Highlands, North Carolina

Gritty City Guide

Apr 9, 2018

At 4118 feet above sea level, this mountain oasis is a pristine getaway for city dwellers and lowlanders craving rejuvenation amid nature’s most spectacular setting. Expansive mountain views, hundred-foot waterfalls, and miles of rivers and trails form the backdrop for a walking downtown filled with Wine Spectator restaurants, live music, seasonal festivals, boutique shopping and performing arts.

EAT

Highland’s numerous Wine Spectator restaurants feature the innovations of acclaimed chefs crafted with regional bounty and sustainably sourced ingredients.

A GERMAN TWIST
Wolfgangs
474 Main St
(828) 526.3807
Over 700 wine options!

RELAXED ELEGANCE
Madison’s Restaurant
445 Main St
(828) 787.2525
Check out the Wine Garden views!

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GLOBAL CUISINE
Cyprus International Cuisine
332 Main St
(828) 526.4429
Inspired by street + traditional cuisines.

UPSCALE ITALIAN
Ristorante Paoletti
440 Main St
(828) 526.4906
Little family gem on Main Street.

LOCAL INGREDIENTS
Meritage Bistro
490 Carolina Way
(828) 526.1019
Dine outdoors under the trees

SLEEP

Choose from five-star accommodations, or settle into a quaint B&B. So many choices all within the downtown area—and some worthy options just beyond.

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EUROPEAN STYLE RESORT
Old Edwards Inn & Spa
445 Main St
(866) 526.8008
Outdoor mineral pools (seasonal).

DOG-FRIENDLY RESORT
Park On Main
205 Main St
(828) 526.4502
Rooms feature plush dog beds.

UNPLUG + UNWIND
Fire Mountain Inn
700 Happy Hill Rd
(800) 775.4446
Wake up to legendary views!

HISTORICAL INN
Highlands Inn
420 Main St
(828) 526.9380
Rock garden, rooftop terrace + casual dining.

PLAY AND SHOP
Whether it’s girls’ or guys’ weekend, a romantic escape or some much-needed family time, you’ll feel your daily concerns melt away as soon as you begin the ascent to the Highlands Plateau.

ZIP OVER THE TREE-TOPS
Highlands Aerial Park
9625 Dillard Rd
(828) 526.8773
Longest zip-line in the continental

DESTINATION OUTDOORS
The Way Of The Water
Bridal Veil Falls and Dry Falls
Find your way to a local swimming hole or hang out on the rocks in the fresh mountain air.

HOME + GARDEN DECOR
Dutchmans Designs
342 Main St
(828) 526.8864
Everything from reclaimed wooden furniture to artisan wax candles!

UNIQUE INTERIORS
Bardo
460 Main St
(828) 482.2410
Think rustic industrial meets urban loft.

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OUTDOOR + LEISURE GEAR
Highland Hiker
601 Main St
(828) 526.5298
Featuring full outdoor offerings and expertise from knowledgeable staff.

DESIGNER WOMEN’S FASHION
Rosenthals Boutique
375 Main St
(828) 526.2100
Featuring brands such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Kate Spade, Valentino, and Versace.