Shop. Dine. Stay. Play … Yay!  Cashiers NC and nearby Highlands are springing into summer amid relaxing health restrictions, vibrant blue skies and abundant blooming flowers. After months of social distancing, many families and friends are now gathering -- within the continued safety protocols – to celebrate on the Plateau.

July marks the return of the Village Green’s Joy Garden Tour in Cashiers.  New this year will be the “Village Crawl,” an extended shopping event launched by the Cashiers Area Chamber Retail Roundtable in coordination with the bi-annual garden tour. 

The public is invited to enjoy evening shopping hours of 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 16th.  Many of the participating upscale apparel, home and gift, and specialty boutiques near the Cashiers Crossroads, the intersection of US 64 and NC 107, will offer a garden-themed purchase premium to complement Joy Garden festivities.  Live music also will be featured in various venues of the Village Green from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Ample and convenient parking is available on Frank Allen Road.

“Concerts on the Commons” will be held mid-July to October in lieu of the traditional summer “Groovin’ on the Green” music series on the Village Green lawn.  For more information, visit, the online community calendar for events in Cashiers, Glenville, Sapphire, Lake, Toxaway and Highlands.

These summer reunions include not only making memories with family and friends but also reconnecting with the splendor of nature in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  Dramatic waterfalls, enchanting forest scenery, and fascinating wildlife captivate those new, as well as those returning, to the Cashiers-Highlands Plateau.  The destination’s high elevation ecology is home to numerous and many rare species of native flora and fauna. 

And, as always, the Plateau’s cool summer breezes offer a welcome embrace whether alongside a babbling brook, around a firepit or in front of a striking mountain view.  We hope you enjoy your stay, be it joyfully socializing or in quiet solitude for a day or a lifetime.  For more information, contact the Cashiers Area Chamber and Visitor Center at 202 US 64 West, or 828-743-5191.