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For those seeking fashionable and functional gear for all things mountain living, look no further than the Highland Hiker in Cashiers and Highlands, NC. Founded in 1982 by David and Carol Wilkes, the original Happy Hiker was a small hiking shop offering everything the rugged mountain man or woman needed to venture out into the great outdoors of Highlands hiking and camping. Walking sticks, hiking boots and fishing gear were just a sampling of offerings in the original Highlands, NC, store.

Flash forward almost a decade and the Highland Hiker was re-born and relocated to the highly coveted Main Street location in Highlands. This move was significant, not only because of the increased visibility on Main Street, but also because of the new building,

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It’s November; which means everyone in the country is gearing up for good food and good times with family. In Cashiers, NC, people are gearing up for another year of Gobble on the Green, and a fun Turkey Trot 5k that gets participants up and active on a day that most people commit to eating and napping. This year, the event will be held on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, and will begin at 10 a.m.

History of The Event

This was the first year in many years that there was a Thanksgiving Day 5k in Cashiers, NC. In 2018, The Village Green of Cashiers decided to start up the 5k again. Last Thanksgiving, around 450 people in the community came out to celebrate Thanksgiving and run in the 5k. This was a bigger turnout than expected, but brought

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The Highlands Food and Wine Festival, now celebrating its fourth year, is the area’s premier culinary event. Highlands, North Carolina is known to many as the crown jewel of the Western North Carolina mountains. A prestigious and picturesque town, Highlands sits on the edge of the Smoky Mountains at an elevation of 4,118 feet. It’s easy to see how the town got its name. During the summer months, many flock to this mountain sanctuary seeking cooler temperatures, breathtaking views from hiking trails, world class fly-fishing and magical waterfalls, but one of Highlands’ main attractions is the Highlands Food and Wine Festival. Events abound as everyone, visitors and locals alike, head for the outdoors. This town isn’t just for outdoor enthusiasts.

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best place to experience all four seasons western north carolina mountains landmark realty group

As part of the Appalachian Mountain chain, the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina undoubtedly make it the best place to live to experience all four seasons. From the urban hub of Asheville to the ski resorts in the High Country and watersports in the Tennessee Valley, Western North Carolina has everything to offer. 

Thanks to the mild climate and exquisite scenery everywhere you look, Western North Carolina is the best place to live experience all four seasons. Whether you want to lead an active lifestyle or simply relax and watch the scenery change throughout the year, Western North Carolina has it all. As well as having thriving commercial centers, the region offers an unrivaled view of some of the best

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landmark realty group annual chili cook off

Why did we create the Landmark Realty Group’s Annual Chili Cook-Off? Besides the opportunity to eat delicious offerings of chili, this flavor-filled event is our way of saying “thank you” to our clients and community for another great year. At Landmark Realty Group, we are grateful for our clients, neighbors and families. With the annual Chili Cook-Off Business After Hours Season Finale with Landmark Realty Group, we share an evening of fun and food tastings against the gorgeous backdrop of Cashiers, North Carolina.  

Get in the Fall Spirit with a Western North Carolina Chili Cook-Off 

Why chili? There’s just something about that first hint of coolness in the air that instantly makes you want to throw on an oversized cozy sweater and eat one

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best spots for fly fishing in north carolina landmark realty group

It’s widely known that fly fishing in North Carolina boasts some of the best angling opportunities in the country. In fact, in 2016, local and state elected officials dubbed Jackson County, NC as the NC Trout Capital. With trout-filled waters, surrounded by mountain majesty and cooler temperatures, everyday fishing becomes an elevated experience for all skill levels. And whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned and salty angler, the rivers and streams of the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail are bountifully awaiting your visit. Waters are full of almost any breed of wild trout you may want to catch. These include rainbow, brook, brown, golden or the elusive Donaldson, sometimes referred to as the “Super Trout.” One doesn’t have to look far amongst

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top 5 reasons to choose vacation rental in cashiers nc landmark realty group

The Highlands-Cashiers plateau and vacation rentals in Cashiers, NC undeniably have their own culture. A deep history is embedded here, and the higher in elevation you go, the more fiercely the inhabitants love the area. Across the country and over time, people have made lasting memories discovering the sheer magic of the Plateau as a mountain haven. Charming people for decades, Cashiers is the ideal vacation spot for those seeking asylum from the hustle and heat. Whether you opt to buy a home, or choose one of our vacation rentals in Cashiers, NC, you’ll fall under the spell of the small mountain town. 

There are so many reasons to choose places to rent in Cashiers, NC for your next vacation, but we’ve narrowed it down to the top 5 reasons you

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real estate glossary top terms explained landmark realty group

When it comes to real estate transactions, no matter how many times you’ve experienced the process, the vocabulary involved can be daunting. That’s where a real estate glossary can help. While a seasoned and experienced real estate broker is there to guide and represent your interests, it’s still beneficial to have a basic understanding of what’s going on – especially since purchasing a home is most likely the biggest investment you’ll ever make.  

We’ve compiled a real estate glossary of terms most commonly used in North Carolina’s home buying and selling transactions, and have presented them in a way that should be palatable for all. This may be your first time buying or selling property in North Carolina and there may be some differences from

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10 best hiking trails in western north carolina landmark realty group

People come to the mountains for a variety of reasons and one of them is that we have some of the best hiking trails in Western North Carolina. People who visit the area want to enjoy the gorgeous views of the mountains. There is no better way to enjoy the mountains than to be right in the middle of them: hiking. 

Each mountain trail offers its own unique beauty to those who are traveling through the area. Here are the top 10 best hikes in Western North Carolina:

  1. Black Balsam Knob

  2. Max Patch Mountain

  3. Frying Pan Tower

  4. Looking Glass Rock Trail

  5. Whiteside Mountain Trail

  6. Secret Falls Trail

  7. Yellow Mountain

  8. Panthertown Valley

  9. Wayah Bald Tower

  1. Black Balsam Knob

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