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Escape to Greystone

The Covid-19 crisis has left the entire hospitality industry shaken, but it’s also led to the implementation of new practices that’ll ensure the safety of guests and staff. The Greystone Inn at Lake Toxaway began studying these protocols and training staff in the early spring, so that with the arrival of summer, all of the steps were in place for …

Orchard Sessions: Olivia Daponte

When The Farm at Old Edwards returns with their popular Orchard Sessions on Thursday, August 27, the Orchard will once again be transformed into a vibrating music hall without walls.   An idyllic place for a music gathering, the outdoor setting promises to provide an intimacy and exhilaration to a live performance by young artist Olivia Daponte that could not …

Reconnect with Nature

As North Carolina continues to slowly open, Highlands is starting to bustle with energy with the arrival of the summer season.  Year-round residents and summer visitors are trying to find ways to make this summer fun and as profitable as possible. Many are feeling safest using this time to explore natural beauty, which Highlands is never lacking in.  The wonderful …


Sister Suffragette

A main scene in the 1964 film Mary Poppins focuses on the women’s right to vote when the mother of the story’s two children marches into the home singing the song about “Sister Suffragette.”  This year, 2020 – although it will be remembered for much that is negative – is also the commemorative year of the 19th Amendment, which granted American …

Locally Grown on the Green

With sensible precautions in place, Locally Grown on the Green in Cashiers, a farm stand for local growers at the Cashiers Village Green Commons, resumes its status as a vital player on the community’s dynamic summer social calendar.  The market is “producer only,” meaning that the vendor must be the grower or producer of all the products they sell. Vendors …


Climate Change Social Justice

In 2018 and 2019 The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center of Highlands hosted a weeklong retreat that explored the topics of Climate Change, Social Justice and the intertwining of these two issues.  Today, as our social fabric has been torn apart by the pandemic and civil unrest in unprecedented ways, this year’s event, happening September 16-21, seems most pertinent than …

All Things That Are Health

Health and Highlands are forever intertwined, like root and rock anchoring each other to this remarkable mountaintop. Health has been a focus ever since the first indigenous people (the Mississippians going back 8,000 years, the Woodland People, and later the Cherokee) set foot on the Plateau.  Native cultures recognized the healing properties of the area’s plants, minerals, and climate. Later, …

An Appalachian Mountain Bog

Join Friends of Panthertown on Thursday, August 13, at 7:30 P.M. for an exciting webinar presentation given by Emmy Award-winning PBS television host and naturalist Dr. Patrick McMillan, host of Expeditions with Patrick McMillan. Dr. McMillan is the Hilliard Professor of Environmental Sustainability at Clemson University, and is the director of the South Carolina Botanical Garden. His popular PBS television …


KleenStations Impact COVID

With the generous financial support through a grant from the Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation, the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce recently lead an initiative to provide commercial-grade, foot-operated hand sanitizing stations to independent restaurants in Jackson and Macon Counties, including Cashiers, Highlands, Sylva, Franklin and Dillsboro.  In coordination with the Highlands, Jackson County and Franklin Chambers of Commerce, staff distributed …

The Grand & Glorious

Packed with style, comfort and a healthy dose of mountain ease, Hotel Cashiers is a destination uniquely suited for this season of worry.   In a year that’s shaken Americans’ notions of relaxation and escape, Hotel Cashiers, located in the heart of Cashiers, is a welcome remedy. Drawing inspiration from the days when family vacations consisted of road trips and …

Easy’s Slippers Save Gentle Giants

The horses of Carpe Diem Farms continue to help save other horses’ lives.  Many of you know that the farm is also home to Easy’s Slipper by Advanced Equine Comfort. The scientifically proven, glue-on, innovative, patented, composite rubber horseshoe alternative was developed and is manufactured at the farm. It exists today because of the horses of Carpe Diem and it’s …