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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Paws for a Cause

When you first arrive at the beautiful and exquisite Country Club of Sapphire Valley, you know the night is going to be special. From the spectacular views on the Mountain Veranda to the elegant dining experience in the Sapphire Room, there is only one thing that could make this evening more perfect. Pawsitively Purrfect, as a matter of fact, and …

Saint Sally: A Godsend at Hospice

Four Seasons Compassion for Life is our local provider of hospice care. Based in Flat Rock, North Carolina, its team of hospice workers covers Macon, Jackson, Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Transylvania, and Swain counties. It is one of the premier hospice organizations in the country. Volunteers play an integral part in the day-to-day workings of hospice. Opportunities range from companionship and …

What Kind of Patient are You?

What kind of patient are you? As a doctor, I come across many kinds of patients with many different outlooks on medicine and healing. The first type of patient, one who seeks natural care over allopathic or “mainstream” medicine, often understands the paradigm of healing with natural means. The premise of this approach is to facilitate the body’s innate ability …


Rebuilding Digestive Tracts

Many people experience abdominal bloating, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, and/or belching – and when one doesn’t absorb nutrients properly, other symptoms may occur, such as fatigue, body aches, or loss of vitamins. Why does this happen? The small intestine (SI) gets overpopulated with bacteria that is not familiar to the SI. The SI is home to 10,000 bacteria per milliliter …

A Bold Portfolio

The next time you meet with your Financial Advisor, you may want to discuss new ways to manage your portfolio. For instance, one increasingly popular option among individual investors is managed accounts, a way to tap into resources traditionally reserved for the very largest investors such as pension funds, endowments and high-networth investors. Inside Managed Accounts You may find managed accounts …

A Highlands Benchmark

When the Atlanta developers began their layout of this gorgeous 80- acre tract of land located on the Dillard Road near Highlands Country Club, they separated it into two areas – The Grayrocks and The Hemlocks. The Grayrocks comprises the inner core of the development and boasts beautiful vistas and sunsets. The name came from moss-covered rocks seen throughout and upon …


The Red Barn

Those of us in the Cashiers area find it necessary to drive to Sylva at least a couple of times a year as that’s where Jackson County’s business takes place. Most of us use Highway 107 North, starting at the Cashiers Crossroads, for our drive to the county seat and it is a scenic route through natural and man-made history …

Pin-ups to Landscapes

The Highlands Plateau, well known for its natural and manmade beauty, supports many artists and craftsmen, among them George Keener of Walnut Creek. His family tree is rooted in the Keeners of Highlands and Goldmine. Keener was a self-proclaimed shade-tree mechanic of 40 years, rebuilding many an automatic transmission. His well-trained mechanical hands were equally gifted at painting, his true …

Deer to Their Hearts

Fawns score about a million points on the cuteness scale. When found in the wild, we make the assumption they are abandoned. We want to “rescue” them because they are so darn adorable. Truth is, 99 percent of the time, they don’t need rescuing. Mother Deer has put them in hiding mode while she goes to forage or divert danger. …


Bear Matters

B.E.A.R. (Bear Education and Resources), a task force of MountainTrue, has been working hard over the winter and is ready to launch several exciting new programs. Chairwoman and bear enthusiast Cynthia Strain says, “B.E.A.R. is all about harmonious coexistence. It’s our mission to keep people and bears safe.” “That’s not always easy. Living in the mountains, we share the same …

Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis

Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis L., is a member of the Papaveraceae family. It is a native spring wildflower that grows in our rich woodlands. It can grow in full sun, but is more often found in semi-shaded, light-wooded areas with moist, acidic soil. A perennial that grows up to 10 inches tall, the plant has a single, basal leaf that can …

Wood Thrush

The Wood Thrush’s loud, flute-clear ee-oh-lay song rings through the Plateau’s forests in summer. This reclusive bird’s cinnamon brown upperparts are good camouflage as it scrabbles for leaf-litter invertebrates deep in the forest, though it pops upright frequently to peer about, revealing a boldly spotted white breast. Though still numerous, its rapidly declining numbers may be due in part to cowbird nest parasitism at …