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Spectacular Hospitality at Old Edwards Inn & Spa

Entrance Old Edwards Inn, Highlands, North Carolina

After hearing so many good things about the Old Edwards Inn and Spa, we finally rode out to Highlands, North Carolina, to spend the night and see it for ourselves. We found it to be even better than we were told.

Entrance to Falls Cottages at Old Edwards Inn

Pampered doesn’t begin to describe how the staff at the Old Edwards Inn treated us. They went way beyond our expectations in every way. When we checked in the steward gave us a glass of Champagne and escorted us to our suite in the Falls Cottages.

Cullasaja Cottage at Old Edwards Inn

We stayed in the impressive Cullasaja cottage (above). The rustic, massive stone and wood exterior was stunning.

Old Edwards Inn Gifts

Inside our suite we found two complimentary caps, cookies and a rose, along with separate notes from the Old Edwards Inn president and sales manager. The suite itself was large and comfortable, with a fireplace, small bar and lots of seating in the living area.

Inside the Cullasaja Cottage at Old Edwards Inn

In addition to the beautiful Falls Cottages where we stayed, the Old Edwards Inn has a variety of accommodations, all with exquisite furnishings…

Old Edwards Inn Accommodations

The Old Edwards Inn offers lots of activities for guests, including salon and spa services, golf at the Old Edwards Club, fitness facilities, several pools and whirlpools, plus wedding and business venues, and more.

Old Edwards Inn and Spa Photo Montage

Pools at the Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands, NC

The Old Edwards Inn and Spa has eight different dining opportunities, but we enjoyed the ambiance and convenience of Madison’s Restaurant for both dinner and breakfast…

Madisons Restaurant at Old Edwards Inn and Spa

We’ve been told the dress code is “mountain chic” which I’m pretty sure is similar to business casual. But the food is strictly black-tie-over-the-top-fantastic. We started with a scallop and pâté appetizer that was out of this world…

Scallop and Pate Appetizerat the Old Edwards Inn

Our salads had baked pears, fried goat cheese, and garden fresh greens. It was as delicious as it was pretty…

Pear Salad at Old Edwards Inn and Spa

My sweetheart (who usually orders the chef’s special) enjoyed the Seared Striped Bass with herb and broccoli purée, fingerling potato salad with bacon mustard vinaigrette, roasted artichoke, and braised greens. She loved it…

Striped Bass at Old Edwards Inn and Spa

I enjoyed a seared rib eye with caramelized vidalia onion, baby shiitakes, fingerling potatoes, and Marsala ragout. It was so good I asked if they sell the Marsala in a bottle. Sadly they don’t…

Ribeye Steak at Old Edwards Inn

As usual, we didn’t watch our calories and ordered desserts: a pretty lemon mousse with fresh berries, and a pecan pie with homemade vanilla bean ice cream and candied pecans…

Special Desserts at Old Edwards Inn and Spa

We should have spent some time in the Old Edwards Inn fitness center the next morning before we ordered a scrumptious breakfast. We had a Belgian Waffle (with delicious bourbon barrel maple syrup) and thick cut French toast, with crispy bacon. Every bite was delicious…

Breakfast at Old Edwards Inn, Highlands, NC

If you’re looking for the perfect getaway, I don’t think you’ll find a better place than the Old Edwards Inn & Spa in Highlands, North Carolina. We highly recommend it. For reservations or additional information visit the Old Edwards Inn website, or call toll-free (866) 526-8008.

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The Gorge Ziplines in Saluda are Super Fast!

Super-Fast Zip Lines at The Gorge in Saluda, NC

As you can tell from the photo above, the angle of the zip lines at The Gorge Ziplines in Saluda, North Carolina makes them fast. Super fast! …and fun! I met two of my sons there and we had a great time. Click here or on the image below to watch a video that our guide took of one of the zip lines on our canopy tour…

The Gorge YouTube Guide's Video

Before we started, our guides at The Gorge filled us in for safety, and told us about the unique braking system on all the zip lines at The Gorge. The brakes do all the hard work for you, stopping you safely, and providing a little extra fun at the end of each zip line.

Guides Give Thorough Pre-flight  Instructions at the Gorge

Another nice feature at The Gorge is how the course starts. You drive up and park at the top of the ridge and check in so you don’t need to be escorted up the mountain in order to zip down. You simply step off the deck and ride 11 super-fast zip lines, and descend over 1,000 feet down to the Green River where a van is waiting to drive you back up.

Launch Deck at The Gorge Ziplines

Everything at The Gorge is safe, but that doesn’t take away the thrills. For me, one of the most exciting parts of the tour was the Suspension Bridge. It never stops moving under your feet, so it’s fun and scary at the same time. These two guys were behind me on the bridge, doing all they could to scare their old man…

Jokers On The Suspension Bridge At The Gorge

It didn’t work, of course. I was fearless all the way. (Ha!) They continued to cut up and act like kids for the whole three hours until we completed the course. Here’s one goofing off on the rappel…

Rappels at The Gorge in Saluda, NC

And they pulled the old one-handed “I’m-not-scared” act (yeah, sure you’re not)…

Monkeys on The Gorge Zip Lines in Saluda, NC

How’s the saying go? “Time sure flies when you’re having fun…” We were having a blast, because the three hour tour seemed like 15 minutes! There’s not a single moment of boredom at The Gorge, because the action never stops.

Hanging Out on a Platform at The Gorge Ziplines

Our guides were incredibly helpful, providing advice and information on every platform, eliminating any fears or apprehension. One of our guide’s name was Joshua, so I asked him if he had ever heard the often-quoted verse Joshua 1:9 from the Bible. He hadn’t, so I recited it for him… memorizing and remembering that verse has helped me in some difficult situations over the years.

The Gorge Introductory YouTube Video

Click here or on the YouTube image above for a great introduction to The Gorge Ziplines by Sara Bell, CEO at The Gorge. Sara does an excellent job of describing some of the fun and excitement. The team at The Gorge do an incredible job, and we highly recommend it. For additional information visit The Gorge website here.

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The Best Job In The World Got Even Better

2013 MINI Cooper S

Visiting and reviewing inns, restaurants, and attractions in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a rough job, but I guess someone’s got to do it (ha!). Now it’s going to be even more fun, tooling the highways and byways in our Chili-Red Mini Cooper!

Almost New 2013 Chili Red MINI Cooper S

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