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Top-rated vacation rentals in Highlands

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Cabin in Highlands
Melrose Cottage
Our Joe Webb cabin is just minutes drive and a 15 min. walk to the Historic mountain town of Highlands, NC, with great restaurants, dining, bars, spa, art and culture. At 4,100 feet we have hiking, zip lining and waterfalls,romantic winters and summers with temps in the 70's - low 80's. You’ll love this place because of the coziness, warmth and charm of a classic mountain log cabin with all the modern comforts. It is great for couples(and a child), solo adventurers, and business travelers.
$201 per night
Cottage in Highlands
❤️Romantic Highlands Cottage❤️Trail Access to Town!
At 4000+ feet & only a 10 min walk to town on the Rhododendron Trail. Totally renovated 2017!! Light & sunny 3 bed/2 bath, 750 sq. ft. Originally built by my wife's g-grandmother in the 1940's. Floor to ceiling shiplap, 17 ft. ceilings, hardwoods, reclaimed barn wood, custom fixtures, heated marble/slate bath floors, tankless water heater, gas fireplace, porch, Wifi, TV, washer/dryer, kitchenette. Beautiful gardens! Classic Highlands charm with modern comforts! Hike, fish, shop, or relax!
$257 per night
Loft in Highlands
Lunori | Loft 1 | Garden Patio
LUNORI: THE NEW MODERN NOSTALGIA Come relax, unwind, and take in the natural beauty of the mountains. At Lunori we've crafted the ultimate relaxation experience to aid you in unplugging and reconnecting with yourself and those around you. The loft offers a king sized bed, full kitchen, wood burning fireplace, porch, heated floors throughout, and modern amenities. --- Be sure to follow us on insta gram @ lunori.highlands and join our mailing list for updates and specials!
$109 per night

Stay near Highlands's top sights

Old Edwards Inn and Spa38 locals recommend
Mountain Fresh Grocery95 locals recommend
The Ugly Dog Public House- Highlands98 locals recommend
Glen Falls58 locals recommend
Wild Thyme Gourmet60 locals recommend
Highlands Smokehouse25 locals recommend

Highlands house rentals

Home in Highlands
Scotchland. Wood burning fireplace. 5 min to town
$215 per night
Home in Lake Toxaway
Treehouse with a Hot Tub, Hiking Trails & View
$217 per night
Home in Highlands
Peak Place - Mountain House 5 minutes to Main St!
$259 per night
Home in Highlands
Highlands home close to town on Rhododendron Trail
$275 per night
Home in Hayesville
Cozy Mill Creek Cottage with fantastic view
$79 per night
Home in Clayton
Creekside Cabin - Walk to Downtown
$132 per night
Home in Sapphire
Wonderful mountain cottage with amazing view!
$168 per night
Home in Franklin
Cabin in Franklin, The Rusty Nail
$85 per night
Home in Highlands
Spacious, In-Town Hideaway
$253 per night
Home in Glenville
Almost Heaven Overlooking Lake
$124 per night
Home in Almond
Stackstone Ridge- Amazing Mountain Views!
$146 per night
Home in Marble
Woodridge Mountain Home on 50+ acres
$88 per night

Highlands condo rentals

Condo in Helen
Remodeled! Alpine Getaway, Walk to Helen and more!
$91 per night
Condo in Salem
Beautiful Lake Keowee Condo with great Amenities
$175 per night
Condo in Helen
Helen Reprieve
$97 per night
Condo in Helen
Amelia's apartment - 2 bed/1ba Wi-Fi, TV, kitchen, W/D, patio
$110 per night
Condo in Helen
"Helen Hideaway," condo in beautiful Helen Georgia
$85 per night
Condo in Robbinsville
Luxury Suite # 1 in Mt View Home
$149 per night
Condo in Highlands
Highlands NC Vacation Home, 5 Minutes to Downtown
$140 per night
Condo in Highlands
Private Suite in Highlands
$110 per night
Condo in Sky Valley
Golden Bear- lovely one bedroom with fireplace
$121 per night
Condo in Sapphire
Cozy Winter Getaway Studio in SVR/Amenities Galore
$99 per night
Condo in Sapphire
Lake Fairfield Hideaway LOCATION, VIEWS PRICE
$299 per night
Condo in Almond
Cozy Mountain Condo close to Bryson City
$92 per night

Highlands cabin rentals

Cabin in Highlands
Whitewater Mountain Log Cabin
$296 per night
Cabin in Glenville
Charming Cottage by Lake Glenville
$101 per night
Cabin in Highlands
Highlands, NC Authentic Log Cabin w/ Canoe + Dock
$180 per night
Cabin in Sylva
Cute Cabin on the Creek near Dillsboro
$171 per night
Cabin in Glenville
Lazy Moss Cabin at Lake Glenville and pet friendly
$190 per night
Cabin in Highlands
Peaceful Lake Cabin - Close to Town - sleeps 8
$260 per night
Cabin in Almond
Blue Haven Cabin
$119 per night
Cabin in Sylva
Luxury Farmhouse Cabin with Smoky Mountain Views
$185 per night
Cabin in Cullowhee
Unplug under the stars
$200 per night
Cabin in Robbinsville
Mountain Dream gorgeous Mountain View with hot tub
$163 per night
Cabin in Sylva
Little Cove Cabin
$162 per night
Cabin in Topton
Romantic, lake view cabin,hot tub, canoe,billiards
$171 per night

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Highlands

Total rentals

200 properties

Rentals with dedicated workspaces

80 properties have a dedicated workspace

Pet-friendly rentals

80 properties allow pets

Family-friendly rentals

140 properties are a good fit for families

Total number of reviews

7.2K reviews

Nightly prices starting at

$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.

Dry Falls

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.

Secret Falls

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.

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