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.

High Hampton Inn

If you aren’t lucky enough to have a friend or relative with a home in the area where you can crash, book a cottage for your clan at High Hampton Inn. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the shingle-style Inn is reminiscent of the Great Camps of the Adirondacks and first started welcoming guests in 1922. The emphasis has always been on good, clean family-fun and enjoying the outdoors so you won’t find televisions or phones in the rustic rooms, but you will find plenty to entertain the little ones including a kid’s club that runs in the summer six days a week offering staff-lead morning activities that range from donkey cart rides, to nature walks and picnic lunches.
1525 Highway 107 South
Cashiers, Nc

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