Feel that glorious chill in the air. Breathe in the trademark aroma of the woods. Taste the sweet warmth of steaming tea. There's nothing more tranquil--or more relaxing--than an early August morning in the mountains.
Now's the time of year to escape the heat and head for your favorite top-of-the-world retreat, such as North Carolina's High Hampton Inn (www.highhamptoninn.com). The inn has stood as a landmark in the Blue Ridge Mountains for 84 years. When you get there, though, just remember: Squeeze in some quiet moments for yourself.