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Waking the Mountain

If this were any June like the Junes of, say, the last 100 years, Highlands would be deep in a busy season of returning second- (and third-) homeowners, and a steady stream of visitors looking to escape the stresses of the outside world. But in this norm-shattering year of coronavirus and the near-constant whine of low-level anxiety, the Highlands Chamber …

Support Small Business

During the Covid19 crisis, Cashiers-Highlands small businesses have made extraordinary efforts to ensure residents have access to limited supplies, meals and food, critical services and more, and to protect and provide for their staffs.  We at the Cashiers Area Chamber are working hard to help them meet immediate operation needs so they can successfully navigate the health crisis recovery.  Stay-at-home …

Breathe Some Mountain Air

Highlands Chamber of Commerce celebrates all the residents, visitors, and businesses who saw us through recent times. Thank you for staying home and physically distancing, while socially networking via safe venues. Checking on neighbors, sharing supplies, and practicing excellent citizenship over a difficult stretch are qualities that elevate our community even more. So when we are given the all clear, …


For No Hungry Pets

Monty holds a very special place in our hearts because his adopting mom gave us the first donation in 2015 to create our free food pet pantry, which we call “Meals from Monty.” In the past five years, we have distributed approximately 75,000 pounds of free pet food to help families in times of  hardship.  We need donations now more …

For the Love of Horses

There is a definite rhythm to “Life on the Farm.” It doesn’t have many changes from day to day.  Honestly, it is very Zen-like, chop wood, carry water. As spring continues on the Plateau, trees bud, flower, leaf out, hummers, our mallard pair and our other migratory birds return, we observe and marvel at the gifts we are blessed to …

Adopt the Pace of Nature

Ralph Waldo Emerson advised that we should, “Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.”  Over the past few weeks most of us have had no choice but to change our routine, our pace of life.  For many of us, it is not easy being patient but when we are still, we can learn and grow in new ways. …


Balancing Tensions

Anxiety is wrestling with Un-Creative Tension in the mind.   Relax friends, we have not been here before.  When the world we thought we could count on suddenly requires a whole new way of living, our previous expectations need to be reforged.  The recent weeks have been a record scratch, a “stop” when there was supposed to be a “go,” …

What’s Going On

What do we do in times like this?  Covid-19/Coronavirus – what is this virus that is causing a pandemic? Why are we so ill-prepared for something that is affecting all of us, locally and globally? How do we stay safe while protecting our families and loved ones?  As a healthcare provider, I was also faced with what I felt were …

Health’s Guardian

In collaboration with other Western North Carolina hospitals, local municipalities, and the health department, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital CEO Tom Neal assures Plateau residents that Highlands-Cashiers Hospital is prepared for their health needs during this unprecedented time. “Even before a national emergency was declared, we had been hardening our plans to assure we were ready to meet the needs of our community,” …


Making History Viable & Fun

Longevity and sustainability are two things that are often hard for non-profits to achieve, but Cashiers Historical Society is the very picture of success on both counts.   Now in their 24th year, this non-profit grows and flourishes. In a nutshell, their mission is dedicated to preserving the identity of Cashiers through recognition of its history in publications, awards and …

The Rideout Predictions

Just for the fun of it, write down five predictions you have for the Plateau for 2070 and tuck it away. Perhaps you see Highlands and Cashiers merging. Do you think global warming will send us sliding down the mountainside? Will Science protect/restore hemlocks and chestnuts so they once again thrive? Will Highlands have a heliport? Might the rich and …

1880 Cedar Creek Mill Houses

The Hamburg Village, later known as Glenville, was considered a small business center with three stores, boarding houses, blacksmith shops and stables.  There were several grist mills operating including a flour mill located on the bank of Cedar Creek at its juncture with the Tuckasegee River.  The Hamburg Village became the Glenville Village in just 11 more years.  The original …