Close to the city yet so far away — that's the feeling you'll get with a stay at The Umstead Hotel & Spa. Located on 12 wooded acres, the Umstead feels a world away from downtown Raleigh, just a 15 minute drive away. The multi-story hotel is home to 150 guestrooms, including 27 suites, the five-star Herons restaurant, an intimate lounge and terrace, a spa, a three acre lake with a quarter-mile walking/jogging trail, and a tree-lined outdoor pool with cabanas and adjoining bar. Feeling more outdoorsy than cosmopolitan? Rent a mountain bike and head out to explore the adjacent, 5,000+ acre Umstead State Park.