Friday, May 24, 2019

Whiteside Mountain from the Top of Big Bearpen

You can almost reach out and touch it!!

Many thanks to Ronnie & Marty, recent guests at Colonial Pines Inn, for this amazing photo of Whiteside Mountain!  I've seen this view many times, but I usually go in the off-season when it's gray & rainy, and I've never taken a shot this beautiful. Those granite cliffs are popular for rappelling and viewing peregrine falcons and you can also see some of the development that is not popular with area naturalists.

Big Bearpen is a neighborhood not far from the Inn which is designated as a wildflower preserve. Its developers protected a space offering this view of Whiteside Mountain, and another looking toward Sunset Rock. 

Walking a portion of The Kelsey Trail (one block from the Inn) to a cul-de-sac at the top of Big Bearpen will reward you with both of these views. You'll walk through a virgin forest on a beautifully laid out trail constructed by the Highlands Greenway Association, and you'll join up with Big Bearpen Road to finish out your trip. There are some impressive houses up there - which means you can also drive.

On your next visit, just ask for the map we've created showing the path to follow for walking or driving.  You'll be rewarded.

Come See Us in the Mountains!!! Soon!!!

541 Hickory Street
Highlands NC 28741
(828) 526-2060
Donna & Chris Alley, Innkeepers Since 1984


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Open for 2019 - Our 36th Year as Innkeepers!!!!!!!!!

Why visit Highlands?

Hummingbirds in April
Trillium & Purple Rhododendron (above) in May 
Light Pink/White Rhododendron in June 
Events & Festivals (see below) all Summer
Leaf Changing and crisp, cool days in Fall
The Highlands Food and Wine Festival (the biggest event of the year)
 in November
But we've always said that, without a doubt, the most important commodity Highlands has to offer is:
No one ever mentions this in articles about the wonders of Highlands, but you will notice it when you drive up the mountain and step out of your car, and again when you leave this plateau and drive to the lowlands. 
If only you could bottle it up and take it with you! 
But the next best thing is to visit often.

Plan ahead for these once a year special events: 
Highlands Motoring Festival Jun 6-9
Highlands Playhouse Live Theater Jun 20-Aug 17
Highlands Craft Fairs June 29-30, Aug 24-25 & Oct 12
July 4 Celebration, BBQ, & Fireworks
Cashiers Craft Fairs Memorial Day & Labor Day Weekends
Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Jul 5-Aug 11
Highlands Food & Wine Festival Nov 7-10

 We hope to see you soon in the mountains!

541 Hickory Street
Highlands NC 28741
(828) 526-2060
Donna & Chris Alley, Innkeepers Since 1984

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Scenes From A Snowy Winter in Highlands

 Colonial Pines Inn on a crisp, snowy day
 Carolina Blue Sky at The Episcopal Church
 Miss Rebecca's Cottage - Open Year-Round
Log Cabin Cut Glass Museum just down the street

It's been a beautiful winter here in Highlands and things are currently calm around town. Miss Rebecca's Cottage (above) is always open for your peaceful winter getaway with its stone fireplace and great location half a mile from the center of everything. Winter Discounts are in effect!
 Check it out at and call us for a personalized quote.It can be booked at, but if you call us direct at (828) 526-2060, you will avoid their fees.
You'll love the quieter side of Highlands and you might experience a beautiful blanket of snow anytime up until the end of April!

Colonial Pines Inn B&B, The Guest House Apartment, and The Sunflower Room will open April 1 and booking now for the upcoming season will get you 2018 rates. You can always relax on our porch, but if you want something more to do (other than boutique shopping, fine dining, hiking to nature areas & waterfalls) check out the following websites. There are so many events throughout the season that it's hard to keep track of them, but these websites are trying:

We'd love to see you in Highlands in 2019!!
Call us at(828) 526-2060 to discuss the possibilities.  B&B rooms are booked only by phone.  The Guest House Apartment and The Sunflower Room can be booked on Airbnb, and Miss Rebecca's Cottage can be booked on VRBO.Our website has links to those sites, but calling us direct will allow us to help you pick the right space and you will avoid added fees.

541 Hickory Street
Highlands NC 28741
(828) 526-2060
Donna & Chris Alley, Innkeepers Since 1984