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Dining and Lodging

A publication of The Highlander and the Crossroads Chronicle

Old Edwards Inn and Spa

World-Class European Style Wellness Resort in the Heart of Highlands, NC With Farm-to-Table Dining, Live Music and Multiple Accommodations Styles On Travel & Leisure World’s Best List and CondÊ Nast Traveler Gold List www.oldedwardsinn.com

Call 828.787-2625

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Highlands’ wellness resort adds rooms

ascading along several rolling acres in the heart Highlands is the four-star Old Edwards Inn and Spa. Nearly $100 million in renovations in the past several years have produced a world-renowned spa resort and private championship golf club. Brand new in 2013, The Falls Cottages at Old Edwards opened with 22 new guestrooms, an additional outdoor heated mineral pool, whirlpool and freestanding outdoor fireplace. A new coffee café and cocktail bar called “Art’s at the Lodge” provides another dining venue to accommodate the additional rooms. The resort also expanded spa areas in 2013 to meet the growing demand. Guests of Old Edwards are surrounded by the warmth and character of Old Europe architecture and period antiques. Each of the 95 luxury accommodations includes a champagne arrival, twice-daily housekeeping, free unlimited Dove Bars and fresh fruit. Spacious suites, cottages and guestrooms feature separate sitting areas, heated tile floors, sumptuous robes and slippers, rainfall showers and huge soaking tubs. The sprawling spa resort vibrates with the arts, including live entertainment in Hummingbird Lounge and the alfresco Wine Garden, premium cocktails and culinary venues proffering farm to table cuisine—all delivered in Old Europe style, service and ambiance. An outdoor heated mineral pool, whirlpool and poolside bar and cabana beckon city dwellers and lowlanders to rise above the heat and humidity to bask in a blissful mountain summer. Highlands visitors enjoy onsite shopping at the Spa Boutique, Acorn’s Boutique and Acorn’s on Church, featuring fine antiques and home accessories. Special events and weddings take place at The Farm—a lushly landscaped Old Edwards property located one mile from downtown Highlands and featuring The Barn and organic garden, the Farmhouse with luxury lodging, Bridal Pavilion, Bridal Bridge over a scenic pond and spectacular glass and stone barn pavilion.

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595 Franklin Rd, Highlands Across from August Produce

(828) 526-5000 Open 7 Days for Lunch & Dinner Large Full Service Bar, Draft Beer & Wine Menu.

Pitmaster Steve From 12 Bones in Asheville. Call for Catering or Carryout

House Specials: Brown Sugar Rubbed Ribs Homemade Fried Pickles Smoked Pimento Cheese The Pigwich Homemade Ice Cream

Does watching the fading light

of a mountain sunset make you want to linger a little longer over dessert? Or maybe the view on an early morning hike on Whiteside Mountain makes you want to stay to see just one more morning. The simple pleasures of fine dining and unique and comfortable accommodations are irresistible, especially when paired with our postcard-perfect setting. In this Dining and Lodging issue of Legacy magazine, you’ll find stories about the restaurants and lodging choices in the area. If you grow weary of cookie-cutter options at big chains, you’re in the right place. All of the businesses featured here are local favorites — each offering a style all its own. Also in this issue you can tour historic Highlands-area Bed and Breakfasts with Mountain Flavors writer Marilyn Underhill. Learn more about the individual inns and pick up a recipe from each Melody Spur ney, Edit or to serve to your own guests. Do you love barbecue? Read about how working in the Cayman Islands inspired High Hampton Chef Sean Ruddy’s recipe for his own barbecue sauce. Chef Sean’s Campfire BBQ Sauce is “sweet, smoky and spicy.” You can buy it at High Hampton or various locations in the Cashiers area. Whether you’re here for the day, a week or a lifetime, relax and enjoy the best that spring in the mountains has to offer. We want to hear from you. Call us at (828) 526-4114 or e-mail Publisher Michael Johnson at mjohnson@highlandsnews. com or Managing Editor Melody Spurney at mspurney@ highlandsnews.com.

To be included in the pages of Legacy, please contact us at: The Highlander (828) 526-4114 or the Crossroads Chronicle at (828) 743-5101 or online at news@highlandsnews.com Publisher

Michael Johnson

Editor

Melody Spurney

Staff Writers

Kelly Donaldson Jessica Webb

Account Executives

Tyler Shook Mike Henry

Graphic Designers Matthew Deweese Puckette McDonald

On the cover: On The Veranda/Photo by Gil Stose

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Contents C Dining

Whether you’re looking for fast and casual or formal dining, there’s something for everyone. Pages 6-16

Lodging Mountain accommodations range from rental cabins to world-class luxury. Pages 18-29

An All-American Burger Joint “Best Burgers In Town”

Open 7 Days

for Lunch & Dinner Full Wine, Beer and Cocktail Menu!

Daily soup & sandwich spec ials

HOMEMADE ICE CREAM

Also inside ... • Bed and Breakfast Charm: Highlands-area B&Bs share a bit of their history and a recipe with Mountain Flavors writer Marilyn Underhill. Page 30 • Sweet and Saucy: High Hampton Inn & Country Club chef Sean Ruddy finally yields to patrons’ pleas to bottle his popular barbecue sauce. Page 36 • Index of Advertisers: Page 40 Dining & Lodging • May 2013

30 Dillard Road, Highlands Next to the Farmer’s Market

(828) 526-4241

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t Cyprus, diners can explore all the world’s cuisine in an open-kitchen environment and experience Highlands’ most exciting dining destination. Chef-owner Nicholas Figel grew up working in his father’s restaurant, On the Verandah, and has apprenticed in Venice and Milan. Figel truly has a passion for food, preparing peasant food and traditional cuisine from around the globe and adding his own twist. “Many chefs have a focused style – Italian or French, for example,” Figel said. “I stray from those traditions. My style is more playful and more energetic, sometimes loose. I strive for a relationship among elements — sweetness/saltiness, crispness/ smoothness, color contrasts. So, I’m always hunting for interesting relationships between foods and flavors.” Taking its name from the Island of Cyprus, the restaurant conveys a warm, energetic and open quality. The interior features a lot of copper in its decor, including the copper bar, as a nod to Cyprus’ main export. The World Tour menus, which change weekly, focus on one type of cuisine from a specific region, opening up not only a world of delectable flavors but of imagination as well. World Tours in May include Travels with Earnest, a menu tracing Hemingway’s world journey (May 15), Shinkansen — The Bullet Train, the post-war Japanese evolution from substance, to post-modern (May 22) and Perfect Harvest. Dishes, such as the Rijsttafel Chicken, often convey the stories of two cultures meeting and the cuisine that emerged. The Dutch-Indonesian dish is served with fresh vegetables and rice cooked in a banana leaf and a pinwheel of house-made sauces. This dish also can be prepared with Cyprus’ house-pressed tofu. Figel said he strives to create an exciting experience for diners, where they enjoy all of the energy — from flames bursting out of the pan to ever-changing gallery of local art on the walls and, at the heart of it, the complex and memorable flavor combinations in the dishes. “We have a vibrant kitchen,” he said. “The ambiance is a little

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loud. The music is energetic. The food is a little spicy. Nothing is stuffy here.” The creative menu and open atmosphere is a place where diners are encouraged to ask questions. “The best aspect of being a chef is the connection you make with customers,” Figel said. “At one point, I was looking for recognition for particular recipes, attention for particular dishes. But now, it’s more about pleasure, maybe communicating ideas the way an artist or dancer communicates ideas.” Diners start off with fresh bread served with olive oil and can select a beverage from the diverse martini menu with freshsqueezed juices. Martinis include the spring-a-tini, lychee-basil, Maker’s Mark Manhattan, lemon drop and more. Or choose from a selection of old and new world wine or beer. The kitchen staff collaborates with Marker Mountain Farm, located on Turtle Pond Road, where the organic produce is harvested daily during the season and only the best quality ingredients are used. Fresh fish is ordered in-transit from the coast. The selection changes nightly and focuses on the freshest salt water fish variety, for example, black fin snapper poached in mango-coconut nectar with dark soy, shrimp pepper sauce and roasted onions. Great starters include gulf shrimp ‘tom rim,’ a Vietnamese spicy caramelized shrimp served hot with rice noodles and fresh cilantro, or the French cognac roasted marrow-bone, which is featured in “Chefs of the Mountains,” published last year. The restaurant offers 10 fixed menu items that are gluten free and at least seven vegetarian entrées on a given night. For example, the mole poblano vegetariano starts with a poblano peppered that is charred over an open flame and then flash fried and stuffed with fresh vegetables, local goat cheese from Dark Cove Farms, plantains and a mole sauce that is based on a family recipe. For classic comfort food, diners can turn to the world chophouse menu and choose from the truly Americana of steaks with the Kansas City Cowboy Ribeye, a bone-in-steak USDA Prime grade chop seasoned with dried garlic and onion, or turn to the marinated lamb sirloin, a grassfed organic cut from New Zealand, roasted in a 625 degree oven. From the ice cream churned in house, to all of their homemade sauces, the kitchen staff truly does not take any shortcuts.

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Cyprus International Cuisine TOUR the WORLD Join Chef Nicholas Figel and the Cyprus Team this month for a globetrotting culinary adventure. The Cyprus Spring world tour continues in May with a lineup of engaging and exciting menus, from tropical Thailand, to Southern Europe, to Japan. Chef Nicholas will be composing dishes from points afar, following Ernest Hemingway’s travels in Cuba, Africa, and Idaho. The last stop in the Spring World Tour will be an exciting minimalist menu taking advantage of our bountiful Organic Harvest from Marker Mountain Farm. 1st Mayday on the Danube

Down the river Spring Celebration in six countries

8th Koh Phi Phi Cookout A Thai open fire on the beach

15th Travels with Ernest

A menu tracing Hemingway’s world journey

22nd Shinkansen - The Bullet Train

The post-war Japanese evolution from substance to post-modern

29th Perfect Harvest

Organic Harvest from Marker Mountain Farm

The Most Exciting Dining Destination in Highlands

www.CyprusHighlands.com Cyprus Restaurant, 470 Dillard Rd. 828 526 4429

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Lakeside Restaurant

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akeside Restaurant features unique seafood specialties such as Whole Tempura Black Bass, Mussels Sofrito, Cioppino and Carmen del Playa style fish inspired by Chef Marty’s travels in Mexico. The staff at Lakeside Restaurant cares about your entire dining experience — from fresh flowers and great ambiance to an award-winning, reasonably priced wine list, great food and a well-trained staff. A Lakeside favorite is the Triggerfish Maison and the grassfed Colorado Lamb Chops served with a homemade mint sauce. Chef and owner Marty Rosenfield has worked in restaurants since 1978, working in all aspects of the business and learning as he grew.

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

Available for Private Parties

Our 24th Season

Dinner: Tues.-Sat. from 5:30 • Reservations Recommended 531 Smallwood Ave. Highlands • (828) 526-9419 www.lakesiderestaurant.info • 8

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On the Verandah

n the Verandah stands by its mantra “Our Passion Your Plate” with each carefully prepared dish that is delivered from the kitchen to our guests. No detail is too small to be overlooked; from carefully placed fresh greens set gently atop the Thai Coconut Ginger Shrimp to a bottle of Patz and Hall Pinot Noir poured table side. At the heart of the operation is Executive Chef Andrew Figel, who carefully oversees every aspect of his guests’ experience. Nestled on the shores of Lake Sequoyah for more than 30 years, On the Verandah has become an important spot for many guests who have made dinner and drinks on Friday night a ritual and quiet Sunday brunches with family and friends a tradition. Chef Figel, together with his team, offers guests a unique opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy the splendor Highlands has to offer.

On The Verandah Bar & Restaurant Highlands, NC

Our Passion, Your Plate Now Serving dinner from 5:30pm

Join us this season and see what we are cooking. 1536 Franklin Road . Highlands, NC 28741 Reservation: (828) 526-2338

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aoletti has been a dining destination in Highlands since 1984. A recipient of the Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence since 1987, our cellars are stocked with nearly a thousand labels and vintages dating back to the 1940s. New to our team for 2013, we would like to introduce Vijay Shastri to our clientele in Highlands. Vijay brings his talents to town and his accreditation as Highlands’ only Certified Sommelier. A great chef in his own right and owner of The Flying Frog Cafe in Asheville for many years, Vijay joins our professional front of the house staff and our long-time front-man Julio Bonilla. They team up in bringing yet another level of service and expertise that few restaurants in the Southeast can match. Come join us at the bar to experience our new infusion program for some of the most exciting cocktails in town. As always, full dinner service is available at the bar. Small plates will soon be offered from 4 p.m. daily in season. A four-course, pre-fixed dinner will be offered on Mother’s Day. Please, treat yourself, your family and join us! Dinner service from 5:30 Every Evening in Season Call for Reservations: 828-526-4906 www.paolettis.com

Paoletti Uptown Italian Dining Since 1953 Downtown Highlands Since 1984

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Exceptional Wines & Robust Cocktails Dinner / Bar Nightly from 5:30 Reservations

828 - 526 - 4906 440 Main Street www.paolettis.com Open All Year

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Pizza Place of Highlands

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he Pizza Place of Highlands is proud to serve only the freshest ingredients. The combination of our daily house-made dough and sauce allow your taste buds to dance. Enjoy one of our specialty pizzas like the Fajita Chicken, Greek, Margarita, Hawaiian BBQ, Mamma Mia Cranberry, Buffalo Chicken and Jalapeno Popper Pizza, or create your own and chose from more than 26 toppings. The Pizza Place menu also offers a gluten free option for pizza dough. We also offer a range of sizes to fit every appetite. Come hungry and order the Big 20, enjoy one of our slices or choose something in between. Looking for something other than pizza? Our oven roasted sandwiches are second to none! Build your own sandwich or order one of the all-time favorites like the Grinder, French Dip, Muffaletta or Turkey Bacon

Ranch. Everything is made to order at The Pizza Place of Highlands. Owner Nick McCall has been working on and off at The Pizza Place since he was 13 years old. In March of 2012, he had the opportunity to purchase the restaurant he had grown to love. After a year in business with Nick at the helm, The Pizza Place is thriving and is look-

ing forward to many more years in the Highlands community. Our staff is friendly and will help the customers in any way possible. Over the past year, Nick has made many improvements and upgrades to the quality of ingredients and atmosphere. The menu offers a wide range of items sure to suite all types of customers’ needs and wants.

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Dine-In or Carry Out. Great for groups and families!! Like us on Facebook for weekly specials. • www.facebook.com/ThePizzaPlaceOfHighlands

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Ruka’s Table

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uka’s Table is designed and based on seasonally and locally-based modern Southern cuisine. Our customers’ favorite dishes include our peach and tomato salad, which is only seasonally available. Other favorites include Chef Justin Burdett’s pork belly or charcuterie, which he makes in-house, along with any fish dish he creates. Our copper full-service bar and dining room with large leather booths accented by a stone fireplace offer a great at-

mosphere, which is enhanced by our friendly and knowledgeable staff. Justin Burdett is a self-trained chef who has worked under Hugh Acheson at Five and Ten in Athens, Ga., and Miller Union in Atlanta. Justin won a series of “Chopped” in 2011 and was voted into Best Chefs America and nominated by Food & Wine as one of the Top 100 Best New Chefs in America in 2013.

Chef Justin Burdett voted into Best Chefs America and Nominated Food & Wine top 100 Best New Chef in America! Intimate Dining Eclectic Food Locally Farmed Ingredients Housemade Specialties An Innovative Twist to Southern Cuisine Fresh Squeezed Cocktails Join us for comfortable seating in one of our luxorious leather booths or warm up at a table by our stone fireplace.

Thirsty? Come relax at our new Copper Top Bar. We offer over 50 domestic & craft beers, and over 13 specialty, fresh squeezed cocktails.

“Come experience fine, southern dining at its best.” Dinner 7 Days A Week at 5:30pm Bar Open Daily at 4pm 163 Main St. in Wright Square Highlands (828) 526-3636 OpenTable.com • 12

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ur pizzas are hand-crafted the old fashioned way and baked fresh in our wood-fired oven. We offer eight specialty pizzas, and our guests have the option of creating their own uniquely flavorful combinations. We have added several items to our menu for the 2013 season: new sandwiches, including a Monte Cristo, ribs, create your own pasta bowl and prime rib every day. One of the staff ’s favorite dishes is Eggplant Napoleon, lightly fried eggplant medallions and ricotta cheese with a blend of sundried tomatoes and spinach. We have full ABC permits and the lowest prices in town. We also sell beer and wine to go every day. We offer a cozy pub atmosphere with indoor dining, an outdoor patio and uncovered beer garden. We also feature live music several nights a week. Manager Raymond Oliver and Chef Kenny, who has been with the restaurant since it opened, have proven to be vital to its success. Chef Kenny is self-taught, and his vast experience includes Lake Toxaway Club, The Brown Trout, The Country Cupboard and Jimmy Mac’s Grill. His team includes Chef Will, Mary, Sam and Brian, all of whom work hard everyday to ensure our success.

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The Ugly Dog & The Dog House

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he Ugly Dog Public House and Dog House are located on “the hill” at 294 S. Fourth St. in Highlands. We are a causal pub with a relaxed atmosphere in which people can come and enjoy craft beer selections on tap and by the bottle, well-designed cocktails, great wines and good friends. Our seasonal and specialty cocktails include lavender-blueberry mojitos, fresh margaritas, strawberry-basil caipirinhas and perfect Manhattans, just to name a few. Our extensive bourbon selection is the best in the area. This season we will offer a reserve wine list as well as Champagne and sparkling wine specials every Friday. Our outside seating at the Dog House is a great way to enjoy a relaxing libation on a cool evening in Highlands, especially to end a rigorous day of golfing, shopping or outdoor activities. If you are hungry, don’t miss our pub menu. We have great burgers that are hand pattied and cooked to order. Alongside our wonderful burgers, we serve premium hot dogs and naturally hickory smoked meats from Highlands Hickory Market. In addition to these wonderful options, we offer housemade soups and salads. There is always something to enjoy at the pub or Dog House

as we have weekly drink and menu specials and live entertainment. Every Wednesday night you can enjoy the sounds of Nitrograss, a bluegrass band from Asheville, starting around 7:30. Every Saturday night starting around 9 p.m. we play host to a different band that will get you off the streets and out of your seat! Every Sunday we offer a brunch menu and a fresh Bloody Mary bar with shrimp, bacon, different types of Bloody Mary mixes, hot sauces and many other ingredients so you can create your own unique and favorite flavor. So come, sit, stay with us here at The Ugly Dog Pub and Dog House! The Ugly Dog Public House opens at 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and at noon Friday through Sunday. The Dog House opens at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Call us at 526-8364.

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Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro

Taste the difference, always fresh! Best of Wine Spectator Award Award winning cuisine in Historic Downtown Highlands, North Carolina

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olfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro, in their 19th season, invites you to experience the culinary prowess of Chef Wolfgang Green, former Executive Chef for the Brennan Family of Commanders Palace. Welcoming Chef Chris DuPont, who will add some exciting recipes from his travels, including Northern California, French, Pacific Rim and pasta specials, all made in-house. You won’t want to miss any of our previous selections or the best steaks and freshest seafood in town. Our unique dining atmosphere allows you to have a wonderful experience with our friendly and knowledgeable staff. Dine with us in our

garden pavilion, alfresco by the waterfall or by fireside in a historic home. In the Bistro, you gather with friends and family for small bites with a great selection of wine and cocktails. Our private dining rooms provide a comfortable and elegant setting for you and your guests. We can also host private parties, rehearsal dinners and other events. Have you seen our Napa Room? For intimate wine dinners with Sommelier Annelize Giliomee. We look forward to “kicking it up another notch” this season. See you soon, Mindy and Wolfgang

TASTE the Difference, Always FRESH!

Bistro Service Starts at 4 pm Dining Room Service Starts at 5:30 pm Reservations Suggested

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Indoor and Outdoor Venues for Your Rehearsal Dinner, Reception, Business Dinner, Wine Dinner, Private Party or Anniversary Party 474 Main Street • Highlands, NC • 28741 828.526.3807 • www.wolfgangs.net • wom2@me.com • Find us on Facebook

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Altitudes 470 Skyline Lodge Road, Highlands • (828) 526-2121

Brick Oven Pizza 423 N. Fourth St., Highlands • (828) 526-4121

Cornucopia 16 Cashiers School Road, Cashiers • (828) 743-3750

Cyprus Flipside 470 526-4429 30 Dillard Road, Highlands • (828) 526-4241

Paoletti 440 Main St., Highlands • (828) 526-4906

Randevu Restaurant 18 Chestnut Square, Cashiers • (828) 743-0190

Ruka’s Table 163 Main St., Highlands • (828) 526-3636

Sapphire Mountain Brewing Co. 50 Slicers Ave, Sapphire • (828) 743-0220

Ugly Dog Pub 294 S. Fourth St., Highlands • (828) 526-8364

Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro 474 Main St., Highlands • (828) 526-3807

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531 Smallwood Ave., Highlands • (828) 526-9419

1536 Franklin Road, Highlands • (828) 526-2338

Type of food Soups, salads, seafood, poultry, beef, lamb and pork Pizza, salads and calzones Casual dining with sandwiches, soups, salads and blue plate specials

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595 Franklin Road, Highlands • (828) 526-5000

445 Main St., Highlands • (828) 787-2525

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Exceptional southern cuisine with a modern twist! Randevu Restaurant

828-743-0190

A lively atmosphere and a retro style that gives customers the perfect mountain hospitality experience.

OPEN 7 DAYS! Breakfast 7:00am - 11:00am • Lunch 11:00am - 3:00pm • Dinner (beginning May 23) 3:00pm - 9:00pm

Open Mon - Sat 11-6pm | Next to Cornucopia Restaurant

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Cashiers Resort Rentals A Royal Shell Company

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ooking for the perfect vacation rental in western North Carolina? Cashiers Resort Rentals offers the best selection of lodging throughout the Highlands-Cashiers area. Enjoy big views from a North Carolina mountain cabin that is situated on Lake Glenville, in Sapphire Valley or in the Cashiers or Highlands area. Whether you are looking for that perfect vacation rental or would like to join the rental program, Cashiers Resort Rentals can assist you. Your perfect North Carolina mountain vacation rental is waiting. Cashiers Resort Rentals was recently acquired by The Royal Shell Companies and is now affiliated with Landmark Realty Group. Landmark has consistently been the area’s top producing real estate company. Are you ready to own a piece of the mountain resort lifestyle? Landmark Realty Group is your source for real estate on the Highlands-Cashiers plateau. For more information on Cashiers Resort Rentals, please contact us toll free at 877-7479234, via email at info@cashiersrental.com or visit us on the web at www.CashiersResortRentals.com. For more information about Landmark Realty Group, please contact us toll free at 888-743-0510 or via email at info@landmarkrg.com or visit us on the web at www.LandmarkRG.com.

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Cashiers Resort Rentals a r o ya l s h e l l c o m pa n y

Laurel Overlook

Greenwood Cottage

Cliff Ridge View

Hobbit House

$2814 - $3310/Week | Sleeps 12 Gated Community, Mountain Views

$1313 - $1545/Week | Sleeps 6 Stunning View of Lake Glenville

$1526-$1795/Week | Sleeps 6 Panoramic Mountain Views

$1828 - $2150/Week | Sleeps 6 Close to town

Eagle’s Nest

Applecot Cove

Carolina Charm

Sanctuary

$803 - $945/Week | Sleeps 4 Sapphire Valley Resort Amenities

$3650/Week | Sleeps 11 | Level Grounds Lake Glenville, Wraparound Decks

$2826 - $3325/Week | Lake Glenville Lake Front with Boat Dock

$2465 - $2900/Week | Sleeps 8 Lake Glenville, Waterfall, Firepit

Indian Summer

Whisper Lake

Pine Creek Point

Eagle Ridge Sunsets

$1300 - $1520/Week | Sleeps 8 Sapphire Valley Resort Amenities

$1823 - $2145/Week | Sleeps 8 Canoe on Quiet Lake in Sapphire Valley

$3570 - $4200/Week | Sleeps 11 Lake Front with Panoramic Lake Views

$900 - $1065/Week | Sleeps 4 Stunning Panoramic Mountain Views

Casa Di Kasza

White Squirrel Trail

Spring Forest

Indian Summer 63C

$805 - $945/Week | Sleeps 4 Sapphire Valley Resort Amenities

$2,508 - $2950/Week | Sleeps 8 Lakefront with Dock

$1740 - $2040/Week | Sleeps 10 Awesome Mtn. Views, Gated Comm.

$1403 - $1650/Week | Sleeps 8 Sapphire Valley Resort Amenities

Still Waters

Treetop

Divide at Bald Rock

Lazy Lodge

$1200 - $2400/Week | Lake Glenville Lake Front with Boat Dock

$3332 - $3920/Week | Sleeps 12 Trillium Club Amenities, Lake Views

$1568 - $1845/Week | Sleeps 12 Upscale Cabin, Equestrian Community

$1700 - $2000/Week | Sleeps 8 Trillium Club Amenities

CashiersResortRentals.com

LandmarkRG.com

RoyalShellRentals.com

Cashiers, North Carolina

Highlands-Cashiers Plateau

Southwest and Central Florida

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The Chambers Agency

he Chambers Agency, REALTORS is the oldest and largest vacation rental source in Highlands. Some of our homes have great mountain views, others are walk to town, and some are nestled in the woods, but ALL of our homes are in the Highlands area. Many of our guests return year after year, and some of our rental owners have been with us for more than 30 years! We could go on and on, but why take our word for it — see what some of our last year’s renters had to say.

“Relaxing after-Christmas get-a-way” A Bird’s Eye View, C.B. Atlanta

I just cannot say enough about the Chambers Agency! They are the most accommodating agency and always quick to resolve any issue. On this trip there was a rather windy storm, and a limb fell down on the driveway. Tucker Chambers and crew were there in minutes to remove it. This is what I call service! My husband and I love the Bird’s Eye View and stay here often. It is well decorated, neat, clean and comfortable. And, of course, the view is excellent.

“Absolutely Perfect!” Hawk’s Height Escape, B.F., Knoxville, Tenn.

This was the perfect getaway! The view is spectacular, and the home is extremely cozy! We built a fire inside and out during our visit, and the deck was just wonderful to enjoy your morning cup of coffee. The home was very spacious and was close to downtown Highlands. The subdivision was secluded and perfect for a walk. I highly recommend this to family and friends. I will stay again ... hopefully sooner than later!

“Perfect home for family wedding party and mini vacation” George’s Landing, M&C G., Valdosta, Ga.

“Pictures do not do it justice” Apple Lodge W&B S., Dallas, Texas

We just spent a week in this cottage. It is wonderful. The pictures do not adequately show the size of the rooms or how clean and well done they are. The master bedroom and master bathroom were very large and well appointed. They appear to be brand new. The living area (LR, DR and kitchen) also appears to be new. The kitchen has everything you could possibly need. The second bedroom, its en suite bathroom and the third bathroom are all a little dated, but adequate nevertheless. This was our first time to spend a week in Highlands. It is great. We will be back.

“Wonderful Mountain House!” Tree Tops, A.C. Newnan, Ga.

We loved our four-day stay in this great mountain hideaway. There were eight of us, and everyone had plenty of room and lots of privacy. I’ve never seen a rental more completely furnished. I brought way too much stuff in the way of kitchen things. I was happy to replace the candles on the dining table. Beds were comfortable, and towels were plentiful. It is really like staying at someone’s house, and they don’t mind you using all their things! For some reason, this makes you feel a little more mindful and respectful of the house. We were glad to leave it just as we found it (except for the pile of our used towels). If we have a large group again and want to visit Highlands, we would definitely stay at Tree Tops.

This 5 bedroom, 4 bath home was perfect for our family group of ten for my son’s wedding in Highlands. The two levels made it perfect to set up the downstairs for our young granddaughters’ movies, TV and toys. There were fabulous decks and an outstanding view with no obstructions. You are on top of the mountain with views that go on forever. The kitchen was very well stocked and lacked nothing. The best thing about this home was having everyone together in a beautiful, well-furnished home for our happy occasion. The Chambers Agency is so great to work with, and they attend to all your needs with a smile. We will definitely rent from them again — soon, I hope! By the way, the homeowner was very friendly and helpful.

This cabin has everything ... great furniture, books, games, internet access, hard line phone, wonderful bathrooms, fire pit for “s’mores” and hot dogs, location close to hiking trails and Chattooga River. And Chambers Agency is the best. So responsive to requests and calls, even on weekends and evenings. A really great management team!

Read more reviews; see our selection of more than 50 vacation rental homes, homes for sale and links to the Highlands Calendar of Events and more on our website: chambersagency.net. Just a few other reasons to come see us at 401 N. Fifth St. in

Highlands: We are your source for buying or selling mountain properties. Many of our renters become home owners. Many of our home owners become renters — we call it “the cycle of Highlands.”

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“The perfect cabin in the woods!” Cabin in the Cove, K.N. Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

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Realtors® A Highlands Retreat

Acorn Cottage

Alan’s Acres

Anne’s Lakeview

$1750 Weekly / Sleeps 8 Close to town. Hot tub available!

$1300 Weekly / Sleeps 6 Screened porch! Mirror Lake area.

$1200 Weekly / Sleeps 6 Shortoff view. Pet friendly.

$1800 Weekly / Sleeps 8 Great mountain lodge. Close to town!

Apple Pod on Apple Mountain

Butterfly House

Hemlock Hideaway

Highland Falls Sanctuary

$1300 Weekly / Sleeps 6 One easy level! Pet friendly.

$3800 Weekly / Sleeps 6-8 Jim Fox design. Views & waterfalls!

$1400 Weekly / Sleeps 8 Great walking area! Pet friendly.

$1800 Weekly / Sleeps 6 Spacious and updated. Nice views too!

Holman Cottage

Limberlost

Miffleton - Highlands Falls CC

Nelson - Highlands Falls CC

$2000 Weekly / Sleeps 6 Walk to town. Mountain elegance at its best!

$1500 Weekly / Sleeps 8 Great view and end of road privacy!

$2000 Weekly / Sleeps 8 Great family house with view!

$2300 Weekly / Sleeps 6 End of the road privacy. Great views!

Norton Creek Lodge

Pinecone Lodge

Sugar Shack Too

Time Out

$1500 Weekly / Sleeps 8 Covered porch overlooking stream.

$1300 Weekly / Sleeps 6 Great walking area! Pet friendly!

$1300 Weekly / Sleeps 4 Small cottage that lives LARGE!

$1500 Weekly / Sleeps 8 Walk to town. Small pet friendly!

This is just a sampling — call or come by to find out how YOU can have one of these homes! Finding us is easy — it’s leaving that’s the hard part!

The Chambers Agency, REALTORS

Is the BeSt SOURCe of Vacation Rentals in the highlands area. Please visit our website: www.chambersagency.net to see over 50 listings — everything from small cabins and cottages to spacious upscale homes. Jeannie Chambers Broker/Co-Owner Rental Manager 421-8225

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Isabel Chambers Broker 526-3717

Tom Chambers Broker/Contractor 526-2075

Chris Alley Broker 526-2060

Cindy Gross Broker 200-1008

Gay W. Hunter Broker 743-6529 189676

Tucker Chambers Broker/Co-Owner Rental Manager 421-0187

Susan Floyd, Reservationist: reservations_chambersagency@yahoo.com

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Reid Real Estate Vacation Rentals in Sapphire Valley Your best selection of rentals in Sapphire Valley

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nwind and explore ... from grand mountain vistas to secluded mountain valleys. Sapphire Valley and the Cashiers area are mountain vacation playgrounds nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Choose from a number of activities, including golf, tennis, boating, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain climbing, whitewater rapids, shopping and an unlimited number of other pleasures! Sapphire Valley is located three miles from the quaint mountain village of Cashiers. Reid Real Estate has been serving the area in real estate sales and vacation rentals since 1987, and we will work hard to find what is just right for you. All our rentals are exclusively at the Sapphire Valley Resort, and prices range from $525 to $1,500 per week, plus tax (no other hidden fees), and include all Sapphire Valley amenities. We have rental homes, townhomes and condos on the expansive 5,700 acre resort, including weekly, monthly and longer terms, plus some availability for less than a week. Ask about our monthly discounts. The benefits of vacationing with us in Sapphire Valley are numerous! Where else in the area can you pay a small fee and enjoy all that only membership in many private clubs provides? Your days of fun are endless with two golf courses, a driving range, tennis courts, fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, jacuzzi, sauna, miniature golf, massage therapy, access to Fairfield Lake with

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boat rentals, swimming and fishing, four scenic mountain lakes, along with the “wild and scenic” Horsepasture River — even planned day trips and tours, summer concerts, snow tubing in the summer (if available in 2013), winter snow skiing, a children’s program and playground. The 10,000-square-foot Community Center also offers meeting rooms and arts and crafts classes, along with catering options for activities. There are four restaurants located at the Sapphire Valley Resort, along with many fine dining establishments in the area. Visit our website at www.suereidrealty.com to view our rental properties and the available amenities, give us a call at (828) 743-5955 or even just stop by for a visit! We’re the cute office with the green tin roof, rock steps, large boulders and the pretty flowers in the season. We’re located at the end of the straightaway, at the bottom of the big hill on Highway 64, 2.5 miles east of Cashiers, approximately 2/10 of a mile west from the Sapphire Valley Resort. Please give us an opportunity to show you around our beautiful mountain area! Thanks, Sue Reid — Come play with Rocky, too! Your Sapphire Valley Specialist!

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Sue Reid, owner/broker

sue@suereidrealty.com • 828-743-5955

Specializing in SaleS in Sapphire ValleY, caShierS, laKe glenVille, laKe ToxawaY and Sapphire ValleY reSorT renTalS

Sue… Your Sapphire Valley Specialist Hi… Reid Real Estate has been locally owned and operated in the Sapphire Valley/Cashiers/Lake Glenville area since 1987, and I have specialized personally in the Sapphire Valley market since then. We’re located at the bottom of the big hill on Highway 64, 2.5 miles east of Cashiers... or approximately 2/10’s of a mile west of the Sapphire Valley Resort. We’re the cute office with the green tin roof, rock steps, large boulders and the pretty flowers in the season. I have personally sold over 300 homes, condos and townhomes in the Sapphire Valley market, and definitely can educate you in your search for your home or getaway! I have also lived here at the Valley for 30 years, raising my two sons, Scott and Ryan. Please stop by or call and give us an opportunity to show you around our beautiful mountains!

Sue Reid, Owner/Broker

Sue Reid and Rocky

View all of our listings at www.suereidrealty.com

P.O. Box 1564 • CASHIERS, NC 28717 • (828) 743-5955 • Fax: (828) 743-9129 • www.suereidrealty.com Office on Hwy. 64, 2.5 Miles East of Cashiers • Only 2/10 Mile West of Sapphire Valley

Pebble Creek Village

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ebble Creek Village offers reasonably-priced vacation rentals year-round. There are eight two-bedroom houses, four motel rooms and one townhouse chalet available to rent for short-term stays. Houses have a two-night minimum stay, and motel rooms can be rented nightly. Long-term stays of one to six weeks are also available, if booked well in advance Pebble Creek Village has become a popular place host destination wedding groups, family reunion groups, church retreats and business meetings. The two-bedroom houses are all fully furnished with queen beds, extra loft sleeping area with queen bed, kitchen, living room, dining rooms, outside decks, charcoal grills and flat

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screen HDTVs with DVD players. The townhouse chalet has one bedroom with a queen bed and half bath upstairs, and the downstairs has a small kitchen, living room, full bath and deck area with a charcoal grill. The motel rooms have two queen beds, full bath, small table and chairs, recliner, minifridge, microwave oven, coffee maker and a small patio area off the back. The houses are popular for longer stays as they are very comfortable, open and airy. The conference center can be used by individuals for meetings or can be booked for groups staying on the property. It has four conference-sized tables with chairs, flat screen TV for presentations, two bathrooms and a fully-furnished kitchen for cooking or catering in. There is also a charcoal grill on the outside deck. The property also has free wireless internet and a walking trail and is close to the center of Cashiers and shopping, dining, waterfalls, hiking, fishing and other activities.

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High Hampton Inn

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beacon of Southern hospitality and tradition, High Hampton Inn is celebrating its 91st season. Tradition reigns here, where gentlemen don coats and ties for dinner, high tea is served everyday at 4 p.m., and Southern favorites like High Hampton Fried Chicken make an appearance on the menu each week. Meals are served family-style three times a day in the spacious dining room and include local produce and High Country favorites like North Carolina Mountain Trout and Sunny Silver Pie. High Hampton’s 1,400 acres offer endless options for activities, including mountain golf, tennis, boating, swimming or fishing on Hampton Lake.

After a day of outdoor adventure, guests can stop by the Hampton Market to grab a quick bite. Options include prepared gourmet salads, party platters, wine, beer, rustic breads, desserts and a selection of gourmet deli sandwiches. In the evening, Rock Mountain Tavern is great for gathering with friends. Every day from 5:30-8:30 p.m., diners can enjoy

a selection of small plates in the Tavern or on the patio. Throughout the season, holiday House Parties and special events like Dinners in the Dahlias allow Cashiers residents to experience High Hampton Inn’s culinary creations in a different setting. Visit www.HighHamptonInn.com for additional information.

H IGH H AMPTON INN & COUNTRY CLUB Cashiers, North Carolina Reservations & Information www.HighHamptonInn.com 1-800-334-2551

We Welcome You To Golf and Dine With Us Three Meals Daily ~ Seven Days a Week Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Lunch: 12:00 - 2:15 p.m. Dinner: 6:30 - 8:15 p.m. (Coat and tie required for dinner)

Reservations Recommended - 743-2411 Special Afternoon Golf Rates Pro Shop: 743-2450 91 87 Years of Growing Hospitality In The Scenic Blue Ridge Mountains On The National Register of Historic Places

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Listed In The 100 Best Family Resorts In North America Open now through Thanksgiving.

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Laurelwood Inn

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he Laurelwood Inn, located in the heart of Cashiers, offers rooms, suites and cabins. All accommodations are affordably priced, and we are open year-round. You can access the Cashiers walking trail right from our property to visit the many downtown shops and restaurants. Our free standing log cabin has a fireplace, kitchen and wonderful screened in porch — perfect for a summer or winter vacation. Our grounds include two beautiful water features, gazebos, playground and large front porch with rockers. Laurelwood Inn is a family-owned and operated business. We enjoy taking time with our guests to help them plan the perfect vacation. Our business was founded in 1959, and in 2009, we were selected as the winners of the Cashiers Historical Society’s Village Heritage Award. We look forward to seeing you at the Laurelwood Inn.

LAURELWOOD INN Rooms, Suites & Cabins

LOCATED IN THE HEART OF CASHIERS Open Year Round! 800-346-6846 • 828-743-9939

58 HWY 107 N., CASHIERS, NC 28717 www.laurelwoodinncashiers.com

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Skyline Lodge & Altitudes Restaurant

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kyline Lodge, the best kept secret in Highlands, has it all — from mountain views to private balconies, nature trails, Jacuzzis, fishing, lakes and our own waterfall, swimming pool, Wi-Fi, fireplace, tennis courts, a conference center, wedding deck, pavilion and cable TV. We are also pet friendly! Skyline was built in 1929 of redwood and granite and constructed in the Frank Lloyd Wright tradition. The same staff serves guests year after year with old fashioned values and professionalism. We are looking forward to a wonderful season filled with many surprises. We have recently added a bar to the lobby area of our restaurant along with new hardwood flooring. What a great area to sit and enjoy cocktails and appetizers next to the crackling fireplace while taking in mountain views. We will also have an extraordinary variety of specialties, each one a delight — from lump crab cakes or roasted French onion soup to our entrée selections of Trout Meuniere, Black Angus filet

mignon or Chateaubriand. Don’t forget our famous desserts by Lou Lou. Whether you choose to dine inside or outside on the patio, Altitudes is the most intimate and beautiful dining room in Highlands with the best mountain views. We also have lovely areas for weddings, reunions or private parties of any kind. Our wedding specialist would be happy to plan your next event. Our restaurant will be opening on May 24, so make your reservation now.

Skyline Lodge & Altitudes Restaurant Unforgettable Experiences Await You Designed circa 1929 in the Frank Lloyd Wright tradition at 4300 ft elevation. Along with our sweeping panoramic vistas, we offer a full line of amenities to enhance your mountaintop experience: Fine Dining at Altitudes Restaurant, A Lobby Bar, Lovely Rooms and Cabins with Native Fireplaces, Private Porches, Swimming Pool, Tennis Courts Game Room, Horseshoes, Spa, Sauna, Nature Trails, Waterfalls

The Loose Moose Full Service Bar

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470 Skyline Drive, Highlands, NC 28741 (828) 526-2121 or (800) 575-9546 www.skylinelodge.com

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Inn at Half-Mile Farm

445 Main St., Highlands (828) 526-8008

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Mountain Flavors

Highlands area B&Bs charm guests with tasty treats

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By Marilyn Underhill

ur charming mountain town of Highlands has a number of gracious hotels that offer beautifully appointed rooms, excellent cuisine and helpful staff, but an attractive alternative to these lovely hotels is the local bed and breakfasts that offer amenities much like an upscale hotel. The bed and breakfast concept has been in existence in one form or another since the beginning of man. Convents and monasteries in Europe served as B&Bs as they are known for travelers, and in many cases still do. A B&B is generally known as a private home where the innkeeper resides while providing a place to stay for guests. If you are widely traveled then you have heard B&Bs called pensions, paradors, gasthaus, minskukus, shukukos, pousados and other names appropriate to the local language. B&Bs are not low-cost lodging facilities but are considered to be a different lodging experience. Several of our local B&Bs are more than 100 or near-100 years old and offer a warm and cozy relaxing stay with a private bathroom, bountiful breakfast of homemade baked goods and gourmet treats during the day and evening. Some rooms have fireplaces and jetted tubs. Most of the local B&Bs have beautiful rooms furnished with lovely antique furniture. The four featured B&Bs are meticulous in their attention to details to ensure that you will feel as welcome as family. Enjoy, and see you in the mountains.

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White Pimento Cheese

Ingredients 2 (4-ounce) jars chopped pimentos 1 pound white sharp cheddar cheese, grated 2 tbs. minced purple onion 1 bunch green onions, chopped , or 1 or 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 cup mayonnaise Directions Drain the pimentos and pat dry with paper towels. Combine the cheese, purple onion, green onions, pimentos and mayonnaise in The 4½ Street Inn the order listed in a bowl and mix well. Store, The 4½ Street Inn owners and innkeep- covered, in the refrigerator for several weeks. ers Helene and Rick Siegel graciously wel- Use as a spread for crackers or use to make come you as if you were visiting relatives sandwiches. Inn 4½ Street

or friends. Their beautiful inn was built in 1910 where owners Irvin and Lily Rice rented rooms to summer visitors. They were part of the Rice family that founded Rice University and Baylor University. The inn changed owners several times until Helene and Rick purchased the inn in 1997. Helene is an excellent cook and delights in pampering her guests. If Rick is not available, then he might be at rehearsals for a leading part in one of the local plays. Perhaps you were one of the happy guests at the September 2011 joint block party with Colonial Pines to celebrate the 100th birthday of the 4½ Street Inn and the 50th birthday of the Colonial Pines, located directly across the street from Helene and Rick’s inn. Helene generously shares her recipes, and the following one is frequently requested by guests of the inn. Enjoy.

Colonial Pines Inn Colonial Pines Inn began as a small cabin with a sweeping view. A number of past owners, many of whom have descendants still living in Highlands, have left their marks on the beautiful two-story Colonial style farmhouse. In 1984, Chris and Donna Alley bought the inn. In addition to the main house, there are two cottages on the property that are available for short and long-term rental. All rooms are beautifully appointed and include private baths, unlimited refreshments from the guest pantry and gourmet homemade breakfasts. After you have spent time shopping in town, you will be able to relax on the breezy veranda, relax by a cozy fireside, or visit the berry gardens. Enjoy.

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Betsy Paul ProPerties Homes • Lots • AcreAge • commerciAL

870 Hwy 64 W • cashiers, Nc 28717 • 828.743.0880 VieW our VirtuAL tours At BetsyPAuLProPerties.com

FABULOUS CHATTOOGA CLIFFS 4.5 +/- acres w/breathtaking views. Great Rm w/FP, chef’s kitchen, butler’s pantry. Private floor for Master retreat. 2 porches, 1 w/FP & built-in grill, deck w/pergola, 2-car carport, elevator.

GLENVILLE LAKEFRONT HOME Fabulous 3BR, 4BA home on deep water lot w/270° lake & mtn. views. Office, screened porch w/FP, 2 car garage. Indoor Endless Pool, workshop, attic for expansion. Dock w/332.53’ +/- frontage.

GORGEOUS ESTATE HOME 3BR, 3.5BA, gated estate w/2 bonus rooms in Golf Club Est. View of Bald Rock, 2 private ponds & golf course frontage. Separate guest house. 2 car garage, 2.29 +/- of fenced level terrain. Completely renovated & so much more!

MLS# 72644

MLS# 74118

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$1,799,000

STRAwBERRy HILL LAKEFRONT 2 levels of living w/exceptional lake views. 3 BR, 5 BA, 2 bonus rms. 2 kitchens, 2 great rooms. Fireplaces, concrete drive, floating dock. Great for 1 or 2 family ownership, or as executive duplex rental. MLS# 63872

$1,350,000 Owner/Broker

GLENVILLE LAKEFRONT Wonderful 3BR, 3.5BA in Glenshore subdivision. Adjoins common area w/Strawberry Hill rock face views. 2 levels of porches. Dock. Newly redecorated. $825,000 REDUCED

$1,099,000

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LUxURIOUS BIG SHEEpCLIFF Spectacular long-range mountain views for miles. Minutes to Cashiers! 3 BR, 2.5 BA, great room w/stone fireplace. 3 season porch. Master on main. Lower level has 2 BRs, 1 BA & family room. 2 car garage. 4.66 +/- acres. MLS# 76786

$700,000

CHATTOOGA RIDGE Fabulous panoramic views from this exquisite 3 BR, 3 BA condo. In town yet feels like miles away. Secluded/gated. Private clubhouse, workout rm & pool. Gorgeous finishes. 2 car garage and elevator. FP in LR & on back screened porch.

TRILLIUM HILLSIDE COTTAGE Panoramic hillside views. 2 master suites w/private baths, fireplace, custom staircase leads to loft. 5 level parking spaces, arbor leads to a fire pit area w/flagstone landing & garden. Close to Lake Glenville.

wHITESIDE COVE COTTAGE 2/2 getaway cottage, walk to National Forest. Enjoy your own pond. Screened in porch, stone patio, cathedral ceiling, wood stove. Detached workshop. 1.64 +/- acres. Escape the city!

MLS# 76737

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High above Cashiers’ Panther Town, there is a pristine 330 acre sanctuary — home to over 215 acres of conservation land and just 29 home owners. The Preserve at Rock Creek has been painstakingly carved out of this unique landscape with breathtaking views, custom cottages and homesteads, hiking trails winding in and around namesake falls, and thoughtful amenities exclusive to The Preserve. We even have our own private mountain here at Rock Creek. So take a look at us on the web or stop by sometime... we are located just a few minutes from the Cashiers Crossroads or our friends at Lake Toxaway.

www.PreserveatRockCreekNC.com Five acre estate parcels up to 4400 ft.

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Inn at Half Mile Farm

Caffe Mocha Bread with Almond Glaze Colonial Pines Inn Ingredients 2 eggs 1 cup canola oil ½ cup dark brown sugar 2 cups granulated sugar 2 tsp. vanilla 2 Tbsp. coffee liquor 2 Tbsp. white vinegar 2½ cups buckwheat flour ½ cup unsweetened cocoa 1 tsp. baking soda ½ tsp. salt 2 cups strong hot coffee

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The Inn at Half Mile Farm is beautifully situated on 14 acres featuring lush plantings, an outdoor pool and a lovely patio. The rooms are individually decorated with beautiful furniture and art work. The Messer family of Highlands owns and operates this gracious inn, which is known for hot, bountiful breakfasts, evening hors d’ oeuvres and carefully selected wine list. The following recipe is typical of treats served at table at the Inn at Half Mile Farm. Enjoy.

Caramel Apple French Toast

thin. Pour into 4x8-inch greased and floured Ingredients loaf pans and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. 1 ½ cup brown sugar Test tops for doneness with toothpick. Cool on ¾ cup butter wire rack 10 minutes, then remove from pans. ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp. dark corn syrup Glaze hot loaves with: ½ cup sugar mixed 1 ½ cup toasted pecans (chopped medium) Directions 1 or 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored In large mixing bowl, beat eggs, oil and with 2 Tbsp. coffee, ½ tsp. almond extract and ¼ cup sliced almonds. Cool completely before and sliced ¼ inch sugars. Add all other ingredients and beat cutting. Makes 2 loaves. 1 loaf French bread one minute at medium speed. Batter will be

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A perfect blend of romantic country charm & understated elegance just blocks from town. 55 4 1/2 Street, Highlands, NC • (828) 526-4464 www.4andahalfstinn.com • (888) 799-4464

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ORIGINAL SweeTreats Ice Cream & Restaurant at the Mountain Brook Center 1 Block off Main Street

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SweeTreats Deli On the Corner of Main and South Fourth Street

Same Ice Cream & Yogurt Slightly Different Menus

Inn at Half Mile Farm

6 eggs, beaten 3½ cups half-and-half 1 Tbsp. vanilla ¼ tsp. salt 3 Tbsp. sugar 1½ tsp. cinnamon Directions Combine first 3 ingredients, cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 5 minutes or until bubbly. Pour into a buttered 13X9-inch glass baking pan. Sprinkle pecans evenly over above caramel in baking dish. Arrange apple slices over pecans, covering entire dish. Tear bread into pieces and arrange over apples, filling all empty spaces. Combine eggs, half-and-half, vanilla and salt. Pour over bread. Cover and chill overnight. Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over soaked bread. Drizzle melted butter over bread. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45–50 minutes until golden brown. Serve with whipping cream and apple garnish.

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Main Street Inn

4 Tbsp. (½ stick) butter (preferred over The Main Street Inn is the beautiful margarine) circa-1881 Federal Farmhouse style inn 3½ ounces candied ginger, Chopped located on Main Street that has been wel- ¾ cup whole milk

coming guests for more than 125 years. Gary and Debbie Garner purchased the inn in 2006 and have added many new and loving touches to the inn. Guests frequently comment on the beautifully appointed rooms, fine linens and hot Southern breakfasts served in the charming 50-seat restaurant. Bistro dining outside under the cheerful red umbrellas is a relaxing way to enjoy great food and the activity of Main Street. Enjoy.

Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease jelly roll pan. Combine all ingredients except milk in food processor. Process until very fine and mixture begins to come together again with no butter lumps. Pour into a mixing bowl. Add milk and stir until it begins to form dough. Put 1 tablespoon flour on paper (wax, parchment or plastic). Turn onto paper. Knead two or three times very gently until you are able Ginger Scones to make almost a smooth ball. Pat gently with Ingredients 2 cups (9 ounces) White Lilly all purpose flour. your hands into a circle about 8-9-inches in (Using White Lilly flour makes soft dough. You diameter. With 2-inch round cutter, cut out will need a couple of extra tablespoons while the very center. Press straight down, do not twist. Cut the “wreath” into 12 wedges with you knead the dough.) a very sharp knife. You will have 13 tea-sized ¼ cup (2 ounces) sugar scones. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Do not peek 2 tsp. baking powder until at least 8 minutes. Makes 13 wedge-type ½ tsp. salt or about 16-20 small circles.

Mountain Brook Center Hwy 64(Cashiers Rd) Highlands, NC (828) 526-4121

Serving Highlands Since 1999

“We Look Forward To Seeing You”

Has moved back to our original location

Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Jams & Jellies baked goods PrePared Foods take out bbQ Catering

470 Oak St. in Village Square

Hwy 64 East • Cashiers, NC 28717

828.743.4334

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828-526-4188

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Debbie Grossman Chef/Owner

Carrying American Made Toys, Games & Crafts

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By Kelly Donaldson

hef Sean Ruddy of Cashiers has seen his fair share of sauces. But a trip to the Cayman Islands gave him an idea for creating a barbecue sauce that now bears his name and is bottled and available to the public. Ruddy, the chef at High Hampton Inn and Country Club in Cashiers, explained how he came up with the baste full of taste called “Chef Sean’s Campfire BBQ Sauce,” which is “sweet, smoky and spicy with a hint of bourbon,” according to the label. “I first came up with the recipe after spending some time as a chef in the Cayman Islands,” recalled Ruddy. “I liked the peppery flavor of the local spices, and so one day I decided to combine some of the island spices with what I knew as American barbecue sauce and was pleasantly surprised. “So after years of refinement and many requests of the folks I have cooked for, I decided to have it produced, labeled and bottled,” Ruddy added. “We began shipping it out in May of 2012.” Describing the taste of his succulent creation, Ruddy said, “The sauce itself is a unique combination of sweet, spicy and with a hint of some bourbon. It has it’s own unique flavor (hence the island spices).” Ruddy was born in New York City and moved to Florida in his youth. He started cooking at the age of 8 and starting working part-time in restaurants at the age of 15. After high school, he went to culinary school at the Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he graduated in 1995. After graduation he worked at a few jobs before being of-

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Chef Sean Ruddy of High Hampton Inn fered the Cayman Islands opportunity. He then relocated to the North Carolina mountains when a job opportunity arose at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club in Highlands. Ruddy also completed studies in food and wine pairing in Saint Helena, Calif., at the Culinary Institute of America. Ruddy was later named Executive Chef at the Greystone Inn in Lake Toxaway. During his tenure, the inn was named one of the top 15 places to stay in the United States by Condé Nast Traveler magazine, and the hotel was awarded the AAA Four Diamond award every year during his term of employment there. In his current role as chef at High Hampton, Ruddy continues to cook southern favorites with a bit of a twist. “I like taking different styles of cooking from all different regions and bringing it south,” Ruddy said during an in-

terview with John Bachelor, author of “Chefs of the Mountains,” published in August 2012. “Cooking is an act of love, and it requires a special touch to make it appealing to everyone.” By request of the many guests at the High Hampton Inn and Country Club, Ruddy finally decided to commercially produce the Campfire BBQ Sauce, which he has been making for many years. People on the Cashiers/Highlands plateau don’t have far to go for a sampling of the sauce. “The sauce itself is available at the High Hampton Inn’s Hampton Market, Cornucopia Market, the Cashiers Farmers Market in Cashiers and the Sapphire Country Store in Sapphire,” Ruddy said. For more information, visit the website www.chefseanspecialties.com. As the label says, “This sauce may heat up the night!”

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Bascom Exhibitions: The following exhibitions are on view in May at The Bascom in Highlands: “Barbara Sorensen: Goddess;” “Landscape Photography in a Changing World;”“V is for Vineyard;”“A Never Ending Stream: The Art of Linda Anderson;” and a youth art exhibition. The Bascom is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Call 526-4949 or go to www.thebascom. org for more information. Bridge tournament: The Highlands Duplicate Bridge Club will host a Mother’s Day sectional bridge tournament May 9-11 at Highlands Civic Center. For more information or to register, contact Stewart Manning at 526-8334 or smanning42@frontier.com. Fly Fishing Tournament: The annual Three River Fly Fishing Tournament will be May 16-18. Cost is $500 for two-person teams and includes lunch, opening reception and closing night dinner. More information and applications are available at www.highlandsthreeriver.com. Proceeds benefit the Town of Highlands Scholarship Fund. Zachary-Tolbert House: Cashiers Historical Society’s Zachary-Tolbert House opens for the season on May 17. CLE: The Center For Life Enrichment will offer a lecture entitled “Sustaining Growth in China” from 10 a.m. to noon May 18 in the CLE Lecture Hall at the Peggy Crosby Center in Highlands. Dr. Penelope Prime will discuss China’s economic growth. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. To register or for more information, call 526-8811 or email clehighlands@yahoo.com. Martinis and Mozart: The HighlandsCashiers Music Festival kicks off its 32nd season May 19 with “Martinis and Mozart” from 5-7 p.m. May 19 at Wolfgang’s Wine Bistro in Highlands. The event will feature a performance by the Vega String Quartet. Tickets are $85. For more information or reservations, call 526-9060 or email hccmf@frontier.com. CLE: The Center for Life Enrichment will offer Beginning Drawing classes from 1-3 p.m. May 21, 22, 24, 29 and 31 at The Bascom. Learn the basics of line, shading, contour, form

and perspective. Instructor is Freddie Flynt. Cost is $85 for members or $95 for non-members. Limit 12. To register or for more information, call 526-8811 or email clehighlands@ yahoo.com. Performance: daMon Goff will perform “daMon on the Keys,” featuring some of his and audiences’ favorite Broadway standards May 23-26 at Highlands Playhouse. Tickets are $30 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. For information or to purchase tickets, call 526-2695. CLE: The Center for Life Enrichment will offer a lecture entitled “Redressing Fashion and Sustainability” from 4-5 p.m. May 26 at The Bascom. Nancy Judd will speak about her couture fashion sculptures made from recycled materials. The program is in conjunction with the exhibition “ReDress: Upcycled Style.” Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. To register or for more information, call 5268811 or email clehighlands@yahoo.com. Theater: Highlands Community Players will present “Love, Loss and What I Wore” on May 23-31 and June 1-2 at the MartinLipscomb Performing Arts Center. The play uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and poignant stories that many women can relate to. Tickets are $20. Call 526-8084 for more information. Poker Run: The Greater Cashiers Area Merchant’s Association will sponsor a poker run and Blues, Brews and Barbecue Festival May 25 at the Village Commons in Cashiers. For more information, visit www.visitcashiersvalley.com. Spring Arts & Crafts Festival: The Rotary Club of Cashiers will sponsor its annual spring arts and crafts festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 25-26 at the Village Green in Cashiers. Admission is $3. For more information, visit http://cashiersrotary.org. Botanical garden tours: Weekly guided tours of the Highlands Botanical Garden begin May 27. The tours begin at 10:30 a.m. Mondays at the amphitheater at the Highlands Nature Center. Admission is free. For all ages. For more information, call 526-2623 or go to www.highlandsbiological.org.

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he Bascom’s annual Collective Spirits fundraiser features dinners, seminars, a live auction and wine market. The event will kick off May 16 with exclusive benefactor-only dinners featuring renowned chefs and notable wines in private homes. May 17 begins with two educational tasting seminars in the classrooms at The Bascom. That evening will include a VIP Wine Tasting of rare and collectible restaurant-only wine-list wines, followed by a wine market and tasting. A seated dinner on May 18 at Highlands Country Club will culminate in a live auction. For more information about events and participating chefs and vintners, visit collectivespirits.com. For ticketing information, call the ticket office at 787-2896.

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at, drink and be merry at the seventh annual Highlands Culinary Weekend, scheduled for Nov. 7-10. This popular four-day event draws local residents and visitors to many of Highlands’ restaurants and other venues for a variety of activities including cooking demonstrations, tastings and dinners. The festival kicks off with an opening night gala on Nov. 7 at the clubhouse at Highlands Country Club. The gala will feature music, wine tasting and cuisine from local chefs. Returning this year will be the popular Sip & Stroll, allowing patrons to sample wines and visit many of Highl ands’ d ow ntow n me rchants. An expanded Sip & Stroll is planned, with events scheduled both Friday and Saturday. A full schedule of events will be released this summer. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www. highlandsculinary weekend. com or call 526-5841.

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