NC Inns with Restaurants
I would like to plan a weekend trip to an inn in the NC mountains or Piedmont that also has a superb restaurant on-site or within walking distance. I moved back to NC last year, after living out of state for over a decade, so most of my knowledge is dated. I imagine that The Fearrington House or some of the inns in Blowing Rock are possibilities, but I would appreciate any recommendations of inns to consider (or avoid) that you might have.
For comparisons sake, I'm looking for a place along the lines of (to use VA and MD examples) L'Auberge Provencale in White Post or Inn at Easton, but not as bank-breaking as the Inn at Little Washington. In addition to The Fearrington House, two other inns on my radar are The Inn at Ragged Garden and Crippens in Blowing Rock, but I'm not sold on any of these after looking at their websites.
Thanks for any suggestions (or for any prodding that I should reconsider any of the above).
Check out the Glendale Springs Inn, in the small community of Glendale Springs. Its a fairly small inn, probably not as fancy as the places you mentioned in your post. It is however, a very nice inn and has a fantastic restaurant. Its located just off the BR Parkway between Jefferson and Boone. (www.glendalespringinn.com)
Another nice inn with a restaurant is the Balsam Mountain Inn, about an hour west of Asheville. Its a beautiful, old, historic 3 story wooden building with a porch that runs all the way along the front. Again, its more comfortable than luxurious, and the I would describe the food as good to very good, but not outstanding. (www.balsammountaininn.com)
Asheville has several nice inns, although I have no personal experience with them. I believe the Richmond Hill Inn is very nice, and I think it has a restaurant on the premises.
Crestwood Inn on Shulls Mill Road is a few years old and a five minute drive from downtown Blowing Rock. Great restaurant in a beautiful wooded mountain setting with fantastic views of Grandfather Mountain. (http://www.theinnatcrestwood.com)
Mast Farm Inn in Valle Crucis (between Boone and Banner Elk) gets good reports, but I have not dined in the restaurant. (http://www.mastfarminn.com)
In the piedmont, you might consider one of the resorts at Pinehurst. I've been happy with Pine Needles, Mid Pines and the Pinehurst Resort. There are plenty of things for non golfers to do. Breakfast and lunch tend to be buffets. Dinner is off the menu and a coat and tie is required.
One more option in the mountains is the High Hampton Inn in Cashiers. It's a lot like the place in Dirty Dancing, that is a little rustic. All meals are buffet style and a coat and tie are required at dinner.