Luxury Living in Cashiers, North Carolina

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A popular destination for luxury living, Cashiers sits among some of the country's most lush and scenic environments. Located in Jackson County in North Carolina, 10 miles from Highlands and about 60 miles from bustling Asheville along the picturesque Highway 64, this prime area sits at around 3,500 ft. elevation above sea level in the center of the Nantahala National Forest, within a distance of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With luxury homes tucked away in a gated community, you'll never go bored living in the Highlands Cashiers Plateau.

Living in the Cashiers Region of North Carolina

Known far and wide for its breath-taking natural beauty, including waterfalls, rivers, hiking trails, and plateaus, Cashiers (pronounced "CASH-ERZ") offers countless recreational activities, world-class golfing, shopping, fine dining and so much more –– all in a mountainous, storybook setting that feels like another world.

Weather in Cashiers, NC

A moderate climate (averaging 75 inches of precipitation a year), mild temperatures, congenial hospitality, Southern culture, and infinite leisure opportunities make this hidden gem a major draw for those looking to unwind and relax, year-round.


You never have to search far in order to find great food in the South –– and Cashiers is no exception. Featuring a bevy of superb, fine dining establishments, there are plenty of options available for pairing a great day with an even greater evening. Seasonal fare, extensive wine lists, creative cocktails, and more…it can all be found in or just minutes from Cashiers. Some of the most popular destinations for fine dining in town include:

The Orchard

A highly popular venue for quality dining for over 20 years, The Orchard features an extensive menu of American cuisine –– with Southern flavor –– using only the finest available ingredients. Centered in a stunning, 100-year-old farmhouse, and offering diners rustic elegance with mountain charm, dinner can be experienced indoors or out on the patio, overlooking the sumptuous lawns and gardens, including their famed apple orchard. Not only is The Orchard Cashiers' premier destination for fine dining, but the site also doubles as an event space, perfect for parties, wedding receptions, reunions, and more. 

Winslow’s Hideaway 

There is nothing about this Cashiers gem, a favorite among residents for nearly 50 years, that is worth hiding away. In fact, despite the charming ambiance and expressive décor, the mood at this family-owned steakhouse is as inviting and warm as the great seasonal dishes on their menu. Prime rib, escargot, French onion soup, and other savory seafood dishes are the go-to options in this classically contemporary space. 

Library Kitchen & Bar 

Nestled in the resplendent nearby Sapphire Valley sits one of the most colorful places to eat in all of North Carolina. Recently renovated, the Library pairs exceptional, high-quality cuisine with thought-provoking art installations, creating a one-of-a-kind décor that's like dining in an art gallery. The menu is as playful as co-founder and artist Marvin Gralnick, and Michelin-star-trained chef, Johannes, is on-hand to turn wholesome ingredients into mouth-watering courses.   

Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley

Operating only from April through to November, this exquisite restaurant is located within the pristine valley of rolling meadows and lush hills, making it the perfect setting for a cornucopia of seasonal treats and dishes. The open-air dining is accented by the stunning wooden beams of the building, Jennings Barn; meanwhile, the décor is mountain lodge-meets-contemporary bistro, complete with a wide array of meats, seafood, and root vegetables, plus an extensive wine menu.

Outdoor Activities in Cashiers Highlands Plateau

For homebuyers or vacationers looking to remain active, Cashiers offers recreational options like just about no other luxury community in the country. Whatever your skill level, there is plenty to experience, from the foothills of the surrounding mountains to the top of the plateau's highest peaks –– all available from your backyard. 

Panthertown Valley

Accessible from central Cashiers, Panthertown Valley features an expansive, 6,000-acre tract for hiking enthusiasts looking for scenic vistas along their route. Native flora and fauna, waterfalls, granite cliffs, sparkling streams, rolling hills and rivers, 30+ miles of walking paths for all levels of hikers –– all of these striking landscapes and attractions are located within this one-of-a-kind parcel within the Nantahala National Forest. 

Cashiers Crossroads

There are also plenty of immaculate sights to see from within the renowned Cashiers Crossroads –– an intersection of highways 107 and 64 in Jackson County that is home to the Village Green, a lush “park for the people”. This open venue not only hosts pristine vegetation and local wildlife, but also offers open-air concerts, music festivals, and other celebrations.

If you prefer a peaceful and meditative stroll after a day of shopping or golf, there are so many options at your disposal. Silver Run Falls, Rainbow Falls, or lovely Lake Glenville offer inviting, picture-perfect scenes for families, couples, or solo explorers. In addition to great picnicking opportunities, the 1,500-acre Lake Glenville also offers fishing, swimming, canoeing, and boating from its many docking and beach areas. Brookings Anglers is also a hot spot for fly fishing which, if you've got the skills, you simply must experience by booking one of their guided trips. 

And for horticulture enthusiasts, the sumptuous Village Green is like a little slice of paradise. A 13-acre park nestled in the heart of Cashiers, this tranquil space is brimming with azaleas, dahlias, and other floral gems, creating a quiet oasis to be experienced from the meandering boardwalk. Bring a picnic basket or a book and park along the banks. Best of all, the Green becomes an open-air venue for live music on Friday nights in the summer. 

For history buffs, the Cashiers Historical Society has many sites to check out, including the Zachary-Tolbert House, a pre-Civil War mansion-turned-museum built between 1850 and 1852 that houses a curious collection of handcrafted furnishings and architectural flourishes.


Golfing in Cashiers NC

There are ample opportunities for golfing in Cashiers, thanks to many public and private courses within the city limits and just outside in Highlands. Some of the best examples of private club courses in Cashiers include:

Trillium Links

A golfing fixture in Cashiers for more than twenty years, Trillium is more than just a premier golf and country club, it also boasts the widest array of amenities on the Cashiers/Highland plateau. Included on this expansive site are two private restaurants, five tennis courts, and, of course, 18 holes of pristine, championship golf available. 

Wade Hampton

Founded in 1982, Wade Hampton offers golfers unparalleled courses and scenic vistas as far as the eye can see. Located at the base of the mountains in Cashiers, the unique layout and terrain offer challenging play for golfers of all skill levels. Membership in this private community is highly sought-after, but so, too, are the amenities and lifestyle that come with it. 

Headwaters Golf Club

Built in 1999, and designed by architect Tom Fazio, Headwaters sits just across the way from Wade Hampton and boasts 9-hole golfing in a private-like setting. Conveniently located along Highway 107 S, there is an in-house golf pro, driving range, and rental carts available.  

Public courses like Sapphire National Golf Course in nearby Sapphire, NC, and Red Bird Links are perfect public and/or resort clubs to try out for those who aren’t yet ready to commit. And for those who might not be open to hitting the links every day, there are plenty of exhilarating experiences to be had within the city’s vibrant shopping area. Victoria’s Closet, billed as one of the best consignment stores in the southeast is nearby, and so too is the popular Canyon Spa, available for massages, facials, saunas, and uninterrupted relaxation. 

Nearby Cities

Situated serenely atop a unique triangle of southern regions––with Tamassee, South Carolina only 25 minutes away, and Pine Mountain, Georgia a 40-minute drive past Highlands–Cashiers is a perfectly charming luxury hideaway that never feels isolated. In fact, despite its incredible local destinations for fine dining, shopping, golf, and other activities and amenities, it remains conveniently connected, in all directions, to other unique areas of interest. 


The capital city of Charlotte is a mostly direct, 3-hour drive east along the I-26 and US-74 corridor, while the equally cosmopolitan Asheville lies 1.5 hours to the northeast via US-64. Alternatively, Chattanooga, Tennessee is nearly an equal distance from Charlotte in the opposite direction. For all its charm, Cashiers truly has some wildly exciting neighboring towns and cities. You will never be at a loss for places to go and things to see. 

Why you should consider Cashiers, NC for your Mountain Home Property

The Cashiers-Highland Plateau truly has everything you could ask for in a luxury gated community. In addition to the beautiful scenery that makes it a must-see destination, there are so many different options for remaining active throughout the year, not to mention world-class golfing, recreation, dining, and historical culture to be experienced. And as if that wasn’t enough, the Cashiers-Highland area’s convenient location to other neighboring cities and destinations helps maintain its oasis-in-the-mountains mystique and charm.

If luxury living in and among the surroundings and amenities featured above, then the Cashiers-Highland Plateau is where you need to be. 

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