Modern Mountain Retreat

Winter just got a lot hotter — and cozier, too

By Kara Cox

Every winter, the Tennessee mountains are my getaway of choice. With the Great Smoky Mountain National Park only a few hours away from the Triad, pack a bag and head out for a relaxing mountain weekend with all the luxuries of modern living.

What to Wear

This season’s trends are perfect for a glamping getaway. Pair modern lug sole boots with a warm faux shearling shacket for the chicest winter wardrobe. A faux fur scarf keeps you snuggled up on the coldest days.

The Boots

The Boots Leo Boots by By Far ($618), available at

The Furs


Faux Shearling Charley Shacket ($138), available at Anthropologie, Friendly Center, Greensboro, (336) 834-2633.


Luna Faux Fur Scarf in Camel ($85) from Rebecca & Co., 1724 Battleground Ave., Suite 104, Greensboro, (336) 292-2455.


What to Read

In a year when travel is hard, letting our minds wander is a good alternative. Mountain Modern: Contemporary Homes in High Places ($35) offers inspiration for modern, minimal mountain living. Available at Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm St., Greensboro, (336) 763-1919.

Where to Go

Blackberry Mountain. If you’re looking for a mix of pampering and mountain minimalism, Blackberry Mountain offers luxe accommodations and renowned, award-winning chefs while focusing on land conservation in the Great Smoky Mountains, Tenn. Stays from $1,045 per night. Reservations:

How to Decorate

Want to bring a little of that modern mountain style back home? These Malta Teak Lounge Chairs by Summer Classics pair perfectly with the sleek concrete rectangular fire pit from West Elm. Up the cozy factor with a modern take on a classic alpaca throw.

Malta Teak Lounge Chair by Summer Classics ($2,026), available through Furnitureland South, 5635 Riverdale Dr., Jamestown, (336) 822-300

Wrap up on cold nights in this chic, 100 percent alpaca Dip Dyed Fringe Throw ($450) from Johanna Howard Home,

Concrete Lipped 60-inch Rectangle Fire Pit ($2,720), available at West Elm, Friendly Center, Greensboro, (336) 323-7901.


What to Drink

There is nothing better than a hot toddy by a warm fire on a winter night. This spiked version of Chai-Spiced Tea is the perfect evening elixir. Start with loose-leaf black tea ($11 for 35 servings) from Vida Pour Tea, 412 State St., (336) 609-4207.

Chai-Spiced Hot Toddy from

Yield: 6 cocktails


8 cups water

2 teaspoons cardamom pods, crushed

2 teaspoons whole coriander seeds

1/4 teaspoon black peppercorns, whole

11 cinnamon sticks, divided

1 2-inch piece of ginger, unpeeled, thinly sliced

2 medium oranges

6 tablespoons honey

3 bags black tea

9 ounces dark rum

Toast cardamom, coriander, peppercorns and 5 cinnamon sticks in a large pot over medium high heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add ginger and 8 cups water.

Using a peeler, peel orange zest into long strips, about 3 inches each. Reserve 6 pieces for garnish, then add remaining zest to pot.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in honey and tea. Let steep 5 minutes.

Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a large bowl or pot. Divide among mugs and top off with rum. Garnish with reserved orange peels and cinnamon sticks.

Tea mixture, without rum, can be made 1 week ahead; cover and chill until ready to use.

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