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Africa Awaits

For Alastair and Laura Lamont, the sensations of Africa are constantly beckoning. If you’ve heard that beguiling siren song, contact them at

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Condo Cozy in Highlands, NC

Some wise decisions and a precise vision allowed Price Connor and Joe Naryka to craft their perfect Plateau getaway.

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When Cupid Takes His Time
Bob and Nancy Mills

Bob and Nancy Mills’ relationship didn’t start with a Meet Cute Moment. It took patience and a go-for-broke spirit to make things work.

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Four-legged Hobby
Sam Schmitt

For Sam Schmitt, a passion for horses, really big horses, has filled his stable and his pastures with these magnificent animals.

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Jeanie Edwards Fine Art Gallery

Jeanie Edwards’ new gallery at 223 South 4th Street in Highlands is sunshine-suffused and serves as the perfect embodiment of her lavish notions

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Walk Under Water
Dry Falls

A potent mix of thunder and mist gives Dry Falls a hypnotic pull that’s almost spiritual.

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Avian World’s Yin & Yang

It’s always Showtime! Wood Ducks are a classic example of guys sprucing up to charm the ladies.

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Shadow of the Bear

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Highlands Food & Wine Festival

The Fifth Highlands Food & Wine Festival, set for November 11-14, is taking every measure possible to ensure that everyone’s safe and sated.

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Halloween in Highlands

Don’t be scared! Highlands’ Halloween on Main Street (on October 31) is fun and festive for the whole family. And, if your pooch has the

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At a Glance Waterfall Guide

Enjoy this sampling of area waterfalls, for a deep dive visit thelaurelmagazine.com/recreation.

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Village Heritage Award

The Cashiers Historical Society is recognizing the person or business that has contributed to the unique timeless spirit that animates the community.

Scallywags & Heroes

Raider George W. Kirk was feared and revered by many, yet his actions struck close to home here on the Plateau.

The Great Whitewater Falls

A trip to Whitewater Falls in 1885 was an all-day test of agility and stamina.


The Historic Toxaway Falls

The massive rockface of Toxaway Falls is testament to a spectacular catastrophe.

The Bursting of Toxaway Dam

Toxaway’s prosperity waxed and waned with a gorgeous lake and a blight that cleared the chestnut forests.

Water Lovers Rejoice | Headwaters Outfitters

Paddles in the Water! Headwaters Outfitters in Rosman makes it possible to experience the French Broad River. Afterwards,you can relive the adventure at the Forks of the River Taproom. Before you set out, visit headwatersoutfitters.com.


A Year-Round Christmas

Regardless of the calendar, a visit to The Christmas Tree at 357 Main Street in Highlands is the easiest way to infuse the Holiday Spirit in your heart and your home.

All Things Gemstone | Jannie Bean Design

For Jannie Bean, part of the magic of Jannie Bean Design is presenting the extraordinary beauty of gemstones incorporated into breathtaking designs. Discover that magic for yourself at 152 2nd Street in Highlands.

Bound to Love it | Bound’s Cave

Bounds Cave’s Rug Gallery’s dazzling collection of hand-knotted treasures is made even more inviting during its storewide sale throughout October. For more information, visit this exclusive emporium at 763 Highway 107 South in Cashiers.


Savvy Shoppers Rejoice | Consignment Shops on the Plateau

Bargains and fresh new looks are offered at these exclusive consignment shops. These days consignment shopping has taken on an entirely new vibe on the Plateau.

Women of the Cuisine World

The November 13 Chef Dinner at Half-Mile Farm brings the authentic flavors of New Orleans to the Plateau.

North Georgia Winery Tour | Center for Life Enrichment

Bordeaux, Napa Valley and…Tiger, Georgia? We’re serious! The Center for Life Enrichment has a tour of the startling Stonewall Creek Winery, October 12. Visit clehighlands.com for more information.