little motel big personality

(Previously Saluda Mountain Lodge)

the motel


Stunning Views

Enjoy the stillness of a sunset over the ridges and cliffs of the Green River Gorge from our scenic courtyard.


Nearby Activities

Hike, kayak, ride, fish, zipline, tube… regardless of your passion, our “neighborhood” is a natural playground.


Motel Nostalgia

Although we are renovating room by room slowly shifting into the complete Early Blue brand, all of our rooms are clean & cozy. A helpful staff, drive-up unloading and accessible pricing are always key components of our motel.



Dog friendly facility, so your best friend is always welcome to join in on your adventures.


Central Location

Just 5 minutes from Historic Saluda, and 8 minutes from Hendersonville.  Striking distance to Charlotte, NC, Asheville, NC, and Greenville, SC.


Ultimate Remote Office

We believe in work / life balance… our high speed Internet allows guests to log in from your room or the scenic courtyard, and then log off and explore!

The Gallery

The courtyard at Early Blue Motel


In The Scenic Courtyard


The view is something special… right off I-26, guests immerse in a pristine vista of the 18,000+ acre Green River Gamelands. Gaze out at 70+ miles of visibility containing ridges, cliffs, gorges, sunrise and sunset, and a tapestry of foliage.


A Panoramic Wedding


Nature’s cathedral has never been this convenient. Set the stage for your unforgettable day with our wedding packages. Seeing is believing...

Couple getting married at the lodge
Person kayaking

The Adventure Vacation

Are You Ready?


Pull that bucket list out… it’s time to check some things off! Early Blue Motel is the perfect base camp to breathe fresh air and expand your horizons...