The Best Spas & Wellness Centers in the High Country

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Vacation is a time to get away from everyday life, experience new sights, and just relax! Many people choose the North Carolina mountains as their vacation destination for fresh mountain air, cool temperatures, scenic mountain views, and outdoor adventures.

If you’re wanting to experience the best the mountains have to offer, why not include a spa day in your itinerary? The High Country of North Carolina has a variety of spa experiences to choose from – there are Destination Spas, Day Spas, and Health and Wellness Centers.

Here are some of the best spa and wellness centers in the High Country.

Destination and Resort Spas in the NC Mountains

A Destination spa offers fitness and wellness programs and a variety of specialized spa treatments and services available to guests during their stay. Many of these spas allow non-guests to enjoy some of the spa treatments too.

The NC mountains have several nationally known destination spa experiences that you do not want to miss!

The Spa at Chetola Resort

The Spa at Chetola Resort is located in the beautiful Chetola Resort within walking distance of the charming mountain town of Blowing Rock.

At Chetola Resort Properties you will find a peaceful refuge from the hustle and bustle of the 78-acre resort. Mountain-style lodging at the Chetola Lodge, Bob Timberlake Inn, and Premier Condominiums make for a perfect getaway.

If you would rather own your own personal retreat there are properties for sale at Chetola Resort.

While at the resort, enjoy upscale dining, fitness and sporting activities, and a relaxing Spa experience whether you come for a day or stay for a week.

The Spa at Chetola offers spa packages and a la carte services that include:

  • Massage Treatments
  • Reflexology
  • Facial Treatments
  • Nails treatments
  • Cosmetic applications
  • Hair Salon

Westglow Resort and Spa

Westglow Resort & Spa is a luxury spa located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway and minutes from the town of Blowing Rock. Westglow Resort and Spa has consistently been recognized as one of the top-rated spas in the country!

In 2017, it was selected by Travel and Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Awards as the fourth top destination spa and in 2021 Westglow was selected by Travel and Leisure magazine as one of the top 15 Domestic Spas. In 2021 and 2022 the Reader’s Choice Award was given to Westglow Resort and Spa by Conde Nast Traveler.

With all the awards and recognition, this one is a must-see. Enjoy long-range mountain views from this 42-acre estate with luxurious accommodations and the world-renowned spa known as the Life Enrichment Center.

The spa facility offers day and half-day packages which include access to the indoor swimming pool, steam room, sauna, fitness center, a gourmet spa lunch, and the relaxation lounge with its incredible breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

As a world-renowned resort and spa and an NC High Country destination, Westglow Resort and Spa offers a variety of luxury spa treatments and services to rejuvenate your body and soul.

Spa services include:

  • Relaxation and Therapeutic Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Raindrop Therapy
  • Vichy Services
  • Body treatments
  • Facials and skin care

The Inn at Crestwood and Spa

The Inn at Crestwood and Spa is a cozy getaway surrounded by unforgettable panoramic views located between Boone and Blowing Rock just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. When planning your spa-cation the Crestwood Inn is a perfect place to relax and unwind.

In this peaceful setting, you can choose accommodations in the Inn, a suite, or one of the cottages, enjoy delicious southern-inspired food at The Table Restaurant, and of course plan to rejuvenate at the Spa.

Day Passes and spa treatments are also available to the public. The Spa features a lap pool, fitness center, lounging room, and a variety of spa treatments including:

  • Relaxation and Deep Tissue Massage
  • Aromatherapy
  • Facials

The Spa at Eseeola Lodge

The Spa at Eseeola Lodge is a Full-Service Luxury Day Spa located at the Eseeola Lodge in Linville. The spa invites you to come to experience Eseeola’s Southern Hospitality and relax and renew your soul with a luxurious spa experience.

Plan your visit to the Spa at Eseeola Lodge and enjoy an array of spa treatments and services or indulge in a signature day package:

  • Relaxing and Therapeutic Massage
  • Facials
  • Body Treatments
  • Nail Treatments
  • Hair Salon Services
  • Signature Day Packages

Day Spas in the High Country of NC

If your time is limited and you are looking for a more laid-back spa experience, consider a day spa. At Day Spas you can come in for an individual spa treatment or service and get back to your daily routine. Here are some of the most popular day spas in the area.

Heavenly Touch Day Spa

Refresh and Renew with a full-service day spa located in Boone, NC.

Heavenly Touch Day Spa offers a variety of services to choose from:

  • Massage
  • Facial treatments
  • Nails Services
  • Spray Tan and Sunbed Tanning

As a bonus, discounts are available for Military and Watauga County School’s Faculty and Staff.

Natural Healing Day Spa

Natural Healing Day Spa in Banner Elk has just what you need for relaxing and rejuvenating whether you are a resident or a visitor to the area. Try out a custom package for a special all-day experience or individual treatments as needed.

Some of the services offered:

  • Therapeutic and deep tissue massage
  • Aromatherapy
  • Body wraps and scrubs
  • Reflexology
  • Sauna and Steam Sessions
  • Body Services – scrubs, wraps, Sauna, and steam sessions.
  • Skin Care Services
  • Nail services

7th Heaven Day Spa

7th Heaven Day Spa is located just out of Boone on Highway 105, specializing in stress relief, health, and therapeutic massage.

A variety of massage services are offered:

  • Relaxing and Therapeutic massage
  • Sports and deep tissue massage
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Raindrop Therapy
  • Foot Reflexology
  • Facial Massage
  • Detox Wraps

Lavender Fields

Lavender Fields in Boone is just the place to pamper yourself with high-quality skin care services using state-of-the-art technology and high-quality skin care products.

Facial services include:

  • Microdermabrasion
  • Peels
  • Rejuvenating treatments
  • SkintrinsiQ treatments using Red and Blue Therapy
  • Electrolysis
  • Permanent Makeup

NC Mountain Health & Wellness Centers

Health and Wellness Centers offer services for both the mind and body through an array of programs, treatments, and services.

Art of Living Retreat Center

Art of Living Retreat Center is not your ordinary spa. Offering the award-winning Shankara Ayurveda Wellness treatment and programs, it is considered a spiritual epicenter for relaxation, rejuvenation, and transformation for your entire body, spirit, and mind.

The Art of Living Retreat Center has been featured in many publications such as Travel and Leisure, The New York Times, and The Washington Post and was voted as #2 in USA Today’s top 10 best Health and wellness Resorts in 2022.

For a unique experience tailored just for you with individual treatments and more in-depth day and overnight programs, the Art of Living Retreat Center offers:

  • Lifestyle consultations
  • Holistic Health Management
  • Meditation
  • Facial treatments
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Body treatments and therapies
  • Yoga
  • Meditation and Yoga Retreats

180 Float Spa

180 Float Spa is Boone’s first Float Therapy Spa. Float Therapy provides physical and mental wellness benefits while floating with zero gravity in mineral-rich saltwater and a sensory-free environment.

Benefits of Float Therapy include:

  • Relaxation and Stress Relief
  • Muscle Recovery
  • Pain Relief
  • Reduced Anxiety
  • Improved Sleep

Relaxing in the High Country

After a long day of winter sports, hiking, or shopping on King Street in downtown Boone, you may need more than the fresh air and mountain views to revive you. A spa day could be a great option to help you relax and unwind.

About the Author
As a native Eastern North Carolina girl, I always dreamed of one day living in the mountains. In 1994, that dream came true when life brought me to the Boone area. I made my home on one of the most beautiful mountains in the High Country and knew immediately that this is where I belonged. In the 26 years that I have lived here, I have worked in many roles. Beginning as a hist-technologist, then a full-time mom and volunteer in various positions and organizations in the Boone community. Leading Watauga Education Foundation and serving as producer of their Shooting Stars Talent Showcase was one of the highlights of my volunteer work. When the time came for my children to leave the nest and go to college, I decided that I would pursue a new direction in life. Real estate seemed to be just the adventure I was looking for.  Working in real estate gives me many opportunities to share my knowledge and love of the High Country with others, as well as, finding new friendships and connections along the way. 

I am a graduate of Peace College and NC State University. I love music, craft things, nature and wildlife. I enjoy hiking, camping, boating, and spending time outdoors with my family. I am a member of Boone United Methodist Church where I am active in the United Methodist Women and Women's Ministries.  My greatest loves are my two children Addie and Will and my dog, Daisy and cat, Oscar. 

There is so much to see and experience in the High Country. I look forward to helping you explore as we find your perfect place.