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to the Best the Blue Ridge - Smoky Mountains have to offer
20 Years on-line - 1997 - 2017

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Highlander Gallery Will be Open...
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10 am to 5 pmHighlander Gallery in Brasstown North Carolina
10079 Old Highway 64 •  Brasstown NC
3/4 miles east of JC Campbell Folk School

Trip Advisor Quote...Finest Gallery within hundreds of miles...


Arrowmont Souper Bowl XIVGatlinburg, TN
Arrowmont's Annual
Souper Bowl XIV
Proceeds benefit
United Way of Sevier County
Thursday - November 16th
Lunch 11:30 - Dinner 5pm


Lunch 11:30 am 1:00 pm Lunch includes endless soup, bread and homemade cookies.
Tickets are $30.

Dinner 5:00 – 6:30 pm Dinner includes endless soup, salad, bread, and homemade cookies.
Tickets are $35.

Join the community at Arrowmont's Dining Hall to enjoy a home-cooked meal served in a handcrafted bowl that's yours to keep!

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Who Dun It?Blue Ridge GA
BRMAA - The Art Center
Who Dunit?
November 18th - 6pm

This is a rare opportunity to get amazing artworks from sought-after local and regional artists at an incredible price! The mystery is trying to figure out who your artist is.

Each $50 ticket guarantees you are going home with an original piece of art. This is an event with fantastic art, delicious food, and lots of fun!

Limited tickets available. Purchase your tickets today before they are sold out.

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Blue Ridge, GA - BRMAA - The Art Center, Holiday Show & SaleBlue Ridge, GA
BRMAA - The Art Center
Holiday Show & Sale
Tuesday - Sunday
November 18 - January 6th

Come shop for that perfect creative and unique holiday gift. We will have hundreds of items for sale, all made from one of our artists.

So whether its jewelry, pottery, painting or anything in between, we have what you need to get your holiday shopping done. Gift Certificates are available.

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New Kharisma Jazzmatic FunkBlue Ridge, GA
New Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk
Live Music Is Better Concert Series
Blue Ridge Community Theater
November 18th - 7:30

New Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk: Kharisma is an energetic 10 piece band with full horn section, who will keep you up and dancing performing R&B, Jazz & Soul songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s along with today's top 40 favorites, from John Mayer, the Atlanta Symphony to Ellen Degeneres.

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Cherohala Skyway Scenic Byway

Take a trip on the Cherohala Skyway Scenic Byway and it is mobile ready. The Cherohala Skyway’s 36-miles of scenic mountain views rival any scenic byway in the eastern United States.  Mountaintops, waterfalls and waterways joined together with wildlife and giant trees, adorn this high country of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina.  I was very impressed with Spirit Ridge Overlook with an elevation of 4,950-feet. This is by far the best handicap access location along the Cherohala Skyway.

The average trip over the Skyway takes 2 1/2-hours, if you just want to drive and view scenery.  I would recommend setting aside the best part of the day to enjoy some of the bigger than life features the Cherohala Skyway and Unicoi Mountain Wilderness have to offer.

Read more.. A day trip on the Cherohala Skyway Scenic Byway


Blue Ridge Parkway...from Cherokee to Asheville

One of the special wonders in these mountains is the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The Parkway begins or ends on the edge of the Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia the Blue Ridge Parkway travels 469-miles southwestern along the high ridges and over the tall mountain peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains ending or beginning at the southern gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

To get the most out of your scenic road trip the Highlander suggest starting out early and begin your journey from the town of Cherokee where the Blue Ridge Parkway officially ends at the southern entrance gateway into the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Read more.. A day trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway...from Cherokee to Asheville


The Highlander is celebrating 20 years on-line this year

Moving to these mountains in 1995, and seeing the wealth of healthy resources available to everyone led us to wanting to explore more That exploration led us to wanting to share that information. Having a history in marketing and publishing and the desire to publish a magazine about these mountains led us to research the Internet and its potential in 1995.

We started developing BlueRidgeHighlander.com in 1996, and launched it in 1997. Our next biggest challenge was to go around the mountains and explain to many what the Internet was and the value it had as a communication medium. Today 88.5% of the US population uses the Internet regularly.

The Highlander has been redesigned and re-programmed many times over the years. We are always looking into new ways to benefit our readers and sponsors, and are working on new benefits to add this coming season. We know you are going love the new additions and changes as we continue to grow out of the box.

We would love your input as to what you would like to have in the Highlander, after all, we are doing this for you, our readers, as a way to enjoy and plan your trips to the mountains.

Use this link to share your ideas of what you would like to see added to the Highlander. Continue to check out the progress, each week you will see something new...enjoy..

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