The proverbial mirror through which we examine the past is twisted and distorted with a subtle tint of rose to it; that steady stare we make is merely into a glass darkly. We gaze upon an illusion that has faded from reality but grown in our memories into something it never really was in the first place
Them thar good ole days? Just weren’t so good after all, if the cold truth could be told. But we relish the past – and its incredible artifacts – as if it were some grand time. And in one beautifully ironic sense, the good ole days were indeed good. And simple. And profound. And worthy of our examination.
We at The Park on Main® – the luxury hotel in the culturally rich small town of Highlands, North Carolina – hold the same adoration and respect for history as the next felloweth. In fact, we may have more reason because we’re situated quite contentedly in a place rich with shops and attractions catering to lovers of history. And antiques – much more so than anything else – helps bring the past alive and connect us in a bitter-sweet way to bygone days.
Our Favorite Antique Shops in Highlands, North Carolina
CK Swan and Harllee, at the corner of U.S. Highway 64 and Pine Street, offers antique lovers a sampling of the decorative furnishings, accessories and eccentricities dating to the 1700s. The shop sells original arts and crafts by regional and national artists. It is opened 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday.
Mirror Lake Antiques, at 215 South 4th Street “on the hill,” lets shoppers explore estate and contemporary jewelry, sterling silver flatware, hand-painted china, cut glass and flow blue English transferware. It is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday.
Opened in 1925, Scudder’s Galleries imports antique furniture, estate jewelry, fine art and collectibles. The shop is at 352 Main Street. It is opened 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Wednesday; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Thursday – Saturday; and at 7:30 – 10 p.m., Thursday – Saturday, for auction nights.
Vivianne Metzger, at the intersection U.S. Highways 64 and 107 in Cashiers, offers a wide array of antiques, including furniture, lighting, mirrors, garden items and scales and leather-bound books. It is opened 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday. The shop is opened May 1 – Nov. 30.
Looking to discover the ease and comfortable of the simple, old-fashioned life? Explore Highlands, North Carolina’s wealth of history and enjoy your stay at The Park on Main®. 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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