The Umstead Hotel & Spa
This green hotel offers perks that appeal for romantic escapes, luxurious weekend getaways and business retreats.
The elegant, contemporary Umstead is surrounded by 12 acres of lush woodlands, and its large terrace overlooks a tranquil lake. For relaxing, guests will appreciate the full-service spa, fitness center, meditation courtyard and walking trail around the lake. Rare woods, grand windows, serene furnishings, discreet textures and fine art are some of the telling details in this 150-room luxury hotel.
Lakeside rooms offer private, furnished balconies, and all rooms feature comfortable work desks and chairs, 42-inch plasma TVs and deep soaking tubs. Some of the suites measure in at more than 1,000 square feet and have separate living/dining spaces. Herons restaurant features a menu of American classics shaped by local produce, while The Bar & Lounge offers seasonal cocktails and an excellent wine cellar. Business travelers will find all the essential amenities here, including attractive meeting rooms with state-of-the-art equipment. Public spaces are appointed with work by notable artists, including Dale Chihuly, and the hotel's permanent gallery collection is complemented with rotating exhibits by new artists.