A Dazzling Display of Trees, Wreaths, and Gift Baskets Awaits: Cashiers Festival of Trees

The Summit Charter School Foundation is excited to announce that its inaugural Festival of Trees will open on Thursday, November 26 in the Summit

Sears Charm School

A dose of Charm School can carry you through the decades. Especially when backed by a Sears Lifetime Guarantee.

Waterfall Wanderers

Jim Bob Tinsley’s wise Land of Waterfalls: Transylvania County, North Carolina offers a stunning portrait of the wild, wild days of Toxaway’s

Thanksgiving feast
Just Eat. And be Thankful
Highlands Cashiers Thanksgiving Dining Guide

One more thing to be thankful for – someone else preparing your Thanksgiving Feast.

Mountain Grown Fraser Firs

Bear Valley Farm continues to open its fields and its hearth to those passionate about finding the Perfect Christmas Tree. It’s located at

The Green Adds Holiday Sparkle

The Village Green becomes the heart of the Cashiers community’s holiday festivities with Christmas on the Green, November 26-27. Revelers will

Winter Sports Debut

It may be November, but a pair of local attractions are offering a blizzard of fun activities.

Christmas Tree Lighting
Highlands NC Tree Lighting

Highlands’ Christmas Tree Lighting, set for 6:00 P.M. Saturday, November 27, at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park, launches the Holiday Season

The Precious Days of November

There’s a poignant message embedded within these shortened, shadowed days.


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An Appalachian Christmas at Earthshine Lodge

Earthshine Lodge at 1600 Golden Road in Lake Toxaway has captured the quintessential mountain Christmas celebration with a series of three jolly weekends. For reservations (a must!), visit earthshinenc.com.

Highlands Motoring Festival Donates to Local Charities

True to its founding principles, Highlands Motoring Festival donates $81,000 in proceeds from its 2021 festival to a trio of local charities.

Visit Highlands NC Announces Local Non Profit Grant Winners

The recipients of Visit Highlands, NC’s first-quarter grants are Highlands Biological Foundation’s Kids Hike Highlands, $2,000; and Highlands Plateau Greenway, $8,156.06.

Holiday Creations, Naturally

Kick off your holidays by making decorations from natural materials at Highlands Nature Center.

Cashiers Cares: Neighbors Helping Neighbors

The good people at Cashiers Cares gathered last week to send out their once-yearly mailing. This mailing illuminates Cashiers Care’ ongoing mission to serve the under-served in the community, meeting needs of southern Jackson county residents from the beginning to the end stages of life. 

A Dazzling Display of Trees, Wreaths, and Gift Baskets Awaits: Cashiers Festival of Trees

The Summit Charter School Foundation is excited to announce that its inaugural Festival of Trees will open on Thursday, November 26 in the Summit Center at 370 Mitten Lane, Cashiers, NC, 28717. The festive fundraiser – accessible virtually and in-person – will run through Saturday, November 27. Event hours for the public are 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM. 

Congratulations Award Winners

Announcing 2021 Highlands NC Chamber of Commerce Award Winners

Gift Shop Pop Up at Highlands Nature Center

In the spirit of Small Business Saturday, the Highlands Nature Center will be hosting a gift shop pop up for all to come explore their new merchandise on Saturday, November 27th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2021 Cashiers Designer Showhouse’s Virtual Ticket

Cashiers Historical Society shares the adult summer camp experience of their 2021 Cashiers Designer Showhouse, highlighting style and ecological stewardship through a virtual ticket.

Seeking Solace in Highlands

Despite a once-in-a-century pandemic, Highlands’ steady influx of visitors has enriched the entire Plateau.

Shop with a Cop

The compassionate side of local law enforcement shines in the annual Shop With a Cop effort. If you’d like to help brighten the holidays for local children, send your contributions to Caroline Cook at P. O. Box 2785, Highlands, NC 28741 or drop a check by the Highlands Police Department.

Hunger’s Heroes: Fishes and Loaves, Highlands Food Pantry

For Fishes and Loaves and Highlands Food Pantry, feeding the needy takes on an added urgency at this time of year.