The Blue Ridge Mountains have always called to those seeking respite from their fast-paced lives. The mountains—beautiful, unique, and formidable—are reflected in the towns nestled within them, and The Highlands are no exception. At over 4,000 feet above sea level, Highlands, NC has become a sought-after destination. It has something to offer both those looking for a far-off adventure and those looking for a forested retreat. Fortunately, if you’re wondering where to stay in Highlands NC, Skyline Lodge is the answer. The location is great, the access to nature is amazing, and the staff here knows just how to accommodate a summertime Highlands stay—no matter the reason for visiting.
A Newly Renovated Space
Skyline Lodge has been helping travelers experience the best that the area has to offer since the 1930s. Originally built for the few wealthy individuals that survived the Great Depression, it has since expanded and undergone several renovations, most recently in 2021. These changes brought high-speed Wi-Fi, custom furniture and even heated tile floors to every suite. In doing so, the current owners modernized the lodge without stripping away the rustic elegance that makes it special.
A Design-Centric Treetop Retreat
Originally designed by Arthur Kelsey, the student and friend of the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Skyline Lodge is meant to feel as if it’s always belonged in the Highlands forest. It features a wide array of rooms with king and queen beds. All rooms boast stunning views of the outdoors. For those looking for the best that the lodge has to offer, the Wright Suite is the place to stay. These suites feature custom king-sized beds, two private balconies, and hand-carved local granite fireplaces—not to mention an additional sleeper sofa. For those who want simpler accommodations or a smaller layout, the Ridgetop King Guestroom, Big Creek Double Queen or even the Hemlock King all make excellent alternatives.
Where To Eat When Visiting The Skyline Lodge
Once guests settle into their rooms, they’ll undoubtedly find themselves searching for food. While the Highlands feature all kinds of excellent dining opportunities, one of the best options is at the lodge. The Oak Steakhouse offers a wide array of dishes inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains and made with locally-sourced ingredients. Their hearty, fresh entrees are perfectly suited to those trying to keep their energy up while exploring the Highlands. And for those who want a little more relaxation at the end of a fun-filled summer day? Butler’s, the Skyline Lodge bar, has all the whisky cocktails and crafts brews one could ask for.
Just like those who booked a stay all those decades ago, guests today will feel as if the lodge has their comfort and priorities in mind. With refined dining, rustic rooms, and a stunning forest shielding it all from the hurried outside world, the Skyline Lodge lives up to its calling as a true respite for travelers of all kinds.