at the Inn and down­town

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The skylit sub­ter­ranean spa—“43,000 square feet of peace and quiet”—has min­eral pools, ther­a­peu­tic wa­ter­falls, a lap pool with un­der­wa­ter mu­sic, eu­ca­lyp­tus steam rooms, fire­side lounges with healthy snack op­tions . . . and a full com­ple­ment of treat­ments in­clud­ing Euro­pean fa­cials, body wraps, and mas­sage op­tions. A cou­ple of hours here will re­fresh over-stim­u­lated Con­fer­ence at­ten­dees and turn the week­end into a va­ca­tion. Note: Book your day pass and treat­ments weeks in ad­vance: (800) 438-5800.

Sev­eral restau­rants, ca­sual eats to fine din­ing, are at the Inn and on the cam­pus. The Blue Ridge room, with sweep­ing moun­tain views, has a hearty South­ern break­fast buf­fet and an ex­cel­lent Fri­day-night seafood buf­fet (reser­va­tions re­quired). Asheville has been called “Food­topia” for its in­no­va­tive cui­sine and ev­ery­thing from down-home cafes to four-star restau­rants with award-win­ning chefs. Browse on­line be­fore your trip.

left A sub­ter­ranean spa nes­tles be­tween newer wings at the Inn.

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