Madison’s Restaurant at the inn offers a well-appointed dining room overlooking a waterfall and stream. The scallops ceviche appetizer features the shellfish flavor in a light but tart marinade, while wild mushroom risotto tastes creamy and earthy.
The Wine Garden at Madison’s establishes a more casual setting in the mountain breezes. Even in August, I love the butternut squash soup’s tastes combined with a plate of Sweet Grass Dairy cheeses and wine.
A Little Something Extra
In the building next door I can shop at Acorns, featuring antiques and home accessories. And near my room, a butler’s pantry stays stocked with treats, from fresh fruit to ice-cream bars. How can I resist ice cream at the end of the day? I’m here to beat the heat after all.
High on the Mountain
Old Edwards Inn and Spa: 445 Main Street, Highlands, NC 28741; www.oldedwardsinn.com or 1-866-526-8008. Rates: rooms start at $280, cottages from $600 per night, including breakfast.