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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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 …