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The Park on Main • 205 Main St, 28741. Highlands, North Carolina (United States) • Tel.: 1-800-221-5078 •

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Select Registry Collection of Boutique Properties Welcomes The Park on Main Hotel

The Park on Main, a 24-suite luxury boutique hotel in Highlands, North Carolina that is pet-friendly, has joined the Prestigious Independent Lodging Collection – Select Registry

Select Registry (, a diverse collection of independent, boutique properties, is pleased to welcome The Park on Main of Highlands, North Carolina as one of its newest members.

“We are delighted to welcome The Park on Main,” said Select Registry CEO Mark Jaronski. “The property’s 24 luxury suites with an upscale-rustic theme provide an elegant place for our members to stay in beautiful Highlands, North Carolina.”

For nearly 50 years, Select Registry has set the standard for excellence in personal hospitality at privately owned inns and bed and breakfasts. Today, our upscale properties include lodges, luxury cabins and boutique hotels. They’re located everywhere from back country roads to big city neighborhoods, along coastlines and in heartlands across the United States. Learn more at


This July, The Park on Main Hotel is celebrating an exceptional five-year presence in Highlands, North Carolina. From now until July 1st, 2019 the hotel invites guests to book a suite at their fabulous property by offering a special promotion to mark this exciting milestone. Come and experience the legend of Mr. Pickles’ hospitality as we reflect on the impact the hotel has made locally and regionally since opening on July 1, 2014 after a total reconstruction.

Since opening five (5) years ago The Park on Main Hotel has been dedicated to serve and support its local community through numerous philanthropic efforts and has made ongoing contributions to local non-profit and civic organizations including but not limited to the Highlands-Cashiers Humane Society. The Park on Main has formed a partnership with the Highlands-Cashiers Humane Society where the hotel fosters a dog until they find their “furever” home. To date the hotel has successful found “furever” homes for 12 dogs.

In conjunction with our five (5) year anniversary, we are delighted to announce that The Park on Main Hotel has been recognized as a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence “Hall of Fame” winner for 2019. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honour those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years! Being awarded the Certificate of Excellence for many years and this induction into the ‘Hall of Fame’ is a true source of pride for the entire team at The Park on Main Hotel and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a travel review. There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by our clients. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on guest reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our hotel/employees and to our continued commitment to excellence.


The Park on Main is excited to announce that we have teamed up with Tesla Motors to provide an increasingly desirable amenity for our guests: Tesla Destination Charging Stations! We are thrilled to be able to offer guests and the convenience of charging their Tesla while they are staying at the hotel. We already offer iPhone Docks, LED TVs, WiFi throughout the entire property and now charging stations for your Tesla. This is a growing, environmentally-conscious technology that we are pleased to support. We have two Tesla High Power Wall Connectors (80A) located in our heated parking garage that is free of charge for our guests to utilize during their stay.


The Park On Main Hotel names new general manager John Woods to oversee the daily operations of the property in Highlands, North Carolina. Taking over as general manager is a homecoming of sorts for Woods. Although he is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, Woods’ family spent many years vacationing in the region. His parents eventually relocated to the area when they retired.

“Then slowly my siblings and I all followed them here,” he said.

Woods began his new role as general manager in January 2017. And he has hit the ground running. The slower spring season in Highlands allowed Woods time to learn the property and get up to speed before the summer rush. The typical population of Highlands is known to increase to approximately 20,000 during the summer.

“I’ve been able to get in the rooms and view what goes on from the guest experience,’ Woods said. “I go in and sit on the sofa for 20 minutes to see what guests see and figure out what we can improve.”

He believes the hands on approach adds important finishing touches to increase customer satisfaction, ultimately leading to returning guests.

“We get a lot of repeat guests who call and tell us they want the same room. So that’s always nice,” Woods said.

Woods spent a decade in the Navy and has lived all over the world. He brings a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry, including resort manager for Wyndham properties. The hotel’s pet-friendly policy is a welcome surprise for Woods. He especially enjoys greeting all the dogs visiting the property. And he adds, that the housekeeping staff works hard to ensure each room appears as if a pet has never been in the space.

The hotel’s mascot Mr. Pickles, a black Scottish terrier, ranks supreme. However, The Park On Main Hotel partners with the local Humane Society to foster dogs until a permanent home is located. A new pair of foster dogs is expected to arrive at the hotel soon.


As guests arrive at The Park On Main, the goal of the staff to make everyone feel as if they are walking into our home, Woods explains.

“Like they are family,’ he said. “We want them to feel at home here.”

And it’s not uncommon to find guests reading a book in the lobby by the fireplace, and just relaxing. Woods likes each guest to leave with a true sense of southern hospitality.

Woods strives to be a hands on manager as much as possible, from mingling with guests to helping the housekeepers or maintenance crew.

“Whatever needs to be done, we do,” Woods said.

When you arrive for your stay at The Park On Main Hotel here in Highlands, North Carolina, be sure to say hello to John Woods. He just might beat you with a hearty greeting of his own. Make your reservations to visit us soon.


We at The Park on Main® won the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for being one of the top 25 small hotels in the United States. Here goes the confetti and the exploding cake. What’s more is that The Park on Main® is the only hotel in North Carolina that made this list. Bring out the confetti cannons!


Here are some of the comments on TripAdvisor written by our guests:

“Wonderful little hotel”
“Who doesn’t love a well-appointed, themed dog hotel!”
“Perfect place for family and pets!”
“Dog Hotel of the Highest Quality”
“Wonderful experience – great staff”
“Location, Rooms, and Staff couldn’t be better!”


While we enjoy rolling up our sleeves to provide our guests with the most wonderful experience during their stay in Highlands, North Carolina, in that ancient seismic wrinkle called Southern Appalachia in the Great Smoky Mountains, we make luxurious excellence our goal. We make you, our guests, our top priority.

Contact us today to learn more how you can enjoy the fun, the relaxation and the splendor that is The Park on Main® – award-winning down-home hospitality and first-class luxury.

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2017 Humane Hero of the Year

The 4th annual CHHS Humane Hero of the Year awards at the sold-out Bark, Beer & Barbeque at The Farm at Old Edwards were a special affair.

Congratulations to our 2017 Humane Heroes: The Park on Main Hotel! We're honored by the recognition and will happily continue to accept and foster dogs here at our hotel.

Bark, Beer & Barbeque is an evening of fundraising and FUN-raising with the most incredible animal-loving supporters of the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society. Our heartfelt thanks to all the generous supporters in attendance who made the night a successful fundraiser for the CHHS shelter pets! 

Premium hotel rooms situated at the base of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

The Park on Main | Highlands, North Carolina | King bed with nightstand and room amenities

Located near a variety of breathtaking waterfalls and nearby hiking trails.

The Park on Main | Highlands, North Carolina | Water rushing down rocks

Our property is completely dog-friendly & focuses on pampering you and your pet. 

The Park on Main | Highlands, North Carolina | Dog shaped dog cookie in a water bowl