If you ache to be pampered at a beautiful mountain estate, this elegant 1916 mansion on 20 acres may be your cup of herbal tea, assuming that money's no object. Once the home of the 19th-century impressionist painter Elliott Daingerfield, this health resort spares nothing for its few, select guests. The fitness center is packed with the latest workout machines, health gizmos, spa facilities, and an indoor pool with a stunning view of the mountains. Spa packages—including
room, three meals, and an hour of spa treatment—start at $900 per couple per day May–October. Meals, emphasizing low-fat, high-fiber but delicious dishes, are served in Rowlands restaurant, which is also open to the public.
224 Westglow Circle, 2845 U.S. 221 S, Blowing Rock, North Carolina, 28605, United States
828-295–4463; 800-562–0807; 828-295–5141-restaurant