Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

An artsy SoCal oasis
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.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Country charm and understated elegance go hand in hand at this historic inn situated in the sleepy mountain town of Highlands.
  • A heated outdoor mineral pool and luxurious 25,000-square-foot spa, which uses herbs and botanicals directly from the spa’s garden, guarantee a relaxing experience.
  • There are multiple dining options onsite, including the romantic Wine Garden at Madison’s Restaurant. Request a room, cottage or suite with a private patio or terrace; some offer impressive rooftop views of Main Street and downtown Highlands.
  • The luxury North Carolina hotel has a private wine cellar with an award-winning wine list, featuring an extensive collection of domestic and European options. Events and wine tastings can be held in the cellar and the outdoor garden in the warmer months, allowing you to enjoy the fruits of nature in more ways than one.
The Restaurants
  • Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Madison’s inside Old Edwards Inn and Spa focuses on sustainable ingredients that support the area’s local farmers.
  • The seasonal menu combines traditional southern dishes with contemporary American cuisine, with everything from braised pork cheek and crispy sweetbreads to meatloaf with gravy and Yukon mashed potatoes.
  • During the warmer months, guests head out to the Wine Garden at Old Edwards Inn and Spa that features an outdoor bar area. Beer and cocktails are available, but the selection of wines steals the show.
  • For more alfresco dining, the Rooftop Terrace offers a full bar menu, including a line of signature cocktails mixed with fresh herbs and seasonal ingredients.
  • Inside, the Hummingbird Lounge is a great spot for post-dinner drinks and dessert. Order an artisan cheese plate or vanilla bean crème brûlée with berries and enjoy the live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
Getting There
905 Country Club Road, Ojai, California 93023
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