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Plateau Events

Thanks to the generosity of community members, the Highlands-Cashiers area boasts a number of annual events. During the high season, there are lots of things going on and you may find it difficult to do it all. There are culinary festivals, music festivals, car shows and parades that people plan to attend well in advance. The many arts and crafts …

Culture Abounds

First time visitors to our area are often surprised to see the variety of cultural events available year-round. Summer stock theater and year-round community theater keep playgoers entertained at various venues. During the season, many music festivals are held out of doors and feature a variety of artists and genres. Chamber music and bluegrass music can be enjoyed, often on …

Accommodations

Whether you want to stay in a luxurious suite, a Bed & Breakfast or a mountain cabin, you have choices galore. The Highlands Plateau and Cashiers Valley have been known as vacation destinations for centuries. Throughout the years people have travelled to the mountains to enjoy the clean mountain air, the slower pace of living and the lush surroundings. Wedding …


Shopping on the Plateau

Diamonds and furs and hiking boots! Oh My! Is it true that people come to the mountains to shop? You bet! Most stores in the Highlands-Cashiers area are owner-operated. This means enjoying a level of personal attention unheard of at the mall. Many businesses have been here for decades and have become a destination for generations of shoppers. Stroll around …

Highlands-Cashiers Adventure

Whether you want to tackle a mountain or sit by a stream, you’ll find just what you’re looking for here. It’s the perfect place to step outside and enjoy nature. When folks think of the Highlands – Cashiers area, the first thing that comes to mind would no doubt be golf. This is a premier destination for those seeking the …

Highlands-Cashiers Dining

Award winning chefs flock to the mountains of Highlands and Cashiers and bring with them a variety of sophisticated menus. Taking advantage of the bounty that flourishes in mineral rich soil, restaurants tempt diners with seasonal specialties to please even the most discriminating tastes. You’ll find an array of establishments boasting Wine Spectator Awards and chefs who pay homage to …


Highlands-Cashiers Plateau

Known for their natural beauty and genteel lifestyle, the areas surrounding Highlands and Cashiers offer visitors and residents alike numerous and varied opportunities to enjoy the cool summer temperatures and moderate winters. The Highlands Plateau is surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest and sits at an elevation of 4,118 feet. The Cashiers Valley, anchored by the village of Cashiers with …

Window Dressings

During the holiday season, the town of Highlands transforms into a Dickensesque Christmas wonderland. Our streets are lined with wreath-adorned street lights, trees are aglow, and store windows gleam with holiday vision.  To help with this festive town image, the Highlands Chamber of Commerce sponsors an annual Holiday Window Decorating Contest. Store owners have the first three weeks of November …

The Chamber’s Permanent Home

The Marchant-Parker-Davis-Patterson House became the permanent home of the Highlands Chamber of Commerce in 2013.  Its provenance is impressive and is reflected in its lengthy name. The home’s history spans three centuries beginning with its construction in 1879 by Robert Marchant. It was his Highlands Pine Ridge residence for five years. In 1884 Greenville, South Carolinian Thomas F. Parker, stepson …


Building a Land Legacy

Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust originated in 1883 to become the first land trust in the Southeast, though it was not until 1909, when members collected money from the residents of Highlands to protect the summit of Satulah Mountain, that the then-Highlands Improvement Association would protect its first property.   One of those initial contributing families, the Anderson-Sargent family, went on to …

CLE: Yearn to Learn

Did you know how the Center For Life Enrichment got its start?  I sure didn’t and I’ve been working with them on and off over the course of the last five years.   In a beauty shop in Highlands, in the summer of 1989, a chance meeting between two women, Nell Martin and Nelda Toothman, unknowingly put into motion the …

Happy in the Dog House

I don’t get it. I just don’t get it. After arriving at Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society in May, 2012, and enjoying a glorious and beautiful spring, summer and fall, the winter months set in and for this Florida native it just didn’t seem that cold. Why were so many people leaving this pristine paradise when all of a sudden the mountain vistas …