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“Perfect Mountaintop honeymoon!” 5 of 5 stars
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Fire Mountain Inn
3.0 of 5 Inn   |   700 Happy Hill Rd, Box 2772, Highlands, NC 28741   |  
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Ranked #2 of 9 Highlands B&B and Inns
Brandon, Mississippi
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Perfect Mountaintop honeymoon!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Being the adventurer I am the term "tree house" caught my attention when I did a Google search of "places to stay close to the AT" So I said to my soon to be wife, "Babe how would you like to stay in a tree house for our honeymoon?!?" This got her attention just as quickly as it did mine. So we proceeded to the Fire Mountain website to investigate such an interesting claim. After browsing around the site looking at the various accommodations and debating on tree house or cabin we decided to go with the tree house and what a great decision it was! I knew from my reading that the "tree house" was not actually built in a tree but was so named because of it being level with the tree tops giving the feel that we were in the trees. The room wasn't more than a king size bed and a nice sized bathroom, and closet. That didn't bother us at all because there was too much exploring to be done to need anything more during the day. We had the place to ourselves for the week so it was very quite. The views on top of FM were spectacular morning and evening, we both loved watching the fog bank roll in across the valley in the morning and the beautiful sunset in the evening! The owners were very friendly and knowledgeable of the area and made more than a few good suggestions of places to eat and explore. The only negative my wife and I have is that it was tough being early risers because coffee and breakfast were not served until 8:30-9am, however, one of the owners was so kind as to bring us our own coffee maker to our room for us to have coffee when got up. Because of the late breakfast we ended up eating out so we could get an earlier start to our day's adventure. Needless to say this did not affect our stay at FM! We are already considering a return trip for our first anniversary. Bottom line, I don't think I could have found a better place for our honeymoon in the mountains.

Room Tip: This info is available on the FM website but just so you know. None of the rooms or cabins have a/c...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Winston-Salem NC
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

My husband didn't want me to post a review because he doesn't want anyone else to know about this great little place. But that would be rude... what a fabulous place owned and run by true professionals, who care about your experience. You don't often get this, do you?

The owners make sure that attention to details are given to everything, from your accommodations to all of the available the "extras", and most importantly, to the ambience of this neat little getaway. The views are fantastic. The beds and rooms very clean, comfortable. Great location - tucked away so no one can find you, but yet you're close enough to fabulous dining, shopping, hiking or driving tours. Best, they are extremely knowledgeable as to the area -- right down to telling you where to turn off to have picnics, off-the-beaten path views, etc. They seem to have a knack for discovering your desires: nature, chill-axin', or a combination of all of the above, then helping you to plot out your activities to the max.

Also the breakfast was fantastic! We didn't get an opportunity to order a boxed meal to go in time, but we won't be making that mistake again... we're ordering some when we come back to visit again. We're definitely coming back!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Duluth, Georgia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

I surprised my husband Chris on his 49th birthday by blindfolding him and whisking him away for three days and two nights to Fire Mountain located in Highlands NC. We had such a wonderful time and were thrilled with our accommodations as well as the incredibly helpful and hospitable staff of Fire Mountain. They helped us line up horse back riding and fly fishing. The property sits atop a mountain with 60+ mile views across God's glorious creation! Our room and the entire property is meticulously maintained and a joy to admire. Fire Mountain is a complete escape, "off the grid" experience! If you are looking to unwind and enjoy peace, calm, tranquility and rest --- Fire Mountain is the place!

Room Tip: Spend the money and get a room with the sunset view! Amazing!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alpharetta, Georgia, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

My husband and I just returned from a wonderful Labor Day weekend at Fire Mountain in the Highlands, N.C. My husband outdid himself this time as he is getting very good at finding these exceptional places to stay. We arrived on a beautiful afternoon to find a carefully arranged silver tray with champagne and homemade chocolate-covered strawberries. This is one of the many services a guest can request. Every Inn guest can enjoy compimentary GOURMET (I capitalize for emphasis) breakfast. Each breakfast includes homemade dishes from breads, egg dishes, fresh garden fruit and veggies, right down to the mountain's own home-grown strawberry jam harvested in the spring by chef and co-property manager Matthew, who has over 30 yrs in the hospitality industry. Guests can also order in advance, a gourmet breakfast delivered to your room and "artfully" presented in a beautiful basket. In addition to breakfasts, a guest may order a special lunch or dinner basket as well.

Speaking of "art" - the grounds and buildings of Fire Mountain have frequent displays of art including statuettes, busts, paintings, and pen and ink drawings located strategically throughout. They even have their own "Art Gallery" room where guests can enjoy their latest display of local art, practice music, or enjoy their morning yoga. Co-manager Hiram explained to me that he searches extensively to provide top-quality services such as massage to guests, which also can be offered in the "art gallery".

The staff is very knowledgeable about the area and can guide guests to great local restaurants and hiking trails that are specific to each guests preferences.

Go prepared to leave your work, home, or other worries behind as Fire Mountain is rustic with no TV’s, radio’s, etc are available. They are also an Ec0-friendly establishment and don’t have air-conditioning but they don’t need it. We were there during the Hurricane Isaac’s humidity back-lash and I, of all people, would have felt it if anyone did. The drive up from the main road and to all rooms and cabins is a gravel, one-way drive at points, but the view is spectacular from many points once you are there.
Needless to say - We were thrilled with our 1st visit to Fire Mountain and will be back

Patty and Phil

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Serenity. Quietude. Tranquility. Rejuvenating. Relaxing. These are five reasons why we continue to enjoy our Fire Mountain Inn experiences. For our most recent visit (Labor Day Weekend 2012), we enjoyed the (immaculate) Pottery Barn meets rustic privacy of the Red Cedar cabin.

As a photographer, I love the bucolic vistas that includes horses, cows, farm land, bonfire and sunsets.

This link will take you to 30 of my 360-degree panorama images of Fire Mountain Inn that I have taken during multiple stays:
http://www.tourwrist.com/panos/49652

Fire Mountain Inn continues to be a great place to un-plug and re-charge. It's a special treat.
We look forward to our next escape. And, to visit the scenic Nantahala National Forest waterfallsand trails; and the restaurants in Highlands; particularly, Cyprus (a restaurant by and for foodies).

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dunwoody, Georgia
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

This was our second stay at Fire Mountain this year--our first was in March 2012 for my wife's birthday. We returned to Fire Mountain over the Labor Day weekend for a much needed break. Fire Mountain is a magical, relaxing, peaceful mountain-top resort with no TVs, clocks, computers, fax machines, or telephones. Once we arrived at Fire Mountain, we did not want to leave--even to go into the nearby town! The rooms are simple but beautiful; the service is outstanding; the property is magnificant; the gourmet breakfast is delicious; and the views are breathtaking. The overall feeling is one of peace and rest. Mathew and Hiram are very attentive and addressed our every need. We are already thinking about a return visit!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Greenville, South Carolina
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Secluded, beautiful - amazing views. We vacation in the mountains often and have been to some exceptional places. This ranks among our new favorites. The proximity to Highlands was a definite plus where quaint shops and excellent dining were found. The breakfast was unbelievable - fresh, prepared with attention to detail, and out of this world. Matthew and Hiram gave us great advice regarding where to go and what to see. It was absolutely perfect - a wonderful experience. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 700 Happy Hill Rd, Box 2772, Highlands, NC 28741
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Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Smoky Mountains > Highlands
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites
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Ranked #2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Highlands
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Fire Mountain Inn 3*
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