Rustick’s Annual Year-End Sale

After notching 30 years of deeply personal customer service, Rusticks in Cashiers casts its gaze toward the future. You can glimpse that vision

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Light Up Your Life: Bevan Schiffli’s Magical Candles

There’s magic in Bevan Schiffli’s candles, and sweet, soothing scents. Contact Bevan at [email protected]

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All Three and Then Some: Cover Artist Carol Misner

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Women Who Shape the Plateau: A Restaurant’s Family’s Deep Roots

Sallie Peterkin’s life has revolved around delivering a deeply personal dining experience.

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Women Who Shape The Plateau: The Magic of Wolfgang’s Mindy Green

Mindy Green’s tireless efforts have boosted the profile of the entire Highlands dining scene.

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Mountain Theatre Company Triumphs with A Wrinkle in Time

The exuberance and anxieties of adolescence are examined through the lens of the special properties of space-time irregularities in Mountain

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Two Tales Told in Brooklyn: A Review of Mountain Theatre Company's Production

Director, Scott Daniel, and his team outdid themselves with this impressive cast. Every performance was a gem.

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Visit Highlands, NC Awards Grants to Two Local Organizations

Visit Highlands, NC today announced its latest round of grants totaling $18,000 to support two local nonprofit organizations.

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Visit Highlands, NC Awards Grants to Two Local Organizations

Visit Highlands, NC today announced its latest round of grants totaling $18,000 to support two local nonprofit organizations.

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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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Special Needs Animal Sanctuary

Caring for almost 200 animals at the Friends for Life Forever Farm is quite a challenge, and raising the funds to do so is no easy task.  Payroll is the largest item in the budget, followed by veterinary care, food, supplies, and general overhead items such as utilities and insurance. We depend primarily on the generous donations of our supporters …

On the Front Lines

As an official Emergency Placement Partner with the Humane Society of the United States – one of only 300 nationwide – the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society has been called upon to provide assistance in puppy mill raids, cruelty and hoarding cases, and disaster response in five different states.  But the rescue where CHHS served on the front lines this past April was …

Start Something

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina has two branches in our area – Cashiers and Highlands.   Both of these branches have committed mentors who decided to start something special and join our efforts to positively impact a child’s life.  When a mentor is matched with their “Little,” they are provided with ongoing activities, training, and support services …


Random Acts of Kindness

The adage, “you just never know” is something that occurs, generally out of the blue in the life of Carpe Diem Farms.   Without notice a generous donor will send a check, someone will drop by to volunteer, or call to offer help.  For the third year, J. McLaughlin’s Highlands store has offered to help support the horses of CDF. …

Hot News About Fires

The wildfires that tore through our mountains last autumn were of historic proportions.  There were close to 40 fires in the region, many of which burned with extreme intensity causing widespread damage.   While 90 percent of wildfires are manmade, some are naturally occurring and difficult to prevent; however, there are steps you can take to reduce your risks.  Highlands-Cashiers …

Recognizing 7 Years of Dedication

The volunteers at The Food Pantry of Highlands are more than a group of individuals, they are community.  The work that is done to keep the pantry shelves stocked and open takes a great many hands and several of these people have donated their time for years. One of those is Peter Ray.  His involvement began in 2010 through his …


Quackers Fit the Bill

When my son was four I woke up one morning with a gravelly voice.  I told him I was hoarse and had a frog in my throat.  He thought for a minute, then asked me to open my mouth so he could see the horse and frog.  Four-year-olds are uber literal. And so it was with my grandmother and four-year-old …

Reserve Your Chateau Getaway

Eagles soar high above the trees as you relax in style at the Chateau just two miles outside the quaint mountain town of Highlands.  This expansive retreat is the perfect spot for every occasion.  Whether you are looking to host a multi-generational family reunion, a social gathering for your favorite charity or your business, or just sprint away with several …

Avocado, Stuffed with Garbanzo Beans

Lazy summer evenings call for light, colorful food, full of warm flavors.  Stuffed avocado combines the soft with the crunchy: a quick and healthy vegetarian dish, it is full of vitamins, protein, and healthy fats.  Stuffed avocado can be served as a side dish with some cooked quinoa.  It is also quite splendid with a salad or just by itself. …


Balance and Be Well

Ever wished you had just a couple more hours in the day?   Sure, I think we all have at some point or another!  Life is an interesting balancing act that seems to change with each phase of our lives but regardless of which life phase we’re in, there will always be only 24 hours in each day.  This can …

The Best Way to Grow Up

What is the best way to grow a lot of produce in a very small space?  It’s called vertical gardening. We are now meeting the needs for land efficiency, water conservation and faster harvesting with aeroponic vertical gardening. In just a space of three square feet, we can grow up to 28 plants, many of which will be ready for …

New President & Chief Nursing Officer

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital has a new president and chief nursing officer.  Jacqueline (“Jackie”) Medland, PhD, RN, came to Western North Carolina via metropolitan Chicago and has no question that this is “God’s country.” With this being the smallest hospital she’s served, she is impressed with the sense of community and the level of personal care she’s witnessed over the last month.  …