You can be as active or as laid back as you like during your North Carolina vacation in Cashiers and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. From the Inn you can walk to many antique shops, art galleries, furniture stores and gift shops. Along the way you will pass many fine restaurants, some of which even offer live evening entertainment. You can take a scenic drive or hike to one of the numerous breathtaking waterfalls. Play golf, go whitewater rafting, take a swing at tennis, or go for a horseback ride. And in the winter, ski and tube at the nearby slopes. Just let us know how we can help you plan your NC adventures!
Cashiers Mountain Music Festival
June 30 & July 1, 2012 - 4th Annual "Cashiers Mountain Music Festival" with Grammy award winning bluegrass superstar Tony Rice, International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) award winning Balsam Range, and 10-time Grammy award winner fiddler Bobby Hicks. Other performers scheduled to appear are bluegrass supergroup Blue
Highway, which has earned two Grammy nominations and multiple IBMA
awards over 17 years. The festival also welcomes Acoustic Syndicate,
Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, the Songs of Jackson County Band, the
Darren Nicholson Band, Whitewater Bluegrass Company, the Wild Hog Band,
the Him's, Glenville Train, Jacob Jones, Will Howell and the Smoky
Mountain Highlanders, Rafe Hollister, and a special tribute to
Tuckasegee's Benny Messer by the Boys of Tuckasegee, featuring members
of Sweet Tater.
Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival
For the more refined musical palette, come join us for the 31st Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival during the month of July. The season begins with a free "preview" picnic concert performance by the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet at the historic Zachary-Tolbert House in Cashiers (June 27, 2012). Then, on Saturdays and Mondays throughout July till the middle of August at Cashiers' Albert Carlton Library (just a 5 minute walk from Laurelwood Inn!) you can enjoy works by Kreisler, Liszt, Saint-Saens, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Debussy, and more. This year's artists include the Eroica Trio , Italian guitarist Edoardo Catemario , pianist Victor Asuncion, and many more. Great classical music, internationally-known performers, beautifully intimate settings, the cool mountains, fine art and dining, theatre and film, golf, shopping – make your plans now for an unforgettable summer at the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival as we celebrate 31 years of chamber music at its best! For information and tickets visit http://www.h-cmusicfestival.org/ or call 828-526-9060.
Groovin' on the Green
On select Friday evenings (weather-permitting, of course!) in Summer through early October, the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association presents live outdoor concerts at the Village Green, just a 1-minute walk from Laurelwood Inn. Performances last summer have featured renowned classical pianists Leonid Treer and Judith Burganger, classical guitarist George Andrews, and local bluegrass and dulcimer bands. The 2010 series was kicked off by our very own Doris and the Pic-N-Play dulcimer club (of which she is a member). Bring a picnic, drinks and your lawn chair. Concerts usually begin at 6:30 PM... and admission is free!
Cashiers is becoming recognized for its world-class golf courses. The following are open to the public:
Sapphire National Golf Club offers scenic views and stone bridge crossings over mountain streams on the 6,185-yard, par 70 course. Call 828-743-1174 for more information.
High Hampton Golf Course 828-743-2450
Red Bird Golf Links -828-743-1991 is an executive nine-hole course.
Horse Back Riding:
Enjoy a day of riding on our local trails. The following companies offer trail rides:
Arrowmont Stable 800-682-1092
WhiteWater Equestrian Center 828-966-9646
Boating and Fishing:
Enjoy the beautiful Lake Glenville or any of the many streams and lakes in our area.
Boat rentals (pontoon boats, bass boats, and kayaks) are available at Signal Ridge Marina (828-743-2143), the only marina directly on Lake Glenville. At about 3500 feet elevation, Lake Glenville is the highest large reservoir in the eastern U.S., with over 1400 acres of water surface. The lake's cool mountain waters are perfect for skiing and fishing. Fishing for Small and Largemouth Bass, Walleye, Trout, and Bream is easiest by boat. Signal Ridge Marina is less than ten minutes north of Cashiers.
Guided fishing trips:
Brookings Orvis 828-743-3768
The WNC Fly Fishing Trail:
Canoeing, Kayaking and tubing on the French Broad River with Headwater Outfitters, Inc.
Whitewater rafting is provided by many companies and is a wonderful activity in the summer.
Cashiers is known for it's many antique and gift shops. Come enjoy the new walking path that loops around town and allows you to walk to most of the shops and restaurants right from the Laurelwood Inn.
Our property is the only lodging facility located in the quaint downtown area.
The Great Smoky Mountain Railway runs many scenic train rides. The closest depot to our property is in Bryson City. Call 800-872-4681 to find out more about these fun day trips.
Waterfalls, Hiking, Museums, and History
There are 19 waterfalls in the Cashiers area, including the king of them all, Whitewater Falls, one of the the tallest in eastern North America. Be sure to ask us at check-in for a map to the waterfalls. North Carolina Waterfalls is a helpful website with a lot of information regarding the waterfalls in Jackson County and surrounding areas.
The Cashiers area is know for its many beautiful hiking trails. Pack a lunch and enjoy the many trails in our area. When you check in, ask for a hiking map.
The Zachary-Tolbert House -an 1840 estate house on the National Register of Historic Places is located just 1 mile south of Cashiers. This rare example of Greek Revival-style architecture was built by one of the founders of Cashiers, Mordecai Zachary. The house's furniture, handcrafted by Zachary, is believed to be the largest collection of Plain Style furniture by a single maker. The house is open for guided tours each Friday and Saturday from June through September. The grounds (with short easy hiking trails) are open to the public year 'round.
The Highlands Nature Center and Biological Station has a host of exhibits on the mountain eco-system and biodiversity, including live animals, hands-on-stations, plus an archeological exhibits. Their grounds are a great place for a picnic!
The Brevard Music Center offers wonderful concerts and plays during the summer months.
Gorges State Park is a beautiful and fairly new area that, after significant upgrades, has just been re-opened to the public. Gorges is the only NC state park west of Asheville. The park is home to nearly 125 rare and endangered plant and animal species, including Oconee Bells, Pink Lady's Slippers, and the turquoise darter. Recent improvements to the park include new trails and overlooks and expanded parking.
The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is a fun place for the whole family. There are also some pretty waterfalls nearby.
If you decide to go the the Pisgah Center, then continue on to the Cradle of Forestry . Another fun family activity.
On the campus of Western Carolina University is the Mountain Heritage Center which offers a glimpse into mountain life with an indoor log cabin, working loom and displays featuring everything from old tools to the history of the Scots-Irish, who were some of the region's first settlers.
The Oconalufree Living History Village in Cherokee has re-enactments of early Cherokee life. The outdoor drama Unto These Hills is offered all summer.
Adventure Depot ((828) 743-2052) offers a wide variety of fun outdoor activities, including whitewater rafting, hiking tours, rappelling, whitewater kayaking, canoe tours, llama trekking, driving tours, fly fishing guides, horseback riding, golf packages, and biking tours. They also offer youth adventures for 8-15 yr. old.
Laurelwood Inn is proud to be a member of the Highlands Chamber of Commerce. The Highlands Visitor Center provides a wealth of information on area dining, shopping, cultural arts, and outdoor activities:
Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center - Visitor Center 828-526-2112, Chamber 828-526-5841.
1.800.346.6846 / 1.828.743.9939
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