From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic Coast, North Carolina has a lot to offer vacationers and tourists. Visitors to the state often have special interests that include skiing, lounging on the beach, sightseeing and relaxing with special loved ones. Regardless of a traveler's interests, there are several hotels and resorts ready to cater to every whim and wish.
Located approximately half an hour north of Asheville, Wolf Ridge Ski Resort sits on Wolf Ridge, providing prime access to more than 80 acres of skiing. Non-skiers may opt for a couple of hours on Wolf Ridge's snow tube run. Tube run rates are hourly, but children under 6 ride free when accompanied by an adult. Rather than stay in traditional guestrooms, Wolf Ridge Ski Resort visitors are housed in their choice of rustic cabins or large log homes, complete with decks and private hot tubs. Resort guests can dine in the common area at The Lodge Steak and Rib Restaurant, or enjoy a drink by the resort's crackling fireplace.
Most North Carolina beach-goers are familiar with the white sands of Myrtle Beach. The Breakers Myrtle Beach is just steps from the waters of the Atlantic, allowing guests convenient access to the surf and sand; the hotel provides seasonal beach lifeguards. Back on the property, a swimming pool awaits with a lazy river winding more than 400 feet around its perimeter. Children at The Breakers enjoy enacting imaginary adventures inside the hotel's life-sized pirate ships, and adults can unwind in the hotel spa.
North Carolina's Carolina Inn at Chapel Hill is a historical hotel listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located next door to the University of North Carolina, the Carolina Inn was built in 1924 for University alumni. Today it is a AAA Four Diamond hotel with old southern colonial architecture and decor. The Carolina Inn treats its occupants to valet parking, evening turn-down service and free local transportation. Guests can request private in-room spa services or opt for other spa treatments at the nearby Spa at the Bellhouse. Though the hotel is old, it does not sacrifice modern conveniences and technologies; amenities include flat-screen televisions, free high-speed Internet and fax services. Guests can attend high tea each afternoon or dine on the property at the award-winning Carolina Crossroads Restaurant.
The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa offers couples a romantic getaway with the choice of 11 romance packages, which can include luxury accommodations, wine, fresh flowers, room service, terrace dining, breakfast and spa services. Couples can request mountain-view rooms that offer panoramic sunset views each evening. During the day, guests can hit the links on the nearby golf course or explore the shops and sights of the Asheville area. Dinner is available at each of three resort restaurants, and Grove Park offers a variety of evening entertainment including music at the lively piano bar, cocktails in the Great Hall Bar and local talent inside the Magnolia Lounge.
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