Our cabin is everything that comes to mind when you think of a mountain cabin: cozy, quaint, rustic, a crackling wood-burning fireplace, cups of hot chocolate, smores, peace and tranquility.
Our totally private secluded cabin is surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest. It has a fully equipped modernized kitchen, two bedrooms upstairs and a bathroom downstairs. The master bedroom has the wonderful Marriott king size bed, the second bedroom has the same comfy queen size Marriott bed. The stairs to the bedrooms are steeper and narrower than normal (see the pictures); if you have any physical limitations related to stairs, this cabin may not be a good match for you.
Located about 5 miles off the main road between Cashiers and Highlands, the half-paved and half-gravel road leads you through the Nantahala National Forest. The roads are abundantly lined with mountain laurel, making for a beautiful drive, especially in the spring.
The main living room has a huge stone hearth wood-burning fireplace, a double reclining sofa and matching recliner chair (both are great for reading by the fire!), a book case loaded with books left by our guests, video library, knotty pine hardwood floors throughout.
The front porch has a porch swing built for two (or three), relaxing rockers, and a gas BBQ grill. The covered back porch has a dining area overlooking the back yard with a fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs, a soothing waterfall trickling into a small man-made pond, lounge chairs and a hammock, all perfect for stargazing at night on warm summer evenings (comfy blankets to cuddle in are available).
Nearby are many waterfalls and hiking trails for any fitness level, from a slow meander thru mountain laurels, to challenging steep hikes to the tops of mountains. The sheer cliffs on Horse Cove Road closer to Highlands are astounding. The trail head of the Ellicott Rock Wilderness Area of the Nantahala National Forest is less than two miles away and we are three and a half miles from the Chattooga River where you can find the Iron Bridge. Swimming, boating, water sports, lake-shore picnics are a short drive away at Lake Glenville. Lake Jocassee, and Lake Toxaway. Although the pond near the cabin is privately owned by another homeowner with no fishing allowed, there are plenty of birds and other wildlife to view and photograph at your leisure.
Highlands has many fabulous boutique shops, including The Dry Sink and small cafe's for coffee and lunch, or spoil yourself with a fancy meal at the Old Edwards Inn and a few other lovely restaurants for a nice dinner. There are two grocery stores in Highlands, one regular and one gourmet. Cashiers has a farmers market from the Spring to Fall with many locally grown produce, jams and jellies, steaks for the grill, and many other treasure items to find and explore.