Chop Wood, Tote Water, Love Horses
Carpe Diem Farms

Somehow, keeping all those horses healthy and happy becomes even more complicated in the winter.

Delicious Food, Drinks & Ambiance
Hummingbird Lounge

In a move that’ll tilt the Plateau’s culinary landscape, Hummingbird Lounge has expanded its offerings into lunch and dinner settings. It’s

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Pairing Valentines and Wines

As yet another holiday approaches – Valentine’s Day this time – thoughts again turn to wine.  Two categories come to mind – dry sparkling

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A Chilly Night For Chiles
Los Vaqueros
Highlands NC

What Stops Me in My Tracks

For Susie deVille, unlocking the mind’s power of creativity is essential to finding success in business and happiness in life.

Take a Spin on a Tube
Highlands Outpost

Highlands Outpost in Scaly Mountain has the tonic for whatever wintertime blahs you’re trudging through – snow, speed, and a sharp burst

Share the Seasonal Beauty
Laurel's Winter Photo Cover Contest

We all know that the concept of Winter Wonderland applies to The Plateau all winter long.   After the holiday lights are gone, the stark beauty

Icy Business
Ice Skating in Highlands

It’s a winter activity, it’s a party – the Highlands Ice Rink delivers a splash of cold weather excitement, served up with a dash of old

Music to Muse By
Highlands NC

Sharing the same spirit as our Black Bears coming out of hibernation, Bear Shadow Music Festival returns to the Plateau’s cultural calendar

Snow Fest at 4118
Highlands NC

Oh, the Weather Outside Might be Frightful, But…Snow Fest 4118 adds an element of fun and excitement. It’ll be staged Saturday and Sunday,

Seasonal Beauty Beacons

Winter beauty surrounds us on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.


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Co-Existing with Wildlife

A wounded buck limped into my yard last week. I recognized his distinctive rack. He was part of a small herd that frequents the wooded ridge on which I live. Deer have been scarce since last year’s logging of adjacent property. It was unusual to see him at all, let alone solo in broad daylight. His rear left leg was …

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

Religion is the underpinning of the Town of Highlands. From the earliest days of Highlands, religion has played a major role in the character of the town. According to historical accounts, the Methodists were the first folks to build a house of worship here. As you enter Highlands from the west you will see the First Baptist Church on the …

Retirement: Wants and Options

Will I have enough money in retirement? It’s a question more and more Americans are asking. Baby boomers in particular wonder if they’ll be able to live comfortably and securely when they leave the workaday world. The good news is that you may be able to retire with confidence and enough assets — if you get organized. That means thinking about …

Decaffeinating Life

I didn’t really want a cup of coffee. I don’t drink it anymore. Yet, at 7:00 this morning I was at Mickey D’s window ordering a senior decaf. An hour later I discovered I was in a Divine Choreography. Coffee got me in the car. The car radio was turned on and tuned into NPR. NPR was broadcasting “On Being.” …

Ooh! That Smarts!

We see patients every day with neck pain, headaches, arm pain, and a number of other problems that originate in the neck. There are many things that might be causing the problem: sleeping on the wrong pillow, lying in a recliner, working long hours on the computer, automobile accidents. The list could go on and on but up until recently we rarely …

Legendary Living

This month’s Home of Distinction is the perfectly-distilled tonic for the cares of the world. A large dose of its charm is derived from its very location — Resting atop a knoll in the gated King Mountain Club on the Atlanta side of Highlands, this house is surrounded by tall hardwoods, rhododendron, and laurels. The winter views include Rabun Bald …

The Common Garter Snake

Thamnophis sirtalis. Garter snakes come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. They may be blue, brown, green or red, with black or dark brown spots and/or stripes. These snakes are abundant in the mountains, even at the highest mountaintop. They may be found in moist vegetation during the day, or under stones and other surface cover. The Garter snake …

Cerulean Warbler

The Cerulean Warbler nests in mature deciduous forests in the northeastern quadrant of the country, but mainly to the north and west of North Carolina. It does migrate through the remainder of the state, but it is a rare bird. Breeding habitat in the mountains is quite specific – mature deciduous forest on steep slopes, usually with grape vines, and …

Weather Predicting Friends

According to the old Farmer’s Almanac, in 2015 the vernal equinox (which is also called the spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere) falls on March 20 at 6:45 P.M. As much as we would like to believe it, we know that Spring will arrive when it gets good and ready — and usually not until May. As a matter of …

All Things Irish

The Appalachian Mountains have long been inhabited by settlers with Celtic bloodlines. You can recognize it in the language, the music, the food and even family names. Most people think of the Irish as having emigrated here mainly in the nineteenth century, beginning with the potato famine. In fact many came much earlier. Irishmen were living in Appalachia before the …

Big Bottles, Big Fun

Next time you are entertaining or hosting a dinner and you are ordering wine, consider a large format option. Nothing sets a festive atmosphere like a server bringing a giant bottle to the table. The server will bring the bottle to the table so everyone can see. If there is room, the bottle will be decanted at the table. The …

Natural Easter Egg Dyes

Easter is coming. If you’re contemplating the use of food coloring to dye Easter eggs, think again. It’s been linked to a multitude of health problems, ranging from hyperactivity to tumors. Here are some natural dye recipes to try this year: For red or brown eggs: 5 cups of water 2 tbsp. of white vinegar The papery peel of yellow …