Thanksgiving…Thankful for Highlands

A few years ago I blessed with a family vacation in Alaska. It was my first time there and I was in awe of the glaciers, the snow capped mountains, the natural beauty, the slower pace and the quaint fishing villages.  I imagined what it would be like to live there.

When I arrived back in Highlands, I fell in love all over again.  This has been home for 31 years and I’ve always loved it here, but sometimes getting away puts things into perspective.  I enjoy traveling, but no matter where I have visited, every time I come back home I count my blessings, realizing that there has never been another place I would rather live.

Contemplating the TV shows I have watched about Alaskan real estate, I was reminded of homebuyers scrambling to find a second home on remote islands, without bathrooms, running water or even electricity in some places.  Although daily living in the wilderness is not for most of us, there is only one reason why someone would want to live there…why?…because they love it!

In October of 1984, I came to Highlands for a three day get-away.  I was enamored with the mountains, the natural beauty, the slower pace and the quaint, friendly little town.  I moved here the next spring and have never looked back.  Why?…because I love it!

Steeped in history, Highlands offers a rare combination of scenic beauty, ideal climate and a variety of outdoor recreational activities, all with a charming blend of cultural amenities, fine dining, specialty shops and choice accommodations.  Perhaps the greatest natural asset found in Highlands is the warm and welcoming spirit of its people. There is truly no place like Highlands.

If you are visiting Highlands over the Thanksgiving holidays and have been thinking about making Highlands a second or permanent home…why not now?  Time is ever changing and easily gets away from us and today is all we really have. Although our real estate market is trending upward, take a look and you will still find some of the best real estate values we have seen in several years.  Why?….because you love it!

Lynn headContributed by Lynn Kimball
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Meadows Mountain Realty

Lynn Kimball has over 43 years of real estate experience, with 31 years serving the Highlands Cashiers area.  She has gained Emeritus Status with the National Association of Realtors and previously served as Director and Vice President for the Highlands Cashiers Board of Realtors.  Whether you are interested in searching properties or comprehensive information about our area, you are invited to visit her user friendly website at  Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Meadows Mountain Realty has three locations, at 41 Church Street in the Old Edwards Inn complex, at 488 Main Street or visit Lynn at her 2334 Cashiers Road location across from Highlands Falls Country Club.  Lynn Kimball may be reached at 828-421-8193 or by email at

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