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Sometimes you need more than just a vacation, you need a total retreat that takes you away from the day-to-day world and nestles you amongst scenery and lavish accommodations. Stepping away from the world isn’t easy. Yet, Old Edwards Inn and Spa makes it pretty easy to feel like you’ve entered a luxurious European village and just for a moment, all your stresses and worries can fade away as you’re enveloped by beautiful scenery and surroundings.
Perched atop the Blue Ridge but seamlessly blended into the unique downtown of Highlands, North Carolina, Old Edwards Inn and Spa is a lavish retreat perfect for a special occasion getaway or just a 'treat yourself' weekend with luxury guest rooms, cottages, suites, a farm-to-table restaurant, vacation homes, a spa and even a 18-hole golf course at the Old Edwards Club.
Aside from cozying up or dining out, you can also relax by the mineral pools and whirlpools with poolside beverage service. Seriously, you won't (really) be lifting a finger your entire weekend getaway here.
Old Edwards is positioned right in the heart of downtown Highlands. If you want to wander from the resort and experience this unique mountain town, you'll have an abundance of shops, art galleries, restaurants, and music venues to keep you entertained.
Highlands is a slice of paradise tucked deep inside the Nantahala National Forest, it's also one of the highest towns east of the Mississippi and situated at 4,118 feet. To get a feel for the town, take the Highlands Heritage Trail walking tour that highlights all the unique spots in this mountain village. Working up an appetite? No worries, five restaurants in downtown Highlands have achieved the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
On-site, you'll find the flavors of North Carolina served in elegant yet approachable farm-to-table fashion at Madison's Restaurant. You can also relax and sip some vino at The Wine Garden or do dinner and drinks with extraordinary views overlooking the golf course at The Grill Room.
If you're seeking more privacy or looking for a getaway more accustomed to a large group, there's lodge, cottage, and resort home options.
Pictured above is 'The Lodge' that offers a wraparound porch with rocking chairs and luxurious amenities. Seeking more privacy? Cottages dot the perfectly maintained grounds and gardens.
Aside from on-site cottages, there's also lavish and luxurious vacation homes made for family retreats, work getaways, or small group vacations. Pictured above is the Rockwood Lodge and there's also the classically southern Piermont Lodge or the modest but cushy Hutchinson House.
Sure, Old Edwards Inn and Spa is almost overflowing with elegance and extravagance, but that's part of the fun. Have you been saving up for a unique vacation yet still looking to stay in North Carolina? This is the perfect place to retreat away from the world while also learning more about our gorgeous home state. Even if you're more on the adventurous side, nearby attractions like Bridal Veil Falls, Whiteside Mountain, Dry Falls and many others create the perfect balance of adventure and elegance. Old Edwards Inn is truly a hidden gem nestled amongst the mountains but totally worth the splurge. One-way ticket straight to Europe? It will certainly feel like it!
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