Scenic Drive
Highlands Motoring Festival

Native Plants in Native Soil
Mountain Garden Club Plant Sale

Highlands Mountain Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale, slated for Saturday, May 29, at the Town Ballfield is an inimitable opportunity to bring

Twilight Runs
Highlands Rotary Club

The exclusive Twilight 5K and 10K Race will wind through Highlands on Saturday, May 15. For more information or to register, visit highlandstwilight5kand10k.com.

Grazing on The Green
Village Green Market

The Green Market at the Village Green is a touchstone for a part of Cashiers’ heritage that goes back for generations, yet it’s as fresh

A Better Choice For Our World
Village Nature Series

The Village Nature Series returns to the Village Green in Cashiers with a program set for April 27. Everyone with a passion for the Plateau’s

Good Times are Rollin’
Highlands Live Music Series

Need something to put springs in your shoes and a reason to shake, shake, shake? Highlands Chamber of Commerce’s twin live music series, Friday

Bear Shadow Music Festival Local Love
Feel the Music and the Love at Bear Shadow Music Festival

Bear Shadow, slated for April 23-25, is showing the love for its Macon, Jackson, Transylvania, and Rabun residents with a ticket discount.


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Warm Toast to Love: Valentine’s Day at Old Edwards

No sense in being bashful – Old Edwards Inn is pulling out all the stops to add a deep blush to the middle of a cold gray month. To make reservations for a romantic Valentine’s Weekend, visit oldedwardshospitality.com.

Take a Snap – You Have a Shot: Winter Photo Contest

Show us the magic of Winter on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau – it’s all around you. If it’s just right, we’ll put you on the cover of the Laurel and proclaim you a Winner!

Keeping it Cold: Ice Skating in Highlands

Keeping it cool is just one of the many steps that maintains the Highlands Ice Rink’s status as a not-to-be-missed wintertime destination. For information or reservations, call (828) 526-3556 or visit highlandsnc.org/recreation-ice-rink.

Local Love: Half-Mile Farm and Old Edwards Inn and Spa

A romantic, marvelously indulgent getaway doesn’t have to involve elaborate transportation plans. If you’re a local resident, Half Mile Farm and Old Edwards Inn are saving a place for you.

Bear Shadow Music Festival: Highlands NC

The Highlands-Cashiers Plateau will be thrumming with the sounds of the Bear Shadow Music Festival, April 23-25. Use those rhythms to power your way through two exclusive excursions offered by Highlands Cashiers Land Trust that include guided hikes to some of Highlands’ most beautiful locales.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland: Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust

Walking in a Winter Wonderland can be a lot more enjoyable and a lot safer when you practice these sensible steps, courtesy of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust.

Lending Help: The Libraries of the Highlands Cashiers Plateau

The twin Plateau libraries have emerged as hubs of learning and entertainment options as the world learns to adjust to new challenges and new possibilities.

Trim Our Town: Highlands NC

Those kaleidoscopic Holiday Windows scattered around Highlands are part of the Trim Our Town contest. Your judgment is requested.

Life with Pie: Amanda Wilbanks at Acorns

Nationally-celebrated Baker and Author Amanda Wilbanks will sign her Southern Baked: Life with Pie and offer samples of her exquisite kitchen creations in a joyful celebration at Acorns Boutique, Saturday, December 12. She’ll continue to spread her sweet message with a series of events at Half-Mile Farm December 11-12.

Taking Flight: Highlands Biological Station

Just like their human counterparts, some Plateau residents are departing for sunnier climes, while others are settling in for a long winter’s nap. To learn more, watch Baby It’s Cold Outside. You can watch the premiere on the Highlands Biological Station’s Facebook page (@highlandsbiologicalstation) on Tuesday, December 15, at 1:00 P.M. or find it afterward on the Highlands Biological YouTube …

The Game Goes On: Bridge in Highlands

Despite a pandemic global in scope, the devoted members of the Highlands Duplicate Bridge Club still manage to get their game on.

Lending a Helping Hand to Mother Nature – Panthertown Valley

Friends of Panthertown are holding a pair of trail-maintenance parties for this pristine jewel in the heart of Nantahala National Forest – December 2 and 12. For information, visit panthertown.org.