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Lunori | Loft 2 | Modern Mountain Experience

Welcome to Lunori! Come relax, unwind, and take in the natural beauty of the mountains. At Lunori we've crafted the ultimate relaxation experience to aid you in unplugging and reconnecting with yourself and those around you. The unit offers a king sized bed, kitchenette, wood burning fireplace, covered porch, heated floors, and modern amenities. --- Be sure to follow us on insta gram @ lunori.highlands for updates and specials

$132 per night
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NEW! Mirror Lake Cabin ~ 1 Mi to Dtwn Highlands!

Surrounded by mountains, towering trees, and overlooking Mirror Lake, this renovated Highlands vacation rental is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and is sure to provide an unforgettable vacation! This 2-bedroom, 2-bath cabin boasts a fully stocked kitchen, a cozy living room with a fireplace, and a screened-in porch with a dining area. Since there are a plethora of nearby hiking trails like Whiteside Mountain, be sure to pack your hiking boots.

$133 per night
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Melrose Cottage

Our Joe Webb cabin is just minutes drive and a 15 min. walk to the Historic mountain town of Highlands, NC, with great restaurants, dining, bars, spa, art and culture. At 4,100 feet we have hiking, zip lining and waterfalls,romantic winters and summers with temps in the 70's - low 80's. You’ll love this place because of the coziness, warmth and charm of a classic mountain log cabin with all the modern comforts. It is great for couples(and a child), solo adventurers, and business travelers.

$201 per night

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826 Wilson Rd
$215 per night
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Mountain Views - Pet Friendly - Close to Town
$159 per night
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♨Hot Tub❂Fireplace✮Pet Friendly☀Fire Pit✪Wifi✰
$268 per night
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Peaceful Lake Cabin - Close to Town - sleeps 8
$225 per night
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Serene Mountain Cottage
$195 per night
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Authentic Log Cabin w/ Canoe + Dock
$203 per night
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'Rolling Acres' Highlands Cabin w/ Fire Pit!
$146 per night
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NEW! Wonderful Highlands Cabin < 1Mi to Glen Falls
$225 per night
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The Trail's End - Location and Serenity Highlands
$140 per night
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NEW! Acorn Cottage in Highlands, NC “Fireplace"
$432 per night
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NEW! Chic Highlands Cabin Retreat w/ Deck & Office
$307 per night
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Waggly Butts & Bears Cabin - Mnt View & Fire Pit
$280 per night

Highlands house rentals

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Highlands home close to town on Rhododendron Trail
$207 per night
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Close to Town, Quiet Cul de Sac
$232 per night
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Frogmore 🦆 in town, Mirror Lake,2 fireplaces, pets
$274 per night
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HoneyBee Cabin☆Well Equipped w/View☆3mi to Main St
$249 per night
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Enchanting Highlands Cottage with Pond & Falls!
$220 per night
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Chic Cottage 2 miles/Downtown 1 free night Apr-May
$250 per night
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Cottage at Mirror Lake
$199 per night
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Artist suite in the woods Nestle Down
$153 per night
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Lake Sequoyah Cottage
$278 per night
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The Brit’s Bear Pond Getaway: House - 3mi to town
$249 per night
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The Red House: Panoramic Views and Walk to Town
$329 per night
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Newly Remodeled! Mountain Laurel Retreat
$339 per night

Highlands condo rentals

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Foxhunt Townhouses 2 BR/2 BA Mountain Retreat!
$122 per night
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Highlands Mountain Home, Minutes to Downtown
$286 per night
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Trillium Links Condo w/ Deck Near Lake Glenville!
$173 per night
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Sky Valley Chalet 3,100' in Blueridge Mountains!!!
$115 per night
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Sapphire Mountain Hideaway
$140 per night
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Mountain and Golf Retreat
$125 per night
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Fresh Mountain Air, Lakes, Pets OK, Gym, Pool!
$130 per night
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Book for Spring! Resort Amenities + Waterfalls!
$189 per night
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Mountain View
$385 per night
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Gem of the Hills
$125 per night
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Home near the Sapphire River
$150 per night
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Sapphire Valley Studio - Green & Hypoallergenic
$250 per night

Your guide to Highlands

All About Highlands

Highlands is one of the highest towns east of the Mississippi River, located within North Carolina’s Nantahala National Forest. The surrounding Appalachian Mountains offer miles of hiking trails where you just may catch a deer drinking from a nearby stream, or raccoons meandering near a rushing waterfall. Occasionally people have reported seeing black bears in this rich ecosystem, which is home to a variety of birds as well.

While the area is known for its serene outdoor atmosphere, Highlands’ Main Street and the nearby town of Cashiers boast an assortment of unique shops and dining experiences. Clothing boutiques, art galleries, antique shops, and bookstores line the wide sidewalks. Many of the restaurants feature live music, craft beers, local wines, and an eclectic menu of local produce courtesy of the fertile mountain soil.


How do I get around Highlands?

Although there is no airport in Highlands, the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) is located approximately 1.5 hours away in Fletcher, North Carolina. The Atlanta Hartsfield Airport (ATL) provides another option, although it is a 2.5 hour’s drive from Highlands. While public transportation in Highlands is limited, there is the occasional shuttle, and taxis and ride-booking services are available. To get the full experience of the scenic routes spread between Highlands and neighboring Cashiers, your best option is to rent a car at the airport before driving into town.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Highlands?

Due to Highlands’ elevation among the Appalachian Mountains, the summers remain cool and pleasant, making May through September the perfect time to book a Highlands vacation rental. You can enjoy the numerous hiking paths, as well as the outdoor dining opportunities available during this time. As the temperatures drop for the winter months, switch gears for ice skating and snow tubing. Warm clothes and waterproof boots will be necessary during this time, as snowfall is common during Highlands’ winter months. In addition to the regular activities found in Highlands, numerous events are held throughout the year. A multi-day music festival in April features performances from a variety of genres. The Highlands Food and Wine Festival is another popular event held in November, featuring an assortment of delicious food and wine, and more live music.


What are the top things to do in Highlands?

Highlands Nature Center

The Highlands Nature Center features year-round exhibits, interactive displays, and special events that focus on the unique biodiversity of the southern Appalachian region. The onsite botanical gardens showcase nearly 500 species of wildflowers, mosses, ferns, shrubs, and trees. The wooded trails around the center’s lake and pond provide visitors with the chance to see some of the local wildlife.

Dry Falls

Located just minutes outside of Highlands, Dry Falls is a stunning 80-foot waterfall. The paved pathway from the parking lot makes Dry Falls easily accessible. Due to the way the water flows from the overhead cliff, you could have the unique experience of walking behind the falling water without getting wet, although when the rain volume is higher than normal, you just might get sprayed.

Secret Falls

Commonly referred to as Big Shoals Falls, this hidden 50-foot waterfall is located just 6.5 miles from downtown Highlands on Big Creek. The half-mile trail from the parking lot to the waterfall is only marked with one staked sign and blue rectangles on the trees, adding to the clandestine feel of the falls. Once you make the hike, a small sandy beach will be waiting for you, with shallow creek waters providing a place to wade and swim while enjoying the cascading waters from above.