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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Remembering Angel Amy

Susan Bauknight is an avid supporter of the Hospice House Foundation of Western North Carolina.  “I became active on the board in 2014 after seeing the wonderful possibilities that could be open to residents of our seven counties to provide dignity and complete palliative care at the end of their lives,” she says.  Bauknight, an artist and retired teacher, appreciates …

Collaborative Healing

Ashby Underwood and Lindsey Mann share a passion for earth-based healing.  Ashby owns Yoga Highlands, a therapeutic yoga studio, and Lindsey Mann owns Sustainable Design, an ecological design firm.  These two were inspired by the work of FAITH (Fight Abuse in the Home), a non-profit in nearby Clayton, Georgia, to begin local service work at this safe-house for women and …

Sponsor a BBBS Camper

It’s time for camp!  And Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cashiers and Highlands are sending 15 children to weeklong, overnight camps this summer.  This experience provides participants the ability to join in rock climbing, hiking, canoeing, white water rafting, character building, teamwork, and much more.   The kids go to various camps in North Carolina, and they’re able to select …

Carpe Diem Gallops Ahead

It seems as if life is occurring at warp speed!   Wasn’t it just January and now it’s July?  At Carpe Diem Farms the calendar has been filled with a wide array of activities. The study the University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine proposed in December to conduct on Easy’s Slipper launched Memorial Day Weekend.  We were in Gainesville for …

You Grow, Girls!

Since 2002 the Laurel Garden Club has been helping keep Highlands beautiful.   With proceeds from their kitchen tours and sales of their cookbook Celebrate Highlands, the club has contributed over $134,000 in grants to local organizations and businesses for improving their landscaping.  Some of the 15 beneficiaries have been the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center, the Highlands Historical Society, …

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 …