I researched the net to find a B&B in Highlands,N.C. and came across the Colonia Pines Inn. Because my husband is 6ft.5in., we need a king size bed. I saw the special "bargin basement" room offer with check in during the week and second night one half price and booked that room. The room was more spacious than I expected from seeing the small photo on the web; the small shower, which our host, Donna talked to us about is small, like a ship's shower, but we managed and there was plenty of hot water and nice toiletries.The rest of the surroundings more than made up for this small shower size. The home is lovely, with a very wide wrap around porch and sits on a spectacular piece of property with ancient oaks and other trees, a berry garden on the terraced side, and views of the mountain from the side porch. The hosts, Donna & Chris made us feel wwelcome and comfortable. Donna is a notable cook and breakfasts were especially good, with egg bakes(frittatas), breakfast meats, fresh fruits, juices, and good strong coffee and assorted teas. Served on linens, with graciousness and sincere Southern hospitality, and quiet classical, or mountain music in the background. A birdfeeder outside the window in the dining area provided nature's show, with Goldfinches, hummingbirds,chickadees and many other fine feathered friends visiting. As amature birders we were delighted! The home is tastefully decorated, but not to the extent to interfere with comfort and sitting down to stay awhile. It is also clean as could be and the "100 point cleanliness rating" from the state is displayed in the pantry area. Much good reading in the selection of books and area information, a grand piano, good art from some local artists and some antique prints and furnishings make for visual pleasure! A touch of whimsy is to be found if you look, like the little porcelin bunny nestled in the lap throw placed on the corner shelf in the "bargin basement" room. The weather in Highlands was a welcome respite from our S. Florida heat...73F at 2p.m.! At night the windows were open and let the quiet and cool breeze enter our room; we were snug and oh so comfortable in the king bed, with smooth cotton sheets and comforter. Heavenly sleep! The inn also keeps a stocked "pantry" with tea, juices, trail mix, and cookies plus an ice bin, for the guests to help themselves. I especially liked sitting in the swing on the side porch, with memories of summers past, the creak of screen doors, and comfort provided by grandparents, aunts&uncles who lived in the country. This place is a gem and we hope it is there when we are able to return. What a slice of heaven!
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