Highlands takes mountain shopping to another level with its main street flair of boutiques, restaurants and shops. There’s jewelry, home stores, food stores, an outdoor outfitters and even a world famous Inn. Indulge yourself in luxury at the European-style Old Edwards Inn and Spa with luxury guestrooms, suites, cottages, and vacation homes, premium leisure amenities, farm-fed restaurants, and a world-class spa.
Named one of America’s 12 Small Town Arts Places, the Highlands Plateau nurtures a longstanding love of the creative spirit. Artists of every genre-- visual, performing, musical, literary and culinary-- have homes in the Highlands and the surrounding mountains. The result is a profusion of creativity in the lifestyle that can be found in local shops, galleries and theaters, festivals and outdoor concerts.
Enjoy a concert, play, musical or dance company at Highlands Performing Arts center where top acts from around the globe perform. And when you want to immerse yourself in nature just step out in any direction. Highlands has access to many hiking trails and is surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest offering world-class trout fly fishing and mountain biking.
If golf is your game then you’re going to love Highlands. Play round or two at the highly rated and prestigious Highlands Country Club where every tee box, fairway and green will take your breath away. Other course to play include; Highlands Falls Country Club, Cullasaja Club and Wildcat Cliffs Country Club.
Highlands is technically a rain forest and is known for its waterfalls as it’s positioned on the west side of The Land of Waterfalls showcasing some of Western North Carolinas most famous falls including Bridal Falls, Glenn Falls, Dry Falls and the iconic Cullasaja Falls. Highlands is known for “The Height of Happiness” and there’s certainly plenty to do in Highlands year-round. Come on up and play.