Whether you love the shore or the mountains, communing with nature or communing with race cars, North Carolina has a vacation spot for you. The Tar Heel State has over 300 miles of shoreline, the Smoky Mountains, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlotte and its NASCAR industry, plus several fine cities for visitors to explore. To make the most of your North Carolina vacation, take the time to look for lodging that will enhance your vacation, rather than just another bland room in which to sleep.
Asheville -- Inn on Biltmore Estate
Enjoy the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains from The Inn on Biltmore Estate, a AAA Four Diamond hotel, as well as a Forbes Travel Guide Four Star hotel. The inn is located on an 8,000-acre estate, which is also the site of the Biltmore House, a magnificent 250-room French chateau that was built for George Vanderbilt in 1895. Today, the home is a popular tourist attraction. A shuttle is available to takes guest to different points throughout the sprawling property. While at the inn, take the time to visit nearby Asheville, which is a artsy city with interesting boutiques, or hike the trails in the mountains near the Biltmore. The Biltmore property also has cottages available for guests who prefer a little more room.
NASCAR Vacation - Great Wolf Lodge
A vacation at Concord's Great Wolf Lodge is the perfect getaway for families who love NASCAR and like to have fun. This large all-suite resort and indoor waterpark combination is only four miles from Charlotte Motor Speedway and not far from Mooresville, the home to many NASCAR race shops, and scenic Lake Norman, where many NASCAR drivers have lakefront homes. When you're not out sightseeing, you'll find lots to do in Great Wolf Lodge. Slides, a wave pool, and a large play fort are just some of the features at this resort's waterpark. In addition, Great Wolf Lodge has several dining venues on site and also offers a meal plan option for its suites.
Outer Banks -- The Sanderling
From the natural beauty of Cape Hatteras to touristy Nag's Head to the family friendly beaches of Emerald Isle, North Carolina's east coast offers visitors a wide range of beach types. The Sanderling Resort and Spa is a sprawling, elegant oceanfront resort in the quiet town of Duck on North Carolina's Outer Banks. The resort is made up of three inns and five vacation homes and is set in a tranquil section of this barrier island. The Sanderling offers both guest rooms and suites in its inns.
Winston Salem -- Brookstown Inn
Tourists visiting Old Salem Museum & Gardens in Winston-Salem, a living museum and recreation of how Southerners lived in the 18th and 19th century, will enjoy staying at the Brookstown Inn, which was, itself, established in 1837. Carefully costumed interpreters bring the streets and 80 buildings of Old Salem alive. The 71-room Brookstown Inn is within walking distance of Old Salem's 1766 Moravian village. This charming hotel, which was once a textile mill, offers a cheese and wine reception each evening and a continental breakfast in the morning.
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