Friday, November 10, 2017

A Recipe That CAN'T BE BEET!

The Greenes from Newnan GA enjoy breakfast at the Inn

The Laurel Magazine recently featured our recipe for


The Laurel Magazine is a beautiful monthly publication and your best source for all things Highlands. Each cover features a gorgeous original painting by a local artist and we are proud to display copies on our coffee table for guests to enjoy and take home. The Laurel is your go-to source for information on events, the arts, dining, venturing out, history, health, real estate and much more. In addition, the ads are well-designed and informative.
 Before your trip to Highlands, always check out the current issue online at

The Inn will be open Dec 27/28/29/20/31
 and then we will take a break until Spring.
Hope to see you soon in the mountains!!

with fireplace sleeps two to six and
is OPEN ALL YEAR with winter discounts.
Call or email for availability!!

Colonial Pines Inn Bed and Breakfast 
Donna & Chris Alley, Innkeepers Since 1984
541 Hickory Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-2060 10am-10pm

Friday, August 25, 2017

Eclipsed Eclipse

We decorated eclipse cookies as the day began with a bright and beautiful blue sky. BUT around 1pm, grey clouds formed and took over the entire sky. HEY this is Highlands - a temperate rain forest - so no surprise there!!  Undaunted Ian, our guest from Virginia who had been tediously checking the cloud cover for the past two days, decided that the best thing to do was drive down the mountain to Franklin. Guests and family members followed him like the Pied Piper, and that was a good decision - they were able to enjoy the full awesome show!!
In Highlands, we didn't fare as well. My sister & I sat through the crickets and the eery 2.5 minutes of darkness here at the Inn, and then suddenly, we heard cheers coming from the crowd that had gathered a few blocks away in the park. The clouds cleared in just the right spot and we whipped out our glasses to view the tiniest crescent of the sun peeking out from behind the dark moon.  It was awe-inspiringly beautiful and for the next hour, we had a clear view of the show.

 So, the predicted massive numbers of eclipse-chasing day trippers didn't arrive. Highlands didn't need all the rented porta-potties, didn't run out of gas or groceries, and didn't have to block roads or rescue hikers or deal with massive traffic jams or accidents. But there was music all day in the park, the hotels were full, most vacation homes were occupied, and a good time was had by all!!
Join Us to experience Highlands Magic every day of the year at
Highlands NC 28741
Donna & Chris Alley, Innkeepers Since 1984
(828) 526-2020 10am-10pm

Sunday, March 5, 2017

See the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in Highlands!

The following paragraphs are from
Michael Zeiler,
where you can find a massive amount of relative
information and some amazing maps!

You cannot completely prepare yourself for the sight of a total solar eclipse. When totality arrives, you will experience primal emotions and wonderment at the unspeakable beauty of the corona and the panoply of colors and light as you've never seen before. You will involuntarily scream, gasp, or perhaps cry at this astounding vision.
You will be looking straight down a billiard shot of the Earth, Moon, and Sun lined up perfectly. By celestial coincidence, the Sun and Moon's apparent disks in the sky are nearly the same. This serendipitous fact allows the Sun to be completely covered during eclipse yet also allows us to see the Sun's atmosphere, its corona. The corona is hidden from us all our lives except for the very special moments during the total solar eclipse.
When you look at the eclipse, you will perceive the blackest black imaginable surrounded by the Sun's ever-changing atmosphere, the corona. The quality of light is stupendous with an amazing light show of iridescence, scintillation, and delicate colors.

See the path through the US here:

See the path of totality for Highlands here:

The first phase begins at 1:07 pm on Mon Aug 21
with the TOTAL phase at 2:35pm lasting for 2min 32sec.
It will be completely over by 4:01pm.

Visit us in Highlands for the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Colonial Pines Inn Bed and Breakfast
541 Hickory Street
Highlands NC 28741
(828) 526-2060
Call or email NOW for availability!!