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“Another Totally Relaxing Visit!”
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Fire Mountain Inn
Ranked #1 of 7 Highlands B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

Our most recent visit to Fire Mountain last week had three goals - celebrate our wedding anniversary, escape the suffocating heat that enveloped Raleigh, NC and RELAX and unplug from the world. As usual, Fire Mountain came through for us. We stayed in our favorite cabin - Cullasaja - and it was wonderful - just as we remembered it. We celebrated our anniversary dinner at the Cyprus at the suggestion of Hiram, and it was absolutely perfect. The weather was cool and sometime rainy - just what we craved. My husband enjoyed a relaxing massage, I read book(s) with the sound of the rain on the roof - which lulled me to sleep.. again, just what I craved. We will return to Fire Mountain again and again!

Ray and Joan Grace

Room Tip: Cullasaja and Hemlock cabins are our favorites. The Red Thunder room in the Inn is just spectacular...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

There are two Highlands; main street with its boutique stores and fashionable restaurants and high priced accommodations and a similar scene that plays out at most major tourist destinations whether it be Seaside, Bar Harbor or Sonoma.
Then, there is the real thing. A shift in attitude as you approach on the gravel road away from the hustle of the tourist town, welcoming hosts and a simple, elegant space to envelop.
Fire Mountain is all that.
If you truly read the website, print out the concise, well written recommendations and look at the pictures (including the wonderful guest pictures on this site), you will know exactly what to expect. What you won’t know for sure until you are sitting on your porch is how much this Highlands is restorative and authentic.
The Innkeepers were gracious, unobtrusive and experts on the area. The accommodations were pristine—towels were top-notch, linens were crisp and luxurious and the furnishings were simple, elegant and uncommon---reminiscent of Pottery Barn and a favorite sun porch. Every detail had been attended to—and personalized. We wanted a specific kind of experience—reconnecting, staring into space and some vigorous hikes. Our hosts mapped out our day, down to the smallest details and armed with print-outs and the benefit of their years of experience, we had a wonderful weekend.
We stayed in the Red Thunder room in the Inn and breakfast was provided. It was delicious and gourmet—fresh from the garden-- homemade strawberry jam, pancakes, eggs and an assortment of juices, granola and more. We were delighted!
Staff knew before we did that we would cancel our trendy restaurant reservation and retreat to our porch with its tasteful and comfortable furniture to share a take-out gourmet dinner from one of the area’s shops. They offered a picnic backpack filled with linens and dishware and offered to refill it with clean items between hikes! The real Highlands—mountain walks, breezes that float through your room, and the absence of the noise that accompanies most of us in our day to day is present at Fire Mountain. The grounds encompass several cabins, the Inn and fields, gardens and paths. It is secluded in that the “other” Highlands is within reach but not intrusive. We saw guests on their porches or roaming the paths but at no time did I feel encroached upon or crowded. I must admit, I was slightly worried about the heat before we arrived---a primary reason for our escape. The elevation, ceiling fans and cross breezes were a fabulous antidote to the temps in Atlanta. I felt renewed and enjoyed the reprieve from the humidity and the blast of air conditioning.
In reading the other reviews, I must admit I am puzzled by those who gave the Inn a less than stellar rating. I have to surmise that they did not read the website or that this experience of a mountain retreat was not what they had in mind. There are plenty of accommodations in the area with the familiarity and sameness that is found in any hotel. In fact, in planning our trip, we had considered and discarded the hotels and B and B’s that seemed to favor a country look and the hotels that offered big chain perks. It felt incongruous with what Highlands is all about.

Fire Mountain offers much more---an escape, not too far, with the accoutrements and experiences that will let you know you have truly changed your perspective. We wholeheartedly and without hesitation recommend Fire Mountain and we are looking forward to our next visit.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

When we researched for a place to stay for an extended fourth of July weekend, we looked for a "home base" so to speak. We wanted a nice relaxing place where we could venture off each day for kayaking, whitewater rafting and hiking to some waterfalls. As each day went on, rather than it being our "home base" Fire Mountain slowly became our "destination" . Anyone complaining about this place did NOT do there due diligence in planning their trip. Every bit of information is on their website. Yes it is a ride to Highlands( 15-20 min.) However the reward of being on top of the mountain and breathing the wonderful air is well worth it.We drove 9 hours so we brought some steaks and grilled out the first night ..The decompression then began..The best way to explain this unique place is to explain our visit.
We stayed in the Blue Moss cabin. Well prior to getting there we made 3 dinner rsvp's Cyprus and Paoletti's ( both awesome) Wolfgang's, not so much. Because we were going out each night we did not need a full kitchen. The kitchenette in our cabin was just fine. if we were going to dine at the cabin and cook( next time) we would have chosen another cabin.( All on the website)..Realizing there was not AC we brought a little fan, but it was not needed with the open windows and mountain air, however i would bring it again just in case.
Each morning we awoke to birds chirping and a glorious sunrise. A cup of coffee and then a little hike around the property, or down Happy Hill to a little waterfall. Each morning promptly at 9:30 breakfast was brought to our cabin. We paid x-tra but it was exceptional. Sitting on the porch enjoying breakfast, we saw a hummingbird 4 feet away. In the evenings with a glass of wine we saw fire flies as we enjoyed the cool mountain air and the stars, all of the stars!!!.
Each day we went on a planned trip ( get a GOOD map of the area) . Our last day we realized that we did not need to drive very far for the perfect day...A 15 minute ride after breakfast to Glenn falls...a mile or so hike down to the falls and a nice strenuous hike back up....Then back to the cabin with some bread, cheeses and champagne ..we read some books and enjoyed Fire Mountain....That evening we went to Cyprus restaurant, about 15 mins. away before getting into town...Open kitchen..this place ROCKS..Everything we did was 15 mins away and it was a glorious day..If you are looking for rustic, pampered and a place to decompress , Fire Mountain is the place..
Matt was readily available when we needed him and nowhere in sight when we enjoyed our privacy. Top Notch operation

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Reviewed 29 June 2012

My new husband and I spent our mini pre-honeymoon weekend (longer main honeymoon to follow later) at Fire Mountain and loved every minute of it! Matt and Hiram are open, warm, accessible, friendly, very informative and accommodating. The grounds and cabins are immaculately clean and fresh and the surround is the definition of quiet and peaceful. The gourmet breakfasts are delicious, hot and fresh, and promptly delivered each morning. Fire Mountain is remote, private, unique and yet 15 minute accessible to the finest dining and shopping in Highlands, NC. With five national parks adjacent, all levels of hiking are completely available. In spite of not having access to television, phones, radio, or the Internet, none of these are missed! In fact - that is one of the main reasons that we selected Fire Mountain. I cannot tell you the pleasure of falling asleep to crisp mountain air drifting through the cabin's open windows and waking up to gentle shafts of sunlight with the birds chirping in the background. And the water tastes wonderful - sweet, clean, and pure. Fire Mountain is private, very quiet, and yet open to any rambling around that you may wish to do. Fire Mountain is definitely a first class establishment. I highly recommend!

Room Tip: Only five cabins are available, but I definitely suggest them!
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 June 2012

Spent 3 nights in Satohla ! Loved every minute of it!
You have to be there to feel the energy of the whole area! Very unique place! Exactly the top of the mountain with breath taking sunrises and sunsets.
A very comfortable,spacious, clean room with two balconies facing east and west. Modern lodge feel all around.
Excellent breakfast , delicious coffe every morning with a beautiful mountain view. Highlands is just around the corner aprox. 15 -20 minutes drive from the B&B.
Of course this experience would be not complete without the excellent management ! Thanks to Mathew and Hiram this place is immaculate!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Fire Mountain Inn

Address: 700 Happy Hill Rd, Highlands, NC 28741-8527
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Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Highlands
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites
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Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Highlands
Price Range: ₹ 11,787 - ₹ 17,807 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Fire Mountain Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fire Mountain is a boutique resort/bed and breakfast providing secluded luxury for couples to unplug, decompress, reconnect and revitalize. Minimum Two-Night Stay ... more   less 
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