old edwards in and spa

Tar Heel paradise

Stay: Old Edwards Inn

Considering its home holds title as one of the original thirteen colonies, "old" has a fitting place in the name of Old Edwards Inn & Spa. This top-tier Euro-chic luxury resort rests comfortably amid the mystical Blue Ridge Mountains in Highlands, North Carolina. 2013 has been a banner year for Old Edwards -- awarded a spot on Conde Nast's Gold List, second place on Travel + Leisure's list of best resorts in the continental U.S., and fourteenth on TripAdvisor's U.S. list.