FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Review: Meadowbrook Inn

by Tracey Cullen

Feb 28, 2021

PHOTO: ©MEADOWBROOK INN

January/February 2021

ARRIVAL/CHECK-IN: We arrived at the Meadowbrook Inn around 2 p.m., before check-in time, but I checked at the desk to see if our room happened to be ready ahead of schedule. It wasn’t quite ready yet, but they offered to give me a call when it was all set. So we decided to take a short drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway to Grandfather Mountain for a nice, scenic hike on this beautiful fall day.

During our hike I did receive a call stating our room was ready at 3 p.m. We took our time and enjoyed our hike and the beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, one of the major chains of the Appalachian Mountains. Proximity to these amazing hiking trails is definitely a major draw for this hotel.

When we got back to the hotel, check-in was swift, and after passing through the quaint and cozy lobby furnished with chairs and a fireplace, we headed to our room.

GUEST QUARTERS: Our room had sliding glass doors that opened up to the first-floor terrace featuring a fire table — a great place to relax with a glass of wine on a chilly evening. We could also hear the relaxing sounds of a babbling brook with a small waterfall and a duck pond. The room offered two double beds, a chair, desk and a television. WiFi is complimentary. The bathroom had a combination tub and shower with nice stone tiles. The next morning I took a shower and discovered the bathroom lacked a hairdryer, which I found odd. But if I had more thoroughly read the COVID-19 info sheet given at check-in, I would have seen hairdryers and irons are available upon request at the front desk. But we were in a hurry to get going, so I just left with damp hair. Lesson learned for next time — read the new COVID- 19 rules carefully!

SERVICES/AMENITIES: Due to COVID-19, some amenities were altered during our stay, but even with the restrictions, the property has tried to make amenities available as best it can. The pool and fitness room were not generally open, but you could make a reservation to use them.

Breakfast was offered as a take-out box instead of a buffet. Instead of the welcome reception on Fridays and Saturdays, beer and wine by the bottle were available for purchase and could be enjoyed on the terrace.

One thing I found remarkable about Meadowbrook Inn was the number of meeting spaces. It offers 10,000 square feet of conference, meeting and event space distributed across multiple locations on the property. The event spaces range from a gazebo outside, perfect for an intimate wedding, to the outdoor spaces on the. Patio or the Terrace, to the large Four Seasons Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 350 people. These spaces, paired with five other meeting rooms, make this property flexible for many different needs.

The hotel was within walking distance of downtown Blowing Rock, home to many restaurants and quaint boutique stores. This, and the proximity to outdoor activities such as hiking, zip-lining or skiing, make Meadowbrook a great place to stay in this mountainous area of western North Carolina.

TOP TAKEAWAYS:

The hotel has a new rooftop apiary which features two hives of Italian hybrid honey bees. The wildflower honey is harvested in partnership with Bee Kind Family Farm and used by the executive chef in signature dishes for banquets and events.

During the summer, an heirloom vegetable and herb garden is planted near the duck pond.

Meadowbrook Inn
711 Main St.
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
tel 828 295 4300
meadowbrook-inn.com

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

#globility

Insta Feed
eFlyer Reviews
Apr 14, 2021

The Hamilton Hotel Review

The Hamilton Hotel, located steps from the White House, was the perfect place for a relaxing weekend getaway. Upon arrival, the staff was extremely friendly and helpful with a quick check-in process. The lobby was immaculate with shining marble flooring, velvet couches and an arched ceiling design that brought a sense of sophistication. For added security, the elevators are only accessible to those who have a key card to a guestroom.

eFlyer News
Apr 14, 2021

Luxury Hotels Add Bryte Restorative Bed to Guestrooms

Luxury destinations around the country partnered with Bryte to introduce The Restorative Bed and enhanced sleep programming at their hotels. The revolutionary, AI-powered Restorative Bed uses real-time technology to intuitively adjust based on the individual’s needs and preferences. An embedded sensory network detects biometrics, like heart rate and breathing patterns, when a sleeper enters the first stage of sleep, triggering cooling features and lulling sleepers into deep sleep. Computer-controlled air cushions alleviate pressure points, and the technology also leads sleepers naturally out of sleep.

eFlyer News
Apr 14, 2021

Tauck Announces Full Restart of U.S. Tours

Tauck announced plans to fully restart its U.S. tours by July 1. Departures of the Southern Charms: Savannah, Hilton Head and Charleston tour have already begun, with other popular tours across the country relaunching in the coming months. Check the Open for Travel page for information on specific tour departures.

eFlyer News
Apr 14, 2021

Turkish Airlines Resumes Premium Onboard Dining Service

Turkish Airlines resumed its premium onboard dining and hot meal service on all business- and economy-class flights longer than two hours and 15 minutes. The resumption of service is in accordance with all health and hygiene applications.

eFlyer Deals
Apr 14, 2021

The Source Hotel Launches The Source Passport

Denver’s The Source Hotel offers its new Passport Program. Overnight guests receive The Source Passport at check-in and from there can enjoy restaurants and retail establishments across The Source Hotel + Market Hall with exclusive discounts. Exclusive discounts are available at The Woods, Safta, Reunion Bread, Beet & Yarrow, Melted and more.

Maldives
Apr 12, 2021

Soneva Yacht Experience in the Maldives

Luxury resort chain Soneva offers guests a luxurious yacht experience in the Maldives. The Soneva in Aquayacht brings guests on a three-night excursion to the pristine Goidhoo Island.

Daily
Apr 9, 2021

2021’s Best Frequent-Flyer Programs

With the vaccine rolling out and U.S. air travel expected to pick up in the upcoming months, the personal finance website WalletHub released a report on 2021’s Best Frequent-Flyer Programs, to help travelers make the best decision for their wallets.

Health
Apr 8, 2021

TAP Air Portugal Provides Daily COVID-19 Testing, Announces Summer Network

TAP Air Portugal now offers all passengers COVID-19 testing service at Lisbon Airport at a discount. Depending on a destination’s various restrictions, the Rapid Antigen Test is €21; the PCR test is €85; and a PCR Test plus Rapid Antigen Test is €106. TAP customers enjoy priority access to this service.