Chief Holland

Highlands Police Chief Andrea ‘Sissy’ Holland puts a sunny face on a grueling job.

So Much To Talk About

The sisters saw it first – the love between Wendy Strong and Sam Lupas was meant to be. The obstacles vanished with a kiss.

The Sumptuousness of Primary

Season’s Bounty

The Plateau’s two green markets are a celebration of the landscape’s bounty and a tribute to the men and women who make it all possible.

Weekend Concerts

Lace up your dancing shoes – Highlands’ free weekend concerts return next month – Friday nights at Town Square and Saturday evenings at

The Bear & the Bands

The talent’s already lining up for the third incarnation of the Bear Shadow Music Festival, set for April 28-30. For ticketing and more information


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Bio Center Soiree

The Highlands Biological Foundation will celebrate the 92nd year of the Highlands Biological Station with a soiree at the home of Ella and Chip Flower on July 28 at 6:00 P.M.   The foundation annually hosts a summer soiree to raise funds to support the three facets of the Highlands Biological Station – Highlands Botanical Garden, Highlands Nature Center, and …

Stroll Dixon Woods

A mere seven minutes from downtown Highlands, Dixon Woods is a gentle, flat, series of public trails along Bowery Road managed and protected by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. In total, Dixon Woods includes over a mile of trails that will keep any avid outdoors person entertained.  The trail system is simple to navigate and encircles Dixon Pond. It’s easy in terms …

Acorns Annual Trunk Shows

Highlands is known for the fun shops and cozy boutiques that line Main Street, each one with its own wide variety of clothing and gifts.  The only drawback is the limited floor space. Shop owners have to be judicious and work with the space they have, which means they often can’t carry full lines of merchandise.  What do you do …

A Family Affair

Normally, when I write these business introductions, I visit the shop, get a feel for the place, chat with the owner, and then work up a story.  Well, not only was I a visitor to Nearly New Furniture Consignment & Gifts, I’m also a customer.  My wife and I had scoured this corner of Western North Carolina looking for a …

An Enchanting Kaleidoscope

When I was a boy, Aunt Belle, the family matriarch, would always welcome us into her parlor (for those of you under 40, a Parlor is what’s now the TV Room, except people would actually converse. When I got a little older, Melanie Johnson’s mom’s Parlor is where I learned about advanced kissing rituals). Aunt Belle would bustle us in …

Dreams do Come True

Sometimes dreams come true. For Marshall and Beth Carpenter, their dream was to own a home in the North Carolina mountains. As lifelong PGA and LPGA golf professionals from West Palm Beach, Florida, they were thrilled for their dream to become a reality when they purchased their summer home in Cashiers in 2013. When visiting a friend in the area, …

Home & Garden Specialties

When you step into Oakleaf, it’s something of a calculated fall down the Rabbit Hole. There’s a brightness to the place, and a sense of life and its myriad promises, a touch of whimsy, and an undeniable playfulness. Part of that is the sensory presentation that greets visitors – the brightness of the fresh cut flowers, the subtle blending of …

The Uncommon Cashiers Commons

Cashiers is spread out, there’s no way around it. Some people arrive at the Crossroads and assume that they’ve seen everything.  Not by a long shot. In fact, if they head north on Highway 107 for just a few hundred yards,  they’ll come to a remarkable assemblage of shops, right on the road, but at once removed, like they’re just …

Zookeeper Celebrates the Big 10

A few years ago, I wrote about a visit to Zookeeper Bistro, located at 48 Slabtown Road in Cashiers.  I launched my review with a paean to the virtues of breakfast – a verity drilled into me as a kid, discarded by me as a young buck, and admitted with grudging acceptance by the old guy I am now.  But when …

Wines and Dinners

This marks the fourth year of the Highlands Food and Wine festival, which grew out of the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center’s annual Culinary Weekend.    In addition to local restaurants, the festival draws upon the resources of vendors from across the Southeast, chefs from across the United States, and nationally-recognized musicians. It’s a party in the grandest …

Lunch for Literacy

Local restaurants have banded together to support the Literacy Council of Cashiers. Lunch for Literacy, slated for Friday, July 5, is a marvelous way for everyone in the community to enjoy a great meal and benefit the 30 percent of Jackson County residents who live within the lowest levels of reading and math literacy. Participating restaurants will split their proceeds …

Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry

Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry invites everyone out to their 11th annual Big Ol’ Mountain Country Breakfast on Saturday, July 6, from 8:00 until 11:00 A.M. at the Cashiers Community Center. This Cashiers tradition is a must-do to finish your Fourth of July week off with delicious home cooking. Worry about calories tomorrow, today throw caution to the wind and …