Monday, December 12, 2011

Magic at Miss Rebecca's through Dec 25

A twinkly twig tree at Miss Rebecca's Cottage creates magic for both children and adults. A cozy fireplace, a collection of nutcrackers and all the comforts of home (with none of the responsibility) make this a perfect holiday getaway for couples or families.

Stay anytime through Dec 25 and you can take a 25% discount off regular rates. This means two adults can stay for $150 per night, two couples for $206, and three couples for $281. Children are welcome at no charge! Two night minimum required.

The weekly rate of $1200 has also been reduced by one-third to $800. Stay through Dec 25 and enjoy a special holiday with your loved ones with all there is to do in Highlands during this bright and festive season.

Avoid cooking by attending the sumptuous "HANDS" Chrismas Dinner with all profits donated to charity. This worthwhile event has become a not-to-be-missed Christmas tradition in Highlands. Check out this and other events at

Innkeepers Donna & Chris Alley
wish You and Your Family
a Lovely and Peaceful
Holiday Season.

We'd love to be your host!
Colonial Pines Inn Bed and Breakfast
(828) 526-2060
(866) 526-2060 toll-free

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Best Color in Highlands..

...might be right here at the Inn! Our two maples are absolutely glorious and, as predicted, the colors all over the area are especially intense.

Thanks to Cal Tuggle who took these photos of the large, old maple in front of the Guest House.

Cal stayed in the Bargain Basement, on the lower level of the Guest House, which has been the most occupied room this October. With only one exception, it has been rented every single night!

To find out more about this in-demand room, see our April 2009 blog post. Which night not rented? October 23 - this Sunday. We'd love to have you as our guests for the best deal on color in Highlands!

Happy Leaf Looking!
Colonial Pines Inn
(828) 526-2060
(866) 526-2060 Toll-Free

(Scroll down to the next post for reduced rates
on Miss Rebecca's Cottage.)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Buckwheat Brownies

I was planning to post photos from our Block Party, but so many folks requested my Buckwheat Brownie recipe ("Hurry!" they said), that I'm providing it first. The party was FANTASTIC to say the least - so check back soon for a long post that will make you feel you were there, too!

(gluten-free, dark, chewy, delicious)

3/4 cup cocoa
3/4 cup buckwheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
10 Tbsp melted butter
1 3/4 cups dark brown sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
6 oz Ghiradelli Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 375 and line sides & bottom of 9X13 pan with foil. Combine cocoa, buckwheat, soda & salt. Set aside. Melt butter in medium saucepan over low heat. Add brown sugar, stirring to blend. Stir in flour mixture, then remove from heat. Whisk eggs with vanilla and add to mixture, stirring just until well blended, about 40 strokes. Mix in chocolate chips & walnuts, then quickly turn into foil-lined pan. Bake 20 minutes. Cool in pan, then remove with foil intact and cut into 20 squares or 40 triangles.

Tip: Remove 1/2 cup (packed) brown sugar from a 1 lb box and you will have 1 3/4 cup - just enough for this recipe.

Colonial Pines Inn Bed & Breakfast
(828) 526-2060
(866) 526-2060 Toll-Free

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Colonial Pines Turns 50!


Celebrate 150 Years of Hospitality
at Colonial Pines Inn (50 Years Old)
& 4 1/2 Street Inn (100 Years Old)
Tuesday September 13, 2011 5:30 - 7:30pm
Join the Innkeepers for a cookout with live music by
"Tom Hill & The Midnight Suns"
Tour the Inns, dance, and enjoy old-fashioned hospitality.
Parking available courtesy of the PAC Center on Chestnut St.
Contact Donna & Chris at (828) 526-2060
for more information.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Fourth Night Free through August

Stay three nights, and receive your fourth night absolutely FREE through August. What better place to celebrate Summer than under our huge, brand new Old Glory? Our flag flies 365 days a year, but it's especially beautiful this time of year rustled by gentle mountain breezes and we'd love to have you join us! Call now - availability is limited. This offer does not apply to rooms already booked, or to The Bargain Basement which is always discounted at $90. See our previous posts for some great music events and check the calendar at the Chamber of Commerce for details on many other ways to enjoy Highlands.

Whatever you do, have a wonderful Summer!

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Nights are aLIVE with Music - All Summer!

A perfect way to start your weekend:
Arrive Early on Friday Nights and stroll Main Street
to enjoy Free Entertainment!
(times were changed after the poster was printed)
Near Kilwins and sometimes on "The Hill"

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Banana Chocolate Chip Buckwheat Muffins

Okay Vickie, here's the requested recipe - just for you - and anyone else who is interested, of course! These are moist & delicious and a great thing to make when you find yourself with three over-ripe bananas. Plus, they are gluten-free since they're made with all Buckwheat flour - but you'd never guess!


Preheat oven to 400. Line muffin pans with paper or foil liners. Bake for 20 minutes. Makes 12 regular muffins or 36 mini muffins.

3 overripe bananas
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar*
2 Tbsp. molasses*
1 cup + 2 Tbsp. buckwheat flour
3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

*or 1/2 cup dark brown sugar & no molasses

Mash bananas in mixer and add oil, eggs, sugar, molasses. In a separate bowl, mix flour, cocoa, baking soda and add to banana mixture, beating gently until blended. Add chocolate chips. Spoon into muffin cups and bake as directed. Cool completely and store in airtight container. Even better the next day and can be eaten at room temperature or reheated in a warm oven.


Donna Alley, Innkeeper Since 1984
Colonial Pines Inn Bed & Breakfast
(828) 526-2060 or (866) 526-2060 Toll Free

P.S. Please like us on FACEBOOK. We are finally there!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Got Entertainment?

We Do!!
Check out this amazing array of artists scheduled for the 2011 Season at the Performing Arts Center, only HALF A BLOCK from Colonial Pines Inn:

Jeri Sager, Broadway Series, June 11

Small Stages: Educating Rita, June 15 - June 19

Bluegrass Series: The Gibson Brothers, June 22

Broadway Series: Franc D'Ambrosio, June 25

Storytelling Series: John McCutcheon June 29

Small Stages: Educating Rita, July 1 - July 3

Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival July 4 through August 15

Highlands-Cashiers Players: "Sirens," Aug 18 - 21, & 25 - 28

Storytelling Series: Bill Harley, Aug 31

Bluegrass Series: Suzy Bogguss, Sep 2

Robert Ray, September 3 & 4

Bel Canto, September 11

Native Plant Conference September 16 & 17

Highlands Male Chorus, September 23

Bluegrass Series: Chatham County Line, October 1

Broadway Series: John Treacy Egan, October 8

Storytelling Series: Carmen Deedy, October 12

Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance, October 14

Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival: October 15

Highlands Cashiers Players: "Kitchen Witches," October 27 - 30,
November 3 - 6

Highlands Cashiers Players: Holiday Reading, December 8

For tickets and other information, call (828) 526-9047
or go to

It's nice to see that there are some mid-week options which means you can take advantage of our discounts while enjoying some top-notch entertainment.

Call for a reservation soon - it's going to be a busy season!!

Colonial Pines Inn Bed & Breakfast
(828) 526-2060
(866) 526-2060 Toll-Free

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Prize-Winning Cranberry Cornbread!!

Chris' Buffalo Chili, made with fresh ground North Carolina Buffalo was awesome, but my Cranberry Cornbread won the prize!!! Here's the recipe:

1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 1/4 cup self-rising cornmeal (not mix)
1 cup Bisquick
1 cup buttermilk
6 oz grated extra sharp cheddar
1 cup corn
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped sauteed onions
1/3 cup minced green peppers
2 tsp minced jalapenos

Preheat oven to 375. Cream butter & sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well. Combine cornmeal & bisquick and add, alternating with buttermilk. Add cheese and remaining ingredients, mixing until blended. Pour into greased 9X13 non-stick baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

Sorry, this is not one of my healthier recipes but it's wonderful for a special occasion. See the May 2009 post for my Apple-Oatmeal Bread made with whole wheat flour & dried cranberries - still delicious but better for you!!!

Other March Events:

Saturday March 26
Winter Barn Dance at The Bascom
Celebrating a great Highlands Tradition
$5 at the door, food & beverages for purchase
(828) 526-4949

Enjoy your 2nd night at HALF PRICE
Or, your 3rd night FREE at
Colonial Pines Inn
(828) 526-2060

Also, book your 2011 reservations NOW
at 2010 prices!!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Lovely Gift!

A beautiful original painting by Nancy Burleson now brightens a formerly dark corner near our "Piano-Top Gift Shop." A gift from Barbara & Bob Higgs, long-time guests from Jackson TN, it depicts a still life with flowers and features a pretty maple leaf bottle (like the ones we sell) full of delicious Vermont Maple Syrup. Even more special, it was painted by Barbara's dear friend Nancy, a Jackson local artist. Barbara had given Nancy a bottle of syrup and Nancy responded as she can do best - with a painting!

What a thoughtful and touching gift, Barbara & Bob - and Nancy, too!
We will treasure it, and now there will always be a little of you here at Colonial Pines Inn.
Thank You So Much!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

It was a beautiful White Christmas in Highlands, but today the New Year's rain is washing it all away. The locals say the woolly worms are predicting a snowy season, so keep in touch if you want to come see the mountains in white, go snow tubing or (if cold temperatures continue) ice skate on Harris Lake. Miss Rebecca's Cottage, near the lake, is open every day of the winter, and the Inn is open weekends.

If you look carefully in this photo, you can see our beautiful (frozen) Thanksgiving pumpkin covered with snow & circled by a wreath.

My New Year's resolution is to put the Inn on Facebook. Wish me luck keeping up with it all and please visit Colonial Pines Inn on Facebook to check on my progress.

A heartfelt thanks to all our guests for making it a great 2010.
We wish for you and your family all things peaceful and joyous in 2011!

Please join us January through April
for Second Night Half Price OR Third Night Free
and plan ahead to get the best choice of rooms for Summer & Fall
at Colonial Pines Inn.
Donna & Chris Alley
Innkeepers Since 1984
(866) 526-2060 Toll Free