More Than A Night's Sleep: The Umstead

More Than A Night's Sleep: The Umstead
Words by Miranda Shaffer
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Umstead Hotel and Spa
 Once it’s time to decide your next vacation destination, you’ll need to find a place to stay–but imagine if the hotel you choose could be more than just a place to sleep. At the Umstead Hotel and Spa the hotel is the destination with a luxury spa, an award-winning restaurant, complimentary yoga, a poolside bar, and so much more to ensure your stay will be an escape from the ordinary. Located on the outskirts of the Raleigh, North Carolina, The Umstead boasts beautiful views including a three-acre lake with a quarter mile walking trail and an outdoor pool with private cabanas. Bicycles and trail maps are available and complementary to all guests who wish to further explore the property. And if you’re worried about leaving your pet at home, don’t be. Umstead is a pet-friendly hotel with their very own enclosed playground called DogWoods—a perfect area for your furry friends. 

The hotel boasts 105 luxury guest rooms and 27 suites each equipped with a VertuoLine Nespresso machine, so guests can enjoy a morning espresso without leaving the comfort of their own room. Guests can also expect free internet, a nightly turn-down service, and complimentary shoe shines if requested. For all of the early birds, make sure to head down to the lobby to enjoy coffee and tea service from 5:30-9a.m. Want to sleep in? Don’t worry about missing breakfast because you can enjoy it without even leaving your bed by utilizing the 24-hr in-room dining services. 

After breakfast, dedicate the day to relaxation and head to the hotel’s full-service spa with a complete menu of body treatments, nail care, facials, massages, and organic treatments. After your spa session is complete, continue to enjoy the Umstead Spa facility’s additional amenities including relaxation lounges, steam room, sauna, whirlpool, current pool, and meditation gardens. Continue your day of relaxation by reserving a spot at afternoon tea in the lounge where you can sip, snack, and socialize while listening to a live Harpist strum away. 

Make sure not to fill up too much on tea, however, because you are not going to want to miss out on dinner at Herons, the hotel’s Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond signature restaurant. Herons is one out of only 41 restaurants in the world to hold the title of Forbes Five Star and was awarded restaurant of the year for the second time in 2019. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the intimate dining room offers a full-view kitchen, original artwork, and floor-to-ceiling windows with beautiful property views. Select from the three or four prix fixe menu featuring local, seasonal ingredients, some of which are grown on a nearby private farm dedicated to the restaurant. 

For a more unique dining experience, try the chef’s special tasting menu inspired by The Umstead’s Art Collection which begins with a ceremonial tea service and is followed by eight exquisite courses. End your memorable evening at the Bar & Lounge with a culinary-inspired cocktail or glass of wine from Umstead’s extensive collection while enjoying nightly live entertainment. The Umstead Hotel & Spa is all about treating oneself, and with their extensive list of amenities and culinary delights, this is one hotel you may never want to leave.