Writing Retreats in North Carolina

As a writer, I am always looking for the perfect place to write. Every year, I carve out a long weekend to escape the real world and get some uninterrupted wordsmith time in. A quality writing retreat must have three things. It must have an awe-inspiring setting. The place must have several options for sustenance, and if the words aren’t there, I need some activities to distract or sustain me until the creativity comes.

Resort in Asheville

When you think of a resort, you think of a one stop destination. Everything you want to do in one spot, but for a price. I typically look for resorts for my retreats, and the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, North Carolina is every bit the resort, but with budget rates. The aesthetics of the place are natural and beautiful. Each room offers a full kitchen and separate living room. I don’t have to leave the room if the muse is speaking to me. And, if she isn’t, Asheville is a great little town with a fantastic music scene and entertaining venues. All are worth exploring for those rock star romances I love.

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Style in Greensboro

The O. Henry Hotel has all the in-room comfort I need in a writing retreat hotel. The decor in the rooms is stylish, clean and interesting. The beds are big and fluffy. The spacious bathrooms feature both a shower and a separate soaking tub — super important to get my mind right. The hotel is inspired by the ’20s and ’30s vacation spots. The locally owned hotel is a three diamond venue, which translates into impeccable service and style, the perfect mix of retro and modern romance.

Romance in Greensboro

This romantic retreat in Greensboro, North Carolina, is a modern and unique destination. The comfortable decor has a clean and stylish big-city flair. Outside, the hotel features several beautifully maintained gardens and outdoor areas that offer comfort and inspiration. The on-site restaurants offer award-winning, tasty, hip food. The Mussels, Wine and Music Wednesday’s are perfect for feeding those creative juices.

’60s Inspiration in Blowing Rock

The Cliff Dwellers Inn is the perfect setting if I’m working on a period piece. Inspired by the ’60s, both in its decor and in the staff’s enthusiasm for serving their guests. Located in Blowing Rock North Carolina, Cliff Dweller’s Inn is small with only 21 rooms. It gives the place a bed-and-breakfast type feel. However, this hotel isn’t open in the winter months, so I’d save a visit for a great springtime retreat.

Serenity near Boone

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Located just outside of Boone, North Carolina, The Inn at Crestwood offers a quiet and serene setting in the mountains. I love the outdoor terraces and patios with picturesque views of the mountains in the distance. A perfect inspirational setting for my next small-town romance novel. When I can’t write, it’s usually because I’m thinking too much and I need to relax. The Inn offers a full-service spa with massage, facials and body treatment.

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A New Life Wandering: Places to Stay in North Carolina — Durham, Charlotte, Wilmington, Asheville and Chapel Hill

This article was originally posted on A New Life Wandering on April 11, 2016.Durham Duke Gardens
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North Carolina has a diverse landscape ranging from beaches, mountains, and cool cities in between with lots of history. If you haven’t gotten to know this state yet, you will not regret a visit. If you don’t know where to start, the cities of Durham, Charlotte, Wilmington, Asheville, and Chapel Hill all have plenty of things to do. Each have their own charming personality.

Below, you can learn a little bit about these three cities and find ideas of where to stay if you decide to visit.


This is where I spent most of my three years in North Carolina. Home to the prestigious Duke University, Durham has a lively energy to it. One of the best things about Durham is the food scene; it was crowned the The South’s Tastiest Town by Southern Living, and I can vouch for that title.

A great hotel to book here would be the The King’s Daughters Inn, which offers the best combination of an elegant and luxurious hotel with a bed & breakfast style. It is centrally located near most of Durham’s best places including the Duke Gardens. For more hotel options you can browse cheap hotels in Durham.

Durham NC
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Charlotte is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States and offers countless activities, including browsing the NASCAR Hall of Fame, learning about post–Civil War history at the Levine Museum, and interacting with science at the Discovery Place. You can browse the city’s hotel guide to find a place to stay, or look no further than The Dunhill Hotel — a historic, vintage hotel that will make you feel like you walked into an old photograph.

Charlotte NC
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I fell in love with Wilmington just minutes after strolling around downtown. The town has a strong history, and it shows along the mile-long downtown Riverwalk and along the waterfront. If you like movies, Wilmington houses the largest American television and film production facility outside of California.

If you want a full-on historic experience, you can stay at the 1913 revival style home Airbnb in the heart of the historic district and within walking distance to many shops, dining, and nightlife. If you would like to stay at a more conventional hotel, you can check out more hotels in Wilmington.

Wilmington NC
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If you prefer a place closer to the mountains with a vibrant arts scene, a laid-back attitude, and historic architecture, then look no further than Asheville. Downtown, you can enjoy the many art galleries, museums, places to eat, and a historical aesthetic like the former factory buildings now being used as residences and art studios. To find a place to stay, used this easy-to-navigate Asheville hotel guide.

Asheville NC
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Chapel Hill

Last but not least, Chapel Hill owns up to its spirited atmosphere thanks to the local and beloved University of North Carolina. Places to explore here include the following: the Science Center, the Basketball Museum, the North Carolina Botanical Garden, the local favorite and must-visit Top of the Hill restaurant and brewery, and the historical Carolina Inn. You can make it easier to visit this gem by choosing to book your room there! Or, find a different place with the Chapel Hill Hotel Guide.

Chapel Hill NC
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Whether you pick the foodie and smart town of Durham, the fast growing city of Charlotte, the charming coastal town of Wilmington, the artsy mountain town of Asheville, or the laid-back college town of Chapel Hill, there is no wrong choice.