Skyline Lodge at Christmas
Skyline Lodge Celebrates the Holidays

Skyline Lodge in Highlands NC celebrates Christmas.

The Scaly Screamer
Highlands NC

Letters to Santa at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founder's Park

Neither a global pandemic nor their occasional random acts of naughtiness will prevent Santa from hearing the wishes of his dedicated followers.

Ice, Ice, Baby
Highlands NC

Highlands Ice Rink is open at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park. (Note to Olympic Hopefuls: The Beijing Winter Olympics debut in two months, so

Jubilant Illumination
Highlands NC

Decked out in jubilant illumination, Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park sets the stage for a joyous Holiday Season.

Trim our Town
Highlands NC

Trim Our Town is an ardent way to bring the Jolly to downtown Highlands.


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Lovin’ Our Locals

If you live in Macon, Jackson, Transylvania, and Rabun counties you have an opportunity to enjoy the amenities at Old Edwards Inn and Spa at special rates for their We Love Locals winter event.   This much-anticipated program runs Sundays through Thursdays during January, February, and March. Let’s start with the elegant, sumptuous rooms which are offered at a rate …

Simply Irresistible!

With four previous incarnations, the Friends of Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library’s Chocolate Cook-Off has become an undeniable sweet spot on the otherwise dreary winter calendar.   This year’s cook-off promises to offer all of the hallmarks of this annual event – newly-minted recipes that demonstrate an artist’s commitment to her craft, cherished dishes that evoke a flood of deeply sensual memories, …

Warm Up Your Winter

Sometimes it seems like the entire Cashiers community has gone into a long winter’s nap.  Part of that is a reflection of the fact that many second-homeowners have fled to warmer climes.  Part of it’s derived from the fact that most tourists still haven’t discovered the sublime beauty of the landscape in the midst of winter. Whatever the reasons, Albert …

Winter Photo Cover Contest

Whether you’re an aspiring photographer, a seasoned professional, or simply someone with a good eye, this is your chance to become our cover artist for the 2018 Winter Edition of The Laurel.  We’re once again having our annual winter photo competition with the winning photograph being chosen as our cover for next winter’s edition, so grab your camera, capture a …

A Sensational Season Awaits

While we are all enjoying the peaceful calm that is winter in Highlands, it isn’t too soon to look forward to another wonderful summer season when we emerge from our quietude and hit the scene running. One of the things that many of us look forward to is another year of performances at the Highlands Playhouse. This year the marks …

Chocolate Cook-off

The Friends of the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library will hold their fourth annual Chocolate Cook-off on Saturday, February 7, at the library. The event offers a double treat — delectable chocolate to get you ready for Valentine’s Day, and the opportunity to support the Friends of the Library in Cashiers. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Library to …

Murder Not Prohibited

It’s Prohibition 1925 and alcoholic beverages are hard to come by, but not at Harry’s Happy Hideaway when the Highlands Cashiers Players present a dinner theater mystery entitled “Murder Not Prohibited.” Scheduled for six performances at the Highlands Performing Arts Center, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 20-22 and February 27 – March 1, the show is one of the most …

Chamber Celebrates Winners

At the end of Highlands Chamber of Commerce’s 85th year of promoting community enterprise, there is an evolution going on.  The Chamber’s focus is shifting from touting Highlands as a seasonal resort to a year-round township.  May through October is extended to include all the fabulous attractions the Plateau has to offer through winter and early spring.  This year, as …

Llama Hike

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cashiers is a one-to-one mentoring program in which relationships are built with youth by offering consistency, encouragement, and role modeling.    For the majority of the time, participants in our program meet regularly on an individual basis, yet there are select times throughout the year that allow for novel enrichment opportunities for our whole BBBS …

Green for The Green

For nearly 25 years, The Village Green has served as the green heart of Cashiers. These 12.5 acres of privately-conserved park land offer gathering, recreational and event space for public enjoyment.  The natural beauty of The Village Green draws friends walking dogs throughout the meandering paths; children frolicking on the expansive playground; and folks enjoying their lunch break at one of …

Buck Trott Remembered

Col. Allen “Buck” Trott was a Highlands Rotarian for decades. He exemplified the ideals enshrined in our Rotary principles. For those of us fortunate enough to orbit his generous circle, Buck was a tireless friend, always working on projects that’d benefit his neighbors.   To the youngest Highlanders, he was Santa Claus. How extraordinary it was to be on a first-name …

Pets Love Christmas, Too

Pets love Christmas, too.  They often get presents like the rest of the family, and can feel the joyous vibes in the holiday atmosphere.  The animals at the Forever Farm will enjoy special meals, treats, and toys, and hopefully many volunteers will come out during the holiday season and help us make them all feel loved.  There is a very special …