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The Tale of Charlie Wright

In the August 2018 Laurel Magazine, the Cashiers history article was about Whiteside Cove’s Felix Eugene Alley, who in the late 1800s wrote the “Ballad of Kidder Cole” which detailed his love for the pretty Kidder and his disdain for Charlie Wright, his rival for the affections of Kidder.  In this article, you’ll learn about Charlie Wright of Highlands who …

Magical History Tour

It’s easy to get Highlanded.  The region’s beauty snaps people up.  Once a visitor takes a downtown tour, a hike to any falls, a drive through a covered bridge, or a trek to the historical museum, he/she is suddenly, willingly, and often permanently planted in paradise. There are volumes of fascinating tales about the Plateau’s lure.  From the Cherokee, to …

Tatarian Aster

Move over Hollywood, there’s a new Us in town.  Kirk Douglas stood tall in the 1960’s film “Spartacus,” proclaiming, “I am Spartacus!” Later in the 2000 movie “Gladiator,” Russell Crowe faced death by saying “My name is Maximus!”  For over 2000 years, the Tatarian Aster has stood tall (really tall) and seems to yell to all who will gaze his …


From Castle to Classic Course

This was from a group of 12 golf nuts that had a wonderful time this July.  They sent me some of their great memories that I will share with you. “Our group had a fantastic trip in Ireland with Tom’s Golf Tours arranging things. From the moment we met Tim (our driver) in the Dublin airport we felt at home.  …

Broad-Wing Hawks

Broad-wing Hawks (Buteo platypterus) are recognizable while soaring by their full wing span and white tail bands.  Like hawks generally, they are intelligent and highly adaptive.  Their visual acuity, sharpness of vision, is astounding owing to the density of photoreceptors in their retina being five times greater than the density of the human retina. Broad-wings are skillful hunters, preying on …

Serenity Season

Fly-fishing is one of the few sports that is tailor-made for women every bit as much as it is for men.  Fly-fishing has so much more to do with finesse and presentation than it does with power and strength. The important stuff to do in a stream like spotting fish, knowing the feeding habits of trout or bass, matching what’s …


A Joyous Trek

Every now and then for a day or so I find myself adrift in a fog of melancholy. (Melancholy being the siren song for creative genius, of course.) Having learned in recent years that feelings pass, and I may as well not get into fights with them, I like to find a good place to sit on these melancholic days. …

Honoring Osteen

Every region has its signature dish that defines the culture and tradition of the people that live there. Maryland has its crab legs, Tennessee has its barbecue, and thanks to the lifelong passion of chef Louis Osteen, the coastal South has Lowcountry cooking. For nearly thirty years, Louis transformed the Charleston culinary scene with his menus that featured everything from …

Two Chefs. too Delicious.

For more than 37 years, On the Verandah has been providing exceptional service and dining in Highlands.  Their dinner menu features an inspired fusion of American, Asian, and European cuisine, and their Sunday brunch is a local favorite.  One of their most popular services is their wine dinners.  On the Verandah has been hosting wine dinners since they opened in …


Our Plateau Pours the Best

Since 1981, the Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards have been honoring restaurants all across the nation for their unique and interesting wine lists.  The Awards aim to recognize those that exceed expectations with a wide selection, accurate information, and superb presentation.  We are lucky to have six Wine Spectator winners right here in Highlands, and one in Lake Toxaway. Madison’s Restaurant …

Dine for Dollars

For the ninth season, Lakeside is setting aside Wednesday evenings for area nonprofits to join them in raising money and awareness for their causes. Interested nonprofits should contact Lakeside at (828) 526-9419 to select an available date.  The nonprofits are then responsible for marketing their evenings and encouraging their supporters to come out for a great dinner, while raising money …

Chefs in the House

Thanks to Half-Mile Farm, there is a brand-new dinner series coming to town this fall and winter. “Chefs In The House” will feature up-close-and-personal experiences with some of the South’s most acclaimed chefs.  On Sunday, September 30, Chef Rob McDaniel of SpringHouse in Lake Martin, Alabama, will be at Half-Mile Farm for the inaugural dinner. Chef McDaniel’s impressive career includes …