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My Route du Bonheur

My Route du Bonheur on the East Coast of the United States

E. Bonnie Schaefer
By E. Bonnie Schaefer, Owner of Westglow Resort & Spa

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"As the former Co-Chairman of a worldwide retail chain of specialty stores, I have had the opportunity to travel extensively and experience the world’s most enticing destinations, immersing myself in the finest culture and cuisine that could be found.  But I am always drawn to the South.  Though I am not a Southerner by birth, I remain physically, emotionally, and spiritually connected to this most romantic region of the United States.  I particularly love the Appalachian Mountains, a chain of softly shaped, tree covered ridgelines and valleys that stretch from southern Canada to northern Alabama.  It’s fascinating to know these beautiful hills once rose to the heights of the Rocky Mountains and the Swiss Alps but have eroded over centuries to form the scenic landscapes we enjoy today.  I first experienced this breathtaking region as a child when I attended summer camp in the North Carolina Mountains. It is only fitting that I have returned as an adult to operate a Relais & Chateaux property in North Carolina. The South is not without its share of struggles, from racial and social discrimination, to poverty and illiteracy.  But the South has also produced some of the most important American writers, poets and playwrights of the American arts.  Perhaps true genius is the product of struggle!  Southern cuisine is among the most distinct and beloved of all truly American foods.  Who can resist Southern fried chicken, potato salad, and sweet iced tea, finished with homemade banana pudding?  While many people attribute the first farm-to-table restaurants back to the hippie movement in the 60’s and 70’s in California, I would suggest the concept actually originated in the South where most families ate what they farmed.  Many of those family farms continue to this day, and the Southern landscape is peppered with thousands of local markets where farmers congregate to sell their produce.  Supporting my local farmers continues to be my passion and is the driving force behind my resort and restaurant. It is this unique and storied region that I invite you to follow through the landscapes and heritage of North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia…"
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  • from US$ 3,518.88 *
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
*Total price provided for information only, based on accommodation for two people in a double room for the number of nights per property as indicated on this page, exclusive of recommended activities, properties that cannot be reserved online and restaurants.


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Westglow Resort and Spa

Blowing Rock - North Carolina, United States

Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. Built in 1917, the elegantly restored Greek Revival mansion features a majestic colonnade flanked by towering architectural columns framing a breathtaking sunset view of the surrounding mountainscape. The property, with its panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, was once the summer home of the famed American artist Elliott Daingerfield. The accommodations are exquisite, with impeccably decorated guest rooms and an award-winning spa offering an extensive array of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments. The restaurant, Rowland's, features the most sophisticated cuisine in the High Country framed in a picture-perfect setting. ... Learn moreless

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Blowing Rock Village, North Carolina

Blowing Rock Village, North Carolina

Consistently celebrated as being one of the most beautiful small towns in North Carolina, Blowing Rock has a town center that looks like it was taken straight from a postcard. Less than 2,000 inhabitants enjoy this small town in which antique shops, clothing shops and excellent cafés and restaurants rub shoulders. The art and history museum is dedicated to local artists such as Elliott Daingerfield, the first owner of the Westglow Resort & Spa. The Blowing Rock Equestrian Center, which has magnificent equestrian shows and is home to the longest continually running horse show in the country, is also located nearby.

Grandfather Mountain State Park, North Carolina

Grandfather Mountain State Park, North Carolina

Classified as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, Grandfather Mountain is one of the most popular natural sites in this part of the United States. Crossing its suspended footbridge is an experience in itself. From here you will discover a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding Appalachian Mountains. The rugged landscape, ringed by mountains, is also home to brown bears, cougars and deer, otters and the bald eagle, our national emblem…

Grandfather Mountain State Park

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Dollywood, Pigeon Force, Tennessee

Dollywood, Pigeon Force, Tennessee

This is a unique place: the Dollywood theme park was created by Dolly Parton, an iconic star of country music and a native of the region. The park is full of amazing, thrilling rides and other Appalachian-themed attractions. Many concerts and other music events are held here year round. This is a total immersion in country culture!

Dollywood

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Blackberry Farm

Walland - Tennessee, United States

Restaurant and hotel in the mountains. Re-discover life’s simple pleasures and natural balance at this traditional farm in Tennessee. All year long, a fantastic team made up mostly by women and headed by the young and talented Chef Cassidee Dabney,creates delicious recipes. Borrowing from both haute cuisine and regional heritage, it is based on local ingredients and takes advantage of the cheese, vegetables, herbs and honey produced in the farm. The Wellhouse and its new wellness facilities are rooted in the same philosophy of balance and harmony between body and soul, and offer an enjoyable addition to the many activities provided, amongst which cooking classes, gardening, cheesemaking, fly-fishing or exploring the region in a Lexus or by horse-drawn carriage. ... Learn moreless

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina

The immensely popular Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the place to be for adventurers and other nature lovers. The Cherokee Indians called this region the "Land of Blue Smoke" as a reference to the colors of the mist clinging to the summits. When the mist clears, those who venture into the thick forests discover wild and wonderful wildlife: black bears, coyotes, woodchucks and skunks…

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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The Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina

The Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina

This château inspired by the French Renaissance is made up of 250 rooms and is a significant part of American architectural heritage. Built in 1895, the huge residence is over 50,000 square feet and remains the largest private residence in the United States. Biltmore still belongs to the same family and to the heirs of George Vanderbilt II. Much of the furniture is original. The beautiful gardens, like the house, are now open to the public.

The Biltmore Estate

 

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3 Highlands — 2 Nights
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Old Edwards Inn and Spa

Highlands - North Carolina, United States

Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. On the scenic southwest plateau of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Old Edwards Inn and Spa cascades over several acres in downtown Highlands. The historic, European-style resort features a world-renowned spa, private golf at Old Edwards Club, premium leisure amenities, and casually elegant restaurants offering local and regionally inspired cuisine. Guestrooms, suites, cottages and estates include hand-selected furnishings and antiques, fireplaces, balconies, heated marble bathroom floors, robes and slippers. Surrounded by pristine forests, rivers, trails and waterfalls, the village of Highlands brims with live and performing arts, boutique shopping and acclaimed restaurants along its charming Main Street. ... Learn moreless

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4 Charleston — 2 Nights
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Planters Inn

Charleston - South Carolina, United States

Hotel and restaurant in town. Holding court in the very heart of Charleston’s famed Historic District, the 64-room Planters Inn is the city’s iconic grande dame hotel. Uniformed doormen welcome every arrival, ushering guests into a sanctuary of elegant style and genteel service inside the gloriously restored circa 1844 building. Soaring ten-foot ceilings, dozens of working fireplaces, and a stunning collection of antiques and Baker Historic Charleston décor, including a sumptuous four poster bed in every guest room, create a luxurious ambiance described by Travel + Leisure magazine as "akin to an overnight with well-to-do friends in their old Charleston mansion." There’s also more to Planters Inn than meets the eye: A hidden courtyard illuminated by flickering carriage lanterns provides a beguiling entry to Peninsula Grill, the city’s foremost dining experience. ... Learn moreless

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The Gardens at Middleton Place, Charleston, South Carolina

The Gardens at Middleton Place, Charleston, South Carolina

Another place of remembrance, this residence, which was built in 1755, is the birthplace of one of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence. Although the large house has preserved a rare collection of furniture, books and porcelain, it mainly attracts people because of its extraordinary gardens. As early as 1941, the gardens won an award for "200 years of continuous beauty" from the prestigious Garden Club of America. Even today, the landscaped gardens of Middleton Place offer a romantic décor with thousands of flowers: azaleas in spring, roses in summer and camellias in winter…

The Gardens at Middleton Place

 

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The Historic Savannah District, Georgia

The Historic Savannah District, Georgia

This town embodies all the history, charm and hospitality of the South - with a capital 'S'. The historical center of Savannah is like an open-air museum. With houses built before the American Civil War, it transports travellers to another world - a world full of tree covered squares, bohemian cafés, churches, fountains and cemeteries. Everything invites you to linger in an atmosphere that is both romantic and mysterious, which Clint Eastwood portrayed so well in his film entitled Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

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Photos : © The-Biltmore-Company