Nina Simone Plaza in downtown Tryon is a tribute to Eunice Kathleen Waymon, born in Tryon 1933. She grew up to become Nina Simone, who introduced the world to a unique musical infusion of pop, gospel, classical, jazz, folk and ballads, that she called "Black Classical Music." Her voice and music were instrumental in the American Civil Rights Movement.
Morris the Horse, a well loved landmark standing on the corner of Trade and Pacolet Streets, has proudly represented Tryon since 1928. He is both a symbol of the community's love of horses and a replica of an era gone by when wooden toy horses just like him were made in Tryon and shipped to destinations all over the country.
Block House Steeplechase in April ushers in spring with picnics, sundresses, elegant hats, tailgating and the sounds & sights of thoroughbreds thundering past striving for a win. The Block House is the longest running steeplechase in North Carolina occurring continuously since 1947. The National Steeplechase Association sanctions four of the races/ The day also showcases a varied, equestrian learning experience from Carolina Carriage Club and Paso Fino demonstrations to the Old Tryon Foot Beagles and Hounds.
Foothills Equestrian Nature Center is a 390-acre nature preserve with hiking and horseback-riding trails, nature center, pond, boardwalk, and picnic area. FENCE and the Pacolet Area Conservancy Saturday hikes throughout the year. Check their calendar for equestrian events, bird walks, concerts, and more. Free and open to the public.
Tryon Riding & Hunt Club is a non-profit celebrating 85 years of supporting and preserving the equestrian tradition in the region. Funds raised from successful events, including the Block House Steeplechase, nationally accredited Horse Shows, Horse Trials and the Any and All Dog Show, Tryon Riding and Hunt Club has contributed over a half million dollars to the community in the last five years.
Blue Ridge Barbecue & Music Festival is considered one of the most popular sanctioned barbecue competitions in the United States. All proceeds benefit the Chamber’s operating budget and help fund the Polk Chamber Foundation
Rockhouse Vineyards roll out across gently sloping hills. The house is a solid structure made of an amazing variety of rocks, fossils, glass and quartz crystals. In the tasting room, taste the award-winning varietals that include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chardonnay, Viognier and Meritage blend.
Overmountain Vineyards' Tasting Room is open year-round, Thursday through Sunday with five varieties of grapes; Cabernet Savuginon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Petit Mansing is the estate premium wine.
Green Creek Winery's Tasting Room features a patio and lawn. Taste eight wines. Their most well know wine is Chardonnay Rosso, the world's 1st Red Chardonnay.