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Things to do in Highland County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Lodging
“• The Highland Inn, Monterey. We think this historic inn and restaurant (opened in 1904) provides the finest dining in the area. It’s a little more than 30 minutes away, but worth the scenic drive to Monterey. They specialize in Highland County trout and also have steak, chicken, and seafood dinners and a good wine and beer selection. A nice place to spend a special evening. Drive from the cabin to Route 220, turn left and go 20 miles to Monterey, turn right at Rte 250 and go a couple of blocks. Can’t miss it on your right. Open Thu, Fri, and Sat evenings. Note: Currently under renovation. Will re-open in 2020.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Administrative Area Level 2
“Highland Co is our next door neighbor and the towns of Monterey and McDowell are nice for a visit. Monterey hosts a number of festivals during the year, artist's events, and there is a small shopping (antiques, art gallery) and dining area. Don't miss Big Fish Cider! ”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“This is a beautiful cider tasting room in nearby Monterey VA. The cider is wonderful. Buy some bottles to bring back to Loafer's Glory! Big Fish is one block off the main street in Monterey. There are shops, restaurants there. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a good family style restaurant with large portions, economical pricing. If you are leaf peeping in Highland County (go thru the Blue Grass Valley), or on the way to Snowshoe, Cass or Greenbank Observatory, this is a good stop.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“This is a neat tiny restaurant in the back of a small grocery and "general store." Food offering vary depending on what's in season, local maple syrup, and what the chef feels like fixing! There are sometimes local crafts, and you can also grab a sandwich or light lunch from the refrigerated case to go - for your picnic or day's adventure. If you are leaf peeping in Highland County (go thru the Blue Grass Valley), or on the way to Snowshoe, Cass or Greenbank Observatory, this is a good stop.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“This is one of the best trout fishing streams in Virginia. This scenic Blue Grass Valley river yields native and stocked trout up to 20".”
  • 1 local recommends
Administrative Area Level 3
  • 1 local recommends
Grocery or Supermarket
“Grab a sandwich or picnic fixins at this general store with local crafts and gifts in the middle of the incredibly beautiful Blue Grass Valley! Whether leaf peeping, bicycling, motorcycling or just taking a scenic drive from Loafer's Glory, this whole area is a "must do." It's that lovely! ”
  • 1 local recommends
Route
  • 1 local recommends
Grocery or Supermarket
Bakery
  • 1 local recommends