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Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park...Come for the views, discover infinite possibilities.

Events and Festivals in the Mountains
Indian Summer Festival

Indian Summer Festival

Experience the beauty and heritage Suches, Georgia and Woody Gap School through the events and activities of the Indian Summer Festival.

Highlander Art Gallery Featured Creative Work
Blue Ridge Highlander Art Gallery

Rob Withrow Pottery

Highlander's Mountain Art Gallery Featuring - Authentic Handmade Art & Fine Crafts from the Blue Ridge Smoky Mountains.


Blairsville •  Suches GA
Union County

Spring and summer outdoor lovers will hike endless trails, see breathtaking views atop Brasstown Bald, visit rushing waterfalls, and relax on serene Lake Nottely. Delight in the explosion of autumn leaf color or cuddle up in a cozy winter cabin.

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Highlander Gallery Featuring....

Highlander Gallery will be featuring John Mac Kah, during our September 5th Art walk. John's art is founded on 19th century and early 20th century traditions in American landscape painting. As a rule, John prefers to work on site, always in search of new vistas and expeditions. John works with a prayer that paying deep attention to the natural world will help preserve and remind us of our connection with the planet.

Visit the Highlander Gallery to see the artwork of John Mac Kah, and plan to come to the Highlander Gallery
September 5th, to meet John Mac Kah....

Grandmother Tree by John Mac Kah
Grandmother Tree by John Mac Kah
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For those that haven't visted the new Highlander Gallery
Come Visit us at
33 Valley River Avenue
Historic Downtown Murphy, North Carolina

Rafting and Zipling on the Ocoee and Nantahala

For you True Adventurers, the rivers are open and running, call today for our specials:

828-835-3275 or email tara@greatmountainretreats.com to book a rating trip or raft and zip.

Featured Events this Weekend...

The Village Square Art & Craft Show
Highlands, North Carolina
Village Square Art & Craft Show
August 23 & 24, 2014

Everyone loves an art and craft show, and is it any wonder? They are places where color and creativity meet up with talent, skill and originality. Throw in some good food and mountain music, and you have the makings of a memorable experience.

You will find it all at the Village Square Art & Craft Show in the cool mountain town of Highlands, NC. on August 23/24.

This will be our 9th year, and the shows continue to grow. See work by master blacksmith Wesley Angel who fashions wrought iron gates and home/garden accessories. Highlands own Patrick Taylor always wows people with his pottery and animal facejugs. Skip Staab makes both pottery and twig furniture. Lee Byers of Highlands creates beautiful jewelry out of leather and pearls. With 70 vendors in the shows, you will be sure to find something special.

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Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock North Carolina
This weekend at
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

There's something for everyone at Chimney Rock. Whether you seek the high adventure of a challenging hike and guided rock climbing, a leisurely stroll and soaking in breathtaking 75-mile views of Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge, something fun and interactive for the kids, or delighting in the cool mists of 404 ft Hickory Nut Falls, you'll find it here. That's not all. Check out the events coming up this weekend and join us.

Saturday - August 23rd - 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Naturalist Niche Series - Rock On!

Saturday - August 23rd - 11 am - Noon
Rockin' Naturalist Guided Hike

Click for more info on Chimney Rock Events and a map...

Race to the Rock at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Congratulations Matt Popowski
1st Place

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Union County Farmers Market
Blairsville, Georgia
Special Farmers Market Day...
The Great Squash and Watermelon Extravaganza
Saturday - August 23rd

The Farmers Market has over 60 vendors providing home grown produce, handmade crafts, and more!

Located on Old Smokey Road, off of Weaver Road near Home Depot in Blairsville, Georgia. Please note that the hours for the market:

Tuesday: 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.(or until the farmers plum run out of goods to sell, whichever comes first!).

Saturday: 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.(or until the farmers plum run out of goods to sell, whichever comes first!). You will want to come early because they do sell out fast!

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The Cemetery Club (Dramatic Comedy)
Blue Ridge Community Theater presents
The Cemetery Club (Dramatic Comedy)
August 21st - September 7th
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7:30m - Sunday 2:00

Three widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands' graves. A touching comedy about life after loss. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life, Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun, and Doris is priggish and judgmental. Sam the butcher enters the scene, while visiting his wife's grave. Doris and Lucille quash the budding romance between Sam and Ida. They are guilt stricken when this nearly breaks Ida's heart. RATING PG-13

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Cartecay Vineyards, Wine Tasting and Music
Ellijay, Georgia
Wine Tasting and Live Music
Barefoot Boone
Saturday, August 23rd- 1:30 pm - 5 pm

On the Patio unless the weather is not worthy, if so we will have the event in the Nealey Barn.

Click for Cartecay's Music line up, more information and a map...

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The Murphy Chophouse
Murphy, North Carolina
Murphy Chophouse - Music on the Patio
Featuring

Troy Underwood - Friday - August 22nd - 6 pm

Dana Rogers - Saturday - August 23rd - 6 pm

Join us on the Deck for Music and a Good Time with Friends

Click for events at Murphy's Chophouse, Music line up and a map...

Save the Date...September 5th

Highlander Gallery will be featuring John Mac Kah, during our September 5th Art walk. John's art is founded on 19th century and early 20th century traditions in American landscape painting. As a rule, John prefers to work on site, always in search of new vistas and expeditions. John works with a prayer that paying deep attention to the natural world will help preserve and remind us of our connection with the planet.

Visit the Highlander Gallery now to see the artwork of
John Mac Kah, and plan to come to the Highlander Gallery
September 5th, to meet John Mac Kah....
Highlander Gallery
33 Valley River Avenue
Historic Downtown Murphy, NC 28906

Featured Road Trips...

Woody Gap to Neel's Gap Scenic Drive
Woody Gap to Neel's Gap Scenic Drive
in Union County Georgia
We have added Map-it for use on Mobile Devices

Several of the roads on this driving tour are marked on road maps as scenic drives, though this Highlander chosen scenic driving tour is not an official Scenic Byway. Official or not, this is a great driving route for scenic driving tour fans. This 35.0-mile scenic route includes miles of winding roads, two mountain gaps, a state park, four mountain lakes, three of which offer great fishing access, campgrounds, swimming areas, and picnic areas. The scenic drive also connects to numerous trail access points for hiking and biking, four waterfalls, a historic structure and historic farmstead.

Click for more information, turn by turn directions and a map...

We noticed this past weekend, that the wild Rhododendron and Mountain Laurels are in full bloom, it is a beautiful time to take a scenic drive in the mountains. Below is a link to a great drive that you can take to enjoy the beauty of the mountains. We have added mobile links to the story to take you to our new Union County Mobile App which gives you turn by turn directions, photos and GPS for both phones and tablets.

The Highlander is in the process of adding more interactive road trips for your enjoyment. If you have a favorite, let us know and we will add it to the list.

Russell Brasstown Scenic ByWay

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For those of you planning a trip, the Highlander has a new "Request Brochures and Information" form, feel free to use it to ask for information for your next trip or move to the mountains, click here to send make your requests...

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