Best Highlands NC Lodging

highlands nc birdingDo your urban lungs lack fresh air? Is the tallest thing you’ve seen this week a large latte? Then make your way to Highlands, North Carolina…STAT! The best Highlands NC lodging will affordably and comfortably disconnect you from the metropolitan matrix, so there's zero time to waste.

Birds, Flowers, Waterfalls - Oh My!

The North Carolina skies are no stranger to beautiful birds, both native and imported, making the The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society a bustling one. Permanent residents include the Eastern Bluebird, Northern Mockingbird, the Northern Cardinal, and the Red-winged Blackbird. Summer visitors, on the other hand, range from the Gray Catbird to the Yellow Warbler. Make sure to pack those binoculars.

Don’t just look up, though. Every month has its own set of flora to faun over, too, and highlights include wild orchids, azaleas, and wild lilies. Come during April for the biggest selection.

Between the mountains, the birds, and the flowers, it doesn’t seem as if Highlands could get any more stunning. But we’re just getting started. For some bonding time with Mother Nature, check out her spectacular waterfalls. Highlands features the Bridal Veil Falls, the Cullasaja Falls, the Dry Falls, and the Quarry Falls, among others, and the journey to get to these is well worth it.

Calling All Hikers and Fly Fishers

The best Highlands NC lodging gives easy access to the town’s many trails. All you need is your own two feet, or a bike, and you'll never feel far from adventure. Explore Whiteside Mountain, alongs 64 East, see the varied sights along the Chattooga Loop Trail, or watch the sun set at Sunset Rock (appropriately).

Fly fishing is the thing to do in Highlands. Brook and brown trout are available year-round, and sometimes rainbow trout is easy to catch, too. If you’re here to fish, choose Highlands NC lodging near rivers like the Chattooga, the Nantahala, and the Cullasaja.

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Shopping Break

Nature’s charming and all, but sometimes spending money’s a lot more fun. Luckily, there are many places to do just that in Highlands. Hunt down unique antiques at Julianna’s, prep for a hike at Bear Mtn. Outfitters, or grab a souvenir at the Bird Barn.

When to Book Highlands NC Lodging

With an average high of 78 degrees, the outdoors is a real magnet (although the best indoors Highlands NC lodging can compete). Mild summers welcome nature and adventure seekers who can’t stand too much heat. Meanwhile, winters can be chilly, but events like the 5th Annual Culinary Weekend in November and the Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade in December make a visit worthwhile. Since the shoulder seasons enjoy nice weather (spring and fall), those are great times to visit, as you'll find fewer crowds and off-season deals on the best Highlands NC Lodging. Bottom line: it's best to choose your arrival time based on your favorite activities. Like birding? Visit when the birds are migrating to the Highlands. Like fishing? Visit when rainbow trout's in season. Like waking up to mountain views every morning? Vist any time of year!

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