Old Edwards Inn and Spa

Old Edwards Inn and Spa

Old Edwards Inn in Highlands

When you first arrive at Old Edwards Inn and Spa, a sprawling golf and wellness resort on the scenic southwestern plateau of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, you are greeted with a glass of champagne and seated for a friendly check-in process. Afterward, you are escorted to your individually appointed guestroom, suite, or cottage – at which point you might decide you’re never leaving the property. When you do venture out, you’ll find the charming town of Highlands right outside the Main-Street lobby, waiting to welcome you with an assortment of boutiques, galleries, acclaimed restaurants and vibrant culture – not to mention miles of pristine mountain recreation in every direction.

Each of the 95 guestrooms in this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Hotel is decorated with hand-selected antiques, oriental rugs and fine European bedding. Charming rooms with Main Street balconies are found in the historic main inn, just steps away from the main restaurant, spa and fitness center. Other accommodations range from sumptuous spa suites to rustically elegant cottages cascading along several acres and interspersed with fun and relaxing amenities. In the guestroom baths, heated Carrara marble floors, rainfall showers, plush robes, soft slippers and premium bath and body products are waiting to melt your cares away.

When it’s time to entertain your palate, sit back and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Or experience the popular Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden, with an award-winning menu of fresh creative fare prepared using sustainable organically grown ingredients from The Farm Garden at Old Edwards. You’ll likely want to pair a wine from the award-winning Wine Spectator list with the fresh, seasonal creations on the menu.

If a more casual dining experience is calling your name, The Wine Garden and the Rooftop Terrace offer a full menu of delicious soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees in a charming alfresco environment with market umbrellas and a fully stocked cocktail bar. The Spa Café, two pool cabanas, and the Coffee Café and Bar at The Lodge round out the dining options, offering something for everyone throughout the day. Hummingbird Lounge also features a menu of light bites throughout the afternoon and regales guests with live music on weekend evenings.

Decidedly the crowning jewel of this renowned wellness resort is the European-style Spa at Old Edwards, constructed of native wood and stone and enhanced with antique crystal chandeliers and heated limestone floors in the lounge areas. For the ultimate spa experience, book your stay in one of the six spa suites, offering spacious luxury with private porches or patios, a sumptuous soaking tub and private elevator access directly to the spa.

Once in the spa, you’ll relax in the steam chamber or whirlpool before indulging in a signature treatment like “Rainforest Rejuvenation,” a rain shower and water massage with aroma and light therapy and botanical scrubs. You’ll slip into a state of pure indulgence in the spa’s outdoor heated mineral pool with winter enclosure. And take in a stimulating workout at a state-of-the-art fitness facility with full schedule of wellness classes and guided hikes.

The Falls Cottages at Old Edwards debuted mid-2013 with 22 additional guestrooms designed in the mountain vernacular and featuring the sumptuous comforts and fine details that characterize all Old Edwards accommodations. Nine beautiful cottages surround The Falls Terrace, an open-air courtyard with an additional outdoor heated mineral pool, whirlpool and slate patio with freestanding fireplace. The Falls Cottages can be booked as multi-bedroom accommodations with common living areas for groups or the rooms can be booked as individual accommodations for couples and single travelers. Just steps away from the Falls Cottages is the Lodge area with a coffee café and lobby, the Kelsey Game Room, the Croquet Lawn, the other outdoor heated mineral pool, whirlpool, and poolside bar and cabana.

Groups and families will find the “Guest Estates of Old Edwards” a perfect answer. The Piermont Cottage, Hutchinson House and Rockwood Lodge all feature multiple bedrooms and full kitchens - and come with all privileges and amenities at Old Edwards Inn and Spa, including access to Old Edwards Club.

Superior service and luxurious amenities are the hallmarks of the Old Edwards brand, and they continue to earn the resort global accolades, including being named the No. 1 Hotel Spa in North America in Condé Nast Travelers’ 20th Annual Readers Choice Survey. In addition to being named top spa, it also was the first to receive a 100 percent rating for all three criteria: treatment, staff and facilities.

Lynn Seldon

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