Relaxed Luxury for Romance, Girlfriend Getaways, Families and Groups
Surround yourself with period antiques, European bedding and the indulgence of fine Italian linens. Many rooms and suites offer patios or terraces, with captivating views of Main Street and downtown Highlands.
Condé Nast’s Top Hotel Spa in North America
The North Carolina Mountains are said to have a healing power all their own. And the minute you enter The Spa at Old Edwards Inn you’ll feel that energy. Voted #1 Hotel Spa in North America by Condé Nast Traveler's readers in 2010.
Mountain Golf Lifestyle in the Tradition of Old Edwards
Old Edwards Club offers the finest in club lifestyle with a relaxed, family environment.  The Tom Jackson designed golf course is an architectural marvel that cascades along the Eastern Continental Divide in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
Sustainable Dining In The Western North Carolina Mountains
The restaurants at Old Edwards Inn and Spa offer the freshest and most innovative cuisine in the North Carolina Mountains. Special wine dinners throughout the season combine a wide variety of wines with the award-winning cuisine of Chef Chris Huerta.
Shopping At Old Edwards Inn
The best shopping in Highlands can be found at Old Edwards Inn and Spa. You’ll find unique home décor, antiques and accessories, ladies designer wear, meaningful gifts for the mind, body and spirit and more.
Activities abound at Old Edwards Inn and Spa. The award-winning Spa with Serenity Solarium and Fireside Lounge beckons for some quite me time, while our three heated pools and Kelsey Game Room make family time enjoyable.
Destination Weddings, Corporate Retreats and Meetings

Old Edwards features a wide variety of accommodations and gathering spaces to accommodate productive corporate meeting, stunning destination wedding, memorable family reunions and other group gatherings.

Highlands, North Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Situated at 4118 feet, Highlands, North Carolina sits as the crowning jewel on the southern plateau of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  On the National Register of Historic Places, the Old Edwards Inn and Spa provides unparalleled luxury and leisure to visitors of the Highlands area.

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HIGHLANDS, NC (March 20, 2012) -  After three zealous battles in a day-long culinary competition, internationally acclaimed Chef Johannes Klapdohr—Executive Chef at Old Edwards Inn and Spa—retained the crown in the 2012 King of the Mountain Chef’s Challenge. In this ‘Iron Chef’ style competition; four chefs battle the clock—and each other—to produce several mouth-watering dishes in front of a live audience in an open kitchen at the Farm Pavilion at Old Edwards.
The Competition
Unlike the Food Network show where the Chefs have 45 minutes to ponder their creations prior to the event, the King of the Mountain Chef Challenge keeps the mystery ingredients a secret until the very moment that each heat begins. The chefs then go to work, making notes, grabbing ingredients and equipment, and assembling their menus in their heads. The gas-stove flames jump to life, and the heat is on.
In the first round, Chef Justin Ward, an Instructor at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Atlanta and former owner of Harvest Restaurant & Cosecha Restaurant in Atlanta, GA secured his spot in the finals by defeating Chef John Fleer, Executive Chef Canyon Kitchen. Chef Ward defeated Chef John Fleer by preparing three courses from the mystery basket of quail, coffee beans and citrus. 
In round two, Chef Johannes Klapdohr successfully defended his 2011 crown against newcomer challenger Chef Mat Kowal of Gamekeeper’s Tavern. Klapdohr delivered a three-course delight from a mystery basket of Prawns, coconut, mangos and bananas. It was a “Well fought battle between these two professionals of which Chef Klapdohr prevailed with his innate ability to be creative yet skillful with his culinary skill," said Judge Denny Trantham, Executive Chef at the Grove Park Inn of Asheville.
That left the two 2012 finalists—Ward and Klapdohr—to duke it out over trout, radicchio and carrots. "There was a definite opportunity for the Chefs to show how to use balance in flavors with the ingredients that were showcased," said Judge Kevin Ouzts, Executive Chef of The Spotted Trotter in Atlanta, GA.  When awarding the crystal Sam’s Cup and the King of the Mountain title to Chef Klapdohr, the judges announced, “It was simply a magical evening,” Jill Gossett, Development Director Fragile Kids Foundation. “All the incredible talent in one room was electric and the food was exceptional!”
Event host, co-creator and Sam’s Cup Sponsor Matthew Eberz of Sam Call Productions says, “Watching these chefs battle each other and create these stunning dishes was exhilarating. I was amazed at the audience engagement and excitement throughout all rounds of the competition. And, just when you thought the event couldn’t get any better, the talented chefs provided a delicious meal that rocked your taste buds. I’m in awe of the culinary talent that we have on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.”
All three culinary competitions were judged by three exceptionally talented and accomplish culinary experts including:
  • Ms. Shelley Skiles Sawyer, Managing Food Editor, Flavors Magazine
  • Chef Denny Trantham, Executive Chef, Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa
  • Chef Kevin Outzs, Executive Chef, The Spotted Trotter in Atlanta, GA
Chef Klapdohr will defend his title at the 2013 King of the Mountain Chef’s Challenge in February 2013 in Highlands North Carolina.
PR Contact:  Matthew Eberz at 828-526-2909 or
Photo courtesy of Greg Newington.
About Old Edwards Inn and Spa (
  • Condé Nast Traveler’s #1 Hotel Spa in North America for 2010 with the First Ever Perfect Score in the 20-Year History of the Reader’s Survey
  • Condé Nast Traveler’s #3 Hotel Spa in the United States for 2011
  • 2010 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award (top ten in the US)
  • 2011 TripAdvisor Reader's Choice Award for #4 Best Relaxation Spa Hotel in the U.S.
  • 2011 TripAdvisor Reader's Choice Award for #2 Best Hotel for Romance in the U.S.
  • 2011 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for Madison’s Restaurant
  • 2012 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for #4 Hotel in the U.S.
  • Condé Nast Johansen’s Most Excellent Inn in the US and Canada 2008
  • Forbes Four-Star Rated for both the Resort and The Spa
  • AAA Four-Diamond Rated
  • Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden has won the Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence” every year since 2005 and the “Best Of” award since 2008.
Old Edwards Inn and Spa cascades along several blocks in downtown Highlands—a cultural mountain village that offers award-winning dining, wine events, art galleries and some of the nation’s top golf resorts. The European style resort welcomes visitors to North Carolina’s high country with its unique blend of relaxed luxury recognized worldwide. A spectacular outdoor heated mineral pool, world class spa, award-winning dining, and golf at the private Old Edwards Club are signature experiences at this full-service mountain resort.  Guests are surrounded by the warmth and character of Old-Europe architecture and authentic period antiques. Many rooms, cottages and suites offer private patios or terraces—some with captivating rooftop views of Main Street and downtown Highlands.  All of the luxury accommodations include champagne arrival, twice-daily housekeeping, two 24-hour business centers and two 24-hour Butler’s pantries with Dove Bars, fresh fruit and soft beverages. European bedding, fine Italian linens, plush robes & slippers, rainfall showers, heated-tile bathroom floors, in-room safes and Wi-Fi enhance the in-room experience. Old Edwards Inn and Spa also boasts a state-of-the art fitness center with wellness classes that include guided hikes into the scenic surrounding mountains known as “waterfall country.”
Guests enjoy onsite shopping at the Spa Boutique, Acorns Boutique or Acorns on Church featuring fine antiques and home accessories. Dining venues include Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden serving innovative New South Cuisine, the Spa Café and the Poolside Bar and Bistro. Special events and weddings take place at The Farm—a lushly landscaped Old Edwards property located one mile from downtown Highlands featuring The Barn, the Farmhouse with luxury lodging, Bridal Pavilion, Bridal Bridge over a scenic pond and outdoor events pavilion.  The Edwards Hall Conference Center provides a catered corporate retreat venue. 
Also introduced in 2009 was Satulah, Old Edwards Private Residences, which includes 14 luxury mountain homes just two blocks off Main Street, Highlands. The Forbes Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond resort is located at 445 Main Street in Highlands, NC. 
Old Edwards Inn and Spa announces the addition of 22 new guestrooms and an outdoor heated mineral pool to accommodate the growing demand for accommodations. Scheduled for completion the first quarter of 2013, the addition will bring the hotel’s room count to 90.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

445 Main St. Highlands, NC 28741