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The Gamekeeper — Boone
Pheasant, bison, and ostrich — oh my! Enjoy game meat from the High Country and beyond in a 1950s stone cottage, once the residence of the founders of Camp Yonahlossee, the oldest camp for girls in North Carolina.
This pink-and-purple Queen Anne-style mansion once belonged to Victorian-era Charlotte mayor Sam McNinch who, in 1909, even hosted President William Howard Taft there. Inside, discover perfectly plated dishes that are as exquisite as the exterior.
The artful entrées at Kindred turned Davidson into a destination, but the milk bread appetizer alone is worth a trip: Baked in a graniteware bowl and sprinkled with flecks of hand-harvested sea salt, it’s more than a mere loaf. Warm and pillowy, sweet and salty — it’s pure magic.
This prestigious hotel offers weekend brunch and an upscale dinner menu — as well as an afternoon cuppa. Order a pot of tea and an array of sweets, scones, and dainty tea sandwiches, and put your pinkie up.
The former summer lodgings for railroad employees now house The Orchard Inn and its on-site restaurant, where a glassed-in dining porch offers a breathtaking view of the mountains — and an unforgettable Sunday brunch.
A majestic box canyon — the largest one east of the Mississippi — serves as the soaring backdrop of this restaurant, which is open seasonally from May through November and serves farm-to-fork fare inspired by the landscape.