COVID tests available at Hudson Library

Hudson Library now has free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests available. These are antigen tests that provide results in 15 minutes. Drop by the library

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First Responders Cup Golf Tournament at Burlingame Country Club

Under bright, sunny skies in Sapphire the First Responders Cup golf tournament brought in more than $30,000 from donors and sponsors to benefit

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Taking His Turn

For Madison Minus, the artistry lies in revealing the beauty and mystery embedded within a block of wood.

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Lifting Each Other Up

Despite years and hundreds of miles apart, the deep love between Mary and Steve Abranyi would not be contained.

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The Place I Call Home

Cover Artist Penny Pollock’s entire life has been a sequence of inspiration and discoveries.

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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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Pawsitively Purrfect Party

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 party more perfect. Pawsitively Purrfect, as a matter of fact. And …

Boy Choir Honors Stell Huie

The Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Boy Choir under the direction of Maestro Fletcher Wolfe will present a concert on Sunday, May 21, at 5:30 P.M. at the Highland’s Presbyterian Church to honor W. Stell Huie, founding attorney of the choir some 60 years ago. Huie, well known to Highlands because of his musical abilities as a singer and event organizer, will perform …


Season of Shows

Acorns Boutique at Old Edwards Inn and Spa opens their season of trunk shows this month.  Now through September you’ll have the opportunity to shop the finest in designer clothing, jewelry, and accessories for the home. The first trunk show, May 19 and 20, will be Temple St. Clair Jewelry.  She’s recognized for her iconic rock crystal pendants and whimsical …

Festival with Altitude

The Highlands Motoring Festival weekend, June 8-11, brings a bevy of exotic, classic cars and driving enthusiasts to Highlands for one of the Southeast’s premier motoring events.  Known as the “Festival with Altitude,” this celebration of the automobile draws a large following year after year. This year’s theme is “Cars of Italy,” and event organizers are excited to announce several …

Plate Full of Blues

“Groovin’, on a summer afternoon,” has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?   The Rascals captured that carefree summer feeling in their 60’s hit, and Cashiers hits that same note with the popular Groovin’ on the Green concert series. These concerts, sponsored by the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association and the Village Green, kick off for the season on …


Village Square Art & Craft Show

It’s not too early to start planning your summer calendar.  Be sure to mark June 24 and 25 and August 26 and 27 for the Highlands Village Square Art & Craft Shows.  It wouldn’t be summer in Highlands without these much-loved festivals which feature regionally made fine art, crafts, and rustic furniture.  High standards mean shoppers will find good quality …

Drive 4Ur Community

Hammond and Bryan Rauers, co-owners of Franklin Ford in Franklin, together with Hammond’s wife, Mitzi Rauers, of Berkshire Hathaway Meadows Mountain Realty, are offering a fund-raising event for the benefit of the Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park on Saturday, May 20 from 9:00 A.M. until 12:30 P.M. The “Drive 4 Ur Community” program is an expansion of the “Drive 4 Ur School” …


Dovecote Events

It’s time to spruce up your garden and get ready for the summer season. Join us at Dovecote for several stimulating events that will put the shine on your home environment.  New this year are Cocktails in the Garden − A great time to “sip and chat” as we enjoy a walkabout discussing plants and garden design. It’ll be staged …

Toe-Tappin’and Finger-Snappin’

Warmer spring evenings make us want to kick up our heels a bit and there’s no more fun place to join your friends and neighbors and shake a leg than the Friday Night Live and Saturdays on Pine outdoor concerts. Friday Night Live performances take place at the Highlands Town Square from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M.  Saturdays on Pine are …