Resorts in North Carolina

Five Wanderlusty Resorts in North Carolina

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Looking for a dreamy North Carolina vacation spot? Consider a drive through the jaw-dropping Blue Ridge mountains or the pristine Carolina coastline. The five resorts listed below are the epitome of the wanderlust North Carolina has to offer…

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Source: Lakeview at Fontana Facebook Page

#5: Lakeview at Fontana

In need of some R&R? Lakeview at Fontana is a spa resort located on a hillside in Bryson City, overlooking Fontana Lake. Perhaps the most stunning feature of the resort is the option to rent a Treetop Soaking Cabana!

Aromatic Dead Sea salts add calming and healing minerals to the relaxing soak. The soaking tub is big enough for two and offers a view of Fontana Lake and the Smoky Mountains. A plush robe and candles are included, plus champagne and rose petals can be added on.

Book the soaking tub before or after a spa treatment. Spa treatments include a variety of massage options, facials and body treatments.

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Source: Lakeview at Fontana Facebook; Original Source: User @c_santa_ana

This seems like a great place to disconnect as there are no televisions in the rooms! Head to the TV room with a glass of wine if you need a TV fix. Daily wine hour is included with reservations. Cheers!


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Source: Shell Island Resort Gallery

#4: Shell Island

Located on the pristine Wrightsville beach, Shell Island Resort offers 100% oceanfront suites with a private balcony.  Eat beachfront at the onsite restaurant, have a drink by the pool and play in the ocean with kayak rentals and more.

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This is the kind of hotel where brides-to-be dream of having their weddings. For one, there is an oceanfront ballroom that makes the perfect backdrop for the first dance. Even the elevator has a glass view of the surrounding beauty of the resort!

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I was fortunate enough to attend a wedding at Shell Island and it was absolutely gorgeous. The service is great and the bride got amazing photos. A rainy beginning turned into a beach wedding with a rainbow (see image above). What a lucky wedding day!


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Source: The Sanderling Website

#3: The Sanderling

Have you ever wanted to snuggle up by the fire with a view of the immaculate coastline of North Carolina? Head to The Sanderling in Duck, NC in the Outer Banks for one of the most luxurious resorts on the NC coast.

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Source: The Sanderling Website

Enjoy a bottle of local wine and soak in some Vitamin “Sea”. Choose from three huge pools, including one adult-only pool next to a bar.

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Source: The Sanderling Website

Be sure and check out the spa and get a treatment with elements of the ocean. Just a couple of examples include facials using serum applied with a tiger conch shell, sea salt scrubs and more.

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Source: Sanctuary Vineyards Facebook Page

There are plenty of activities at the resort involving land and sea. You can even take a wine cruise to Sanctuary Vineyards to sample local wine. While you are in the quaint town of Duck, NC, don’t miss these fun spots!


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#2: The Inn on Biltmore Estate

After hundreds of trips to the mountains and previously living in the neighboring town of Hendersonville, I have never seen views quite like The Biltmore Estate offers. Just when I think I have seen it all, I am surprised by new views of these heavenly mountains at every turn.

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The view is one of the most special features of The Inn on Biltmore Estate. If you have visited Biltmore Estate during busy season, you likely share the views with lots of other people. Staying on property offers new views that feel so far away from the tourist crowds of the Estate.

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Buying a room for one night is like buying a piece of those beautiful mountains, all for yourself. The smell of the fresh air, the peace of the atmosphere and the eye candy of the mountains is the perfect combination of paradise.

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If you want a state of the art fine dining experience, head to the restaurant at the Inn, The Dining Room. I highly recommend this place if celebrating something special. The experience is absolutely magical thanks to a backdrop of mountain views, phenomenal service and a touch of something extra for the celebration. Further, the farm to table food is fresh and exquisite to the taste buds.


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#1: The Omni at Grove Park Inn

The Omni at Grove Park Inn is absolutely one of my favorite resorts in North Carolina. I have not made a trip to Grove Park Inn without feeling completely away from it all. If you have a chance to visit, you will be in wanderlust dreams!

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The hotel offers remarkable views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Plus, make reservations at one of the on-site restaurants and enjoy the breathtaking view while you eat. My personal favorites are the following:

  • Sunset Terrace
  • Edison Ales + Kitchen
  • Blue Ridge Farm to Table Artisanal Buffet

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Just when you think this place doesn’t get any better, book a treatment at the spa and have the relaxation retreat of a lifetime.

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Source: The Omni Grove Park Inn Facebook Page

The inside is absolutely gorgeous and pictures do not do it justice!

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Source: Omni Grove Park Facebook Page

Try the Fire & Ice Treatment or at the very least, a signature massage. Be sure to make reservations at least several weeks in advance to secure an appointment.

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2 comments

  1. I’ve stayed at Shell Island! My fiance and I went there one March. It was still super cold and there was no one else there, but we just wanted to get away for the weekend and enjoy the sounds of the ocean to jump start spring, and it was a great getaway 🙂 The Treetop Soaking Cabana at Lakeview at Fontana looks absolutely dreamy though! I’d love to soak in that tub after a long day hiking in the area (the Appalachian Trail runs right through there). And I’ve always wanted to visit the Omni at Grove Park Inn!

  2. That’s so cool that you got to go to Shell Island! I thought it was so beautiful there. Yes the Treetop Cabana seems perfect after a hike 🙂 It looks like they have a nice trail! Omni is definitely worth a trip and so many beautiful views! I am pretty sure they have a trail there too but I haven’t gotten a chance to check it out yet!

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