It may not even have been windy on that uneventful day when the famous Jewish prophet apparently begins discussing the weather with an inquisitive religious expert: “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from and where it is going.”
But while the Son of God may have been able to control the elements with a spoken word, we here at The Park on Main® are subject to the blustery whims of Mother Nature – and that means when winter dumps its foot of snow on the gentle and rugged slopes of Highlands, North Carolina some of us promptly seek alternative forms of recreation indoors.
No Jack Frost at The Park on Main®
But others? Not so. Pshaw to the whipping white snow. Not a chance, we exclaim to frigid temperatures. Stand aside, we say to the cool breezes. Nature – and the wonders of Highlands – beckons. We must immerse ourselves in the expanse beneath the heavenlies and discover what the outdoors has to offer this time of year.
Although Highlands in the winter ain’t what you’d call especially chilly – by Alaskan standards, where lows may reach 2 this week – heading outside may require merely a jacket. Lows this week are going to dip only into the mid 40s with the highs just out of reach of 60. (Average winter lows are 31.)
No Problemo at The Park on Main®
However, if you’re of more hardy stock – and perhaps on the fool-hearted side – toss the jacket, don light rain gear, fit yourself with sturdy boots and go, go, go.
So, what do you do in Highlands as a guest at The Park on Main® in the winter? We’re glad you asked. And our answer is: Plenty.
- Stroll along Dry Falls’ paved walkways until you pass beneath a 75-foot waterfall. Visitors give it rave reviews, according to Tripadvisor.
- If you’re going to be walking, make your way to Whiteside Mountain. But this excursion is for the brave-of-heart rock climbing types; it has some of the highest cliffs in the eastern United States. Cliffs rise 2,100 feet to a 4,930 feet summit.
- Glen Falls has three waterfalls. The entire walk is two miles. The trail starts easy as you walk toward East Fork Overflow Creek. Great views and reviews from visitors.
- Winter provides great views of the mountains from the Cullasaja River Gorge.
- The Bascom art center sits on a mountain plateau and offers visitors exhibitions, studio art instruction and other culture-based presentations. The center has six buildings on six acres.
- Back to the mountains. Bridal Veil Falls, which is visible from the highway, gives visitors a good view of a 120-foot waterfall which sometimes creates a rainbow in the afternoon. In the past, the waterfall has frozen in the winter.
- Now back indoors again. The Mountaintop Wine Shoppe sells more than 600 wines and offers 50 wines “by the glass.” And there’s plenty more. Cheese, meat and dessert plates are available. Wine station machines allow you to taste up to 16 wines. Take it easy in front lawn seating in the fire pit area.
Are you looking for a weekend excursion or planning a vacation in one of the nicest places in the United States? We at The Park on Main® hope you are able to explore the winter wonders of Highlands for yourself. Come visit us or make reservations today. Let us know how we can be of service to you by following us on our social media channels.
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