The Mayton Inn recently opened its doors in quaint Cary, currently the second largest town in North Carolina. Owners Colin and Deanna Crossman revealed the boutique hotel in February. Although the building is new, the Crossmans kept the colonial feel in mind when designing the property, fitting perfectly with the Cary Arts Center down the street. The bed and breakfast includes a full hot breakfast from their restaurant, The Verandah, run by Executive Chef Jeff Gompers.
Builders today have various opportunities to incorporate sustainable features into buildings, and the Crossmans took advantage of that. The property houses a 20,000 gallon rainwater cistern, which collects rainwater and is then used for irrigation and outdoor watering.The Mayton Inn guest rooms have fully integrated energy management system, which can sense when the room is occupied and allow the thermostat and power to be shut off (aside from charging when the room is vacant. Guest rooms are also equipped with low-flow bathroom fixtures and LED lights to save energy and water.
Strategically located in the basement of the hotel to avoid noise, Tonic Remedies is the in-house spa. Since they just opened, the spa offerings are limited to massages, but will eventually expand into a variety of services. I recommend the Signature Mayton Remedy, a 70-minute Swedish massage tailored to your tension areas. Add in aromatherapy to personalize your wellness experience.
Each room at this property has a unique touch to it. The decor continues from the lobby and hallways into the guest rooms, completing the southern colonial experience. The king size bed is adorned by heavenly 400-thread count sheets. At most bed and breakfasts (and hotels for that matter), noise from your neighbors is a usual complaint. Rooms at the Mayton Inn have an adjustable sound masking option, allowing white noise to drown out the sounds of the rest of the hotel.
In the heart of Woodinville Wine Country, amidst the towering Douglas Firs, sits Willows Lodge. This luxury retreat is only 30 minutes away from Seattle, but the drive transports you and makes you feel miles away from a major city. The lodge is centered around sustainability, re-using natural materials for the foundation and decor of the property. While wine is a huge draw to the region, guests can also explore distilleries, breweries and take part in outdoor activities like hiking along the Sammamish River Trail and a bike tour from Woodinville along Lake Washington into Seattle.
At the main entrance when driving in, the landmark you’ll notice is the shell of a large tree, the 1500-year-old “Cedar Snag.” This particular trunk was brought to Willows Lodge as a reminder of what the land was used for before development: logging. As you walk around and explore the rest of the property, you’ll find secret gardens perfect for reflection, including a large herb and edible plant garden and fruit trees used by the two restaurants on-site. If you are in need of more relaxation, the full service spa is sure to do the trick.
Guest rooms at Willows Lodge have the perfect balance of true Northwestern outdoors atmosphere mixed with modern touches. The layout of the guest rooms were intentionally designed to be facing gardens. Enjoy the oversized soaking tub to continue your rejuvenating stay. The beds are outfitted with luxury linens, allowing a peaceful night’s sleep.
Willows Lodge is home to two restaurants: The Barking Frog and The Herbfarm. The Barking Frog, fearlessly led by Executive Chef Bobby Moore for the past 14 years, melds staples of the Pacific Northwest with a French flair. The Grand Marnier Prawns, the legendary dish that Moore once took off the menu but had to bring back because of protests, are crispy, saucy, tangy and most importantly, delicious. The Herbfarm, an internationally distinguished as one of America’s outstanding dining destinations, focuses on 9-course meals paired with five to six wine selections. Be sure to make reservations and arrive 30 minutes early for a pre-meal garden tour.
Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa sits on 500 acres of the Santa Ana Pueblo, an Indian Reservation home to 800 tribal members. To pay homage to the land, the resort is not only designed with that in mind, but it incorporates the culture and traditions in the resort lifestyle. The hotel offers a true Southwestern experience, all without leaving the property. While it feels like you’re days away from city life, Santa Fe and Albuquerque are less than an hour away.
Get lost wandering the miles of trails, including a hike to the Rio Grande River. Opt for a guided tour to get the full experience. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the wildlife and landscape. Did we mention the Sandia Mountains are the anchor for this property?
Relax at the Tamaya Mist Spa and Salon during your stay – it’s worth it! The Ancient Drumming body treatment was inspired by the Santa Ana Pueblo. First you are layered with mud from the Jemez Mountains infused with New Mexico’s red chile. Then the massage therapist gently “drums” away stress by using flaxseed-filled muslin bags dipped in pinon-infused oil. The experience is so relaxing and makes you appreciate the region and its culture.
The hotel staff will deliver a daily activity guide with a schedule of events. They offer a wide range of activities, from guided hikes like I mentioned above to classes like Watercolors and Wine. This experience was one of the most memorable things I’ve done as it allowed creativity, and I was able to take away my interpretation of the mountains. And there was wine of course! Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa | 1300 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 87004