at the Inn and downtown
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.