Sapphire Valley’s Annual Outhouse Race

When you have to go, go downhill – it’s Sapphire Valley’s annual Outhouse Race, set for Saturday, February 17. For information, visit

Old Edwards' We Love Locals Promotion

The Old Edwards Inn and Spa and Half Mile Farm honors its neighbors with its unique We Love Locals promotion throughout the winter season. Visit for more information.

Victuals & Rituals

The Old Edwards Inn and Spa brings an exquisite wine dinner, down-home victuals, the musings of authors Ronni Lundy and Sharyn McCrumb, and the irresistible sounds of The SteelDrivers. For more information, call (828) 787-2635.

Keeping Track

A marvelously detailed train layout is the perfect escape.

As Winter Unveils The Land

Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust curates a collection of precious wild places scattered throughout the Plateau.


Ask anyone who lives on the Plateau and they’ll eagerly tell you why all four seasons are glorious! Winter views, spring wildflowers, summer hikes and waterfalls, and autumn leaves. There is something here that speaks to the heart of the nature lover all year long. Wiinter activities take on a magical quality. Spring and summer months bring bounteous blooms. Apples, glowing leaves, and craft fairs are here during autumn. Search below for seasonal favorites.

Seasons Results

What’s in Your DNA History?
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2016/06 - June
What’s New at The Bascom?
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2018/01 - Winter
The Bascom doesn’t slow down for the winter, thanks to a trio of free innovative exhibits.  more
What’s the Hurry?
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2016/08 - August
When considering a young version of your favorite label, cultivate a bit of patience.  more
What’s Tweeting at Highlands Plateau Audubon Society
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2018/01 - Winter
The Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count paints a troubling portrait of the future of local birds.  more
What’s Your Favorite?
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2015/12 - December
Winter is prime viewing time to catch a glimpse of our feathered neighbors.  more
When Is Trout Season?
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2017/04 - April
There’s always a trout out there waiting for you. You just have to understand regulations governing hatchery-supported streams.  more
When Kannie Met the Preacher
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Kannie Zachary Marr is recognized as the keeper of the Zachary family lore and legends, ensuring that the tales have endured to the present day.  more
When Kindness Touches Us
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2016/11 - November
Highlands thrives on a community-wide spirit of generosity and commitment.  more
When Magic Starts to Happen
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2017/08 - August
For artist Adam Pletzke, the majesty of nature and the magic of healing go hand in hand.  more
When Sweet Turns Sour
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2016/05 - May
The verdant pastures of May are a deadly hazard to the horses of Carpe Diem Farms.  more