The Best Color in Highlands..

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…might be right here at the Inn! Our two maples are absolutely glorious and, as predicted, the colors all over the area are especially intense.

Thanks to Cal Tuggle who took these photos of the large, old maple in front of the Guest House.


Cal stayed in the Bargain Basement, on the lower level of the Guest House, which has been the most occupied room this October. With only one exception, it has been rented every single night!

To find out more about this in-demand room, see our April 2009 blog post. Which night not rented? October 23 – this Sunday. We’d love to have you as our guests for the best deal on color in Highlands!

Happy Leaf Looking!
Colonial Pines Inn
(828) 526-2060
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A Snowy Miss Rebecca’s Cottage

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We recently returned from a Caribbean vacation to a winter wonderland and the snowiest season in many years! Experience YOUR perfect winter getaway at Miss Rebecca’s Cottage where you’ll have plenty of space and privacy to cozy up by your own fireside. Miss Rebecca’s is open all year and is appropriate for couples or families. CALL FOR A SPECIAL OFF-SEASON QUOTE OR LAST MINUTE DISCOUNT! Secluded in -town next to Sunset Rocks Trail just outside the business district, it’s an easy walk to shopping & dining. See interior photos at

Innsitters Diane & Bob from Destin FL snapped these photos – the prettiest I’ve seen of snow with Carolina blue skies. Here’s the Episcopal Church on Main Street – 1/3 mile from Miss Rebecca’s and 1/2 mile from the Inn.

The Museum of American Cut Glass is in a picturesque log cabin around the corner from the Inn on Chestnut Street. Call us at 828.526.2060 or 866.526.2060 (toll-free) or email


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Fall arrived this week to our yard as you can see in these beautiful blue-sky photos just taken today. Become a Leaf-Looker this month and enjoy the best of Highlands’ activities including craft fairs, music, theater, and of course fine dining, boutiques, and our fabulous new arts center, The Bascom (more on that to come in a another post). We have limited availability on the last two October weekends so call now or think about a mid-week trip to avoid the Saturday shopping crowds.

If you can’t make it in October, consider the Highlands Culinary Weekend Nov 12 – 15, for which we are offering discounts as mentioned in the August post describing this delicious event (10% on two nights, 15% on three, 25% on four). The same discounts will apply to Nov 19 – 22 as well as our usual second-night-half-price if you arrive on a Monday or Tuesday (any month except October). We want to see YOU this FALL at COLONIAL PINES INN! (866) 526-2060 Toll Free

Flags, Flowers, and Free Nights in July!

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Happy Fourth of July! We’ve flown a large flag between our columns for 25 years, but today it seems especially beautiful rustled by a slight breeze with the sun coming through the leaves on this cool 52 degree morning. Avoid the weekend crowds and join us on a Monday in July for a four night stay and one night is FREE! This cannot be combined with other offers and does not apply to rooms already booked. July is a great month for hiking and viewing the native rhododendron which is profuse this year and usually lasts several weeks. Enjoy these beautiful photos of native rhododendron and mountain laurel blooming next to the Inn, or better yet, come see for yourself! Email us at or call (828) 526-2060 for availability.

NATIVE RHODODENDRON (Rhododendron maximum)
Blooms late June – July in Highlands with evergreen leaves 4-10″long and large clusters of pale pink or white flowers that are 1-1/2″ or more across.

MOUNTAIN LAUREL (Kalmia latifolia)
Blooms late May – June in Highlands with evergreen leaves 2-3″ long and 1/2″ bell-like petals in white to pink.