As summer swelters here in the South, sometimes you got to go up to cool down. Just over a two hour drive from the Atlanta area, the Highlands-Cashiers region of North Carolina is right across the state line—and at an approximate elevation of 4,000 feet, the region offers a real retreat from the heat. With an abundance of family-friendly hikes, waterfalls and other outdoor activities, the mountain-top mecca is the perfect place to chill with children. Here is your guide to where to stop, stay and see in the area.

Goats On The Roof

Yes, you read that right. This fun and funky shop offers a perfect pit stop on your drive. Children will love feeding the goats, roasting marshmallows over the fire pit and perusing their selection of homemade fudge and ice cream.
3026 U.S. 441
Tiger, Ga
706-782-2784
Online: www.goats-on-the-roof.com

Where does your family retreat to beat the heat? Tell us below! –Phebe Wahl Photos courtesy of Goats on the Roof via Facebook, The Dillard House via Facebook, Jackson Hole Mine via Facebook, High Hampton Inn via Facebook, and The Old Edward’s Inn via Facebook