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Chop Wood, Tote Water, Love Horses
Carpe Diem Farms

Somehow, keeping all those horses healthy and happy becomes even more complicated in the winter.

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Delicious Food, Drinks & Ambiance
Hummingbird Lounge

In a move that’ll tilt the Plateau’s culinary landscape, Hummingbird Lounge has expanded its offerings into lunch and dinner settings. It’s

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Pairing Valentines and Wines

As yet another holiday approaches – Valentine’s Day this time – thoughts again turn to wine.  Two categories come to mind – dry sparkling

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A Chilly Night For Chiles
Los Vaqueros
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What Stops Me in My Tracks

For Susie deVille, unlocking the mind’s power of creativity is essential to finding success in business and happiness in life.

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Take a Spin on a Tube
Highlands Outpost

Highlands Outpost in Scaly Mountain has the tonic for whatever wintertime blahs you’re trudging through – snow, speed, and a sharp burst

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Share the Seasonal Beauty
Laurel's Winter Photo Cover Contest

We all know that the concept of Winter Wonderland applies to The Plateau all winter long.   After the holiday lights are gone, the stark beauty

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Icy Business
Ice Skating in Highlands

It’s a winter activity, it’s a party – the Highlands Ice Rink delivers a splash of cold weather excitement, served up with a dash of old

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Music to Muse By
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Sharing the same spirit as our Black Bears coming out of hibernation, Bear Shadow Music Festival returns to the Plateau’s cultural calendar

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Snow Fest at 4118
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Oh, the Weather Outside Might be Frightful, But…Snow Fest 4118 adds an element of fun and excitement. It’ll be staged Saturday and Sunday,

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Seasonal Beauty Beacons

Winter beauty surrounds us on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.

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Volunteer Spotlight Linda Parrish

There are some people who just ought to be considered locals even if they weren’t born here.  Linda Parrish is one.  Her first trip to Highlands was at age 15 when she spent one memorable summer with a friend from Miami.  She later went to Brevard College and, thanks to fellow student Sherry Potts Kremser, came up all the time. …

Mountain Laurel Tennis Club

More than 30 years ago a group of energetic sports enthusiasts decided that it was time for Highlands to have a full-service sports center like they found in regional cities like Asheville and Greenville.   That decision led to Mountain Laurel Tennis Club where they could play tennis both indoors and out.   Oh, but this recreation facility is so much …

Get Ready to Be Coddled

Imagine the thrill this Christmas when your family comes to share your first holiday in your new home at the prestigious Wildcat Cliffs Country Club.   Conveniently located midway between Highlands and Cashiers, you’re just minutes away from activities throughout the Plateau. Enjoy fine dining at the nearby clubhouse, workout at the fitness center or show your prowess at golf, …


Dr. Honeycutt Joins 4 Seasons

Four Seasons Compassion for Life has a new Assistant Medical Director, Elaina Honeycutt, D.O. She has recently completed a year-long fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine and joined Four Seasons in August of this year. She grew up in the Chicago area, and then moved to Sewanee, Tennessee, to attend college at the University of the South where she majored …

What to Say to the FDA

Are you like me, do you do as much as you possibly can to do make the right health choices?   Are you someone who takes a natural approach, which might mean that you take supplements, herbs, and other remedies instead of drugs that are toxic with a few beneficial side effects?  The Food and Drug Administration would like you …

Let’s Stop This Train

We are all in a healthcare crisis!   Our healthcare crisis is non-partisan, it’s happening to all of us.  Whether you like wine or seltzer, tomatoes or potatoes, salt or pepper – we’re all in this same boat and it’s truly a crisis!  We do not have healthcare in this country; we have sickcare.  Have you thought about the fact that …


Invested in Our Mission

If you’re looking for an enthusiastic supporter of both the community and Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, look no further than Interim-President and CNO Christina DeRosa, PhD, RN, MSN, MSM, FACHE.  She joined the team at the hospital in August and has been overseeing the construction of the new Emergency Department. Due to open in June 2017, it will provide a new, mountain-themed …

Eng and Chang

My phone rang one night a few years back and on the other end of the line was a 50-year summer resident of Glenville who introduced himself as Woody Haynes.  He wanted to talk about my most recent Laurel Magazine article and when I mentioned that my Zachary family came to Cashiers Valley from Surry County, North Carolina (later Yadkin …

Christmases Past

Ho! Ho! Ho!   Just hearing those jolly three words brings peals of excitement from children everywhere.  Here in Highlands, we’ve been blessed with Santas of almost legendary stature, from the current jolly Allan Dearth to the man whose name is synonymous with Santa, Buck Trott — men who have given freely of their time to help children believe in …


The Holly and the Ivy

Holly and Ivy have been used in Christmas decorations in churches since the 1400’s.  Holly was called “Christ’s thorns” because of the sharp edges, and the red berries represented the drops of blood shed by Jesus.    Henry VIII wrote a love song “Green Groweth the Holly.” The Holly represented a love that never changes (well, in his case, maybe the …

Elk Encounters

He’s not Rudolph, though he is a distant cousin.  He’s made several guest appearances on our ridge.  North Carolina Wildlife Biologist Justin McVey has identified our almost half-ton visitor as a young elk bull.  Why is he stopping by?  Is he auditioning for a guest spot for Santa’s sleigh?  Nope.  He’s doing what any young fella would do…he’s looking for …

Nature’s Own Tree Ornament

This bird is close to the human heart, the state bird in seven states.  We revere Cardinals and have made them mascots of innumerable sports teams from kindergarten to the major leagues including the St. Louis, Arizona, Ball State, and Wesleyan Cardinals.  We take them as totems and even have a College of Cardinals, appropriately attired, in the hierarchy of …