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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Golf Ego-adjustment

In teaching and playing with many club golfers, there are two glaring faults I notice on nearly every course. Not taking enough club. We all want to hit the ball further, and that’s not a bad thing, but I see so many golfers picking the club that they would have to hit perfect with a hard swing to reach the …

‘Hosta’ La Vista

It starts in February. Your mailbox gets one. Then two, sometimes more. I’m talking about seed catalogs, gardening and plant magazines, and that’s when the dreaming begins. During some of the darkest days of winter, we’re dreaming of the beautiful images in those ‘wishbooks’. Why is it there’s usually something on e.v.e.r.y. single page that catches your eye? So, you …

Up Close with Annika

Annika Sorenstam, one of the most successful golfers in history, is coming to The Plateau in May and the public is invited meet her. Old Edwards Club will play host to Up Close with Annika on Sunday, May 24, from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Guests will enjoy a strolling dinner reception, passed hors d’oeuvres and spirits, door prizes, and the …


Win-Win Wednesdays

Spring is in the air and Laura Huerta, the proprietor at Lakeside Restaurant, and her extraordinary staff are open and ready to get the season started. This not only means terrific food, an extensive wine list, excellent service and quaint ambiance in a peaceful lakefront setting on Harris Lake, but also the continuation of a longstanding policy of giving back …

Chillin’ and Grillin

It’s been a long day and most people would just open a box or throw something together for dinner. Not Jennifer Cunningham of the Highlands Visitors Center. She’s always loved to cook and says if she had to do it all again, she’d get a culinary degree rather than a business degree. As a matter of fact, her house was …

Stand by Your Man

I just returned from a wine trade show, and as I wandered around the room looking for a diamond in the rough, I noticed that there were wines that were made nearly a decade ago that were still available. This raised a few questions for me: Why do I feel like there isn’t enough wine when I could still buy …


Healthy Peppermint Chocolates

For a happy healthy Mother’s Day, Mom will surely appreciate these sweet pieces of chocolate heaven. Creamy on the inside and crunchy on the outside, these chocolates taste decadently rich. Yet they’re healthy, raw and vegan. Store these chocolates in an air-tight container in the fridge. Ingredients 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil, melted 1/4- 1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder + more for …

Wolfgang’s New Manager

Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro on Main Street is one of those remarkable spots where customers return again and again. Obviously they come for the awardwinning fare, but it’s the welcoming atmosphere that makes regulars feel like family. Wolfgang’s employees feel the same way. They can’t wait to get back to work and see long-standing customers whom they’ve missed over the winter. …

Great Wines, Great Encounters

One of the most anticipated events in the Southeast returns to The Bascom this spring with Collective Spirits 2015. This year’s festival will be held May 14-16, and features more than eleven different events over the course of three days. Collective Spirits is the single largest fundraiser for The Bascom, ensuring the unique education, exhibition, and community outreach will continue …


A Colorful Partnership

A mutually beneficial partnership has existed for several years between The Bascom and the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers. The Bascom makes space available for the ALHC board meetings and its monthly programs. Both organizations have web site links to each other. Bascom eblasts include mention of ALHC for partnership programs and for ALHC programs that directly relate to current Bascom …

A Shower of Stars At PAC

Saturday, June 20: Broadway with Jeri Sager Jeri Sager is a veteran of Broadway and numerous national tours. She is best known for her portrayal of “Grizabella” in Cats. She made her Broadway debut as “Frumah-Sara”, in the 25th Anniversary Production of Fiddler on the Roof. Jeri has enjoyed critical acclaim for her portrayal of “Fantine” in Les Miserables and …

Don’t Miss Randall Atcheson

Madeline and Fred Knox have once again joined forces with The Literacy Council of Highlands to bring world-renowned musician Randall Atcheson to Highlands. Join your friends at the Highlands Performing Arts Center from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. Saturday, June 27, to hear this Julliard School graduate as he shares his immense talent at the keyboard. Children and literacy are important …