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Highlander Gallery in Brasstown North Carolina

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

Highlander Gallery is Open...
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11 am to 5 pm
10079 Old Highway 64 •  Brasstown NC
3/4 miles east of JC Campbell Folk School


John C. Campbell Folk School Contra DancingBrasstown, North Carolina
John C. Campbell Folk School
Beginning Contra
& Square Dance Series
February 12, 2019

Free introduction to Contra, Square and Circle Dances to live music. Held almost every Tuesday night from 7:00 p.m - 11:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Keith House. Beginners, couples and singles are welcome.

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Valentines day at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock StateChimney Rock, North Carolina
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Valentine's Day Special
Thurs - Sun • Feb 14th - 17th

Share an intimate moment with your sweetie on top of the Rock, or better yet, in the Opera Box enjoying expansive views (We've had quite a few proposals in the Park over the years; hint, hint!)

If we have inclement weather, the Park may be closed. Be sure to check our website for weather alerts before you visit. Coupon required: Click the link below to get the coupon

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Fire & IceBlue Ridge, Georgia
9th Annual Fire & Ice
Chili Cook Off
Saturday, February 16th
11am ~ 5pm

Join us at Blue Ridge Downtown Park
Cook-Off will happen come Rain, Snow or Shine!

Mark your calendars for live music, ice sculptures and amazing chili!

An amazing display of individual and unique ice sculptures from the award winning, National Ice Carving Champion "Rock on Ice" including several ice carving demonstrations.

Buy a $10 Tasting Card to sample the competition and vote for the People's Choice Award.

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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 21 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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