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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Hattie Bryant Speaks

Award-winning Canyon Kitchen will be the venue for a fundraiser for Hospice House Foundation of Western North Carolina on Wednesday, May 10.  Not only is this a most worthy cause, but it’s guaranteed to be an evening of fun and shared experience, along with exquisite dining. A highlight of the evening will be guest speaker Hattie Bryant.  Bryant is a …

Immerse Yourself in Nature

Since its founding 90 years ago in 1927, the Highlands Biological Station has specialized in immersion-based outdoor education and programming under the philosophy that the best way to learn about the natural world is to experience it. This summer, we have six workshops tailored to the members of our community.  In the first, led by Dr. Timothy Spira of Clemson …

Take a Bite Out of Hunger

Highlands United Methodist Church is well on its way to the final stages of its Faith and Fellowship Center, due to be completed this summer.  The Food Pantry of Highlands, being one of the many ministries of the church, is guaranteed space in the new building and Executive Director Marty Rosenfield is forever grateful.  The Pantry is currently housed in …


Rotary’s Warm Up Act

At my first Rotary Club of Highlands Meeting I was ready for the opening meeting rituals: Call to Order, moment of silent reflection and pledge of allegiance to the flag. What puzzled me a little was the role of the Sergeant at Arms — a Rotarian who strode around the room introducing visiting Rotarians and guests of Rotarians, collecting Happy …

The Power of Mentoring

Partnerships with local businesses and support from residents have allowed Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cashiers participants to do some special activities.  The Bascom in Highlands is a great resource and partner of BBBS.  During the holidays, they provided mentees and their families the opportunity to build their own gingerbread house at The Bascom’s annual Gingerbread House Workshop.  BBBS participants …

A Blizzard Warmed Our Hearts

It was 3:00 A.M. on January 30, 2015, when the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society Animal Rescue Team left on a mission to Shelbyville, Tennessee, where a multi-state task force met to give a second chance at life for 107 dogs who had spent their entire life on a chain.   These dogs had no protection from the elements, no protection against …


Last Loving Resort

The Friends for Life Forever Farm is a sanctuary for senior and special needs animals. Every animal that comes to the Forever Farm is guaranteed lifelong care.  But that does not mean we don’t strive to find the perfect home for most of our residents with a loving individual or family.  I say “most” because we feel some of our residents, …

Engaging with The Natural World

As spring draws near we begin looking for new life in the forest: A nest on a tree branch, a fawn in a thicket, a seedling beginning to grow through the leaves.   When Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust educates students through our Kids in Nature program we see change as well − clues in every program that a child is making the …

25 Years of Carpe Diem

Here’s to the crazy ones.  The misfits.  The rebels.  The troublemakers.  The round pegs in the square holes.  The ones who see things differently.  They’re not fond of rules.  And they have no respect for the status quo.  You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.  About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.  Because …


Stone, Glass and Splendor

Traverse gently rolling hills through lush greenery as you climb skyward to this beautiful home, resting sublimely on one of the highest points of Highlands Country Club.   Throughout the home, you’ll enjoy stunning views of Whiteside, Shortoff, and Cowee Mountains and the mesmerizing vistas beyond. Relax and unwind as the gentle cooling breezes sing through the trees.  Built by …

Yoga Demystified

Positive daily habits improve well-being.  Yoga practitioners gather consistently across the country to learn positive practices that support well-being from the inside out.  From those 70-plus years in age who can stand on their heads, to children who are learning to be still and focus their minds, yoga’s influence is deep, healthful, and strengthens generations. Is yoga for everyone?  Yes.  …

Good Health – It Takes A Village!

Many years ago, I had a passion to help others with their health so I became a doctor!   Even after I received my degree, I held back from adamantly sharing my knowledge and beliefs.  The time has come for me to fully embrace my passion and my knowledge!  I am thirsty for even more education and even more than …