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Getaway to Cozy | Laurel Magazine

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Written By: Marlene Osteen | Issue: Winter 2024

Old Edwards Inn’s We Love Locals promotion is precisely the sort of cozy getaway your spirit’s been hinting about for weeks


If these first days of the year of dropping temperatures and barren landscapes have stoked your desire for a winter escape, there’s good news for those who live in the nine counties that surround Highlands.

And best of all, your haven from home is close by. Because now is the time when in-the-know enthusiasts for all things wintry and wonderful annually escape to Old Edwards during the “We Love Locals” promotion.

With multiple places to eat, drink, listen to music, enjoy spa treatments, and shop, Old Edwards brings new meaning to the term “winter break” by welcoming you with special discounts from January through March – it is their way of saying ‘thank you’ to those who make our community truly special.

And because no one understands the philosophy “there’s no place like home” better than the team at Old Edwards, locals are invited to rediscover the enchantment of their own town while enjoying the unparalleled comfort and luxury of the Old Edwards Inn and Half-Mile Farm accommodations.

From January 2 through March, residents can indulge in the European-luxury style rooms at Old Edwards for $195 per night or indulge in the bucolic and cozy ambiance of Half-Mile Farm for $165 a night Sunday through Thursday, plus tax and gratuity. At either place, those who call this community home can be assured a seamless blend of elegance and familiarity and the attentive services of the Inn’s cadre of valets and concierges.

No vacation in Highlands is complete without a visit to Madison’s Restaurant where Executive Chef Chris Huerta creates refined dishes prepared with ingredients grown in the Inn’s gardens and provided by regional farmers and purveyors. The light and airy dining room has an inviting old warm charm with its stone walls and rich earth tones and overlooks Main Street in Highlands. As a special treat, enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne with your dinner, adding an extra touch of sparkle to your dining experience.

“We Love Locals” is all about the chance to create your ideal escape – whether it’s simply settling in with a good book by the fireplace, rejuvenating with a spa treatment, exploring the mountains on a hike, or taking a fitness or yoga class (now $25 for locals). Or spend a pleasurable afternoon searching through the curated collection at Acorns where a 25 percent discount is offered on your entire purchase (consignment art and Elizabeth Locke Jewelry not eligible for discount.)

All rates quoted are subject to availability. Local ID is required from any of the available counties – Macon, Jackson, Transylvania, Rabun, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Cherokee, Swain – for each person receiving the discount. Taxes and gratuity are not included. Not valid holiday weekends.

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