High Life at the Umstead - Luxury in the North Carolina Triangle

Story and Photos for the Washington Post's FW

We (and by that I mean I) were severely underdressed for lounging at the Umstead. The Forbes five star resort and spa set in a 12-acre wooded grove in Cary, North Carolina warrants slink; champagne satin a la Harlow, marabou mules, a coupe not a flute for the bubbly. 

Sleek blond furniture, Frette linens, plush carpets, triple layers of drape, it's tres 1930s drawing room comedy.  Bring on Jeeves! Enter Clark Gable.  (You can add a pup but Fluffy will add $200 to room tabs that begin at $329).