Heading somewhere new can always be a bit overwhelming, especially if you’re limited on time. After moving from San Francisco to Atlanta, being pregnant, looking for a house, and our crazy work schedules, my husband and I were so drained and needed to get away. A few friends recommended the Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, North Carolina, which is only two hours from Atlanta yet a total getaway. Highlands is a cute little town full of hikes, shopping, relaxing and more so I've narrowed down our favorite hikes, places to eat, etc.
Old Edward's Inn
Old Edwards Inn is literally reason enough to visit Highlands. It has a very European feel with cottages and luxury guest rooms. Each room has a historic yet modern feel with a different look to each to make it unique. The Spa there is absolutely phenomenal. I can't really put into words how great it really is. We spend both days in the relaxation room snuggled in the comfiest couches with the coziest blankets.
WHAT TO DO IN HIGHLANDS, NC
There’s a lot of different hikes and waterfalls to see in Highlands so wanted to share some of our favorites.
Whiteside Mountain - This is such a pretty hike for all the views. You go all the way up to the top of mountain and can see 4 states from the top. We were there during the winter months so the trees weren't full and green but I can only imagine how beautiful this is during summertime and when the leaves are changing. It's about 2.5-3 miles long and makes a loop so you won't go down the same way you came up.
Sunset Rock - This is a pretty quick and easy hike about half a mile long. We didn't go during the sunset because it was foggy and rainy but I can only image how pretty the view is during sunset (given the name after all!).
Glen Falls - We didn't get to this hike because we were a little under the weather on our last day but everyone at the Old Edward's Inn recommended this to us because of the waterfalls and beautiful trails. They did say it was a few hours and pretty steep but 100% worth it.
WHAT TO EAT IN HIGHLANDS, NC
Madison’s at Old Edward’s Inn – Such a yummy spot! We went for dinner and had a 6-course dinner and definitely had to unbutton my pants because I was so full (#noshame). It’s farm-to-table, so the ingredients are fresh.
Mountain Fresh Grocery - This place is a one stop shop grocery store and we became so obsessed - they have a pizza station, bakery, meat counter, ice cream, coffee station, sandwich station etc. We ate breakfast and lunch here and both were delicious. I got the waffles for breakfast (yum!) and the prosciutto and peach sandwich for lunch (extra yum!). We also got some coffee they roast in-house to take home with us. This is a great spot for after a hike or grab food to take on a hike.
Wild Thyme – We had a reservation to eat here after our Spa appointments but we were so relaxed and the last thing we wanted was to get ready and go to a dinner so we skipped this but will totally go next time. Very much recommended!
Ugly Dog Pub is a good spot for pub food with great craft beers.
WHEN TO GO TO HIGHLANDS, NC
The busy time to go is during the summer because of the weather and all of the outdoor things to do, however I would imagine how beautiful it is when the trees are changing for fall. We were there in March during their off-season and it was still breathtaking and not crowded, which we liked. Highlands is so cute and cozy - great for a couple's getaway, girl's trip, wedding, etc. We will definitely be back!
And a special thanks to the Old Edwards Inn staff for making our stay exceptional! Danny at the Spa, Jonathan at Hummingbird, Amanda from Marketing, and Meredith from Madison's.