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Africa Awaits

For Alastair and Laura Lamont, the sensations of Africa are constantly beckoning. If you’ve heard that beguiling siren song, contact them at

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Condo Cozy in Highlands, NC

Some wise decisions and a precise vision allowed Price Connor and Joe Naryka to craft their perfect Plateau getaway.

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When Cupid Takes His Time
Bob and Nancy Mills

Bob and Nancy Mills’ relationship didn’t start with a Meet Cute Moment. It took patience and a go-for-broke spirit to make things work.

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Four-legged Hobby
Sam Schmitt

For Sam Schmitt, a passion for horses, really big horses, has filled his stable and his pastures with these magnificent animals.

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Jeanie Edwards Fine Art Gallery

Jeanie Edwards’ new gallery at 223 South 4th Street in Highlands is sunshine-suffused and serves as the perfect embodiment of her lavish notions

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Walk Under Water
Dry Falls

A potent mix of thunder and mist gives Dry Falls a hypnotic pull that’s almost spiritual.

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Avian World’s Yin & Yang

It’s always Showtime! Wood Ducks are a classic example of guys sprucing up to charm the ladies.

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Shadow of the Bear

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Highlands Food & Wine Festival

The Fifth Highlands Food & Wine Festival, set for November 11-14, is taking every measure possible to ensure that everyone’s safe and sated.

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Halloween in Highlands

Don’t be scared! Highlands’ Halloween on Main Street (on October 31) is fun and festive for the whole family. And, if your pooch has the

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At a Glance Waterfall Guide

Enjoy this sampling of area waterfalls, for a deep dive visit thelaurelmagazine.com/recreation.

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Zero Proof Sunshine

If you’re looking to push Fall back and hang on to the tastes of Summer for one more sip, visit Four65 at 465 Main Street and treat yourself to a Four65 Absolute Summer (without the Absolut). You can taste the sunshine and the subtle blending of tartness and strawberry sweetness.

Embracing Clean Food-Eating | Bok Choy and Spinach Homemade Ravioli

Fallon Hovis’ unforgettable Bok Choy and Spinach Ravioli makes for a healthy and deeply satisfying meal.

Skyline’s Got the Sizzle | Oak Steakhouse

A meal at Oak Steakhouse, located at 470 Skyline Lodge Road in Highlands, is a deeply indulgent affair that acts as a tonic for the cares of 21st century life. Reservations are a must – call (828) 526-4008 or or visit skyline-lodge.com/eat.


What Stirs Within | Michele Page Webster

There’s a touch of transcendence in Michele Page Webster’s evocative works.

Jeanie Edwards Fine Art Gallery

Jeanie Edwards’ new gallery at 223 South 4th Street in Highlands is sunshine-suffused and serves as the perfect embodiment of her lavish notions and flights of fancy.

Where Nature & Art Link | Jo Ridge Kelley

A reverence for nature lies at the heart of Jo Ridge Kelley’s beguiling creations.


The Great Pandemic | Highlands-Cashiers Players

Highlands-Cashiers Players offers The Great Pandemic at Highlands Performing Arts Center October 14-17 and October 21-24, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2:30 PM. For more information, visit highlandsperformingarts.com and click on the HCP link.

Gratitude for All Your Sacrifice | Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music

The success for Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival’s 2021 season rests upon the efforts of a small army of dedicated individuals and organizations.

Southern Botanics

There’s a bit of mountain magic embedded within each creation of Southern Botanics.


Entertainment, Elevated | Highlands Playhouse

The irresistible tunes that have shaped American Cinema since the advent of the talkies get their due when Highlands Playhouse spotlights Music in Motion, October 8 through 24. For tickets and more information, visit highlandsplayhouse.org.

The MET is back | Highlands Performing Arts Center

The Metropolitan Opera is back on the playbill at Highlands Performing Arts Center. The PAC is located at 507 Chestnut Street.

The Arts Always Survive | Highlands-Cashiers Art League

Animated by a Show Must Go On Spirit, the H-C Art League gets through the Covid-shadowed year with verve and its characteristic panache intact.