"As the former Co-Chairman of a worldwide retail chain of specialty stores, I have had the opportunity to travel extensively and experience the world’s most enticing destinations, immersing myself in the finest culture and cuisine that could be found. But I am always drawn to the South. Though I am not a Southerner by birth, I remain physically, emotionally, and spiritually connected to this most romantic region of the United States. I particularly love the Appalachian Mountains, a chain of softly shaped, tree covered ridgelines and valleys that stretch from southern Canada to northern Alabama. It’s fascinating to know these beautiful hills once rose to the heights of the Rocky Mountains and the Swiss Alps but have eroded over centuries to form the scenic landscapes we enjoy today. I first experienced this breathtaking region as a child when I attended summer camp in the North Carolina Mountains. It is only fitting that I have returned as an adult to operate a Relais & Chateaux property in North Carolina.
The South is not without its share of struggles, from racial and social discrimination, to poverty and illiteracy. But the South has also produced some of the most important American writers, poets and playwrights of the American arts. Perhaps true genius is the product of struggle! Southern cuisine is among the most distinct and beloved of all truly American foods. Who can resist Southern fried chicken, potato salad, and sweet iced tea, finished with homemade banana pudding? While many people attribute the first farm-to-table restaurants back to the hippie movement in the 60’s and 70’s in California, I would suggest the concept actually originated in the South where most families ate what they farmed. Many of those family farms continue to this day, and the Southern landscape is peppered with thousands of local markets where farmers congregate to sell their produce. Supporting my local farmers continues to be my passion and is the driving force behind my resort and restaurant.
It is this unique and storied region that I invite you to follow through the landscapes and heritage of North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia…"... Read Moreless
Hotel and restaurant in town. Holding court in the very heart of Charleston’s famed Historic District, the 64-room Planters Inn is the city’s iconic grande dame hotel. Uniformed doormen welcome every arrival, ushering guests into a sanctuary of elegant style and genteel service inside the gloriously restored circa 1844 building. Soaring ten-foot ceilings, dozens of working fireplaces, and a stunning collection of antiques and Baker Historic Charleston décor, including a sumptuous four poster bed in every guest room, create a luxurious ambiance described by Travel + Leisure magazine as "akin to an overnight with well-to-do friends in their old Charleston mansion." There’s also more to Planters Inn than meets the eye: A hidden courtyard illuminated by flickering carriage lanterns provides a beguiling entry to Peninsula Grill, the city’s foremost dining experience. ... Learn moreless
Another place of remembrance, this residence, which was built in 1755, is the birthplace of one of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence. Although the large house has preserved a rare collection of furniture, books and porcelain, it mainly attracts people because of its extraordinary gardens....Read More less
This town embodies all the history, charm and hospitality of the South - with a capital 'S'. The historical center of Savannah is like an open-air museum. With houses built before the American Civil War, it transports travellers to another world - a world full of tree covered squares, bohemian...Read More less
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. On the scenic southwest plateau of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Old Edwards Inn and Spa cascades over several acres in downtown Highlands. The historic, European-style resort features a world-renowned spa, private golf at Old Edwards Club, premium leisure amenities, and casually elegant restaurants offering local and regionally inspired cuisine. Guestrooms, suites, cottages and estates include hand-selected furnishings and antiques, fireplaces, balconies, heated marble bathroom floors, robes and slippers. Surrounded by pristine forests, rivers, trails and waterfalls, the village of Highlands brims with live and performing arts, boutique shopping and acclaimed restaurants along its charming Main Street. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in the mountains. Re-discover life’s simple pleasures and natural balance at this traditional farm in Tennessee. All year long, a fantastic team made up mostly by women and headed by the young and talented Chef Cassidee Dabney,creates delicious recipes. Borrowing from both haute cuisine and regional heritage, it is based on local ingredients and takes advantage of the cheese, vegetables, herbs and honey produced in the farm. The Wellhouse and its new wellness facilities are rooted in the same philosophy of balance and harmony between body and soul, and offer an enjoyable addition to the many activities provided, amongst which cooking classes, gardening, cheesemaking, fly-fishing or exploring the region in a Lexus or by horse-drawn carriage. ... Learn moreless
The immensely popular Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the place to be for adventurers and other nature lovers. The Cherokee Indians called this region the "Land of Blue Smoke" as a reference to the colors of the mist clinging to the summits. When the mist clears, those who venture into the thick...Read More less
This château inspired by the French Renaissance is made up of 250 rooms and is a significant part of American architectural heritage. Built in 1895, the huge residence is over 50,000 square feet and remains the largest private residence in the United States. Biltmore still belongs to the same family...Read More less
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. Built in 1917, the elegantly restored Greek Revival mansion features a majestic colonnade flanked by towering architectural columns framing a breathtaking sunset view of the surrounding mountainscape. The property, with its panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, was once the summer home of the famed American artist Elliott Daingerfield. The accommodations are exquisite, with impeccably decorated guest rooms and an award-winning spa offering an extensive array of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments. The restaurant, Rowland's, features the most sophisticated cuisine in the High Country framed in a picture-perfect setting. ... Learn moreless
Consistently celebrated as being one of the most beautiful small towns in North Carolina, Blowing Rock has a town center that looks like it was taken straight from a postcard. Less than 2,000 inhabitants enjoy this small town in which antique shops, clothing shops and excellent cafés and restaurants...Read More less
Classified as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, Grandfather Mountain is one of the most popular natural sites in this part of the United States. Crossing its suspended footbridge is an experience in itself. From here you will discover a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding Appalachian Mountains....Read More less
This is a unique place: the Dollywood theme park was created by Dolly Parton, an iconic star of country music and a native of the region. The park is full of amazing, thrilling rides and other Appalachian-themed attractions. Many concerts and other music events are held here year round. This is a total...Read More less
Total price communicated as an indication, based on a stay of the number of nights recommended on this webpage, taking place in the next 3 months, and based on double occupancy (excluding recommended activities, excluding properties not bookable online and excluding restaurants).
To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: Suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.