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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Hike the Summit

The Highlands Plateau Greenway invites everyone to a hike to the summit of Satulah Mountain. Hikers will leave from Kelsey Hutchinson Park at 9:00 A.M. on June 5 and hike via road and trail to the summit of Satulah Mountain. Along the way there will be experts from the Highlands Plateau Greenway, Highlands Biological Station/Foundation, and The Highlands Cashiers Land …

Saturdays on Pine

Saturday evening the place to be is at the Saturdays on Pine Summer Concerts. Brought to you by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce, The Ugly Dog Pub, and other generous sponsors, these lively Saturday evenings bring out young and old alike to mingle, dance, and listen to great music. Beginning on June 6 and continuing through August, these concerts start …

Friday Night Live Is Back

It’s May and mountain-style music will be cranking up Friday Night Live performances at Highlands Town Square, starting May 22nd and running straight through October. This fun, free favorite has become a Highlands tradition. Bands start rockin’ about 6:00 P.M. and keep the good times rollin’ until 8:00 or later. FNL happens every Friday night, rain or shine, throughout the …


Rise and Shine

Mark your calendars for an evening of cocktails, barbecue, and dancing music. The Highlands Community Fund will be hosting Rise and Shine for the Highlands Community Fund at The Bascom at 6:30 P.M. June 7. There will be an evening of enjoyment starting with cocktails, then a delicious barbecue dinner catered by Lovie’s of Atlanta. There will be a time …

Fishes and Loaves Celebrates 10th

With a little help from Above… and from you, miracles do happen. This past March Fishes and Loaves celebrated its tenth anniversary. A decade ago a half dozen passionate volunteers launched F&L as a program to feed those below the poverty line in Jackson County. Since then thousands of households have benefitted from food boxes provided up to twice a month, …

Time to SOAR

The 14th Annual Special Operations Adventure Race benefiting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation will be held on June 13. This annual event continues to draw outdoor enthusiasts from across the Southeast who come to the mountains to challenge themselves and raise money for a great cause. Since its inception, the Highlands Annual SOAR race has raised hundreds of thousands of …


Can You Dig It?

The Mountain Garden Club is known for their high kicks and choreographed moves in the annual Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, but what they are most proud of is the work they do locally. Their biggest fundraiser is the annual Plant Sale, held this year Saturday, May 23, from 9:00 A.M. to noon. This will be the 33rd year the members …

Cashiers Gets Crafty

It’s that time of year again! The finest artisans from throughout the Southeast will once again converge on The Village Green for the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley’s biannual Arts & Crafts Show. Come to the Crossroads this Memorial Day weekend for the return of one of the area’s most notable events. This year’s Spring Arts & Crafts Show takes place on …

CLE: Increasing APPtitude

The Center for Life Enrichment’s 2015 season begins with the world of technology! If you’re still struggling with how to operate your iPad or iPhone and need some guidance, CLE has the just the person to show you the ropes. Nigel Sixsmith is one of a handful of Apple experts and has taught iPad and Apple classes for CLE for …


Village Nature Series

Come gather on the back porch of The Village Green Commons at 5:30 P.M. May 26 for an intimate concert of traditional songs, ballads, fiddle tunes, and banjo selections from southern Appalachia. This is the first program of the 2015 Village Nature Series. This month features musician-storyteller Bruce Greene. Greene is known worldwide for preserving Appalachian music and culture. He …

Groovin’ on the Green

Community. It means different things to different people, but in Cashiers there is a place that embodies community, The Village Green and Village Commons, where Cashiers comes to play. Few events are as anticipated and attended as the Groovin’ on the Green concerts sponsored by the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association. Concerts are held every Friday night from June through …

Wildflower Whimsy

The Highlands Biological Foundation is excited to host Wildflower Whimsy this May 8 and 9. In keeping with our informal theme this year of pollinator conservation, we have invited ecologist Nancy Lee Adamson to be the keynote speaker at 5:30 P.M. on May 8. Nancy, who is devoted to promoting pollinator conservation through planting habitat and minimizing pesticide use, will talk about celebrating …