The AAA Five Diamond, Forbes Five Star retreat has unveiled two enrichment experiences – one focused on epicurean pursuits, the other wellness – that underscore its deep appreciation for the natural world.
For foodies looking to dig deeper into their culinary journey, the Farm Fresh package puts a spotlight on The Umstead's core culinary philosophies. During a private farm tour of the nearby Culinary Farm on SAS Campus, Herons' Executive Chef Steven Greene and Culinary Farmer Maggie Lawrence shed light on the inner workings of a world-class restaurant that is grounded on fresh-picked, hyper-local fare. After collecting ingredients from the farm, guests are treated to a signature seven-course Kaiseki dinner by Chef Greene, inspired by the traditional Japanese style of artful presentation, but served in a decidedly Umstead style. In addition, guests will taste a selection of special label wines from the extensive cellar at The Umstead during a private wine class with Sommelier Hai Tran. Available in spring and autumn when the farm's bounty is at its most replete, the one-night package includes luxurious accommodations in a Lake View Suite and starts at $3,000 based on double occupancy.
Heralding the healing powers of nature, the Wellness in the Woods Retreat focuses on the abundant natural beauty that surrounds The Umstead and its serene woodland setting. This spa-minded escape includes a private outdoor yoga session, guided hike through neighboring William B. Umstead State Park, and a “Walk in the Woods” four-hour spa day at The Umstead Spa, which includes guests' choice of full body Babassu Sugar Scrub or Swedish Massage plus a European Facial, a classic Manicure and Classic Pedicure, and champagne. With daily breakfast of farm-fresh cuisine and Lake View Suite accommodations, the two-night package is available in spring and summer, starting at $4,500 based on double occupancy.
All packages are subject to availability. To book a signature travel experience at The Umstead, call (866) 877-4141.
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