Hotels in North Carolina
Located just 500 feet from one of the area’s most pristine strands is this 1950 beach chalet. In the morning, owner Cathy Moir serves up her signature “eggs rarebit”—a toasted English muffin topped with a poached egg, Swiss cheese, and diced ham.
Eight miles from Chapel Hill, the 33-room inn is part of a purpose-built “village,” complete with shops and a 1,300-acre subdivision. Fearrington’s own grounds encompass beautifully manicured gardens, but its soul is in its restaurant, which is folded into a 1927 farmhouse.
Its owners were so inspired by their sons' work as wranglers out west that they felt compelled to start a dude ranch of their own. Luckily for those on the right coast, they put down roots in the Smoky Mountains.
Survey the seas from your private upper deck. The wood-paneled, privately owned cottages have killer views and plenty of room for families.
After a devastating fire in 2009, the hotel is under reconstruction.
Victorian-style buildings (25 rooms in all) tucked among gardens, 7 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The spacious, gabled rooms invite lingering for long, lazy mornings. The Lighthouse Suite includes a private fourth-floor cupola, with a wet bar and panoramic water views.
Set among the sleepy Blue Ridge Mountains, with 360-degree views that include the scenic parkway, this Relais & Châteaux resort boasts an extensive lineup of fitness and wellness classes, such as the “Creating Balance in Your Life” workshop, guided hikes, tai chi
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, the only LEED Gold–certified hotel within the Ritz-Carlton’s brand portfolio, is packed with greencredentials. The property has aggressive water conservation and recycling programs, as well as a green roof with BLT Steak chef Ben Miles’ garden and two beehives.
The shallow waters of the Outer Banks are invitingly warm in summertime, and the 12-room Inn on Pamlico Sound offers guests several means of enjoying them: kayaks and fishing poles are free to borrow, while kite- and wakeboarding instructors can meet you at the inn's dock.