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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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If you are planning a trip to the mountains and need more information use this link to let us know what you need...


Highlander Gallery is 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...


John C. Campbell Christmas PartyBrasstown North Carolina
John C. Campbell Folk School
Kid's Christmas Party
Saturday, December 16th

Each year John C. Campbell Folk School has a free event of kids, it is not just another Christmas event, this is a special mountain Christmas experience. A visit from Santa on a fire truck, plus games, music, dancing, story telling and refreshments.

This event is for kids of all age from Grandmas and Grandpas to Moms and Dads and down to the younger Kids as well. A wonderful family event...join us in the mountains..

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Mountain Country Christmas In Lights
at Georgia Mtn FairgroundsHiawassee, GA
Mountain Country Christmas In Lights
at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Every Thursday - Saturday
Through December 23rd

Don't miss the Mountain Country Christmas In Lights. Enjoy Caroling,  Arts & Crafts, Food and Entertainment throughout the event.

Show runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday throught to December 23rd.

$5 per person

Eudora Animal Farms
December 14-16 • December 21-23

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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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Mountain Country Christmas In Lights
at Georgia Mtn FairgroundsHiawassee, GA
John Denver Christmas Show - Rocky Mountain High Christmas,
at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
December 15th

Starring Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon
Special Guest: Beatles Music By The Return.

Tickets On Sale

Level 1: $35.00
Level 2: $25.00
Plus Handling & Credit Card Fees

 

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Blue Ridge, GA - BRMAA - The Art Center, Holiday Show & SaleBlue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Community Theater
Gretchen Peters
Live Music is Better Concert
December 16th

Gretchen Peters is back!! Gretchen Peters is a Grammy nominated singer-songwriter from Nashville. Both her poetic language and the spare, evocative sounds she created in the studio to support her organic story-telling is brought to the live stage.

Peters' own voice and guitar playing have been at the core of her music since she started performing in the Boulder, Colorado folk circuit as a teenager. Inspired by Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and a new generation of songwriters rising out of Nashville that included Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith and Rodney Crowell, Peters relocated to Music City in the late 1980s.

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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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