Chop Wood, Tote Water, Love Horses
Carpe Diem Farms

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

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.

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

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

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

Music to Muse By
Highlands NC

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

Snow Fest at 4118
Highlands NC

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,

Seasonal Beauty Beacons

Winter beauty surrounds us on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.


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HCCMF Founder Lucas Drew

The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, which enjoys a worldwide reputation, is the product of the passion and remarkable talents of Dr. Lucas Drew.  Dr. Drew, after a distinguished career of more than 40 years of teaching and performing, retired in 2000 as Professor Emeritus at the University of Miami Frost School of Music and Principal Double Bass Emeritus of the …

If You Werent Smitten Before

Smitten is celebrating four years of success. 2016 promises to be the best year ever with a slate of fresh artists, scouted from all over the Southeast.  Here are teasers for four outstanding members of the new Smitten family. Painter Diane Kilgore from Greenville, South Carolina, is the bird girl. Whether cardinal, crow, or canary her personable birdies have a …

Art Leagues Triumphs

The Art League of Highlands-Cashiers ended the 2015 season with a bright outlook for 2016.  A highlight of ALHC is the Artist Series at The Bascom, running from April through October. Each month, an ALHC artist presents completed works with a presentation on the medium used.  This is a free event with a wine and cheese reception, plus the opportunity …

A Cinematic Anniversary

My how time flies!  It’s mind-boggling to think that it has been two years since we began enjoying first-run movies at the Highlands Playhouse.  A hearty “Thank You” to the forward-thinking Playhouse Board members who followed their dream to bring movies to the Plateau. This would not have happened without the generous benefactors or the enthusiastic movie-goers who filled the …

PACs Triple Delight

T he Highlands Performing Arts offers a trio of live performances in the month of December. The Bolshoi Ballet Live from Moscow will present “Lady of Camellias” on Sunday, December 6, at 12:55 P.M.  A young bourgeois, Armand Duval, falls madly in love with Marguerite Gautier, a gorgeous courtesan celebrated by the Parisian high society.  Despite her infidelity, Armand will …

Plateau Art Gallery News

The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts offers free exhibitions, unique education and community outreach through workshops, classes, and lectures.  Gallery hours: 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Saturday; noon to 5:00 P.M. on Sunday.  Call (828) 526-4949 or visit thebascom.org to learn about winter programs, classes, events. Closed Christmas and New Year’s Days. Mountain Mist Gallery of …

Licensed to Kiln

Highlander Kristin Edwards is a wife, a mother, and one amazing potter.   Her first began pottery classes in college and has continued them since then.  When The Bascom opened its new facility in 2009, Kristin was thrilled with the state-of-the-art ceramics equipment, and even more impressed with the instructors teaching at The Bascom.  For the past six years, she has …

Living His Dream

“It’s funny how things get started,” says John Phillips, owner of Fire and Light Glass Studio in Otto, North Carolina.  “We lived in an older home in Duluth, Georgia, and decided we wanted some stained glass windows.  So in 1981 I took a stained glass class.  I got addicted, so much so, that when we moved to North Carolina, I …

Highlands Christmas Remembered

Thinking about Christmas in Highlands evokes memories of “True Americana” – maybe even makes you think of the Currier and Ives Christmas cards that your parents shared with their friends in the 50s and 60s.  Long-time Highlands resident Dixie Barton fondly recalls her previous 25 Christmas seasons here on the Plateau.     Dixie and her family enjoyed their home …

Expansion Celebration

The Friends of the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library will celebrate their newly expanded bookstore with a party from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. Friday, December 4.  The gathering recognizes the hard work and generosity of the community and the Carlton Foundation – they’ve greatly increased the size of the Friends’ Bookstore for book display and storage and new equipment. More books …

Glorious Giving

Be sure to join the Macon County Sheriff’s Office for Rotary Bingo on Thursday evening, December 3, as they raise funds to make Christmas brighter for needy children in our county.  Not only will you have a fun evening, but you’ll be putting smiles on the faces of youngsters. Sure bingo is fun every month and the funds raised throughout …

Ringing in the Season

The Mountain Top Ringers, the hand bell choir of the Highlands United Methodist Church, will present “Ring Christmas Bells” on Wednesday evening, December 16, at 6:00 P.M.  Worshipers at the church’s 10:50 A.M. service will get a preview of the performance on December 13.  The four sacred selections included in the Wednesday performance will be played for the congregation at …