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Rentals with dedicated workspaces
|80 properties have a dedicated workspace|
|80 properties allow pets|
|140 properties are a good fit for families|
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|$100 before taxes and fees|
Your guide to Highlands
All About Highlands
Highlands is one of the highest towns east of the Mississippi River, located within North Carolina’s Nantahala National Forest. The surrounding Appalachian Mountains offer miles of hiking trails where you just may catch a deer drinking from a nearby stream, or raccoons meandering near a rushing waterfall. Occasionally people have reported seeing black bears in this rich ecosystem, which is home to a variety of birds as well.
While the area is known for its serene outdoor atmosphere, Highlands’ Main Street and the nearby town of Cashiers boast an assortment of unique shops and dining experiences. Clothing boutiques, art galleries, antique shops, and bookstores line the wide sidewalks. Many of the restaurants feature live music, craft beers, local wines, and an eclectic menu of local produce courtesy of the fertile mountain soil.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Highlands
Due to Highlands’ elevation among the Appalachian Mountains, the summers remain cool and pleasant, making May through September the perfect time to book a Highlands vacation rental. You can enjoy the numerous hiking paths, as well as the outdoor dining opportunities available during this time. As the temperatures drop for the winter months, switch gears for ice skating and snow tubing. Warm clothes and waterproof boots will be necessary during this time, as snowfall is common during Highlands’ winter months. In addition to the regular activities found in Highlands, numerous events are held throughout the year. A multi-day music festival in April features performances from a variety of genres. The Highlands Food and Wine Festival is another popular event held in November, featuring an assortment of delicious food and wine, and more live music.
Top things to do in Highlands
Highlands Nature Center
The Highlands Nature Center features year-round exhibits, interactive displays, and special events that focus on the unique biodiversity of the southern Appalachian region. The onsite botanical gardens showcase nearly 500 species of wildflowers, mosses, ferns, shrubs, and trees. The wooded trails around the center’s lake and pond provide visitors with the chance to see some of the local wildlife.
Located just minutes outside of Highlands, Dry Falls is a stunning 80-foot waterfall. The paved pathway from the parking lot makes Dry Falls easily accessible. Due to the way the water flows from the overhead cliff, you could have the unique experience of walking behind the falling water without getting wet, although when the rain volume is higher than normal, you just might get sprayed.
Commonly referred to as Big Shoals Falls, this hidden 50-foot waterfall is located just 6.5 miles from downtown Highlands on Big Creek. The half-mile trail from the parking lot to the waterfall is only marked with one staked sign and blue rectangles on the trees, adding to the clandestine feel of the falls. Once you make the hike, a small sandy beach will be waiting for you, with shallow creek waters providing a place to wade and swim while enjoying the cascading waters from above.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Highlands?
Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 80 vacation rentals in Highlands featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.
How much does it cost to stay in house rentals in Highlands?
Experience the best of Highlands with our house rentals, starting at about $150 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.
Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Highlands?
Four-legged friends are welcome in Highlands. Choose from more than 80 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.
Do house rentals in Highlands have self check-in?
Absolutely! We offer over 60 house rentals with self check-in in Highlands. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.
Do house rentals in Highlands have wifi?
Absolutely! We offer over 90 house rentals with wifi in Highlands. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.
Do house rentals in Highlands have a bbq area?
Absolutely! We offer over 80 house rentals with a bbq area in Highlands. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.
What are the most popular amenities for House Rentals in Highlands?
Enhance your stay in our House Rentals with the most popular amenities: over 80 homes with a bbq area, over 90 homes with wifi, over 60 homes with self check-in, and more. Indulge in the ultimate retreat, tailored to your preferences.
Are there family-friendly house rentals in Highlands?
Highlands has more than 90 family-friendly house rentals. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.