During a month most commonly associated with Thanksgiving, those of us who live and work on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau have much for which to be thankful. We are truly blessed to call such a beautiful and unique part of the world home, with its glorious sunrises over the mountains and breathtaking sunsets over the mountain lakes. Our days are filled with an abundance of wonderful things to see and do from a leisurely day of fly fishing in a spring-fed stream near a waterfall to a challenging day on the links at one of many gracefully rolling mountain golf courses. You might find us touring the shops and galleries that line the main thoroughfares in Highlands and Cashiers, hiking a mountain trail through an ancient forest, or strolling around the shores of Lakes Glenville, Toxaway or Sapphire. The homes that dot the mountains here are every bit as lovely as the nature that surrounds them, and the gifted merchants whove chosen to hang their shingles here are devoted to making every visitor feel like a local. We offer Southern Hospitality that you can see, hear, feel, taste and smell and we hope you will join us this month to learn firsthand why we give thanks. Who knows? Next Thanksgiving you might actually BE one of us a Western North Carolina resident of Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville or Lake Toxaway. To find out more about our distinctive corner of the world and start dreaming of a home in the mountains, visit the Silver Creek Real Estate Group website at ncliving.com. Our talented team of brokers also welcomes you to call us at 828-743-1999 to schedule a tour of the towns and villages that are peppered all over the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, e-mail us with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org, fill out our convenient online contact form, or drop by our offices in the heart of Cashiers at the Shoppes at CreekSide. For a true taste of the good life, dont miss the Highlands Culinary Weekend November 11-14. As we tip-toe toward the off-season, there are still a treasure trove of other great happenings on our November Calendar of Events, and we look forward to seeing you and your family up on the mountain this month!
November 4-7: Life With Father presented by the Highlands-Cashiers Players at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. This timeless family drama revolves around the Day family: father, mother , their four red-headed sons and an assortment of friends and relatives. All are involved in the epic struggle between Father and Mother who is determined to have Father properly baptized. Directed by Ronnie Spilton. Tickets $20/person. For more information, call 828-526-8084. Performances: evenings @ 7:30 p.m., Sundays @ 2:30 p.m.
November 5-7:Tiger Mountain Wine Weekend at The Inn at Half Mile Farm special weekend centered around a culinary extravaganza - the Tiger Mountain Wine Dinner on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Tiger Mountain Vineyards offers international award winning wines, each perfectly paired with five delectable courses. Prepare to have your tastebuds tantalized. $75.00 per person, plus tax. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 1-800-946-6822 today or visit www.halfmilefarm.com for more details.
November 7:Nantahala Hiking Club will be meeting at the Macon County Health Center parking lot at 2 p.m. for an easy 1.2 mile hike on Lakeside Drive Trail, to walk through woods and fields. This short hike is one of Franklin's little treasures. For more information please call leader Kay Coriell at 828-369-8620. Visitors are welcome, but no pets please.
November 11-14:The Highlands 4th Annual Culinary Weekend Participating restaurants, chefs and wineries will kick the weekend off at The Bascom for an amazing night of food, wine and fun by presenting a small sampling of what the weekend will behold. Every foodies dream amidst the splendor of Fall in the Highlands. 7-10 p.m. cost $75/person. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com or call 866-526-5841
November 12-13:The Bascom, Children's Studio hosts Christmas Crafts from Around the World from 10 a.m. to noon. Children can learn about other cultures and make crafts that can hang on the tree or be given as gifts. Each class will cover the art and culture of two different countries. Cost: $40 Bascom members/$45 non-members. For more information, call 828.526.4949 x 100.
November 12-14:Main Street Inn plays host to Highlands Culinary Weekends Country Breakfast Brunch. Price: $10.95. For More Information call 828.526.2590.
November 12-14:Fresser's Eatery plays host to Highlands Culinary Weekends Bubbly Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come enjoy an array of champagne and sparkling wines from around the world. They will be perfectly paired with Fresser's fabulous brunch items that will have you craving more bubbles for a long time to come. Priced Ala Carte. For more information or to make reservations, call 828.526.4188.
November 12:Fresser's Eatery hosts Highlands Culinary Weekends Cooking with Chocolate, Sweet, & Savory at 11 a.m. - Join Fresser's Eatery as they present, cooking with chocolate, sweet & savory. Event includes wine & lunch. Price: $35.00 plus tax & gratuity. For more information or to make reservations, call 828.526.4188.
November 12:Wolfgangs Restaurant and Wine Bistro hosts Highlands Culinary Weekends Domaine Serene Flavor Spectrum at 7:00 p.m. - Chef Wolfgang will create small pairings of delectable food and Domaine Serene Wine that will compliment & contrast, leaving you thinking outside of the box. Each participant will be poured a taste of four different Domaine Serene wines to compliment the four different dishes. Cost - $75 plus tax and gratuity.
November 12:...on the Verandah Restaurant hosts Highlands Culinary Weekends Chateau Montelena Wine Dinner with Winemaker Cameron Parry at 6 p.m. The famous winery that won the Paris tasting of 1976 presents a five-course meal from the ...on the Verandah culinary team. The tasting will include the highly rated 2006 Estate Cabernet Souvignon (92 pts.), 2006 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (87 pts.), 2008 Napa Chardonnay (90 pts.). Seating is limited and reservations are required. Preview menu online at www.ontheverandah.com. Cost: $135.00.
November 12:The Farm at Old Edwards hosts Highlands Culinary Weekends Fall Harvest Beringer Wine Dinner - A Beringer, Bluegrass and Blue Jeans Fall Fest featuring Curtis Blackwell and the Dixie Bluegrass Boys Live. Executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr will pull out all the stops for this annual Culinary Weekend event. This is a one-of-a-kind gathering in celebration of great wines and seasonal harvests from local sustainable farms, including Old Edwards own organic garden. Enjoy a family style dinner at the Old Edwards turn-of-the-century period Farm with gorgeous renovated Barn as the backdrop. Share bottles of Beringer Vineyards wines with your neighbor as dusk settles over The Farm at Old Edwards. Relax into the evening with the soothing sounds of live music lending the perfect ambiance to this magical setting. Presentations during the evening by Beringer Vineyards and discussions with farmers who grew the bounty of the evenings fare. This event books fast, so please make your reservations now. Call 828-787-2625. Cocktails: 6:30pm in the Barn. Dinner: 7:00pm on the Terrace. Cost: $150 plus tax and gratuity.
November 12:Lakeside Restaurant hosts Highlands Culinary Weekends Justin the Mood - Lakeside Restaurant is Justi the mood for Paso Robles Winery, Justin Vineyards! Join Chef Marty, as he creates a five-course menu paired with Justin's world class Bordeaux style blends. A delicious evening celebrating the joys of food & wine! Cost: $140 plus tax & gratuity. Phone: 828-526-9419
November 13-30:A Stitch in Time Quilt Exhibition at The Bascom in Highlands an excellent opportunity to examine quilts on loan from local collectors and appriciate functional objects as works of art. 10 am-5pm, Tuesdays-Saturdays. Free admission. For more information, call 828.526.4949 x 100
November 13:Highlands Culinary Weekends From Morningsides Kitchen hosted at the Morningside Bed & Breakfast - Part of the appeal of this custom built bed and breakfast home is the freshly baked breakfast breads and the luscious evening desserts. This popular baking class reveals some baking secrets and recipes which not only insure success but make it easy. Within the space of five hours, which includes a delicious lunch where you get to eat the results of the lessons, you will learn to make delicate cream scones, crisp shortbread cookies, a basic yeast bread, and a foolproof carrot cake. Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Price: $50.00, or $35 if you are staying at Morningside; For more information, call 828.787.1463.
November 13:Fresser's Eatery presents Highlands Culinary Weekends Gourmet Cooking When the Power Goes Out - Join Fresser's Eatery as they present, gourmet cooking when the power goes out. Demonstration includes lunch & beverages. Time: 10:30 a.m.; Cost: $30 plus tax & gratuity; For more information, call 828.526.4188
November 13:Saucy Sisters at The Christmas Tree "...on the Hill" - Celebrate Highlands' Culinary weekend with the Saucy Sisters, Nashville's Fine Wine and Food Reviewers from noon to 4:00 PM. The Saucies, Beverly and Barbara, will be dispensing bubbly and providing wine and holiday tips, signing their books and debuting their new Saucy Sister and Get Sauced T-Shirts. Follow the sound of Highlands Bagpipes beginning at noon to The Christmas Tree "...on the Hill", 212 South Fourth Street, Highlands. For information call (828) 526-3687 or visit www.saucysisters.com. The event is FREE.
November 13: The Bascom hosts Highlands Culinary Weekends Nog Off and Table-Scape Competition from 5-7 pm. An artistic, culinary celebration of a favorite holiday drink featuring some delicious and unique family eggnog recipes. Come taste for yourself! Admission is free. For information, call 828.526.4949.
November 13:Lakeside Restaurant hosts Highlands Culinary Weekends Cakebread & Cashmere - Lakeside Restaurant, Cakebread Cellars and McCulley's Cashmere, partner to showcase an exciting evening of food, wine and style. Join us as we pair five varietals of Napa Valley Winery, Cakebread Cellars with Lakeside's fresh, fun cuisine. Savor the evening's fashion show of luxurious fine cashmere offered by Highlands own, McCulley's Cashmere. Cost: $140.00 plus tax and gratuity. For more information, call 828-526-9419.
November 13:Madison's Restaurant hosts Highlands Culinary Weekends Exclusive Darioush Wine Dinner - Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience a wine dinner hosted by Darioush Estate Attache. Madisons Restaurant at Old Edwards provides the perfect ambiance for this unforgettable evening of sumptuous food, fine wine and relaxed conversation. Old Edwards' Sommelier Curt Christiansen will pair a special selection of Darioush Wines with five extraordinary courses by Executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr. Cocktails served at 6:30pm in Hummingbird with passed Hors and Champagne Reception; Dinner served at 7:00pm in Madisons. Cost: $165 plus tax and gratuity.
November 13:Cyprus International Cuisine hosts Highlands Culinary Weekends Spanish Food & Wine Party - Multi-course family style food and wine fiesta in the authentic style of easy going, laid back Madrid, featuring jamon lberico, rack-fired monkfish and many more authentic tastes of Spain. Please call for reservations - 828.526.4429. Time: 7:00 p.m.; Cost: $100.00.
November 13:...on the Verandah Restaurant hosts Highlands Culinary Weekends Pahlmeyer Wine Dinner - Five-course dinner featuring the rare and highly acclaimed wines of Pahlmeyer Winery. Host Camille Cox, East Coast Sales Manager, will guide you through the wines expertly paired by the culinary team of ...on the Verandah. Including: 2008 Chardonnay (95 pts.R.P.), 2007 Pinot Noir (93 pts.W.S.), 2007 Merlot (96 pts.R.P.) and 2006 Proprietary Red (95 pts.R.P.). Reservations required. Seating is limited. Preview menu online at www.ontheverandah.com. Time: 6:00 p.m.; Cost: $175.00.
November 13:Wolfgang's Restaurant & Wine Bistro hosts Highlands Culinary Weekends Silver Oak Cellars & Twomey Wine Dinner with Tom Johnson, "Life is a Cabernet!" - Wolfgang's Restaurant has always had a very special place in our hearts for Silver Oak Cellars, this is probably because of the wonderful friendship between tom Johnson, Ambassador of Silver Oak Cellars and Mindy and Wolfgang Green. We started the tradition of hosting this elegant wine dinner during the Culinary Weekend last year and we are proud to do it again. We will be featuring Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars. Join us for a night of culinary memories and divine libations. It will be a night to remember! Champagne and Appetizers will be served at 7:00 p.m., followed by Dinner at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $160 plus tax & gratuity. For more information or to make reservations, call 828.526.3807.
November 13: The Inn at Half Mile Farm hosts Highlands Culinary Weekends A Taste of Spain - The Inn at Half Mile Farm and Rosewood Market invite you to join us for A Taste of Spain. Come celebrate traditional Spanish cuisine with a 5-course Tapas Dinner, each course paired with an exquisite Spanish Wine. $65.00 per person, plus tax & gratuity. This event is open to all... Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 1-800-946-6822.
November 13:Rib Shack hosts Highlands Culinary Weekends Late Night Shack Attack: Singing and Suds from 10 pm to 1 am. For $10, you can regale guests with your Karaoke skills and enjoy delicious Rib Shack fare. Purchase cocktails or whet your singing whistle with a wide selection of draft and bottled beers from the Rib Shacks full bar.
November 19-20:The Bascom, Children's Studio hosts Christmas Crafts from Around the World from 10 a.m. to noon. Children can learn about other cultures and make crafts that can hang on the tree or be given as gifts. Each class will cover the art and culture of two different countries. Cost: $40 Bascom members/$45 non-members. For more information, call 828.526.4949 x 100.
November 23:Highlands Civic Center plays host to the Community Thanksgiving Dinner at 6 p.m. For more information, please call 828-526-0542.
November 25: Happy Thanksgiving from the Silver Creek Family to Yours!
November 25:Madison's hosts a Thanksgiving to Remember. $65 Plus Tax and Gratuity. For more information, please call 828-526-8008.
November 25:Wolfgang's Restaurant & Wine Bistro invites you and your family to be a part of Chef Wolfgangs 17th Annual Thanksgiving Tradition. Adults: $39.00; Children (10 and under) $17.00. Please call for reservations at 828-526-3807.
November 26-27:The Bascom hosts a Gingerbread House Workshop for all ages from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gingerbread designers will be given all the sweets and confections they need to create their own imaginative gingerbread house. Participants are invited to enter their creations in a contest, to be judged by popular vote. $40 Bascom members/$45 non-members. The public is invited to cast their votes Tuesday-Saturday, Noveber 30-December 10, 10 am-5pm. The winners will be announced at 10 am, Saturday, December 11, the public is invited. For information, call 828.526.4949.
November 26-27:Western Carolina University Ramsey Center hosts Hard Candy Christmas an Arts & Craft Show admission $3.00 Children under 12 are FREE. For more information, call 828-524-3405.
November 26-27:Santa Claus comes to the Highlands 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Highlands Visitors Center. For more information please call 828-526-2112.
November 26-27:Paoletti's Restaurant hosts a Grand Holiday Wine Tasting at 1:00 p.m. $20 per person, refundable/wine purchase. For more information please call 828-526-4906.
November 26-27:The Artists Marketplace at the Bascom from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Featuring a gathering of artist in the Studio Barn, the marketplace is the ideal place to find unique, affordable, one-of-a-kind artists' works for Christmas, hostess and New Year's gifts. For information, call 828.526.4949.
November 27:Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Tree Lighting in Downtown Highlands at 6:30 p.m. FREE!
November 27:Winter Wonderland at Wolfgang's Wine & Bistro - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wander into our Winter Wonderland as we bring suggestions to your holiday parties from Ty-Lyn Plantation, The Christmas Tree, Cyrano's Bookshop and Wolfgang's Restaurant and Wine Bistro. For more details please call 828-526-3807.