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Highlands, North Carolina’s Main Street is a gathering place for locals and a sweet escape for visitors
Situated on a mountain plateau in western North Carolina, some 4,000 feet above sea level, the four-stoplight town of Highlands is no secluded hamlet. Dubbed the Aspen of the East, it attracts 200,000 visitors a year.
"On that night, under that starlit sky, the sound of the water lapping against the dock, I felt a prescient sense of peace."
“Who knows?” says Charles Gandy with a laugh, when asked what inspires his ideas for fantastical knitted socks. With witty names like Dancing with the Stars, DreadSox, and Eyes of March, his creations are meant to inspire wonder, not to warm feet.
Like many Atlantans, Scott Murphy and David Spirt were smitten with the charms of Highlands, North Carolina. Last year they decided the town was perfect for a weekend escape from their demanding jobs.