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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Concert & Cuisine

The Bascom kicks up its heels with its Concert and Cuisine event at The Farm at Old Edwards – 6:00P.M. Monday, August 29. Tickets are $600 each and may be purchased at thebascom.org/concertandcuisine.

Explore Mountain Art & Craft

Highlands Mountaintop Rotary Art and Craft Show, set for August 27-28 at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park, promises the creations of 80 talented regional artists.

Historical Happenings

A pair of events, Big Hats & Bow Ties and The Dahlia Festival, recall a more gracious age on the Plateau. For more information on either, please visit the Historical Society’s website at highlandshistory.com or call (828) 787-1050.


Sentimental Journey

Mountain Theatre Company’s Sentimental Journey is a reverent, raucous visit to the USO Canteen Shows of World War II – August 12 through September 4. Get your tickets at mountaintheatre.com

Randall Atcheson Returns

The fortunes of The Literacy & Learning Center will rise considerably with an October 9 benefit concert by pianist Randall Atcheson. Visit maconncliteracy.org or call (828) 526-0863 for more information.

HCP Presents Night Watch

There’s murder right next door when the Highlands Cashiers Players stage Night Watch at the Highlands Performing Arts Center, August 25 through September 4. For tickets or more information, visit highlandsperformingarts.com/hcp; or call (828) 526-8084.


Perusing an Antique Show

It’s no mystery why the Cashiers Annual Antique Show has been a Red Letter Event on the Plateau’s calendar for the last 44 years. Find out for yourself August 5 through 7 at the Village Green Commons.

More Than Just a Home Tour

The 25th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse, set for August 26 through September 4, is a deep dive into gracious Plateau Living. Learn more at cashiershistoricalsociety.org or email [email protected].

Glorious Grazing

The Center for Life Enrichment’s August curriculum explores the rich possibilities found in 2022’s latest food and drink trends.


Take Home a Treasure

Sapphire Valley Arts and Crafts Festival spans the season with a pair of art shows, August 6-7 and October 1-2. For more information, visit sapphirevalleyresorts.com.

Interlude Concert Series

A respite from the stresses of a hectic Plateau summer, the Interlude Concert Series is offered at 2:00 P.M. Wednesdays at the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands.

Gardens of Eatin’

The true taste of the Plateau is offered Wednesdays and Saturdays through the season