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Highlander Gallery in Brasstown North Carolina

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

Arrowmont Souper Bowl XVGatlinburg, TN
Annual Souper Bowl XV
Proceeds Benefit United Way
of Sevier County
Thursday - November 15th
Lunch 11:30am - Dinner 5pm

Lunch 11:30 am 1:00 pm Lunch includes endless soup, bread and homemade cookies. Tickets are $30.

Dinner 5:00 – 6:30 pm Dinner includes endless soup, salad, bread, and homemade cookies. Tickets are $35.

Join the community at Arrowmont's Dining Hall to enjoy a home-cooked meal served in a handcrafted bowl that's yours to keep!

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Dwight YoakamHiawassee, GA
Anderson Music Hall
at the Georgia Mtn Fairgrounds
Dwight Yoakam
Friday - November 16th - 7:00

"In another time and place," sings Dwight Yoakam on the buoyant "In Another World," the opening track on Second Hand Heart, the brilliant new album that takes the pioneering honky-tonker back to Warner Bros./Reprise, where he began his major-label recording career thirty years ago.

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Chimney Rock LlamapaloozaChimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock
at Chimney Rock State Park
Llamapalooza for
Annual Pass-holders
Sat, Nov 17th - 11am - 3pm

Imagine spending your day with one of Mother Nature's most majestic and funny creatures-the llama. From 11 am – 3 pm, Annual Pass-holders are invited on a llama adventure like no other. Try your hand at fashion during the llama hat making contest. After you've created the perfect head adornment, test your reflexes and speed with llama limbo and a llama relay! At the end of the day, pass-holders will be treated to a hike to Hickory Nut Falls with several llamas, where they'll enjoy lunch.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Please use the link below to register and select your lunch option.

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Who Dun It?Blue Ridge GA
The Art Center
Who Dunit?
Mystery Art Fundraiser
Sat, Nov 17th - 6pm to 9pm

This is a rare opportunity to get amazing artworks from sought-after local and regional artists at an incredible price! The mystery is trying to figure out who your artist is.

Each $50 ticket guarantees you are going home with an original piece of art. This is an event with fantastic art, delicious food, and lots of fun!

Limited tickets available. Purchase your tickets today before they are sold out.

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Blue Ridge, GA - BRMAA - The Art Center, Holiday Show & SaleBlue Ridge, GA
BRMAA - The Art Center
Holiday Show & Sale
Opening Reception -
Nov 17th - 6 - 9 pm
Holiday Show will continue...
Nov 17th to Jan 4th -
Tuesday - Sunday

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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Andrews NC ChristmasAndrews, NC
5th Annual Christmas
on Main Street
Saturday - November 17th
10am - 4pm

Over 100 craft and food vendors on Main Street. This opens the Christmas shopping season on Main Street in Andrews, NC. Vendors will be in the street from 10 to 4 pm with the tree lighting at 4 pm.

Complete itinerary on line, us link below.

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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 through Saturday
November 22nd - December 29th

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

Show runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from Thanksgiving Night to December 29th.

$5 per person - Groups of 15 or more $4 each - Children under 12 are free

Live Nativity • Strolling Carolers

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Light Up Blue RidgeBlue Ridge Georgia
Light Up Blue Ridge
Downtown Blue Ridge Park & Throughout Downtown Blue Ridge
Friday, November 23rd Blue Friday
Saturday, November 24th

The GREAT TREE is back! It is 27 foot tall... a sight that will WOW children and adults alike.

More information on-line, use link below

  • November 23rd. – Blue Friday
  • Noon to 5 pm – Town wide holiday music will be playing. Holiday characters will be wandering around downtown
  • 5:30 pm – Town Wide Caroling (meet on Depot Street across from Chester's – bring flashlight)
  • November 24th. – Light Up Blue Ridge
  • 10 am to 4 pm – Holiday Music playing
  • 11:15 am – Santa Arrives on the train noon to 2 pm – Tuba Christmas – on the Train Deck
  • 5:30 pm – Parade starts
  • 6:45 pm – Winners of the Window Decorating Contest are announced
  • 7:00 pm – Lighting of the Great Tree

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Santa ExpressBlue Ridge, GA
Santa Express on Blue Ridge Scenic
Starts Friday November 23rd
through December 23th

Daytime fun-filled trip with Santa. While on board your family will hear the "Twas the Night Before Christmas", sing Christmas Carols, visit with Christmas characters and visit with Santa. Each child receives a traditional BRSR Christmas Bell memento, BRSR Christmas Activity Book and a candy cane.

Approximately 1 Hour Trip Time Enclosed Climate Control Cars ONLY

Use the link below to find the days that Santa Train will be running and times on line along with more info and a map.

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Miracle on 34th StreetBlue Ridge, GA
Miracle on 34th Street
at Blue Ridge Community Theater
Friday November 23rd through December 16th

"This is a tale that we want to believe in, that creates a world we seem to desperately desire, free of the blatant commercialism that surrounds us, where love and decency and generosity of spirit are their own rewards. What we want Christmas to be all about, really." So writes the Santa Cruz Sentinel of this most heartwarming holiday story. By chance, Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy's.

Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy's customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for.

Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy's vocational counselor, who plots to have Kris shanghaied to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl's belief in Santa.

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Chimney Rock Flavor of Fall Photo ContestChimney Rock, North Carolina
Chimney Rock at
Chimney Rock State Park
Flavor of Fall Photo Contest
October through November 30th

Nothing works up an appetite quite like a long hike. Capture photos of your family enjoying a picnic or grilling up a storm at one of the Park's picnic areas, or eating lunch at the Park's restaurant Old Rock Café, and enter them into our fall photo contest.

We'll use the winning entries on our website and Facebook album, and you'll win some fun prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park or at Old Rock Cafe.

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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 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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