Highland North Carolina’s Best Hotel

Serenely situated on a mountain-top in Highlands, North Carolina, The Skyline Lodge already knows why you are here.

Build
1929
Elevation
3,700 ft
Renovated
2021

Steeped in the design of Frank Lloyd Wright, there is a palpable sense of place.

Through the entry, your curiosity awakens at the first look of a beautifully arranged and whimsical courtyard. Enjoying a sip of arrival drink and smoky baked oyster, you release your luggage and explore. A slight breeze carries the sounds of Ella Fitzgerald, clinking glasses, and soft laughter through the mountain air. The smell of steak on the Oak Highlands Steakhouse grill wafts from the restaurant stacks. Twinkling lights beckon you to come and see the view. Onto the lawn, soft blankets draped across lawn chairs encircle fire pits. With all your senses engaged, an energizing relief overtakes you and you know…

You will be taken care of at The Skyline Lodge.

Skyline Lodge Proudly Features

  • Oak Steakhouse
  • Complimentary Parking
  • Indoor Fireplaces
  • Expansive Outdoor Courtyard
  • Outdoor Fire Pits
  • Hiking Trails
  • Completely Renovated in 2021
  • Bar & Lounge

Skyline Lodge has lived many different lives over the last century.

Located in the popular and picturesque mountain town of Highlands, North Carolina, the building’s storied history dates back to the mid-1930s, when it opened as a luxury escape catering to the wealthy who survived the 1929 stock market crash. The lodge’s original owner, Howard Randall, commissioned Arthur Kelsey – a working student and friend of the iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright – to design the building, resulting in signature FLW touches like native stone, chestnut wood, and hand-cut cedar shakes. Despite its one-of-a-kind design and great popularity as one of the only places to stay overnight in the increasingly popular destination of Highlands, the lodge closed its doors in 1938 following the death of Mr. Randall.

Luckily, in the 1950s, it was rescued from disrepair, and by the 1960s was welcoming back guests with additional rooms and a much needed update to the structure. More than 80 years after its original construction, the lush greenery has flourished and now completely surrounds the lodge, exemplifying the Wright design tradition of architecture slowly becoming one with the natural environment. Today, Skyline Lodge, with its storied history, is newly reopened by Indigo Road Hospitality Group, which extensively renovated the property before reopening in summer 2021.

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