Tour a Cozy Mountain Home in Highlands North Carolina

Recently, a friend invited me up to Highlands, North Carolina for the weekend. Highlands is located on a plateau in the southern Appalachian Mountains.  Per Wikipedia, the permanent population in 2010 was 924.  During the spring, summer and fall months, the population swells to between 10,000-15,000!

Highlands is a popular destination for those of us who live around Atlanta because it’s only 2 hours away.  The temps are really nice during the summer and there are lots of cute shoppes to browse as well as great restaurants to check out.  For the more adventurous types, there are plenty of great places to go for outdoor fun like hiking, canoeing and horseback riding.

Highlands, North Carolina

I thought I’d take you on a little tour of the home we stayed in this weekend.  This is the living room below.  I really like the beam ceiling in this room.

Satulah Mountain Home in Highlands, North Carolina

A view from the other end.

Living Room of Satulah Mountain Home in Highlands, North Carolina

The kitchen…

Kitchen of Satulah Mountain Home in Highlands, North Carolina

 Breakfast area…love the beadboard ceiling in this space.

Breakfast Area of Satulah Mountain Home in Highlands, North Carolina

 The dining room is pictured below.  The home had lots of lovely antiques.

Dining Room of Satulah Mountain Home in Highlands, North Carolina

 Master Bedroom…

Master Bedroom of Satulah Mountain Home in Highlands, North Carolina

 The view out the master bedroom windows is wonderful though you can’t really see it in this photo.

Master Bedroom of Satulah Mountain Home in Highlands, North Carolina

 This was the room where my friend stayed.

Bedroom of Satulah Mountain Home in Highlands, North Carolina


Bedroom of Satulah Mountain Home in Highlands, North Carolina

 And here’s where I slept.

Bedroom of Satulah Mountain Home in Highlands, North Carolina

 This was such an interesting piece with lots of great storage.

Bedroom of Satulah Mountain Home in Highlands, North Carolina

 There was a family room/game room located on the lower level.

Family Game Room of Satulah Mountain Home in Highlands, North Carolina

  I saved my favorite “room” for last: the porch.

Porch of Satulah Mountain Home in Highlands, North Carolina

 Wouldn’t this be a great place to dine during the summer and fall months.

Porch of Satulah Mountain Home in Highlands, North Carolina

  The owners named their home, The Tree House.  Perfect name, isn’t it?

Porch of Satulah Mountain Home in Highlands, North Carolina

 The view is really wonderful since the house is up nice and high.

View from Porch of Satulah Mountain Home in Highlands, North Carolina

This was the view from the porch this past weekend.  I bet it looks very different in the summertime.  You can see a mountain in the distance called Whiteside Mountain.  It’s a popular hiking and climbing location.

Mountain Home in Highlands, North Carolina 04

Though some of the places we wanted to visit were closed since the peak season hasn’t yet begun, we had a lot of fun shopping in the places that were open and visiting the local museum/art center.

Have you ever been to Highlands, North Carolina or any of the surrounding mountain towns?

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  1. Mary from Virginia says:

    What a beautiful home! The closets in the kitchen eat in area are really interesting. I have never seen that before. I wonder what the purpose is? What ever the purpose they are neat! The kitchen cabinet color is beautiful and like the ceiling too. The porch is really lovely. The owners have really made a wonderful home.

  2. What a fantastic place. It really does look cosy. And, finally! the TV is allowed to be shown. So many homes hide their TV away for photos. I always wonder where they’re hidden and where they are normally. xx

  3. Sandi Lee says:

    That porch is to die for isn’t it? The weather is so wonderful there-even in the summer the nights are usually pleasant and no a.c. required most of the time. What a wonderful house to get away to! Great pics as usual!!

  4. Jeannie from WNC says:

    Haven’t been to Highlands in quite a while even though I live near Asheville, need to get over there. It is a beautiful area and a beautiful drive from Asheville area.
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Dee Stephens says:

    love the highlands!! Can you send me the link to this place? would love to rent!

  6. I love that part of our country, so pretty and serene. Lucky you to spend time there in a beautiful home too!!

  7. Jean Yucker says:

    For many years a group of us girls went to Highlands every fall, we rented a place called Big Ridge a lovely old farn house way up the mountain above Cashiers, we had a wonderful time going to all the lovely towns nearby antiquing. We always saved a couple of days to do Highlands, I have many wonderful antiques I bought on those trips to remind me of all the fun we had. Now my sister and I go sometime in the Fall or Spring and stay in one of the time-share resorts in Highlands, the fall color is magnificent and the spring flowers are beautiful. Thanks for the post, it brought back great memories. Jean

  8. Brittany P. says:

    Hmm. I did not get my Postcards from the Porch and nothing in spam either. Love the cabin pics!

  9. That was so COZY and BEAUTIFUL and MOVE IN READY!!! 🙂 franki

  10. HI Susan!
    What a wonderful get away, what a view !! I bet that is so pretty in the fall season!

    Thanks for sharing!
    p.s I love the handbag on the kitchen counter! My weakness is handbags !! hehee

    • 🙂 Paula, me too! The brown one is the Brahmin Theo bag and it’s designed to hold an iPad. I’m not sure about the other bag but it looks like it might be a Brighton bag. They often have a cute heart on them somewhere.

  11. Susan, I have not been to Highlands in almost 20 years, but I do remember the wonderful shops there. Must get there again this summer! Thanks for showing us where you stayed. I’m not sure I’d get off that porch to do much shopping!

  12. Great house and the porch is TDF!!!!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

  13. For years I worked at the boarding school just down the mountain in Rabun Gap, GA…each year our prom was held in Highlands. Since the kids boarded, they didnt have vehicles on campus, so they asked an adult to chaperone them. One of the highlights of my time there was that weekend each school year! Highlands also rolls out the welcome mat on Halloween, all of the stores hand out candy and people just wander from store to store. Fun memories!!

  14. Dorinda Selke says:

    What a gorgeous place! We have never been there – always seem like we gravitate to the shore on vacations! We will definitely have to plan a visit – you must have had a wonderful time ! Hugs, Dorinda

  15. Even two hours away can feel like a mini vacation. It is nice to get away for a day or two. That is really a nice porch – not as nice as yours, but nice.
    Is that a painting or a quilt hanging on the breakfast area wall?

  16. How gorgeous! The house is so lovely, the beds look so comfortable they make me want to crawl right in for a nap! But my favorite is the porch! I’m not sure I’d ever leave one of those gorgeous rockers once I got there! Our daughter went to Appalachian State University up in Boone, NC, and the Asheville area has always been one of our favorites! That view just makes me go “aaahhhhh…” love it! Thanks, Helen

  17. Penny @ From Harvest To Table & The Comforts of Home says:

    Yes, I have. It is only a couple of hours from Asheville too. It is a beautiful part of NC and the home you stayed in looks lovely.

  18. Mandy Williams says:

    We’ve been many times and just there again last weekend. They’ve made some nice improvements in the center of town on Main Street. We’ve only stayed in hotels but would love to find a pretty house to rent as we’re taking friends this fall when we head up to get a Christmas tree.

  19. I was born and raised in Brevard, married and moved to Franklin. Highlands was always my get away place. Love going there and walking through the many shops, going hiking and seeing all the beautiful falls. (Dry Falls is my favorite) Was there a couple Christmas ago with grands. Thank you for sharing a taste of home with me. Miss my mountains so much now that I am living in eastern NC I don’t get home often.

  20. Connie Blevins says:

    We live in Hendersonville and ALWAYS love a little “day trip” over to Highlands to wander through the shops and visit the falls for a picnic. We feel lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country.

  21. What a lovely mountain home! It is so nice to get a weekend away once in awhile; it seems to refresh your perspective on everything, doesn’t it? Thanks for sharing all the pretty pictures. I want to rock on the porch with a glass of wine, and maybe a book, or maybe not….

  22. I love the Highlands and the house you stayed in looks very nice. We’d love to have a mountain house someday.

  23. My Husband & I are going to the Blue Ridge Mountain area in Boone, NC to look at the area to see if we like it. We are thinking about purchasing a Vacation Home/Retirement Home in this area. We are from the Northeast and are tired of the crazy Winters we have here, but love our Four Seasons & Love our Porch Life. Our Summers have been so hot & humid & our Spring & Fall non-existent, that we can’t even enjoy it; so it’s time for a change! Hopefully we will Love the area & find our place there. Highland sounds like a great place to visit & we’ll have to check it out! 🙂

  24. What a lovely weekend getaway. It looks so warm and inviting. Love the porch and the view. I had never heard of the Highlands but it looks interesting.

  25. Wow Susan…it is lovely! The decor is so warm and cozy but the porch…I bet it was amazing looking at that view!
    Thanks for sharing!

  26. Highlands is one of my favorites to visit and I’m going to be there next month. woo hoo… Also check out Cashiers. It is right next door (so to speak)

  27. Yes, a few years ago, one of the Chattanooga TV stations had someone from nearby High Hampton Inn and Country Club (Cashiers, NC) on their morning show. They talked about what a great family place it was and only a “short ride over the mountain” outside Cleveland, TN. Made it sound like a fun Sunday drive. After early worship, we got on the “short ride” and imagine our surprise when we arrived in beautiful Highlands just as those fabulous looking antique stores were CLOSING! High Hampton is only a few miles away. We ate at Nick’s in Highland’s and arrived home at Midnight from our “short ride over the mountain” trip. Laughing all the way! Thanks for the reminder, Highlands is on our “Bucket List” with a note to have reservations!

  28. Jeanna M says:

    Highlands is beautiful. I live down the mountain in Franklin. I love the Old Edwards Inn and On the Veranda. I assume they are both still open. It has been a while since I ventured up to Highlands. So glad you had a nice visit.

  29. Faith Koch says:

    What a beautiful place to recharge your batteries!! My only fear is I wouldn’t want to ever leave!! Thanks for sharing – I can just picture sitting on that beautiful porch, watching the sun set, then going inside, lighting the fireplace and just relaxing by the fire…….!

  30. We love Highlands! Last April we bought a little 600 square foot cottage in Highlands and we’ve been happily renovating and making it our own! We hope to add a new master bedroom/master bath within the next two years and then retire there. My blog is a part of my weebly website and it is a pictoral diary of our ever-changing “Two Holt” ( Would love to have you visit the blog sometime. 🙂

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