Thanks to Forbes for the shout-outs! “Still, while Highlands has only 3,200 year-round residents—up from 924 in the 2010 U.S. Census–come summer the population swells to 18,000, despite its being a three-hour drive from Atlanta and two from Greenville. In winter the town tries mightily to attract visitors with events like Root Bound, a celebration of Appalachian food, craft and music culture, which I attended last month in venues spread over 6.2 square miles. Along with the Bascom: Center for the Visual Rats, the cross streets of town are lined with galleries,boutiques, restaurants and a first-rate wine shop within the Mountain Fresh Grocery.”


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Mentioned in this article are Old Edwards Inn and Spa, Mountain Fresh Grocery and The Highlander.