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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


John Mac Kah

Fall Palette: Plein Air 3-day Workshop
on the Historic Bidstrup Acres

A Three Day Instruction in Oil Painting
with John Mac Kah
November 2nd, 3rd & 4th

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Blairsville Sorghum FestivalBlairsville, Georgia
Annual Sorghum Festival
Sat, Oct 20th & Sun, Oct 21st

The Blairsville Sorghum Festival has been a part of Blairsville's heritage for 49 years. While small in number, they accomplished by far the largest and most distinctive event of the year in Union County.

The Blairsville Sorghum Festival Club requests and gets help from hundreds of citizens, firms and organizations each year to make the Festival the success it has always been.

The Blairsville Sorghum Festival Club thanks all those that help produce the festival, but most of all they appreciate your attendance.

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Georgia Mountain Fall FestivalHiawassee, Georgia
Georgia Mountain Fall Festival
at the Georgia Mtn Fairground
Last week until
Saturday, Oct 20th
10 am to 7 pm

Look forward to the 2018 Fall Festival. With its mild temperatures and beautiful scenery there is no better place to be than the North Georgia Mountains in the fall.

Each October, the 9-day event features exciting musical performances, Arts & Craft vendors, educational demonstrations, a flower show and the ever-popular Georgia's Official State Fiddlers' Convention.

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Naturalist Niche - Nature at NightChimney Rock, North Carolina
Chimney Rock
at Chimney Rock State Park
Naturalist Niche: Nature at Night
Sat, Oct 20th - 7:30 pm-9:30pm

After the sun goes down, the fun begins! From hoots to howls, you never know what you'll hear or see during one of our night-time naturalist programs. The guided night hike and owl prowl will keep the entire family intrigued during this non-scary fall adventure. All activities are considered easy–to-moderate so the entire family can attend.

We love our visitor's furry friends, but we do understand that some hike participants may consider animals a distraction on the trail. Pets are not allowed on Naturalist Niche hikes because of this.

Advance registration is required...call Today 800-277-9611

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Michelle MaloneBlue Ridge, Georgia
Blue Ridge Community Theater
Live Music is Better
Michelle Malone
Saturday, Oct 20th ~ 7:30

Michelle is back by popular demand!!! Armed with a bottleneck slide, harmonica, and her signature soul-filled vocals; Michelle Malone will be rocking the theater. Over her 20 year career, Malone has appeared on countless "best of" lists and has been the recipient of such awards as Best Female Vocalist (five times) and Best Acoustic Guitarist (three times) (Creative Loafing), Studio Album of the Year (Atlanta Magazine), and Live Album of the year. Her albums Sugar Foot and Debris, were both on the Grammy Award ballot for best Contemporary Blues and Best Americana Albums respectively.

She's a wild-haired Rock Goddess, political singer/songwriter, and passionate performer.

https://www.michellemalone.com

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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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