Highlands, North Carolina

“The Aspen Of The East”

Highlands, North Carolina, as well as surrounding towns of Glenville, Sapphire Valley and Cashiers, is a small town located in the southern Appalachian Mountains, inside the Nantahala National Forest.

It is approximately 85 miles southwest of Asheville; 10 miles from downtown Cashiers / Glenville; and 17 miles from Sapphire Valley. Highlands sits 4,100 feet above sea level which makes for cool summers and mild winters. As such, it is a popular summertime destination for vacationers – and residents – who want to escape the oppressive heat and humidity found in other southern states.

In addition to its natural beauties – long-range mountain and lake views, stunning fall foliage, cascading waterfalls, and more – Highlands is also a must-visit destination for antique hounds, foodies, art lovers, wine enthusiasts, and all-around shoppers.

Visitors fall in love with “hometown Main Street” center, which is dotted with restaurants, a famous auction house, and inns and shops. And, if you have a favorite furry friend, you’ll be pleased to learn that Highlands is a very dog-friendly town (but watch out, Fido may get spoiled with all of the treats he or she will get!).

Highlands is also home to many country clubs, resort-style golf courses, a public library, The Highlands Playhouse the Instant Theatre Company, the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center, and the Bascom, a non-profit visual arts center that offers classes and exhibits work by local and national artists.

Most importantly, however, Highlands is famous for its relaxed, yet sophisticated, lifestyle. So, if you’re looking for a place to breathe deeply, stroll leisurely and take life as it comes, you’ll fall in love with Highlands, North Carolina!