Chop Wood, Tote Water, Love Horses
Carpe Diem Farms

Somehow, keeping all those horses healthy and happy becomes even more complicated in the winter.

Delicious Food, Drinks & Ambiance
Hummingbird Lounge

In a move that’ll tilt the Plateau’s culinary landscape, Hummingbird Lounge has expanded its offerings into lunch and dinner settings. It’s

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Pairing Valentines and Wines

As yet another holiday approaches – Valentine’s Day this time – thoughts again turn to wine.  Two categories come to mind – dry sparkling

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A Chilly Night For Chiles
Los Vaqueros
Highlands NC

What Stops Me in My Tracks

For Susie deVille, unlocking the mind’s power of creativity is essential to finding success in business and happiness in life.

Take a Spin on a Tube
Highlands Outpost

Highlands Outpost in Scaly Mountain has the tonic for whatever wintertime blahs you’re trudging through – snow, speed, and a sharp burst

Share the Seasonal Beauty
Laurel's Winter Photo Cover Contest

We all know that the concept of Winter Wonderland applies to The Plateau all winter long.   After the holiday lights are gone, the stark beauty

Icy Business
Ice Skating in Highlands

It’s a winter activity, it’s a party – the Highlands Ice Rink delivers a splash of cold weather excitement, served up with a dash of old

Music to Muse By
Highlands NC

Sharing the same spirit as our Black Bears coming out of hibernation, Bear Shadow Music Festival returns to the Plateau’s cultural calendar

Snow Fest at 4118
Highlands NC

Oh, the Weather Outside Might be Frightful, But…Snow Fest 4118 adds an element of fun and excitement. It’ll be staged Saturday and Sunday,

Seasonal Beauty Beacons

Winter beauty surrounds us on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.


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A Good Day for a 5k

It’s not too late to participate in this year’s Twilight 5k, presented by the Rotary Club of Highlands, August 18. There are lots of things that make this race special: live music, brand new awards, the chance for a free registration for next year’s race, and the icing on the cake is that it all takes place at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders …

Pawsitively Purrfect

For nearly two decades, the Pawsitively Purrfect Party at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley has always been a magical evening and the single-largest fundraiser of the year for the CHHS shelter pets.  But after the tragic fire that occurred just hours after our event ended last year, this year’s party for the animals at the newly rebuilt and more-beautiful-than-qever …

The Stories Nature Tells

The annual Highlands tradition of Zahner Conservation Lectures continues this month at the Highlands Nature Center.  These lectures are free for all and a wonderful opportunity to get to know more about your local habitat.  We hope you leave these lectures inspired to learn more about our unique environment and further explore our beautiful Plateau. This month we have five …

Cashiers Antique Show

Don’t miss the 2018 Cashiers Antique Show and Sale, Thursday, August 30, through Saturday, September 1, from 10:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M., and again on Sunday, September  2, from 11:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. This year’s show will be held inside The Pavilion at the High Hampton Inn and Country Club. Admission is $10 and is good for admission to …

Dahlia Festival

As the calendar speeds by, gardens on the Plateau are ablaze with color. The regal “Empress of Flowers,” the Dahlia, is proudly gracing us with her annual appearance.  A stunning array of color and shape are coming into full bloom.  The Highlands Historical Society celebrates the beauty of our area and this flower’s history with the Eighth Annual Dazzling Dahlia …

Bascom Happenings

The Bascom just got over a busy July and is headed full steam into August!  A community favorite, The Bascom Barn Dance, is back. Experience how the people of Appalachia enjoyed music and dance with this old-fashioned square dance.  With a live caller and bluegrass music by Silly Ridge RoundUp, it will be a night to remember. Wear your boots …

Zachary-Tolbert House Tours

The Cashiers Historical Society is in the midst of one of their busiest seasons ever with activities planned from now through the Christmas season. In August they invite everyone to visit their exhibit “All God’s Children,” a celebration of the lives and music of African American people in far Western North Carolina through August 18. In the midst of all …

The Harvest Begins

August is a lazy month that differs from June’s hustle and bustle or the crush of family entertainment in July. In the garden world, we begin to savor the bounty of the garden as plants ripen and the harvest begins. At 10:00 A.M. August 2, let the night light shine! Our favorite lighting guru, Chris Wakefield, comes to shine a …

Groovin’ on The Green

Locals and visitors alike know that the place to be on Friday nights during the summer season is on the Green listening to amazing live music.  The Groovin’ on The Green concerts are a can’t miss opportunity to get together on Friday nights from June through early September at the Village Commons on Frank Allen Road. Here you’ll find music …

Baldaroo Festival

The air is beginning to cool, Labor Day is upon us, and the hustle and bustle of Summer is winding down. It’s been a glorious season here on the Plateau. As we bid farewell to our seasonal residents, our community is getting geared up for one last hoorah with the Third Annual Baldaroo Festival.  Join the Boys and Girls Club …

Eclectic Mix of Creativity

Acorns Boutique and Acorns on Church in Highlands present a wonderfully eclectic mix of authors, designers, artists, and exciting events through the month of August. The Boutique’s designers bring a range of fashion to their trunk shows and August 3–5, Michelle LaLonde Accessories will be on hand to display their stunning selection of handbags. Jude Frances Jewelry will also show …

Get on Your Feet

Summer evenings in Highlands are lovely and, thanks to the Highlands Chamber of Commerce, Friday and Saturday nights are lively as well.  That’s because the Chamber sponsors two popular concerts, Friday Night Live and Saturdays on Pine.  Friday Night Live performances take place at the Highlands Town Square from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M.  Saturdays on Pine are at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders …