At 4118 feet in elevation Highlands, North Carolina has been nicknamed "the Aspen of the East."  This amazing little enclave with charming main street, five star restaurants, and great shopping also happens to be nestled HIGH in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina  and on the southernmost plateau of the Appalachian Mountain Chain. The abundance of lakes and waterfalls provides its' visitors with ample opportunities to hike, picnic and enjoy the great outdoors.  Home to the Old Edwards Inn and Spa, this town draws guests for destination weddings, girls getaways and family retreats, not to mention an abundance of great golf clubs.

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Mountain Fresh Grocery (Brick Oven Pizza, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Coffee Wine and a small Grocery Selection) 

On the Verandah (Located within a short 1/4 mile walk from Roostica Cottage, Overlooks Lake Sequoyah)  

Wild Thyme Restaurant (Located on Main Street, offers indoor and outdoor dining) 

Kilwin’s Chocolate and Ice Cream (Located on Main Street)

Highlands BBQ (Located about a mile towards Main Street on Franklin Road/Hwy 64)  


Downtown Highlands offers something for every kind of shopper with luxury clothing for men and women.

From TJ Bailey for Men, Rosenthals, The Southern Way, and Highlands Kids

Also, Cashiers crossroads offers great shopping, the Cashiers Farmers Market, festivals, antiquing and good restaurants.



The Spa at The Old Edwards Inn and Spa  - Perfect for a girls weekend or couples pampering  

Our favorite activity is to go hiking and enjoy the incredible Waterfalls and Mountain Views.

For all your Hiking Gear: Highland Hiker offers all the best brands and all the gear you’ll need

Whiteside Mountain is our favorite hike, and the most impressive waterfall is Dry Falls