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Ride Great North Carolina Motorcycle Roads from the Main Street Inn and Bistro in Highlands, NC

The Main Street Inn Highlands NC

Located in a late 1800's mansion in Highlands, NC, the Main Street Inn is both an architectural jewel and one of the most comfortable places to stay when you ride the Smoky Mountains

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You can contact The Main Street Inn at:

Reservations: 800-213-9142
Phone: 828-526-2590

Their address is:
The Main Street Inn
Bistro on Main
270 Main Street
Highlands, North Carolina 28741

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We recently had the good fortune to spend some time at the Main Street Inn and Bistro in Highlands, North Carolina. To say we enjoyed our visit would be like saying Tail of the Dragon has some turns. This is one fantastic place to stay if you enjoy motorcycle rides on the backroads of the Smoky Mountains.

Comfortable Accomodations for a Motorcycle Vacation You'll Never Forget

The tasteful and pleasant decor of the accomodations at the Main Street Inn will make you comfortable returning in your leathers from one of the many outstanding nearby rides, or heading down dressed for perfect evening of dining and relaxation around town.

Guys this is your Big Chance to impress her with how much fun she can have on a motorcycle trip, and you can do it without breaking the bank!

Check out the rest of the review below and you'll see the rooms here have enough elegance and class to impress her, but are comfortable and inviting at the same time.

Great Food and Drink Just Outside Your Room

If you've ever wanted to enjoy a couple of beers or cocktails at the end of a great day riding, but didn't want to be riding back to the hotel afterwards, you're going to love your stay here. Whether it's breakfast lunch or dinner the staff at the Main Street Inn is ready to make your meal and stay a top notch experience.

Check out the menu below (you can click on the picture to see a larger version) and you'll see you can eat like a king even with a biker's wallet.

What's the Difference Between a Bed and Breakfast and an Inn?

During our stay we learned that there is an important difference between an inn and bead and breakfast. An inn like the Main Street Inn provides dining for both guests and visitors, while a bed and breakfast provides meals only to their overnight guests. So even if you're not staying at the Main Street Inn you can enjoy a superb meal at an affordable price.

Surrounded by Great North Carolina Motorcycle Rides

Highlands offers great motorcycle roads, rides and scenery yet is less known (and crowded) than than some of the better known areas.

Map of motorcycle rides around Highlands, NC

Click on the picture to enlarge and see 10 of the rides surrounding Highlands, NC

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In addition, some of North Carolina's best known motorcycle roads make a fantastic day trip from this incredibly comfortable motorcycle destination. Click the map image on the right to see a larger map with 10 great rides!

3 Great Day Rides from Highlands North Carolina

  • Deals Gap - Less than 80 miles one way.

Ride to "the store" for lunch, attack the Dragon a couple of times and be back in time for a pleasant dinner on the patio!

  • Mad Map Route 29 - Nanthahala Forest

Pick this 150 mile loop up less than 10 miles east in Cashiers NC. You'll ride through scenic towns and past sights like Looking Glass Falls and Sliding Rock.

  • Mad Map Route 31 - North Georgia (and North Carolina)

Want a little bit longer ride. This somewhat misnamed loop runs 247 miles through and around some of the best riding in northern Georgia and southwest North Carolina.

Start at the front door of The Main Street Inn and ride down backroads that take you past waterfalls and some of the prettiest country you'll ever see.

Get All The Details on the Scenic Backroads of the Smoky Mountains

All three rides above can be found on Mad Map's Scenic Backroads of the Smoky Mountains. You'll find these and 34 other great rides in GA, NC, TN, and KY.

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Main Street Inn and Bistro - Highlands NC - Lodging and Restaurant ReviewClick any Picture to Enlarge
The Main Street Inn and Bistro on Main is located at the corner of Main and 3rd in picturesque Highlands, North Carolina. The inn has 20 comfortable and captivating rooms available year round.
The Main Street Inn and Bistro is located in the historic Boynton home originally built in 1881. The inn was restored to its original Farmhouse style in 1998 and updated with private baths and indivdual air conditioning and heating.

The Bistro on Main Restaurant is part of the Main Street Inn. Their menu includes everything from gourmet burgers to steak and seafood at very reasonable prices. Breakfast is included with some room options.

The kitchen can also prepare special orders on your request to meet your preferences or dietary needs.

Click on the menu image to the right to see the full menu in an enlarged format. Please note that prices are subject to change.

Outdoor dining is available outside the front entrance to the inn and bistro. Enjoy your breakfast, lunch or dinner outside in the cool mountain air.
We stayed in room 4 at the inn. The room was absolutely beautiful with stunning hardwood floors, a balcony and antique furniture. The lighting and decor in our room and throughout the inn was elegant and created a comfortable and very livable atmosphere.
The room had a sitting area with a desk and loveset. The double doors on the left open to the full bath with cast iron tub and separate shower. The desk holds a television (I don't think we ever got to the point we watched it) and was a great place to review maps, check email on the inn's wireless internet and get a few work issues handled.
The antique vanity with sink in our room. Everything about the room made us comfortable. Plenty elegant enough to be special and friendly enough to make you feel at home.
The stairway down to the lounge and restaurant area on the first floor. All the hardwoods in this beautiful old building are superbly finished and add a wonderful depth of character to the inn.
We had the chance to check out several other rooms in the main inn building. This is the sleeping area of room five. Each room has a distinct character and feel to it and every one of them would be a pleasure to stay in.
This is the sitting area in room five. All the rooms have natural light and real windows that open, allowing you to enjoy the cool mountain breezes
Old cast iron bath tubs with modern fixtures and lighting make each room a retreat where you can renew your energies for tomorrow's riding adventures.
Antique furnishings coombined with modern, comfortable beds create an elegant yet relaxing space to reminisce a great day riding.
In room eight we found an airy set of windows that created a pleasant and cheerful private space.
An inviting queen size bed and the mountain air lull you to sleep at night and let you awaken refreshed and ready to ride.
Room Nine's windows and d├ęcor provide the perfect setting for relaxing and getting ready for tomorrow's ride.
Each room provides modern conveniences in an elegant setting (Room Ten shown)
All the rooms are beautifully furnished and feature pleasing view of Main Street, Oak Street or the grounds of the inn (Room Ten shown)
Room Six features a beautifully appointed sleeping area complimented by a private balcony overlooking Main Street. A comfortable retreat at the end of the day and a refreshing morning place to plan your day's ride.
Room Six also features a large balcony with comfortable seating.

Great riding in any direction followed by an excellent dinner in the Bistro and then a watching the sunset and stars from your private balcony - It doesn't get any richer than this!
Each room is generously suppplied with clean plush linens and quality toiletries (Room Six shown)
Many rooms have dramatic high ceilings with chandelier style lighting (Room Six shown)
There is plenty of seating where you can just relax and enjoy the cool mountain air at any time during your stay
The guest house provides additional exquisite rooms just a few steps from the main building. Close proximity to the private parking lot makes it easy to transfer gear to and from your bike.