Rustick’s Annual Year-End Sale

After notching 30 years of deeply personal customer service, Rusticks in Cashiers casts its gaze toward the future. You can glimpse that vision

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Light Up Your Life: Bevan Schiffli’s Magical Candles

There’s magic in Bevan Schiffli’s candles, and sweet, soothing scents. Contact Bevan at [email protected]

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All Three and Then Some: Cover Artist Carol Misner

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Women Who Shape the Plateau: A Restaurant’s Family’s Deep Roots

Sallie Peterkin’s life has revolved around delivering a deeply personal dining experience.

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Women Who Shape The Plateau: The Magic of Wolfgang’s Mindy Green

Mindy Green’s tireless efforts have boosted the profile of the entire Highlands dining scene.

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Mountain Theatre Company Triumphs with A Wrinkle in Time

The exuberance and anxieties of adolescence are examined through the lens of the special properties of space-time irregularities in Mountain

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Two Tales Told in Brooklyn: A Review of Mountain Theatre Company's Production

Director, Scott Daniel, and his team outdid themselves with this impressive cast. Every performance was a gem.

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Visit Highlands, NC Awards Grants to Two Local Organizations

Visit Highlands, NC today announced its latest round of grants totaling $18,000 to support two local nonprofit organizations.

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Visit Highlands, NC Awards Grants to Two Local Organizations

Visit Highlands, NC today announced its latest round of grants totaling $18,000 to support two local nonprofit organizations.

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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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Happily Lost in the Light

For Susan Renfro, light defines life.  She cherishes it in Nature. She searches for it in a sea of faces. She waits for its shadowy edges to sharpen; its aura, tone or atmosphere to burst open and reveal an emotional flash. At the instant the light exposes that magical moment, she snaps the shutter, capturing a story, layers-deep, in a …

Laurel’s Cover Contest

The stark beauty of winter beckons the inner photographer in us all to take a few moments in the quiet beauty of nature, trying to capture the beauty of the moment so we can carry it with us throughout the year.   From the bright red flash of a Cardinal or holly berry against the barren  trees, to expansive sunrises …

Greystone Getaways

The Greystone Inn is one of the most iconic retreats on the Plateau and for the past four years, it’s been one of the most elusive.  Originally built as a private residence in 1915, the building sits on a point on Lake Toxaway and commands an impressive view.  Over the intervening decades, the home has changed hands several times and …


12th Annual Highlands Motoring Festival

Highlands will host its 12th annual Highlands Motoring Festival on June 6-9.  More than 125 classic and special interest cars will roll into town for the festival’s five events spanning four days. Activities include two car shows, a guided driving tour, a parade on Main Street followed by a welcome party, and a Monte Carlo Night gala. New in 2019 …

Three River Fly Fishing Festival

The Three River Fly Fishing Festival returns on April 25-27, offering anglers from near and far an opportunity to enjoy a weekend of fly fishing fun and camaraderie.  Now in its ninth year, this fundraiser for the Town of Highlands Scholarship Fund offers men and women of all ages the chance to fish our miles of beautiful streams and rivers, …

Cashiers Library offers so much to do

“There’s nothing to do!” If you’re a parent or grandparent, you’ve heard this lament from the kids in your life, especially as winter drags on. That’s why Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library is the perfect tonic for those days and weeks when children have reached their limits and grown-ups’ tolerance has stretched to the breaking point. This month and every month, …


Heritage Apple Day

The Cashiers Historical Society is sponsoring Heritage Apple Day on Saturday, March 9, from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. at the Cashiers Community Center across from the Cashiers Fire Department.   Join them in celebrating our area’s horticulture history by learning to identify and preserve ancient apple varieties that have flourished in our mountains for centuries.  Admission to this event …

The Magical World of Books

Today is a good day to visit Hudson Library, don’t you think?  It’s just a short walk from anywhere in town, and the rocking chairs out front are inviting even when the library’s not open.  One of my favorite things to do is, starting from the street, follow the sidewalk around the library sign and up under the trellis – …

Two New Artists-in-Residence

The Bascom: A Center For The Visual Arts offers opportunities for disciplined artists and educators to take on significant responsibilities, furthering creative professionals. In February, The Bascom welcomed two such artists –  Ceramic Artist in Residence Emily Wernig, and Photography Artist in Residence Dylan Lytle. The Ceramic Artist Residency has been a part of The Bascom since 2010, with Highlands …


Special Winter Escape Rate at the Greystone Inn

Escape for a night to The Greystone Inn – a mountain retreat on the shores of Lake Toxaway.  Luxurious accommodations, Fantastic Restaurant, Historic Bar and Intimate Spa. Rates starting at $125 Resting on the shores of Lake Toxaway, nestled in the lush embrace of the North Carolina mountains, you’ll find the Greystone Inn. A personal hotel where nostalgic pleasures, gracious …

The Bascom Public Reception For Two New Exhibitions

The Bascom invites members of the press and community to the opening reception for our two newest exhibitions: SOUNDWAVE and hear + there.  The reception will be held at The Bascom on Friday, February 8th from 4 pm – 6 pm. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. The Bascom partnered with Western Carolina University for the WCU student exhibition, SOUNDWAVE, which is in the Bunzl Gallery.  SOUNDWAVE is a snapshot of the current and diverse …

The Chamber’s Ramping Up

This winter, while you and yours are lounging by the glowing embers of a relaxing fire, sipping from a goblet of fine wine (perhaps a purchase from the Fall’s Food and Wine Fest), Highlands Chamber of Commerce members will be hard at work implementing innovative plans initiated last year.  The Chamber anticipates 2019 will be stronger, livelier, and more productive …