Highlands, North Carolina

For more than a century, Highlands, North Carolina has served as a showcase for charming mountain town life and the change of seasons. Families and friends stroll through its historic Main Street district, enjoying the mild temperatures offered by more than 4,000 feet elevation during the warm months, the vibrant color burst of autumn, and the picture-perfect scenes of the holiday season.

Located in Macon County, downtown Highlands is a collection of quaint inns, upscale shops, and renowned eateries that draw visitors from throughout the Southeast. With distinct European architecture, the historic Old Edwards Inn and Spa occupies a bustling corner, beckoning those seeking a soothing refuge amid luxury.

The offerings of Highlands country clubs vary as widely as the colors of the fall foliage. Thoughtfully designed golf course communities abound, coexisting with the natural splendor of the area. Charming cottages and fine mountain estates alike compliment the setting on which they are constructed; authentic timber, shingles, and stone accents abound.

Cascading waterfalls, stunning sunsets, and long-range vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains, topped off by unforgettable culinary experiences shared with loved ones, inspire return visits to this special mountain town.

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