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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The Magic of Falconry

Pete Kipp knew he wanted to be a falconer at the tender age of eight.   That’s when he had a magical encounter.  On his way to fish, a hawk landed in a tree near him.   “It stared me down with blood red eyes, so intense that its image burned into me,” he says. “Then it flew away.  Excited, …

The Oven Bird

A Poem for Our Time and Place The Oven Bird by Robert Frost There is a singer everyone has heard, Loud, a mid-summer and a mid-wood bird, Who makes the solid tree trunks sound again. He says that leaves are old and that for flowers Mid-summer is to spring as one to ten. He says the early petal-fall is past When …

Making Space For Cosmos

Cosmos. Space.  The final frontier.   No, not that Cosmos.   This month, our attention is skyward in anticipation of the solar eclipse, but that event is just one day. I’d like to draw your attention downward to a different Cosmos.  Cosmos has been touted as one of the easiest flowers to grow in the world, and they are quite …

Never Too Hot for Smallmouth

In the summer months, trout fishing can be pretty slow.   Warmer water temperatures and lower water levels cause the trout to expend less energy swimming and feeding.  This means fewer strikes on less-than-perfect presentation and much more challenging fishing overall, which is why a lot of anglers during this time of year turn their attention to Smallmouth Bass.  Smallmouth …

Revisiting the Bartram Trail

My favorite trails take me deep in the woods, forcing me to notice and be a part of the abundant life all around me.  The Bartram Trail from Jones Gap to Whiterock Mountain is just such a hike and offers bonus views of the mountains along the way, The trail starts off wide, narrowing as it goes along – a …

New Ownership, Same Good Food

The Kitchen Carry Away and Catering has been serving Highlands since 2000. Now under new ownership, you can still expect the very same quality and selections you had when Holly Roberts started The Kitchen. Dan and Suzanne Young are wearing the aprons now, and both are thrilled to be back in Highlands.  Dan’s family has a very long history in …

Any Chance to Entertain

Southern hospitality is more than a saying, it’s a way of life here on the Plateau.  Whether it’s a house full of friends and family visiting for the weekend, a cocktail party, backyard barbecue, or intimate dinner party, we welcome the chance to entertain. It goes without saying that good food is central to any gathering but who has the …

Highlands Food and Wine Festival

November 9 through 12 are the dates for this year’s Highlands Food & Wine Festival.  If last year’s event is any indication, it’s going to be  one heck of a party.  The schedule for this four-day celebration is jam-packed with food, wine, live music, and it all kicks off with the Grand Tasting, November 9, at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park on …

This Takes the Cake

Kat Evans has been visiting Highlands with her family for 40 years.  One year she decided to see what the winters were like and never left.  Kat and Annelize, her partner of 8 years, raise chickens for their amazing eggs, society finches for their beautiful songs, and rescue dogs and cats for their unconditional love.  They love growing fresh herbs …

Wine Talk

I’ve been a fan of this producer of Sancerre for years and happened upon a bottle last week.      As I opened my bottle of Henri Bourgeios “Petite Bourgeios” Sauvignon Blanc (not technically a Sancerre) and poured a glass, the room was filled with aromas of lemon, gooseberry and wet stone. I sat outside to enjoy my wine under …

Adair Brothers Smokehouse

I grew up reveling in barbecue.  It was serious in my family.  My dad could wax eloquently on the great divide between North Carolina Barbecue (for those of you who aren’t Tar Heels, Eastern North Carolina Barbecue is vinegar-based, Western is tomato-based). Dad, who grew up in Greensboro, attended the Church of Eastern Barbecue. Mom, naturally, served up tomato-based barbecue that …

Interlude Concerts

The Interlude Concerts, so well attended in July, will continue for the month of August.    These concerts began years ago when Rev. Hunter Coleman of First Presbyterian Church and Father Mike Jones of The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation decided to create a new ministry for Highlands.  They realized it was sometimes difficult for residents and visitors to slow down …