Road Trip: Girlfriend Getaway at Old Edwards Inn

  • 01 of 07

    Road Trip: Girlfriend Getaway at Old Edwards Inn

    Road Trip: Girlfriend Getaway at Old Edwards Inn

    Little more than two hours outside of Atlanta (roughly 130 miles), an indulgent oasis awaits in charming Highlands, NC at Old Edwards Inn & Spa. 

    So grab the girls and head to this full-service, Old-Europe resort in the heart of the mountains for a dreamy weekend that will leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated!

    Relaxed luxury is the name of the game--expect beautifully landscaped grounds brimming with artsy shops and galleries, elegant dining, and (best of all!) a world-class spa, all set to a pristine mountain backdrop. 

    It's no wonder the four-star resort was named the #1 hotel in NC by U.S. News & World Report, the #5 Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor and the #4 Hotel and #2 spa by Condé Nast Traveler.

    The complimentary champagne arrival amenity helps, too. So what are you waiting for? We've created the perfect weekend itinerary for a girlfriend getaway to remember. 

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  • 02 of 07

    Check into Your Luxurious Room

    Road Trip: Girlfriend Getaway at Old Edwards Inn

    The rooms at this charming resort are comfy and plush (think cozy European bedding and fine Italian linens, rainfall showers, and heated marble floors and private patios or terraces), perfect for unwinding with the girls. You can choose a suite from the Historic Inn, The Lodge, Falls Cottages and Guest Estates (best for large groups)--each guestroom has its own personality, and all feature hand-selected period antiques by owner Angela Williams, who travels throughout Europe seeking the best of the best. 

    For a more affordable visit, we recommend the Lodge's Deluxe Double Double room, which sleeps 4*, complete with a spacious living area boasting a fireplace and plasma TV. 

    *Be forewarned: Nightly room rates are based on accommodations for two guest, so even though the rooms are made to sleep 4 adults, you'll have to pay $75 per night for each additional guest over the age of 17 occupying the room.

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  • 03 of 07

    Start With Dinner at Madison's

    Road Trip: Girlfriend Getaway at Old Edwards Inn

    Keep things simple on your first night at Old Edwards, and head down to the on-site restaurant, Madison's, for farm-fresh cuisine, complete with a Wine Spectator awarded wine list and panoramic views of the Wine Garden (perfect for evenings when dining al fresco comes calling). 

    Start with a roasted local apple and green salad (hint: it's spiked with Asher blue cheese and toasted walnuts), before moving on to a decadent seared foie gras with rhubarb and strawberry jam. The slow-roasted duck breast bathed in fig jus is a can't-miss, but for those craving something lighter, go for fennel and sun-dried tomato local trout. Finish with their signature chocolate chip pie--it's as good as it sounds!

    A nightcap at Hummingbird Lounge is a must--whether you opt for one of the craft cocktails or a glass of champagne. Live entertainment rounds out the experience on Friday and Saturday nights.

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  • 04 of 07

    Kick off the Morning with Yoga at The Fitness Center

    Road Trip: Girlfriend Getaway at Old Edwards Inn

    Work off last night's meal with a complimentary yoga class at the resort's state-of-the-art fitness center, featuring TECHNOGYM cardio equipment, personal training, weight training, and a full schedule of movement classes, alongside an outdoor workout terrace.

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  • 05 of 07

    Spend the Afternoon Relaxing at the Spa

    Road Trip: Girlfriend Getaway at Old Edwards Inn

    No girls trip is complete without a visit to the Spa. And the massive oasis you'll find at Old Edwards provides enough relaxation and activity that you can easily spend the entire day indulging. 

    Nestled among stunning architectural elements of indigenous wood and local stone, The Spa's relaxation rooms promise pure bliss with fireplaces, cozy lounge chairs and soothing water features in the two serenity solariums. Plan to spend at least an hour here unwinding before your treatment(s!)--go for the Sweet Mountain Metamorphosis (110 minutes of cleansing, dry brushing, and massage). 

    After your massage, head to the wet room, where you'll find rainfall showers, whirlpools, steam rooms, and a sauna, perfect for detoxing and relaxing.

    In between pampering, be sure to grab lunch at the Spa Café, where fresh juices and smoothies comingle with bright salads and healthy proteins. 

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  • 06 of 07

    Shop Around Town + Dinner at Cyprus

    Road Trip: Girlfriend Getaway at Old Edwards Inn

    Though Old Edwards offers everything you could ever need on-site, it's worth stepping off grounds for a few hours to take in the warm and artsy town of Highlands. Main Street is home to dozens of shops and galleries, perfect for antiquing, plus delicious dining.

    We recommend dinner at Cyprus, where international street food from around the world is served up with friendly hospitality in a welcoming atmosphere. Bonus: guests of the Inn receive a generous discount on their meal here. 

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  • 07 of 07

    Soak up the Sun at the Pool

    Road Trip: Girlfriend Getaway at Old Edwards Inn

    On your last day, go for a hike in the morning--the surrounding mountains are ripe with trails, rivers, and waterfalls--before heading to the resort's two outdoor heated mineral pools. You'll also find whirlpools and cozy fireplaces, or curl up in one of the luxe cabanas and soak up the sun before heading back to reality.