Outside Traveler Magazine, 2004 (Read more Accolades)
By Kate Siber
The Top 10: Bear Mountain Lodge, NM | Bob Marshall Wilderness Range, MT | Moose Mountain Lodge, NH | Hotel de Larache, Chile | Casa Cerro Sagrado, Mexico | Rifugio Tissi, Italy | The Kuna Lodge, Panama | Spring House Farm, NC | Ultima Thule Lodge, AK | Tu Tu’ Tun Lodge, OR
Marion, North Carolina
The Cottages at Spring House Farm
When Arthur and Zee Anne Campbell and their 13-year-old son, Cailein, restored the historic Albertus Ledbetter House and built cottages nearby in 1999, their top priority was to preserve the 180-year-old pre–Civil War farmhouse and the 92 acres of surrounding hardwood forest. The five secluded guest cottages share the quiet solitude of these hemlock woods with only the resident turkeys and deer. Explore the mountainous hiking trails of western North Carolina, borrow a canoe and paddle two ponds, and end with a soak in a private hot tub, studying the starry night sky.