Many of the luxury resorts in the Tar Heel State reside in the mountains because the state has some of the most stunning mountain views and highest peaks found along the East Coast. Yet, the Outer Banks and Crystal Coast areas also provide beach lovers plenty of ways to live the luxe life on vacation, while some of the state’s largest cities provide five-star accommodations that pair well with nights out on the town. Here are 10 of the most luxurious resorts in North Carolina that will have you saying wow.
Considered one of the most luxurious places to stay in North Carolina, the Old Edwards Inn and Spa sits in downtown Highlands, North Carolina, which is surprising since being on-site feels a million miles from reality. The property’s chateau aesthetic combined with the Blue Ridge Mountains makes it a popular wedding venue, while its award-winning dining and spa lure non-guests frequently.
The Biltmore Estate reigns as America’s largest home, but the mansion itself does not have overnight lodging for guests. Instead, a separate inn resides on the 8,000-acre property near the Biltmore winery. Named the South’s best hotel in 2017 by Southern Living, part of the hotel’s appeal certainly ties to exploring the stunning grounds and main house.
The Omni Grove Park Inn is legendary for many reasons, one being the sunset views from its terrace that faces the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s also home to one of the best spas in the world and has several luxury shops and upscale dining options. Plus, it’s hosted many presidents over the years and has inspired many long-term guests such as F. Scott Fitzgerald.
If a luxury golf vacation is what you seek, look no further than Pinehurst Resort. As America’s largest golf resort, golfers flock here to hit the links on its nine courses and enjoy cocktails and lawn sports post-round.
Another lovely option for golf lovers, Grandover Resort is a PGA facility open to the public that features two courses. The luxe lobby features huge chandeliers and a striking staircase to set the tone upon arrival for a grand vacation.
People who choose Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock appreciate the three lodging choices, from guest rooms at the main lodge to condominiums and new inn. Nestled near the Blue Ridge Parkway and Cherokee National Forest, the resort has scenic views in spades. Fly fishers from throughout the state also come here as it’s the only Orvis-endorsed fly fishing lodge in North Carolina.
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The Umstead Hotel and Spa is surrounded by 12 acres of woods, gardens and lake. The hotel features a bar and lounge with nightly live entertainment, afternoon tea with a live harpist, green transportation service and accommodation for pets. The full-service spa offers body treatments, nail care, facials, massages and organic treatments. On the property are a three-acre lake, a quarter-mile of walking trails and a seasonal pool with a pool bar. Rooms feature lake views and balconies. The Umstead Hotel is located 10 miles from downtown Raleigh.
If your vision of a luxury vacation must include a beach, then put Sanderling Resort in your GPS and head to the Outer Banks’ premier ocean and sound front resort. Its location across the street from the Atlantic Ocean and on Currituck Sound means water views from almost every room, but more importantly, its spa was named one of the top 100 in the U.S. in 2017 by Conde Nast Traveler.
If Charlotte’s many attributes – James Beard-recognized chefs, top museums and a full menu of nightlife atmospheres – bring you to the Queen City for a fancy weekend, then the Ballantyne will complete your travel plan nicely. Popular for weddings, the resort also has its own golf course, spa and exceptional Southern hospitality.
For those seeking an upscale farmhouse experience, the Fearrington House Inn can provide that serenity without sacrificing elegance. And a stay here means experiencing charming Fearrington Village and the option of adding day trips to Raleigh (45 minutes), Durham (30 minutes) or Chapel Hill (15 minutes). All of the individually designed suites and cozy guest rooms are adorned with antiques and garden views.