Our Five Faves

Best Triangle Staycations

Posted April 21, 2015

Cornmeal fried green tomatoes with baby kale, apple and butternut squash salad, cipollini onion tomato jam and sweet chipotle aioli is on the fall menu at the Washington Duke Inn's Fairview Restaurant.

— Not everyone has the time or money to travel too far from home. Here are our picks for the best local staycations.

Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary) - This five-star hotel is set admist the beautiful Umstead Park. Can't afford to stay the night? You can always take advantage of the beautiful scenery by dining there or booking a spa appointment. The spa itself can be a day-long experience if you take advantage of the lounge, pools and steam rooms. Tips: Celebs in town often stay here so keep your eyes peeled in the lounge and bar.

Washington Duke Inn (Durham) - This tranquil retreat sits on 300 acres of tall pines and hardwoods on the edge of the Duke Forest. The hotel itself is beautiful and guest rooms definitely fit the bill for a luxurious stay. Just like Umstead, you can enjoy some ameneities of the hotel without staying there. Play a round of golf there and then dine at The Fairview restaurant. Traditional afternoon tea is even served Wednesday through Sunday. Tip: While you're there, check out the wall across from the gift shop just above the stairs. It features the original center court from Cameron Indoor Stadium. Students took the court the night before the stadium floor was to be torn up in 1977. It was donated to the inn.

Carolina Inn (Chapel Hill) - This destination was designed after southern plantation homes with Georgian and neoclassical features. The original front of the building was modeled after George Washington's home at Mt. Vernon on the Potomac River. As with Washington Duke, you can dine, stay and golf! Tip: Hit up Carolina Crossroads restaurant for some great cuisine from chef James Clark and his team.

Fearrington House (Pittsboro) - This award-winning hotel features 32 guest rooms decorated with antiques, fresh flowers and original artwork. Executive Chef Colin Bedford has a commitment to farm-to-fork cuisine, so a visit to the inn's restaurant is a must! This hotel also boasts a spa. Tip: Take time to tour the beautiful gardens surrounding the restaurant.

Pinehurst Resort (Pinehurst) - Golf is king at this resort that hosted the U.S. Open last year. But that isn't the only thing happening in this resort village. Enjoy a trip to the spa and some fine dining. Tip: Head to nearby Southern Pines and visit Curt's Cucina for some outstanding Italian food.


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