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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Five Years of Fabulous

After a long, chilling winter, it’s time to put something beautiful, warm, and magical in your life. You can find that something… and more at Smitten.  Celebrating five years of fabulous, Made-in-America art and craft creations, co-owner Kat Evans says, “We have amazing new artists joining the Smitten team: painters, potters, metal workers, and of course jewelry designers.” Diane Kilgore …

Coloring Our World

The 2017 season is rapidly approaching, and the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers is gearing up for another banner year.   Again this year the Art League will sponsor five presentations by talented local and regional artists.  These presentations are normally at 5:00 P.M. the last Monday of each month, April through September in The Bascom Atrium, preceded by a wine …

Meet the Met in March

The Highlands Performing Arts Center will screen two operas Live via Satellite from the MET Opera in March.   At 12:55 P.M. Saturday, March 11 “La Traviata” by Verdi will be performed.  Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, opposite Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo.  Violetta Valery knows that she will die soon, …


A Sneak Peek HCCMF’s 36th Season

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the exciting programs and concerts to look forward to during the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival this summer. Artistic Director William Ransom tells us that plans are well under way for an exceptional season, starting with a special performance of Enoch Arden at Western Carolina University with George Brown and himself on June 25. …

Praise for the Plays

When Highlands Playhouse’s newest board member Jean Head attended a playhouse production of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” she was stunned by the caliber of its actors and music.   “I had no idea that Highlands was able to host such outstanding productions,” she says. “From there on, I became interested in helping the Playhouse grow and prosper.”  The Playhouse plays a key …

A Jewel in the Making

Lavada (pronounced Lah-vay-dah) Rowe is about to emerge from her jeweled chrysalis and try out her ring-making wings.  For a year she’s been consuming information, techniques, and methods for smithing and stone-setting.   Her focus is lost wax ring carving and casting.  With a history in gem mining, stone-work, and jewelry design (since the age of 13), she continues to …


Preserving Heritage Apple Trees

The Cashiers Historical Society is sponsoring its 2017 Heritage Apple Day on Saturday, March 18, from 11:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. at the Cashiers Community Center across from the Cashiers Fire Department.  Join them in celebrating the horticulture history of the area by learning to identify and preserve ancient apple varieties that have flourished in the mountains for years.  Admission …

Joy on the Green

One of the highlights of this summer is the always popular Joy Garden Tour to benefit The Village Green in Cashiers in July.   Joy Garden Tour is a biennial fundraising event for The Village Green with proceeds providing the funds needed to operate, maintain and improve the 13.2-acre park in the heart of Cashiers.  “This is the Silver Jubilee …

Three River Fly Fishing Festival

The Three River Fly Fishing Festival will be held April 27-29.  In its seventh year, this fundraiser has raised thousands of dollars for the Town of Highlands Scholarship Fund. Open to veteran and novice anglers, this three-day event encompasses a wide variety of fly-fishing experiences.  Cyprus International Restaurant and The Ugly Dog Pub have already agreed to host some of the …


Plateau Pick-Up

Spring is just around the corner, and it’s time to start making plans to give Mother Nature a hand with her spectacular spring show by sprucing up Highlands and her highways.   The Highlands Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to take part in its annual Plateau Pickup Day and help with the longstanding tradition of cleaning litter from the Gorge …

Offering You The World | Cashiers, NC

It’s been said that a good library can offer you the entire world. Well, Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library also offers it patrons the planets, the stars and assorted galaxies. Library patrons can check out an Orion 10015 StarBlast 4.5-inch Astro Reflector Telescope, perfect for beginners and intermediate backyard astronomers for a week at a time. It’s lightweight and portable and …

The Love of Learning | Highlands, NC

While things are a bit slow and peaceful on the mountain at this time of year, exciting things are being planned and put into place at the Center for Life Enrichment.  2017 marks 25 years for the Center for Life Enrichment, an organization now fondly known throughout the community simply as CLE. From its inception in a local beauty shop …