North Carolina is known for its gracious hospitality as well as its stately mansions. When these two features combine, the result is an elegant inn with superb customer service. Steeped in history, each inn offers a unique, romantic experience as a vacation destination or for travelers passing through.
The Greystone Inn is on the shores of Lake Toxaway, the largest private lake in North Carolina. In the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains at 3,000 feet above sea level, it offers a fantastic vacation during every season. Tennis, golf, hiking and a fitness center are available as well as many water activities. The swimming pool is heated throughout the summer. They also have a spa with professional staff and a complimentary Champagne cruise around the lake aboard their private yacht when weather permits.
The Greystone Inn has been operating for 26 years and has received the AAA Four Diamond award for each year. All meals are made from fresh local ingredients and breakfast includes Eggs Benedict, Belgian Waffles and much more. Afternoon tea with snacks as well as hors d’oeuvres in the evening before the sumptuous six-course gourmet dinner is standard. A box lunch can be packed by the kitchen for guests who are planning to be having fun in the great outdoors.
Lake Toxaway is famous for the glorious colors in autumn of the trees that cover the hillsides. It is a beautiful and secluded place for a relaxing weekend or adventurous activities in the Blue Ridge Mountains. For over a hundred years it has been the place of choice for people to get away from the hectic life and relax in the peaceful mountain air.
The Yellow House is in a rural setting near Waynesville and offers casual, European elegance in French Impressionists ambience. About 3,000 feet above sea level, the Inn sits in five attractively landscaped acres of gardens and lawns. The rooms and suites have fireplaces, wet bars and refrigerators as well as jetted tubs. Most have private balconies or patios, and there is Wi-Fi for those who want to stay connected, but no cable TV.
The Yellow House Inn was built as a summerhouse in the late 1800s in a secluded place and used by very few people. Today, visitors can experience the beautiful home and gardens as well as the friendly, attentive service and excellent cuisine offered by the Inn. With the majestic mountains all around, it is one of the best places for a romantic getaway in North Carolina. The Inn offers several all-inclusive packages to make it affordable for people to visit the secluded, luxury of The Yellow House.
There are many things to do and interesting places to visit nearby. Six golf courses, the Blue Ridge Parkway, a scenic drive through the mountains including the two highest peaks at 6,000 feet and Great Smokey Mountain National Park are within minutes of the Inn. The Biltmore Estate is the largest home in America and is thirty minutes from the Inn.
In the charming town of Waynesville, on one acre of beautiful gardens is the very exclusive Andon-Reid Inn and Bed and Breakfast. The Inn has five unique guest rooms and offers a truly, one-of-a kind experience. It is close to downtown Waynesville where there are excellent restaurants, galleries and shopping and is just minutes from some of the great activities in the Smokey Mountains.
The home was constructed in 1902 and is one of Waynesville’s historic properties. It has been renovated to maintain the elegance and charm of its turn of the century splendor. A visit to Andon-Reid Inn is like coming home to luxury. Each room has a fireplace, beautiful views and all the usual five star amenities. In-room massage and other spa services are available on request.
The attractions in or near Waynesville include the many mountain activities such as hiking to a nearby waterfall, mountain biking, zip lining, white water rafting, bird watching and much more as well the Biltmore Estate. The Cherokee Indian Reservation is also nearby with outdoor theater and museums and Harrah’s Casino.
The breakfast menu changes every day and offers blueberry praline French toast as well as Mexican frittata with turkey kielbasa. Their desserts, including hot fudge brownies and raspberry lemonade pie, are famous. All the ingredients are fresh and local.
The 1906 Pine Crest Inn and Restaurant in the Blue Ridge Mountains offers bed and breakfast lodging as well as romantic, secluded cabins. It also has an award-winning restaurant and invites guests to experience affordable luxury accommodation.
Constructed in 1906, it was converted into an inn in 1917. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and has 35 guestrooms, four of which are in the main building, and the rest are charming, secluded outlying cottages. One cottage is a 240 year old log cabin and another is a stone cottage. All guestrooms have private baths, a TV and VCR, fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and there are videotapes for the guest’s use as well as a library.
The restaurant, Carter’s Restaurant and Wine Cellar, is an AAA Four Diamond Restaurant and has an Executive Chef who uses only fresh, local ingredients. The gourmet breakfasts are complimentary for each guest. The restaurant has English Tavern interior design but serves new American cuisine. The menus change daily according to seasonal ingredients. There is also an award-winning wine selection. Visitors also enjoy the Fox and Hounds Bar. It is well stocked with spirits and beer, and cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are served on the veranda or lobby on the evenings when dinner is served.
There are many attractions in the area including shopping for handmade crafts and antiques. The Biltmore Estate is nearby as well as other historic homes including the homes of Thomas Wolfe, Carl Sandburg and Sidney Lanier. Guests can participate in all the mountain activities including hiking and biking as well as attend musicals and plays in the local theaters and enjoy wine tasting at a local winery.