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Skyliner

Highlands & Cashiers

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My absolute favorite daytrip/weekend-getaway is Highlands, North Carolina. It is a fabulously quaint arts & crafts mountain village, and is only a 1-2 hour drive from my home in Greenville, South Carolina. In the summer, this part of the region is packed with travelers and visitors seeking relief from the heat. There are tons of outdoor activities to take in around these villages, but there are plenty of awesome shops to enjoy in town as well. Here are just a few photos I shot last week and earlier this week. I will try to post more of them soon, Enjoy!

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Neat little village. What are the outdoor activities in this area? Do they have an inn with easy access to trails, etc? Thanks.

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There is also GREAT little shops and some surprisingly good restaurants. This area is not a very far drive for folks from Atlanta so they have helped to "notch-up" some of this areas offerings! My company has a few customers there, so I'm lucky to get to go there at least 3-4 times per year. My favorite time though is in the winter after a fresh snow!!

Thanks for posting the pics!

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You know, is it just my opinion, or were the leaves this fall some of the most spectacular we've had in years? I was noticing driving the other day that I don't recall this vivid or rich colors like we've had this year for quite some time....

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Thanks for the great replies, everyone! These photos do not adequately depict the incredible beauty of the area, but they do give a tiny sneak peek. :thumbsup:

Neat little village. What are the outdoor activities in this area? Do they have an inn with easy access to trails, etc? Thanks.

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I am finally getting around to adding a few additional photos from one of my Fall visits to Highlands. Enjoy the beauty! :shades:

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I had intended to include this photo, which you may recognize from the Southern Photos of the Day thread:

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I'd say Highlands feels like a small town out of Upstate New York more than any other place in NC.

The area became a HUGELY popular resort town for the few short years (20 or so) starting in 1903 when the Southern Railroad ran as far as Lake Toxaway.

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The recent expansion(s) of Old Edwards Inn have really begun to change Highlands. When we first started visiting the Inn only occupied the original building on the corner - they have since expanded to most of the block. I've noticed that things are getting quite a bit more expensive as well.

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Thanks to everyone for the great replies! These photos represent a fraction of the actual beauty you can find around the Highlands area. :shades:

Here are a few more that I had not posted:

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