An estimated 35,000 politicos will descend on the Queen City for the Democratic National Convention Sept. 3-6. More than 1,000 events are scheduled.
Tight security, street closures, demonstrators, traffic snarls, swarms of media – if that’s not your idea of fun, here are three destinations in the serene North Carolina mountains where you can escape in style.
The Swag Country InnFor more info: www.theswag.com
The Bob Timberlake Inn at Chetola Resort
The inn opened in 2004 as an exclusive enclave of eight rooms showcasing the style and creative spirit of one of North Carolina’s leading artists. Often compared to Andrew Wyeth (who actually encouraged him to become a full-time painter), Timberlake is famous for his realistic paintings of simple life in North Carolina, However, he’s also recognized for his furniture designs that are casual and comfortable yet elegant, and his furnishings – rugs, lamps, clocks, wall coverings.
Staying in the inn lends the feeling you could be at Timberlake’s home – as if you might spot him sitting on one of the brown leather sofas in the upstairs library enjoying the nightly wine-and-cheese reception. A photo of him and his grandchildren hangs in every inn room.
Actually, you might run into Timberlake on property, since the new Timberlake’s Restaurant also bears his name and he does visit from time to time. He’s said, “With anything that my name is on, we’ve strived for quality and craftsmanship, for fun and happiness... my role is to be sure that’s what’s happening up here.”
The Timberlake Inn rooms are full of his personally selected artwork, furnishings and mementos in addition to whirlpool tub, gas fireplace, DVD player, flatscreen TV and signature bathrobes.
An innkeeper stationed in the cozy lobby not only oversees guest needs but also delivers fresh-baked cookies with turndown service. A butler’s pantry is open 24/7 with hot and cold beverages plus Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
This inn within Chetola is indeed a “Haven of Rest.”
For more info: Visit www.chetola.com or call 828-295-5500. Chetola’s about a two-hour drive from uptown Charlotte, about 90 miles.
The Greystone Inn
The High Country Breakfast, says inn manager Clark Lovelace, “is one of the things that guests don’t expect to love as much as they do.” It features eggs Benedict, Belgian waffles, omelets, French toast, pastries, fruits and more.
Afternoon tea is presented on the inn’s sun porch with white wicker furniture, and evening hors d’oeuvres are served in the tiny bar and library inside the inn.
Greystone attracts golfers with its mountain course and Tom Fazio Golf Learning Center, and is becoming a croquet destination with its two world-class croquet lawns. For more info: Visit www.greystoneinn.com or call 800-824-5766 or 828-966-4700 to ask about the September Getaway Special. Greystone is about 150 miles from uptown Charlotte.
Blowing Rock spotsThe Ragged Garden’s Maple Lodge The Inn at Ragged Gardens Crippen’s Country Inn and Restaurant
For a pampering getaway, check out the Westglow Resort & Spa, named second best destination spa in the world by Travel + Leisure readers.
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