Winter White, Spring Specials

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 Have you ever seen a white squirrel?
We haven’t, either – but a guest recently captured this photo
of the rare White Squirrel (not an albino) between here and Brevard.
How lovely it would be to see one on a
beautiful snowy day like we’ve had lately.
Join us for a chance to see all things white and enjoy
these Late Winter/Early Spring Specials:
Now through April 15
(Miss Rebecca’s Cottage included)

Arrive on MONDAY
and stay THURSDAY night FREE!
(excluding July & October)

Colonial Pines Inn Bed and Breakfast
(828) 526-2060
(866) 526-2060 Toll-Free

A Happy 2013 to YOU!!!

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This is what your Innkeepers will be doing in January!
Colonial Pines Inn will re-open on February 14, but
Miss Rebecca’s Cottage is always open and ready for your wintertime visit! Enjoy a third night at half price for Valentine’s Weekend, and please check out our other 2013 SPECIALS.Chris & I  both want to extend a personal THANK YOU to every single one of our fantastic guests who made it a come-back season in 2012! You were perfect guests – considerate, funny, kind, sweet, entertaining, helpful, and sometimes delightfully opinionated! We hope you thoroughly enjoyed your stay at Colonial Pines and found us to be polite and professional Innkeepers.  Yes, we were ready for a break by the end of October, but we loved every minute of it and we are honored to have been your hosts since 1984. We will be open and ready on
FEBRUARY 14 to do it all over again for our

To visit before Feb 14, check out
 which provides a warm, comfortable and private wintertime escape right here in town with a stone fireplace and full kitchen.
House-sitters Diane and Bob will be here to answer questions, take reservations or forward a message to us.  Please call early for your best choice of rooms in 2013. Highlands is no longer a secret and can be a very busy little town.
We hope to see you soon in the mountains!
Donna & Chris Alley
Innkeeper/Owners Since 1984
 (828) 526-2060
(866) 526-2060 Toll-Free

Patriotic Morning & "HOT" Deals

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A rare and beautiful male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak visited our feeder last week during breakfast! He returned several times making us hope he’s nesting nearby.  The dull brown speckled female was seen a few days ago, so maybe now she’s busy with her hatching duties.  Hopefully we’ll soon get to see their progeny – which can be interesting if they’re males because they start off looking like the female and gradually change into the well-defined brilliant pattern you see above – all decked out for the Fourth of July!
Yes, we have rare days of hot weather.  No, we don’t have A/C.  However, EVERY night the temperature goes into the 60s and we use fans to blow cool night air into the rooms.  Our average high in July is 77 and our average low is 57. Highlands is a temperate rain forest and cloudy, rainy days keep things cool. For example, after a record hot day, a rainy night took the temp down to 61 and at 3pm the next day it was 76.  That’s typical Highlands weather. With rare exceptions, our guests are amazed and pleased the first morning they awake on our beautiful shady hillside.
Would you really want to spend your time in the mountains with the windows closed and the A/C running?

In fact, today was the first day this year the weather was warm enough to have breakfast on the porch, and we served “Red White & Blueberry French Toast” (fresh cranberries, fresh blueberries & cream cheese) served with Vermont maple syrup, fresh fruit and kicked up with Spicy Sausage.
Thanks to Ed & Joanie for this great photo!!

Here’s a “HOT” Summer Deal to tempt you:
 Arrive on Monday and receive Thursday night absolutely FREE!
New reservations only.
Take advantage of everything Highlands has to offer this Summer:
BBQ, Concert, & Fireworks on the Fourth.
The Highlands Playhouse,
The Bascom Arts Center,
The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival,
“Friday Night Live!” Free Concerts at newly renovated Wright Square,
 Highlands Nature Center Events,
and much more!!
We’d love to be your hosts!
Colonial Pines Inn Bed and Breakfast
(828) 526-2060
(866) 526-2060 Toll-Free

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

Snowy Specials for 2010

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We’re off to a snowy start this New Year and there’s plenty of fun for everyone whether it’s relaxing by our warm, cozy fireside with a glass of sherry, sliding lickety-split down a snow tubing run, or viewing the enormous icicles hanging from waterfalls and growing out of cracks in the granite cliffs. It’s a sight to see and in addition, Harris Lake has frozen solid for the first time in a decade – so bring your ice skates for a true Currier & Ives experience!
Second-Night-Half-Price rates are in effect through April and that means Colonial Pines continues to be the best bargain in town with hearty breakfasts to get you going and hot chocolate, tea & cookies to warm you up when you return. We’d love to have you as our guests! Call us toll-free at (866) 526-2060.


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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.