We Love This 5 Star Retreat In Cary, NC


The Umstead Hotel and Spa sits tucked away on a lush 12-acre estate dotted with gardens, trails, and a lake in Cary. Since it’s opening nearly a decade ago, it has consistently been called North Carolina’s best luxury hotel, and maintains its position as the state’s most highly rated.

The Umstead’s location is just a few minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, making it an ideal weekend getaway for nearby residents and a perfect vacation spot for travelers from afar.

Part of the Umstead’s appeal is that the hotel and spa are a quiet, secluded retreat, but are located only a few miles from the bustling Triangle area, full of an enormous array of cultural, recreational, and educational experiences.

The Umstead opened in 2007 and was quickly met with acclaim: it’s a Forbes Five Star, AAA Diamond retreat with an award-wining 16,000 square foot spa and a beloved signature restaurant, Heron’s.

The hotel features 150 different guest rooms and suites, many of which offer lake views. They also offer world-class amenities like their seasonal outdoor pool with private cabanas, 24-hour in-room dining and concierge services, and DogWoods, their special accommodations for traveling pets.

Heron’s, featured by major publications like Food & Wine and Conde Nast Traveler, serves locally sourced and seasonal produce from 14 area farms, including the Umstead’s own one acre plot on the hotel grounds. They offer all three meals every day, along with a full weekend brunch.