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After-School Enrichment
Literacy and Learning Center

With the launch of the 2021-22 school year, The Literacy & Learning Center gears up for a busy, joy-enriched year of tutoring and growing.

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Beacon of Learning
Highlands Community Child Development Center

Even while having to endure the Covid-crisis, Highlands Community Child Development Center remains central to the lives of the children of parents

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Gourmet to Go
Rosewood Market

A quintessential Plateau dining experience reaches some sort of peak perfection, thanks to Rosewood Market. Rosewood is located at 117 Franklin

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New Generation
Whiteside Art Gallery

Though she’s updated its appearance and tweaked its stable of artists, Susan Whiteside Williams has preserved her father’s generous animating

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Walking in Muir’s Shoes

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Panthertown’s Schoolhouse Falls

What little Schoolhouse Falls lacks in spectacle, it more than makes up for in straight-up charm.

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Ann Lea Fine Art Gallery

The opening of Ann Lea Fine Art Gallery provides a beguiling new showcase for some of the Southeast’s most evocative artists. You owe yourself

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One Straw at a Time

For local student Maddie Newsom, the uphill struggle against plastic pollution demands the attention of everyone.

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The Point of Their Compass
Odyssey and Wesley Wofford

For Odyssey and Wesley Wofford, the gentle spirit of the land infuses every moment of their lives.

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Sophisticated Moonshine

For Debbie Word, the secret to delicious, smooth whiskey and bracing gin was growing all around her. The whole enterprise started right here

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David Berger at Mountain Mist

For artist David Berger, change is a constant companion and an invigorating force in his life and his art.

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Distinctly Fox

Architect Jim Fox’s grandson is chronicling and restoring his intriguing buildings, which remain unmistakable landmarks across this corner

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At a Glance Waterfall Guide

Enjoy this sampling of area waterfalls, for a deep dive visit thelaurelmagazine.com/recreation.

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Cashiers Community Fund

The Cashiers Community Fund’s grants will sweeten life on the Plateau.

Covid Vaccinations and Testing on the Plateau

If you’re worried about Covid, check out these resources available to everyone.

First Presbyterian Church | 2021 Mullen Lecture

A pair of lectures at First Presbyterian Church of Highlands, set for September 12 and 13, will focus on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The talks are free and everyone is invited. For information, call (828) 526-3175.


New Talents at Silver Creek

Two new talents join the team at Silver Creek Real Estate Group. To meet them, visit the Silver Creek office at Suite 102, 341 US 64, or visit ncliving.com.

Leadership Collaboration | Highlands Chamber of Commerce

A strategy of cooperation and coordination underlies the Visit Highlands, NC and Highlands Chamber of Commerce’s efforts to manage the fallout from a global pandemic.

A Merging of Experience | Pat Allen Real Estate

Pat Allen Realty Group has become part of Allen Tate Realtors. For more information, visit its two offices at 295 Dillard Road and 5121 Cashiers Road, or call (828) 526-8784.


30 Bigs in 30 Days | Big Brothers Big Sisters

Strong, loving relationships lie at the heart of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ success on the Plateau.

After-School Enrichment | Literacy and Learning Center

With the launch of the 2021-22 school year, The Literacy & Learning Center gears up for a busy, joy-enriched year of tutoring and growing.

Horse Crazy Girls

The allure of Carpe Diem Farms extends across generations.


Rotary’s Worthy Missions

For Highlands Rotarian Tom Graham, the annual golf tournament is simply one aspect of Rotary’s all-important fund-raising activities in support of worthy causes here and across the world.

The Generosity of Jane

The death of Jane Woodruff leaves an almost inconceivable absence in the hearts of her friends and the Highlands Community itself.

Moroccan Vibe

Morocco in the mountains? We’re as startled as you. But here’s the thing – a whimsical design aesthetic and extraordinary attention to detail ensure that this Highlands getaway is endlessly surprising.