Old Edwards Inn and Spa Receives First “NC Green Travel Award” From the NCDEAO

Friday, December 9, 2011

Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands, NC is the first hospitality provider in North Carolina to be awarded the NC Green Travel Award by the North Carolina Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach (NCDEAO) and the Center of Sustainable Tourism at East Carolina.  NCDEAO is a governmental branch of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDNR) that strives to protect the natural resources of North Carolina. The NC Green Travel awards is designed to encourage the tourism industry to “go green” by recognizing businesses that have established an energy team, recycles material, excels in water efficiency, practices energy conservation, and strives to practice green standards.”
As a holistic wellness resort with a focus on organic culinary and spa programs, Old Edwards Inn and Spa has been working toward more sustainable and energy efficient operations throughout the property. To this end, they have:
  • Established a sustainable farm bringing organic and local food to their guests.
  • Installed Icynene insulation reducing their energy bills by 50%.
  • Replaced all T-12 bulbs with T-8 bulbs, an energy efficient alternative.
  • Implemented an optional towel and linen re-use program for guests, which has been very well received.
  • Participated in the Global Soap Project to help those in need.
  • Conducted an Energy Assessment with the help of Waste Reduction Partners.
For the past three months, a student intern from the University of North Carolina, Mary Nell Johnson, has assessed Old Edwards Inn energy usage and resource efficiency. A Strategic Energy Plan (SEP) was completed outlining green steps that Old Edwards Inn and Spa plans to implement over the next five years. These plans consist of reducing water, energy, and waste throughout their facilities through the use of energy effective products. In addition, Adrian Boutwell, engineer from Waste Reduction Partners (WRP), completed an energy assessment at the resort and submitted recommendations for implementing energy savings across the property.
According to Melissa Delany, of Old Edwards Inn and Spa, "We are very excited about our efforts to go green and the NC Green Travel Award." Recently the Inn created a Policy Statement that describes their reasoning for making this change "Old Edward Inn wants to protect our shared environment; in order to constantly improve the quality of our establishment for the betterment of our employees, guests and other stakeholders." To this end, they also support the local Nature Center and Biological Station whose mission is to protect and sustain the unique ecological environment of the Highlands/Cashiers Plateau.
The NC Green Travel Award is designated by dogwood flower symbols. To achieve a dogwood, properties must meet or exceed the bar-setting green practices, which are outlined in the NC Green Travel application. Old Edwards Inn and Spa was awarded two dogwoods under the program. "Two Dogwoods for NC Green Travel" is the second-highest award, created to give special recognition to hotels that clearly meet the requirements of a green property.
To learn more about Old Edwards Inn and Spa, visit www.oldedwardsinn.com, or call 866-526-8008.
About Old Edwards Inn and Spa (www.oldedwardsinn.com)
  • 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
  • Condé Nast Traveler’s #3 Hotel Spa in the United States for 2011
  • 2010 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award (top ten in the US)
  • 2011 TripAdvisor Reader's Choice Award for #4 Best Relaxation Spa Hotel in the U.S.
  • 2011 TripAdvisor Reader's Choice Award for #2 Best Hotel for Romance in the U.S.
  • 2011 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for Madison’s Restaurant
  • 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, Acorns Boutique or Acorns on Church featuring fine antiques and home accessories. Dining venues include Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden serving innovative New South Cuisine, 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 Edwards Hall 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. 
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445 Main St. Highlands, NC 28741