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Legendary Living

This month’s Home of Distinction is the perfectly-distilled tonic for the cares of the world. A large dose of its charm is derived from its very location — Resting atop a knoll in the gated King Mountain Club on the Atlanta side of Highlands, this house is surrounded by tall hardwoods, rhododendron, and laurels. The winter views include Rabun Bald …

The Common Garter Snake

Thamnophis sirtalis. Garter snakes come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. They may be blue, brown, green or red, with black or dark brown spots and/or stripes. These snakes are abundant in the mountains, even at the highest mountaintop. They may be found in moist vegetation during the day, or under stones and other surface cover. The Garter snake …

Cerulean Warbler

The Cerulean Warbler nests in mature deciduous forests in the northeastern quadrant of the country, but mainly to the north and west of North Carolina. It does migrate through the remainder of the state, but it is a rare bird. Breeding habitat in the mountains is quite specific – mature deciduous forest on steep slopes, usually with grape vines, and …


Weather Predicting Friends

According to the old Farmer’s Almanac, in 2015 the vernal equinox (which is also called the spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere) falls on March 20 at 6:45 P.M. As much as we would like to believe it, we know that Spring will arrive when it gets good and ready — and usually not until May. As a matter of …

All Things Irish

The Appalachian Mountains have long been inhabited by settlers with Celtic bloodlines. You can recognize it in the language, the music, the food and even family names. Most people think of the Irish as having emigrated here mainly in the nineteenth century, beginning with the potato famine. In fact many came much earlier. Irishmen were living in Appalachia before the …

Big Bottles, Big Fun

Next time you are entertaining or hosting a dinner and you are ordering wine, consider a large format option. Nothing sets a festive atmosphere like a server bringing a giant bottle to the table. The server will bring the bottle to the table so everyone can see. If there is room, the bottle will be decanted at the table. The …


Natural Easter Egg Dyes

Easter is coming. If you’re contemplating the use of food coloring to dye Easter eggs, think again. It’s been linked to a multitude of health problems, ranging from hyperactivity to tumors. Here are some natural dye recipes to try this year: For red or brown eggs: 5 cups of water 2 tbsp. of white vinegar The papery peel of yellow …

77 Years of Entertainment

One reason Highlanders and visitors alike appreciate life in Highlands is the multi-faceted arts scene. Highlands Playhouse stands out as the go-to place for theater and movies. Amazingly, the Playhouse has been bringing live theater to Highlands for 77 years. Imagine that for a moment…FDR was president of the United States when a group of Highlands residents banded together to …

MET Opera

The Highlands Performing Arts Center will stage the MET’s performance of Rossini’s “La Donna Del Lago” at 12:55 P.M. Saturday, March 14. This stirring opera, set in Scotland, tells the story of Elena, the Lady of the Lake. This most beautiful woman makes her daily crossing while shepherds watch their flocks and men hunt in the woods. She sings of …


An Exhilirating Lineup

After its triumphant 2014 season wrapped in last August, you’d expect the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival’s Artistic Director, William Ransom, to take a little time off. After all, Ransom is also the director of Piano Studies at Emory University and director of the Emory Chamber Music Society in Atlanta. That’s in addition to his performances as a recitalist and chamber …

Resident Artist Allison Brown

Each year, The Bascom offers a Resident Artist Program, designed as an immersive educational and research-informed studio experience. Each resident is intensely engaged with the general public on a daily basis in the role of “Creativity Coach,” during Open Studio for individuals and groups, teaching classes, providing demonstrations of art techniques, and exhibiting their art in The Bascom’s galleries and …

Laurent-Perrier Champagne Dinner

On a grand Winter’s Eve – Friday, January 23 – Old Edwards Inn and Spa hosted a Laurent-Perrier Champagne Dinner. Held at the Farm at Old Edwards, Executive Chef Johannes Klapdhor presented five courses of his own creations designed to both complement and enhance Laurent-Perrier Champagnes. It was a perfect way to wile away a long winter’s night. Madison’s Sommelier Curt Christiansen chose …