I was first introduced to this area in western North Carolina 30 years ago. It is a special place located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains that sits at just over 4,000 ft. It was founded in 1875. Today it is a small community of around 1,000 that grows to 15,000 to 20,000 in the summer. People often come from South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Texas to buy homes and escape the summer heat.
It is a thriving arts community with galleries, artists, a new art center, theater and music. You will find performances throughout the season by such groups as The Atlanta Boy Choir and Alumni Men’s Choir, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival from June to August of each year.
You will also find the Highlands Playhouse, the Highlands Cashiers Players, the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center and The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts. The Bascom is a really beautiful and a fairly new facility providing audiences of all ages, changing exhibitions plus classes and workshops.
In addition to the arts, there are many outdoor activities from hiking, birding, fishing and camping. There are great restaurants to try and elegant hotels as well.