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
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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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77 Years of Entertainment

One reason Highlanders and visitors alike appreciate life in Highlands is the multi-faceted arts scene. Highlands Playhouse stands out as the go-to place for theater and movies. Amazingly, the Playhouse has been bringing live theater to Highlands for 77 years. Imagine that for a moment…FDR was president of the United States when a group of Highlands residents banded together to …

MET Opera

The Highlands Performing Arts Center will stage the MET’s performance of Rossini’s “La Donna Del Lago” at 12:55 P.M. Saturday, March 14. This stirring opera, set in Scotland, tells the story of Elena, the Lady of the Lake. This most beautiful woman makes her daily crossing while shepherds watch their flocks and men hunt in the woods. She sings of …

An Exhilirating Lineup

After its triumphant 2014 season wrapped in last August, you’d expect the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival’s Artistic Director, William Ransom, to take a little time off. After all, Ransom is also the director of Piano Studies at Emory University and director of the Emory Chamber Music Society in Atlanta. That’s in addition to his performances as a recitalist and chamber …

Resident Artist Allison Brown

Each year, The Bascom offers a Resident Artist Program, designed as an immersive educational and research-informed studio experience. Each resident is intensely engaged with the general public on a daily basis in the role of “Creativity Coach,” during Open Studio for individuals and groups, teaching classes, providing demonstrations of art techniques, and exhibiting their art in The Bascom’s galleries and …

Laurent-Perrier Champagne Dinner

On a grand Winter’s Eve – Friday, January 23 – Old Edwards Inn and Spa hosted a Laurent-Perrier Champagne Dinner. Held at the Farm at Old Edwards, Executive Chef Johannes Klapdhor presented five courses of his own creations designed to both complement and enhance Laurent-Perrier Champagnes. It was a perfect way to wile away a long winter’s night. Madison’s Sommelier Curt Christiansen chose …

Bowen Center for the Arts

Slip on your cowboy boots and don your 10-gallon hat, the Bowen Center for the Arts in Dawsonville, Georgia, is setting the stage for a return to the Old West. In March and April, the Wild, Wild West will cover the walls and decorate the Bowen. Thirty-six artists and 85 artworks will be on display from March 6 to April …

Rotary Golf Tournament 2015

Calling all area golfers! It’s time to dust off those clubs and prepare to challenge your friends in the Rotary Club of Highlands 26th Annual Golf Tournament. You’ll be able to show your skills as you play one of the premier golf courses of the area. Gather at the Highlands Country Club practice green or the driving range at 10:00 …

Fungi Foray

For decades, the Highlands Biological Station has specialized in immersion-based education and programming, under the philosophy that the best way to learn is to experience. In response to growing enthusiasm towards — and curiosity about – mushrooms by members of the community over the years, the Station is offering a workshop this summer that is designed to introduce the beginning …

Tackle This Tourney

When you think of fly fishing, do you have visions of yourself in a quiet mountain stream touched by tree-dappled sunlight and gentle breezes? Do you picture yourself finding that perfect fly, flicking your wrist and landing your line exactly where you planned? This really can be you. Even if you know nothing about fly fishing other than “A River …

The New Hotness

Looking to heat things up a little on a cold March night? Hurry on over to the Highlands Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Chili Cook-off, slated for 6:30 to 9:30 P.M. on Saturday, March 14, at the Community Building (next to the Town Ball Field). Bearing secret home recipes and stock pots filled with chopped onions, chili powder and a variety …

Your Favorite Hike?

The Laurel, is offering something a bit new for 2015 – a readers’ poll. Each month we’re going to offer up suggestions of areas around the plateau and ask which is your favorite. Write in suggestions are also welcomed. For April, let us know which might be your favorite spot for a moderate hike. Now, we know this is a …

Appalachian Ginseng

Ginseng is derived from the Chinese word “Renshen” (Ren: person, and shen: root). Characteristically, the ginseng root splits into two leg-like extensions.  On occasion, it grows into a complete figure.  Think mandrakes in Harry Potter… without the shrieking faces. Appalachian ginseng is the gold standard. China and Korea are two of our largest importers. Jim Corbin, plant protection specialist with …