Hotel at a Glance: Badin Inn & Golf Club
Badin Inn & Golf Club dates back to 1913; back then, it served as a boarding house for employees of the town's aluminum plant. It retains the charm of that era—guest rooms are adorned with antiques, and the whitewashed facade still looks the same as it did in 1913. The inn, which underwent a full remodel in 2005, also has an outdoor pool, fitness center, and WiFi.
- Famous guests: Mae West and W.C. Fields, who entertained townspeople at the local opera house.
- In-room amenities: cable TV, mini fridges, and microwaves
- Breakfast daily: The inn sets out a small continental breakfast in the lobby Monday–Friday. On the weekends, head to the onsite restaurant for a full hot breakfast.
- Go golfing: Some options include a round of golf with cart rental for two at the 18-hole Badin Inn Golf Course.
Badin, North Carolina: French-Flavored Town in the Uwharrie Mountains
The image of the fleur de lis is a recurring motif on flags and signs throughout Badin. The symbol ties back to the town's French founder Adrien Badin, an engineer and president of the Southern Aluminium Company. He envisioned the town as a major manufacturer of aluminum; the aluminum production lasted only a decade, but the French roots stuck. Locals still refer to Badin as a "French-flavored town."
Badin is nestled in the foothills of the Uwharrie Mountains, an ancient range thought to be one of the oldest in North America. For an up-close look at the landscape, visit the 5,000-acre Birkhead Mountains Wilderness, where you can explore rocky streams, forests, and relics of pioneer homesteads. You can also fish for smallmouth and largemouth bass and walleye at nearby Badin Lake.