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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Highlands-Cashiers Adventure

Whether you want to tackle a mountain or sit by a stream, you’ll find just what you’re looking for here. It’s the perfect place to step outside and enjoy nature. When folks think of the Highlands – Cashiers area, the first thing that comes to mind would no doubt be golf. This is a premier destination for those seeking the …

Highlands-Cashiers Dining

Award winning chefs flock to the mountains of Highlands and Cashiers and bring with them a variety of sophisticated menus. Taking advantage of the bounty that flourishes in mineral rich soil, restaurants tempt diners with seasonal specialties to please even the most discriminating tastes. You’ll find an array of establishments boasting Wine Spectator Awards and chefs who pay homage to …

Highlands-Cashiers Plateau

Known for their natural beauty and genteel lifestyle, the areas surrounding Highlands and Cashiers offer visitors and residents alike numerous and varied opportunities to enjoy the cool summer temperatures and moderate winters. The Highlands Plateau is surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest and sits at an elevation of 4,118 feet. The Cashiers Valley, anchored by the village of Cashiers with …

Window Dressings

During the holiday season, the town of Highlands transforms into a Dickensesque Christmas wonderland. Our streets are lined with wreath-adorned street lights, trees are aglow, and store windows gleam with holiday vision.  To help with this festive town image, the Highlands Chamber of Commerce sponsors an annual Holiday Window Decorating Contest. Store owners have the first three weeks of November …

The Chamber’s Permanent Home

The Marchant-Parker-Davis-Patterson House became the permanent home of the Highlands Chamber of Commerce in 2013.  Its provenance is impressive and is reflected in its lengthy name. The home’s history spans three centuries beginning with its construction in 1879 by Robert Marchant. It was his Highlands Pine Ridge residence for five years. In 1884 Greenville, South Carolinian Thomas F. Parker, stepson …

Building a Land Legacy

Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust originated in 1883 to become the first land trust in the Southeast, though it was not until 1909, when members collected money from the residents of Highlands to protect the summit of Satulah Mountain, that the then-Highlands Improvement Association would protect its first property.   One of those initial contributing families, the Anderson-Sargent family, went on to …

CLE: Yearn to Learn

Did you know how the Center For Life Enrichment got its start?  I sure didn’t and I’ve been working with them on and off over the course of the last five years.   In a beauty shop in Highlands, in the summer of 1989, a chance meeting between two women, Nell Martin and Nelda Toothman, unknowingly put into motion the …

Happy in the Dog House

I don’t get it. I just don’t get it. After arriving at Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society in May, 2012, and enjoying a glorious and beautiful spring, summer and fall, the winter months set in and for this Florida native it just didn’t seem that cold. Why were so many people leaving this pristine paradise when all of a sudden the mountain vistas …

Fostering Kindness

Kindness is what we are all about.  Helping those that cannot help themselves.  We are a voice for our animal brothers and sisters who in their senior years, or in times of need, have no family to care f or them.  The Forever Farm in Lake Toxaway is a lifelong sanctuary for senior and special needs animals that come to …

No Greater Love

No greater love have I ever lost than my magnificent Promise. From the day he was born he was the iconic image of Carpe Diem Farms. We announced his birth in The Highlander and he became the talk of the town!  Photographers, parents with children, friends of the farm gathered to see our one and only foal born on the …

BBBS Looking Ahead

As the new Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Coordinator of Cashiers, I’m looking forward to this new year.  We ended 2015 with a wonderful holiday group outing to the Asheville Community Theatre.  It was a great way for me to meet and enjoy time with 20 “Bigs” and “Littles” as we rode the bus to Asheville to watch “The Best …

Banning Winter Blues

Most folks have heard the term “winter blues,” but sometimes these feelings are extreme, can impact someone’s daily life, and might be a sign of something more serious. Consider these problems that can pop up at this time of year – major depression; feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day; having low energy; losing interest in activities you …