At present’s Paige: 5 Issues to Know Earlier than You Go to Highlands, N.C.

The charming mountain city of Highlands, North Carolina, was as soon as a easy summer season retreat for Floridians. Now it’s a year-round rustic but refined vacation spot for {couples}, households, retirees and even these flying solo! At elevations between 3,500 and 4,000+ ft, many agree the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau is the Top of Happiness. Cool temperatures, pure magnificence and limitless out of doors adventures encompass this space of the southern Appalachian mountains. It’s our doable drive or simple direct flight to the mountains… so let’s go! 


Previous Edwards Inn & Spa, Highlands, N.C.

Tried and true downtown lodging embrace the historic Relais & Chateaux property, Previous Edwards Inn & Spa (owned by Palm Beachers Artwork and Angela Williams) and the Highlander Mountain Home, an English Nation Home Lodge just lately renovated to perfection by Hotelier Jason Reeves. The realm’s greatest distant retreats embrace Half-Mile Farm (additionally a part of the Previous Edwards Hospitality Group), Skyline Lodge and Excessive Hampton. Web sites like Airbnb and Vrbo provide tons of of spacious mountain properties as effectively.


Whiteside Mountain Path

Trails, hikes, waterfalls, lakes, rivers and mountain adventures… there’s really one thing for everybody. Sundown Rock Path, Whiteside Mountain Path and Dry Falls high the listing. Golfers love Previous Edwards Nation Membership and Cullasaja Membership, and Sapphire Nationwide Golf Membership is open to the general public. Fly fishing fanatics hook up with Brookings Anglers and horse lovers take pleasure in a number of close by stables for trailriding. In the summertime, try Cashiers Sliding Rock for a cool summer season slide and dip and the Nantahala Outside Middle for whitewater rafting. Winter actions embrace snowboarding and tubing and year-round arts are celebrated at Highlands Playhouse and the Bascom Middle for the Visible Arts. 


Oak Restaurant at Skyline Lodge

This isn’t a late-night city however it certain is a wonderful one with regards to meals and wine. Scrumptious locations to dine embrace Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro, Madison’s Restaurant, The Ruffed Grouse, Oak Steakhouse, Four65 Woodfire Bistro + Bar, Ristorante Paoletti, The Ugly Canine Public Home and Mountain Contemporary Grocery. And you could cease into SweeTreats for custom-blended ice cream (a Kornblue favourite because the 1980’s)!


Steve and Stephanie Miskew with Paige Kornblue at Highlands Wine Shoppe

Bubbles, whites and reds outdoors by the hearth—sure please! Seize a glass and meet locals and guests at Highlands Wine Shoppe, owned by South Florida’s award-winning Licensed Sommelier Stephanie Miskew and husband, Steve. Don’t miss Highlands Meals & Wine Competition in November and Bear Shadow Music Competition in April—each occasions herald James Beard-caliber cooks, world-class wine and world-renowned musicians for weekend-long pageant fabulousness (assume Boca Bacchanal meets Jazzfest, mountain fashion)! 


Look no additional for excellent items, residence furnishings and mountain stylish furnishings than ACP Residence Interiors (sure, the identical retailer as soon as in Boca Raton!). Bardo and Highland Hiker are additionally nice buying stops in downtown Highlands. The Highland Hiker workforce additionally gives steering for day hikes and fly fishing excursions.


If in case you have the time to cease on the drive as much as western North Carolina, contemplate these locations: Amelia Island, Savannah, Charleston, the Golden Isles (St. Simons Island, Sea Island Resort, Jekyll Island) and The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Lake Oconee. 

For extra data on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, try the TRAVEL part of Paige Kornblue’s Weblog and her podcast at 

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