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On the southern plateau of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Highlands, North Carolina is Old Edwards Inn and Spa, a European-style, mountainside resort. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel is an ideal location for nature lovers, with spectacular mountain trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding and surrounding lakes and rivers for tubing, canoeing, kayaking, fly fishing and whitewater rafting. Adventure-seekers can go on a self-guided waterfall tour through the forest or even go gem mining for emeralds, rubies and sapphires. The town of Highlands itself has plenty to see and do, with shopping boutiques, acclaimed restaurants, museums and galleries just outside the luxury North Carolina hotel’s doors. Inside the property, you’ll have access to a world-class spa, full-service fitness center, an outdoor heated mineral pool and a private, members-only golf club.