Travel Guide: Highlands, North Carolina

I grew up visiting Highlands, NC (and nearby Cashiers, NC) with my family, and as a little girl it was (and always will be) such a magical place to me. After not visiting for about 10 years, I have visited twice in the past year and fallen in love with Highlands all over again. You know those places that you went as a kid and everything seemed so perfectly happy and felt like a big playground? That was definitely Highlands for me. My summer days in Highlands/ Cashiers consisted of swimming, eating popsicles, and playing bingo, and to my 5 year old self, I don't think there was anything more I could have asked for.

Now, I am able to appreciate Highlands for all my childhood memories, as well as SO much more! The surrounding mountains and beautiful views around every corner make Highlands such a charming destination year round! Whether it is Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall, there is not a bad time of year to take a trip here. I have personally only visited during the Summer and Winter, but I am dying to see it during the Fall when the leaves change- I have heard it is breathtaking!

WHERE TO STAY in Highlands, NC

-Old Edwards Inn

-High Hampton Inn & Country Club

-Rent a house through VRBO

WHAT TO DO in Highlands, NC

-Spa: The Old Edwards Inn Spa has a full range of treatments and services sure to satisfy. Their spa itself is worth the trip to Highlands!

-Hike: One of the best ways to explore Highlands and the beautiful mountainous terrain is by foot. There are so many mountains and trails to explore in Highlands, and the views from each are truly breathtaking. A couple trails to consider are Whiteside Mountain and Chattooga Loop Trail.

-Swim, Tennis & Golf: These activities are available to all guests at both Old Edwards and the High Hampton.

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