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Holistic Highlands

North Carolina's Old Edwards Inn and Spa has easy access to trout fishing, hiking, shopping — as well as a newly revamped spa and lots of charm.

A traditional four-poster bed in a spa suite at the Old Edwards Inn and Spa in North Carolina.
Courtesy Old Edwards Inn and Spa
By Katie McElveen

Upon entering the antiques-filled lobby, one can hardly imagine that the Old Edwards Inn and Spa, in Highlands, North Carolina, was originally a boardinghouse back in 1878.

Today gleaming walls paneled in reclaimed oak complement the stone fireplace in the vaulted library, while a carved banister leads upstairs to the twenty-eight guest rooms, each furnished with eclectic pieces, some from Sweden and China, and a marble soaking tub in the bathroom.

Although Highlands offers every diversion — boutique shopping on Main Street, legendary hiking trails and trout streams just steps from the inn's entrance — be sure not to miss Old Edwards's revamped spa. Its two breezy terraces, boudoir-inspired reflection room and Southern-themed body treatments, like the wildflower-scented Sweet Mountain Metamorphosis, make the signature spa a destination unto itself.

Double rooms from $329, suites from $349. 445 Main Street; 866-526-8008;

Published on 7/31/2008


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