Distance: 120 miles | Approx. driving time: 2 hours, 20 minutes | Location: Meadows of Dan, VA
Consistently ranked as one of the top hotels in the country, Primland is sneaky close to Charlotte — just 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Travel and Leisure recently ranked the hotel #13 in the U.S. and U.S. News & World Report ranked in #10 in the U.S. With over 750 reviews, Primland’s TripAdvisor rating is a flawless 5 out of 5 stars — which is hard for pricy hotels.
My wife and I booked a trip to Primland, dropped off the kiddos and stayed for a power-packed 36 hours.
It’s a legit luxury mountain getaway. There are only around 60 rooms (excluding home rentals) on over 12,000 acres of property at Primland. Here’s some intelligence for you if you’re thinking about making the trip.
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Here are your Primland room options:
- Main Lodge (26 units)
- Pinnacle Cottages (16 units)
- Fairway Cottages (16 units)
- Tree Houses (3 units)
- Primland’s Mountain Homes (11 homes, 1-7 bedrooms)
Most rooms are in that $400-$700 range before taxes and fees. One nice thing about Primland is that they’re transparent with rates and you can view a PDF of their rates here.
My wife and I stayed in a Blue Ridge Suite and loved it — very spacious.
If it’s just two of you, I’d recommend doing the most inexpensive option — the Mountain Room (9 units) in the Lodge for between $340-$630 (plus taxes/fees) depending on the time of year. Peak time is fall and the offseason is winter.
If you’re going with a few other couples or as a golf group, I’d go with the Cedar Bluff Rooms in the Pinnacle Cottages or the Fairway Cottages. Both about a 10 minute walk from the main lodge.
Families or larger groups should consider the rental homes.
Primland’s outdoor options are insane. The property is 12,000 acres.
Options include recreational terrain vehicle tours, fly fishing, mountain and road biking, horseback riding, tomahawk throwing (for real), air rifle shooting, kayaking, hiking, disc golf, clay shooting and a bunch of hunting options. You can view all pricing here.
About a 10 minute drive shuttle ride from the main lodge, you’ll find Primland’s outdoor center. It’s the basecamp for many of the activities.
My wife and I did the RTV tour and clay shooting. I’ve never ridden in an RTV — it’s super smooth and really enjoyable to check out Primland’s massive property on this sucker. There must have been about a dozen clay shooting ranges, which gives you ultimate privacy. Our guide for both was experienced and terrific. You can view all pricing here.
Primland’s golf course, The Highland Course, is now as one of the top mountain golf courses in the country. Golf Digest ranks it as the #28 public golf course in the U.S.
Rounds will run you $225 in peak season, $135 in certain months and $50 in the offseason. You can view exact pricing here.
If you’re just looking to hit balls (driving range is right next to the main lodge), it’s a $25 flat fee.
Also, if you’re going to be a power-user (it’s only 2 hours 20 minutes away), they also do offer unique annual membership deals.
There are three restaurants at Primland:
- 19th Pub — Casual pub located in the main lodge serving lunch and dinner. It’s also got an outdoor patio.
- Elements — White table cloth restaurant serving breakfast and dinner (jacket recommended for men). Entrees are $36-$60, so it’s pricy.
- Stables Saloon — Offsite, buffet-style setup open seasonally Thursday – Saturday. You’ll have to drive or take the shuttle there.
My wife and I ate at the 19th Pub for lunch and Elements for breakfast and dinner. I recommend the Elements buffet breakfast and their lamb dish for dinner. I prefer more casual dining, so I’d choose the 19th Pub for most meals in order to maximize my time outdoors.
You should definitely grab a drink and spend time on the lodge patio in the evening.
3 more things to do at Primland
Observatory – A must-do, if the weather cooperates. Given Primland’s altitude and unusual clarity of their night sky, they purchased a fancy telescope and created an Observatory Dome on the top floor of the lodge. $35/person.
Spa & Pool – Primland’s spa, located on the ground floor of the main lodge, offers a bunch of different treatment options. View the rates here. They’ve also got an indoor pool and hot tub. There is no outdoor pool, but there are lounge chairs to chill.
Hiking — Primland offers a bunch of scenic Blue Ridge Mountain hiking trails.