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If you’re heading to The Lodge and Cottages at Primland, there are a few things to know before you head out for your trek. Here, check out our list of what five things you should know before you go:
1. It’s a trek for those afraid of heights. About an hour-and-a-half drive from Roanoke, Virginia, or Greensboro, North Carolina, it’s not a flat road that you’ll follow. Located up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll take winding and spiraling roads along shallow cliffs with a multitude of lookout points to snap a photo. If you’re queasy when it comes to heights, we recommend not looking out the window.
2. A far drive to a town. When you’re coming to stay at the Lodge or in one of the luxe cottages, it’s good to know that it’s a six-mile drive past the property gates just to get to the Lodge and some of the cottages. So with that in mind, it’s smart to grocery shop for your stay in a private cottage ahead of time. And if you plan on staying at the Lodge, we recommend valeting your car and leaving it there until you leave. The Lodge’s dining venues offer flavorful fare, and you can sit outside in the warm weather and take in the views.
3. There’s an observatory where you can learn about the stars. Astrology buffs and kids who love the planetarium will enjoy taking a Star Walk or Tour of the Universe which brings you up into the Lodge’s observatory where the astronomy staff will project live photos from a telescope and go on to explain all there is to know about stars — did you know stars can die?
4. You can go horseback riding, mountain biking or hunting. Whatever outdoor activity you enjoy, you’ll most likely be able to do it at this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel. You can rent mountain bikes, choose any one of the many hiking trails, go fishing, hunting, golfing, or just relax at the Spa. There’s so much to do here but if you want, you can just relax in your room with comfortable furnishings, pillow-top beds with Frette linens and large flat-screen TVs, it’s hard to not want to stay in at least for a little while.
5. Wildlife surrounds you, including bugs. On your way to the property, you’ll see signs cautioning you to keep watch for bears and other wildlife. While it’s rare to see a bear (but not uncommon), you’ll definitely run into a few whitetail deer along the way. Be watchful of them while driving and hiking, and be on the lookout for other wildlife such as snakes. But for the most part, you won’t come too close to these animals — the worst is the flies buzzing in your ears while hiking — so be sure to bring along your bug repellent in the summertime.