By Roger Cox, Editor
Cradled between the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains in western North Carolina, the Etowah Valley Golf & Tennis Resort was originally best known for its three nine-hole golf courses and professional croquet lawns. That changed in 2004 with the addition of three spaciously laid out clay courts—a long-pursued project of the avid tennis players who make up part of the family that started the resort—with lessons and clinics available by appointment with a local pro. The sylvan setting amid hemlocks and hardwoods adds to the appeal, as do the gentle prices. Accommodation options range from the 71 rooms in the Golf Lodge to a four-bedroom cottage, none far from a heated swimming pool or the main clubhouse. Country buffet breakfasts win rave reviews as do four-course dinners in the main dining room, whose menu runs to prime rib au jus, North Carolina mountain trout, and honey Dijon salmon.
The region has many attractions, among them the Biltmore House, George Vanderbilt's 155-room French chateau in Asheville, Carl Sandburg's last residence Connemara, now a National Historic Landmark, and Chimney Rock, setting for the movie "Last of the Mohicans" and famous for it's 75-mile view.
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