Public Service Announcement - Pine Creek Recreation Repairs

Please be advised of the following information from Duke Energy regarding the Pine Creek Recreation Area on Lake Glenville. 

Beginning the week of Nov. 12, 2018, Duke Energy will temporarily close the Pines Recreation Area on Lake Glenville to make site improvements, including steps to a terraced portion of the swim beach.

All amenities at the recreation area will close to facilitate the work. During the closure, visitors can continue to use the High Falls trail located across Pine Creek Road. The Pines Recreation Area should re-open by the end of December depending on weather conditions.

Lake and recreation area updates are available at

Cashiers, NC Named in "The 50 Most Beautiful Small Towns" in Architectural Digest

The Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce is delighted to share that Cashiers, NC has been named one of "The 50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America" by Architectural Digest- a vibrant monthly publication of living well. The magazine, also available online, launched from California in 1920 and has evolved to highlight international design talents, innovative homes and products, inspiring decorating ideas, culture, and travel.

Ranked #39 on the list, Cashiers is described as one of the nation's most stunning locales and highlights Silver Run Falls as just one of the town's natural beauties.

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High Hampton Resort Prepares for Next Chapter

The Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to share a recent press release from Daniel Communities regarding commencement plans for Phase 2 of High Hampton Resort & Club's re-imagination plan. The resort will continue to work with the North Carolina State Historical Preservation Office to construct additional resort amenities and renovate the historic inn and lodging accommodations. Read the whole press release from Daniel Communities below.

For Immediate Release

High Hampton Resort Prepares for Next Chapter in Storied History
Resort to Begin Year-Long Transformation and Renovation
Cashiers, N.C. (October 29, 2018) – As the seven new Tom Fazio designed golf holes start to take shape on the west side of Hwy 107 just south of downtown Cashiers, Daniel Communities is pleased to announce plans for Phase 2 of the re-imagination of the treasured High Hampton Resort & Club. Beginning this off-season, and working with the North Carolina State Historical Preservation Office, ownership has committed to building additional resort amenities and renovating the historic inn and lodging accommodations while continuing the renovation of the golf course under direction of Mr. Fazio and his team. 
In addition to the extensive golf course redesign and creating a new driving range and short game practice facility, a new restaurant that will offer ample yet intimate indoor and outdoor gathering spaces with dramatic views, a pool complex, lake front beach recreation area and fitness center will all be added to the club member and resort guest amenities. Family recreation activities will also be enhanced through the development of new tennis and pickle ball courts, a croquet lawn and dedicated space for additional games and activities. 
For those looking to visit High Hampton, not only will the historic lodge and cottages undergo improvements to guest rooms, the dining room and common areas, but also new lake and mountain view cottage guest rooms will be developed. The master plan continues to contemplate additional future developments, which will include a new spa, additional F&B programming and additional new cottage guest room units; the sum total of which are all crafted and programmed to stay true to the High Hampton ethos as The Original Southern Mountain Retreat - where time slows and people stop to reconnect.
“The next year will set us up for the next century,” said Tom Garcia, General Manager of High Hampton Resort. “Together, we set a higher standard for the High Hampton experience by both preserving and honoring the spirit and tradition of this great resort while transforming the comforts, services and amenities that will truly make this a grand destination. The upcoming enhancements will only continue the legacy and help share the High Hampton story with future generations.”
Given the magnitude and location of the improvements being made to the resort core and surrounding grounds, High Hampton will not be taking reservations at the historic Inn for the 2019 season; however High Hampton will continue to welcome guests and be their guide to a spectacular mountain experience through the vacation home rental program. Information on home rentals is available on and additional information regarding club and real estate sales can be found at
High Hampton Resort is managed by Benchmark Global Hospitality as part of the Benchmark Resorts & Hotels brand. For more information on High Hampton Resort, please visit
About High Hampton Resort
High Hampton Resort, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has for 96 years operated as a rustic yet elegant mountain inn overlooking the spectacular scenery of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Amenities at this 3,600-foot elevation, 1,400-acre, 116-room resort (with lodge rooms, cottages and cabins, all with private bath) include a myriad of seasonal events (children’s programs, llama walks, golf and tennis clinics, dahlia dinners, etc.), a mountain golf course, a full dining room with three sumptuous buffets daily, five tennis courts, spa, hiking trails and a 15-acre private lake for swimming, boating, fishing, and other water-related activities. Visit High Hampton Resort in Cashiers, North Carolina.  For more detailed information, see the website at or contact reservations toll-free at (800) 334-2551.
About Benchmark Resorts & Hotels
Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® features the finest in lodging, dining, recreational and meeting accommodations.  Featuring unique and distinctive properties renown for exceptional service and for creating unforgettable memory-making experiences, it is the signature portfolio of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for nearly 40 years.  Many Benchmark Resort & Hotels' properties are certified by IACC, the association that represents the finest meeting venues and services globally, and many have also been recognized with the coveted Benchmark Conference Centers® certification of meeting excellence. To become a fan on Facebook, visit  Follow us on Twitter at, on Instagram at, and on Pinterest at
About Daniel Communities
Daniel Communities is among the leading developers and managers of premier destination resort communities in the country including the renowned golf and lake resort, Reynolds Lake Oconee and Ritz Carlton Lodge.  Daniel Communities, together with its sister company Daniel Corporation, is one of the most recognized and trusted names in real estate with a heritage that spans nearly 60 years.   Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, Daniel has created iconic and transformative properties in nearly every southern and mid-Atlantic state.

Cashiers Small Area Plan Update - October 2018

The Cashiers Area Community Planning Council met on Monday, October 22 at the Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center at 5:00 p.m. The Agenda included a public comment period and council discussion on the recently drafted document for the Cashiers Small Area Plan. The council has now secured a work session for Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. held at the Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Department to continue the document's review. 

The Cashiers Area Community Planning Council meets on the fourth Monday of every month at the Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center, Frank Allen Road, Cashiers, NC. at 5:00 p.m.

September 2018 Updates: The Plan was completed by Jackson County consulting team Stewart Consulting and Friction Shift Projects and provides the Village of Cashiers with goals and strategies relevant to land use, transportation, utilities, natural resources, economic development including pedestrian safety, housing and other key area factors based on response and participation from the community. The Jackson County Planning Department hosted a three-day Small Area Plan Workshop in June of 2018 for Cashiers Area residents, business owners and stakeholders to provide input on key factors for future area planning and economic growth in the Cashiers Commercial District and surrounding area. The open-house style charrette, presentations and seminars were held at the Glenville-Cashiers Community Rec Center June 4-6 and provided generous opportunity for community members to share visions for progression. A small area plan survey for Cashiers community members provided additional opportunity for input.

View the full draft plan here and stay up-to-date with all Jackson County's Planning efforts on A review of the plan is expected to take place at the October Cashiers Planning Council meeting.

Photo Credit: Alan Rhew, PlateauPro

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.


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