Tuesday, January 19, 2011
Contact: Amanda Sullivan, 828-200-0650
OLD EDWARDS INN AND SPA ANNOUNCES ITS ENTRY INTO THE VIRTUOSO® TRAVEL NETWORK,
AN INVITATION-ONLY ORGANIZATION COMPRISED OF THE WORLD’S ELITE TRAVEL SPECIALISTS
(Highlands, N.C.) Old Edwards Inn and Spa, located on the southwestern plateau of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, has been accepted into the exclusive Virtuoso family of resorts as of January 2011. This comes on the heels of being voted by Condé Nast Traveler readers as the Top Hotel Spa in North America for 2010
. The Four-Star European Style resort, which cascades along several downtown acres in the cultural village of Highlands, NC, completed over $60 million in renovations in 2010, making it a world-class spa, golf, dining, wedding and adventure destination.
Virtuoso is the industry’s leading luxury travel network. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 300 agencies with more than 6,000 elite travel specialists in 22 countries in North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, as well as over 1,000 of the world’s best travel providers and premier destinations. The network’s member agencies generate over $5.1 billion annually in travel sales, making the group the most powerful in the luxury travel segment. Their relationships with the finest travel companies provide the network’s affluent clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access. Virtuoso is the exclusive network of travel services and benefits provided by MasterCard®
for participating World Elite MasterCard®
programs. For more information, please visit www.virtuoso.com
Old Edwards President Richard Delany says, “We are fortunate to be stewards of this hidden gem of a property that consistently delivers the highest caliber experience to visitors of Western North Carolina. Our guests always seem amazed to discover this world-class, European-style golf and spa resort situated amid the natural splendor of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains—and to experience all the culture and recreation that come with that. We are pleased to have Old Edwards recognized as a premier travel destination among the world’s top travel agents—and subsequently the world’s most discriminating travelers—through this partnership with Virtuoso. We look forward to sharing the discovery of Old Edwards and the Highlands/Cashiers Plateau with Virtuoso travelers.”
About Old Edwards Inn and Spa
Condé Nast Traveler’s #1 Hotel Spa in North America for 2010 with the First Ever Perfect Score in the 20-Year History of the Reader’s Survey
2010 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award (top ten in the US)
Condé Nast Johansen’s Most Excellent Inn in the US and Canada 2008
Forbes Four-Star Rated for both the Resort and The Spa
AAA Four-Diamond Rated
Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden has won the Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence” every year since 2005 and the “Best Of” award since 2008.
Old Edwards Inn and Spa cascades along several blocks in downtown Highlands—a cultural mountain village that offers award-winning dining, wine events, art galleries and some of the nation’s top golf resorts. The European style resort welcomes visitors to North Carolina’s high country with its unique blend of relaxed luxury recognized worldwide. A spectacular outdoor heated mineral pool, world class spa, award-winning dining, and golf at the private Old Edwards Club are signature experiences at this full-service mountain resort. Guests are surrounded by the warmth and character of Old-Europe architecture and authentic period antiques. Many rooms, cottages and suites offer private patios or terraces—some with captivating rooftop views of Main Street and downtown Highlands. All of the luxury accommodations include champagne arrival, twice-daily housekeeping, two 24-hour business centers and two 24-hour Butler’s pantries with Dove Bars, fresh fruit and soft beverages. European bedding, fine Italian linens, plush robes & slippers, rainfall showers, heated-tile bathroom floors, in-room safes and Wi-Fi enhance the in-room experience. Old Edwards Inn and Spa also boasts a state-of-the art fitness center with wellness classes that include guided hikes into the scenic surrounding mountains known as “waterfall country.”
Guests enjoy onsite shopping at the Spa Boutique, Acorn’s Boutique or Acorn’s Annex featuring fine antiques and home accessories. Dining venues include Madison ’s Restaurant and Wine Garden serving innovative New South Cuisine, The Rib Shack and Sports Corner, the Spa Café and the Poolside Bar and Bistro. Special events and weddings take place at The Farm—a lushly landscaped Old Edwards property located one mile from downtown Highlands featuring The Barn, the Farmhouse with luxury lodging, Bridal Pavilion, Bridal Bridge over a scenic pond and outdoor events pavilion. The Old Edwards Executive Conference Center provides a catered corporate retreat venue.
Also introduced in 2009 was Satulah, Old Edwards Private Residences, which includes 14 luxury mountain homes just two blocks off Main Street, Highlands. The Forbes Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond resort is located at 445 Main Street in Highlands, NC.