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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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Fun and Festive
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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The Empty Bowls Project

The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts in Highlands will be providing 500 handcrafted bowls for the Empty Bowls fundraisers October 2 in Highlands and Cashiers, thanks to open studio members and volunteers.  This is the fifth year they have participated and once again will be providing space and materials to those who wish to create bowls for the …

Spice It Up, Chili Lovers

Good times and good food…where do you go to find that combination in Highlands in March? Look no further than the Highlands Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Chili Cook-off slated for 6:30-9:30 P.M. on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Community Building. This annual event has become known as the place to shed winter’s gray, cold mantle, kick the snow off …

Middleton Premiere

Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library will host a stage reading of “Middleton,” an acclaimed new play by Obie-winning playwright Dan Clancy at 7:00 P.M. Saturday, October 1.  Award-winning actor Andrew Prine, with more than 180 stage, screen and television credits to his name, will join the ensemble cast comprised of some of the area’s finest actors – Adair Simon, Michael Lanzilotta …


Highlands Own Arts and Crafts

The 34th Highlands Own Arts & Crafts Show will be held on October 8 from 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. at the Highlands Civic Center.  Admission and parking are free. This fair started as the vision of The Highlands Women’s Club as a way to share the work of all the talented crafters in our area, and as a way …

Talk of the Town

A great evening of fun is brewing as last year’s ‘talk of the town’ event is back again!  The Farm at Old Edwards Inn & Spa will be rocking on Thursday, October 20, from 6:30 to 10:30 P.M. as the Rotary Club of Highlands celebrates its second annual Rotary Craft Beer Night.  You’ll enjoy an exciting array of craft beers from …

Fall Book Store Clearance

The Friends of the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library will stage its Fall Book Store Clearance in the Library’s Meeting Room from Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 13 through Oct. 15, during regular library hours – Thursday, 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.; Friday, 10:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.; and Saturday, 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.   This event has been expanded to three …


Slowin’ Down, Livin’ It Up

October is one of the most enjoyable months in Highlands.  The weather has cooled off just enough to put some pep back in everyone’s step, and of course, there’s that Carolina blue sky that seems to have deepened in color, the better to provide a stunning backdrop for all those beautiful fall leaves. Everything about fall beckons you to step …

Celebrating Chautauqua

October is here and we are watching the mountains turn to a splendid gold as if nature is saying to us, “I have saved the best for last,” even though we know all our seasons are fabulous here in the mountains.   We can make the same analogy here at Center for Life Enrichment, as we are coming to the …

Mountains, Moonshine & Cars

The leaves around our area are spectacular and everyone has their favorite viewing spot.   Might we suggest another?  Sky Valley, Georgia.  With an average elevation of 3,500 feet, it’s the highest incorporated city in Georgia and offers residents and visitors alike an abundance of activities. Saturday, October 22, is the date for the Sky Valley Fall Fest and Cruise …


Scouting Up Some Fun

Cub Scouts and their supporters hope you’ll join them for Rotary Bingo at 6:30 P.M. Thursday, October 6, at the Highlands Community Building next door to the Town Ball Park.   The Highlands Cub Scout Pack 207 teaches young men honesty, integrity, citizenship, and other skills that will benefit them throughout their entire life.  Bring your friends and fill up …

Tee Off for Teens

Every year the Town of Highlands and several of its foremost businesses sponsor a wonderful scholarship golf tourney.  It raises funds to benefit dozens of local high school students, making it possible for them to continue to college … and even a master’s degree. Students can qualify for anywhere from $300 to $1,500 with each annual application. Wildcat Cliffs Country …

Leaves Take Their Turn

The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association hosts its 8th Annual Leaf Festival on October 7, 8 and 9, at The Village Green and Commons. This year’s festival expects to welcome more than 100 juried artisans and merchants who fill the beautiful park with fine wares, apparel, art, and all things colorful. Visitors will find unique handcrafted wood, pottery, jewelry and …