
- The Biltmore Estate
- The Biltmore Village
- The Flat Rock Playhouse
- The Carl Sandburg Home
- The DuPont State Forest
- The Pisgah National Forest
- The Blue Ridge Parkway
- Chimney Rock
- Grandfather Mountain
- Pearson Falls
- Horseback riding
- Wineries and vineyards
- White water rafting
- Canoe Trips
- An endless calendar of street fairs and events