Southeast Tourism Society names 'Top 20 Event' to Sapphire Races

The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985. This year, STS has awarded a 'Top 20 Event' title to Sapphire Valley's Annual Outhouse Races for the months of January/February with help from the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority. The STS 'Top 20 Events' are nationally publicized by STS. 

Read the entire press release here. STS, founded in 1983 and headquartered in Roswell, Ga., is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting travel and tourism within 12 states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

About the Outhouse Races - You won’t find Outhouse Races on snow anywhere else in North Carolina! Dozens of outhouses race to compete for the throne. Spectators come from throughout the Southeast to line the course and cheer on those brave enough to see if the outhouse crashes and burns or sails across the finish line. Contact Sapphire Valley Ski Resort at 828-743-7663 for more information.

Mountain Shadow Features Beloved Bear

Whiteside Mountain is a beloved local landmark for Cashiers and the surrounding area. With an elevation of 4,930 feet, it boasts sheer rock cliffs that are among the highest in the eastern United States. With its iconic rock faces, views, and abundant foliage there’s no wonder this mountain is a year-round spectacle.

There is one seasonal display, however, that adds to the Mountain’s show. Coming out of hibernation each Autumn, “The Shadow of the Bear” is visible for 30 minutes on sunny days between 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. from mid-October through early November due to the setting of the autumnal sun behind the mountain.

Visible from the “Rhodes Big View Overlook” off Highway 64, the Bear starts with a small dark shadow at the bottom of the valley, and it grows ever larger seemingly evolving from a turtle to a cat to a floppy-eared dog-- finally revealing itself as a Bear. 

While this occurrence is worth seeing, be aware and cautious of busy highway traffic when parking and leaving the site.

Th Rhodes Big View Overlook and parcel of land is protected in perpetuity by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust for the benefit of the public, thanks to the generosity of the Raoul Alstaetter-Rhodes family who donated the land in October of 2006. This year marks the 12th anniversary of preservation. For more historic information about the overlook and how it was acquired by Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, click here.

2018 Annual Meeting & Celebration

The Chamber's Annual Meeting and Celebration will be held Thursday, November 15 at the Orchard Restaurant Event Barn from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

This ticketed event with abundant hors d'oeuvres, beverage and entertainment allows the community to come together to recognize retiring Chamber board members, new Chamber board appointees, Chamber board elected officers, and celebrate all community developments from the year while enjoying the upcoming holiday season. Winners of the Annual Spirit of Our Community Awards will be announced during the evening.

Chamber members are invited to purchase tickets starting October 25.



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