Umstead, Fearrington capture top AAA ratings

Posted December 15, 2008 10:55 a.m. EST

— Two area hotels and one restaurant were the only North Carolina locations to earn AAA Five Diamond ratings for 2009, officials said Monday.

The Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary and The Fearrington House Inn and Fearrington House Restaurant, both in Pittsboro, won the prestigious award.

The Five Diamond rating is the top designation awarded each year by AAA to an elite group of qualified hotels and restaurants after an anonymous visit by full-time specially trained inspectors. Only 0.28 percent of the more than 58,000 annual inspections conducted nationally result in a Five Diamond rating.

The Fearrington House has won the designation 15 years in a row, and its restaurant has won 14 straight years. The Umstead also won a Five Diamond rating last year.