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

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

Highlander Gallery in Brasstown North Carolina

Georgia Mountain FairHiawassee, Georgia
Georgia Mountain Fair
July 20th - July 28th

2018 is the 68th annual Georgia Mountain Fair.   The fair held at the historic Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds this summer! Thousands of visitors from across the region have experienced the excitement and nostalgia that the event has to offer. 

With first class musical performances, arts & crafts, fun carnival rides, unique attractions and a glimpse into North Georgia's rich history and culture, the Fair provides something for every member of the family.

Arts - Crafts, Musical Entertainment, Food Vendors, Smoky Mountain Amusements Carnival Rides, Pioneer Village with old time Demonstrations. Click the link below to check the day to day line up for the Fair.

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Butternut Creek FestivalBlairsville, Georgia
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Butternut Creek Festival
Saturday & Sunday,
July 21st- 22nd

A family event nestled along the shady banks of the Butternut Creek in beautiful Meeks Park. A juried show of 65-70 of the Southeast's finest craftsmen/artists offering a show of unique original art and hand-crafted works, live music, demonstrations and great food.

Meeks Parks is located at 11 Pool Lane, Blairsville (1/2 mile west of Blairsville on Hwy. 515).  Free admission, free parking and shuttle service provided

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Pickin in the Park at Horse Shoe BendMcCaysville, GA
Pickin in the Park at
Horse Shoe Bend
Every Thursday Night
through September 28th

Pickin' in Horseshoe Bend Park - every Thursday, 6:00 PM to dusk, May through September. Live music jams and pickin' on the banks of the Toccoa River at the Horseshoe Bend Park in McCaysville.

Free Admission. And the park is wheelchair accessible. Come out, bring the whole family to enjoy the experience. Picnic tables available, nice grassy lawn but you are also welcome to bring a blanket or chair.

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Chimney Rock Family Animal EncountersChimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock at
Chimney Rock State Park
Family Animal Encounters
July - August

Meet some of Grady the Groundhog's woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl, at our daily 2pm Family Animal Encounters!

A Park naturalist will explain each animal's role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife. Animal Encounters meet at the Outdoor Classroom Sat & Sun and at Grady's Animal Discovery Den on Monday. Then, grab a Track Trail brochure at Grady's Den and take a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 interactive education stations.

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The Savannah Sipping SocietyBlue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Community Theater presents
The Savannah Sipping Society

Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun
through June 29th

In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate-and an impromptu happy hour-and decide it's high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they've lost through the years.

So raise your glass to these strong Southern women and their fierce embrace of life and say "Cheers!" to this joyful and surprisingly touching Jones, Hope, Wooten comedy!

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The Art Centere Community Quilt and Fiber Arts ExhibitBlue Ridge, GA
BRMAA - The Art Center
Last Week...
Community Quilt
and Fiber Arts Exhibit
Tuesday - Sunday
June 16th - July 21st

Celebrate our heritage with the age-old artistic craft of quilting and the beauty of the fiber arts.

The Art Center will be adorned in colorful fabric, woven with care, skill and hand-made flare. Don't miss one of the most unforgettable exhibits of the year with traditional and non-traditional quilts, art quilts, and an array of fiber arts.

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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 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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