Colonial Pines Inn Bed and Breakfast

541 Hickory Street , Highlands, NC 28741-9801 USA (Show map)


NESTLED ON A SECLUDED HILLSIDE just half a mile from Main Street, this gracious old home is surrounded by two acres of large rhododendron, hemlock, maple, and oak. Experience Highlands' clean, fresh air and enjoy lush views from wide porches. Sample berries from the garden, then visit the nature areas, ponds, fine boutiques and gourmet restaurants that are just a stroll away. INSIDE, THE WARMTH OF KNOTTY PINE welcomes you and blends with antiques, an eclectic mix of books and hand made accessories, a playable grand piano, and a cozy fireside for chilly mountain evenings. Help yourself to refreshments from the guest pantry, then enjoy videos, games, puzzles, and old fashioned conversation. SPACIOUS SUITES AND MODERATELY PRICED ROOMS await you with private baths and comfortable antique furnishings. A sumptuous breakfast is included and served in the dining room to the sounds of quiet classical, folk, or mountain tunes.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Be pampered and enjoy

4.0 on June 12, 2016

Stayed 2 nights wonderful beautiful B&B spent some time reading and sitting on the wrap around porch where we were served the most wonderful breakfast, please check out her recipes. The Harris room was so comfy, large living /dining area. Donna spoils you with homemade treats. Chis and Donna are great host. If we are in the area this is where we will stay. Just about 5 minutes from down town but you could walk. So quiet. No air needed. on 1-10 it's a 30. thanks for the pleasure of sharing your Inn. We stayed June 10-12-2016

Great stay for our anniversary

5 on July 12, 2014

We stayed here for our anniversary, and greatly enjoyed it. Donna and Chris were welcoming hosts. The room (Audubon) was clean and beautifully decorated, and everything was provided. The owners provided plenty of amenities (tea, lemon bars) and lots of information about things to do in the area and directions to get around. Breakfast was delicious, and we could dine indoors or outdoors. The dining room has a large picture window with a bird feeder, and we spent most of breakfast chatting with Chris or watching birds (including a species I hadn't seen before) and chipmunks. We would certainly visit here again.

Great Stay

5 on November 02, 2013

Best vacation ever! Donna and Chris were a great help in guiding us what to see and where to go. Donna is a great cook!

another relaxing stay...

5 on June 01, 2012

We've been to the Colonial Pines several times and will in the future. The inn is immaculate and the rooms are charming. Chris and Donna make us feel right at home.

Wonderful Host and Hostess at Colonial Pines

5 on June 23, 2011

We are in our late 60s and have stayed at many B&Bs across the country. Our experience at Colonial Pines was among the best. We read many reviews before selecting Colonial Pines and the fact Chris and Donna have owned this B&B for more than 25 years, sold us on giving it a try. We stayed in the Guest House, which is next to the main home. It was fantastic. It gave us more room than a typical B&B room since it had seperate dining and living area - it was very cozy. The location was ideal not too close to town but within walking distance. Donna is a wonderful cook and we enjoyed every breakfast along with the snacks and drinks in the afternoon. We had the opportunity to view most of the rooms and they are all wonderful. Several have TVs. So keep that in mind if this is important to you. What we liked best: There was no air condioners and you could hear nature so clearly. We slept with our windows opened and had to use a blanket one night - it was wonderful. The mattress and pillows were wondeful. We enjoyed interacting with Chris and Donna and truly felt like we were at home. What you see on their website is what you get. This was our first trip to Highlands and we plan to return at least once each year staying at Colonial Pines.

I'm SOLD on Colonial Pines

5 on May 27, 2011

We decided to spend the evening in the Highlands and selected the Colonial Pine for our stay. We couldn't have made a better choice. It was relaxing, friendly, neat, clean and comfortable. We will definitely stay again and we recommend it to anyone visiting The Highlands. We just didn't want to leave!! Bob & Harriet.

Just What We Needed

4.8 on March 27, 2011

The first quarter this year has been really hectic and stressful. We knew we needed head to Highlands, NC and the Colonial Pines Inn "fix". As always, it worked. As soon as we stepped into the inn, all of our stress melted away. We have been visiting Colonial Pines Inn at least twice a year for the last 5 years. It is our mountain retreat. Each time, we are planning our return trip soon after we arrive. Chris and Donna, the innkeepers, are such wonderful hosts, making us feel at home every time we visit. They are so eager to provide the very best experience, with great success. The inn is so warm, cozy, well maintained and very clean. Donna serves to-die-for breakfasts in addition to special afternoon treats. Can you tell we like this place? Definitely a destination vacation.

What a Great Experience

5 on December 06, 2010

My wife and I had never stayed in a bed & breakfast here in the States (we are retired military and frugal) until this week when we lucked out and spent 3 nights at the Colonial Pines Inn in Highlands, NC. Wow, what a great experience! The room was spotless, rustic, cozy, charming and comfortable, and the common areas (fireplace and seating area, dining room, and pantry with 24 hour snacks) were also well-appointed, homey, and inviting. The gourmet breakfasts were exceptional and the proprietors, Chris and Donna Alley, were perfect hosts, anxious to meet every need and offer great advice on what to do and see in Highlands. The rates were very reasonable, especially when compared to other nearby B&Bs. We are planning to return in the early summer and we can strongly recommend the Colonial Pines Inn without any hesitation.

Comforts of Home

5 on November 28, 2010

Staying at Colonial Pines is always a wonderful experience. We've stayed there many times and hope to stay there again next summer.

Perfect mountain getaway!

5 on November 20, 2010

Donna and Chris treat you like family at this wonderful bed and breakfast! My husband and I have been staying there for years and wouldn't think of going anywhere else. The house is so cozy, the rooms delightful and comfortable, and breakfasts are amazing! Donna creates the most delicious breakfast casseroles. Along with fruit, special breads and other delectable sides, your plate is full and you are set well past lunch time. (My husband and I usually just grab a treat from Kilwins about 3:00.) Donna and Chris are wonderful hosts and know the area well, so they can help you select the perfect activity of the many the area offers. Or, you can just sit by the fire, read, and enjoy cookies or other snacks and beverages that are complimentary and available 24 hours a day. When dinner time comes, they can recommend the perfect restaurant to fit your cravings. They even have a notebook of menues from area establishments. My husband and I love Colonial Pines and know we'll experience a perfect stay each time we visit. The Greens

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Rooms & Rates

The Master Bedroom

A large, romantic room with queen canopy bed, sitting area with cable TV, mountain view, private bath, dressing room. High speed wireless internet at no charge.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $170 - $170

The Queen Suite

A cozy two-room suite upstairs in the main building. Bedroom has queen bed and private bath. A hall-way like dressing room leads to a separate sitting room with a beautiful view of Satulah Mountain, and another private bath. This suite can function like two separate rooms and is ideal for two ladies traveling together who don't want to share a bed. Couples love this suite for the two baths and the sitting is popular as a 'man cave.'

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $170 - $170

The Audubon Room

A light & bright room on the second floor of the main building with king bed, a beautiful view of Satulah Mountain, a little dressing room, and private bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $150 - $150

The Harris Room

A sophisticated room with Asian touches on second floor of the main building with a garden view, a little dressing room, and a private bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $150 - $150

The Bargain Basement

A bargain-priced room in the guest house adjacent to the Inn on the lower level (not really a basement). Has king bed, Cable TV, private bath with shower. Probably the best deal in Highlands and very popular with folks coming to weddings & workshops who are watching their expenses. Breakfast is not included.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $110 - $110

The Guest House Apartment

A two bedroom guest house (one queen bed, two twin beds) suitable for two adults & two children adjacent to the Inn. Colorfully furnished with country french fabrics, wicker, quilts, antiques. Has efficiency kitchen, one bedroom, private deck. Great for small families! Breakfast not included.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $160 - $160

Miss Rebecca's Cottage

Private, secluded in-town cottage with three bedrooms and two baths. Located near Sunset Rocks Hiking Area and Highlands Nature Center and a one-third mile walk to the business district. Furnished with heirloom antiques and has full kitchen, stone fireplace, TV/VCR, washer/dryer, telephone. Wonderful for honeymoons, anniversaries, or family groups. Sleeps a maximum of six guests. Prices shown are for two guests. Add $25 per person, per night for each additional guest. Breakfast not included. Reduced rates for weekly & monthly stays. Please inquire for a special quote for your party.

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $175 - $275

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Location Type

Western North Carolina Mountains, Downtown, Mountains, Village

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Waterfalls, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Internet Service, Library, Piano, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wired internet , Fine dining, boutiques, craft fairs, music events, theatre, mountain view, Free Parking

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Hairdryer, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Live Theater, Chamber Music Festival, Llama Trekking, ATV Rentals, Range Rover Safari Rides, Coffeeshop Entertainment, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 3 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Cottages are best for small children.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two nights in-season weekends, three nights, holidays
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: one-third
  • Cancellations: Two weeks note to cancel nightly stays. One month notice to cancel holidays or October stays. Two months notice to cancel weekly stays,
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Chris & Donna Alley

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Chris and Donna are from Atlanta and have owned the inn since l984. Chris is a woodworker, BMW motorcycle enthusiast, Civil War buff, and plays classical guitar. Donna is a former interior designer/space planner, creative cook, and detail person.

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  • Time Served: 9:00 - 9:30
  • Serving Location: Porch - weather permitting, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian 24 advance notice required for special diets

Signature Dish

Baked Blueberry French Toast,
A luscious casserole made with layers of bread, blueberries, cream cheese, milk, and eggs. Baked until lightly browned and served with real maple syrup, spicy sausage, fresh fruit, coffee, and specially blended juice. All recipes can be found on our recipe blog:


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