October 5th, 2014
We started our mini-break to Highlands, North Carolina bright and early. It’s a 3 1/2 hour drive from where we live, so our first stop was Starbucks. Who can confront a long drive without a Venti Soy Chai Tea Latte? Not me.
The drive was largely uneventful up until you reach Cashier, NC. This is where the switchbacks begin. All the way up you’re hugging the mountainside so it’s important to follow the changes in the speed limit and proceed with caution.
When we arrived in the Highlands close our first stop was Madison’s, the restaurant that is part of the Old Edwards Inn. If it had been warmer we would have eaten outside, but given the chilly weather outside inside seating was the one and only option.
Check in wasn’t until 3pm, so we had more than enough time eat some lunch and have a bit of a look around.
My sister and I went with Madison’s Chicken Salad Sandwiches, while mum opted for the Chicken Salad Salad. It was different than the Chicken Salads I had before with the added ingredients of dried cherries and shallots. Very unique and delicious. Since they were in the middle of Oktoberfest, Madison’s had quite a few German inspired specials on the menu. Now for a bit of a look around at the shops on Main Street. It’s important to note that some shops are touristy and pricey, but there are also some really nice shops mixed in as well.
After walking up and down the streets in the cool Highlands temperatures, it was time to head back to the Old Edwards Inn, check in and see our room for the next two nights. (We went with one of the spa rooms in the newer section of the inn and it was the best idea ever!)
Yes, it was cool enough to have a nice fire in our room. You can always pop open the doors to the balcony or turn up the AC if you get too warm.
We had a walk around to check out the fitness center and the outdoor pool area next.
Time to get ready for dinner across the street for dinner at Paoletti’s.
While the Spaghetti Carbonara with the goat cheese was just too rich for me, I did really enjoy the Passion Fruit Sorbet. It was absolutely scruptious! Well, that’s the end of day one. Stay tuned for the next two. ~theavidpen