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girls weekend getaway

We (5 young ladies) were very surprised at the welcome we received! Some shared buckets and some... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2018
Amber V
Lovely little place!

Great little shop with LOTS of rock and gem selections and even some adorable goats you can feed... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2018
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Gem Mine on our covered deck rain or shine; find gems, minerals, & fossils playing in the dirt! Open year round (indoor water trough inside during the winter). Always making sure our customers get first rate attention & leave with great souvenirs...more
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101 E Main St, Saluda, NC 28773-7812
+1 828-691-9723
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Reviewed 16 October 2018

We (5 young ladies) were very surprised at the welcome we received! Some shared buckets and some bought there own but each of us walked away with the prettiest gems and stones. The lady that helped us and her grandson were both fantastic. They made...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Amber V
Reviewed 10 October 2018

Great little shop with LOTS of rock and gem selections and even some adorable goats you can feed and a chicken!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank DayTrip42631
Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile

This place ROCKS. THE PEOPLE THAT OWN AND RUN THIS PLACE ARE THE BEST. They made our experience a memorable one. Not only are they knowledgeable about their gems they also took the time to tell us about the old wooden caboose and read my...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank johnwcbrandon
Reviewed 10 September 2018

Wonderful fun and learned so much about gems and minerals with help of the attendent. Cannot remember her name, but she spent so much time with us explaining all the stones we found as we 'panned' for our treasures. would certainley go back.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Christopher B
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

We stopped by after rappelling with Green River Adventures. I’ve never been one to participate in gem mines but the woman that owns it is such a pleasure to talk to. We bought the ruby bucket and had a blast learning about all the different...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank morganyogini23
Reviewed 18 June 2018

Kids wanted to stop in and check out the rock mine. They had a trough and the kids shared a large bucket with some different rocks to discover. 4 kids split the bucket and each had a bunch of rocks in different sizes to bring...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Thomas B
Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

The kids were excited to try the Gem Mine. We spent the morning in Saluda and headed over to the Gem Mine after lunch. There was a chain across the entrance, no hours posted and when I called there was no answer or recording. Disappointed.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank JD3073
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

We had a blast. We took five young girls from ages 6 to 11 months and they really enjoyed it. The staff was very interactive with the girls and really showed excitement when the girls found different stones. They even talked to each girl about...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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MommaMelisa, Owner at Saluda Gem Mine Wicks & Wares, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and to leave a review. Cynthia and Stephanie really enjoy interacting and chat with everyone, no matter how young. I appreciate all they do and appreciate each of the visitors too. Hopefully you can return...More

Reviewed 7 August 2017

The gem mining is traditional for kids -- a bucket and mine for gems, but the staff are proud of their experience. Gift shop has interesting items.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank hr1313
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

Saluda Gem Mine Wicks & Wares is located in the beautiful NC mountains. Cynthia gave us personal attention as she helped the kids sift a bucket of sand to find various stones right outside an antique railroad car caboose. Gift shop right next to caboose....More

Date of experience: June 2017
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23 January 2017|
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Response from MommaMelisa | Property representative |
Hello and yes, We will be open and in our new location. A beautifully restored 1929 wooden caboose, right behind our other location. You will be able to tour the caboose and shop for the same wonderful things in the gift... More