Summer is the official travel season, and while rental houses and hotels are the norm, sometimes you just want to take your vacation to the NEXT level…starting with the accommodations. Looking for a unique place to stay on your getaway? These ten places in North Carolina are good starting points….
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Hobbit House, Mars Hill
This micro-castle nestled deep in the mountains is perfect for a shire-inspired vacation. The property has two bedrooms but sleeps up to six...and pets are allowed!
2. Or stay in a REAL castle at Castle Mckenzie in Murphy
This enchanted mountain getaway is yours for a weekend or even a month! Located on ten acres of private, rolling hills and gorgeous mountain land...Castle Mckenzie is perfect for a honeymoon, romantic getaway, or anniversary.
3. Frying Pan Tower, Atlantic Ocean
Located 34 miles off the coast, this coastguard tower turned bed and breakfast is a popular destination for deep sea fishers and those just REALLY looking to get away from it all. The interior is actually quite cute and cozy with plenty of coastal charm to go around. While prices are a bit steep (498 per person, including 3 meals), this one-of-a-kind experience is worth it!
4. Yurt Life equals glamping in Asheville.
It might have sounded like I was speaking another language, because I kind of was. But "yurts" were developed by nomadic groups in central Asia. Today, this one in Asheville is a sustainable stayaway just five miles from the city. The round-shape resembles the original structure from 500 years ago. This one is fairly open but still provides you with a private bedroom. Looking for something totally different? Love playing "fort"? A yurt might be for you.
5. The Graylyn Estate, Winston-Salem
This hotel and conference center is a popular destination for weddings, romantic getaways, and you guessed it...business conferences. Located on 55-acres, the dramatic, romantic architecture is unparalleled by the lavish interior and decorated essence that feels like you're stepping in a palace.
6. Caribbe Inn, Atlantic Beach
Not so much fancy, but super fun, this retro beachside motel is like stepping back into the 50's. The cute exterior terrace full of bright colors and a couple picnic tables is lively and beachy. The interior, as you can see, is a little on the over the top side, but why would you not try this unique experience for one night?
7. Iron Horse Station, Hot Springs
The Iron Horse station is incredibly unique. It's not just an Inn, but is home to unique shops, art, and a cafe. The Iron Horse offers four different styles of rooms, each named after the Pullman sleeper, a method to accommodate railroad passengers with comfortable overnight accommodations on the train. The best part about Iron Horse is that when you walk out of the front door, the Appalachian Trail is RIGHT across the street.
8. The Dunhill Hotel, Charlotte
If you're looking to visit the Queen City, skip the 'ritzy' price tag at the Ritz-Carlton and check out Dunhill. Since 1929 literary giants and famous names have graced the Dunhill with their presence. For a unique experience still in the heart of Uptown, you'll love Dunhill.
9. The Fearrington House Country Inn, Pittsboro
The Fearrington House Inn and Restaurant are both AAA five-diamond rated. For elegant luxury, with a relaxing, countryside ambiance, book a romantic weekend at Fearrington House.
10. Dorothy's House, Land of Oz, Beech Mountain
Located on Beech Mountain, Dorothy's house is available for rent. Yes, it is slightly Kansas-themed with interior that is like stepping into the movie itself. The house accommodates four people and is available for rent summer-fall.