New owners for Saludas Orchard Inn

Published 2:21 pm Monday, November 8, 2010

Katherine and Bob Thompson have announced the sale of The Orchard Inn in Saluda to Marianne and Marc Blazar.

The Thompsons said they made the announcement with great pleasure, and overwhelming emotion. They say the inn will have new hands, new hearts, but the same spirit of welcoming hospitality that Ann and Ken Hough created in 1981.

We remember as new innkeepers in 1997 that guests would walk in cautiously, looking to see what changes we had made to their beloved inn, the Thompsons said in an email to former guests and friends. Of course, wed made only a few changes because it was the place itself that charmed us and compelled us to become innkeepers. Now its time for Marc and Marianne to have their turn at taking care of this grand old place. We invite you to welcome the Blazars as you have done for previous innkeepers.

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The Thompsons said they will be spending time at Pawleys Island and Saluda and plan to be guests at the inn themselves in the future.

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Turner HD Media, a multimedia production company headquartered in Tryon, recently released a video promoting farming in Polk County.

Titled Meet Your Polk County Farmer, the video features Lynn Sprague, Polk County agriculture economic development director; Vaughn Loeffler of Blue Planet Organics; Rodney Russell of Triple R Farms; Lee Mink of Leap Farms and Alex Stott of the Polk County High School farm. &bsp;

The video is posted on, Turner HD Medias website, and the Bulletins website,

The song used in the video, entitled Its a Beautiful Day, was written and performed by Tim McMorris. McMorris work will be featured in several upcoming projects by Turner HD Media.

It was a wonderful opportunity to meet and work with many of the family farmers here in Polk County, said Eric and Lynn Turner of Turner HD Media. We hope that our work helps promote a positive image of family farms and sustainable agriculture in this beautiful area.

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The 1880s Coach House at 227 E. Rutherford Street in Landrum will bring in the holiday season with a wine and cheese social on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Everyone is invited.