Best Small-Town Getaways
From mountain haven to coastal paradise, these 17 postcard-perfect towns all make you feel welcome—for a weekend or a lifetime.
Photo: Art Meripol, Article: James T. Black
Highlands, North Carolina
Within the Nantahala National Forest (near the area where Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina all meet), Highlands
is a quiet mountain retreat about three hours away from the big-city bustle of Atlanta and four hours from Charlotte, North
Carolina. Its downtown and the surrounding country-side are filled with fine art galleries, white-tablecloth restaurants,
and some of the state’s most scenic fall color spots.