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Africa Awaits

For Alastair and Laura Lamont, the sensations of Africa are constantly beckoning. If you’ve heard that beguiling siren song, contact them at

Condo Cozy in Highlands, NC

Some wise decisions and a precise vision allowed Price Connor and Joe Naryka to craft their perfect Plateau getaway.

Bob and Nancy Mills
When Cupid Takes His Time
Bob and Nancy Mills

Bob and Nancy Mills’ relationship didn’t start with a Meet Cute Moment. It took patience and a go-for-broke spirit to make things work.

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Four-legged Hobby
Sam Schmitt

For Sam Schmitt, a passion for horses, really big horses, has filled his stable and his pastures with these magnificent animals.

Jeanie Edwards Fine Art Gallery

Jeanie Edwards’ new gallery at 223 South 4th Street in Highlands is sunshine-suffused and serves as the perfect embodiment of her lavish notions

Walk Under Water
Dry Falls

A potent mix of thunder and mist gives Dry Falls a hypnotic pull that’s almost spiritual.

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Avian World’s Yin & Yang

It’s always Showtime! Wood Ducks are a classic example of guys sprucing up to charm the ladies.

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Shadow of the Bear

Highlands Food & Wine Festival

The Fifth Highlands Food & Wine Festival, set for November 11-14, is taking every measure possible to ensure that everyone’s safe and sated.

Fun and Festive
Halloween in Highlands

Don’t be scared! Highlands’ Halloween on Main Street (on October 31) is fun and festive for the whole family. And, if your pooch has the

At a Glance Waterfall Guide

Enjoy this sampling of area waterfalls, for a deep dive visit


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Casting The Old Rod

Very often, I get a customer through the door that has recently cleared out a relative’s attic or storage unit. They are extremely excited because they feel they have found a usable fly rod and have cleared the price hurdle that had prevented them from taking up the hobby. They drop by the shop and ask if I might spool …

Where The Lake Runneth Over

The Cliffside Lake Recreation Area, just a short distance from Highlands, has a little bit of everything – hiking, fishing, swimming, picnicking, and camping next door at Van Hook Glade. I go for the hiking, of course. On one obnoxiously bright and cheerful spring day my sweetie and I followed the short Cliffside Loop Trail around the lake. I have yet …

Redefining Sapphire’s Social Experience, Sapphire National Golf Club

With an exciting, bold move, the footprint at Sapphire National Golf Club and Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company is expanding and being refined to create what many describe as redefining the ultimate social climate in Sapphire, North Carolina. According to Chief of Operations, John Sims, the company is expanding the Clubhouse and the abutting landscape to create a remarkable social arena …

Celebrating all Seasons, Highlands Chamber of Commerce

You’ve seen them on countertops, coffee tables, in businesses, in homes, in the hands of visitors touring the local trails and city walks.  They are the new “2018 Highlands Chamber of Commerce Destination Guides,” 108 pages of share-worthy photos, info, resources, hot spots, nature, business, and local points of interest. These handbooks are brimming with ways to elevate your attitude.  …

Afternoon Delight in Cashiers NC

Afternoon Delight, the name says it all.  This charming new business located at 976 US Highway 64 in Cashiers offers a little something for everyone.  It’s the home décor store with more. If you’re looking for that perfect home accessory or hostess gift you’re likely to find it here.  They offer a large assortment of unique items, from Mud Pie …

Sharing and Learning at Carpe Diem Farms

Excitement filled the air at Carpe Diem Farms as the Activity Bus arrived with 28 fourth-graders from Highlands School.   First stop, the Easy’s Slipper Production Center to hear a presentation delivered by fellow fourth grader Nicole Taylor.  If you read our February article here in the Laurel you read about Nicole accompanying me to the University of Florida Vet School …

Honoring our Veterans

“We shall never be silent about our passions and our heroes.” These words spoken by Martin Luther King take on a very personal meaning when you take a few minutes to visit the Highlands Veterans Memorial Garden in front of the Highlands Police Station on Oak Street.      Tucked into a tiny space between the Police Station and Oak …

Committed to the Cause, Special Operations Warrior Foundation

This year marks the first year in 17 years that there won’t be a Special Operations Adventure Race (SOAR), to support the efforts and programs of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.  Organizers and volunteers are using this year to reorganize, revitalize and make plans to bring this race back bigger and better than ever next year. According to race director …

Slouching Toward Summer, Hudson Library

Hudson Library has recently expanded its Spanish-language collection.  Patrons can now find a growing selection of adult fiction, young adult fiction, juvenile fiction and nonfiction, beginning reader fiction and nonfiction, and picture and board books entirely in Spanish, as well as some bilingual books in both Spanish and English.  This collection is great for Spanish-speakers who might like to read …

Earth Angels, Heidi & Eileen, Cashiers Highlands Humane Society

If you don’t believe there are angels on earth, then you haven’t met Heidi and Eileen.  We were blessed to take care of a brave canine survivor named Caramel for a short time in between the compassionate care Caramel received from these two amazing ladies. Caramel was one of 31 canines rescued from an illegal dog meat farm in South …

A Wish Come True, Peggy Crosby Center

You know it now as the Peggy Crosby Center, but did you know it once housed  Highlands’ first hospital?  When the present hospital was opened, a group of visionary citizens inspired by one man’s wife arranged the purchase of the then-vacant building.  She had asked for a birthday present more permanent than just another sweater or piece of jewelry.  Since …

Satulah Summit, Highlands Cashiers Land Trust

Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust thanks the Highlands Plateau Greenway and their donors for spearheading the rehabilitation of a trail section leading to the summit of Satulah Mountain. Anyone that has walked the trails of the Town of Highlands has walked through history.  Some of these trails, like the one built by Samuel Kelsey to Whiteside Mountain, are as old as the …