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.

 
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Quiet Retreat at the Lodge on Lake Lure

Spectacular Views at the Lodge on Lake Lure

We spent the night at the Lodge on Lake Lure and enjoyed it tremendously. My sweetheart captured the views very well with her new cell phone. The next morning I shot the photo below with my DSLR camera. You be the judge…

Morning view from the Lodge at Lake Lure

At the Lodge on Lake Lure it doesn’t matter where you wander or which direction you look, the views are serene and beautiful…

Beautiful views at the Lodge on Lake Lure

One of our favorite spots at the Lodge is the deck where breakfast is enjoyed in the morning, as well as complimentary wine and appetizers in the evening…

Deck for Breakfast or Wine and Snacks

The Lodge was originally built in the 1930’s by the North Carolina highway patrol as a retreat for patrolmen and their families. It still appears quaint and humble from the entrance…

Front Entrance at the Lodge on Lake Lure

But the view from the lake is more revealing…

Rear view of the Lodge on Lake Lure

Inside the Lodge are two guest lounges, or gathering areas. The larger one has a huge stone fireplace, with a piano and comfortable seating…

Piano Lounge at the Lodge on Lake Lure

Both rooms are very nice, but the smaller one is exceptionally cozy (we can’t wait to come back at Christmas time)…

Cozy Lounge at the Lodge on Lake Lure

The Tree Tops Dining Room is one of our favorite restaurants in western North Carolina…

Tree Tops Dining Room at the Lodge on Lake Lure

Once again the chef did not disappoint us. Both our dinner and breakfast were superb. At dinner we started with a bottle of wine from the owner’s vineyard in South Africa along with some of the best bread I’ve ever tasted, followed by two excellent hors d’oeuvres

Appetizers with Bread and Wine

Our beef tenders and fresh trout entrées tasted as good as they looked…

Entrees at the Tree Tops Dining Room

Dinner included dessert, so we chose bread pudding and crème brûlée…

Desserts at the Tree Top Dining Room

For breakfast we had delicious blueberry pancakes and a German omelet…

Breakfast at the Lodge on Lake Lure

The Lodge on Lake Lure offers four categories of rooms, each equipped with flat-screen TVs, wireless internet, plush bathrobes, and premiere mattresses and linens. We stayed in the Looking Glass room, which had a fireplace and king-size bed, as well as a balcony with a beautiful lake view, and a large claw-foot tub and separate shower in the bathroom. It could not have been nicer…

Looking Glass Guest Room at the Lodge on Lake Lure

If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend, you’ll find the perfect get-away retreat at the Lodge on Lake Lure. The innkeeper and staff at the Lodge on Lake Lure are exceptionally helpful and friendly, so call them directly for information and reservations at (828) 625-2789. And visit the Lodge on Lake Lure website for more photos, location info, and other details.

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Sweet Stay at the Greystone Inn, Lake Toxaway

Front Entrance to the Greystone Inn at Lake Toxaway, NC

We spent the night at the Natural Retreats Greystone Inn on Lake Toxaway and enjoyed it very much. As you can see from the photo above, the front entrance is pretty but not ostentatious. The view of the Inn from Lake Toxaway is a little more revealing…

View of Greystone Inn from Miss Lucy Champagne Cruise on Lake Toxaway

Everywhere you look the views around the Greystone Inn are stunning.  From the inlet and dock in the back to the main lake on the side, to the golf course and country club…

Spectacular Views and Scenery at the Greystone Inn

…and to the stone veranda and patio off the bar and lounge…

Greystone Inn Veranda and Lounge

…even our cozy bedroom had a beautiful view from our private, screened-in balcony…

Bedroom Balcony View at Greystone Inn

We took an hour-long Champagne cruise on the beautiful, mahogany tour boat, Miss Lucy, and learned some interesting history about Lake Toxaway from one of its early residents, John Heinitsh…

Champagne Cruise on the Miss Lucy at the Greystone Inn, Lake Toxaway, NC

Our suite was in the Hillmont lodge, located across the parking area from the main inn…

Hillmont Lodge at the Greystone Inn, Lake Toxaway, NC

We drove to the top of Toxaway Mountain for a short hike and met some very friendly residents, Carl and Erika Riden, who invited us back to their home where the view was absolutely gorgeous (thanks Carl and Erika!)…

Lake Toxaway View From Private Home on Toxaway Mountain

One of the unique features about the Greystone Inn is their helpful concierge service. Stop by the Outfitters store in the lobby…

Outfitters Shop at the Greystone Inn

The Outfitters staff will arrange virtually anything you’d like to do, from on-site swimming…

Pool at the Lake Toxaway Country Club and the Greystone Inn

…to golf at the Lake Toxaway Country Club…

Lake Toxaway Country Club

Lake Toxaway Country Club Golf Course Views

…to croquet, tennis, or canoe, kayak and paddle board rentals…

Croquet Players at the Greystone Inn

…to guided fishing trips, river tubing, rafting, guided and self-guided hiking adventures, horseback trail rides, waterfall tours, mountain biking, climbing, and even falconry! No matter what your dream adventure, Debi Whitmire, the manager of Greystone’s Outfitters shop, is exceptionally knowledgeable and can help you. (Debi also owns Headwaters Outfitters just a few miles away from the Greystone Inn.)

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