At the Center of It All

Our historic 130 year old Highlands Inn offers 31 beautiful rooms and dining. Walk out the front door onto Main Street.

Walk the Town

Take your choice—right or left—pass century-old inns, churches and interesting shops, including upscale boutiques and galleries featuring art and antiques. Stop for lunch at one of the many downtown eateries.

Dining Choices Abound

Save room for dinner; Highlands has become a culinary paradise with five “Wine Spectator Award of Excellence” restaurants, as well as a cadre of other great chef-owned restaurants representing a variety of culinary styles.

Upcoming Events

Highlands is a place with an abundance of unique things to do. From Arts and Culture, Outdoor and Recreation, World-class Musicians, Workshops and Lectures, to indulging in the wonderful Culinary scene, there is always a wide variety of events to capture the interest of any visitor or resident of Highlands NC.

Welcome to Highlands Inn

Located on Main Street Highlands, in the heart of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, this historic 31-room hotel, locally referred to as the Crown Jewel of Highlands, offers our guests the gracious Southern mountain hospitality of yesteryear amidst everyday conveniences for the modern traveler. As you step into the warm, welcoming lobby you will step back into the history of times long ago. A time when Highlands began to acquire its upscale resort reputation, a role that Highlands Inn was an integral part. Each season the horse-drawn carriages of wealthy southerners, mostly from the coastal lowlands, journeyed the 4180′ elevation through the Blue Ridge to Highlands to escape the heat of summer.

Highland’s First Hotel

The Inn has maintained its exterior and interior personality through the past 130 years. The Rock Garden area and rooms were added to the hotel in the 1970s and renovations to the Inn took place in 1989. During the renovation, the Inn’s decor was researched and restored in a country manner. Guests appreciate our antique furnishings, colonial paints, wall coverings and stenciling by master artists. During the winter of 2006 the Sequoya Room was completely renovated to a look and feel reminiscent of a late 1800’s Victorian parlor. The new Sequoya Room, featuring dark hardwood floors, and two fireplaces to warm up the body and the soul, is perfect of rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, banquets, dinner parties and business meetings. Highlands Inn, open between the months of April through November, is the perfect place for a vacation, weekend getaway or group function. Our guests enjoy exploring the endless nooks and crannies and entertaining their guests in the Billiards Room, the rock garden or the rooftop terrace. The Rock Garden is the perfect outdoor setting for your small, intimate outdoor Wedding Ceremony. The Inn has been listed on the National Registry for Historic Places since 1991.  A stay at this historic hotel offers our guests a vision and experience of days gone by,


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Highlands Inn

HIghland’s first hotel has been referred to as the Crown Jewel of the town of Highlands, North Carolina for over 130 years.  Experience history first hand.