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 Cafe.

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 showers.

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 forest.

While spa treatments arent commissionable, guest rooms are, at 10%. Room rates begin at $235 per night.  Call (828) 526-8008 or visit www.oldedwardsinn.com.

To contact reporter Felicity Long, send e-mail to [email protected].

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