9.11.2014

Hotel of the Week: 200 Main in Highlands, N.C.

Did you know that motel-chic is now in style as a place to stay when traveling?  It's cool to stay at older properties that perhaps looked a little, shall we say "economy" 20 years ago. Hotel owners with a sense of style are turning these dated properties into fabulous places to stay for a getaway that has the characteristics of a luxury hotel, but without the luxury hotel prices. Case in point is 200 Main in Highlands, N.C



I visited its sister property, Old Edwards Inn and Spa, last spring. Old Edwards Inn  is ultra lux, full-service, and one of my favorite hotels in N.C. In a nutshell, it's dreamy, but....and isn't there always a but? Old Edwards Inn and Spa can be out of some traveler's budget for various reasons. And it's not because they can't afford it, but rather, some traveler's would rather put costs in other places such as in restaurants, excursions, airfare, lots of travel, or even fashion. Designer boots will stay with you all autumn and winter. A hotel room is one night. Trust me, I get it.


This is where 200 Main comes into play as the type of hotel to consider or seek out when traveling if you like the look and basic amenities of upscale hotel rooms, but don't care about luxury extras.  200 Main is basically the type of property I discussed with you for my Savannah trip. However, traveler's going to the mountain town of Highlands are just lucky because 200 Main is an independent hotel that is very unique to its area. Taking a nod from its sister property, it offers guests frette linens, and heated tile floors in the bathroom. Rooms are not cookie-cutter in style.



Nightly rates are kept affordable because the hotel is not full-service. There is no room service. There is not a restaurant on property, but the hotel does offer complimentary muffins, fruit, and coffee in the Terrace Room each morning.




The property has a pool. It's family-friendly, and it is close to the action in Highlands. Are you ready for this? Summer and fall are peak times for this area of N.C.  When things are in demand, rates are still under $200 a night. Rates typically hover from $105 to $160 depending on demand and room. There is a minimum stay of two nights during the weekend, especially during peak autumn. Old Edwards Inn and Spa is known for its gorgeous destination weddings. With the addition of this new property in its portfolio,Old Edwards Hospitality Group,can give guests a more affordable option for lodging while in town. This hotel is sure to be a splash of success.


I've not yet seen 200 Main in person. I've been invited to visit, but Highlands is almost seven hours from Raleigh.  For a quick weekend, it's tough to get there.My family couldn't make it up this summer due to other travel plans.  After my stay in Old Edwards Inn and Spa though, I trust this hospitality group 100 percent,which is why I'm recommending this inn as a new option for some travelers in Highlands.

Fall is a glorious time in our mountains. Put the area on your travel list.

Want to Stay:
200 Main Street
Highlands, N.C.
http://www.200main.com/













9.07.2014

Southern Parenting Tale: Let it Go

If you have a daughter younger than 10 then there is a good chance, you've seen the "Frozen" movie. Perhaps you've even heard of the song, "Let it Go!"

I joke and say the song is this generation's version of  "You Light Up my Life" by Debby Boone. I can't tell you how many times I shouted that song from the back seat of my parent's car. I know hear "Let it Go" from my backseat a million times a day and lots of tears if anyone else in the car tries to sing it.

We did a quick overnight at North Hills this weekend, and I purchased an "Elsa" costume for Liza as a treat while we were there.

She put on the Elsa dress for the very first time at our hotel, and let's just say she "Let it Go!"


I thought I would share it with you for fun.  I can't believe she's going to be five in a few months. If you remember, I started this blog when she was a baby. Being a parent, it sometimes feels as if time stands still and at other times, time flies.

I would say this is a "time flies" moment, and I would love to keep her four for a while longer.

Be back soon.




9.02.2014

Southern Chat: Loving Nature with Luxury Treehouse Accommodations

I sometimes get a bad rap because I don't want to camp. People joke, "Well, you can't really enjoy nature if you don't rough it." That is complete hogwash. One can enjoy nature in many ways, but for those who like nature with a lot of luxury on the side then this post is for you.

This Spring, I visited the Primland Resort in Meadows of Dan, Virginia. Nature is all around you here, and there is certainly no roughing it at all. The price tag reflects that, too. But, how is this for being in the middle of nature?


I did not stay in the Primland tree houses when visiting because the elevation is so high that children are not allowed. But, if you are traveling for a romantic getaway then I think this space would be divine.



You can find nature in the Caribbean, too. The Kanopi House, an eco-friendly resort in Jamaica near Blue Lagoon is just dreamy.



Caring for the environment as well as the community, Kanopi House artwork and décor accents are designed and sourced locally. From laundry hampers and wastebaskets woven from Jamaican banana leaf, to tableware, linens, planters and lampshades - each piece is handcrafted by the island’s skilled tradesmen and produced in the traditional island manner. 

Each villa has a winding path down to the sea. This is a very small resort, but a couple of treehouses are designed for families with children over the age of 7. I really think that I'm going to put this experience on my list for a future stay




And treehouses can be found in urban areas, too. This tree house is a vacation rental within the Berlin forest and is within 15 minutes of the town centre by train. 



 The treehouse was decorated by stylists with Urbanara, a German company that specializes in high-quality goods without the high-price tag. 



I think it's charming, and perfect for an urban city vacation in style. 



Urbanara's blog gives you the scoop on how you can achieve a similar look for your own treehouse paradise. 

Have a great week. I'll be back with a hotel of the week photo soon. 

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