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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Reach Farther

Cindy Trevathan, a long-time volunteer for REACH of Macon County, would like to see a larger presence in Highlands.   While the shelter and its offices are located in Franklin, REACH serves all of Macon County and now, Jackson County.   Her involvement began when she was asked to sit on the board so Highlands could be represented. Eight years later, she’s …

Workouts for Mind, Body, & Spirit

For more than three decades Highlanders have enjoyed the many amenities of the Mountain Laurel Tennis Club.   Don’t let the word “tennis” in its name fool you.  It’s not just for tennis enthusiasts.  Yes, there are three indoor courts (two hard and one clay, plus two outdoor clay courts).  Sure, you can still get private or group tennis lessons, …

Take Your Licks

When juicy ripe peaches come rolling in, I flash back to hot Saturday afternoons in July and August in South Carolina.  I see our ice cream churn’s drum brimming with Grandmother’s frozen custard mix into which Gramps has chunked handfuls of scandalously sweet peaches, their nectar so abundant it drips down his wrists to his toes.  Fathers and uncles arrange …

A Classic Joe Webb Cabin

Combining the best elements of yesteryear with our desires for ultimate style and comfort this updated Joe Webb log cabin is “just right” for the homeowner who seeks to be surrounded by nature within walking distance to downtown Highlands.  Cool summer mornings may find you on the screen porch gently waking as you sip your coffee.  The fragrance of rhododendron …

Your Private Luxury Estate

Imagine waterfalls and a gently flowing creek surrounding your private 73-acre luxury estate. You know you’ve achieved success when your family immerses itself in this magnificent home near Cashiers. As close to paradise as you can imagine, neither words nor pictures can adequately describe this home and its surroundings. You must see it to appreciate it. Wide stone pillars anchoring …

Healing from the Inside

Throughout her two professional careers, Dr. Sue Aery has achieved high levels of excellence, including being a 10-time National Platform Tennis champion followed by receiving her Doctorate of Chiropractic and her Masters in Human Nutrition degrees.  Throughout her 20 years as an athlete, Dr. Sue sought chiropractic treatment in order to keep her body ready for intense competition.  She realized …

Peaches and Goat Cheese Salad

Juicy and sunny summer in one flavorful bite?  The tart yet sweet peaches, combined with the creamy, salty goat cheese, present a happy mix to enjoy during the lazy summer lunch.  This salad has a full, bright, crispy flavor of the fruit and the herbs mixed together. Ingredients   2 cups Arugula Leaves   2 sprigs Chives or Green Onions …

Grace in Gravity: Yoga & Rolfing

When you hear the word “graceful,” do you think…that’s just not me?   Most of us do!  I can think of other words for graceful –  refined, balanced, easeful, integrated and flowing.  The truth is that graceful movement is the key to less pain and better function in the body for a lifetime.  And it’s available to each of us, no …

Dr. Duncan, Primary Care

The goal of Mission Health Primary Care is to meet the needs of patients of all ages in Highlands and Cashiers through a comprehensive team approach. Dr. Thomas Duncan, is a familiar face to patients in Highlands and will now be available in Cashiers on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.  Dr. Duncan’s office hours in Highlands …

Music on the Grounds

Cashiers Historical Society invites everyone to their annual Music on the Grounds on Wednesday, July 12, from 4:30 until 7:30 P.M. on the grounds of the historic Zachary-Tolbert House, located at 1940 Highway 107 South.   Add a little spice to your mid-week and join them for a fun evening that will include activities for the kids, a delicious barbecue …

The Long Life of Henry W. Miller

When Henry Woodfin Miller died in Transylvania County, North Carolina, on January 28, 1931, he was 95 years old and had lived an event-filled life.  Most of his following story was taken from his lengthy newspaper obituary.  “He was born July 4, 1835 in Macon County, North Carolina, thus making him the right age to serve in the Civil War.  …

King of Pops

Highlands claims a lot of famous residents who were/are celebrities of the state, nation, and world.   Among the international notorieties is Dr. Alexander P. “Alex” Anderson, a Minnesotan, Clemson professor, and summer resident of Highlands.  He lived in a mansion he built (1906-09) on Fifth Street, north of Satulah. If you or your kids ever enjoyed a bowl of …