The Primland is a beacon for those trying to escape the stress of everyday life. It is, in a word, special. It's a place to unwind, enjoy the company of your loved ones and explore nature. Located on top of a clearing in the Blue Ridge mountains, this stunning hotel offers a wide variety of room options, a ton of activities and a taste of the local cuisine. There's a lot that draws me in towards the Primland, and I hope I'm able to capture it's charm.
My love obsession with resorts that offer multiple accommodation styles continues. This might be one of my favorites as the unique options really stand out.
I’ll break my norm for a minute and go straight to my fav, the treehouses! The Primland has 3 cabins that perched near the edge of the mountain. I mean how cool is that! The treehouses are a short drive from the Lodge and are only for 2 adults. They come with a hefty price tag (starting at $630/night), but to wake up to the endless views of the blue ridge mountains, it’s pretty special. I think this would be ideal for an anniversary weekend.
The main lodge has 26 luxurious rooms broken into 3 categories, and the first is the Mountain Room. These rooms are huge, ranging from 518-800 sq ft (US Avg is 325) and would be perfect for a family. Prices start at $340 for this room. The next category, Blue Ridge suites, are even bigger, between 900 and 1,125 sq ft. These rooms, which start at $460, all have separate living areas, and some even have balconies. There's only 1 room in the last category, and it's the 1,800 sq ft Pinnacle Suite. This two story suite, with a nightly rate of $1,000, has a curved wall of windows which offers unparalleled views of the mountains.
There are cottages available for those wanting a little more space. These luxury cottages start at $340 and are a wonderful option for larger families like mine.
The last option would be to rent a house, which would be ideal for reunions or large family gatherings. The Primland has 11 homes available for rent. This could be a great low cost option for multiple families traveling. For example, if you rent the 5-bedroom Bell house during the summer, the rate would be $500. If you split with another family, it would run $250 each. Maybe 3 families makes sense to you, that would be $167 per family. With 4,400 sq ft of space, there would be plenty of room to spread out.
I think the Patrim Lodge, with 7 bedrooms, has the most unbelievable views of the area. I'm a fan.
The two main restaurants at the Primland are the 19th Pub and Elements. Both restaurants are family friendly (I love the kids menu at Elements), and both are open for lunch and dinner (Elements is open for Breakfast.) The menu at Elements focuses on local, organic and sustainable. You’ll find dishes like Pan Seared Pork Tenderloin with grits or charcoal grilled Monkfish. If you’re in the mood for pub food, the 19th Pub will be the spot. I say pub food, but you’ll also be able to get a new York strip or a stuffed chicken, so it’s a step above. I think a fun option, which is only open seasonally, is the Stables Saloon. It hosts a Casual Southern Style Dinner (Thursdays) and a Chuck Wagon Buffet (Fridays). There’s live blue grass music and outdoor activities (like corn hole and horseshoes).
There are a ton of unique activities that you can try out at the Primland. I think the coolest is the observatory. That’s right, located within the lodge, the Primland has a Celestron CGE Pro 1400 telescope. Every night you can explore stars, planets and objects beyond our solar system (and yes, I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid.)
If you’re in the mood to get a round of golf in, the golf course is listed on Golf Magazine’s list of “Top 100 courses you can play”, and is a treat for all skill levels. The course weaves through the forest and provides amazing views of the surrounding area. For me, this is the perfect way to start the day, my kids laughing at me as I put 20 balls into the woods/water. Good times.
The resort’s spa offers a variety of services ranging from native American healing rituals to European spa techniques. Whether you need to relax after a day of activity, or you’re trying to center yourself for the day, the spa will have what you need. Also, they have services for children and teens.
Are you ready for a truly special activity, well, I bring you tomahawk throwing! For 2 ½ hours, you’re taught the proper grip and how to throw a tomahawk at the target. If that’s right up your alley, maybe pair it with archery or clay shooting, also provided onsite.
If you’re looking for a mini adventure, try Geocaching. Together with a GPS unit, you can hunt through the trails around the Primland for little treasures or educational facts.
Other on the move activities include going on a horseback ride, charging through the forest on an ATV, tree climbing, exploring different trails on a bike and hitting the water on a kayak or paddleboard.
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All photos courtesy of The Primland