ELEVATE: A Field Guide to the Plateau - Summer 2021


As promised, it is our pleasure to familiarize you with all aspects of the Highlands and Cashiers communities. :HKRSH\RXZLOO¿QGRXU¿HOGJXLGH just another way we go extra mile to ensure that your experience in the mountains exceeds your expectations.


It is an absolute pleasure to welcome you to the inaugural issue of our magazine. I am so excited as we launch what will become your go to source for information and insights designed to elevate your experience in this truly special area of Western North Carolina. As I look back over the past year, creating this labor of love that you are now reading has been quite a journey. In the early days of 2020, with much of the country shut down due to the pandemic, we were not sure what was in store for our area. Businesses were in uncharted territory. Local shops, UHVWDXUDQWVKRWHOVDQGUHDOHVWDWH¿UPVZHUHDOOXQFHUWDLQRIWKHIXWXUH and if they would survive that trying time. Even as NC opened back up with restrictions, and real estate on the Plateau came roaring back to life, many RIRXUORFDOVKRSVDQGUHVWDXUDQWVFRQWLQXHGWRVX̆HU$WWKHWLPHZHZHUH not sure who was going to make it through, what our content should look OLNHRUZKLFKEXVLQHVVHVZHVKRXOGLQFOXGHLQRXU¿UVWLVVXHRI Elevate . But remembering what my mother used to tell me, I knew that “this too shall pass,” and it did. :HDUHWKULOOHGWRVKDUHRXU¿UVWLVVXHZLWK\RXQRZ+LJKOLJKWVLQFOXGH notable businesses in the area such as the Cashiers Farmers Market & On The Side BBQ, Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro, and Byrd Landscape 'HVLJQDVZHOODVDQLQWURGXFWLRQWRP\DPD]LQJWHDPRIEURNHUVDQGVWD̆ I continue to be grateful every day for the blessings in my life and for the special community in which I have lived for more than 35 years. I hope you enjoy Elevate DQG\RX¿QGWKH3ODWHDXDVEHDXWLIXODQGZRQGURXVDV,GR

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Summer Happenings Local Retail Spotlight The Farmers’ Market &

On the Side BBQ Local Business

Byrd Landscape Design, LLC Local Restaurant Spotlight Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro Featured Properties A ranch with a view & a Scottish manor A Little About Us & Why We Love Real Estate

The Bascom | TheBascom.org 323 Franklin Rd, Highlands FreeWheeling Exhibition | The allure of Art + Automobile, ends August 21 Classes and Workshops | Ongoing Outdoor Sculpture Trail The Farm At Old Edwards | oldedwardshospitality.com 336 Arnold Rd, Highlands Laurent-Perrier Champagne Dinner | July 29 'LQQHU:LWK6WHYHQ6DWWHU¿HOG -RVHSK/HQQ_ August 15 Half-Mile Farm | oldedwardshospitality.com 214 Half Mile Dr, Highlands Southern Writers Series | August 8 – August 10, 2021 The High Dive | highlandsdive.com 476 Carolina Way, Highlands Enjoy Trivia night at The High Dive on Thursdays! And it’s Thirsty Thursday! We have pints for $3.50 and pitchers for $12 all night long! The High Dive opens at 4:00 PM, trivia starts at 7:00 PM. Highlands Performing Arts Center highlandsperformingarts.com | 507 Chestnut St, Highlands HCCMF “Cho-Liang Lin & Friends” | July 9, 6pm Mendelssohn Octet for Strings Ray Chen, violin; Alice Hong and Jessica Wu, violin; Yinzi Kong, viola; Charae Krueger and Guang Wang, cello; Scott Rawls, violin SUMMER EVENT

HIGHLIGHTS & Helpful Resources

Men are from Mars : Women are from Venus | August 14, 7:30pm The Off-Broadway hit comedy Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus LIVE!, is a one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up, and is a light-hearted theatrical comedy based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom.

Highlands Playhouse | highlandsplayhouse.org 362 Oak St, Highlands Ring of Fire | July 22 - August 14

From the songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and the healing power of home and family. More than two dozen classic hits—including “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune! Curtains Up! | August 19 – September 5 This original tribute to the best of Broadway and beyond was created by our very own Playhouse artistic team, led by Marshall Carby and Jimmy Lewis. This all new - original concert, featuring some of your favorite Playhouse performers, will explore the classic musical theatre tunes we all know and love along with today’s Broadway and West End hits! Highlands Recreation Center | highlandsnc.org/recreation 600 N 4th St, Highlands | (828) 526-3556 Skate Park The areas only skateboard park. Kids and adults of all ages gather here to practice their skateboarding tricks, learn to skate or scooter. There is no fee for the park, all are welcome. Swimming Pool | May 24 - August 2021 Visit website for schedule

Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders’ Park foundersparkhighlands.org | 411-499 Pine St, Highlands Highlands Marketplace Farmers Market | May – October This local market opens Saturdays from 8:00 A.M. until 12:30 P.M. You’ll want to arrive early for the best selections. Not only will you see your neighbors there shopping, but you’ll see local farmers, crafters, growers, artists, and bakers. Saturdays on Pine Concerts | June – September 6pm-8:30pm Village Square Art & Craft Show | June 26 – 27 and August 28 – 29 Independence Day Celebration, Concert & Fireworks | Games at town Twilight 5K & Concert | Aug 14, 6 – 10pm The Highlands Twilight 5K includes the following events: 5K Run/Walk and 5K Stroller Race. Town Square 343 Main St, Highlands Friday Night Live Concerts | May – September, 6pm – 8:30pm The Village Green & Commons | villagegreencashiersnc.com 160 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers Concert On the Commons with Continental Divide | July 4, 6pm – 9:30pm The Green Market | 2 – 5pm each Wednesday Grass-fed beef, freshly baked bread and bagels, locally sourced honey, wild caught fish, eggs, herbs and spices, foraged mushrooms, fresh produce, and naturally raised pork are among the fabulous items you can find at the Green Market, a weekly farm to table shopping experience. Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival: Opening Concert | July 5, 5pm “The Pinchas Zukerman Trio” Shostakovish: Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67 Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50 Pinchas Zukerman, violin; Amanda Forsyth, cello; George Li, piano

Summer Event Highlights

Author Event with Karen White | July 9, 3 – 4:30pm Karen White is the New York Times bestselling author of 28 books, including the popular Charleston-set Tradd Street mystery series. She will be sharing her latest novel The Last Night In London. Exclusive Semi-Private In-Person Joy Garden Tours | July 15, 12:30pm To purchase tickets, please email Kaye Keller at kayebkeller@gmail.com Village Green Shops of Joy Garden Tour 2021 | July 16, 3pm Along with the tour of beautiful private gardens, the Village Green Shops are open to everyone. Making Bath Time Fizz, Fun, Fabulous with Carolina Shores Natural Soap | July 16, 1 – 2pm Children, accompanied by their parents or an adult to help, will create their own bath jar with Carolina Shores Natural Soaps. Pouring the Garden In a Glass with Mary Palmer Dargan | July 16, 5 – 6pm Join us at the Commons under the Village Green Shops grand tent for a unique twist on Happy Hour! Cashiers treasure Mary Palmer Dargan will demonstrate how to forage ingredients from the garden to make delicious and refreshing beverages. Village Crawl | July 16, 6 – 8pm A new music event, Cashiers “Village Crawl,” featuring Nitrograss taking the Commons stage and Spalding McIntosh and Lionhearts performing at the Gazebo near the Cashiers crossroads. The evening will include pop-up boutique shops at the Commons venue along with a wine tasting by the Highlands Wine Shoppe. Food trucks will serve up delicious food to purchase on both sides of The Village Green. Local retailers will be open late and businesses will have special promotions that evening. Sip, savor, shop, and stroll the newly refurbished Cashiers Greenway Ramble for a delightful midsummer night with friends and family.

The Village Green & Commons

James Farmer Book Signing in the Village Green Shops | July 17, 10 – 12pm James Farmer is a Southern author, interior designer, and speaker known for his ability to create beautifully familiar and welcoming homes. To James, a home engages all of the senses – the pleasantries of colors and materials, the feel of the doorknob warmed by the sun, the smell of fresh laundry, the sound of the closing door, and the taste of supper on the table. Through his design firm, James works with clients to truly create a home. The Dahlia Doctor Is In with Drew English | July 17, 2 – 3pm Join Drew English, aka the Cashiers “Dahlia Doctor,” for a tour of The Village Green Dahlia Garden. Learn his secrets and tips for growing award-winning dahlias in your garden. Concert On the Commons with Commodore Fox, Kaitlyn Baker and Joe Lashier, Jr. | July 23, 6 – 9pm Village Nature Series | July 27, 5 – 6pm The Village Nature Series is an educational program that promotes conservation sponsored in collaboration with the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. The series of presentations highlight distinct cultural and natural features of the area. Visit the Village Nature Series page for a full program schedule. The Village Nature Series is held the last Tuesday of the months of April through September. USA Today bestselling author Susan Meissner will be speaking. She is the author of several award-winning historical fiction books such as Bright As Heaven, Secrets of a Charmed Life, and Fall of Marigolds. Her most recent release is The Nature of Fragile Things, which highlights a significant moment in San Francisco’s history, the destructive Great Earthquake of 1906 and one woman’s journey of rebuilding in its wake. Author Event with Kristy Woodson Harvey | August 6, 3 – 4:30pm The Albert Carlton Cashiers Library presents a live author event with Kristy Woodson Harvey. She will share her newest book Under the Southern Sky, the story of two childhood friends discover that love—and family—can be found in unconventional ways. Concerts On the Commons with Eat A Peach | August 6, 6:30pm www.villagegreencashiersnc.com/village-nature-series/ Author Event with Susan Meissnew | July 30, 3 – 4:30pm

Summer Event Highlights

Concert On the Commons with Emporium | August 20, 6:30– 8:30pm Village Nature Series | August 31, 5 – 6pm Author Event with Kristen Harmel | September 3, 3 – 4:30pm She is the author of The Book of Lost Names returning with an evocative coming-of-age World War II story, The Forest of Vanishing Stars is her recent novel about a young woman who uses her knowledge of the wilderness to help Jewish refugees escape the Nazis—until a secret from her past threatens everything. She will share this newest release during this event. Concert On the Commons with The Wobblers | September 4, 6:30– 9pm Concert On the Commons with The High Five | September 17, 6:30– 9pm The Ugly Dog Pub - Highlands | theuglydogpub.com 294 S 4th St, Highlands Bluegrass Wednesday with Nitrograss | Wednesdays, 5:30pm Bluegrass Wednesday with Nitrograss is back at The Ugly Dog! Table reservation required to attend! Tables available for $10 per seat. Entire table must be purchased and is subject to availability. Call Kellye to reserve your table: 828-318-5762. Seating starts at 5:30 PM, music starts at 6:00 PM. Come enjoy dinner and your favorite bluegrass band, Nitrograss! The Orchard House at Old Edwards | oldedwardshospitality.com Arnold Rd, Highlands Martinis & Mozart | July 13th, 5:30 Martinis & Mozart: Old Edwards Orchard House special event Presented by HCCMF in collaboration with Old Edwards Inn & Spa Killer Bees Farm & Honey Culinary Experience Fridays and Saturdays | 9:30am - 2pm through August Learn all about the wild world of bees and get a hands on experience of inspecting a hive; enjoy a unique and elegant honey tasting/pairing for a light lunch with champagne. Small group Tour - Reservations required.

Summer Event Highlights

A closer look at local favor ite

Cashiers Farmers Market & On The Side BBQ One of Cashiers’ most popular and successful locally owned businesses is the Cashiers Farmers Market and On The Side Barbecue. Sitting at the crossroads of Highway 64 and Highway 107, you can’t miss it when you cruise into town. As you enter the market, you’ll likely be greeted by one of the owners’ Golden Retrievers, who are completely unfazed by the bustle around them. The décor is reminiscent of days gone by, with crates of local produce and old advertising signs displayed prominently. Yet the products they carry UHSUHVHQWWKH¿QHVWLQSUHSDUHGIRRGLWHPVFKHHVHVHDIRRGZLQHDQG more, including gift items. On The Side BBQ is, you guessed it, on the side of the market and sells fresh barbecue and more, as individual meals as well as certain items in bulk. Owners Tom and Robin Crawford have successfully created what is FRQVLGHUHGDQ³LQVWLWXWLRQ´LQ&DVKLHUVE\R̆HULQJZKDWWKHLUFXVWRPHUV want while adding a heaping helping of nostalgia. As their website says, “it’s like old home week… all the time.” And that is a feeling that your average grocery store just cannot provide.

Q You’ve been in business since 1995. How has the business changed over the years? What has stayed the same? A When we started in 1995, we were in a tent behind the Exxon gas station. We sold mainly produce and had a few jar items. We had no employees other than us (Tom and Robin Crawford). Now, we sell not only produce, but many gourmet food items. We have prepared foods, meat, seafood, cheeses, wine, gift items, baked goods and much more. :HDGGHG2QWKH6LGHLQ:HQRZVWD̆IXOOWLPHHPSOR\HHV One thing that has stayed the same is the loyalty of our customers. Over the years we have seen many come and go. Some have died, some have gotten old and moved away. But every year when we reopen for the season in April all of our regulars are so happy to see us. They come in and welcome us and make us feel so happy to be back. “The loyalty and kindness of our customers is amazing!”

Cashiers Farmers Market & On The Side BBQ

Q What’s the most popular item you sell? What’s the one prepared food item that people MUST try when they shop at the Farmers Market? A This is a hard one. Everyone has their favorites. We always say that our store is so small we can only keep items around that sell quickly and are popular. We have a freezer full of prepared foods and everything is delicious! We make chicken salad daily and most days UXQRXWVRWKDWLVGH¿QLWHO\DELJKLW$OVRRXUKRPHPDGHYDQLOODLFH cream is a favorite. We sell a ton of our homemade salsas and when we run out people have been known to cry. Q Who are some local suppliers that sell through you and what do they provide? A The most popular thing we sell by an outside local source would be Darkcove goat cheese. We have sold this for probably 20 years. We sell it out of the freezer in pint containers and customers always want to “stock up” on it. We also sell fresh local eggs, goat milk soap (Uddermudder), many baked goods (the Chocolate Heaven Company, Lotsa Loaves), trout dip and smoked trout (Sunburst) honey (Killer Bee), in the summertime pretty much all of our produce is local. We try to stay local as much as we can. Many of our products are made in Asheville and surrounding areas. Q How many pounds of BBQ do you normally sell per month during the high season?

A We smoke over 6,400 pounds of pork during the busy months. Do people ever ask to buy your dogs? A Oh yes, they do! We tell them “They are priceless.”


Q +RZGR\RXVHHWKH)DUPHUV0DUNHWHYROYLQJRYHUWKHQH[W¿YH years or a decade? A It is hard to say. Cashiers has changed tremendously in the past 25 years that we have been in business. We are grateful for this town and all the opportunities we have been given with our business. The store is now run by Tom and Robin and their children Josh and Miranda. We don’t have much room to grow in the current location we are in, but we like it that way. We are a small family-run business. “We will continue to work hard

and do the best we can to bring fresh local goods to our community.”

Cashiers Farmers Market and On The Side BBQ 78 US 64, Cashiers, NC 28717 www.cashiersfarmersmarket .com (828) 743-4334

A closer look at local professional

Q :KDWDUH\RXUIDYRULWHORFDOÀRZHUVDQGSODQWVWRZRUNZLWKDQG why? A I love using masses of native ferns and mosses in woodland areas. Several rhododendrons and hydrangeas varieties also bring color to WKHODQGVFDSHLQWKHVXPPHUPRQWKV1DWLYHÀRZHULQJSHUHQQLDOV such as beebalm, ironweed, asters, and wild geranium, not only provide color and interest in the landscape, but also attract pollinators and birds. Byrd Landscape Design, LLC by Renee Bryd

Q How long have you owned/worked with the company?

A I began working in landscape design in 2004 during my graduate career at Clemson University and began Byrd Landscape Design in 2006.

Q What made you get into this industry?

A I have always enjoyed art and spending time outdoors. My mom worked for a landscape architect in Birmingham, Alabama and I was always amazed at her talent and ability to create a design vision on paper, then watch it come to life in the landscape. As a horticulture major at Clemson University, I focused my studies in landscape design, and was inspired to pursue that as a career with the encouragement and knowledge shared by my mentor and professor Mary Haque. Each project, client, and site are unique, and I enjoy the creative process and connecting with clients to provide outdoor spaces for clients that they will enjoy with their family and friends for years to come.


A Sustainability has become a strong core value in both the landscape industry and what many clients desire in their home landscapes. Thoughtful landscape design has the capability to provide peaceful havens for clients to enjoy the outdoors, as well as healing and enhancing the surrounding land. Well-designed functional outdoor spaces encourage FOLHQWVWRHQMR\WKHPXOWLWXGHRIEHQH¿WVSURYLGHGE\VSHQGLQJWLPH outdoors. Incorporating native plants for pollinators and wildlife has become more and more popular, as well as designing for low maintenance and selecting plant material that is well suited for each individual site and environmental conditions to reduce or eliminate the need for chemicals.

Q What’s your favorite part of the business?

A Meeting with clients and forming relationships to create outdoor spaces and experiences that are unique to each client and responsive to their needs and respectful to the surrounding land. I enjoy being able to communicate ideas through design and renderings. I am grateful to be able

to collaborate with several talented landscape installation companies in the area to bring these designs to life. Knowing that clients are interacting with the outdoor spaces and environment is invaluable.

Q What are some trends you are seeing in the industry right now?

A During the pandemic, many people quickly discovered the value of spending more time outdoors and experiencing the restorative benefits of nature. “Taking time to slow down, breathe, and be fully present and observe the natural world around us creates a deeper connection to ourselves, others, and our environment. ” There is a great sense of satisfaction from tending to a garden, watching it grow and learning from challenges that may arise. Even a small comfortable seating area surrounded by a few plants can provide solace from stress by providing an opportunity to connect with nature.

Home gardens and sustainable gardening practices are becoming increasingly desirable. Kitchen gardens of all scales are being incorporated more frequently into home landscapes. Raised planting beds, groups of containers, or integrating fruits, vegetables, and herbs into the landscape can provide a variety of food sources for many months of the year. $ORQJZLWKPRUHRSSRUWXQLWLHVIRUVHOIVẊFLHQWJDUGHQLQJPDQ\ homeowners are requesting plant material to provide food for birds and attract pollinators to the garden, “rewilding” once barren lawns with a SOHWKRUDRILQYLWLQJÀRZHUVDQGVHHGVRXUFHV,QFRUSRUDWLQJDYDULHW\ of well-suited native plants is recommended to support wildlife in the landscape. Multi-functional outdoor spaces are also extremely popular in the home landscape. Seamlessly connecting the home to the outdoors for entertainment has been a long-time trend in residential landscape design, and probably even more so now. With more people working from home, creating havens for retreat or opportunities to bring the ṘFHRXWVLGHZKHQSRVVLEOHLVHVVHQWLDO:HOOGHVLJQHGRXWGRRUVSDFHV that can be used for multiple purposes will provide opportunities to H̆RUWOHVVO\HQMR\WKHEHDXW\RIWKHQDWXUDOZRUOGDURXQGXV

Q Who is your client base?

A I specialize in residential landscape design primarily in Cashiers and Highlands in western North Carolina as well as the Lake Keowee area in upstate South Carolina.

Q Do you have a favorite project you can share?

A (YHU\SURMHFWLVXQLTXHDQGVSHFLDOWRPHVRLWLVGL̇FXOWWRFKRRVHD IDYRULWH,QFRUSRUDWLQJHOHPHQWVRIZDWHUVWRQH¿UHZRRGDQGSODQW material into outdoor spaces provides unique and varying aspects of interest throughout the seasons. 2QHUHVLGHQFHLQ+LJKODQGV1&ZDVJUHDWO\LQÀXHQFHGE\WKHJHQWO\ sloping terrain, existing stream, and the client’s desire to create a variety of unique outdoor spaces to discover throughout the 27 acre property. Their vision focused on providing creative, unique, and fun opportunities to bring family members and guests together, with seamless transitions between the home and outdoor spaces around the property, in addition to providing a space for gardening, pollinator plants for bees, and a variety

Renee Byrd of Byrd Landscape Design, LLC

of blooms throughout the year. The area surrounding the home and guest house was VWURQJO\LQÀXHQFHG by an English cottage garden theme, blended with local mountain style. The client worked closely with Scotlyn’s Yard Landscaping and Smathers Excavating to create a series of ponds and waterfalls meandering through the property and integrating these features seamlessly with the home.

A stone seating area cantilevered over the large pond is easily accessed from the home for entertaining and provides an easy launching site for ND\DNVDQGÀRDWVGXULQJWKHVXPPHUPRQWKV1HDUE\DNLWFKHQJDUGHQ with raised beds provides easy access to vegetables and herbs from the home. A potting shed constructed of antique windows, doors, and barn wood is a short walk from the garden and is surrounded by a variety of ÀRZHULQJSHUHQQLDOVDQGVKUXEV7KHODZQDUHDWXFNHGDZD\LQDQDUHD EHORZWKHSRQGSURYLGHVÀH[LEOHVHDWLQJVSDFHDGMDFHQWWRDZDWHUIDOO stream. Crossing a small stone bridge leads to a meandering woodland footpath to the guest cottage on the property.

I collaborated with XStream Ponds and Grandy Mountain Farm and Landscapes on a unique project in Mountaintop Golf Club in Cashiers,

NC. Stone steps meander along a naturalistic waterfall from the upper level outdoor living area to a large, multi-functional stone ¿UHSLWWHUUDFH7KHWHUUDFHLVFDQWLOHYHUHGRYHUWKHORZHUSRQGDUHD providing a direct connection to the calming capabilities of water in the landscape. Large boulders are carefully integrated into the terrace to double as additional seating. A combination of native plant material and a variety of blooming shrubs and perennials provides interest throughout the seasons, while providing food and nectar sources for birds and pollinators. Crossing the small pond over a few large stepping stones will lead you to another, smaller seating area and lawn. Wooden swings are placed under the covered terrace, to provide an element of play in the landscape while swinging over the pond. A residence in The Reserve at Lake Keowee creates a sense of wonder and discovery as the homeowners and guests explore the landscape. An outdoor kitchen and dining terrace adjacent to the home and screened porch allows for guests to easily transition from the home to the outdoors to enjoy the stunning views of Lake Jocassee and the mountains of North

Carolina and surrounding gardens. Walking across an oval lawn will lead to a secluded pergola-covered Wine Garden, where the

homeowners regularly enjoy evenings with friends and family. As you meander through the gardens and stone steps to the lower lawn, you ZLOO¿QGDQRSHQ9LHZLQJ7HUUDFHVPDOOHULQVFDOHWKDQWKHXSSHU dining terrace, and a pleasant place to soak up the sun and expansive

views or stargaze in the evenings. The lower lawn bordered with masses RIURVHVDQGÀRZHULQJSHUHQQLDOVOLQNVDVWRQH¿UHSLWWHUUDFHDQGKLGGHQ grotto and spa. Further along, a vine-covered arbor serves as a transition to stone steps that meander downhill to an elaborate tree house and picnic area. The two-story treehouse is truly a work of art and provides children and adults opportunities for discovery and play in nature.

Byrd Landscape Design, LLC Landscape Designer Renee Byrd byrdlandscapedesign.com byrdlandscapedesign@gmail.com

Fine dining at its f inest

Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro

One of the culinary gems of the Plateau is Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro. Located on Main Street in downtown Highlands, Wolfgang’s has been locally owned and operated by Wolfgang and Mindy Green for 27 years. Named the “Best Place for Dinner in Highlands” by Southern Living magazine and “The Place You Must Eat in Macon County” by Our State magazine as well as being the recipient of the Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence” for the past 11 years, Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine %LVWURVKRXOGEHDWWKHWRSRI\RXUOLVWIRU¿QHGLQLQJLQ+LJKODQGV German-born owner and executive chef, Wolfgang Green, has enjoyed a culinary career spanning decades that has taken him all over the world. With roots in Cajun and Creole cuisine from his time as executive chef of Commander’s Palace owned by the famed Brennan’s family in New Orleans, Wolfgang creates masterful dishes delighting the most discerning of palates.

From the moment you enter Wolfgang’s Restaurant, you are greeted like

family. Enjoy a cocktail and a small plate in the Bistro, dine in the warm and inviting pavilion, take in the fresh mountain air on their covered patio, or celebrate a special occasion with friends and family in their private wine room. Since 1994, Wolfgang and his wife, Mindy, have worked to create a UHVWDXUDQWZKHUH\RXFDQHQMR\WKHYHU\¿QHVWFXLVLQHDZDUGZLQQLQJ wines, impeccable service and a dining experience like no other in Highlands.

Q What is your favorite part about owning your restaurant? A While of course I love cooking, my favorite part is interacting with the customers. I do that each night. I love getting their feedback and knowing they have enjoyed their meal. Mindy loves working with patrons on creating their perfect private party. We host a lot of dinner parties, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions and more here at the restaurant. Mindy enjoys getting to know the customers and making sure their special occasion is the very best it can be.

Q What changes have you seen in the culinary scene on the Plateau since you opened Wolfgang’s in 1995? A Over the years, the dining options here have become more sophisticated. The ability to obtain more consistent produce and fresh VHDIRRGKDVFKDQJHGZKDWUHVWDXUDQWVFDQR̆HU:KDWLVZRQGHUIXOLV WKDWDOOWKHUHVWDXUDQWVKHUHDUHGL̆HUHQWDQGSHRSOHKDYHPRUHFKRLFHV We have seen more young people coming to the area and enjoying the dining options that are available. With all the changes, one of the best things is that we continue to have great support from our year-round and second home communities including the country clubs. Q What is your favorite recipe and why?

A Veal Wolfgang. This is a recipe that is a mix of classic and Creole/ Cajun cuisines. It is medallions of veal served on a Cabernet sauce WRSSHGZLWKVDXWpHGFUDZ¿VKDQG%HDUQDLVHVDXFH7KLVGLVKKDVVXFK JUHDWÀDYRUVDQGLVP\IDYRULWHRQRXUPHQX

Q What ingredients do you love to source locally?

A The truth is that local produce is quite limited. However, I love to get mushrooms locally and I buy a lot of produce from Osage Farms.

Q What would be your last meal? “Lobster!

No question. I love it!”

Q What do people overlook when ordering from your menu?

A Honestly, most items on our menu are ordered

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Q I’m hosting a dinner party; what would you serve?

A I’d serve our braised beef short rib with our mashed potatoes and collard greens as well as our crab cake with lobster cream sauce.

Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro 474 Main Street , Highlands, NC wolfgangs.net (828) 526-3807

Old Ford Ranch 7KH¿UVWWKLQJ\RXQRWLFHLVWKHPRXQWDLQDQGKRZFRXOG\RXQRW",WLV so close you can feel its presence. Like a wise old owl, it sits across the pasture, in silent observation of all around it. Whiteside Mountain, with all its history, mystery, and legend, is your stunning backdrop for this legacy estate property. Named after an old 1926 Model T found on the property’s old logging URDG2OG)RUG5DQFKLVDDFUHHTXHVWULDQHVWDWHFRQYHQLHQWO\ located just three minutes from Cashiers, NC, and 15 minutes from

A ranch with a view

Highlands, NC, yet it feels like a world away. Lots in Hickory Ridge are large, and the low-level density of the community makes privacy a priority. The estate has Highway 64 frontage, but the farmhouse, barn, and pasture are set back in the depth of the property for peaceful seclusion. Two private, gated entries lead to an authentic farmhouse, a two-stall barn, fenced pasture, and a stocked, spring-fed pond. Horse and hiking trails meander through the entire property. The sunlit pasture is surrounded by PDWXUHKDUGZRRGWUHHVDQGLQWKHVSULQJÀRZHULQJGRJZRRGV7KRXVDQGV

of National Forest Service acres border the southern end of the property where waterfalls, swimming holes, and more hiking trails are easily accessible. Lake Sarka, in neighboring Silver Slip Falls, beckons you to WDNHDSHDFHIXOZDONND\DNULGHRUWRUHOD[ZKLOH¿VKLQJIRUWURXW The farmhouse features a traditional layout with four bedrooms, four EDWKVWKUHH¿UHSODFHVDNHHSLQJURRPDQGDGLQLQJURRPZLWKD wall of windows. Recently the home was thoughtfully renovated with DQXSGDWHGNLWFKHQDQGDOOQHZEDWKURRPV$ODUJHGHFNRSHQVR̆

the dining room showcases Whiteside Mountain with its jutting outcropping Devil’s Courthouse, as well as long- range views of more mountains to the south. The two-story barn has been recently re- roofed with a new tin roof and has a huge, open loft as well as a tack room and a feed room. Old Ford Ranch would make an exquisite mountain estate for the discerning buyer, whether they have horses or not. For professional equestrians,

Tryon International Equestrian Center is less than two hours away. Horse enthusiasts who are more inclined to leisurely trail rides than competition in the dressage ring have plenty of trails to choose from not only on the Old Ford Ranch property, but across the Highlands-Cashiers plateau as well. Extensive horseback trails can be found in Panthertown Valley, which is approximately 15-20 minutes away, and in Gorges State Park, less than 40 minutes away.

Old Ford Ranch is in the middle of one of the most desirable resort areas of the western North Carolina mountains. The central location between Atlanta, Greenville, SC (one-and-a-half hours away), Asheville, NC (not quite one-and-a-half hours away), and Charlotte, NC (approximately WKUHHKRXUVDZD\ PDNHVLWDQHDV\FRPPXWHIRUWUDYHOHUVÀ\LQJLQIURP other destinations. Cashiers is an unincorporated village that boasts a casually sophisticated lifestyle with an impressive art and music scene. This cool, lush area has plenty of beautiful spots for outdoor DFWLYLWLHVVXFKDVKLNLQJÀ\ ¿VKLQJERDWLQJDQGPRUH Nearby Highlands is a hidden jewel just two hours’ drive north of Atlanta. It is situated atop a mountain plateau at an elevation of 4,118 feet. Recently, Southern Living magazine chose Highlands as a Top 5 Small Town Getaway. You can attend a wide variety of cultural events and explore apparel boutiques, antique shops, home furnishing stores, and great restaurants in both towns.

Once you have spent quality time in the saddle or meandering through the local shops, take time to unwind with the family at the ¿UHSLWRQDFRROVXPPHUQLJKW5DLVHDWRDVWWRROGPDQ:KLWHVLGH Mountain, who keeps a close watch on Old Ford Ranch.

“Your legacy will be part of his history.”

Contact us to take a personal tour of Old Ford Ranch 237 Old Ford Road | Cashiers NC

John Bynum (828) 200-0144 Faye Wurm (828) 200-1345 Dave Kirchner (828) 577-0620

A Scottish-Style Manor for the Modern Age If you’re a fan of the popular Outlander TV series or books, then you know how romantic Scottish manors are. Even if you’re not familiar with the series, surely you can appreciate the richness of quality craftsmanship that is so often the hallmark of these fabled abodes. In the highlands of Scotland, homes had to be built with hand hewn stone and massive wooden beams to keep out months of snow accumulation. Fortunately, for those who live in Highlands, NC, winters aren’t nearly that extreme.

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Even so, no expense was spared to bring this Scottish-style manor to life at the top of renowned Highlands Country Club. Natural Tennessee stone that was hand cut on site is prominently featured in the home’s architecture and adds rich texture throughout, beginning with the three stone arches that greet you at the front door. From the moment you enter the formal OLYLQJURRP\RX¶OOQRWLFHWKHLQFUHGLEOHGHWDLOVDKLJKFR̆HUHGFHLOLQJD VWRQH¿UHSODFHDQGDQLQWULFDWHO\FDUYHGPDKRJDQ\PDQWOH7KLVURRPZDV designed to impress any visiting laird or lady.

Stepping down through an arched doorway from the living room, the great room is reminiscent of a fine hunting lodge. It is sure to be a favorite family gathering place with its two-story stone fireplace and wall of stone as a backdrop. Glass doors on either side of the fireplace lead onto a covered porch with stone flooring and another stone fireplace, where you have unparalleled mountain views across Blue Valley. In a corner is a wet bar with storage. The rounded, cathedral wood ceiling soars overhead, yet lends warmth to the room. With its old-world feel, this room practically begs you to celebrate Christmas in it! )LQLVKHGZLWK¿QHVWDLQOHVVVWHHODSSOLDQFHVDQGODUJHZDONLQSDQWU\ the well-appointed kitchen is sure to please any chef. The centerpiece is a custom mahogany island with seating for guests. A large laundry room is mere steps away. Accessible from both the living room and the kitchen, the spacious dining room has abundant windows that showcase mountain views and wainscoting gives a formal elegance to the room. Double doors in the dining room take you to the stone terrace where \RXFDQVLSPRUQLQJFR̆HHDORQJVLGHWKHRXWGRRU¿UHSODFHDQGKLGGHQ waterfall. Complete with an outdoor kitchen, this is a favorite spot to entertain guests during the summer months. Six bedrooms, including two gracious master suites, allow plenty of room when your clan gathers. Both master suites are quite generously VL]HGDQGKDYHFRUQHU¿UHSODFHSULYDWHVLWWLQJURRPVDQGVWXQQLQJVSD VW\OHGEDWKV7KHPDLQÀRRUPDVWHUKDVDVHFRQGVWRQH¿UHSODFHLQWKH EDWK2WKHUIHDWXUHVLQFOXGHKHDUWSLQHÀRRULQJWKDWUXQVWKURXJKRXW the home, a personal gym, library space, and an attached double garage. And don’t miss the theater room for catching up on the latest episode of Outlander!

Highlands, NC is just two-and-a-half hours from Atlanta, and has mild winters, at least compared to the highlands of Scotland. Fine dining, world class shopping, and a variety of cultural events can be found downtown, which is just a few minutes from Highlands Country Club. The premier family-oriented private club in Highlands, Highlands Country Club began in 1928 when the founders of the club engaged Scottish architect Donald Ross to design their golf course. Club membership is by invitation only but not necessary to own a home in the neighborhood. Contact us for more information or to schedule your personal tour of this f ine home 370 Upper Brushy Face Road | Highlands NC

Judy Michaud (828) 371 -0730 Mitzi Rauers (828) 218-9123

A home is one of the most important assets that most people will ever buy. Homes are also where memories are made and you want to work with someone you can trust.”

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A closer look at us

A Little About Me & Why I Love Real Estate

JUDY MICHAUD In 1986, Judy Michaud began her career in real estate in the sleepy hamlet of Highlands, North Carolina. She spent countless weeks, months and years honing her craft as one of the two top broker/agents in this bustling arena, working tirelessly for her clients at Signature Properties of Highlands. But deep inside, this willful desire was becoming the dream to have KHURZQUHDOHVWDWH¿UP6KHZDQWHGWROHDGDWHDP of agents that would distinguish themselves by their commitment to the buyers and sellers of the unique


properties that seem to abound in this beautiful mountain oasis. Armed with experience, market savvy and her dream, Judy purchased Meadows Mountain Realty and began to assemble a team of professionals that are the elite core in the Highlands-Cashiers real estate marketplace. $WHDPZLWKRQHRYHUULGLQJSXUSRVH«+HOSHDFKFOLHQWIXO¿OOWKHLUGUHDP ZKHWKHULW¶VWRVHOOWKHLUKRPHDVTXLFNO\DQGH̆RUWOHVVO\DVSRVVLEOHRUWR purchase their dream home, second home or mountain get-away here in this mountain paradise. Each individual and their dream is of paramount importance to this illustrious team of professionals, from previewing each property that is listed with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Meadows Mountain Realty to contacting each client regularly to update them on current activities. This level of communication provides knowledge and knowledge is power in the ever-changing real estate marketplace. Each agent of this remarkable team is at work for you, knows this community and all its virtuous amenities and is techno-savvy, without losing the warm, personal touch so necessary to make the buying or selling of a home a tranquil, enjoyable experience.

In 2015, Judy decided to take her company and her team of expert DJHQWVWRWKHQH[WOHYHOE\ḊOLDWLQJZLWKRQHRIWKHZRUOGVPRVW respected and trusted companies, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. By choosing to work with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Meadows Mountain Realty, you know you will receive the highest levels of service and integrity available and you will be working with a market leader in the area.

TRICIA MICHAUD COX After falling in love with the area, Tricia’s family settled in Highlands in 1986. Upon graduating from Highlands High School, Tricia went on to obtain her B.A. from Wake Forest University in Winston Salem. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she pursued a career in Information Technology working for major organizations including Computer Sciences Corporation and ING Investment Management.


In 2005, her role with ING allowed Tricia and her family to relocate to New York City for three and half years where they lived in Manhattan and wholeheartedly embraced the city even giving up their cars! After JLYLQJELUWKWRWKHLU¿UVWVRQ:HVOH\WKH\GHFLGHGWRPRYHEDFNWR $WODQWDWREHFORVHUWRWKHLUIDPLOLHV7ULFLD¿QLVKHGKHUFDUHHUZLWK ING and, shortly thereafter, they moved permanently to Highlands and welcomed their second son, Christopher. With its wealth of outdoor activities and sense of community, Highlands is the perfect place to raise two boys. Tricia pursued her real estate license and currently holds licenses in both North Carolina and Georgia. Tricia was very excited to join her mother, Judy Michaud, and her sister, Michelle Muraco, at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Meadows Mountain Realty, where she is able to utilize her technology skills as well as participate in the family business of real estate.

MARY ABRANYI As a full time Real Estate Professional,

Mary feels fortunate to live, work and play in an area that is one of the most sought after destinations in the Southeast. “The quality of life here is truly unbeatable!” A graduate of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Mary moved to the area in 2001 from Denver, Colorado and began work in business to business sales


with a Fortune 500 company for a couple of years prior to entering her career in real estate in 2004. She attributes her success in part to her dedication to each client and her above and beyond attitude. Mary has long been known as a hard working go-getter who is committed to whatever it is she is involved in from business and community to family and friends. She and her husband, owner of Green Mountain Builders, have two young and vibrant children and she is also the owner of Cashiers Valley Fusion, a yoga studio and wellness boutique in Cashiers.

CATHY ADAMS &DWK\$GDPVR̆HUVSOXV\HDUVLQWKHUHDOHVWDWH industry combining real estate brokerage, new homes sales, custom home building and interior design to her impressive resume. Attaining the level of Chairman’s Circle Gold, she is in the Top 2% of Realtors in the Berkshire Hathaway National Network and was the #1 Sales Agent in the North Fulton/Alpharetta Branch in 2016.


Having owned a home in the Mirror Lake area for over 17 years, Cathy brings her passion for serving her clients to the Highlands

community which she, her husband and family have loved for so many \HDUV+HUNQRZOHGJHRIFRQVWUXFWLRQDQGGHVLJQR̆HUVREYLRXVDGGHG value to her clients. Sellers are guided on how best to stage and present their home to the marketplace with complimentary staging on all her personal listings…while Buyers working with her are delighted with her vision in helping them to see the potential of every home they consider through the eyes of a seasoned builder, designer and Realtor. Whether marketing your home for sale or searching for the perfect home IRU\RXDQG\RXUIDPLO\&DWK\R̆HUVWKHSURPLVHRIGHGLFDWLRQLQWHJULW\ and service. And the process is even further enhanced by the support of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services world class marketing tools, WHFKQRORJ\DQGQDPHUHFRJQLWLRQ6KHLVDQ$VVRFLDWH%URNHUD&HUWL¿HG Relocation Specialist, a Luxury Collection Specialist, a member of The National Association of Realtors, The Atlanta Board of Realtors and The Highlands-Cashiers Board of Realtors, Atlanta’s Top Producers and she passionately supports the Sunshine Kids charity serving kids with cancer.

JOYCE ANDRZEJEWSKI Joyce was born and raised in South Florida. She attended Florida State University and received a bachelor’s degree in Education in 1968. She also attended Florida Atlantic University and studied Exceptional Childhood in Education. In 1992 she received her Florida real estate license and began selling real estate in south Florida. When she and her husband, Alan, moved to Georgia in 1997 she earned her Georgia real estate license as well. From


2014-2018 she worked as a senior sales consultant in new home sales with the largest privately-owned builder in the nation, David Weekley Homes. Joyce earned a reputation specializing in selling luxury homes in north Atlanta and earned the J.D. Powers awards Sales Consultant of

WKH<HDU$WODQWD'LYLVLRQDQG6DOHV&RQVXOWDQW³'H¿QLWHO\:RXOG Recommend” Customer Service 2015 – Atlanta Division. In 2016 Joyce sold more than $12,800,000 in new homes. In 2017 she had more than $18,491,000 in new homes transactions and in 2018 from January through August, she closed more than $12,000,000 in new homes. Integrity, honesty, and being a leader in service to the community are essential components of Joyce’s life and as a result her client relationships are one of trust. The joy of being a part of watching VRPHRQHDFTXLUHWKHLUGUHDPKRPHLVTXLWHDQKRQRUDQGR̆HUVKHUGHHS satisfaction. She is still licensed in Florida and Georgia as well as North Carolina. Joyce and her husband now live in Burlingame, in Sapphire, NC; they still own a home in north Georgia. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Her hobbies include playing tennis, croquet, watching college football, horseback riding, hiking, and enjoying lots of family time.

LOUISE BOOTH Louise and her family have vacationed on Lake Glenville since 1995, and dreamed of owning a home in the Highlands-Cashiers area. For twenty years, VKHKDGDIXO¿OOLQJFDUHHUDVD/LFHQVHG&OLQLFDO Social Worker for the Volusia County, Florida public school system. Louise obtained her real estate license in Florida in 2007, and also sold real estate in the Port Orange market.

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In 2020, Louise received the President’s Circle Award for her sales among the top 6% of Berkshire Hathaway sales agents in the US. She strives to provide excellent service and value to her customers.

JOHN BYNAM A Marine and former Department of Defense

contractor, John settled in the Florida Keys when he retired and opened a cigar shop. However, in 1996 fate intervened when he came to Cashiers on vacation. Not EHLQJDEOHWR¿QGD³GHFHQW´FLJDUDQ\ZKHUHLQ&DVKLHUV he came back two weeks later and opened Cigars of Cashiers. After two years of commuting between the Keys and the mountains, John decided to make the mountains his permanent home. When the cigar boom eventually waned, John closed his cigar shop and


obtained his real estate license. He has since found his niche on the Highlands-Cashiers plateau.

John has an intimate knowledge of the area as a full-time, year-round Realtor. Coupling that knowledge with his “no nonsense/tell it like it is/ win-win” approach to real estate and his great sense of humor, John has turned clients into loyal friends who have in turn referred him to others.

Welcome to a lifestyle like no other.

DONALD COLLINS 'RQZDV¿UVWLQWURGXFHGWRWKH+LJKODQGVDQG Cashiers area in the summer of 1987, when he met his lovely wife who was raised Cashiers. Now, 30 years later, and having had the opportunity to live here as well as in other areas, they quickly realized just how blessed they have been to call the Cashiers community home! Don and his wife have three wonderful children and could not imaging raising their family anywhere else.


Don has been in the real estate industry for more than 30 years with over $500 million in sales. He has extensive experience representing both buyers and sellers with all types of property. From large parcels for developments to perfect family cottages or spectacular luxury homes, Don can help you ¿QGZKDW\RXDUHORRNLQJIRURUKHFDQKHOS\RXVHOOWKHSURSHUW\\RXRZQ His goal is to keep it as simple and stress free as possible while achieving your real estate goals.

DINAH DAVIS Working with an agent like me, with a varied skill set, can help you win in a competitive real estate market. With limited inventory, it is important to have a knowledge of the market and the ability to move quickly. I can help you get the knowledge you need, VR\RXDUHFRQ¿GHQWZKHQ\RXDUHPDNLQJDQR̆HURU selling your property. I became a NC licensed agent in 1997, but I have been working in real estate since 1987, when I began my career as a commercial transaction attorney. Since then,


,KDYHZRUNHGDVLQKRXVHFRXQVHOWRDQDWLRQDOUHDOHVWDWH¿UPDQGDVD consultant on a commercial tenant team, both in Atlanta, Georgia. In all these positions, I honed negotiating skills and attention to detail. I leverage

my legal background to bring a logical and measured approach to each transaction.

Real estate transactions are complicated puzzles. They have a beginning, PLGGOHDQGHQG7KHUHLVDÀDWDVSHFWWKDWLVUHDGLQJVXUYH\VSODQV DQGSHUPLWVDQGXQGHUVWDQGLQJKRZWKH\DOO¿WWRJHWKHUZLWKERXQGDULHV easements, access, and available utilities. There is a 3-D aspect to understanding slopes, neighborhoods, towns, and distances to services. &RQWUDFWQHJRWLDWLRQDQG¿QDQFLQJDGGPRUHSLHFHVWRWKH5XELN¶VFXEH For me, the most rewarding piece of the puzzle is having a buyer and seller OHDYHDFORVLQJWDEOHVDWLV¿HGDQGDVIULHQGV Education: I was raised in an Atlanta suburb and graduated from high school at Westminster. After earning my BA in English at Dartmouth College, I received my JD from University of Georgia Law School.

TRACI & MIKE ERWIN Mike and Traci Erwin spent most of their lives in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. After completing 20 years in law enforcement, Mike as a Homicide Detective and Traci as a Crime Scene Investigator, they decided to retire and make change. In 2015, they moved to the mountains of Western North Carolina on a year round basis.

Mike and Traci have been married for 16 years and enjoy spending time at home with their two chocolate


labs, Sasha and Cocoa. Prior to moving to Cashiers area permanently, they spent about six weeks a year here on vacation. Mike has been vacationing here for over 30 years. They knew this is where they wanted to be. Mike and Traci enjoy spending time outdoors with friends and family, making WKHEHVWRIZKDWWKLVDUHDKDVWRR̆HU

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