Archived Editions - Saluda Lifestyles




September, Vol 100 -Days Grow Short in September
: You may feel nostalgic when summer ebbs and you find memories enter your mind of ending summer friendships made at camp, on a beach or mountain trip, or while visiting a relative for a summer vacation. Separating from these new found friends was heartbreaking with promises to stay in touch. Did you lose your heart to a summer love? Many visitors making their first trip to Saluda fall in love and come back time and time again, and some soon settle here.  continued...
August, Vol 99 -Stretch Your Summer
: When August rolls around, summer crops are in and Saludians are feasting on fresh summer vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, squash, and beans. Queen Ann Lace is plentiful this year and gracing fields and road sides. Many native flowers and plants are making a slow showing this summer after the cold winter, and the tall Joe Pye Weed that butterflies love is making a late appearance. Rivers and waterfalls are flowing strong and mountains are blue-green with lush, verdant foliage.  continued...
July, Vol 98 -Summer Days Drifting Away
: As June slips away and we wonder where the summer is going, it's time to slow down and enjoy all that a Saluda summer can offer. Coon Dog Day on July 5 unofficially starts summer in Saluda as the town fills with summer folks, day trippers, outdoor adventurists, and dog lovers, all coming to enjoy cool mountain breezes, hiking, tubing or kayaking down a cool slow river, bicycling a mountain road, or just bench sitting on Main Street. They come to listen to music, eat at delicious restaurants, shop unique boutiques, and enjoy a stay in a mountain cabin or B&B.  continued...
June, Vol 97 -In Your Own Back Yard
: Gazing into the dark valley on a warm summer night, lightening bugs (or fireflies) flash an intermittent luminescent glow creating a light show. Flowering trumpet-shaped honeysuckle vines twine around fence posts and road banks scenting the air with sweet fragrance and drawing humming birds and children to suck out the sweet nectar. Clustering blackberry bushes, full of dainty white blooms, promise the juicy fruit soon to come (if you can pick them before the birds do!).  continued...
May, Vol 96 -Marvelous May
: There is an awakening in Saluda in May. Blooming out all over with beautiful pastel colors of spring and lush verdant mountainsides, contrasting with the rich boldness of spectacular sunrises and sunsets, the senses are awakened. Everything is new again and love abounds in nature as the breeding season begins. Birdfeeders are crowded and quick to empty and hummingbirds are back. The warmth of the sun is savored as the growing season begins with local produce.  continued...
April, Vol 95 -Spring Sights and Sounds
: Floating on a soft warm breeze, a butterfly gently glides in the air swelling excitement that spring is finally here. A symphony of birdsong gladdens the heart, and pastel colors from blooming daffodils, graceful forsythias, flowering Redbud trees, pink cherry blossoms, and lavender phlox canvas the town.  continued...
March, Vol 94 -Wacky Winter Turns Wild and Windy
: With temperatures ranging from 0 to 70 degrees in a matter of days, this winter has proven to be bizarre and Saludians are eagerly awaiting spring.  As the increasingly warm sunshine warms the air, the cold air masses take a firm hold causing the weather to turn windy and stormy. Now as spring begins to take its rightful place, thoughts are turning to preparing gardens, opening summer homes, and planning outdoor adventures.   continued...
February, Vol 93 -Sharing the Love in Saluda
: Sharing the love is easy in Saluda. It is a place where you feel the love from kindred spirits who choose to live here. It's a giving community of people who have a history of sharing what they have...their lodging, their food, their time, their energy, and their love. From its beginning, Saluda shared its mountain homes with people looking for a cool retreat, its healthy mountain air, the food grown on the land, and neighbors sharing with neighbors whose needs are greater than their own. It's a town full of friendly smiles, constant hand waves, and warm hugs.   continued...
January, Vol 92 -Saluda Winter Tranquility
: After the bustling of holiday shopping, festivities, and family gatherings, Saludians will spend January reflecting, resting, and resolving to make 2014 a better year. A quiet tranquility has fallen on Saluda; winter hours are in place while small business owners take advantage of the serenity to do annual maintenance and offer winter sales and specials.   continued...




December, Vol 91 -Saluda Mountain Magic
: Saluda turns magical in December. Hiking a mountain trail or walking through the woods gives you a different perspective. Mountain vistas blocked by summer foliage suddenly appear through the now bare limbed trees, picked clean by November's bashing winds. Under the canopy of naked trees, the lush green of rhododendrons and mountain laurel stand prominently against the shadows of the gray and brown colors of winter. It is so quiet in the woods, quiet broken only by a bird call or the hammering of a woodpecker. Wood smoke drifts in the air, wrapping you with the feeling of warmth and images of curling up near a glowing fireplace.   continued...
November, Vol 90 -Salute to Saluda Services
: Golden, rusty red, burnt orange, and brown colored leaves are falling all over Saluda, blanketing the ground like an abstract carpet while Saludians rake, compost, or blow them to curb sides to be picked up. Jumping in piles of leaves is a fun sport for kids but short lived as their parents hurry to tidy them up.   continued...
October, Vol 89 -Autumn Adventures in Saluda
: Summer ended like it started with an all day rain and a Northern wind that blew away the remnants of summer. The Fall Equinox brought clear blue skies and crisp, cool days. Acorns are falling, colors are changing, misty fogs are rolling into the valleys, winter hours are being posted, and a sense of change is in the air.  continued...
September, Vol 88 -Calling You Home
: Summer vacations are ending and the delightful sounds of children in the Saluda School's playground are resonating throughout town.  Yellow school buses line up emptying out enthusiastic children carrying new backpacks talking a mile a minute sharing summer stories.  continued...
August, Vol 87 -Simply Saluda
: Some of the finer pleasures in life come from the simplest things. A roadside graced with Queen Ann Lace. The deep blue purple of Hydrangeas. A blue sky without any rain clouds. A lush green mountain valley. The scent of Honeysuckle in the air. A refreshing glass of sweet iced tea. A cool mountain breeze. A meal of summer vegetables straight from the garden. A juicy peach or slice of cold watermelon on a hot summer day. Friends and neighbors to share a summer evening while rocking on a screened porch. A scary bear story. Hiking to a sparkling waterfall or mountain vista. Picking blackberries. Cycling a mountain road. Bench sitting on a tree-lined street watching life go by. A visit to the library for a good book. An outdoor concert.   continued...
July, Vol 86 -Saluda Tradition Turns 50
: Flashback to 50 years ago, if you were around then. Do you remember where you were...what you were doing? A Saluda tradition turns 50 this year, and what began as a dog show and chicken dinner has become a "reunion" of native Saludians, summer folks, dog lovers, and railroad historians. Fifty years ago the Beetles rose to fame, John F Kennedy was shot, the Civil Rights Act was passed, the US entered Viet Nam, and "Sugar Shack" by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs was the top song.   continued...
June, Vol 85 -The Way it Was
: Summertime vacations, camps, and outdoor play are prevalent in the mountains, and Saluda abounds with natural resources for outdoor fun. Years ago, summer meant leaving the house with the screen door slamming behind you and not returning home until dusk. There was too much to do outside...riding bikes, exploring the woods, splashing in creeks, sprawling out on a soft, cushy lawn and gazing up to identify shapes in the white puffy clouds, climbing trees, building forts, sucking sweet nectar from honey suckles, looking for four leaf clovers, and just being outside.   continued...
May, Vol 84 -Spring into Action
: Enlivened by sunny, warm days, blooming flowers and trees, and fresh spring showers, Saludians are eagerly ready for a busy May.  In addition to blooming flowers, artists will blossom during the Saluda Arts Festival on May 18, and adventure enthusiasts will take the ride of their lives when ziplining into the Green River Gorge with The Gorge & Trade; opening this month.   continued...
April, Vol 83 -April Awakening
: Spring visited in January with the blooming of daffodils teasing us with thoughts of an early spring. To our surprise, most Saludians woke up to snow covered yards on the first full day of spring. Those early daffodils drooped in the snow and yellow forsythia bushes were sprinkled with soft snow like white powdered sugar on a cupcake.   continued...
March, Vol 82 -Wind Beneath Our Wings
: Spirits in Saluda are soaring high on the wings of the March winds whipping across the Saluda Mountains. Saludians anticipate the change that March brings with excitement and renewed energy. They are ready to leave winter days behind and embrace longer daylight hours and the rebirth of flora and fauna.   continued...
February, Vol 81 -Love Is In the Air
: How do I love Saluda, let me count the ways. I love your friendly people who live and let live. I love your history, Victorian homes and tree-lined streets. I love walking on your railroad tracks and bench-sitting on Main Street. I love that there are no stop lights and all roads are less traveled. I love the mountain vistas that cast shadows in the valleys. I love the natural abundance of wildlife that lives in harmony. I love all the seasons; spring flowers, summer festivals, fall colors, and the smell of wood smoke on cold winter days.   continued...
January, Vol 80 -Another Year Passes
: The years sweep by leaving behind memories to scrapbook and enjoy as the pages of years turn over.
This new year will find Saludians thriving as they continue to cherish Saluda's history while building toward the future.
We wish you a healthy, peaceful, and prosperous 2013!   continued...



December, Vol 79 -Tis the Season: Excitement abounds in Saluda with anticipation of the holiday season. The town is decked out with lights and holiday decorations. Saludians will gather together and share good wishes at Hometown Christmas, the Christmas parade, and the Saluda Tailgate Holiday Market. Children will make holiday gifts and ornaments at the Children's Christmas Workshop.   continued...

November, Vol 78 -Giving Thanks: Fallen leaves are blanketing a patchwork quilt of brilliant colors over the mountains, and there is a special quietness in the air. With the first glistening frost, comes a smell of wood smoke and the sound of black birds echoing through the bare tree limbs.   continued...

October, Vol 77 -Time is on Your Side: Morning fog rolls down from the mountain top into the valley, meeting the dawn of a new day. As the sun rises, birdsongs break out to greet the morning. A jet stream trails across the clear blue sky and an eagle soars overhead.   continued...

September, Vol 76 -Subtle September: Tall sweet joe pye reaches to the sky and purple kudzu flowers dangle to the ground. The sweet aroma of Autumn clematis wraps around fences and trees gracing mountain roadsides.   continued...

August, Vol 75 -Awesome August: Cool mountain breezes, refreshing mountain streams, rivers, lakes, and waterfalls draw people to the mountains every summer as the dog days of summer set in. Saluda is one of these summer destinations as folks from the low country escape sweltering heat, annoying bugs, and long humid days. Common sights in town are colorful kayaks and bikes riding atop cars as vacationers make their way to nearby Green River, trails, lakes, and waterfalls.   continued...

July, Vol 74 -Saluda Summer Festival: The ultimate invasion of mountain natives, summer folks, visitors, and dog lovers! This is Coon Dog Day month in Saluda...no, not a national holiday but don't tell anyone in Saluda!   continued...

June, Vol 73 -Sweet Saluda Summer: How sweet it is...sweet ice tea, flickering fireflies, blue hydrangeas and bright orange daylilies, delicious scent of honeysuckles...all signs that it's summer time in Saluda.
Restaurants and shops are on longer summer hours and the town fills with summer folks, vacationers, and day trippers.   continued...

May, Vol 72 -Saluda Arts Festival Historic Downtown Main Street: The Saluda Business Association is proud to invite you to the ninth annual Saluda Arts Festival. Visit Saluda on May 19, 2012 and see over 80 fine artists and skilled craftspeople from all over western North Carolina and South Carolina. They will exhibit and sell oil, water colors, acrylic paintings and drawings, wood working, photography, pottery, jewelry, sculptures, stained glass, metal working, and more. Rain or Shine!   continued...

April, Vol 71 - Ah, April: Peering up into the blue crystalline sky to follow the shriek of a soaring red-tail hawk, I noticed the wounded tree tops from past harsh winters. Through the bare tree limbs, just fringing with new buds, broken tree tops are a grateful reminder of how gentle Mother Nature was to Saluda this past winter. Budding trees will soon burst with green foliage, obscuring these wounds and the mountain views seen through bare trees.   continued...

March, Vol 70 - Swing into Spring: It's time to stop anticipating that first big snow that never came this year. Forget about sledding, building snowmen, skiing, snow tubing, and that magical feeling you get from the first glistening snowfall of the year!   continued...

February, Vol 69 - "All You Need Is Love": This Beetles song expresses sentiments of Saludians in February. As one of the lyrics says, "Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be. It's easy," is felt by Saludians, both natives and those who got here as fast as they could.   continued...

January, Vol 68 - A Difference A Year Makes: The beauty of winter was different this year compared to last year.  Instead of white, flaky snow as the backdrop like it was last Christmas, the landscape was peppered with evergreens. Even a few blooming flowers and salamanders made an appearance this Christmas.   continued...




December, Vol 67 - Holiday Time in Saluda: Lights and garland are hung decorating Main Street as Saludians get ready for the holidays. The giving spirit is alive and well, and it's a great time of the year to renew, reflect, and reward each other with love and friendship.   continued...

November, Vol 66 - Geese, Turkeys, and Bears: Losing an argument recently with a friend about how to tell the difference between a red oak leaf and a white oak leaf, I realized how hard it was to accept a change in something I was so sure was right. I apologize to all the people that I have misinformed about oak leaves. Even though I learned the truth about the oak leaves, it was hard to accept this profound change in my thinking.   continued...

October, Vol 65 - Oh October: The echo of a hammering woodpecker breaks the quiet of the woods while the gentle, cool breeze whistles through the tall white pines. Only a few remaining hummingbirds skirt around feeders while watching butterflies has been replaced with watching squirrels running around gathering and storing food for the winter. Unusual migrating birds at backyard feeders make a stop on their long trip south. Days shorten as the autumnal equinox proclaims, "Fall," and the last of the lightning bugs flicker here and there.   continued...

September, Vol 64 - Suddenly September in Saluda: A purple Kudzu blossom dangles from the vine and permeates the air with a grape soda-like aroma. While Joe Pye weeds stand tall, butterflies hover over the mauve-colored flower. The air is electrified by the high pitched hum of the cicada and delicate, orange Jewel weed graces the road sides. Rustling leaves dried out from the hot August sun blow across the road by the wind dipping down from the North while squirrels are scurrying around gathering the early fallen acorns.   continued...

August, Vol 63 - The Heat is On!: Saluda mountains may be calling you. Are you longing for a cool morning breeze, luscious, green mountain tops, shady hiking trails, babbling brooks, and cool mountain rivers and waterfalls? Or sitting on a bench under the shade of a tree-lined Main Street and enjoying an ice cream.   continued...

July, Vol 62 - Saluda's 48th Annual Coon Dog Day: Saluda's 48th Annual COON DOG DAY on Saturday, July 9--a homecoming and celebration for dogs and their people! Great food, live music, parade, crafts, street dance, and more.   continued...

June, Vol 61 - Saluda Summer Heating Up: Summer is the time to hit the road and make a visit to the mountains. Once you get here, you will feel the cool mountain breezes, view luscious green mountain vistas, hike on tree shaded trails, and cool off at refreshing waterfalls, mountain rivers, and streams.   continued...

May, Vol 60 - Flowers, Festivals and FUN!: April showers have freshened Saluda with mountain greenery, setting the stage for the Saluda Arts Festival and more events celebrating Saluda's 130th anniversary.   continued...

April, Vol 59 - Spring has Sprung in Saluda: Blooming, blooming, blooming...cherry blossoms, daffodils, forsythia, tulips, red bud trees, Bradford pear trees, willow trees. And the sound and sight of birds singing...crickets chirping, frogs croaking...bees buzzing...butterflies floating in the air...spring has a firm foothold in Saluda.   continued...

March, Vol 58 - A Welcome Change: Saluda was blessed with spring-like weather throughout February. Winter feels like it is over. Yet we all know ole man winter can creep in during March and even into April. As green shoots of daffodils and jonquils push through dead leaves, and early buds pop out on fruit trees, Saludians anxiously await spring. They are ready for the uplifting changes of hope and new birth that spring and warm weather bring to the mountains.   continued...

February, Vol 57 - Saluda's 130th Anniversary: Reading Saluda's history and looking at pictures taken in the early 1900's can take you back in time. You can imagine hearing the sounds of the train puffing up the grade as it blows its horn pulling into the depot. Waiting to pick up passengers getting off the train, people have parked their buggies, wagons, and early model Fords along Main Street. While they wait, they are catching up on news and gossip.   continued...

January, Vol 56 - Saluda's White Christmas: A peaceful snow blanketed Saluda Christmas morning, creating a storybook white Christmas for all Saludians. Snow totals were from 6 to 9 inches depending on your location. Saludians enjoyed a powdery snow great for sledding, building snowmen, and throwing snow balls.   continued...