Several months ago I had the pleasure of taking my first overnight trip to Tryon International Equestrian Center. I’ve been to the facility several times since it opened a few years ago, but they’ve all been day trips.
We just went to school not show – but TIEC is a three hour trip from Aiken, so I figured for West’s sake – it would be best to stay overnight instead of trying to do it all in one day.
Zach and I booked a one bedroom cabin, right on the Tryon International property. I had never actually seen where these cabins are in relation to the show venue before, and to my surprise, they’re a hop and a skip from the barns! Less than a five minute walk, or a one minute bike ride away!
The cabins are so conveniently located, and there is ample parking at each one. There is room for two, maybe even three standard size cars – depending on how you park them. Oh, and did I mention there is a grill outside?
My favorite thing about the cabins is the feel. You FEEL like you’re in the mountains of North Carolina. In my opinion, that’s 10x better than staying at a high rise hotel. Tryon International really works hard to give visitors and exhibitors the mountain feel in all aspects of the venue, but I think the cabins seal the deal.
Each cabin has a roomy, screened in front porch – complete with furnishings and mats. It’s nice to sit out here and relax after a long day of riding. Each cabin is furnished differently, so it’s fun to walk around and see what the front porch on each of them is like.
When you check in at the lodging center, you’ll receive the entry code to your cabin. Each door has a digital keypad, which is electronically opened using the code TIEC gives you. Better yet – you have the option to change it to whatever you want it to be for the duration of your visit at TIEC. No worries, just like at a real hotel – previous guests can not enter the cabin after their stay is up. Codes are different after each stay.
Each one bedroom cabin has one master bedroom with a queen size bed, and a loft with a full size mattress. TIEC claims each cabin sleeps up to four, but if you’ve got youngsters, or a barn full of teenage girls who aren’t scared to squeeze – you can fit many more. Three girls in the master, three in the loft, and one of the couch ? Work it however you want, but just know that more than four (smaller than normal ) humans can fit.
Cabins are fully furnished, and like I said earlier – you feel right at home in Western North Carolina. The cabins have a rustic, clean feel, and you’ll enjoy your stay – guaranteed.
Each cabin comes with a full kitchen, living room, and bathroom. It even has a washer/dryer set – and detergent! Perfect for getting everything washed BEFORE you head home. There is plenty of storage throughout the entire cabin, no need to pack light.
TIEC cabins are pet friendly on a case by case basis. Be sure to contact Tryon International before hand to talk about their pet policy. Wells came along with us on our trip, but I did make sure to mention before hand that she stays crated any time she must be left in the room without us.
Everything was clean and tidy when we arrived, like we were the first one’s ever to stay there. The furnishings of the cabin are modern, quality, and functional. You have the ability to cook for yourself in the kitchen, but if you’re already worn out from your day of showing – all restaurants and the Silo Bar are within walking distance.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay. We should be back again to show in April of 2020 – and we’ll be getting another one of these cabins!
Make sure to book well in advance, as prices go up as time gets closer. Also – nightly rates are never the same. They fluctuate depending on the season and shows, so make sure to check prices in advance!
Click here to learn more about the Tryon International Equestrian Center Cabins, and book yours today!