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What is the Route du Bonheur?
In 1954, five unique small properties in France banded together to create a touring route from Paris to Nice called the “Route du Bonheur.” As guests experienced the quality and service these properties offered, the Relais & Chateaux association began to grow.

Today, Relais & Châteaux is a collection of over 500 of the finest hotels and restaurants in 60 countries – including The Fearrington House.

Choose your "Road to Happiness"

Less than 30 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Relais & Châteaux’s The Fearrington House Inn in Pittsboro, North Carolina is located with easy drives to Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and beyond. With exquisite cuisine from Five-Star, Five-Diamond Fearrington House Restaurant, indulgent spa treatments at The Spa at Fearrington and more, Fearrington is the perfect location to begin a luxurious road trip.

Go North
Start at The Fearrington House

The Inn at Little Washington. Only an hour’s drive from Washington, D.C. at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this 18-suite hideaway in the country was created by Patrick O’Connell. Centered in the charming colonial village of Little Washington, The Inn offers lovely accommodations and American gourmet cuisine locally sourced from the Virginia countryside.

The Ivy Hotel. Approximately a two hour drive northeast by car, just outside of Baltimore, is the 18-suite luxury boutique hotel, restaurant and spa. Built in 1889 as a private home, The Ivy is suited with a library, music room and stunning courtyards. Grand and glorious, The Ivy welcomes each guest as an old friend.

The Inn at Little Washington
Middle and Main Street
Washington, VA 22747
Reservations: (540) 675–3800

The Ivy Hotel
205 E. Biddle Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Reservations: (410) 514-6500

Go West
Start at The Fearrington House

Old Edwards Inn. Five hours west of Fearrington atop the southwest plateau of the Blue Ridge Mountains is this scenic hotel. Surrounded by pristine mountains, waterfalls and lakes, the elegant Old Edwards Inn & Spa is centrally located within the rustic and charming town of Highland, NC.

Blackberry Farm. Three hours west by car stands Blackberry Farm, a 9,200 acre estate in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee. Each guest to the 69-room inn has access to the pampering of the Wellhouse, the nature guides and trails in the nearby mountains, and the skilled farmstead culinary artisans and gardens on property. Rediscover life’s simple pleasures and natural balance at Blackberry Farm.

Old Edwards Inn
445 Main St.
Highlands, NC 28741
Reservations: (866) 526-8008

Blackberry Farm
1471 West Millers Cove Road
Walland, TN 37886
Reservations: (800) 648-2348

Go South
Start at The Fearrington House

Planters Inn. Five hours southeast is Planters Inn in Charleston, SC, one of America’s most historically significant and romantic cities. Expect to find upscale period-style furnishings and four poster beds in each of the inn’s 64 luxurious rooms. Antique shops, art galleries and the theatre district are just outside the door. The Peninsula Grill, consistently named Charleston’s best restaurant, offers award-winning gourmet dining.

The Lodge at Sea Island. Three hours south rests The Lodge at Sea Island on the coast of St. Simons Island between marsh and ocean, and surrounded by stunning golf courses. The Lodge is reminiscent of an English country manor with 32-rooms, each guest room with unobstructed ocean views, warm, delightful decor, and 24-hour butler service. Savor world-class dining, invigorating activities and southern hospitality in the majestic seaside setting of The Lodge.

Planters Inn
112 North Market Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Reservations: (843) 722-2345 or

The Lodge at Sea Island
100 Retreat Avenue
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Reservations: 1-855-572-4975

Relais & Châteaux is a family of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in the world who share a passion for ensuring their guests experience an unforgettable celebration of the senses.