My heart belongs to two very special places from my childhood, almost equally. The beaches of the Gulf in North Florida and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. It's a constant pull that brings me home to them both as often as I can possibly find an excuse to escape.
During our family travels to High Hampton Inn earlier this summer, I found some time to explore the sweet surrounding towns of Cashiers and Highlands, North Carolina. During my travels I always go out of my way to include time to really take in the local hidden gems. The restaurant the locals eat at, the best home + lifestyle shops (because, business), historical markers and national parks, the first historic homes in the area, and the sweetest old churches. Oh, and every antique, architectural salvage + junk store I come across along the way (sorry honey ...).
North Carolina is always an exceptionally great place to find treasures for a collector like myself. I am certain some of my greatest pieces have hailed from this area and the items you can find are so unique and unlike ones you can find anywhere else. There is always a lot of vintage advertising from the popularity of the mountain town general stores, as well as a good variety of rustic farm, barn + utilitarian pieces that are oh-so-popular in today's farmhouse interiors.
Here's a little sneak peek into some of the sites along the trip. If you haven't been to this area before, I highly recommend you add it to your list.
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