Skyline Lodge and Oak Steakhouse, the newly renovated historic boutique property and steakhouse from Indigo Road Hospitality Group, have officially opened their doors in the mountain town of Highlands, North Carolina. Led by Indigo Road Hospitality Group founder and three-time James Beard Award Outstanding Restaurateur nominee Steve Palmer and Indigo Road president of lodging & lifestyle adventures Larry Spelts, Skyline Lodge marks the restaurant and hospitality group’s first venture into the hotel space.
Designed by Carrie Dessertine of Mey + Co, Skyline Lodge evokes a crisp, natural feel that picks up where the surrounding nature ends. The lobby and 40 guestrooms offer a fresh approach to 1960s and 1970s décor, honoring the eras with funky touches like terracotta flooring and circular patterns, while also uniquely leveraging organic, natural, and textural elements (think: cork headboards, exposed stonework, and wooden furniture). Throughout the spaces, a calming color palette of greens and neutrals pulls the outside in and allows guests to feel truly immersed in the surrounding scenery.
Oak is designed around three vintage glass pendant light fixtures, which emit glowing light throughout the space and create a dream-like atmosphere. The restaurant is anchored by a bar within the central vaulted exposed beam space and flanked by two oversized, original stone fireplaces. Other unexpected gathering spaces throughout the lodge—including a mezzanine and reading room—are mismatched and whimsical, adding to an overall Wes Anderson vibe and featuring a menagerie of touches from regional artists and custom makers.
Photo: Andrew Cebulka