Visit Highlands, NC Awards Grants to Two Local Organizations

Visit Highlands, NC today announced its latest round of grants totaling $18,000 to support two local nonprofit organizations.

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Visit Highlands, NC Awards Grants to Two Local Organizations

Visit Highlands, NC today announced its latest round of grants totaling $18,000 to support two local nonprofit organizations.

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COVID tests available at Hudson Library

Hudson Library now has free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests available. These are antigen tests that provide results in 15 minutes. Drop by the library

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First Responders Cup Golf Tournament at Burlingame Country Club

Under bright, sunny skies in Sapphire the First Responders Cup golf tournament brought in more than $30,000 from donors and sponsors to benefit

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Taking His Turn

For Madison Minus, the artistry lies in revealing the beauty and mystery embedded within a block of wood.

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Lifting Each Other Up

Despite years and hundreds of miles apart, the deep love between Mary and Steve Abranyi would not be contained.

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The Place I Call Home

Cover Artist Penny Pollock’s entire life has been a sequence of inspiration and discoveries.

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Heritage & History-Rich Highlands, NC

An unlikely confluence of natural treasures, events, and quirky personalities created the endlessly surprising Highlands community that continues

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Reflecting on the Past 20 Years
Carpe Diem Farms

Though her attention is clearly focused on the busy year ahead, Sue takes a few moments to cast her gaze to the early days of this magazine and

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The Heart & Start of it

For Delaine and Steve Mehder, their differences have somehow led to an abiding complementary love that will not be denied.

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20 Years of Art

“To say that The Laurel Magazine is an instrumental influence to our arts community would be a huge understatement. They feature art on each

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Award-Winning Dining at Greystone Inn

The Greystone Inn’s Lakeside Dining Room has earned international honors with Opentable.com’s Diner’s Choice Award. To evaluate the wisdom

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Wine, Women & Song at Oak Restaurant

“A Jug of Wine, A Loaf of Bread and Thou” – somehow the 11th century’s Omar Khayyam predicted the vibrant spirit of Bear Shadow’s Wine,

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Get Your Fix
Sapphire, NC

The Fix Restaurant, Bar & Lounge, located at 3093 US 64 East in Sapphire, arrives in this quiet community as an exclamation point for food and

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It’s Brunch Time: Oak Steakhouse Highlands

The arrival of Brunch at Oak Steakhouse at Skyline Lodge is a cause for celebration. Reservations are a must – (828) 482-4720.

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Branching Out: The Art of Dave Ferrell

Dave Ferrell’s chainsaw wizardry draws magical figures from ordinary blocks of wood.

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Woman with an Ibis: Cover Artist, Mase Lucas

Take a closer look at the artistry and profound mystery embedded within our Mase Lucas covers.

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Garden Club Plant Sale
Highlands, NC

Just in time for Plateau Planting, the Highlands Mountain Garden Club’s beloved Annual Plant Sale returns to the Town Ball Field on Saturday,

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Marketplace Magic on Saturdays in Highlands

With Covid restrictions fading into the rearview mirror, Highlands Marketplace is a dazzling showcase for local farmers and artisans, Saturdays

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A River Runs Through it : Three River Fly Fly Fishing

The Three River Fly Fishing Festival, set for April 21-23, offers plenty of challenges for both veteran anglers and clever novices of all ages.

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Bear Shadow Music Festival: Highlands NC

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And Kentucky Makes 8: Cashiers Highlands Humane Society

Six very lucky dogs get a new leash on life thanks to the gentle ministrations of the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society.

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Cover-Worthy Winters: Annual Cover Winter Photo Contest

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Daytime Experiences at Bear Shadow: Highlands NC

Bear Shadow, slated for April 29 through May 1, sets the tone for a busy Plateau Season with an unforgettable series of daytime experiences.

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The Laurel turns 20

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In the Know: Author John Cribb

Author John Cribb, who introduced his September 15 published Old Abe historical novel at Hudson Library, said the idea for the book was “born in a library.” George Santayana, a Spanish-born American author of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, first said the oft-repeated quote: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Many, including Cribb, …

A Spooky Trivia Hike – Highlands Cashiers Land Trust

Among the hauntingly beautiful mountains of the Southern Appalachians, nestled only steps away from downtown Highlands, is the historic Kelsey Trail.   Built over a century ago by one of the town’s founders as a path to Whiteside Mountain, the remnants of this popular trail are now protected by Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and open to the public.  This Halloween, all …

The Bascom – See, Think, Do

Curious Terrain: WNC from the Air in the Bunzl Gallery features stunning aerial photographs of the Western North Carolina region by Alex S. MacLean, an artist and pilot with over 45 years of experience taking images from the bird’s-eye perspective of an airplane. Newly-commissioned by the WCU Fine Art Museum, MacLean’s striking images of the seven western-most counties of North …


Empty Bowls Project

On October 4, a special event takes place in Highlands: Empty Bowls.   Hosted by International Friendship Center’s Highlands Food Pantry as well as First Presbyterian Church of Highlands, Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and food insecurity.  The 10th annual event pairs potters and other craftspeople with concerned citizens. Typically, after sharing a simple meal of …

Jazz Night Every Weekend – Cake Bar at Mill Creek

Of course, no food group since The Enlightenment has been more closely associated with “Celebration” than Cake, so it’s only natural that Cake Bar at Mill Creek in Highlands would have something to say about the storied month of October.  You can Indulge your sweetest dreams with a slice (or two) of their scratch-made treats, like their signature Chocolate Heaven …

Class in a Glass: Elevated Wines

At the start of February this year, before the word “Pandemic” was in our lexicon, Highlands Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kaye McHan and Davis Picklesimer, co-owner of the Highlands Wine Shoppe visited California’s Napa Valley to meet with members of the Napa Valley Vintners Association, wine makers and owners.   According to Picklesimer, their goal was, “to make Highlands …


Cashiers Chamber: Engaging Community & Business

The Cashiers  Area Chamber of Commerce is hard at work, even in these uncertain times, staying true to their mission of  actively engaging the community and businesses in the hard work of ensuring that  Cashiers and Jackson County continue to thrive and grow.  Chamber President Mary Lanning, who’s the General Manager of Hampton Inn and Suites-Sapphire Valley/Cashiers, enjoys a dual …

McKee Welcomes Joanne Bryson

McKee Properties, the experts in luxury real estate in the Cashiers area of the Western North Carolina mountains, has announced the addition of Broker Associate Joanne Bryson to its team. A 40-year resident of the Cashiers area, Bryson served as a dental assistant, a flood adjuster and owned a successful small business before joining McKee Properties. “McKee Properties’ history and …

Mountain Motor Coach

Navigating the curves and the contours of Highlands-Cashiers Plateau roads can be tricky, especially if you’re new to the area or visiting. That’s why Todd Taylor’s Mountain Motor Coach is such a wonderful resource when you’re looking for a stress-free way to arrive at your destination. Begin your trip with their shuttle service from one of the many area airports.  …


Where Do Broken Hearts Go

The single released on February 25, 1988 from Whitney Houston’s second album was titled “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?”  You may recall the first lines of the chorus from the song: “Where do broken hearts go? Can they find their way home?    Back to the open arms of a love that’s waiting there.” Ginger was rescued after she was …

Helping Littles in a Big Way

It’s not a secret that we have all experienced some hardship over these last few months with the onset of Covid-19.   For some, this has meant we’ve had to wait to visit second homes, have had a difficult time locating everyday supplies or have had to re-evaluate daily routines.   Big Brothers/Big Sisters of WNC–Cashiers and Highlands has joined …

Wheel Within a Wheel

All you need is a big heart and a pair of helping hands to be a pal of Peggy. “Peggy” is the affectionate nickname of the Peggy Crosby Center in Highlands. Her building was originally a hospital established around 1950. The healing and helping it instituted continues today, fostered by many community businesses and charities that have rented space over …