The Great Smoky and the Blue Ridge Mountains, tumbling waterfalls and mountain getaways provide a scenic backdrop for vacationers in western North Carolina, no matter where they stay. While the Biltmore and the Grove Park Inn are the most famous accommodations in western North Carolina, hotels and inns across the region set the scene with private cottages, luxury rooms and fine dining.
The Inn at Glen Alpine
The Inn at Glen Alpine, near Lake James in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a 1913 country manor on five private, wooded acres. Two of the inn’s four guest rooms have romantic touches. The Spa Suite, furnished with a two-person hot tub, has eight-foot windows overlooking the grounds and a king size bed. A bathroom with a two-person shower is the highlight of the Country Garden Room. Lake James Cellars Winery, housed in a historic textile mill is a five-minute walk from the inn. The winery shares the mill with an antique store.
Located on top of a mountain west of Asheville, The Swag is an all-inclusive resort getaway. A hot tub, sauna and hammocks for two provide opportunities for private moments. Romance packages at The Swag include in-suite massage, flowers, sweets and fly-fishing for two. The Swag rents cabins and guest rooms, many with fireplaces, with rustic but luxurious furnishings. Chef Bryan Kimmett oversees the restaurant, featuring comfort food prepared with a twist. Lodging includes a breakfast buffet, box lunch and dinner from locally sourced foods. Wednesday picnics on Gooseberry Knob feature wild game and fresh salads.
Switzerland Inn, located in a mountaintop village just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, has long-range views of the Catawba Valley. Built in 1910, the inn offers rooms in the lodge, chalets, a special accommodation for motorcyclists and a secluded honeymoon cabin, the Caprice Cottage. Originally the inn’s tearoom, Caprice Cottage has a deep soaking tub and king-sized bed. A swimming pool, two hot tubs, tennis courts, bars and a full-service restaurant are a few of the property’s amenities. Chalet Restaurant, with large windows overlooking the mountains, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and hosts a seafood and prime rib buffet on Fridays. The Switzerland Inn closes for the winter season.
Westglow Resort and Spa
Westglow, located in a mansion that was once the home of artist Elliot Daingerfield, is an all-inclusive luxury destination spa and resort. Member of Relais & Chateaus, and winner of four 2010 Readers’ Choice awards from Spa Finder, including Best for Romance, Westglow offers six guest rooms in the mansion and accommodations in a triplex across from the main house. Suites in the triplex have secluded decks, deep well Jacuzzis and fireplaces. The spa and salon, located in a separate building, includes private couples massage rooms with fireplaces, as well as saunas, whirlpools and an indoor pool.
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