New attraction highlights the natural beauty of the Western North Carolina mountains

The Gorge Canopy Zip Line Adventure Opens to Adventurers & Thrill-Seekers in Saluda, NC

Just 15 minutes away from the Claddagh Inn, The Gorge Zipline Canopy Adventure, is the latest attraction bringing adventure-seeking people to this beautiful area.  It’s a unique tree-based zip line experience in the famous Green River Gorge in Saluda, Western North Carolina.  A thrilling combination of zip lines, rappels, and sky bridges treats every customer to an exciting adventure.  Experience the Green River Gorge like no one has ever seen before this year with 1,100 feet of vertical drop and stunning views.

Here’s what George Howard from Challenge Design Innovations has to say about the course:

“I’ve built zip line courses all over country, and this is by far the fastest zip in its entirety that I’ve ever been on.”

We can package rooms with zip line tickets, or you can buy tickets yourself, and ask for The Gorge Zip Line discount.  Spend the weekend, and try some of the hiking trails, mountain biking, or kayaking opportunities in the local area —  perfect for couples and families.

Unique Mother’s Day Gift Idea

Give your Mom a Tea Party gift certificate at the Claddagh Inn for Mother’s Day

If you want to do something different this year and your Mom is the type of person who doesn’t mind being the center of attention, give her a Tea Party luncheon gift certificate for a minimum of 8 people. Standard menu includes hot and cold teas, vegetable, tea sandwiches, and dessert for $12 per person including tax and tip.

Tea Parties can be customized to suit her wishes. Your Mom can host a business meeting, play cards or games, or just entertain family and friends without doing any of the work. It’s a great idea for a birthday gift, too.

Call the Claddagh Inn to purchase a gift certificate and let your Mom choose the best date and time for her schedule.

Flat Rock Playhouse – the State Theatre of North Carolina

Henderson County houses the State Theatre of North Carolina in our own village of Flat Rock.  The Mainstage facility in Flat Rock seats 506 patrons in air-conditioned comfort. There is reserved seating for patrons with special needs and assisted listening devices are available at no additional charge.  Our new Playhouse Downtown, Hendersonville’s newest theatre, is just a few blocks from the inn.  This theatre seats 250 with comfortable riser seating. You won’t find a bad seat in the house where you can be mere feet away from the action!  You don’t have to travel all the way to New York to see a Broadway play.  Below is a listing of their stage performances for 2013:

  •      Little Prince: March 6-17 (Flat Rock)
  •      Odd Couple: April 3-21 (Flat Rock)
  •      Cotton Patch Gospel: April 24-May 19 (Downtown)
  •      Songs my Mother Taught Me:  May 8-26 (Flat Rock)
  •      Evita: June 5-30 (Flat Rock)
  •      Big Bang: June 27-July 14 (Downtown)
  •      Les Miserables: July 10-August 18 (Flat Rock)
  •      Complete Works of William Shakespeare: August 1-18 (Downtown)
  •      Deathtrap: August 22-September 15 (Flat Rock)
  •      Cats: September 4-October 6 (Downtown)
  •      Hank Williams – Lost Highway: October 2-November 3 (Flat Rock)
  •      Three Musketeers: November 7 – November 24 (Flat Rock)
  •      Disney’s Mulan Jr: November 15-24 (Downtown)
  •      Christmas Story: December 4-22 (Flat Rock)
  •      O Holy Night: December 12-22 (Downtown)

Check their website at for more information.

You can stay at the Claddagh Inn while you are in town to see one of these fabulous performances.  Check our Specials and Packages page for one of our Theatre/Room deals

Music on the Rock with a Room @ the Inn

The Flat Rock Playhouse has a new theatre downtown aptly called Playhouse Downtown.  They have a concert series that just started featuring music from the following artists:

  • Dolly Parton: February 6-9, 13-16
  • Neil Diamond: March 20-23, 27-30
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival: April 9-13
  • Sting & the Police: May 23-25, May 30-June 1
  • Peter Paul & Mary: June 12-15, 19-22
  • Michael Jackson & the Jackson 5: July 17-20, 23-26
  • Eagles: August 21-25
  • Donna Summer & the Sounds of the 70′s: October 16-20, 23-27
  • Wayward Sons – Kansas, Skynyrd, & the Allman Brothers: November 5-9

The Claddagh Inn is just a few blocks down Main Street from this new theatre.  What could be better then to stay at the inn and walk down to see a concert and maybe have dinner at one of the restaurants between here and there?  We have a package deal that includes 2 tickets with a two night stay in a Queen Room for $320.  Book early for better seats and to guarantee a room.  You can contact us @ 866-770-2999 or 828-696737 or email us @

Romantic Valentine Stay at a Historical Inn

Romance is in the air.  Want a perfect way to treat that special someone in your life?  A romantic weekend at the Claddagh Inn could be a perfect way to tell that someone special just how much you care about them.  You will be pampered at this historical inn in one of our beautiful rooms.  We have created a special package deal to make your special weekend fantastic.

  • 2 night stay for 2 people (Queen bedroom)
  • Daily full breakfast
  • Chocolate covered strawberries and bottled water in your room
  • Complimentary wine and cheese in the evening
  • Candlelit dinner one evening for 2 menu includes:
    • Crab Dip Appetizer
    • Choice of main dish include one of the following:
      •    Beef Bourguignon
      •    Chicken Cordon Bleu
      •    Ratatouille (Vegetarian)
    • Steamed Vegetable Medley
    • Homemade Dinner Roll
    • Heart Shaped Red Velvet Cake for 2
    • Glass of wine/tea/coffee
    • Champagne before dinner

This fantastic deal is available any two consecutive days in February (you don’t have to wait for the weekend) for the unbeatable price of $250.  Rooms are booking quickly for Valentine’s Day so call us soon and book your room.  You can reach us at 828-693-6737 or 866-770-2999 or email us at  We are looking forward to making your romantic weekend extremely special.

Wine Tasting in the Mountains!


The Claddagh Inn is partnering with Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards to give our guests a special package deal.  The deal includes:

  • 2 night stay for 2 people (Queen bedroom)
  • Daily full breakfast
  • Gourmet cookies & bottled water in your room
  • Complimentary wine and cheese in the evening
  • Wine Tasting of up to 6 wines at St. Paul Mountain Vineyards
  • 2 Complimentary Wine Glasses from the Winery
  • 1 Complimentary Bottle of Wine of your choosing from the Winery

This incredible deal is available now through May 15, 2013 for the incredible low price of $189!  Please call today to reserve your spot for this fantastic opportunity.  You can contact us at 828-693-6737 or 866-770-2999 or email us at Offer does not include taxes.

Hendersonville Little Theatre – 2013 Season

The schedule is out!  Please check out upcoming performances to be held at our own Hendersonville Little Theatre:

  • Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
    • Show dates: Feb 8-10, 14-17, 21-24
  • Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon
    • Show dates: April 5-7, 11-14, 18-21
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
    • Show dates: June 7-9, 13-16, 20-23
  • The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas a musical comedy by Larry King & Peter Masterson
    • Show dates: Aug 9-11, 15-18, 22-25
  • The Turn of the Screw by Jeffrey Hatcher based on the book by Henry James
    • Show dates: Oct 18-20, 24-27, 31-Nov 3

The theatre is just a few blocks away.  Come stay the night and enjoy a show while you are here.  Tickets for the shows are listed $20/adult, $15/college student, and $10 for children under 18.


Beat the Heat with Top 5 Ways To Cool Off

It’s warm everywhere, so let’s cool off in the Hendersonville NC area with 5 choices for beating the heat:

  •    Dupont State Forest — You can take pictures or you can take your swimsuit and get in the water.    Please be careful!   The parking
  •     for High Falls, Triple Falls, and Hooker Falls is a scenic 25 minute drive from the Claddagh.   This area was one of the filming
  •     for the movie “The Hunger Games” and it has been been a favorite spot for visitors and residents for generations.
  •    Green River Adventures (Saluda) —  Take a guided kayak adventure down the Green River and stop for a swim along the way.  It is a
  •    fun half-day trip for the whole family and a great way to try a new sport while witnessing the beauty of the Green River Gorge.
  •    Sliding Rock (Brevard)  – For a small fee you can experience a natural waterslide in Pisgah National Forest.  The plunge at the base of
  •    the slide is exhilarating and don’t forget to check out the other sites in the National Forest.
  •    Little Bradley Falls (Saluda)  –  Smaller falls, less dangerous, no crowds, but still beautiful and well worth the 20 minute walk from
  •    the parking area.
  •    Ice cold glass of lemonade on the front porch of the Claddagh Inn.

If you want to beat the heat in the mountains, try some of these suggestions.  We have more ideas that didn’t make the Top 5 list, however you only need one good idea that involves relaxation and cooling off will soon follow.  Check out the Perfect Weekend Travel Planner at the Claddagh Inn for a great price and more great ideas.

19th Annual Garden Jubilee Festival Memorial Day Weekend 2012

Main Street Hendersonville comes alive with thousands of plants — It’s a Garden Jubilee!

If you like gardening, you’ll want to travel to Hendersonville, NC on May 26 and 27 for the 19th Annual Garden Jubilee Festival.  Over 200 vendors will be selling plants as well as art and food.  There will be guest speakers and industry reps to answer all your gardening questions.  It’s a great opportunity to learn more about turning your yard and garden into the beautiful, relaxing place you have always wanted.  BYOW — bring your own wagon and take home some healthy plants that will remind you of Hendersonville and everything you learned at the Garden Jubilee for many years.

The entire festival is just a couple blocks from the Claddagh Inn.  It doesn’t get any better.  Park your car and walk to    everything.  Call 828-693-6737 for reservations.  Ask for the Garden Jubilee discount and get 25% off a two night stay.

Garden expert Bill Slack from Southern Living Magazine will be presenting several lectures on Saturday and Sunday:  “Wow, what a beautiful front yard!”; “No sun in your garden? no problem”; and “Through the garden gate, pathways and patios”.  Bill was named the Outstanding Extension Landscape Architect by the American Society of Landscape Architects.  He is returning to Hendersonville for the 10th time.

Six Special Sundays, Mother’s Day through Father’s Day

Six Special Sundays, Mother’s Day through Father’s Day

Starting on Mother’s Day, the Claddagh Inn will be combining a room and a special breakfast for up to 4 people for $169 + tax.  Fresh flowers on the table for you to take home will be included.  Breakfast hours will be expanded from 8:00 to 11:00 and late check-outs will be available.  Per fect for those from out of town visiting Mom or other relatives.  Invite them to breakfast with you and give them some fresh flowers.  You can walk to at least eight churches from the Claddagh or you can relax on the front porch on a peaceful Sunday morning.

Special breakfast can work with a Saturday night stay, Sunday night stay, or buy a gift certificate and stay another time.  See you there!