3 Hours 3 Days: NC Resorts

Every week Jonathan Stacey has been showing us places you can get to in 3 hours, and spend 3 days. Today, we continue that theme of three but with a twist.

Many of us just need some plain ole’ rest and relaxation. So, Jonathan went on a hunt to find three North Carolina resort hotels with so much to do on-site, you won’t think about going anywhere else during your stay.

Up first, the Pinehurst Resort.
After a two-hour drive east from the Queen City, you’ll find this sprawling 2-thousand acre property, three hotels, nine golf courses, several restaurants, a lake, and a spa. While a few prestigious golf tournaments have been played on these greens, novice golfers and kiddos shouldn’t be intimidated. The resort just happens to be home to the first miniature golf course in America – the Thistle Dhu Putting Course.

But before you book, here are Two Pros and A Con:

  • There are nine on-site dining options at various price points.
  • The place is huge, but the resort makes getting from one place to another exciting – through their BMW guest drive program and carriage riding services.
  • But it all comes with a rather steep price tag, the cheapest rate I could find during the last weekend in August was around 460-dollars a night.

Up next the Biltmore outside of Asheville, just two hours west of Charlotte. You likely already know, the nation’s largest home sits on this sprawling estate. But unbeknownst to most, this property is also home to the most visited winery in the U.S. Thinking about heading for the hills?

Two Pros and A Con:

  • In terms of accommodations, the Biltmore is a plus, The Village Hotel and The Inn offer rates fit for guests on a budget and those looking to splurge.
  • You can also peruse the Gardens and Grounds and a kid-friendly Farmyard at no additional costs.
  • However, outdoor enthusiasts will have to pay extra to add activities like fly-fishing and horseback riding to their itinerary.

Finally, consider The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, a town outside of Raleigh about two and a half hours to the northeast of the QC.
While smaller than the other resorts, the Umstead’s three-acre lake and wooded walking trails is a quaint hideaway fit those who take relaxation and rejuvenation seriously. In fact, Forbes Travel Guide gave the spa five stars, calling it “Nature-inspired tranquility in North Carolina.”

Two Pros and A Cons:

  • Room rates are about a hundred dollars cheaper Sunday through Thursday in comparison to Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Also, it’s a boutique hotel, so you won’t likely have to deal with big guests crowds during your visit.
  • However, with only two restaurants on-site, you won’t find a variety of dining options at the Umstead.

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