Colonial Pines Inn Bed & Breakfast

541 Hickory Street, Highlands, North Carolina 28741
Innkeeper(s): Chris & Donna Alley
  • Introduction

    Colonial Pines Inn bed & Breakfast, patio Perched on a lush two-acre secluded hillside half a mile from Main Street, Colonial Pines Inn has been welcoming guests to Highlands, NC since 1961 to experience the mellow warmth of knotty pine and English antiques.

    Here a view of Satulah Mountain will soothe your spirit and you can choose from the luxury of spacious suites or more moderately priced rooms, all of which include a sumptuous breakfast.

    For the utmost in privacy with your own fireplace and kitchen, there is Miss Rebecca's Cottage, on a separate property near Main Street; or The Guest House Apartment adjacent to the Inn. Both cottages are appropriate for couples or families.

    Chris & Donna Alley, innkeeper/owners since 1984, maintain a casual, family oriented-style which will make you feel right at home and are always available for questions, directions, maps, or conversation.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Donna Alley for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    In a town known for being expensive, guests at Colonial Pines are looking for moderately priced accommodations at a charming, historic and well-located Inn where the Innkeepers pay attention to details and are readily available to personally welcome their guests and provide information and friendly advice as needed.

    What are you best known for?

    First opened as a tourist home in 1961 Colonial Pines became a B&B in 1984 and is known for being Highlands' first and longest-operating B&B and for pioneering the serving of a full, nutritious, homemade gourmet breakfast including creative breakfast casseroles; bacon, ham, or sausage; freshly cut seasonal fruit and breads made by the Innkeeper

    What makes your inn unique?

    The lush and convenient in-town hilltop location is just far enough away from the congestion of Main Street to give guests the experience of truly being in the mountains at the same time only half a mile from the center of town. A perfect location!

    What do you love most about your inn?

    Colonial Pines is a good example of "Old Highlands" and makes guests instantly feel comfortable with a style that is mountainy but not too rustic, carefully decorated but not too fancy, and features a comfortable blend of antiques, original art, and local crafts. We have a detail-oriented housekeeper, and I love that we are able to offer a spotless room for guests who want a nice mountain experience without breaking the bank.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Highlands is full of boutique shopping, gourmet restaurants, and fine art event centers, but the most precious things Highlands has to offer are pristine air, clean water, and cool summers. Settle yourself on a large flat rock beside the Cullasaga River, take in a few deep breaths, and you will have a new perspective on life!

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    We love it when a guest says, "I've been afraid to stay in a B&B before, but I LOVE this place and I WILL be back!!!"

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    There is a little-known but amazing view of Whiteside Mountain (elev 4500') looking like the head and shoulders of a giant gorilla which can be seen by taking a 30-minute hike from the Inn up the newly completed Kelsey Trail, or taking a two-minute drive from the Inn up a windy road in our neighborhood.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    A guest with several days to spend in Highlands should hike or drive to our many close-by waterfalls, national forests, and nature centers; spend some time on Main Street shopping our boutiques & enjoying our fine dining; and attend seasonal events at our fine arts venues such as The Bascom, The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, The Highlands Playhouse, The Highlands Community Players, and the Performing Arts Center.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    From the Inn you can walk to the Main Street Shopping & Dining District including churches (1/2 mile), the Performing Arts Center (half a block), the Highlands Nature Center (1/4 mile), the Highlands Playhouse (1/3 mile) the Kelsey Trail, (two blocks), and the Highlands Civic Center (1/4 mile).

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    There are so many excellent restaurants in Highlands that it is hard to choose just one, but my favorite is perhaps Wild Thyme Gourmet and their new smaller restaurant, Ghangri, where they produce superb Thai dishes. Both of these offer alfresco dining in summer where you can enjoy fantastic mountain air along with dinner.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    The Chamber of Commerce website, The Laurel Magazine online, and The Bascom Arts Center are excellent sources for activities, dining, & events.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    There are four B&B rooms in the main building, two breakfast-optional spaces in an adjacent Guest House, and one separate rental house called Miss Rebecca's Cottage located in-town about 3/4 mile from the Inn.

    Do you accept pets?

    Colonial Pines does not accept pets in any of our accommodations. There are no kennels in Highlands, but Loma Linda Farm will accept dogs for free-style boarding, and the Highlands Chamber of Commerce could be contacted for locating other establishments that will accept pets.

  • Breakfast

    Colonial Pines Inn Bed & Breakfast, breakfast Every day starts with a very full breakfast of bacon or sausage, egg dishes, hearty breads, and fresh fruit served to the sounds of quiet classical or mountain music. A large window features an endless parade of songbirds, hummingbirds,and the hilarious antics of the little local red squirrels called "boomers." Breakfast is a great time to make new friends, learn more about the area, and get help planning your mountain adventures.

  • Local Attractions

    Colonial Pines Inn Bed &Breakfast, garden Highlands, NC offers a wide variety of activities and local attractions, such as:

    • Golf
    • Theater
    • Hiking
    • Scenic overlooks and waterfalls

    For more information about local attractions, please visit our Local Attractions page.

    Return after your day's outing to take in the renewing view from the wrap-around porch. Relax in an ample rocker on the wraparound porch with a cup of tea, glass of lemonade, homemade sweets or other afternoon goodies. Enjoy a stroll through the innkeeper's berry garden where you can sample raspberries, grapes, blueberries, and black currants. A jar of blueberry-jalapeno preserves or black currant jelly grown and made at the Inn makes a gift you won't find anywhere else.

    Giant old rhododendron produce a floral show at Colonial Pines in Summer and brilliant maples dazzle in Fall but the quiet evergreen beauty of Winter and unfolding of early Spring bring special discounts that keep the Inn busy year-round. Check the website for Winter Specials, Mid-Week Specials.

    The blog is a good source of Last Minute Specials, Events and News from the Inn.


  • How to Find Us

    The Inn is right in town at the top of a beautiful hill and has entrances on Hickory Street and on 4 1/2 Street.

    From the center of town on Main Street

    1. Take Hwy 64 East (in the direction of Cashiers)
    2. Go one-half mile and turn right onto Hickory Street
    3. Take the fourth driveway to the right where the Inn has a small white sign

    From Main Street at the Episcopal Church (or Mountain Fresh Foods)

    1. Take 5th Street going north for half mile to Chestnut Street where there is a stop sign
    2. Take a left on Chestnut and the next right on 4 1/2 Street
    3. The Inn is at the top of the hill on the left