HIGHLANDS, N.C. --
The Old Edwards Inn, which was built in the late 1800s and is
listed on the National Register of Historic Places, reopened after
a two-year, $40 million renovation.
Part of the refit
included the addition of the European-style Spa at Old Edwards Inn,
featuring seven treatment rooms and a menu of therapies. Expansions
in 2005 will add a fitness center, mens and womens locker rooms,
Swiss showers, steam rooms, a sauna, a solarium and the Spa
Designed to appeal to
high-end clients, the 30 guest rooms, suites and cottages are
outfitted with amenities such as plasma-screen televisions, DVD
players and universal touch-pad remote-control systems that control
lighting, climate, televisions and music. Other luxury amenities
include Frette linens, heated tile floors and rainfall
The hotel also offers
fine dining at Madisons restaurant. Tapas or small plates (hors
doeuvres) are available in the Wine Garden.
At the Farm at Old
Edwards Inn, situated a mile from downtown Highlands, as many as
200 guests can participate in special events in a variety of
outdoor venues on the 33-acre site.
Up to eight guests
can stay overnight in a three-bedroom farmhouse, with such rustic
touches as a rocking-chair porch overlooking a pond and
While spa treatments
arent commissionable, guest rooms are, at 10%. Room rates begin at
$235 per night. Call (828) 526-8008 or
reporter Felicity Long, send e-mail to [email protected].