The Greystone Inn
Lake Toxaway, North Carolina
At The Greystone Inn, a luxury resort and spa getaway along North Carolina’s Lake Toxaway, gourmet dining, lakeside hammocks and champagne cruises set the tone for old-fashioned romance. But we think it’s the inn’s Sothys Signature Spa that seals the deal.
Located beneath the lakeside suites is the full-service Sothys Signature Spa. A seasonal spa or romance package makes The Greystone Inn an idyllic couples retreat, and who wouldn’t enjoy the aromatherapy massages, spa robes and signature spa products it includes? Or the dozen red roses, Godiva chocolates and Perrier Jouet Champagne that await you in your room upon arrival, for that matter. We appreciated the spa’s eco-conscious efforts, including organic towels and sheets in treatment rooms and organic shea butter crème used during Swedish massages. Live the luxurious lifestyle of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and other famous names who first reveled in the natural resources surrounding Lake Toxaway. We marveled at the inn’s handsomely decorated rooms and you will too once you experience firsthand all the details you’d expect from an inn set in the Blue Ridge Mountains: magnificent stone fireplaces, private porches and breathtaking views. Don’t miss the champagne cruises aboard the 26-passenger Miss Lucy.
Low 21 degrees, high 82 degrees F.
Take I-26 to Highway 280, and then merge onto Highway 64. Turn into the main entrance for Lake Toxaway Estates and proceed approximately three miles to the Greystone Inn.
The six-level, Swiss-inspired inn and former mansion home of Lucy Armstrong Moltz was nearly bulldozed in 1982 to make room for condominiums.
Pinehurst, North Carolina
Embrace elegance and old world charm as you experience true Southern hospitality at Pinehurst’s full-service spa in the North Carolina Sandhills. The resort is best known as a world-class golf destination, but we feel it’s the Spa at Pinehurst’s Southern-inspired services that deserve a second glance.
Pine, magnolia and other Southern extracts delight the senses and rejuvenate the body in the spa’s signatures, including the Carolina Peach Nourisher, which gently polishes with peach and pecan scrub to reveal fresh, hydrated skin. Surrender to a single spa service or indulge in a full day’s worth with one of Pinehurst’s Day Packages; we recommend the Golfer’s Hole-in-One after 18 holes on the resort’s scenic fairways. Pinehurst’s award-winning golf courses, sportsman-style lodge and gender-specific spa services like the Gentleman’s Facial make Pinehurst the ultimate men’s vacation. Or bring the kids; there’s plenty for them to do at the onsite playground, mini golf course and Pinehurst Beach Club. We think the separate teen spa makes Pinehurst the ideal destination for a mother-daughter retreat, while the warm décor and ornate fixtures of the luxury vacation villas and condominiums are an ideal lodging choice for families and groups of any size.
Low 31 degrees, high 89 degrees F.
From Raleigh-Durham Airport take I-40E to U.S. Rt. 1 and exit onto Midland Road. Proceed on Highway 2 to one of Pinehurst Resort’s three lodging destinations.
Since opening in 1898, Pinehurst resort has been the site of more championships than any other U.S. golf course.
High Hampton Inn & Country Club
Cashiers, North Carolina
In the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, resting beside the private 35-acre Hampton Lake, awaits a stunning and invigorating escape unlike any other. Here, at High Hampton Inn, you will delight in the beautiful natural surroundings while you sink into bliss at their world-class Cashiers spa.
The Spa and Health Club at High Hampton Inn is like a sanctuary within a sanctuary. Admist the fresh mountain air and breathtaking views, you will find true comfort and relaxation at this luxury spa. An extensive menu treats you to a variety of massages, skin care procedures, and much more. Indulge in one of their signature treatments: a Warm Stone Massage, Clay Body Masque, or Body Polish. Or, feel truly rejuvenated with a Thai or Sweddish Massage that are sure to work all the stress out of your body. The Inn's spa proudly features products from the popular skin care line Eminence. The organic, all-natural line offers a variety of products that are all hand-crafted in Hungary and provide you with a spa experience that will leave you feeling uplifted, refreshed, wonderfully pampered. But don't stop there! Visit the Inn's Health Club and break a sweet with their vast assortment of classes and workout equipment. From pilates and yoga to free weight and core training, everything you need to stay healthy and in fit throughout your vacation is available right at your fingertips.
1525 Highway 107 South, Cashiers, NC 28717
There are other ways to stay fit without being cooped up indoors. Hit the hiking trails at High Hampton Inn and enjoy an invigorating trip through the mountain scenery! With eight hiking trails across 1,400 acres, you have plenty to explore.
Related Onsite Offerings
When you're not unwinding at the Spa, you'll find plenty of other options to keep you entertained right onsite. Practice your swing at the 18-hole golf course or on the tennis court!
Crestwood Resort and Spa
Boone, North Carolina
Crestwood Resort and Spa offers you relaxation and rejuvenation in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Crestwood Resort and Spa offers you a relaxing spa experience in a stunning location. They offer a wide selection of therapeutic treatments, from refreshing facials to indulgent two-hour massages sure to help you relax mind and body. More than just a spa, Crestwood offers you comfortable rooms and a variety of activities on site. Enjoy a meal at The Table Restaurant, take a walk through the beautiful grounds, and, just two miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, it's easy to explore the area from Crestwood.
3236 Shulls Mill Rd. Boone, NC 28607
The Spa at Crestwood offers the Advanced AHA Cosmeceuticals, CoffeeBerry Natureceuticals and CoffeeBerry Perfecting Minerals in all of their treatments.
The history of Crestwood officially began in 1948 when Claus Moberg discovered the site and, impressed by the stunning view, envisioned the site as a mountain retreat for his family.
Lakeview at Fontana
Bryson City, North Carolina
Rustic-chic meets quaint Mediterranean village in this spa getaway set in the scenic Smoky Mountains. The most budget-friendly option on our list, Lakeview at Fontana is one spa destination that’s easy on the wallet without sacrificing service or accommodations. How’s that for a guilt-free getaway?
We’ve heard of — and thoroughly enjoyed — our share of gourmet meals, but even we were pleasantly surprised by the exotic ingredients used in Lakeview at Fontana’s gourmet facials. Pomegranate and black cherry extracts, red wine and wasabi form the base of several revitalizing facials and detoxifying body wraps. Treatments at the intimate, six-room spa are complemented by aromatherapy, soothing music and candle light designed to entice all of your senses. Lakeview at Fontana’s Mediterranean-themed village boasts suites that are rustic in theme but luxurious in all other regards, with down comforters, candles and Aveda bath products. Start each day with a European pastry-style breakfast, wind down with an assortment of wine and cheeses in the evening, and make use of the resort’s outdoor pool, hiking trails and yoga studio in between. And no visit would be complete without a mountain bike adventure on the exhilarating Tsali Trail alongside the resort’s namesake, Fontana Lake.
Low 26 degrees, high 86 degrees F.
Dates and Times
Lakeview at Fontana is open from April 3 through November 15.
Lakeview at Fontana is an easy three-hour drive from several major cities. Take I-40 to Highway 74 West through Bryson City, then exit on Lakeview Lodge Drive and continue up the hill to the resort.
Old Edwards Inn and Spa
Highlands, North Carolina
We invite you to escape the present and experience true European-style luxury at the Old Edwards Inn and Spa, a full-service spa getaway in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Prepare to be pampered as you travel back in time to this bygone era, set among cascading waterfalls and sweeping mountain vistas.
Sip a Spa-tini as you indulge in a spa pedicure with friends or renew body, mind and spirit with a Victorian Rose Garden Cocoon in the privacy of your personal spa suite. Your focus on full-body wellness continues with the onsite fitness center and the healthy fare and waterfall-side dining at the Spa Café. And don’t forget to take a dip in the crown jewel of the Old Edwards Inn and Spa: an outdoor heated mineral pool and cave-enclosed whirlpool. European style architecture lends unmatched grace and character to the Spa at Old Edwards, while the resort’s country inn, storybook cottages, farm house and spa suites pair English manor décor like canopy beds and claw foot tubs with modern amenities like heated tile floors and waterfall showers. And with a full-service hair and nail salon and 33 acres of lush lawns and gardens with views of the North Carolina Highlands, we think it’s the ultimate location for a girls’ getaway or destination wedding.
Low 41 degrees, high 78 degrees F.
From the Asheville Regional Airport, take I-240W and merge onto I-40W, followed by US-74W and US-23S. Exit on the US-411 ramp and turn left onto County Road 28.
Related Onsite Offerings
The private Old Edwards Club in Highlands Cove, designed by Tom Jackson, offers unmatched cliff and mountain views and golfing for all skill levels.
The Sanderling Resort & Spa
Duck, North Carolina
Separate yourself from the ordinary along miles of unspoiled beaches and coastal scenery at the Sanderling, the only true resort and spa on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, the resort recaptured our attention with a recent multi-million dollar renovation.
The Sanderling Resort and Spa’s traditional coastal architecture and signature spa treatments are inspired by the unique natural resources of the Currituck Sound. The seashell facial massage is an essential part of any stay, though we found the stimulating seawater soak, warm sea mud wrap and massaging warm water jets of the Sea-renity treatment to be a close second. But the pampering doesn’t end with the spa. Plush upholstered headboards, crisp white sheets and coastal-inspired decor are all features of the resort’s newly renovated accommodations. And don’t forget the panoramic views of coastal dunes offered by the floor-to-ceiling windows that grace each room. Or perhaps we could interest you in a white chocolate raspberry crème brulee at the Swan Bar and the award-winning, French-inspired cuisine of the Left Bank dining room.
Low 35 degrees, high 87 degrees F.
The Sanderling’s Lifesaving Station Restaurant is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
From the North, take I-64 to Highway 158, then follow Route 12 to the Sanderling Resort & Spa on the left.
Westglow Resort & Spa
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Welcome to Westglow Resort and Spa, an exclusive spa escape in the shadow of Grandfather Mountain. It was hard to choose just one, but we think this all-inclusive resort’s highlight is its three-to-one staff-to-guest ratio, giving you the ability to tailor your spa package to suit your every wish.
We’re sure you’ll enjoy Westglow’s stunning mountain views and time-honored tradition of service during your stay. Indulge in signature treatments inspired by the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, from a Blue Ridge Body Wrap to the Mountain Body Salt Glow. The spa features an assortment of antioxidant and aromatherapy-infused facials, while the Life Enrichment Center offers state-of-the-art fitness equipment, indoor pool and whirlpool and a full-service hair and nail salon. Westglow’s Greek Revival Mansion features six elegantly appointed guest suites, each uniquely decorated with period furniture and luxurious linens, while the more secluded Cedar Lodge is home to a Jacuzzi tub, fireplace and private deck. In between treatments, sample spa menu offerings like miso broiled sea bass, or complete your day with a gourmet meal at Rowland’s Restaurant, one of Blowing Rock’s premier fine dining establishments. For a truly unique recreation experience, we suggest Westglow’s hiking, mountain biking or luxury camping excursions.
Low 21 degrees, high 76 degrees F.
Westglow Resort and Spa is located outside the village of Blowing Rock in the Blue Ridge Mountains. To get there, take US 221 toward Linville and exit at the resort.
Westglow Resort and Spa’s mansion was once the summer home of artist and author, Elliott Daingerfield, and its grounds are featured in his paintings.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Celebrate Charlotte’s rich history as you surrender to the sumptuous surroundings and services of The Spa at Ballantyne Resort. Native American legends, regional winemaking traditions and centuries of North Carolina history are the inspiration behind your spa experience at this world-class retreat.
We urge you to start your stay with the uniquely rejuvenating Dance of the Butterfly massage, a treatment based on a Native American dance that pays tribute to the life cycle of this winged creature. Or celebrate North Carolina’s rich tradition of winemaking with DiVine Wine facials, manicures and pedicures that detoxify and hydrate with champagne grapes. An indoor heated grotto pool, eucalyptus-infused steam room, full-service salon and lunch at the Spa Terrace complete your spa vacation. The sweeping staircase and marble floors of Ballantyne Resort’s opulent entrance usher you into the upscale elegance that is the trademark of your stay. Sink into the Egyptian cotton linens lining your Pillow-top Palatial Beds or sequester yourself in your suite’s spacious marble bathroom, where soaking tubs, seamless glass showers and premium bath products invite you to wile away the afternoon in fragrant bliss. Don’t forget the award-winning golf club and sparkling outdoor pool.
Low 32 degrees, high 90 degrees F.
From the airport, take Billy Graham Parkway South to I-77S and I-485E, and then merge right onto Johnston Road. Ballantyne Resort is on the corner of Johnston Road and Ballantyne Commons Parkway.
Related Onsite Offerings
Attend cooking class with Ballantyne’s chef, sample seasonal wine flights or improve your swing at Dana Rader Golf School; Ballantyne has it all.
ASIA: A Spa-Inn Asheville
Asheville, North Carolina
We’ve always wanted to take part in India’s ancient silk trade and journey to the banks of the Dead Sea. So imagine our surprise when we discovered all this — minus the lengthy plane ride — at A Spa-Inn Asheville. East meets West at this culture-infused spa retreat overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Long, lazy days and blissful indulgence await you with A Spa-Inn Asheville’s delightfully exotic spa menu. All treatments feature certified organic products, ancient aromatherapy and essential oils designed to ensure total relaxation and rejuvenation. For a true escape, we recommend the Exotic Neroli Body Polish that begins with the signature scent of orange tree blossoms followed by exfoliants, lotions and a cooling spritzer to leave skin hydrated and refreshed. The secluded Sauna Courtyard and Couples Massage Suite offer privacy for two and space for simultaneous massage treatments. A Spa-Inn Asheville’s spacious yet intimate Arts and Crafts-style home has been transformed to house five themed suites complete with fireplace, Jacuzzi and sophisticated cultural delights. We enjoyed the whimsical elegance and peacock blues of the Paris Flea Market suite, furnished in rich brocades and vibrant silks, and complemented by the natural beauty of the surrounding woodlands and Asheville skyline.
Low 27 degrees, high 84 degrees F.
From the East, take I-40 to I-240 and exit onto Merrimon Avenue. From the Southeast, take I-85 to 74, then I-26 to I-240 and exit onto Merrimon. Take a left on Hillside Street and turn right into the resort.
Related Onsite Offerings
A Spa-Inn Asheville’s Japanese and Zen Meditation Gardens and terrace shaded by ancient oaks are the finishing touches to this cultural sanctuary.