Breathe Some Mountain Air
Highlands Chamber of Commerce celebrates all the residents, visitors, and businesses who saw us through recent times. Thank you for staying home and physically distancing, while socially networking via safe venues. Checking on neighbors, sharing supplies, and practicing excellent citizenship over a difficult stretch are qualities that elevate our community even more.
So when we are given the all clear, and you are ready for the Highlands, North Carolina experience, prepare to surrender, immerse, indulge, and savor.
Go to highlandschamber.org. Click on About. Drop down to Experience Guide. There you’ll encounter Nature, Hiking, Rafting, Waterfalls, Forests, Dining/Shopping, Resort/Spa Pampering, the Arts, and 360 degrees of incomparable beauty . . . all of which are calling your name.
This Insider’s Guide to your journey through Southwestern North Carolina highlights everything from well-known destinations to some of the Plateau’s best-kept secrets.
The stage is set with Highlands history. From the glacial formation of the Appalachians to early indigenous societies to the Cherokee Trail of Tears to early European settlers to the legendary Sam Kelsey and C.C. Hutchinson, right up to current times, Highlands history is rife with wonderful characters and tall tales.
Winter’s wonderland offers skiing, tubing, ice-skating, and photo ops at every turn.
As spring bulbs and blossoms burst through forest floors, a thundering cascade of melting snow shakes boulders at a waterfall’s base. Learn more about seasonal changes by visiting the Mountain Retreat and Learning Center and the Highlands Biological Station.
As weather warms, join hikers, canoers, photographers, sight-seers, anglers, and more as you surrender to the Nantahala’s mist and magic. After a day of hardy adventure, immerse yourself in a spa treatment or attend the theater, a Highlands Performing Art Center presentation.
Autumn never disappoints with its red, purple, and golden palette of leaves … and apples, a visual delight for eye … a tasty treat for the tongue.
Check it all out online, then check it out in person.