Sitting 5,000 feet above sea level in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern North Carolina is Highlands, NC. Highlands, North Carolina sits on a southern plateau of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The vibrant little mountain village has breathtaking mountain vistas, mesmerizing waterfalls and adventure sports for everyone. Mountain Laurel blankets the forest in vibrant pink colors and there is even a local magazine called The Laurel.
Highlands is the glamorous uptown version of the mountains while Cashiers is the laid back down town sibling. Both have a ton to offer but a very different vibe. Foodies will take delight in the choice of exquisite dining, wine selection and gourmet shops. One of the best places to stay is the Old Edwards Inn and Spa. It has been the site of many weddings and luxury events it offers European elegance right in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Be sure to visit Acorns for shopping at the Old Edwards Inn. Try the spa at the Old Edwards Inn, It was voted by Condé Nast’s Magazine as one of theTop Hotel Spa in North America. The Western North Carolina Mountains are said to have a healing power all their own. And the minute you enter The Spa at Old Edwards Inn you’ll feel that energy.
Stay right down town at the historic 130 year old Highlands Inn offers 31 beautiful rooms and dining. Walk out the front door onto Main Street. Take your choice—right or left—pass century-old inns, churches and interesting shops, including upscale boutiques and galleries featuring art and antiques. Stop for lunch at one of the many downtown eateries. Save room for dinner; Highlands has become a culinary paradise with five “Wine Spectator Award of Excellence” restaurants, as well as a cadre of other great chef-owned restaurants representing a variety of culinary styles.
Stroll along Main Street and find unique shops and restaurants at every turn. Museums, Arts and Crafts and Galleries are scattered throughout town. The spirit of the mountains inspires artists of all genres, including culinary, literary, performing, visual, musical and drama. Explore the numerous options in Highlands, North Carolina for live theater, live music, interesting museums and art galleries, a world class nature center, and multiple opportunities for hands-on learning experiences.
Adventure in the North Carolina Mountains
Outdoor enthusiasts find their paradise here, with abundant opportunities for biking, hiking and horseback riding on spectacular mountain trails. The surrounding lakes and rivers offer tubing, canoeing, fly fishing and whitewater rafting. A zip line adventure package is available along with gem mining, or just hike to see one of the many majestic waterfalls. So whether you want to sit on the front porch with a view of the mountains and polish off a good book or if you want to zip line high above the ground for an adrenaline rush Cashier’s and Highlands North Carolina has something for everyone.