Highlands

North Carolina, The Traveling Cheetah

Highlands, North Carolina is just a short 2.5 hour drive from metro Atlanta, and is a true nature-themed getaway. Like a hidden gem set in-between rolling hills and mountains, this quaint town has some of the most beautiful landscape sites to see! I’d describe it as nature at its best, with picturesque sites no matter where you look. The town is about 5k in elevation, which just adds to the great views. Fall is by far the most desirable time to visit, as the fall colors are simply gorgeous. A springtime trip would be pretty as well, with nature in full bloom.

ACCOMODATIONS

I stayed at the Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands, a luxury mountain resort with the prettiest of views! The spa on the property is also definitely worth checking out – so peaceful and serene, you can’t help but feel totally relaxed. The meditation room has huge windows that look out to the mountains ahead.

North Carolina, The Traveling Cheetah
North Carolina, The Traveling Cheetah
North Carolina, The Traveling Cheetah
North Carolina, The Traveling Cheetah
North Carolina, The Traveling Cheetah
North Carolina, The Traveling Cheetah

THINGS TO DO

If you are a nature addict, this is the place for you! The amazing sights and plenty of fresh air is definitely refreshing and reviving. There are a number of hiking trails to explore and see – cutting past waterfalls, rocky cliffs and colorful Fall foliage, these trails do not disappoint. Bring your camera! Each waterfall was prettier than the next.

My favorite trail was Dry Falls, alongside the Cullasaja River. The waterfall is easily accessible and kid-friendly.


If you love shopping, spend the day strolling on Main Street and checking out all the unique boutiques – each is different in its own way, so there is something for everyone. From fashion boutiques and homemade fudge and yummy sweet shoppes, to specialty home decor stores (with some of the prettiest dishes and entertaining pieces), antique stores and more, you definitely will shop till you drop!

North Carolina, The Traveling Cheetah
North Carolina, The Traveling Cheetah

DINING

In such a small town, the restaurant options are a bit limited, but the food is always amazing. It’s gourmet Southern comfort -style meals no matter where you go! The local popular spot is Mountain Fresh Grocery, which has everything from a large wine selection (yay!) to homemade baked goods. Try the made-to-order pizzas – delish! I’d also recommend the pimento cheese dip or the cheddar grits and biscuits – creamy and dreamy!

The Old Edwards Inn also has a great restaurant, Madison’s, with cozy decor and even better eats.

Just reminiscing makes me want to get back there and experience it all again!!

North Carolina, The Traveling Cheetah

Until next time!

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