Award-winning Photographer Joseph Aczel

February 2011 Plateau Pursuits

Love is in the air and its contagious! Each year, a whole new round of couples and families discover our special little corner of the world on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau and fall in love. Some feel a kinship to the people and places along the region that calls them back year-after-year, others are struck by a deep-seated passion that entices them to lay down roots here with a year-round or seasonal home of their own. We invite you to come to the mountains of Western North Carolina and visit the quaint towns and villages of Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville, and Lake Toxaway. Discover for yourself why so many people have fallen in love with the area for nearly two centuries but consider yourself warned. You, too, might just fall in love! In the likelihood that it happens, you might want to keep our number so we can begin the search for the mountain property of your dreams.

While youre in town, we welcome you tostop by Silver Creek Real Estate Groups offices located at the Shoppes at CreekSide. Otherwise, please feel free to call us at 828.743.1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com, or fill out our convenient online contact form and one of our talented brokers will be in touch with you shortly to discuss your needs and fondest wishes. In the meantime, here are a handful of wonderful events on and around the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau one of them might provide you with the perfect excuse to pay us a visit:

February 1-28:Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes and Frozen Falls Tube Park are open for the Winter Season! Enjoy two exciting hills a fun bunny hill for beginners/intermediate skiers and a main run of 1,600 feet in length featuring vertical drops of up to 200 feet that is ideal for the brave at heart. Grab inflatable tubes and go sledding with the entire family on a thrilling 500 foot run.

Hours**: Monday 5-9pm Friday Noon-9pm Saturday 9am-9pm Sunday 9am-6pm Weather Permitting

Lift / Equipment Rental Rates for ski and snowboard AdultsPublic Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm)$52.00 Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm)$36.00 Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm)$30.00 Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm)$18.00

Children ( 12 & under )Public Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm)$26.00 Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm)$16.00 Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm)$24.00 Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm)$14.00

Ski's & Poles Rental Only$21.00 Snowboard Rental Only$30.00 Helmet Rental$9.00 Boot Rental$9.00 Ski and Snowboard Lessons Group (min. 3 people, max. 10)$15.00 per Hour Private (w/ Advanced Reservation)$25.00 per Hour

Frozen Falls Tube Rental $22.00 for 1.75-hour session

* Discounts available for guests of Wyndham at Fairfields Sapphire Valley Resort. ** Check website for special holiday hours. Hours vary slightly for Frozen Falls.

February 4-6:Gametime for the Girls at the Old Edwards Inn in historic Highlands Grab a bunch of girlfriends and head to the mountains of Western North Carolina for this fun Anti-Super Bowl Weekend that includes pajama party complete with popcorn, games and chick flicks. Two night minimum stay to take part in the activities. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 6, 13, 20 & 27:Headwaters Outfitters to host Fly Fishing Clinics each Sunday in February. Students will learn the basics of executing a roll cast, sidearm cast, overhead cast and bow-and-arrow cast, using 4- and 5-weight fly rods and reels provided by Headwaters. Waders and boots will be provided as well. Classes will take place on the banks of the North Fork of the French Broad River, adjacent to Headwaters Outfitters Fly Shop at the intersection of Hwy. 215 and Hwy. 64, 20 miles east of Highlands. Reservations are required. You can reserve a spot in the casting clinic by calling (828) 877-3106. $30.00 per person activity fee.

February 8-10:Executive and Entrepreneur Coach, Susie DeVille Schiffli hosts her Thinking with a Whole New Mind workshop at the Old Edwards Inn in Highlands. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 10 & 24:Old Edwards Inn welcomes you to join them for their popular Best Sellers in the Wine Cellar event Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m. Hummingbird, followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. in the Wine Cellar. Cost: $180 Author TBD. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 11-14:Bring the one you love to the Highlands hotel who was voted winner of the Travelers Choice Award for 2010 and named Conde Nast Travelers #1 Hotel Spa in North America in 2010 the historic Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, NC this Valentines Day Weekend. Special romantic dinners served nightly at Madisons Restaurant from 6 to 9 p.m. Stop by the front desk to pick up a romantic movie and popcorn to enjoy in the privacy of your own luxury room. Guests can also arrange to have flowers, champagne, cheese trays, beautiful handmade chocolate arrangements or other surprises waiting for their sweetheart when they enter their room or suite. Two-night minimum (Friday and Saturday) with a special add on rate at $150. Live music in Hummingbird 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 11-13:Whisk the one you love away for a weekend in the mountains of Western North Carolina to enjoy a very special Valentines Package at the Half Mile Inn Farm. Saturday evening includes the Farms annual Valentines Day dinner 5 courses, each perfectly paired with an exquisite wine. Packages include a hot country gourmet breakfast each morning, wine and hors doeurves each evening, 5-course wine dinner Saturday night, champagne and chocolate turn-down service. Call today as seating is limited to the first 11 couples. 800-946-6822.

February 12:Martin Lipscomb Performing Center in Highlands to host the juggling and fire-eating Moldavian trio, Thimblerig Circus. More Details to come soon!

February 18-19:Cheer on your favorite school during Highlands Jeopardy at Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center! Cost is just $35 per person, which includes ticket for Friday mixer and dance, and Saturday Highlands Jeopardy (includes one drink). The Alumni of University of Georgia and Georgia Tech go head to head for bragging rights in this inaugural Jeopardy-inspired competition. Competition begins at 3 p.m. Join the winning team for celebratory dinners hosted at two of Highlands finest restaurants. For more information, call 828-526-9047.

February 19:4th Annual Sapphire Valley Outhouse Race thats right, we said Outhouse Race. This fun annual event benefits the Tamassee DAR School Ski scholarship, and features four ways to participate- build your own outhouse, rent an existing outhouse, sponsor an outhouse (GREAT FOR BUSINESSES) or volunteer for a race team. Of course, everyone is welcome to come cheer the teams on! Hosted at the Sapphire Ski Slopes in Sapphire Valley Resort from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 828- 743-7100.

February 19:Fly Fishing Guide Mac Marett of Headwaters Outfitters will demonstrate how to tie a muskie size Double Bunny Leech during this free fly-tying clinic in Rosman on Saturday 2-5 p.m. Bring your own vise and tie along with Mac - or just come, drink some freshly brewed Brown Bean coffee and watch. All materials necessary to tie these patterns will be available for sale. To register, please call (828) 877-3106.

February 21-23:The Old Edwards Inn in Highlands hosts the Comfort Living Spa Retreat featuring Christine Eisner of Lifestyle Design. Learn how to lead a more balanced and meaningful life by transforming your surroundings. Christine will help you translate your inner priorities to enrich your home or work environment. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 24-27: Highlands-Cashiers Players preset You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running by Robert Anderson at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Evening Performances begin at 7:30 pm and the Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 pm. Seats are just $20.00/person. For more information or to reserve your seats, call 828-526-8084.

February 25-27:The Inn at Half Mile Farm hosts Winterscapes - Picture Perfect Weekend featuring special guest, award-winning photographer Joseph Aczel. This photography workshop is perfect for beginners to advanced photographers and kicks off Friday 5:30 p.m. with wine, hors d'oeuvres and supper. Evening an opportunity for photographers to meet Mr. Aczel and get acquainted with one another. Saturday class is from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 pm and includes lunch. Sunday morning, photographers will gather for a sunrise photo shoot and breakfast. Cost is $175.00 per person. Space is limited and advanced reservations are required. Call 800-946-6822 for more information.

February 25-27:Writers pack your pencils and head to the Old Edwards Inn for a very special Literary Writers Workshop Weekend. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 26:Rekindle an old Highlands Tradition! Helen's Barn Dances provides a community gathering for full-time residents and visitors alike at The Bascoms Winter Dance. Februarys Winter Dance celebrates the Police Officers, Firefighters and EMTs that serve the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Admission is just $5/person and the dance lasts from 7 to 10:00 pm.