June 6, 2016 Written by

The Southern Appalachian Mountain mist makes no public plans to rumble silently over this week’s “Festival with an Altitude” – another one of the sundry upcoming events in Highlands, NC, the beautiful town sitting nonchalantly 4,118 feet above sea level.

We at The Park on Main®, the SoHo boutique hotel, fully understand that nature’s majesty never confers with us mere mortal Highlandite types. But the Highlands Motoring Festival is another matter, in another realm.

Billed as the Highest Motoring Festival East of the Rockies, the ninth annual festival starting June 9 celebrates two distinctly human endeavors: The automobile and travel, inseparably intertwined experiences reflecting our species’ character and personality.

The three-day festival being held at the Kelsey-Hutchinson Park promises car enthusiasts an impassioned embrace of Americana’s best, brightest and most brilliant moving machines, the automated contraptions that have sent generations of motorists sailing wildly along open roads.

This year’s marquee: The Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, the German luxury car known by its abbreviation BMW.  The company celebrates its 100th anniversary.

While we’re quite sure your stay at The Park on Main® will be a rich experience filled with wonderful luxuries and exquisite opportunities (all within walking distances from so many fabulous places along downtown’s Main Street), we urge our automobile-loving guests to get a move on to explore activities at the festival, which benefits The Literary Council of Highlands. The council is also hosting the festival.

Highlands Motoring Festival Scheduled to Begin This Weekend

Guests May Explore the Beautiful – and Little Known – Back Roads of the Mountains

Shall we take a gander at the weekend’s upcoming events in Highlands, NC?

June 10 is One Lap of the Mountains, a day-long drive of 160 miles through the area’s beautiful back roads of Western North Carolina. Admission is $75 per car and driver. Additional passenger fees are $25.

The car show opens June 11 at 10 a.m. at the park on Pine Street. Event entrance is on Pine Street. Judging takes place at 11 a.m.

Music on Pine Street, new to the festival, begins 6 p.m., June 11 at the park.

Outsiders call the June 12 event Cars and Coffee on Main Street. But locals – and those in the know – call it Butts on the Bench, which has something to do with Main Street’s “Loafer’s Bench” next to Stone Lantern and across from Buck’s Coffee.

Come and enjoy the classic cars amid the gorgeous mountains.

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About The Park on Main

The Park on Main hotel is located in the quaint village of Highlands, North Carolina, a picturesque mountain retreat nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. A boutique style hotel, the Park on Main offers 24 luxury suites, each facing an exquisitely landscaped central park-like garden terrace.

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