Rustick’s Annual Year-End Sale

After notching 30 years of deeply personal customer service, Rusticks in Cashiers casts its gaze toward the future. You can glimpse that vision

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Light Up Your Life: Bevan Schiffli’s Magical Candles

There’s magic in Bevan Schiffli’s candles, and sweet, soothing scents. Contact Bevan at [email protected]

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All Three and Then Some: Cover Artist Carol Misner

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Women Who Shape the Plateau: A Restaurant’s Family’s Deep Roots

Sallie Peterkin’s life has revolved around delivering a deeply personal dining experience.

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Women Who Shape The Plateau: The Magic of Wolfgang’s Mindy Green

Mindy Green’s tireless efforts have boosted the profile of the entire Highlands dining scene.

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Mountain Theatre Company Triumphs with A Wrinkle in Time

The exuberance and anxieties of adolescence are examined through the lens of the special properties of space-time irregularities in Mountain

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Two Tales Told in Brooklyn: A Review of Mountain Theatre Company's Production

Director, Scott Daniel, and his team outdid themselves with this impressive cast. Every performance was a gem.

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Visit Highlands, NC Awards Grants to Two Local Organizations

Visit Highlands, NC today announced its latest round of grants totaling $18,000 to support two local nonprofit organizations.

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Visit Highlands, NC Awards Grants to Two Local Organizations

Visit Highlands, NC today announced its latest round of grants totaling $18,000 to support two local nonprofit organizations.

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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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Being Ernest

The story of one handsome, blue-eyed cat named Ernest shows how animal welfare organizations work together to save lives.  How he became a stray is unknown, but Ernest joined a colony of cats in Jackson County that was being trapped, neutered and fed by a caretaker who noticed that he was injured. Ernest was taken to the Jackson County Animal …

From Compassion to Action

People who love to read are a special kind of creature.  You’ll find them with a book in hand in all sorts of places like park benches, restaurants, waiting rooms, and airplanes.   Delaine Mehder can be found at The Bookworm on Main Street, Highlands. The Bookworm is a used book store that supports the Hudson Library, part of the …

Treasure House of Gently-used

Each year as the summer residents return to Highlands they look to see what’s changed over the winter.  Along Mill Creek on Spruce Street they’ll find Mountain Findings’ new Furniture and Rug Warehouse. With more than 3,900 square feet, this new addition will provide a shopping paradise to people in need of gently-used furniture, rugs, pictures and home accessories.   …


Highlands Hurricanes

News of the Highlands Hurricanes swim team has been splashed all over local news media thanks to their award-winning seasons. They take their competitions seriously, but it’s not all hard work. Head Coach Steve Hott and Assistant Coaches Jordan Kenter, Debbie Kenter, Julie Hughes, Chad Garner, and Seth Curtis have four important rules for their swimmers: have fun, be safe, …

Carry Your Home

A stranger came into a town Saw an old man rocking slow.   Old man winked, stirred his drink, Said, “Stranger, what do you know?”    The stranger wiped his brow and swore, “This place is hot as hell.   What’s this town like anyway …  As if I couldn’t tell?”   The old man took a long sip, Then …

Revel in the Serenity

Much desired, seldom available, is this one-of-a-kind private 48-acre estate that was originally owned by the U.S. Forest Service.   This is the epitome of gracious Highlands living. Stroll down shady trails rimmed with a plethora of native plants. Traverse the meadows or perch on a sun-warmed rock on one of the many terraced plains as you commune with nature.  …


Many Paths, One Yoga

Diversity is inherent in our lives.  Each person’s body is unique by design and further influenced by its environment.  Traditional Yoga is exceptional in recognizing the variety of personality types and provides to us Four Paths to the practice of yoga.   From the 12th to the 15th centuries, yoga adepts experienced and simplified our many human facets much like …

Dr. Peterson Joins H-C Hospital Team

The team of providers at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital has just added a familiar face, Carole Peterson, MD.   For many years Dr. Peterson has been an Ob/Gyn provider in Franklin at Angel Medical Center and will now be joining the medical staff in Highlands. Dr. Peterson will continue to practice in Franklin, but will share her time with women needing full …

Cashiers Colonel

Frequently I am asked what kind of a Colonel was Colonel John Alexander Zachary, one of the earliest settlers of Cashiers Valley?  What war did he serve in or was that just an honorary title he gave himself?  Maybe it was something like Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame? Many decades ago when I seriously took up researching my …


Fan Club of the Famous

With its pristine forests, its intoxicating fresh air, and exquisite mountain vistas it’s no wonder Highlands is the object of many famous people’s affection.  Movie stars, politicians, authors, and CEOs have vacationed and frequently resided on the plateau.  Here are several you will recognize. Enjoy reading?  In 1988 Malcom Forbes and 1989 James A. Michener made the trek to Cyrano’s …

Carts and Horses

Cashiers Historical Society opens The Zachary-Tolbert House, located at 1940 Highway 107 South, on May 19 with their first exhibit of the year, “Carts and Horses!”, which will run until June 18.   This exhibit will be located in Colonel John’s Cabin, located on the grounds. Everyone in the community is invited to an afternoon of fun at this season’s …

Sparrow Dipped In Raspberry

This “sparrow dipped in raspberry juice” is a local from December to May. The Purple Finch, the state bird of New Hampshire, is a seasonal resident of the Highlands Plateau during winter months as flocks migrate to the Southeastern U.S. from Canada.    Larger than an American Goldfinch and White-breasted Nuthatch, the female Purple Finch is brown and white with …