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Highlands Inn
& Kelsey Place Restaurant

Highlands, North Carolina

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1991

Historical renovation of the Highlands Inn and Kelsey Place Restaurant took place in 1989, and the Inn is now celebrating its 123rd year! The decor throughout the Inn has been researched and restored in the "Country Manner." You will appreciate antique furnishings, colonial paints, wall coverings, and stenciling by a master stenciling artist.

The Highlands Inn is located in the heart of the beautiful mountain town of Highlands, North Carolina, convenient to breathtaking natural recreational areas, as well as Highlands' unique shopping and well-known restaurants. The Inn has been referred to as "The Crown Jewel of Highlands" by local townspeople as well as visitors to our wonderful old Inn for many years.

All 31 rooms in the Highlands Inn have private baths, air conditioning,

Rooms are furnished in period pieces based on the research and restoration that was done in 1989.

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You'll enjoy colonial paints, antique armoires, and other fine pieces from years gone by. Most of our Larger & Deluxe rooms either walk out on to the 133' balcony overlooking Main St. or have their own balcony on the Rock Garden.

Our Mountain Brook Luxury Suites, located just two blocks from the Highlands Inn, are ideal for honeymoons, romantic escapes, or getting away and delighting in the lap of luxury. You’ll love the oversized bath with Italian marble floors, Jacuzzi built for two, and glassed in shower. Enjoy the warmth of a fire in the evening or relax on the balcony while watching and listening to the Mill Creek rush by.

Also, owned and operated by the same family, we have the Hampton Inn – Highlands. Our Hampton Inn offers elegance, comfort, and charm, as well as all the amenities of the finest accommodations at affordable prices.

During your visit, please enjoy our hot country style breakfast in our dining room, the Kelsey Place Restaurant.

The Highlands Inn "NightCap" is also included in the room tariff and is a traditional evening snack of brewed decaffeinated coffee, milk, tea, and homemade cookies served each evening around 8:00 pm in the Bird Room. The Kelsey Place Restaurant offers wonderfully relaxed lunch dining with sandwich platters and local country hot dishes, as well as special features each day. Our meals always include many local favorites. A comprehensive wine list is available and brown bagging is permitted.

When you choose the Highlands Inn & Kelsey Place Restaurant for your dining enjoyment or special event, you can rest assured that Chef Don will always prepare the meals to tempt the palate as well as the eye. The Dining Room, Theater Room, and the Sequoyah Room are available for your significant events such as business meetings, formal or informal get-togethers, wedding receptions, and the like. Our facilities will support functions in size from 15 people to 150 people. We have done everything from Hoe-Down Bar-B-Que's to Formal Weddings.


  • Rates range from $89 - $225
  • Our Season runs April - November. Luxury Suites available year round.
  • The Tariff ranges are governed by time of season, holidays, weekdays, and weekends.
  • Two-night minimum on weekends, three-night minimum on Holidays and on weekends in October.
  • All rates quoted are double occupancy.
  • Reservations are confirmed by cash or check payment of one-night's stay plus tax per room.
  • Full refund if cancelled 7 days to check-in.
  • Check-in: 4:00 pm, Check-out: 11:00 am.
  • Due to some room configurations, the Inn has a limited number of rooms, which will accommodate children staying with their parents.
  • The Room Tariff includes breakfast for two guests.
  • The Highlands Inn & Kelsey Place Restaurant welcome guests and visitors from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm every day except Sunday for Lunch. Moderately priced and please dress casual.
  • Dinner – Friday and Saturday Serving from 5:30 pm.
  • We always have wines and bottled water available for a nominal charge. Tea, coffee, lemonade, and ice for your room are yours for the asking.

~Guest Comments~

"Exceeded our expectations - we loved it" - Bob & Peg, Chattanooga, TN.

"We've been coming here for years and have always loved it" -
June & L.C., Rosewell, GA.

"Nice people. Wonderful place. Don't change a thing!" -
S & E, Baton Rouge, LA

"..Cabaret was a triumph from every perspective. The dinner was superb, the service not only efficient but gracious as well, all the arrangements you and your staff made for the program in the Theater Room most accommodating to all concerned." -
W. N. Kalaf, President Center for Life Enrichment, Highlands, NC

"Excellent, as usual!" -
C & J, Augusta, GA

"Great Improvements! Lovely stay..we'll be looking forward to returning!" -
E. McGhee, Atlanta, GA

The Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is celebrating its 123rd year!

Highlands Inn
& Kelsey Place Restaurant

420 Main Street
P.O. Box 1030
Highlands, North Carolina 28741
(828) 526-9380
Toll Free (800) 964-6955

Fax: (828) 526-8072
Email: info@highlandsinn-nc.com
Innkeeper: Sabrina Hawkins
       Home Page: www.highlandsinn-nc.com

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