Another elevated summer day in Highlands, perched more than 4,100 feet up in the Nantahala National Forest
Chef Chris Huerta’s roulade of stuffed guinea hen with roasted local mushrooms
Philippe Brainos, the jocular sommelier at Madison’s Restaurant in the Old Edwards Inn
The Hickory Pool, one of two heated mineral swimming pools at the inn
Executive chef Chris Huerta began at the Old Edwards Inn in 2006
The luxurious amenities include Italian Frette linens and European antiques
A summer gazpacho with ingredients freshly picked from the inn’s organic garden
A private sun patio off one of the Hickory Cottage rooms
The oldest rooms date back to an 1878 boarding house
Guests gather for cocktail hour in the inn’s Hummingbird Lounge
The historical Episcopal Church of the Incarnation on Main Street
The covered bridge entrance to The Bascom arts center is a reclaimed wooden structure named for artist Will Henry Stevens.
Ceramicist Samantha Oliver at work at The Bascom, a community arts center and gallery in Highlands
The main entrance to the Old Edwards Inn, a Relais & Chateau property, on leafy Main Street
Within four miles of downtown, in the Nantahala National Forest, visitors can walk on a stone path behind Dry Falls and stay (mostly) out of the spray.
Old Edwards Inn is green and lush in the heart of downtown Highlands.
A trove of sweaters at McCulley’s Scottish Cashmere
Local shops line Main Street
A full house for a bluegrass show at the Ugly Dog Public House.