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.

The Old Edwards Inn

If you pack prefers something a bit more posh and your budget is a big bigger, check in to the four-star Old Edward’s Inn in Highlands. Their new, multi-bedroom Falls Cottages are designed with families in mind and feature common living areas. Let little ones explore the Croquet Lawn while mom enjoys the award-winning spa.
445 Main Street

Highlands, 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