We visited Highlands again this Thanksgiving and it is becoming one of my favorite havens. This sleepy mountain town has the quiet you need to get away from it all but enough restaurants and stores to keep you in civilization.
Our days consisted of daily walks, lots of good eating and memories with sweet, busy MT. We learned we owe her teachers a big hug because this chica is nonstop.
If you live in the Atlanta area, Highlands is only two hours away. The drive into North Carolina is gorgeous too. Here are some tips if you want to make the visit:
Grocery Store - If time allows, make the drive over to Cashiers. They have an Ingles and the prices are much better than the local Bryson's. Although we had to make a few Bryson's run for essentials (you know... milk and beer).
Hikes - Glen Falls, Dry Falls, Sunset Rock, Whiteside Mountain - these are all gorgeous
Rental - We booked the same house as we did four years ago. I highly recommend using VRBO to scope your options out.
Restaurants - We ate in most meals but did venture out to the Carolina Barbecue restaurant in Cashiers (on the aforementioned grocery run) and Mountain Fresh Grocery.
Shopping - Downtown Highlands has tons of great little shops... although not ideal for a 15 month old hands.