Entice the non-shoppers in your family to High Point with Grandover Resort's 36 championship golf holes designed by David Graham and Gary Panks.
Trees make shady High Point the perfect summer escape. Not only do the maples, oaks, cherries, and pines give ample coverage
from the sun, but they also lure woodworkers to this town founded in 1859, cementing its status as the Furniture Capital of
Fortunately, High Point believes that furnishing your home need not cost a fortune. Whatever you desire--rugs, chairs, beds,
armoires, entertainment centers, tables, lamps, curtains--may all be found in the area known for some of the best prices anywhere.
Plus, the town itself provides a top-drawer mini-vacation. The money you save on furnishings will more than pay for a weekend
of swank hotels, fine meals, and smashing golf.
Because High Point shutters most of its doors on Sunday, you should get a jump on your trip by arriving Thursday evening. Or better yet, come Sunday night, and plan your "weekend" for Monday and Tuesday when the crowds are gone.
Fares into nearby airports typically range on the pricey side. Many visitors opt to drive. Either way, consider making your
base of operations Grandover Resort. Opened in 1999, it sits just minutes from most of the major furniture outlets, and though
it strikes us as a posh hotel geared for the business set, Grandover also caters to bargain hunters. Room rates officially
start at $189 per night, but we called a week before visiting and snagged a special rate of $149. Though that's more than
we generally like to pay for lodging, the hotel's 36 holes of golf, gorgeous tennis courts, and deluxe spa facilities will
give you a welcome break from shopping; 1-800-472-6301 or www.grandoverresort.com.
For a less expensive alternative, bunk at the J. H. Adams Inn, a gorgeous house on the National Register of Historic Places.
This is no musty bed-and-breakfast. With 30 unique rooms, first-class furniture, and loads of Southern charm and personality,
the Adams Inn instantly became one of our favorites. Room rates begin at $109; (336) 882-3267.
In fact, to really start your weekend off on the right claw and ball, make reservations at the Adams' on-site restaurant, Southern Roots. We adored the pan-seared Chilean sea bass on Hoppin' John risotto, garnished with a divine tomato-basil relish sauce and red pepper salsa ($25). The twice-baked corn-and-herb pudding ($17) was also a fantastic summer dish.