I would like to plan a weekend trip to an inn in the NC mountains or Piedmont that also has a superb restaurant on-site or within walking distance. I moved back to NC last year, after living out of state for over a decade, so most of my knowledge is dated. I imagine that The Fearrington House or some of the inns in Blowing Rock are possibilities, but I would appreciate any recommendations of inns to consider (or avoid) that you might have.
For comparisons sake, I'm looking for a place along the lines of (to use VA and MD examples) L'Auberge Provencale in White Post or Inn at Easton, but not as bank-breaking as the Inn at Little Washington. In addition to The Fearrington House, two other inns on my radar are The Inn at Ragged Garden and Crippens in Blowing Rock, but I'm not sold on any of these after looking at their websites.
Thanks for any suggestions (or for any prodding that I should reconsider any of the above).