In 1948, Claus Moberg invested just $25 an acre to acquire a sprawling 30-acre apple orchard, upon which he eventually built a quaint cottage for his family. Each summer, the Moberg family retreated to the abode tucked between dense forests, where guests can now get views of the mountains of North Carolina's High Country. Claus's touch is still evident throughout the hallways of the spacious Crestwood Resort & Spa, which displays his original artwork and floor plans.
A shaded stone walkway leads to the resort's homey interiors. There's a gas fireplace in the inviting Elite king room, and the Luxury queen room's two queen beds are decked in mounds of pillows. As is the case with many of the resort's rooms, a private terrace overlooks the towering Blue Ridge Mountains and the lush wooded surroundings.
Crestwood's onsite restaurant, The Table, partners with local producers to serve farm-to-table fare infused with an upscale European touch, such as sugary pork strip or piquant shrimp and grits. The Table is open daily from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the bar opens at 4 p.m. Elsewhere inside, white columns gird a placid lap pool at the onsite spa, which pampers guests with refreshing facials and reflexology massages.
North Carolina's High Country: Mountain Adventure and Gemstone Mines
In the High Country of North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Mountains and surging rivers set the stage for whitewater rafting and cave tours. In the winter, the snow-capped slopes double as runs for skiing and sledding. In addition to undertaking outdoor adventures, you can step into the past at nostalgic general stores and sift for precious stones and docile pet rocks at old-fashioned gemstone mines.