North Carolina Vacation Resorts & Lodging

by Meg Jernigan
Resorts in North Carolina's western mountains focus on hiking and rafting.

Resorts in North Carolina's western mountains focus on hiking and rafting.

Shining Rock Wilderness, North Carolina image by Pablo M from

North Carolina stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Smoky Mountains. Vacation resorts in the Piedmont area and near the ocean focus on golf, while resorts in the Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge favor hiking, boating and skiing. Resorts are generally high-end properties with a complete range of services and amenities, as well as multiple lodging choices.

The Beach

The 2,000-acre Sea Trail Golf Resort in Sunset Beach has three signature golf courses, two outdoor heated pools and 400 villa-style suites. Accommodations range in size from one to four bedrooms and have kitchenettes or full kitchens. Two restaurants at Sea Trail serve casual food. Located near Myrtle Beach in Calabash, Brunswick Plantation’s one- and two-bedroom condos have full kitchens and large decks. The resort’s 6,980-yard golf course features Bermuda grass greens. Brunswick Plantation offers both single- and multiday golf packages.

The Mountains

Rumbling Bald Resort, a scene location for the movie Dirty Dancing, is located on Lake Lure south of Asheville. Lodging options at the resort include condos, private homes and villas with varying amenities. Many are within walking distance of the beach. The resort’s spa offers skin treatments, nail care and massage. Scenic Wolf Resort in Mars Hill rents cabins and townhouses with mountain views. The resort’s heated indoor pool is equipped with a water slide, and the ski slopes of Wolf Ridge are nearby.

The Piedmont

Tanglewood Park southwest of Winston-Salem is a county-operated park with a golf course, arboretum and rose garden, two lakes and riding stables. Accommodation choices include the Manor House, the Guest House and four private cottages. The Manor House is a bed and breakfast housed in a home constructed in 1859. Cottages have one, two or three bedrooms and the Guest House has a large porch overlooking the arboretum. The park and gardens are open year-round.


The Ballantyne, a Forbes four-star, AAA four-diamond luxury resort in south Charlotte, offers rooms with marble entryways, 10-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. An 18-hole golf course has an upscale pro shop, a Dana Rader Golf School and driving range. The Ballantyne’s spa provides more than 50 spa treatments and has a full-service salon. Personal trainers lead fitness workouts daily. Afternoon tea, served Tuesday through Saturday, features loose tea and sweets, and the resort’s restaurant uses local ingredients in contemporary American cuisine.

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