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Easter Celebrations

For many of us, Easter marks the unofficial beginning of the Spring season in the mountains.   Easter weekend is a great time to join your friends, families, and neighbors to celebrate this special season.  From Easter egg hunts, delicious brunches, and sunrise services, to traditional worship services, you’ll find plentiful opportunities to celebrate this special weekend. Of course, there …

Great Art was a Great Success!

On a cold and rainy night in February, a group of 88 art lovers from the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau ventured out to experience the true warmth of community partnership. Great Art On Screen: Van Gogh was the first in a series of four films presented as a partnership between The Highlands Performing Arts Center (PAC) and The Bascom: A Center For The Visual …

Delicious Boosts

Last November, Highlands hosted its annual Food and Wine Festival.   Staged at multiple venues throughout Highlands over the course of four days, the festival celebrates the culture and unique beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains through food, wine and music. This uniquely intimate experience creates a positive economic impact on all aspects of life in Highlands. It brings increased …


Give Your Social Media Wings

Introducing the Laurel Social Butterfly Media Team! The Laurel Magazine’s new social media marketing team is passionate about elevating results – with our clients, within our four walls, and with our community. As our digital marketing capabilities expand to include social media, we’re excited to announce that we have partnered with Social Media Marketing Strategist Donna Rymer of Channelside Advertising.  …

Making Marketing Magic Happen

It’s no secret that The Laurel has been Western Carolina’s visitors’ and residents’ go-to information source for almost two decades. In the spirit of staying on top of the latest publication advances, the magazine is about to get even more beautiful, more entertaining, more friendly, and, best of all, more technologically savvy.  Thanks to our new staff addition, Sarah Fielding, …

Free Business Classes

Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Southwestern Community College have joined ranks for an open Business Education Series.  Whether your business is merely a plan on paper or a highly successful enterprise, the “Succession Planning for Your Biz” workshop, set for March 27th, has a space waiting for you.  Learn how to build a management talent pool, creating and growing feeder …


Your Active Cashiers Chamber

2018 was another busy year for the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce, representing more than 425 businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals across the Plateau.   The business league’s core purpose is to provide extraordinary Leadership as an Advocate for Business, Information Source for the Community and Conduit for building destination awareness and responsible growth. Cashiers is an unincorporated village without …

The Story Continues

While you were reading our story in the Winter Issue of Laurel about our magnificent horse, Battersea Tracy, who had two hoof surgeries performed by Dr. Ric Redden of Versailles, Kentucky, her third operation was occurring!  Two weeks after the surgery Doc Redden was back and administered a venogram of the hoof (injecting dye into the veins in the foot …

CHHS to the Rescue

Horrific. Cruel. Inhumane.  Those words do not even begin to describe the conditions we discovered this past January when the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society Animal Rescue Team was deployed to a puppy mill raid in Candler County, Georgia. Working in conjunction with the Humane Society of the United States and Atlanta Humane Society, CHHS rescued four young adult German Shepherds and …


100 Places Preserved–Forever!

Streams, trails, forests, farms, wetlands, and rare mountaintop habitats come together in a perfect storm to make the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau a unique landscape. While this area is revered for its rich diversity of plants and wildlife, mild climate and breathtaking vistas, we must be aware of its fragility and work together to care for it. Thankfully, Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, a …

The Past Is Never Dead

When the rainy weather keeps you inside, there’s nothing better to do than to curl up on the couch with a good book.  Western North Carolina is home to some amazing writers. From poetry to fantasy and science fiction, there’s no shortage of stories based in our little corner of Appalachia.  For those of you that love a good mystery, …

The Village Greens Up

The Village Green is Cashiers’ community treasure, with its expansive green areas and gardens, numerous sculptures, woodland and wetland trails, an extensive children’s playground and frequent public music and other events. Thousands of residents and visitors enjoy our gem year round. Whether attending  Groovin’ on the Green or a nature program, enjoying the playground with a child or  grandchild or …