Old Edwards Inn and Spa Recieves Andrew Harper's Prestigious Recommendation
November 7, 2017 (Highlands, NC) Old Edwards Inn and Spa, a Highlands, NC hotel and resort, today announced its inclusion as a top-rated hotel by Andrew Harper, a travel editorial brand that recommends the most exceptional hotels and travel experiences worldwide. Old Edwards Inn and Spa was included in the November 2017 issues of The Hideaway Report, Andrew Harper's member-exclusive monthly publication. Andrew Harper inspires transformative high-end travel through honest, independent reviews of the world's top 1,000 hideaways and hotels. In 2016, Andrew Harper editors flew more than 146,000 miles and visited 15 countries. Last year alone, editors added 59 new hotels and removed 69 from Andrew Harper's ever-evolving list of recommended properties. A European style mountain resort offering luxury guestrooms, suites, cottages, and vacation homes, Old Edwards Inn and Spa cascades over several blocks in downtown Highlands, North Carolina. The Relais & Châteaux property reveals points of interest at every turn, including farm-to-table restaurants, a destination spa, outdoor terraces and firepits and two outdoor heated mineral pools with whirlpools and food and beverage service. The nearby Farm at Old Edwards hosts events also supplies fresh-grown produce from its garden and greenhouses. The 18-hole golf course at the Old Edwards Club affords dramatic views of sweeping mountain vistas along its rolling hills. Old Edwards Inn and Spa is a place to relax and play amid the pristine mountains, lakes, rivers and waterfalls of the Nantahala National Forest. Situated atop the southwestern plateau of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, downtown Highlands brims with upscale shops, galleries, performing arts and live music venues, all just steps from the front door of Old Edwards Inn on Main Street. All of Andrew Harper's recommended properties possess exceptional character, a commitment to classic hospitality and a profound sense of place. Andrew Harper's team of editors evaluate properties using decades of travel experience, well beyond a checklist, to distinguish the truly enchanting from the merely excellent. Old Edwards Inn and Spa is delighted to be among the top 1,000 properties worldwide and receive a prestigious Andrew Harper rating. About Andrew Harper For close to 40 years, Andrew Harper has sought out unparalleled hotels and hideaways in the most enchanting destinations worldwide. Andrew Harper editors travel anonymously and pay full rates for all travel-related expenses, allowing Andrew Harper to do what no other travel company does today: Publish reviews with an unyielding commitment to independence and objectivity. Each month Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report, The Andrew Harper Collection and AndrewHarper.com aspire to show readers the best the world has to offer so they, too, can have their own transformative travel experiences. Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report: A member-exclusive monthly publication dedicated to giving discriminating reviews and recommendations on the best travel experiences around the world. The Andrew Harper Collection: The definitive resource for planning your next adventure. These regional guidebooks include restaurant recommendations, seasonal tips, touring maps, notes on not-to-miss experiences and, of course, the perfect place to stay.
Schug Carneros Estate Winery Dinner at The Farm at Old Edwards
November 7, 2017 (Highlands, NC) Old Edwards Inn and Spa announce the return of Schug Winery to Highlands for the Schug Wine Dinner at The Farm at Old Edwards on Saturday, January 13. Schug winemaker Michael Cox will host a multi-course wine dinner prepared by the team of Madison's Restaurant led by Old Edwards' Executive Chef Chris Huerta. Each dish will be expertly paired with the popular wines of Schug Carneros Estate Winery as Sonoma-born winemaker Michael Cox guides guests through these award-winning Sonoma County wines. The evening begins with a cocktail arrival at 7:00pm, followed by dinner at 7:30pm and live music by Greenville, South Carolina duo, Wirewood. Tickets are $155 per person and include live music, cocktail arrival, and multi-course wine paired dinner. For more information visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/SchugWineDinner, or call 828-787-2635 to book. ABOUT SCHUG CARNEROS ESTATE WINERY (www.schugwinery.com) Walter Schug graduated from Germany's top winemaking school in 1959. Walter's talent was quickly sought after. In 1966, he joined Gallo and in 1973, joined Joseph Phelps as Founding Winemaker, where he made California's first proprietary Bordeaux-Style blend. Walter and Gertrud founded Schug Winery in 1980, and awards and accolades soon followed. Schug Carneros Estate Winery combines old world understanding and tradition with modern winemaking techniques. By using only the finest grapes available, and maintaining the best winemaking values, these wines have gained acceptance worldwide as true contemporary classics. For more Old Edwards events visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/calendar.
ROOT BOUND "Sip, Savor and Jam Appalachia" Returns to Highlands, NC, February 23-25, 2018. Celebrated Chefs, Musicians, Authors and Artisans Gather for Another Round
October 23, 2017 (Highlands, NC) Old Edwards Inn and Spa has just confirmed its lineup for Root Bound 2018-a savoring of Appalachian Food, Culture and Music- Friday, February 23 through Sunday, February 25, 2018. Early-bird tickets are now on sale for the all-access weekend pass. New to the line-up in the second year are James Beard Semifinalist's Chef John Fleer of Rhubarb and Chef Ian Boden of The Shack, New York Times Bestselling Author Sharyn McCrumb, Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band, The SteelDrivers and many others. Returning favorites are James Beard awarded Victuals author Ronni Lundy, purveyor of pork Allan Benton, and James Beard nominated Cutthroat Kitchen winner Chef Adam Hayes of Canyon Kitchen. ROOT BOUND WEEKEND SCHEDULE* Friday Night, February 23 Family-Style Dinner by Chef John Fleer at The Farm with Live Music Friday night kicks off with a family-style dinner by Asheville's Chef John Fleer of Rhubarb and Madison's Restaurant Executive Chef Chris Huerta-an Appalachian inspired dinner in the rustic surroundings of The Farm at Old Edwards. Cocktails at 5:30 pm | Dinner at 6:30 pm Saturday, February 24 Morning and Afternoon Workshops Saturday is filled with interactive workshops and "edutainment" sessions with personalities such as Allan Benton, Ronni Lundy, Ashley Capps, Sheri Castle, Nancy Payne Bruns, Gary Crunkleton, Meredith Leigh, Jamie Swofford, Keia Mastrianni and Phillip Lammonds. Workshops are slated for 9:00 am, 10:15 am, 1:45 pm and 3:00 pm and each will last one hour. Retail Farmer's Market Saturday features a farmers and artisans market where guests can purchase goods to take home. Farmers Market starts at 11:15 am "Appalachian Chat" Keynote Lunch with Sharyn McCrumb, Hosted by Ronni Lundy Guests will sip Made in NC Award-winning Old North Shrubs while James Beard Award-winning Victuals author Ronni Lundy and New York Times Best Selling Author Sharyn McCrumb pair up for an "Appalachian Chat". Keynote at 11:45 am | Lunch at 12:30 pm Saturday Night, February 24 Chefs of Appalachia Dinner at The Farm with Live Music Chefs Adam Hayes, Annie Pettry, Ashley Capps, Chris Huerta, Denny Trantham, Ian Boden, John Fleer and John Stehling come together to offer their culinary interpretations of Appalachian cuisine at individual chef stations. Cocktails at 5:15 pm | Dinner at 6:00 pm The SteelDrivers Live at Highlands Performing Arts Center Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band The SteelDrivers top off Saturday's festivities with a live concert at Root Bound sponsoring partner, the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Cocktails at 8:00 pm | Concert at 8:30 pm Sunday, February 25 Bluegrass Gospel Brunch by Chefs John Stehling and Denny Trantham Bluegrass Gospel accompanies an Appalachian style brunch from Chef John Stehling of Asheville's Early Girl Eatery and U.S. Foods Executive Chef Denny Trantham. Brunch is from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Tickets are inclusive of every lunch, dinner and brunch event, including food, beverage and entertainment. Early-bird passes are now available through December 1, for $420. After December 1, tickets are $450. Lodging, taxes and gratuities not included in ticket price. Tickets can be purchased by calling 828-787-2635 or 828-787-2620. *Details including event times, presenters, etc. are subject to change. For more information about Root Bound 2018 in Highlands, NC February 23 - 25, visit rootboundhighlands.com, or call 828-787-2635.
Old Edwards Hospitality Partners with Western Carolina University Natural Resource Conservation and Management Students for Evaluation
HIGHLANDS, NC -- OCTOBER 2, 2017 As part of Old Edwards Hospitality Group's ongoing efforts in sustainable practices, the company has partnered with Western Carolina University's Natural Resource Conservation and Management Program senior class for their Research Seminar project. In 2009, Old Edwards Inn and Spa received the first ‘NC Green Travel Award' from the NCDEA, a governmental branch of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. With ongoing improvements, in 2016 the company's rating was raised to a "three-dogwood blossom" status with an additional "cardinal" - NC Green Travel's highest rating. This year, efforts continue in the form of a community partnership with students in the Geosciences and Natural Resources Department to help determine overlooked areas of potential "green" growth. The students spend the first half of the semester gathering data on current practices at Old Edwards Inn and Spa. The second portion of the semester is devoted to evaluating the information in order to recommend improvements for sustainability practices. The large class is working in three individual groups utilizing their expertise and background to uncover possible new approaches to green hospitality while working within the parameters of the Old Edwards experience. As each graduating senior class participates in a real-world project during the fall semester, Old Edwards hopes to continue the relationship with future students as the sustainability process continues at sister properties. To learn more about this conservation program, visit www.wcu.edu/learn/departments-schools-colleges/cas/science-and-math/gnr/nrcm For more information, call Anna Norton at 828-787-2601.
Old Edwards Hospitality Partners with Visual Artists for Eco-Awareness Project, "How Many Trees?"
JULY, 2017 (Highlands, NC) Old Edwards Hospitality Group will host an eco-art installation on the front lawn of its 200 Main hotel in downtown Highlands. This collaborative, temporary installation by artists Anna Norton and John Melvin called "How Many Trees?" will be constructed of used office paper collected from Old Edwards properties and other local businesses. The installation will begin the first week of July and end with a natural and symbolic demise beginning with the first significant rainfall following its completion at the end of the month. The monumental sculpture will celebrate Old Edwards' initiative to create a smaller environmental footprint through its own recycling/sustainability program, and also create awareness to inspire broader community-based action. Town businesses are invited to participate in the project through donation of used office paper. Designed by artist John Melvin, the sculpture's shape is inspired by organic forms, macroscopic and microscopic. Time-lapse videos, which characterize the work of artist Anna Norton, will capture the evolution and interaction of the sculpture within its environment. An open framework armature of freshly cut pliable branches will support the structure's skin-several layers of paper mâché- both of which will be temporarily supported, during the final stages of construction, by 20 to 30 three-foot-diameter balloons. It will be sized to human-scale, and visitors will be able to enter the space, crouching through a low opening due to the non-traditional architecture. Once completed, this delicate structure of thin paper mâché layers will be translucent. The installation will be situated on the front lawn of 200 Main underneath the partial canopy, allowing dappled light to play upon the surface. This light will be captured through time-lapse images from sunrise to sunset during the structure's lifespan, capturing the variety of light and weather conditions that occur. The resulting images will then be made into video vignettes revealing the changes constantly occurring around us all. Artist Anna Norton says, "These continual changes, when made visible for human perception through the compression of time, give life and breath to the spaces in which we live. The work will not only offer viewers the opportunity to observe this ephemeral state, but through the re-use of paper from Highlands' commercial endeavors, will also emphasize and contextualize the fleeting and delicate nature of our world." Visitors are invited to come experience the construction process as well as the fleeting existence of the completed sculpture, which will last until the weather takes its toll. An updated timeline of the sculpture's projected completion date and Artist Reception date as well as final videos will be available online at www.AnnaGNorton.com/HowManyTrees and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AnnaGNortonPhotography/ and www.facebook.com/JohnKennethMelvin Free and open to the public. For more information, call Anna Norton at 828-787.2601 or visit www.200Main.com/HowManyTrees. For more on John Melvin visit www.johnkmelvin.com For more on Anna Norton visit www.annagnorton.com For more on Old Edwards events visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/calendar
Celebrated Home Accessories Designer Jan Barboglio at Acorns Boutique in Highlands, NC
May 23, 2017 (Highlands, NC) Celebrated home accessories designer Jan Barboglio will be at Acorns Boutique Friday, June 2, from 11 am until 4 pm. As part of the weekend long Jan Barboglio Trunk Show, Barboglio will make this rare appearance to discuss her design process and will also be available to sign purchases. Barboglio's pieces are individually cast or wrought, then hammered, sanded, and hand finished. Slight imperfections and variations of shading and texture are characteristic of the material and the Old-World finishing process that adds to the distinct beauty of a Jan Barboglio design. The Jan Barboglio Trunk Show is one of a summer of designer trunk shows at Acorn's Boutique. (www.oldedwardsinn.com/designertrunkshows)
La Fête Nationale Française Champagne Dinner at the Farm at Old Edwards
May 4, 2017 (Highlands, NC) Old Edwards Inn and Spa will host a Champagne Dinner at The Farm at Old Edwards on Thursday, July 13 - on the eve of Bastille Day, the French National Holiday of Independence. This French immersion dinner will feature Champagne from the house of Laurent-Perrier and live Gypsy Jazz music by the popular One Leg Up. The dinner will begin at 7:00 PM. Executive Chef Chris Huerta has created five fresh and innovative dishes, each course paired perfectly with the elegant and award-winning Champagnes from the house of Laurent-Perrier. The cost of the French-immersion evening is $145 per person. For more information visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/champagnedinner.
The Farm At Old Edwards Presents Release The Rosé Wine Dinner In April
FEBRUARY 20, 2017 (Highlands, NC) Old Edwards Inn and Spa will host a Rosé Wine Dinner at The Farm at Old Edwards on Friday, April 14. The Release the Rosé Wine Dinner will begin at 7:00 pm with a reception and live music. Rosé is one of the most fashionable swirls to top a stem in today's wine world-even for men. Rosés have sashayed up to the proverbial plate, not only in popularity but in quality as well. Shedding the misperception that all rosés are sweet, and sporting a palate-pleasing acidity, today's French-style versions are flavorful, complex, even crisp and dry. And their sales are growing 10 times faster than overall table wines. In April, just in time for the spring releases, Old Edwards Inn and Spa pairs these stylish sips with the culinary imaginings of Madison's chefs. Live music, rustic ambiance and fun camaraderie will make for another magical evening at The Farm-and the perfect time to get your #rosévibes on in time for the spring season. Executive Chef Chris Huerta has created five fresh and innovative dishes, each course paired perfectly with a different Rosé. The cost of the evening is $135 per person. For more information, call 866-526-8008 or visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/rosewinedinner. For more Old Edwards events visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/calendar
Old Edwards Inn and Spa Voted #1 North Carolina Hotel in Travel+Leisure's World's Best Awards
JANUNARY 18, 2017 (Highlands, NC) Old Edwards Inn and Spa was named #1 Top Hotel in North Carolina by Travel + Leisure in their annual Readers' Poll, The World's Best Awards. Travel + Leisure's website states "Before Old Edwards Inn & Spa was a Relais & Châteaux property, it was a boarding house in the state's Blue Ridge Mountains. Today, guests enjoy a glass of champagne while checking into their recently upgraded rooms." Old Edwards President, Richard Delany, says, "We are very appreciative of our loyal guests who take time each year to vote for us in the World's Best survey. We are very honored to be among such good company on this list, and we will continue to deliver our very best to create a world-class experience for our guests at Old Edwards Inn and Spa."
Celebrated Chefs and Musicians of Appalachia Gather in Highlands, North Carolina for Root Bound
January 9, 2017 (Highlands, NC) Old Edwards Inn and Spa will present a weekend celebrating the food, spirits and music of Appalachia February 24th through February 26th. Celebrated chefs and musicians will present an array of dinners, tastings, demonstrations and concerts that highlight the culture and history of the Appalachian Mountains. Guests can choose individual events or select an all-inclusive weekend pass ($395), with an early bird package available through January 23 ($365). ROOT BOUND WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS (www.oldedwardsinn.com/rootbound) FRIDAY NIGHT | FEBRUARY 24 SHELLEY COOPER FAMILY-STYLE DINNER AT SPRINGHOUSE WITH LIVE MUSIC $85 Family-Style Dinner by Chef Shelley Cooper with a Cocktail Arrival and an introduction by cookbook author Sheri Castle Share an authentic Appalachian dinner in the rustic surroundings of Springhouse at Old Edwards. Wine and bourbon will flow freely around the tables at this family-style celebration of the bounties of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. BLUEGRASS LEGEND DARRELL SCOTT AT HIGHLANDS PLAYHOUSE WITH ARRIVAL COCKTAIL $55 SATURDAY | FEBRUARY 25 LUNCH AND DAYTIME EDUTAINMENT SESSIONS AT THE BASCOM $60 Attend cooking classes and edutainment events with Travis Milton, Nancy Payne Bruns, Louis Osteen, Sheri Castle, Allan Benton, Lisa Donovan, and Frank Vickery. "MINER'S LUNCHBOX" LUNCH BY TRAVIS MILTON AND CHRIS HUERTA Sip hard cider while Victuals author Ronni Lundy and Garden and Gun Editor Jed Portman pair up for an entertaining Appalachian Chat session, followed by a lunch created by Chefs Travis Milton and Chris Huerta inspired by traditional miners' lunchboxes of Appalachia. RETAIL FARMER'S MARKET | Browse through a retail farmers market of local and regional providers for goodies to take home and cook up your own Appalachian victuals. SATURDAY NIGHT | FEBRUARY 25 CHEFS OF APPALACHIA PRESENT A DINNER AT THE FARM $175 Chefs Travis Milton, Adam Hayes and Chris Huerta Pairings by Nick Demos | Live music by Nitrograss | The Farm at Old Edwards SUNDAY | FEBRUARY 26 BLUEGRASS GOSPEL BRUNCH PREPARED BY CHEF DENNY TRANTHAM $55 Live Music by Curtis Blackwell and the Dixie Bluegrass Band RETAIL FARMERS MARKET | Browse through a retail farmers market of local and regional providers for goodies to take home and cook up your own Appalachian victuals. For more information about Root Bound weekend in Highlands, February 24 - 26, log into oldedwardsinn.com/rootbound, or call 888-690-4760.
Old Edwards Inn and Spa Shares Christmas Diversity with Area Students
November 29, 2016 (Highlands, NC) Old Edwards Inn and Spa will once again welcome second and third grade students from Highlands School, along with area home schools, to the annual "Christmas Around the World." On December 13 at 1:00 P.M., approximately 70 local young scholars will be treated to hot chocolate, homemade cookies and a glimpse into how Christmas is celebrated in other countries. Employees of Old Edwards, hailing from all corners of the world, will personally share how they celebrate Christmas in their hometowns. Students will hear international holiday stories such as in Germany where St. Claus Day is celebrated on December 6. A shoe or boot is left outside the door on December 5, with hopes the following morning you find presents. Or in India, where instead of having traditional Christmas Trees, a banana or mango tree is decorated. For more information, contact Pat Turnbull at (828) 787-2697 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
200 Main to Add 20 Guestrooms by Summer 2017
November 8, 2016 (Highlands, NC) In order to accommodate the growing demand at 200 Main, Old Edwards Hospitality Group will add 20 guestrooms in two new buildings to its casual lodging property over the winter of 2016/2017, bringing the total room count to 61. Also added will be a fitness room for guests, and an additional property entry to accommodate traffic to the new buildings. The new rooms all include two queen beds with fireplace and a porch or balcony. The work begins in November 2016. The property will be open weekends only-with a few weekday/holiday exceptions-until June of 2017 when it reopens for full bookings throughout the week. This announcement comes on the heels of the news about enhancements and additions at the hotel group's luxury country inn, Half-Mile Farm by Old Edwards. Both projects are slated for completion by summer season 2017.
Schug Carneros Estate Winery Dinner at The Farm at Old Edwards
November 5, 2016 (Highlands, NC) Old Edwards Inn and Spa will host a wine dinner featuring the wines of Schug Winery at The Farm at Old Edwards on Friday, January 20. Cozy up on a winter's eve with winery owner Axel Schug as he presents his award-wining Sonoma Coast wine. Executive Chef Chris Huerta and Madison's culinary team have curated a menu that perfectly complements the Schug style of wine making. The dinner will begin at 7:00 PM. with a cocktail reception and live music. The cost of this winter's wine evening is $125 per person. ¬ For more information visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/SchugWineDinner. ABOUT SCHUG CARNEROS ESTATE WINERY (www.schugwinery.com) Walter Schug graduated from Germany's top winemaking school in 1959. Walter's talent was quickly sought after. In 1966, he joined Gallo and in 1973, joined Joseph Phelps as Founding Winemaker, where he made California's first proprietary Bordeaux-Style blend. Walter and Gertrud founded Schug Winery in 1980, and awards and accolades soon followed. Schug Carneros Estate Winery combines old world understanding and tradition with modern winemaking techniques. By using only the finest grapes available, and maintaining the best winemaking values, these wines have gained acceptance worldwide as true contemporary classics.
Old Edwards Inn and Spa Voted #16 in The Wold in Travel+Leisure's World's Best Awards
JULY 6, 2016 (Highlands, NC) The Spa at Old Edwards Inn was named #2 Top Hotel in the South, #9 Top Hotel in the United States and the #26 Top Hotel in the World by Travel + Leisure in their annual Readers' Poll, The World's Best Awards. Travel + Leisure's website states "Originally a boarding house known for its hospitable owners, the Old Edwards Inn & Spa honors its legacy while ensuring its quality. The Relais & Châteaux property in the Blue Ridge Mountains welcomes guests with champagne before they check in to one of the plush rooms." Old Edwards President, Richard Delany, says, "We are very appreciative of our loyal guests who take time each year to vote for us in the World's Best survey. We are very honored to be among such good company on this list, and we will continue to deliver our very best to create a world-class experience for our guests at Old Edwards Inn and Spa."
Old Edwards Hospitality Group Appoints Philippe Brainos as Head Sommelier
May 12, 2016 (Highlands, NC) Old Edwards Hospitality Group announces the appointment of Philippe Brainos as Head Sommelier. Philippe will oversee Old Edwards extensive wine program including Madison's Restaurant Wine Spectator awarded wine list and staff training. Philippe comes to Old Edwards with close to 50 years experience in the wine business, beginning at a young age in his home country, France. He has worked at many fine restaurants and hotels around the world including The Williamsburg Inn (Virginia), The Peabody Hotel (Tennessee), Mid Pines Inn and Golf (North Carolina), and The Siena Hotel (North Carolina). On coming to Highlands and Old Edwards, Philippe says, "I have spent my life all over the western hemisphere and finally found a jewel on the top of a mountain, one that is rare and picture perfect." Old Edwards General Manager Jack Austin says, "We feel fortunate to have attracted someone with Philippe's credentials. One of the wonderful things about Philippe is that his depth of knowledge is not intimidating. His warmth and Gallic charm allow him simply to share his love of wine---and a good story or two---with our guests."
LA FÊTE NATIONALE FRANÇAISE CHAMPAGNE DINNER AT THE FARM AT OLD EDWARDS
April 20, 2016 (Highlands, NC) Old Edwards Inn and Spa will host a Champagne Dinner at The Farm at Old Edwards on Thursday, July 14 - the French National Holiday of Independence. This French immersion dinner will feature Champagne from the house of Laurent-Perrier and live Gypsy Jazz music by the popular One Leg Up. The dinner will begin at 7:00 PM. Executive Chef Chris Huerta has created five fresh and innovative dishes, each course paired perfectly with the elegant and award-winning Champagne from the house of Laurent-Perrier. The cost of the French-immersion evening is $125 per person. For more information visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/champagnedinner. ABOUT LAURENT-PERRIER (www.laurent-perrier.com/en/) Based in the heart of Champagne, in Tours-sur-Marne, Laurent-Perrier has a pedigree for innovation, handcrafting a diverse and pioneering range of fine champagnes that are produced to traditional, time-honored methods. The 150 hectares of vines owned directly by Laurent Perrier are all kept with environmentally-friendly methods. Vineyard activity at the Laurent-Perrier House is based on sustainable grape growing, respect for the environment and natural resources, and attaining a balance between biological and human factors. This 200-year-old tradition of sustainability married with commitment to quality has resulted in Laurent-Perrier becoming one of the world's most respected Champagne Houses, and the Champagnes they produce ¬¬- the most popular at dinner tables and parties around the globe. For more Old Edwards events visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/calendar.
Ezra Gardiner Appointed Head Farmer for Old Edwards Hospitality Group
February 18, 2016 (Highlands, NC) Old Edwards Hospitality Group announces the appointment of Ezra Gardiner as Head Farmer. Ezra will oversee Old Edwards Gardens at Sequoia Lake and The Gardens at Cherrywood including greenhouses and hoop houses. Ezra will be responsible for cultivating vegetables and herbs to support the culinary offerings throughout Old Edwards, including Madison's Restaurant and Wine Garden, the Spa Café, the country inn at Half-Mile Farm and the Grill Room at Old Edwards Club, as well as weddings and special events. Ezra was raised in Ashe County, NC, an agricultural community of small homesteads and sustenance farming where growing things for aesthetic and for the tables and cellars was a part of daily life for most. Ezra says, "North Carolina is a great place to grow vegetables, especially here in Highlands-one of the most ecologically diverse places in the world. Our latitude is similar to places like northern Egypt, meaning that we have a lot of sunlight even in the winter and that we can grow under minimal protection throughout the year. I envision the Old Edwards gardens capitalizing on this in many of the same ways that French market gardens and Appalachian sustenance gardens do, blending methods from the old world or colonial tradition and the rural refinement of necessity historically found in the gardens of our area. Our selection of vegetables will reflect this in their interest and usefulness, from wild species to historic European favorites." Outside of his work with Old Edwards, Ezra enjoys living on and looking after a small farm outside of Franklin, NC, where he and his wife keep Icelandic sheep, poultry and propagate and grow heirloom vegetables. He says, "Working with plants requires a lot of optimism, but at its best is a real and pure pursuit. It requires the husbandry of earth and cooperation with elements that we may normally protect ourselves from, and there's a great reward that comes with pulling harvest after a hard but fulfilling relationship. Farming is one of the great experiments, and forces us to be interested and curious or find eventual failure." Much of my Ezra's early work was with landscaping, and he never left horticulture for long, working with small landscape firms across North Carolina as well as with growers and farmers and, most recently, as a Horticulturist at the Highlands Biological Station. Watching him work in the garden, one quickly observes an innate connection with the earth and plants. Ezra says, "I'm excited that people are getting interested again in the origin of their food, both at home and at restaurants. It's a pure and intriguing thing, the nuance of food and food production, so every meal, simple or complex, tastes better and feels better if you have put work into that connection, on a human level. There's nothing more human than cultivating and understanding the art and grace that can be put into our basic survival." For more information, photos or to schedule a garden tour with Ezra, contact Marjorie Christiansen at email@example.com.
The Farm At Old Edwards Presents Release The Rosé Wine Dinner In April.
January 12, 2016 (Highlands, NC) Old Edwards Inn and Spa will host a Rosé Wine Dinner at The Farm at Old Edwards on Friday, April 8. The Release the Rosé Wine Dinner will begin at 7:00 pm with a reception and live music. Rosé is one of the most fashionable swirls to top a stem in today's wine world-even for men. Rosés have sashayed up to the proverbial plate, not only in popularity but in quality as well. Shedding the misperception that all rosés are sweet, and sporting a palate-pleasing acidity, today's French-style versions are flavorful, complex, even crisp and dry. And their sales are growing 10 times faster than overall table wines. In April, just in time for the spring releases, we're pairing these stylish sips with the culinary imaginings of Madison's chefs. Live music, rustic ambiance and fun camaraderie will make for another magical evening at The Farm-and the perfect time to get your #rosévibes on in time for the spring season. Executive Chef Chris Huerta has created five fresh and innovative dishes, each course paired perfectly with a different Rosé. The cost of the bubbly evening is $125 per person. For more Old Edwards events visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/calendar.
Old Edwards Hospitality Group Appoints Atlanta's Michael Searles as Beverage Manager
January 12, 2016 (Highlands, NC) As part of its continued commitment to elevating the cocktail culture and experience for guests, Old Edwards Hospitality Group announces the appointment of Michael Searles as beverage manager. An accomplished veteran of the cocktail industry, Michael's career includes positions at Holeman and Finch, Restaurant Eugene and-most recently-Southern Proper Hospitality in Buckhead, Atlanta. Michael will develop menus, concepts and creative strategies, mentor and train staff, oversee bar functionality and design, and ensure delivery of a personalized guest experience at Old Edwards venues, including Madison's Restaurant and Wine Garden, Hummingbird Lounge and Art's at the Lodge. Michael says, "I love an environment that is ripe for growth and innovation but also steeped in the classic techniques for creating a superior cocktail. Old Edwards has a discriminating clientele. They also have a culinary program that thrives on locally grown ingredients from their gardens and greenhouses in Highlands. The opportunity to cultivate a cocktail program that complements and enhances this- and to deliver an experience for guests that appreciate something beyond the ordinary-is an intriguing venture. And doing it all amid the spectacular beauty of Highlands, North Carolina, makes it even more gratifying." Old Edwards General Manager Jack Austin says, "Experiential, sensory design must be woven into every aspect of the guest environment. Today's travelers are cultured, global citizens with educated, sophisticated palates. They are entrusting us with their precious travel and leisure time, and their expectations are high. We must stay constantly vigilant, curious, innovative and relentless in anticipating the desires of each guest- and settle for nothing less than delighting them at every turn. Michael Searles' passion, intuitive service mentality and innate grasp of today's cocktail culture will help fuel the success of this at Old Edwards."
Laurent-Perrier Champagne Dinner To Be Held At The Farm At Old Edwards
January 4, 2016 (Highlands, NC) Old Edwards Inn and Spa is will host a Laurent-Perrier Champagne Dinner at The Farm at Old Edwards on Friday, January 22. Part of Romance Weekend at Old Edwards, the dinner will begin at 7:00 pm with a champagne reception and live music. Executive Chef Chris Huerta has created five fresh and innovative dishes, each course paired perfectly with the elegant and award-winning Champagne from the house of Laurent-Perrier. The cost of the bubbly evening is $125 per person. Romance Weekend at Old Edwards also includes: • Complimentary reception at Hummingbird Lounge • Waltz lessons by former professional dancer Joe Extine • Guided hike to Whiteside Mountain • Live music Friday and Saturday evenings at Hummingbird Lounge and Art's at The Lodge For more information visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/LaurentPerrier. ABOUT LAURENT-PERRIER (www.laurent-perrier.com/en/) Based in the heart of Champagne, in Tours-sur-Marne, Laurent-Perrier has a pedigree for innovation, handcrafting a diverse and pioneering range of fine champagnes that are produced to traditional, time-honored methods. The 150 hectares of vines owned directly by Laurent Perrier are all kept with environmentally-friendly methods. Vineyard activity at the Laurent-Perrier House is based on sustainable grape growing, respect for the environment and natural resources, and attaining a balance between biological and human factors. This 200-year-old tradition of sustainability married with commitment to quality has resulted in Laurent-Perrier becoming one of the world's most respected Champagne Houses, and the Champagnes they produce ¬¬- the most popular at dinner tables and parties around the globe. For more Old Edwards events visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/calendar.
Chef Chris Huerta Named Executive Chef of Old Edwards Hospitality Group
November 18, 2015 (Highlands, NC) Chris Huerta has been selected as the new Executive Chef for Old Edwards Hospitality Group to replace Chef Johannes Klapdohr. Chris Huerta's storied culinary career includes work with Five-Star chefs as well as Relais and Châteaux restaurants. This move comes just as Old Edwards Inn and Spa is selected to join the exclusive Relais and Châteaux family of hotels and restaurants. Born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina, Chef Huerta developed his passion for food while watching his Grandmother prepare traditional southern dishes. At the age of 15 he took his first culinary job as a baker in a local coffee shop and bakery. In 2000, the 17-year old was hired as a prep cook by the world-renowned Chef Guenter Seeger in Seeger's at The Willcox, in one of Aiken's Historic Hotels. During his time working under Chef Seeger, Huerta spent two summers working for the Garrett Hotel Group's famed Relais & Châteaux Lake Placid Lodge and The Point in the Adirondacks of New York. In 2004 Chris moved to Atlanta to work directly under Guenter Seeger in his Mobil Five Star, AAA Five Diamond, Relais & Châteaux's flagship restaurant, Seeger's. Chris found his experience working with Guenter to be life changing. When Seeger's closed its doors in 2006, Chris discovered the beautiful mountains of Highlands, NC. He took on the position of Sous Chef at Madison's Restaurant at Old Edwards Inn and Spa. When joined a couple of years later by Executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr, their respective philosophies and techniques grew stronger and became a unified vision. In 2011, Chef Huerta and Chef Klapdohr started Madison's Organic Garden at The Farm at Old Edwards. Chef Huerta was promoted to Chef de Cuisine shortly after, and then to Executive Chef of Old Edwards Hospitality Group upon Klapdohr's departure in November 2015. Chef Huerta is passionate about carefully crafting all aspects of the dining experience, beginning with agricultural practices and carrying through to the presentation and guest experience. For more Old Edwards events visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/calendar.
Old Edwards Announces Its Schedule of 2016 Culinary Events
Wine Dinner. Laurent-Perrier Wine Dinner at The Farm During Romance Weekend - January 22 - 23. January brings winter romance to the North Carolina mountains with the return of Old Edwards' Romance Weekend. In 2016, we're keeping a little pop in the Romance Weekend wine dinner by bringing back Laurent Perrier for a Champagne Dinner at The Farm accompanied by French inspired live music. For more information on this and other Romance Weekend activities, visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/WinterRomance.com, or call 828-787-2625. Valentine's Day Celebration - February 12 - 14. Treat someone special to sumptuous spa treatments for relaxation and rejuvenation. Indulge in the Rainforest Rejuvenation for two or the Bliss for Two couples massage. Begin a romantic dinner at Madison's Restaurant by stopping in Hummingbird Lounge to enjoy a Valentine Cocktail like "Cupid's Kiss," and live music. At Madison's, linger over a special Valentine's menu, and have flowers delivered to the table from Oakleaf Flower and Garden. Visit the jewelry counter at Acorns Boutique where treasures will be marked 25 - 75 % off. Call 828-787-2625 or visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/ValentinesCelebration. Celebrate Spain Weekend with live Flamenco Music - February 26 - 27. Sizzle with the sights, sounds, flavors and romance of Spain in this annual celebration at Old Edwards. Tapas, tango, flamenco guitar and more. Olé! Relax to the unique melody and infectious vibes of popular flamenco guitarist Aris Quiroga Nieto in the Hummingbird Lounge Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27. Other activities include a complimentary Spanish wine tasting in Hummingbird Lounge, Spanish cuisine and beverages, professional tango lessons, and enriching and educational tips and tidbits about Spanish food, wine and culture throughout the weekend. Call 828-787-2625 to book Celebrate Spain Weekend or visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/CelebrateSpain. St. Patrick's Day Celebration and Whiskey Tasting - March 18 - 19. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Old Edwards Style with Irish cocktails and beers in Hummingbird Lounge and Irish Dishes in Madison's Restaurant throughout the weekend. Guests of Old Edwards enjoy complimentary activities like: An authentic Irish Whiskey Tasting Friday and Saturday, March 18 - 19, the Irish Coffee Making Experience, Irish Hors D'oeuvres in the Hummingbird Lounge Friday and Saturday evening from 6 pm to 7:30 pm and Irish After Dinner Sweets from 10 pm to 11 pm. Call 828-787-2625 or visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/St.PatricksDay. Easter Celebration - March 26 - 27. Guests will enjoy a leisurely brunch at Madison's and participate in any or all of the fun weekend activities, including: Easter Egg Decorating and Bonnet Making, Easter Bunny Visit, Easter Egg Hunt, Face Painting and Old Edwards Easter Egg Baskets for kids. Call 828-787-2625 or visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/EasterCelebration. Release the Rosé - Spring Wine Dinner - April 8. Just in time for the spring releases, we're pairing stylish sips with the culinary imaginings of Madison's chefs. Live music, rustic ambiance and fun camaraderie will make for another magical evening at The Farm-and the perfect time of year to get #rosévibes for the spring season. Call 828-787-2625 to book the Rosé Wine Dinner or visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/RoseWineDinner. For more Old Edwards events visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/calendar.
Richard Delany Appointed to AH&LA Resorts Committee
September 30, 2015 (Highlands, NC) Old Edwards Hospitality Group President and Managing Director Richard Delany has been appointed to the Resort Committee of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA). Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, AH&LA is the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee U.S. lodging industry, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides focused advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry generating $155.5 billion in annual sales from 4.9 million guestrooms. Delany, who recently returned from the annual meeting of the Resorts Committee, says, "It is an honor to serve on this committee of the AH&LS with my peers in the industry. The burgeoning travel industry-along with the changing nature of the workforce with each new generation-brings a constant stream of new challenges. It is great to be part of a group that can help others understand and navigate these nuances to ensure a cohesive and successful future." For more about the AH&LA visit http://www.ahla.com.
Old Edwards Inn and Spa Joins Relais & Châteaux
September 15, 2015 (Highlands, NC) Old Edwards Inn and Spa is honored to be joining the exclusive Relais & Châteaux collection of hotels and restaurants. Relais & Châteaux hand selects independent properties around the world for their unique character and dedication to top quality amenities, outstanding fine dining and their own particular ideas about the Art of Living. Patrick O'Connell, President of Relais & Châteaux North America and Chef/Proprietor of The Inn at Little Washington, says, "Relais & Châteaux is an association of outstanding hotels and restaurants in 52 nations around the world. Each year we add new members to our ranks who reflect the high standards that have come to embody our organization. We are honoured that Old Edwards Inn is joining the R&C family and look forward to introducing our loyal and discerning guests to the unique charms of this property." Richard Delany, President and Managing Director of Old Edwards Inn and Spa, says, "As a European-Style hotel with a local, sustainable culinary program in a unique mountain location, we have realized for some time that Old Edwards and Relais & Châteaux share the same mission and values. We are truly honoured that R&C views Old Edwards as a fit with their venerable collection. Our team looks forward to welcoming the members into our family and sharing
Madison's Restaurant Announces Tuesdays on The Terrace Wine Tastings
June 15, 2015 (Highlands, NC) This summer, Tuesdays on The Terrace at Old Edwards is the place to sip, swirl and socialize while tantalizing the palate with complimentary tastings. The public is invited to join the fun on The Rooftop Terrace above Hummingbird Lounge on Church Street in Highlands Tuesdays at 3 PM from June 23 through October. Madison's Sommelier and "Wine Navigator" Curt Christiansen will lead a fun and interactive foray into the allure and mystique of wine. Guests will enhance their knowledge and appreciation of the grape with a tasty tour through different growing regions, themes and vintages. From body, barrel, bouquet and balance, to cork, crush and finish-this is a flavor journey that will linger long on the appreciative palate! For more information, visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/terracetuesdays.
The Spa at Old Edwards Introduces Sacred Body Sundays Workshop Series
June 15, 2015 (Highlands, NC) The Spa at Old Edwards announces a series of strengthening and restorative sessions for body, mind and spirit. Sacred Body Sundays will be held twice a month through September. These workshops have been designed by the Spa's team of wellness and fitness professionals. Each Sunday's workshop will feature a distinctive beneficial focus. Sacred Body Sunday Workshops (www. oldedwardsinn.com/SacredSundays) • June 14 - Crystal Bowl Healing with Robert Malone and Amy Hargis - $30 • June 28 - Gentle Core Strength with Christopher Baxter* - $50 (Part of Ageless Yoga Series) • July 12 - Elemental Flow with Noelle Holland - $30 • July 26 - Relaxed Balance with Christopher Baxter* - $50 (Part of Ageless Yoga Series) • August 9 - Happy Hips, Happy Heart with Thomas Taulbee - $30 • August 23 - Embodied Mindfulness with Christopher Baxter* - $50 (Part of Ageless Yoga Series) • September 13 - Balance & Brew with Noelle Holland - $30 • September 27 - Yoga Boogie with Kyra Russel - $30 The series is open to the public and space is limited. To reserve your spot, call 828-526-9887
Old Edwards Inn and Spa Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Conjunction with Tesla Motors, Inc.
February 13, 2015 (Highlands, NC) Old Edwards Inn and Spa announces the installation of a new Tesla High Power Connector for its resort guests, as well as a general charging station for all electric vehicles (EV). Tesla Motors, Inc. is an American company that designs, manufactures, and sells electric cars and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla's mission is to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable transport. Old Edwards joins a growing network of upscale resorts in this program, which Tesla refers to as "destination charging." The idea is to put Tesla chargers at hotels, resorts, and restaurants around the country so people can top up their Model S' batteries while grabbing a bite or spending the night. At the charging station, a High Power Connector is installed on a 240 volt circuit and can be supplied with twice the amperage as an outlet. At maximum amperage, it can supply power at 20 kW, adding up to 58 miles of range to Model S in one hour. Tesla spokesperson Alexis Georgeton says, "Tesla owners frequently decide where to stay based on charging opportunities, even if they won't need a charge during their trip. By offering the convenience of a full charge every morning, Old Edwards will make their choice of where to visit even easier." Tesla's vehicles are produced at its factory in Fremont, California, previously home to New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors. In addition to being an automaker, Tesla is also a technology and design company with a focus on energy innovation. Old Edwards Inn and Spa was presented with the first NC Green Lodging Award in 2011, and President Richard Delany says this partnership is a way of furthering those efforts. He says, "As a luxury hospitality provider, we are always looking for ways to reduce and offset our carbon footprint. Tesla's mission to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable transport helps us meet our objectives in that area while providing our eco-conscious guests with conveniences while on the road. We are honored to partner with a company like Tesla that is pioneering innovative solutions toward a more sustainable future." Old Edwards does not charge for parking, and the EV chargers will be a complimentary service for guests.
Old Edwards Inn and Spa Offers Brunch and More for Mother's Day
Old Edwards Inn and Spa announces a full schedule of events for Mother's Day, May 10: • Special Mother's Day Brunch at Madison's from 11 am to 2:30 pm • Wine Garden Mother's Day Lunch Selections from 11:30 am to 4 pm • Live music at The Lodge 4 to 7 pm • Guests can arrange to have flowers, champagne, cheese trays, beautiful handmade chocolate arrangements or other surprises waiting for the special woman in their life when they enter their room or suite. • Madison's guests can have flowers from Oakleaf Flower and Garden or an Old Edwards Inn and Spa gift certificate delivered right to the table. • Acorns Boutique features a beautiful array of designer jewelry that can be purchased with the gift card-or presented as a surprise over dinner. Guests enjoy a 10% discount at Acorns Boutique. Purchase an Old Edwards Gift certificate online or stop by any Old Edwards retail shop, or call 828-526-8008. Make your Madison's Brunch reservations by calling 828-787-2525. For more information on Mother's Day at Old Edwards including the brunch menu, visit oldedwardsinn.com/MothersDay, or call 828-787-2625.
Old Edwards Celebrates Easter Egg Decorating, Bonnet Making, Baskets, Brunch And A Visit From The Easter Bunny
March 24, 2015 (Highlands, NC) Old Edwards Inn will bloom with Easter magic this April. Couples and families can participate in traditional Easter activities, each with its own Old Edwards flair, and even the Easter Bunny will step out for this special occasion. The Easter festivities continue throughout the weekend of April 4 and 5. On Easter, enjoy brunch in Madison's Restaurant. The full schedule of activities includes: • Easter Egg Decorating, Saturday, April 4 from 3 pm to 4 pm • Easter Bonnet Making, Saturday, April 4 from 3 pm to 4 pm • Special Easter Day Brunch, Sunday, April 5 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm • Easter Bunny Visit on the Croquet Lawn, Sunday, April 5 from 1 pm to 2 pm • Easter Egg Hunt on the Croquet Lawn, Sunday, April 5 starting at 1:30 pm • Face Painting on the Croquet Lawn, Sunday, April 5 from 1 pm to 3 pm • Old Edwards Easter Egg Baskets for the Kids with Special Add-ins Available at Oakleaf Flower and Garden • Sunday Spa Special: 20% off services when booking two or more services per person For Easter Weekend rates and packages, call 828-787-2625 or visit oldedwardsinn.com/EasterCelebration. For Madison's Easter Day Brunch reservations call 828-787-2525.
Annika Sorenstam Comes to Old Edwards Club- Public Invited to a Benefit Dinner Prior to the Golf Academy
(Highlands, NC) One of the best golfers of all time, Annika Sorenstam is coming to Old Edwards Club this May for a destination golf experience, and the public is invited to meet her during a special benefit dinner on Sunday, May 24. Old Edwards Club is delighted to partner with The Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau and The Annika Foundation for "Up Close with Annika," a benefit dinner with proceeds being split between the two charities. Guests will interact with Annika as she shares stories about her life and career, hosts a Q&A session, and poses for photos with guests. A delicious strolling dinner will be followed by the chance to bid on fun items during live and silent auctions. Old Edwards Club Director of Operations Jerry West says, "We are so excited to kick off our 2015 season with such a high-profile professional who has contributed so much to the industry. We look forward to opening the doors of The Club to the public to hear Annika share her stories and knowledge of the game while benefitting our youth. She truly is one of the legendary players in the game and guests will be thrilled to have the opportunity to meet her and spend time with her." Tickets to the benefit dinner are $300 per individual and $500 per couple, and all proceeds will be split between the two charities. Tickets are on sale now at OldEdwardsInn.com/UpClosewithAnnika. Following the benefit dinner, Old Edwards Club hosts The Annika Academy Destination Golf Experience May 25-28. Participants who share Annika's passion for golf will be immersed in a week of fitness and nutrition along with the Annika Academy's team of coaches. Those interested in the Academy may call 407-662-4653 or visit TheAnnikaAcademy.com. The Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau was just started in 2014 by Mountain Youth Charities to help area children discover their gifts and talents to shape their future lives. The Annika Foundation teaches children the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition, and offers aspiring junior golfers opportunities to pursue their dreams. About Old Edwards Club (www.oldedwardsinn.com/golf) This Tom Jackson sculpted course is an architectural marvel with inspiring views from elevated tees and greens cascading along the Eastern Continental Divide. Players of all levels enjoy perfect conditioning, warm southern hospitality and superb mountain golf. Jackson designed the course from the natural topography of the mountain plateau, providing a captivating 18-hole design with an intriguing dual personality. The front side lulls you into a serene mountain valley of greenery and meandering streams. As you approach the turn, a 250 foot ascent delivers you to the 10th tee giving you the feeling of being on top of the world. The next three holes take you around one of the highest ridges of golf on the east coast. Your final descent toward the clubhouse takes you alongside a shear granite cliff on the right-hand side of number 18.
Old Edwards Inn and Spa Named #5 Best Hotel In The United States In Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Awards And Best Hotel In North Carolina By Business Insider
¬January 27, 2015 (Highlands, NC) Old Edwards Inn and Spa was named #5 Best Hotel in the United States in the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards, and also took the #6 spot for Top Hotel for Romance. Travelers' Choice award winners are determined using qualitative and quantitative analysis of the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide. The hallmarks of Travelers' Choice winners are remarkable service, quality and value. TripAdvisor cites a quote from a reviewer, "The rooms are beautifully appointed, complete with automatic fireplaces and extra jets in the shower. The staff was friendly and responsive; a truly relaxing place in beautiful surroundings." Old Edwards President, Richard Delany, says, "I really can't express how much it means that this honor is determined by reviews that are written by our most important critics-our own guests who have visited Old Edwards one or more times and report on their personal experiences while here with us." The TripAdvisor accolades come on the heels of Old Edwards being named the #1 hotel in North Carolina in Business Insider's Best Hotel in Every State report, and was followed by a January 27 ranking by U.S. News and World Report as The Best Hotel in North Carolina. "Sitting on a plateau in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, this European-style hotel has a sprawling layout that centers around an outdoor patio with a double-sided fire place pool," states Businessinsider.com.