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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Paintings Keep the Love Alive

For Cover Artist Carol Tamplin, the profound bonds between people and their pets can be found at the heart of her art.

Travel Trilogy

A languid road trip across the vast wild spaces of the American West brings home the natural and historical treasures that are the birthright of all Americans.

Butterfly Attracting Weed

Though a humble Plateau denizen, Joe-Pye weed is treasured by ordinary people and Monarchs alike.


Crucial Research at HBS

A team of student-researchers is delving into the myriad ways that we’re affecting the Plateau’s ecology.

The Lifeblood of our Mountains

The Southern Appalachian Brook Trout, the Top Fish in local streams, is facing a rising tide of environmental stressors.

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 to pick up your tests at the front desk. These tests are provided through an initiative of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about the NCDHHS response to COVID-19, visit …


Modernity Farming

For Yellow Mountain Garden’s Malcolm Banks, farming is a heritage endeavor, undertaken with an eye toward future generations.

Bust Your Butt Falls

Bust Your Butt Falls is the perfect photo opportunity. But make note of that name– No Shenanigans!

The Gray Catbird

The Gray Catbird’s distinctive call and elegant plumage make it a natural charmer.


Outdoors But Not Out of the Way

The Bascom’s shaded emerald trail is a walk on the Wild Side, right in downtown Highlands.

Afternoon Fundraiser

The vital work of Highlands Emergency Council will get a boost when it stages its big fundraiser at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park on Saturday, August 20.

Singer- Songwriter Nicole Witt

Singer/Songwriter Nicole Witt brings her soulful sound to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau at an Orchard Sessions concert, August 17 at The Farm at Old Edwards. For updates and to book online, visit OldEdwardsHospitality.com/OrchardSessions.