Rotarian David Jellison

For Highlands Rotarian David Jellison, the notion of Service Above Self resonates here on the Plateau and far beyond.

And Then There were 23

The siren call of the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society’s cats and dogs extends far beyond the Plateau. And people respond.

28 Acres of Generosity

The Plateau’s premier conservation group has extended its domain by 28 acres, thanks to the generosity of Little Bear Pen LLC.

Becoming a Horse Dog at Carpe Diem Farms

The arrival of Jethro is an emphatic declaration that Carpe Diem Farms is happily going to the dogs.

Power of Dreams

A special exhibition at the Bascom,  “Freewheeling: The Allure of the Automobile in Contemporary Art” runs from May 11–August 21. The

Chuck Leavell, The Tree Man

Bear Shadow Festival Rock Star Chuck Leavell’s long, strange journey began with the magic of Ray Charles and led through worldwide fame with

Hiking Trail
All Around Earth Day

A lower-key, more personal celebration is on tap for this year’s Earth Day, set for April 22.

How ‘bout Them Apples?

The noble apple tree finally gets its day in the sun with The Cashiers Historical Society’s Heritage Apple Day, set for Saturday, March 27

Winter Cover Photo Contest

As we’re all focused on the arrival of spring, don’t forget those memories of winter. Laurel Magazine is saving a spot for you in its Winter

Shadow of the Bear in Winter
The Secret Season

During the winter to early-spring months, the Cashiers-Highlands high-elevation Plateau comes alive during a “secret season.”


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Why Brook Trout?

Here in Western North Carolina, you can angle for plenty of Rainbow and Brown Trout, but only the wild Brook Trout are truly natives in these streams. Fishing for them can be a blast, but it’s not for everyone. People who want to catch lots of fish in a day will find themselves in waters that are not conducive to …

Schoolhouse Falls

Panthertown Valley has over 30 miles of trails spanning approximately 10,000 acres, including waterfalls, mountain views, beaches, pine forests, meandering creeks, sandbars, and a vast array of native plant life throughout this outdoor wonderland.  One of the more popular destinations in the valley is Schoolhouse Falls. Panthertown Valley is off Highway 64 about 13 miles east of Cashiers in Jackson …

The Look Boutique

If you go into The Look Boutique in Cashiers, you may notice some new faces in the store.  That’s because The Look is now under new management.  Wendy and Robb King bought the boutique in February of this year from the original owners, Jan and Bob Lemons. Living in Jacksonville, Florida, Wendy and Robb had always heard about the Plateau …

A Long Time Coming

It’s been a long time coming, but Valerie Campbell Walker is thrilled to announce her lifelong dream: The opening of Town and Country General Store nestled off Norton Road, one mile from Highway 64 between Highlands and Cashiers.  It’s an inspiration destination.   Though born in Miami, Valerie pined for the mountains, home of her grandparents.  At age 12 her …

Acorn’s 2019 Trunk Show Parade

Highlands is one of the premier shopping meccas in Western North Carolina.  The wide variety of fun shops, boutiques, and consignment markets hold some of the most unique treasures available – so no visitor should town leave empty-handed.  Trunk shows, in particular, are an enjoyable way to meet your favorite designers and see all the season’s newest offerings.   And …

Chestnut Square’s Eclectic Mix

The newest addition to the Chestnut Square family is The Settlement House. This cozy little shop just opened their doors earlier this year. Owners Kia and Doc Treece have partnered with several artists from the John C. Campbell Folk School to bring you an eclectic blend of art and antiques. You’ll find art prints, beautiful curios and Kia’s own line …

Dinner with Friends at Lakeside

Dinner with friends, what better way to spend a relaxing evening catching up and enjoying some of our area’s freshest cuisine.  Make that dinner plans midweek at Lakeside Restaurant, and you’ll not only be enjoying a night on the town, but also a chance to support local nonprofits. A delicious dinner in a picturesque setting overlooking Harris Lake seems like …

Time for Blueberry Pancakes

The ladies of the Scaly Mountain Women’s Club are ready for the first Pancake Breakfast of the season on May 25 at the Old Scaly School House.   Enjoy the school house and lovely grounds located at 41 Buck  Knob Road.  The SMWC ladies are known for their breakfasts, blueberry pancakes, plain pancakes, Balock sausage, orange juice, and coffee.  The …

The Log Cabin Restaurant

Say “Joe Webb Cabin” and people immediately think of Highlands.    Between 1922 and 1935, Webb built some 30 structures in this area using only native resources and hand tools. Historians travel long distances to study the chestnut and pine beams, stone fireplaces and wide plank floors of his work.  About 30 years ago, one of these historic homes was …

Calendar Girls

What happens when a covey of civic-minded English women of a certain age decide that they’ll raise funds for charity by posing nearly undressed for a calendar? You get the supremely satisfying “Calendar Girls,” Highlands-Cashiers Players’ latest comedy-drama at the Highlands Performing Arts Center, Thursday through Sunday, May 23-26; and Thursday through Sunday, May 30-June 2. “Calendar Girls” was originally …

Carolina Banjo

Cashiers resident and internationally-recognized banjoist Mary Z. Cox has just released her latest CD, the sublime “Carolina Banjo.”  This joyful collection is Cox’s Valentine to the music that was born in this part of the Appalachians, and she collaborates with an entire suite of storied mountain musicians – Tim Gardner on fiddle and guitar, and bass; Cindy Neal Carpenter on …

The Buddy Holly Story

Buddy Holly’s back!   With timeless rock music and high-energy movement, we’re willing to bet you’ll leave the theater wonderfully wound-up with a headful of Buddy.  Way down the road, “Oh, Boy” and “Peggy Sue” will still be charging your happy battery.  In your car, in the shower,  maybe even in church, you’ll bust out singing a Buddy fave and, …