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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
Highlands NC

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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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A Hen House Goodbye

Debra and Lloyd Wagner became Highlanders 15 years ago when they made the decision to move here from Alabama after visiting for 15 years. Each year the call became stronger and then fate and a stroke of genius stepped in.  Like many folks they had learned during their visits to love the three pepper jam stirred up by Elizabeth Edwards …

It Was a Calling

If you’ve ever had the good fortune to meet Highlands native Tina Rogers, you’ll understand the term “whirlwind.”   Tina normally has at least six things going on at once.  She is the owner of Temp Staffers, runs a housekeeping business, a bookkeeping business, teaches aerobics to adults and exercises to preschoolers, and also helps cater parties.  Yet she manages …

A Perfect Family Estate

Don’t miss the opportunity to own this piece of Highlands history.  Built in the early 1920’s by renowned craftsman/builder J. Walter Reese for William O. and Mollie Gardner Jones, this home is located on Lot 1 in the subdivision created by Margaretta Ravenel.   On the western slope of Satulah Mountain this one-and-a-half story wooden shingle dwelling includes a wide …


Long Before We

The Woodland people, a highly organized farming culture, appeared in the South around 1,000 BCE (before the Common Era), about the time of the mound building cultures.  The Woodland people were unlike the nomadic tribes that followed herds and used spears and atlatls (a mechanical device that threw the spears) to secure game. To fortify their diets, Woodland people hunted …

Rainbow Falls

With a plethora of trails, campsites, fishing spots, and picnic areas, the Gorges State Park serves as an excellent resource for anyone in the area that desires a woodland sabbatical. In addition to these great opportunities, it also provides access to one of the most impressive waterfalls in the in all of Western North Carolina.  As the Horsepasture River pours …

Mountain Fresh Pizza

I was nonplussed when I got the assignment to review Mountain Fresh Grocery’s pizza. Don’t get me wrong – I adore Mountain Fresh Grocery.  The owners have transformed what was once a sleepy purveyor of over-priced garlic paste and sad cantaloupes into a bustling emporium of gourmet foodstuffs, exotic olive oils, killer ice cream (try some of their Vietnamese Cinnamon), …


Design, Build, Cherish

When I did my phone interview with master craftsman and home remodeler Stephen Owens, I could hear hammers banging and saws buzzing in the background. I asked if he’d always been surrounded by woodworking.  He laughingly replied, “All my family was born with sawdust in their blood.” Well, blood wasn’t exactly the “B”-word he used, but that down-home sense of …

Cashiers Christmas Parade

The 41st Annual Cashiers Christmas Parade continues to grow and delight onlookers with its hometown flair and wide variety of entries.   The parade begins at noon on Saturday, December 12, and promises a new theme and lots of fun for the whole family.  Spectators will enjoy floats, vintage cars, a marching band, and of course, many four-legged friends sure …

Your Favorite Sunrise

Last month we asked where you saw the best leaves.   Now, with the mountain vistas opening up again, it’s time to catch that perfect sunrise.  Yes, it is indeed worth getting up for!  If you’re lucky enough to have the perfectly situated home, you may need no more than to step out on your deck with a cup of …