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Where to Stay: Spotlight on the Green Park Inn

One of the last grand manor hotels in North Carolina’s High Country gets a new lease on life.

Ten Favorite Mountain Towns in the South

Some of our picks are celebrated locales; others may be new to you. All share these essential elements: natural splendor, a colorful history, and a slate of interesting places to drink, dine, and do a little shopping.

Our mountain home: Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Marietta residents Gigi and Shawn Poole were charmed by Blowing Rock, North Carolina, long before the town became the inspiration for Jan Karon’s bestselling Mitford novels. They both grew up vacationing in the area, and they lived only an hour away in Lincolnton when their children, Will and Mills, were young.

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The main building at Waynesville’s Swag Country Inn is built of century-old, hand-hewn tulip poplar logs, formerly upholding the Lonesome Valley Primitive Baptist Church. The...

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