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  • Every Saturday Highlands Farmer’s Market (8am-12:30pm)
  • TJ Bailey’s Trunk Show:  June 11th – 13th
  • Mountaintop Arts and Crafts Show:  June 26th – 27th
  • Highlands Concert Series – Friday Night Live: Held on Friday Nights
    • June Dates:  4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
    • July Dates:  2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
  • Highlands Concert Series – Saturdays on the Pine
    • June:  5th, 12th, 19th
    • July:  3rd, 4th, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st


  • Every Wednesday Village Green Farmer’s Market (2pm-5pm)
  • Town n’ Country Store Concert Series
    • June:  5th, 12th, 26th
    • July:  3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
  • Fireworks Over Lake Glenville:  July 3rd – 9:30pm start
  • High Falls – Dam Water Releases: (10am start – 4pm shutoff)
    • June: 5th
    • July:  10th, 24th
  • Village Green
    • Nature series:  June 29th and July 27th
    • James Farmer (interior Designer) Book Signing Event:  July 17th
    • Exclusive/semi-private Joy Gardens Tour: July 15th


  • Arts and Crafts Show (SMVA Activity Field):  June 19th – 20th
  • Concert Series – Concert on the Slope: (7pm start)
    • June:  29th
    • July: 13th
  • Fine Art Show (SMVA Community Center):  July 25th

Silver Creek Real Estate Group Announces Additional Location and Welcomes Broker Rob Whitney

Silver Creek Real Estate Group's OfficeSilver Creek Real Estate Group, a leading real estate firm on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, has announced the addition of their second office location, situated on pristine Lake Glenville, bolstering their already dominant presence in the lake market. The branch, dubbed the “Lake Glenville Discovery Center,” offers room for Silver Creek’s ever-growing team and a place for visitors and clients to learn more about the Lake Glenville area and all that it offers.

“Just as we carefully consider before adding any brokers to our top-producing team, we thoughtfully deliberated before adding to our footprint,” said Jochen Lucke, president of Silver Creek Real Estate Group. “I believe this new space on Highway 107 North will help us better serve our clients and be a timely addition to our thriving firm.”

In addition to two new staff members, Melissa Haggar-Jordan and Darlene Ott, Silver Creek welcomes broker Rob Whitney, who has fifteen years of experience selling real estate on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Additional broker appointments will be announced as the branch operations expand.

On why he chose to join Silver Creek Real Estate Group, Rob Whitney said, “I’m thrilled to be able to offer Silver Creek’s cutting-edge marketing to my clients, a package that is unparalleled in our area. The firm also shares my core values of integrity and high standards.”

The new office, located at 4312 Highway 107 North in Glenville, NC, will begin immediate operation.

Aperol Spritz

Aperol SpritzThere is something about the orangey glow of an Aperol Spritz, Italy’s famous warm-weather sipper, that brings happiness. Originating in Italy in 1919 from the Barbieri brothers, Aperol can be the perfect added touch to just about any cocktail, but the Aperol Spritz is its most famous offspring. 

Not only is this spirit chic, like everything Italian, but also it is the trending aperitif of the season. Chilling out on a lazy sunny afternoon with an Aperol Spritz in hand will soon become a ritual. And when sharing your newfound joy with friends, the spirit of the Aperol Spritz “sparks nothing but good times, one orange sip at a time.” 

Preparation Time: 5 min

Fill a wine glass with ice

Combine Prosecco (or other sparkling white wine) followed by Aperol in equal parts 

Add a dash of soda (which keeps the Aperol from settling to the bottom of the glass)

Garnish with an orange slice

Written by Kristin Bowen
Recipe by Gruppo Compari, makers of Aperol


La Voiture NoireFrench luxury carmaker Bugatti has been perfecting its craft of making sophisticated automobiles for 110 years. To celebrate their history, this year they unveiled a futuristic supercar that is hailed as the most expensive new car ever. Recently selling for close to $19 million including taxes at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland, this sleek-like-a-panther coupe is a juiced-up one-off, meaning it is bad to the bone and there is only one like it. Paying homage to a 1930’s Bugatti classic called the Type 57SC Atlantic originally designed by Jean Bugatti (only four were ever made), this reinvented masterpiece named La Voiture Noire has a handcrafted body made of carbon fiber which is five times stronger than steel and twice as stiff according to engineering experts. Its glossy design and silky smooth exterior reminiscent of spilled ink gives this sports car its modern look. “Bugatti is bringing the speed, technology, luxury, and aesthetics of an icon into a new era” with this new introduction. The recent buyer in Geneva remains a mystery, but the exclusive hyper sports car possesses an impressive 16-cylinder engine, six tailpipes, and 1500 horsepower.  


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    Featured Community: Big Sheepcliff

    Set high atop a mountain bearing the same name, the homes at Big Sheepcliff provide some of the most spectacular vistas Western North Carolina has to offer. This private, well-established gated community in Cashiers also features large, secluded lots for building a new mountain getaway. Big Sheepcliff is ideally located just a few minutes from the fine dining, culture, shopping, and outdoor activities of Cashiers, presenting its residents with opportunities for the best of both worlds. Several premier golf and country clubs are nearby. With nature playing a central role throughout the development, 52 acres of the property has been donated to the North Carolina Nature Conservancy, making this the perfect community for any nature lover. Visit Big Sheepcliff today and enjoy breathtaking views of Whiteside, Chimney Top, Yellow and Terrapin Mountains, as well as Lake Glenville, Cashiers Lake, Cashiers Valley, and beyond.


    Nestled on 150 acres along the shoreline of Lake Glenville near the resort village of Cashiers, North Carolina, The Lake Club is a private community offering the very best of mountain and lakefront living. Touted as “a place where memories are created and traditions continue to grow”, The Lake Club is a very special family-focused development featuring 36 estate-sized home sites and a quaint cottage division. Special attention and careful planning have been given to the architectural and environmental covenants within this exclusive gated community in order to preserve and celebrate the pristine natural setting.

    One of the finest examples of this concentration toward marrying architecture to its environment is found in The Lake Club Lodge. Exquisitely designed by renowned architect Tom Greene and Associates to be reminiscent of an Adirondack camp from a bygone era, The Lodge features native poplar bark, locust wood, and stone accents. This well-appointed clubhouse is an ideal place where friends and neighbors can gather together near the stacked stone fireplace or enjoy breathtaking views from one of many covered porches. Another popular Lake Club amenity, The Marina, is not just a place where homeowners can park their boats; it also offers a generous sundeck to soak up the sun on large Adirondack chairs and an enclosed swimming area, safe from passing motorboats and jet skis. In addition, The Lake Club Meadow is a two-acre park set at the heart of the community where neighbors can play a game of horseshoes or warm themselves by a bonfire under a sea of stars on a cool fall evening. The Meadow also offers many beautiful natural features, ideal for strolling or splashing – including streams, three ponds and hiking trails along a cascading waterfall. There is no shortage of fun to be had nearby, as well. Beautiful Lake Glenville provides 1,400 breathtaking acres for fishing, boating, and watersports, and the historic villages of Cashiers and Highlands feature abundant choices for fine dining and eclectic shops for exploring.


    The Entertaining Season

    Entertaining Season in the Blue Ridge Mountains

    Nothing says summer quite like kicking back with friends over some good eats and chilled beverages on a warm summer night. With stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains as your backdrop, ready the grill and don your “Kiss the Cook!” apron for your next backyard soirée. With holiday weekends fast approaching, take note of our entertaining tips and recipes to help inspire your planning. 

    setting the mood al fresco
    Create a warm and inviting ambiance with cozy seating adorned with festive throw pillows and Mexican blankets if someone gets chilly. Decorate the table with craft paper as an alternative to a tablecloth, festive melamine dinnerware, mini pots of succulents or rosemary nosegays, and colorful cotton napkins. Douse the lights and decorate the scene with tea lights, globed candles of different heights, twinkling fairy garland and light the outdoor fireplace. Finally, choose one of Spotify’s BBQ Summer playlists to set the tone and add to the fun. Putting your guests at ease allows them to relax and savor the moment.

    what to serve
    Since you have set the mood, mingling over a signature cocktail such as an Aperol Spritz, a chilled glass of rosé, or a craft beer will be ideal at the start of the evening. Serve simple small bites such as bright, seasonal strawberries and/or cherry tomatoes with basil and mozzarella (secure with toothpicks) to dip in nicely aged balsamic vinegar. Since we are grilling out, prepare skewers of grilled shrimp and lemon ahead of time and serve with a feta-dill sauce (click here for recipe on

    When it comes to the main course, BBQ is always a winner especially when it comes to wine and beer pairings. Ribs are easy, and our recipe is a fan favorite. However, if you want a little less mess, go with a brisket or burgers on the grill. For sides, a grilled peach, Vidalia onion and bacon salad is divine along with a favorite corn bread. For an easy dessert, individually fill small glasses or espresso cups with gelato. Keep in the freezer until ready to serve and top with a sprig of fresh mint.

    For beverages, pork and rosé are great pairings, but if you prefer to serve a red try a zinfandel or pinot noir. For beer lovers offer a local golden IPA to pair with your pork. For other food pairings, consult 

    tools of the trade

    The Charcoal Weber for the Traditionalist: 
    Nothing beats the taste of charcoal and Weber is known in the industry to make a quality, long-lasting charcoal grill. Prices range from $50 to $3000, but capacity can sometimes be a problem when buying the less expensive versions. Weber offers multiple sizes and upgrades and the price goes up accordingly. Light your charcoal with an electric starter or all natural grill starters to avoid the chemical taste imparted by lighter fluid.
    The Gas Grill for the “No Fuss” Cook: 
    Looking for something easy, go for the gas grill. According to, Weber Genesis II gets the best reviews for its grill space, price and heating consistency. Despite its hefty price tag ($1200 and up), the Napoleon Mirage is recommended for its quality construction with stainless steel burners that provide heat consistency, an infrared back burner for rotisserie and infrared side burner for searing meats.

    The Big Green Egg or Kamado Joe for the Serious Food Enthusiast: 
    These round ceramic grills/smokers are well constructed and will last a lifetime. Using better lump charcoal, it is all about temperature control with these popular grills for fast or slow cooking. There is an initial learning curve and a considerable investment, but users swear by the results. Since both cook all types of food from pizza to smoked meats to veggies, they make an ideal all-in-one choice. Note: In the event you get strong winds at your mountain home, these heavily weighted grills will stay put while a gas grill could skip across your deck unless secured (this writer has witnessed it!).

    For great grilling accessories, shop Amazon for Elizabeth Karmel’s BBQ tools. We especially love her long handled silicone basting brush and burger press.

    If you want to take the night off from cooking, “take away” the hog from anyone of these local haunts. Don’t worry you can still wear the Kiss the Cook apron and no one will know you didn’t do the cooking!

    On the Side BBQ
    Cashiers Farmers Market
    78 Highway 64 East 
    Cashiers, NC 28717

    In addition to sandwiches piled high with pulled pork, smoked brisket, smoked turkey and more, On the Side BBQ also serves up Carolina Chicken, Ribs by the Rack, Pulled Pork, Smoked Sliced Brisket and Smoked Sliced Turkey Breast by the pound. Famous for their flavorful sauces, you should try them all! True to its name, the sides at On the Side BBQ are worthy of your attention, as well, featuring barbecue-complementing classics like baked beans, macaroni and cheese, and collard greens.

    Mountain Fresh Grocery & Wine Market
    521 East Main Street, Highlands, NC 28741

    Located at the end of the main drag in Downtown Highlands, Mountain Fresh Grocery offers a barbecue feast as part of its “Summer Dinners To Go” Menu. On Saturdays, patrons can take home a fully prepared meal for four featuring tender hand rubbed pork butt, pit-smoked overnight and pulled to order served with coleslaw, apple-bacon baked beans and yeast rolls. Available on a first-come, first-served basis, it is best to call ahead to reserve your order. Make sure to pick up one of their handmade desserts too- your guests will appreciate it!


    Charming Cottage with Chimneytop Mountain View

    This charming cottage is located in the well established, gated community of The Chattooga Club on Highway 107 South. The vaulted ceilings of the main level highlight the impressive stone wood-burning fireplace in the great room. Two bedrooms and baths round out the main level with a third bedroom and bath upstairs. A loft adjoins the upstairs bedroom and could be used as an office, family gathering area, or extra sleeping space. Admire the pretty view of Chimneytop Mountain from the outdoor deck with a wood-burning stone fireplace while enjoying evening cocktails on cool summer evenings. 

    The mature landscaping is replete with indigenous trees, shrubs, and flowering plants. Property owner amenities include Mac's View, a beautiful picnic spot just a short walk away, a perfect spot to enjoy the incredible evening sunsets. A fully stocked trout lake is nearby, as well. Club membership is by member referral and board approval only.

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    Contemporary Haven with Incredible Views in Wade Hampton

    Tour this contemporary masterpiece for an awe-inspiring experience! Filled with natural light, this luxurious home boasts a spacious gourmet kitchen, a family room, an office/den, two laundry rooms, a wine cellar, an elevator, and an inviting, three-season porch that can be enclosed or left open and screened, complete with stone fireplace.

    Designed by Al Platt and sitting on over five acres, this home is perfectly sited for taking in the highly desirable eastern views of the Nantahala Forest. A wall of windows in the living room displays the panoramic mountain views while an impressive stacked stone fireplace provides a welcoming ambiance. The sumptuous master suite on the main level includes a sitting room, a private screened porch and bath with deep soaking tub, a separate shower, double sinks, and heated floors. The lower level offers three bedroom suites and a spacious family room with a beverage center. This home's opulent, high-end finishes will not disappoint and were designed to stand the test of time, such as the metal shingle roof (noted for at least a 50-year life).

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    Simple Summer Recipes

    Baby Back Ribs

    4 Easy Steps to an Aperol Spritz

    Fill a wine glass with ice.
    Combine equal parts of Prosecco and Aperol.
    Add a dash of soda.
    Garnish with an orange slice.


    Foil-Wrapped Baby Back Ribs


    1 T. kosher salt
    2 tsp. paprika
    2 tsp. granulated garlic
    2 tsp. dried thyme
    1⁄2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper 
    2 racks baby back ribs, each about 2 pounds 
    1 cup prepared barbecue sauce 



    Soak the wood chips in water for at least 30 minutes (wood chips are optional if you want a smokier flavor). 
    Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F). 
    In a small bowl mix the rub ingredients. 
    Remove the membrane from the back of each rack of ribs. Cut each rack crosswise in the middle to create two smaller racks. 
    Season each half rack evenly with the rub. Using eight 18-by-24-inch sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil, double wrap each half rack in its own packet. 
    Brush the cooking grates clean. Place the ribs on the grill over direct medium heat and cook for 1 hour, with the lid closed, occasionally turning the packets over for even cooking, making sure not to pierce the foil. 
    Remove the packets from the grill and let rest for about 10 minutes. Carefully open the foil packets, remove the ribs, and discard the rendered fat and foil. 
    Drain and add the wood chips to the charcoal or to the smoker box of a gas grill, following manufacturer’s instructions, and close the lid. When the wood begins to smoke, return the ribs to the grill, bone side down. Grill over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until they are sizzling and lightly charred, 10 to 12 minutes, turning and basting once or twice with the sauce. Remove from the grill and let rest for about 5 minutes. Cut into individual ribs and serve warm with any remaining sauce. 

    Recipe from Weber's Time to GrillTM by Jamie Purviance 


    Grilled Peach, Onion & Bacon Salad with Buttermilk Dressing 

    Total Time: 45 minutes | Serves 8



    How to Make It 
    Step 1 Preheat the oven to 325°. In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the sour cream, buttermilk, mint, parsley, chives and vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate. 
    Step 2 Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the bacon slices on the sheet in a single layer and sprinkle with the brown sugar and cayenne. Bake for about 25 minutes, until caramelized (the bacon will crisp as it cools). Let cool, and then cut the bacon into bite-size pieces. For a vegetarian option, skip the bacon.
    Step 3 Meanwhile, light the grill. Brush the onions with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until softened and browned, 10 minutes. Separate the onions into rings. Brush the peaches with olive oil and grill over moderately high heat until tender, 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate. 
    Step 4 In a large bowl, toss the onions with the peaches and bacon.  If preparing ahead cover with foil and set aside. Add the buttermilk dressing and toss to coat. Serve right away.