Wehn R.B. and Jenny Fitch purchased the early-20th century white clapboard farmhouse that used to be the homestead for the Fearrington family farm, they had a single goal in mind: to open a restaurant that would be worthy of acceptance into the elite Relais & Chateaux association. There was just one problem. Relais & Chateaux requires its member properties to have a fine dining establishment and overnight accomodations. So the Fitches built an Inn. In fact, they built a whole village. Located just twenty miles from the hustle and bustle of downtown Chapel Hill now lies the idyllic village of Fearrington, a planned community filled with walking trails, boutique shops, and family neighborhoods. The crown jewel, of course, is the Fearrington House Inn (fearrington.com), which did become a Relais & Chateaux member in 1988, and with good reason. Thirty-five finely appointed rooms, elegant bathrooms equipped with luxuriant Molton Brown products, and a AAA Five Diamond in-house restaurant (still housed in the original historic homestead) make for an intensely charming getaway ($275-$575 per night). In addition to a full gourment breakfast, you're also treated to complimentary English afternoon tea at 4 p.m. and Port wine with chocolates during the nightly turndown service. Should you summon the willpower to leave your pampered surroundings, the inn's property contains immaculately kept gardens (styled after those seen at English and French estates during the Fitches' travels) begging to be strolled. --J.G.