United States – Carolinas

The Umstead Hotel and Spa Refreshes Spa Menu

CARY, N.C. – Oct. 15, 2015 – The Umstead Hotel and Spa, North Carolina’s premier Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond retreat, has revealed a newly conceived menu at The Umstead Spa with a strong focus on whole body benefits and seasonal inspiration. Body treatments are now offered in 80 and 100 minute increments, affording […]

Sustainable Growth

Kiawah Island, S.C., owes much of its allure to the 10,000-acre community’s slow, meticulous development of individually designed homes—an aesthetically minded approach that began with Kiawah’s founding in 1972. Today, Kiawah remains ever mindful of design, even in its latest offering of smaller, turnkey vacation homes. The community’s new Indigo Park neighborhood of 16 LEED-certified […]

Handcrafted Heritage

If you’re familiar with Joel Oppenheimer’s gallery of natural history art in Chicago, you likely would expect a similar environment and shopping experience at its sister establishment, the Audubon Gallery (www.audubonart.com) in Charleston, S.C. In some respects, that’s what you’ll find; but the Charleston storefront differs in a handful of ways. Director Burton Moore has […]

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

The Sanctuary dates to 2004, but the resort is fashioned to resemble an antebellum mansion with wide-plank walnut floors (placed on sleepers in such a way that they creak underfoot). Beyond its fabricated interiors lies a natural environment of wetlands and tidal marshes, sand dunes lined with sweetgrass, and a 10-mile-long beach that passes directly […]

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff

Bicycles (provided free of charge to Palmetto Bluff guests) are the vehicles of choice for exploring this 20,000-acre property. The resort, which shares the expansive tract with a golf club, a small village, and a new residential development, consists of a collection of hipped-metal-roof cottages scattered throughout a Southern Gothic landscape of manicured grasses and […]

Charleston Place

Unlike nearly everything else in Charleston, South Carolina, the Charleston Place hotel is neither quaint nor historic. The eight-story structure dates only to the mid-1980s—an era not known for tactful design—and yet, thanks to its traditional style and gracious staff, Charleston Place fits in flawlessly with its neighbors on the city’s cobblestone streets. The top […]

Vacation Homes: Sweet Equity

Not many real estate companies can say that the slumped economy has helped their business, but for Equity Estates, the last year has been its strongest yet. The three-year-old destination club has grown 50 percent—its highest rate to date—since December 2008. The company’s equity-based model, in which members purchase interests of a real estate mutual […]

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