Thanks to Forbes for the shout-outs! “Still, while Highlands has only 3,200 year-round residents—up from 924 in the 2010 U.S. Census–come summer the population swells to 18,000, despite its being a three-hour drive from Atlanta and two from Greenville. In winter the town tries mightily to attract visitors with events like Root Bound, a celebration of Appalachian food, craft and music culture, which I attended last month in venues spread over 6.2 square miles. Along with the Bascom: Center for the Visual Rats, the cross streets of town are lined with galleries,boutiques, restaurants and a first-rate wine shop within the Mountain Fresh Grocery.”

See the full article here:  https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnmariani/2018/03/20/its-not-so-hot-but-very-cool-in-highland-north-carolina/#2f02c5b21f7d

Mentioned in this article are Old Edwards Inn and Spa, Mountain Fresh Grocery and The Highlander.