North Carolina

Biltmore

The largest privately owned home ever built in America, Biltmore was designed by Richard Morris Hunt as another Vanderbilt extravaganza. It was completed in 1895 and is still in the family. "A Renaissance chateau from the Loire Valley in the woods of western North Carolina." Must be seen to be believed.

City: Asheville
Phone: 800-624-1575
Structure House

Founded in 1977 by clinical psychologist Dr. Gerald Musante, the Structure House is dedicated to serious behavioral change for those seeking a healthier overall lifestyle. The grounds of the facility are spread over 21 acres near the Duke University campus in Durham, NC. The main building, a Georgian-style mansion, houses classrooms, a dining room, lounge area, and staff offices. The unique nature of the program is in its close attention to the relationships people have with food and health. More than anything, Structure House is focused on helping individuals gain control of their weight, health and lives. Specifically Structure House can work with people who have diabetes, heart disease and other health concerns.

Address: 3017 Pickett Rd
City: Durham
ZIP Code: 27705
Phone: 800-553-0052
Westglow Spa

Westglow Spa is a full-service European-style destination spa nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. The facility includes an elegantly restored Victorian mansion with six restored bedroom suites each unique in its design and vintage period furnishings; two quaint and cozy cottages for a more secluded atmosphere, and the state-of-the-art Life Enhancement Center. Westglow Spa offers a holistic approach to weight loss, stress management, and fitness. The expert staff is prepared to assist you with all factors of good health and nutrition, physical activity, and emotional well being.

Address: 2845 Hwy 221 S
City: Blowing Rock
ZIP Code: 28605
Phone: 828-295-4463
Wright Brothers National Memorial Kitty Hawk

The first successful sustained powered flights in a heavier-than-air machine were made here by Wilbur and Orville Wright on December 17, 1903. A 60-foot granite monument dedicated in 1932, is perched atop 90-foot tall Kill Devil Hill commemorating the achievement of these two visionaries from Dayton, Ohio.

Address: 1401 National Park Drive
City: Manteo
ZIP Code: 27954
Phone: 252-473-2111
Mint Museum of Art

The Mint Museum of Art initially served the region as the first branch of the United States Mint, coining $5 million in gold from 1836 to the outbreak of the Civil War. A grassroots community effort during the Depression saved the original Federal-style building designed by William Strickland from demolition and moved it to its present Randolph Road site. The museum formally opened to the public on October 22, 1936 as North Carolina’s first art museum.

Address: 2730 Randolph Street
City: Charlotte
ZIP Code: 28207
Phone: 704-337-2000