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Best Decision: Highlands Rotary Club

For Highlands Rotarian Sherry Holt, serving her community has always been part of her DNA.

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Stay Awake and Adapt: Yoga Highlands

Understanding the complex relationship between Mind, Body, and Spirit can boost our mental health and our physical well-being.

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Marriage & Meatloaf: Thomas and Kay Craig

Though they were raised blocks apart, Kay and Thomas Craig took their time before they truly discovered one another. It’s a relationship made

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Time, Light and Motion: Cover Artist Rodney Byard

For Rodney Byard, the vast wild places of the Plateau (and beyond) are his endlessly surprising studio.

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Take a Snap - You Have a Shot: Winter Photo Contest

Show us the magic of Winter on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau – it’s all around you. If it’s just right, we’ll put you on the cover of

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Keeping it Cold: Ice Skating in Highlands

Keeping it cool is just one of the many steps that maintains the Highlands Ice Rink’s status as a not-to-be-missed wintertime destination.

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Bear Shadow Music Festival: Highlands NC

The Highlands-Cashiers Plateau will be thrumming with the sounds of the Bear Shadow Music Festival, April 23-25. Use those rhythms to power your

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland: Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust

Walking in a Winter Wonderland can be a lot more enjoyable and a lot safer when you practice these sensible steps, courtesy of the Highlands-Cashiers

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Providing Warm, Safe Shelter: Cashiers Highlands Humane Society

The state of abandoned local cats and dogs grows even more perilous with the onset of winter. A contribution to the Cashiers-Highlands Humane

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Dynamic Winter Exhibitions at The Bascom

A new exhibit at The Bascom takes the measure of the deep pools of artistic talent just beyond the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.

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Blissfully Delicious | The Orchard Restaurant

The Orchard, located at 905 Highway 107 South in Cashiers, maintains its allure, even in the midst of a year of tumult and change. Reservations are a must – (828) 743-7614.

Fresh, Yet Familiar | Highlander Mountain House

Highlander Mountain House preserves all the warm, personalized touches that made Main Street Inn a cherished Highlands institution, yet delivers its own elevated brand of gracious hospitality. To learn more, visit highlandermountainhouse.com.

Holiday Dining Options on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau

Highlands offers several options for dining out on Christmas Day. See below listing for available scrumptious offerings. Call ahead for reservations as seating is limited.


Savoring Shabbat Faves | Debi Bock Recipes

Debi Bock finds solace and a host of happy memories when serving up her family’s cherished recipes.

Giving Hearts and Apple Pie | Highlands NC

There’s a heaping measure of compassion and sweet goodness baked into each one of Marty Dennis’ homemade apple pies. To sample for yourself, call (773) 915-3475 or contact Marty’s Mom Cary through Facebook – Cary Armstrong Dennis.

‘Tis the Season! Gift Ideas at Cashiers Historical Society

Cashiers Historical Society has Zach-tivity books for the children, young and old. They would make a great gift for the stockings that are hung by the chimney, in hopes that St. Nick will soon be there.


Party at the PAC | Highlands NC

Who doesn’t love a party? Highlands Performing Arts Center is setting a place for you and your closest (but safely-distanced) friends. For more information or to reserve a Party, please call PAC at (828) 526-9047.

So Many Photos Await | Photographer Cynthia Strain

Local artistic powerhouse and dynamic presence in the life of Highlands Cynthia Strain is contemplating stepping back (just a little).

Carpe Diem Gives Thanks: Highlands NC

This Thanksgiving, we’re grateful to our herd of noble, gracefully aging horses and, of course, the people who love them. For more information, call (828) 526-4752, visit carpediemfarms.org, or stop by the farm, 544 Western Rhodes Drive in Highlands.


Cashiers Cares

Almost beneath the radar, Cashiers Cares works its mission to serve the needs of the less fortunate, while deepening the ties that bind the community. To learn more, visit cashierscares.org or call (828) 743-7158.

For the Good of All: Cullasaja Women’s Outreach

Cullasaja Women’s Outreach, an independent collective of community-minded women, listened attentively to local needs and responded resoundingly, proving that when dealt lemons, an unfailing focus on helping others can and will result in sweet outcomes.

Holiday Help and Beyond: Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry

Even before a pandemic upended lives, statistics determined that one in five people in Jackson County fall below the poverty line, which means some children and families are food insecure.