Introducing our series of Best Western North Carolina towns to buy a vacation home. Western North Carolina is home to the gorgeous valleys and rain forests of the famous Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s no wonder so many people flock here for the summer to beat the heat, enjoy time with their families, and take advantage of plentiful outdoor activities and world-renowned golf courses. The living is easy in the mountains, with one important exception. How do you choose where to live or vacation, among all of the great options?
If you prefer to be close to the amenities offered in-town or near-town — yet a short drive from mountain hikes, clear lakes and some of the best golf in the United States — the friendly, laid back towns of Western North Carolina can’t be beat. Here’s why Cashiers is one of our favorites.
The town of Cashiers, North Carolina, is located on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Cashiers is about 63 miles west of Asheville along scenic Highway 64. At an elevation of 3,487 feet, Cashiers’ unique geography and temperate rain forests produce a town surrounded by lush foliage, hundreds of waterfalls, refreshing lakes, and bold mountains. This charming resort town has offered a rare mix of culture, serenity, majestic scenery and plenty of outdoor sporting activities since the 1800s.
In the heart of Cashiers, among an excellent public library and a county recreation center, you’ll find plenty to do in the evenings or on days you want to wind down and relax. Seasonal festivals, shops and weekend events are plentiful.
In addition to many fine restaurants, part of the Jackson County Ale Trail — Whiteside Brewing Co — recently opened with a menu of craft beers and burgers.
For a great meal out, try:
- Cornucopia, “Cashiers’ favorite porch.”
- The Orchard, set in a 100-year-old farmhouse, the ambiance is rustic elegance with mountain charm. All dining rooms overlook the apple orchard, lawn and gardens.
- Ugly Dog Pub, a cozy, classic tavern serving craft cocktails, regional beers and elevated pub food.
- Winslow’s, a family-owned restaurant serving gourmet seafood and steaks.
Parks and lakes
The Village Green, a 12-acre park with planned walking trails, outdoor sculptures by renowned artists, boardwalks over wetlands and beautiful gardens is a great place to walk.
At Lake Glenville, just a few miles north on Highway 107, you’ll find plenty of aquatic recreation. With 26 miles of shoreline, it’s the perfect spot to fish, boat, relax on the beach, or explore waterfalls.
If hiking is your thing, take the beginner-friendly Whiteside Mountain hike, a two-mile walk along a rock face. From mid-October through early November, you can spot the “shadow of the bear,” visible for about 30 minutes between 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. on sunny days. The best place to catch a bear sighting is from the Rhodes Big View Overlook off Highway 64.
For a more vigorous hike try the more challenging 10-mile round-trip hike that takes you to the top of Yellow Mountain.
Cashiers is home to the prestigious Mountaintop Golf Lake Club, a private resort offering a Tom Fazio-designed golf course and a world-class spa.
The Wade Hampton Golf Club is home to another course designed by Tom Fazio, and has earned top rankings from Golf Digest and Golf World.
The Old Edwards Club — an exclusive private club — features a Tom Jackson-designed golf course. With floor-to-ceiling windows, the clubhouse affords panoramic views of the landscape and the first tee.
For a great public golf course, try the High Hampton Inn.