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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Carpenter Bee

Carpenter bees are large, black and yellow bees frequently seen in spring hovering around the eaves of a house or the underside of a deck or porch rail. They are most often mistaken for bumble bees, but differ in that they have a black shiny tail section.  

Audubon’s Winter Bird Count

Every winter since 1900 the National Audubon Society has sponsored a winter bird count called the Christmas Bird Count or CBC. Today, CBCs take place across the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and beyond.  The CBC mobilizes over 2,400 counting groups including over 60,000 individuals whose counts total upwards of 70 million birds.  These yearly bird counts become part of what …

Working Daily For Scaly Scholars

The Scaly Mountain Women’s Club is at it again; raising money for their Scholarship Program and having fun while doing it. If you aren’t familiar with the program, all funds are raised through charity work, community functions and donations, allowing local students to receive scholarship money for their post education. The SMWC, consisting of over 80 women, is a nonprofit …

A Touch of Green

The Village Green offers a unique event venue on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. The 12.5 acre park in the heart of Cashiers hosts nearly 100 functions each year. The natural beauty of The Village Green makes it an ideal setting for a wedding ceremony, reception, or rehearsal dinner. Nestled amid the majesty of Whiteside Mountain, Terrapin Mountain and Big Sheep Cliff, …

Leadership Highlands

In the last 15 years many Highlanders have completed this great program and have benefited from it by meeting and networking with other leaders in the community. We have a lot of untapped potential that we can be using for the benefit of all Highlanders new and old, therefore it has occurred to the board of directors that we resurrect …

Gifts That Keep Giving

The horses of Carpe Diem Farms have always been and remain the backbone of our work, programs, research and our success. Without them there is no CDF! My focus this winter is on the gifts the horses of CDF have provided for horses around the globe. If you have followed us in recent years you have read about our development …

The Bookworm

The Bookworm is a non-profit organization that sells gently used books, movies and CDs. We’re run by dedicated volunteers, with all profits going to the Hudson Library in Highlands. Our inventory changes daily, so stop in often to see what’s new on our shelves. Speaking of inventory — if you have any books, movies or CDs that you would like …

Big Brothers Big Sisters

There are children on the waiting list in Highlands and Cashiers, hoping for a “Big” soon. It’s not too late to set a New Year’s resolution to be a part of a child’s life. And it’s guaranteed to enrich yours, too! Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC marks National Mentoring Month in January with a call to action to mentor …

Lighting Up the World

We are 1.2 million neighbors, friends and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world. Our differing occupations, cultures, and countries give us a unique perspective. Our shared passion for service helps us accomplish the remarkable. What makes us different? Our distinct point of view and approach gives us unique advantages. We …

Watching Winter Wildlife

The air has grown crisp, the leaves now lie on the ground, and the animals are hidden away to keep warm… or are they? While it may be cold outside, there is still much that can be observed even on the coldest of days. After snows, look for the tracks of deer, turkey, mice, rabbits, foxes, and other animals as …

Get CLEver in 2015

It’s a brand new year and great and wonderful things are scheduled at the Center for Life Enrichment in 2015! You may have made a New Year’s resolution to do more good things for yourself this year and a membership to CLE is just the thing to get you started. The courses being offered this year begin in mid- May …