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Many small hotels, inns and B&Bs are sprinkled throughout North Carolina. Most have history behind them. Others rely on fantastic scenery, or world-class golf to pamper their guests.

Whatever your pleasure, whatever your taste, you'll find it across the Carolinas.

Here, in alphabetical order by city, are the Four- and Five-Diamond accommodations that also made our best-dressed list.

Choose from these North Carolina Luxe Inn Towns:

Blowing Rock
Chapel Hill
Asheville, NC

Albemarle Inn

This stately Greek Revival mansion, situated within Asheville’s famed Grove Park District, offers a regal welcome complete with a sweeping staircase and claw foot tubs in every room. For breakfast, savor warm Carolina cinnamon poached pears and honey-lemon mascarpone cheese before a steaming egg Florentine in a tomato-basil vinaigrette. 828.255.0027

Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa

It’s been called a grand lady and a real southern belle without an ounce of snobbery. Imagine the taste of shitake encrusted wild salmon, served with spinach gnocchi and smoked tomato beurre blanc. 828.252.2711

Inn on Biltmore Estate

With a century-old legacy of hospitality, beauty and comfort, guests have the unique opportunity to stay on George Vanderbilt’s grand estate. Afternoon tea embodies the best of a most civilized tradition, with scones, fruit breads, tea pastries and more. 828.225.1660

Blowing Rock, NC

Chetola Resort

First-class accommodations in the Chetola Lodge, 1,2,3,& 4 Bedroom Luxury Vacation Rentals, or Bob Timberlake Inn. Eighty-seven acres neighboring a 3,600-acre National Park, plus quaint village within walking distance. Spa, health and wellness programs and great recreation in Western North Carolina Mountains. 800.243.8652

Boone, NC

Lovill House Inn

Towering, 16-foot hemlock hedges mark the entrance to this 11-acre mountain retreat. The fully restored, 1875 farmhouse, built by a Civil War hero and state senator, exudes Southern hospitality with inviting wraparound porches and wood-burning fireplaces, hot breakfasts and an evening hosted social hour. 828.264.4204

Cary, NC

Umstead Hotel and Spa

This brand new, AAA Five-Diamond and Mobil Five-Star rated hotel lives up to every one of its numerous accolades, as does its world-class spa and casually elegant Herons restaurant. For an old-world indulgence, don't miss warm buttermilk scones, with house made lemon cream and fruit preserves, during Afternoon Tea in the hotel's elegant lounge. 919.447.4000

Cashiers, NC

Innisfree Victorian Inn & Garden House

Imagine your own private veranda with expansive views of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains and sparkling waters of Lake Glenville. Inside the inn you will be warmed by Irish coffee served fireside, gourmet meals in an elegant, octagon-shaped dining room and a constant supply of homemade delights in the kitchen. 828.743.2946

Chapel Hill, NC

Carolina Inn

Recognized as one of America’s “cultural resources worthy of preservation,” the Inn has played an important role in the life of the University of North Carolina. Entrees mix regional foods such as braised Colorado lamb shank with creamy Anson Mills grits, roasted beets, and truffle-flavored braising jus. 919.933.2001

The Siena Hotel

Brimming with old-world charm, The Siena Hotel, one of North Carolina’s finest luxury boutique hotels, “embodies the spirit of Italy in the heart of North Carolina,” applauds Condé Nast. Executive Chef Jim Anile combines high quality produce from local, independent farmers with imported Italian food specialties for an array of distinctive dishes. 919.929.4000

The Fearrington House

A true gem, with Five Diamonds from AAA and Five Stars from Exxon Mobil. Exceptional quality in dining and accommodations. (Taste the roasted wild striped bass with buttered leeks, Hoppin’ John, and shrimp ravioli with a parsley butter sauce.) 919.542.2121

Charlotte, NC

Ballantyne Resort

Accolades abound for this grand resort for unparalleled service, a spa rated among the “Top Five in North America,” (Condé Nast) and a world-renown golf course. Indulge yourself with the grilled veal chop, served with an Alaskan king crab spring roll and truffled potato mousseline in a vanilla port reduction. 704.248.4000

Charlotte Marriott SouthPark

Formerly the Park Hotel, this Charlotte gem has been featured in numerous international magazines such as Bon Appétit. The Sunday Brunch at Smoky’s Grill has been called the “best in Charlotte” and features made-to-order omelets, chilled seafood, a selection of fine continental cuisine and sensational flaming desserts. 704.364.8220

The Duke Mansion Historic Inn

Delight in a tradition of gracious hospitality The Duke Mansion has extended to great leaders of the 20th Century, often at the hands of the mansion’s most famous owner, James Buchanan Duke. Today, as a B&B, guests might choose to enjoy a breakfast of banana pancakes topped with maple syrup and cranberry butter with warm apple wood smoked bacon and creamy buttered grits. 704.714.4400

Hilton Charlotte Center City

A hotel with all the comfort and amenities of home, and then some. Curl up in Hilton’s signature “Suite Dreams Bed” within an oversized room after an exciting day of shopping in downtown Charlotte. The Union Grille features continental cuisine with a local flair. 704.377.1500

Omni Charlotte Hotel

Experience the excitement of one of the country’s favorite up-and-coming cities in this luxurious hotel in the heart of Charlotte’s financial district. Dazzling shops, restaurants, and the Charlotte Convention Center will be at your fingertips, while graciously appointed guest rooms let you retreat a world away from the hustle and bustle. 704.377.0400

Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Sleek and sophisticated with a touch of old-school glamour, this luxury hotel offers a collection of amenities worthy of its 5-star status: innovative restaurants, a penthouse spa and spacious accommodations with dramatic skyline views.704.547.2244

The Westin Charlotte

Envelop yourself in the contemporary glamour of downtown Charlotte is this modern and ultra luxurious hotel. Pamper yourself with one of the hotel’s signature manicures before a dinner of gourmet American fare at the trendy Ember Grille. 704.375.2600

Durham, NC

Arrowhead Inn Bed & Breakfast

Numerous publications, such as Southern Living, USA Today, and Food and Wine have touted this historic gem for its gracious hospitality. This fully restored 1775 manor house features cozy fireplaces in every guest room, delectable breakfast feasts, and charming, colorful gardens that together create a truly relaxing and memorable stay. 919.477.8430

Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club

Built in the style of an old English country inn, the hotel lobby and hallway are graced with Duke family treasures and art. Guests might choose to enjoy the filet mignon with whipped potatoes, sautéed asparagus and a Roquefort fondue with Meritage syrup. 919.490.0999

Greensboro, NC

Grandover Resort & Conference Center Golf & Spa

Surrounded by 1,500 acres of oak, pine and dogwood covered hills, this European castle-inspired resort offers a spa, golf and tennis. One cannot resist the jumbo crab cakes with whipped lobster potatoes, charred balsamic-glazed corn on the cob and scallion remoulade. 336.294.1800

O. Henry Hotel

Nestle into a deep, mohair club chair for evening cocktails or afternoon tea, (complete with freshly baked scones with clotted cream and preserves) in the grand social lobby – the heart of the O. Henry. Rich wall paneling, signature Magi beds and even a London Taxi are among the charms of this elegant boutique hotel that recaptures the essence of bygone days. 336.854.2000

Proximity Hotel

This stylish new hotel offers many amenities, but perhaps the most awe-inspiring is a healthy stay, thanks to the hotel being considered one of the greenest in America. Savor fresh, local ingredients at The Print Works Bistro, with a calming view of a lovely restored stream. 800.379.8200

Highlands, NC

Old Edwards Inn and Spa

From your champagne arrival to the heated-tile floors in your sumptuous guest room, every detail of your stay ensures a memorable visit to beautiful Highlands. In cozy ambiance enjoy honey cardamom glazed organic salmon with grilled onion pepperonade, caviar crème fraîche and caper berries. 828.526.8008

Pinehurst, NC

The Carolina

Built in 1901, this historic hotel is the centerpiece of Pinehurst Resort and offers a Victorian structure in more than 200 rooms. Within walking distance from the world-famous spa, The Carolina is a luxurious relaxing break from everyday life in a world-class resort atmosphere. 910.295.6811

The Holly Inn

Its doors were first opened before the turn of the 20th century. Today, fully restored, it offers distinctive dining options featuring regional cuisine in an elegant southern grill. The Tavern features an authentic, hand-carved Scottish bar. 910.295.6811

Wilmington, NC

C.W. Worth House Bed and Breakfast

A charming Victorian Inn with 7 guest rooms. 412 S. 3rd St, Wilmington, NC. You can see more about us at  910.762.8562

Graystone Inn

An historic landmark that started life in 1905 as the Bridgers Mansion, the Graystone is known as one of America’s most romantic hideaways, as well as one of the most elegant structures in the historic section of Wilmington. A stunning mahogany-paneled library and music room invite guests to linger. 910.763.2000

The Verandas

This B&B was originally a Victorian Italianate Mansion, built in 1853. After extensive restoration (and awards for the work they’ve done), the B&B features antiques and original artwork, and boasts an exclusive select registry recommendation. 910.251.2212

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