Monday, November 14, 2016

Winter/Spring Discount at Miss Rebecca's Cottage

Happy New Year from
 Colonial Pines Inn!
And a huge
 to everyone who helped make 2016 (our 33rd year as Innkeepers) a success!
That is a lot of years and YES, we intend to keep on going.
It is truly our pleasure to offer quality B&B accommodations and great food 
to folks who are looking for reasonable prices 
and a beautiful in-town location.

Colonial Pines Inn will reopen for weekends in March.
Miss Rebecca's Cottage is ALWAYS open
with a 25% discount Jan - March
Miss Rebecca's Cottage is located 1/3 mile from the center of town on a beautiful & secluded 2/3 acre property across from the Highlands Nature Center and next to the Sunset Rocks Hiking Trail. Stone fireplace, full kitchen, WiFi, cable TV, warm & cozy heat make it a great year-round rental.
For photos and further details go to:
To avoid booking fees and to get the discount, call or email:

For your best choice of rooms for Summer/Fall 2017, call NOW!!
Highlands offers an amazing array of music, art, theater, 
and other cultural events which means certain dates book up in advance. 
Due to the price of Highlands real estate, the number of B&B's in Highlands
 has declined and more expensive options are taking over. 
So if you are interested in a classic Bed and Breakfast 
with great reviews, we want you to be our guests!!

Have a wonderful 2017!

541 Hickory Street 
Highlands North Carolina 28741
(828) 526-2060 10am - 10pm
Donna & Chris Alley, Innkeepers Since 1984
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

HIghlands Food & Wine Festival News Flash!!


Tickets for the revamped tenth annual culinary weekend are on sale now!
Colonial Pines Inn has rooms Nov 10 - 13 for the Festival - CALL NOW!
For Thanksgiving Week Availability, please scroll down..
HIGHLANDS, N.C. (August 16, 2016) – Renowned folk artists, bluegrass legends and gospel icons are all part of this year’s Highlands Food and Wine Festival musical additions. The festival, taking place from Thursday, November 10, to Sunday, November 13, will feature a variety of performances throughout the weekend.
With the city surrounded by the breathtaking Nantahala National Forest, visitors of Highlands Food and Wine Festival will be able to enjoy tunes while experiencing the premier culinary destination of the Southeast this fall. New signature events, along special wine dinners offered by Highlands’ award- winning restaurants, will create a great weekend experience. Tickets for the Festival are on sale now
Headlining musical talent will include Bruce Hornsby at the recently announced exclusive dining event, “Rockwood Rocks!,” held at the private estate, Rockwood Lodge, where Hornsby will perform a medley of his well-known classical and jazz hits. Rockwood Rocks will be an intimate dining experience curated by renowned chefs from across the Southeast in addition to local talent Chris Huerta, executive chef of Madison’s at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa.  A portion of this event’s proceeds will benefit The Food Pantry of Highlands, which provides food and personal items to local families in need. 
Also new to this year’s festival is a Sunday Gospel Brunch at which five-time Grammy award-winning gospel group Blind Boys of Alabama will perform. A team of praised regional and local chefs will prepare comforting brunch-inspired tastes while guests enjoy the live gospel performance and morning cocktails.

Rhiannon Giddens of Grammy-award winning group Carolina Chocolate Drops is set to perform at this year’s Main Event on Saturday, November 13. The Main Event, held in a picturesque location right off of Main St, will include an oyster roast, local beer and tastings from local and regional chefs.
   In addition, Brooklyn-based American musical group The Lone Bellow will perform at the Friday Truckin’ event, featuring a selection of the Southeast’s most beloved food trucks including Canyon Kitchen, Root Down and Farm to Fender.
  “We are thrilled to launch the new programming for this year’s festival, and look forward to what its offering brings to our community,” said Highlands Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bob Kieltyka. “These musical acts are the first of many new and exciting additions to this year’s culinary weekend, that has been, and continues to be, anchored by the incredible local restaurants and chefs we are lucky to call our own.” 
The complete festival schedule and chef line-up will be announced at a later date. Stay tuned for upcoming updates through the festival website at and on social media at @highlandsfoodandwine.  

Future Press Releases will include Wine Dinners, Celebrity Chefs, Sip and Stroll, and other events throughout the weekend.

ABOUT HIGHLANDS FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL: With a sophisticated taste in food and roots in the mountains of North Carolina, the Highlands Food & Wine Festival appreciates the artistry behind food and wine. 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the event, previously named Highlands Culinary Weekend. Guest celebrity chefs will combine talents with the local chefs in Highlands to bring a not-to-miss culinary event to the town of Highlands, N.C., on November 10 through November 13.
Call NOW for your accommodations reservations 
and start your days with a fabulous breakfast!!
541 Hickory Street
Highlands NC 28741
(818) 526-2060
NOV 21 -26
Call ASAP! Availability changes quickly!


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Invasion of The Fabulous Fifteen!!

 For the past 10 years, around 3pm every Friday before Memorial Day, cars & vans roar into our driveway and out pour 15 ladies bearing picnic food, party snacks, extra lawn chairs, and wine!! Laughter and lively conversation soon flood our porch and can be heard all over the neighborhood.  They are free at last!!  This is THEIR time - away from jobs, husbands, children, and life's daily routines.  "How do their families allow this on a holiday weekend?" I ask. "Easy," they say, "We just wave goodbye and leave!!"

This is a tight-knit core group that has known each other for more than 20 years, brought together by church & their families. They are the village that raised their children, some of whom are now grown and gone. There are a few alternates that come and go over the years, and a personal recommendation is necessary for a newcomer, along with a certain amount of irreverence and sense of fun. A few group activities are planned such as cocktails on the porch, but mostly each gal does however much or little she pleases over the course of the weekend.  There are a host of activities to choose from in Highlands, but sometimes an afternoon nap or just relaxing on the porch with a magazine or a best friend is just the thing.

Double occupancy in three king beds and three queen beds, along with three additional single beds allows a maximum of 15 guests here at Colonial Pines. This group started it all, and we've become particularly popular with ladies groups. Some like to spread out a bit more with single occupancy and that can add to the cost, but even so, we are Highlands' most reasonably-priced accommodation, especially when you factor in the quality of our breakfast, amenities, and secluded in-town location.

So here it is - Thursday - the day before the "INVASION," and all is quiet.  Are we ready?  YES, WE'RE READY!! Ready to host another three days of laughter and prayer, ready for conversations both deep and frivolous, and ready to witness bonding like only women can do.  We hope they leave refreshed, relaxed, and ready to face all that life throws at them in the coming year (our thoughts will be with you, Cindy) and we look forward to another "Invasion" in 2017. 

It has been a total pleasure being their innkeepers for the past decade!!
Flowers from the Fabulous Fifteen!!

We'd love to talk to you about YOUR group.
Have a wonderful Summer and call NOW if you are thinking of a trip to Highlands.

Donna & Chris Alley, Innkeepers Since 1984
541 Hickory Street
Highlands NC 28741


Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Bascom: Art and Magic under a Carolina Blue Sky

Mid-Week Special!!
Arrive on MONDAY and your
at Colonial Pines Inn B&B
May, June, September excluding holidays
(828) 526-2060 
Did you know that Highlands is one of the top twelve Small Town Art Communities in the country?!!! DO NOT visit Highlands without checking out The Bascom, our thriving arts center, located on the Franklin Road (Hwy 64W) about 1/4 mile from the intersection of Main Street (Hwy 64) and the Dillard Road (Hwy 106). Two galleries feature rotating exhibits and innovative major outdoor sculpture installations offer something that is always new and thought-provoking.  The Bascom is open every day and admission is free!

 Events at The Bascom are popular, especially weddings.  Our daughter was married there last year and this delightful Hobbit House happened to be among the outdoor sculptures - wonderful fun for the children attending and a great photo opportunity for the bride and groom!
The restored Will Henry Stevens covered bridge on Hwy 64 forms an inviting entrance to the six acre complex. Explore the authentic corn crib, the horse barn converted into a pottery studio, and a large campus-style three-story barnwood building which houses galleries, studios, and classrooms.
Two indoor galleries have rotating exhibits that change about every three months.  No matter how often you visit Highlands, you'll always want to check out what's new and different at The Bascom.
The main building itself is a work of art with gorgeous timber frame construction and heart pine interiors with ladders and lofts. And did I mention there is a FABULOUS gift shop featuring reasonably-priced beautiful handmade items?!!!
 A charming sculpture and nature trail follows a mountain creek that borders the acreage and offers a lovely walk through the woods with a few surprises.
 Magic and creativity abound at The Bascom where you can enjoy year-round thought-provoking exhibits that will delight and amuse.  This is not your Grandmother's art gallery!!
 Youth programs are vital to supplement the curriculum at local schools and many of them are offered free.  After-school classes, Summer Workshops, Home School Classes, Pumpkin Painting events, and Holiday Crafts including a Gingerbread House Workshop are all extremely popular with families.
The adult programs offer an amazing array of classes in Ceramics, Woodturning, Photography and other media.  Art by Appointment is great for planning a private session for your group. Classes are taught by artists-in-residence and visiting professionals.
You can be part of the fun at the twice-a-year barn dances where, for a small cover charge, you can learn square dancing and clogging taught by locals.  Other fabulous events include Collective Spirits, The Bascom in Bloom, Three Artists Symposium, and more.
The Bascom will make YOU feel like dancin' - don't miss it!!! 
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If you're attending a Bascom class, ask about our exclusive mid-week accommodations discounts for participants.  
We LOVE The Bascom!!!

Colonial Pines Inn Bed and Breakfast
541 Hickory Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-2060
Donna & Chris Alley, Innkeepers Since 1984