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As the summer season comes to a close and we ready for visitors eager to bask in the fall foliage, our community comes together for a summertime event that has become a highlight of the year: The Cashiers Designer Showhouse.

This year the Designer Showhouse is located at Serenity Acres, which showcases the many beautiful aspects of Cashiers NC, with its mountain views, lush grounds and hillside homes. Visitors will have three weeks to experience the peaceful spirit of Serenity Acres during the 16th annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse.

From Aug. 17 to Sept. 1, the property will be open to the public for tours and special events. The Designer Showhouse is an annual fundraiser for the Cashiers Historical Society, an organization dedicated to preserving the heritage of Cashiers.

Visitors will have access to three homes, grounds and stables, which have been decorated and designed by more than 18 designers and a dozen landscape specialists. According to Laurel magazine, the original house and grounds were purchased in 1990 by George and Dorothy Bishop. Over the years, the Bishops have added more property, built the stables and riding ring. Serenity Acres became a mountain retreat for the entire Bishop family.

One of this year’s event highlights is a satellite shop of The Bascom Visual Art Gallery with fine arts and crafts for sale at the stable. Purchase art by woodturners Philip and Matt Moulthrop, ceramic artists Barry Gregg, Ben Owen and Alex Matisse and sculptor Wesley Wofford along with a number of emerging artists. The Bascom is open year-round for shopping, workshops and special events.

Even more shopping is available at the Showhouse Shops, featuring Cashiers area antique shops, pet boutiques, children’s items, garden products, gifts and jewelry. A percentage of the proceeds from each of the participants will be donated to the Cashiers Historical Society.

Special events include a patron’s party on Aug. 16 for a preview of the showhouse and grounds before the event opens to the public the following day. Also join author and designer Carolyne Roehm for a luncheon and book signing on Aug. 17. On Aug. 24, head to the Chattooga Pavilion for the sounds of HELP!, a Beatles tribute band from Charleston, SC. Tickets are $125 each.

For more information on the Cashiers Designer Showhouse and to purchase advance tickets, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org. Daily showhouse tickets are $25 each.

Cashiers NC Fly fishing

Fly fishing enthusiasts will be eager to cast their line in the waters around Cashiers, NC. This area of North Carolina is home to some of the best flying fishing. The Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail outlines 15 stops where fishermen can catch brook, brown and rainbow trout. The recommended spots on the trail fit any fisherman’s interest whether fishing for quantity or size as well as options for open water or small stream fishing.

Here are some noteworthy bodies of water on the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail:

  • Scotsman and Fowler creeks flow into Chattooga River, where the movie “Deliverance” was filmed. But don’t let that scare you away from fishing for brown and rainbow trout.
  • The Tuckasegee River is a more than 4-mile stretch where fishermen have the best chance to hit the “Tuckasegee Slam” – catching all three species of trout in one spot.
  • Raven Fork is also known as Cherokee Trophy Water as fish of 20 and 30 inches are common. This area is catch and release fly fishing only and you must have a Cherokee annual permit and daily permit.
  • The Lower Tuckasegee River runs more than 8 miles and is a hatchery-supported body of water. You can catch rainbow and brown trout along with smallmouth bass.

Get more information on the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail and download a map at www.flyfishingtrail.com.

If you’re looking for gear and guides, stop off at Brookings’ Cashiers Village Anglers. This local store has an extensive inventory of gear while also offering guided fishing trips. Brookings’ carries just about anything a fly fisherman in Western North Carolina would need along with spinning rod gear and conventional tackle as well as saltwater fly rods and reels.

Brookings’ provides four types of guided trips as part of the Orvis Endorsement program and guides can create customized fishing experiences for individuals or groups. Newcomers to the sport of fly fishing can participate in an all-day fishing school. Beginning anglers will learn casting, knot-tying and fly selection before getting hands-on instruction with experts and guides.
Our guests are just steps from another excellent fishing spot – Lake Glenville. Filled with bass, the lake is also becoming known for its walleye fishing and is home to smallmouth bass, trout, crappie, largemouth bass and bream.
So if you love tossing your line in the water, you’ve come to the right vacation spot. And, if you’re able to keep your catch, give us a call in time for dinner.

Cashiers NC - The Village Green

Right in the heart of Cashiers, NC, is a 12.5-acre green space that offers recreational, educational and cultural activities and events for locals and visitors. The Village Green – located at the crossroads of Highways 64 and 107 – is a must-see for anyone looking for things to do while vacationing here in Cashiers NC.

We owe this local gem to three local residents who were dismayed when a hotel chain bought 2 acres at the highway intersection. The residents bought the land from the hotel and donated it to a nonprofit corporation, The Village Green, in 1992. Since then, the space has become a bustling civic space with a large playground, gazebo and picnic areas, gardens and a common area for events and festivals.

Dahlia Garden highlights one of Cashiers’ greatest assets: the variety of dahlias that color the area. The dahlia blossoms range from 2 to 14 inches with petals of pompoms, spidery cactus and daisy-like single blooms.

The Village Green also boasts a woodland area called The Glades with trails through the forest of trees, rhododendron and holly. And if you’re visiting in the springtime, the Azalea Garden will be awash in color from azaleas as well as mountain laurel and rhododendron.

If you have children, don’t miss Village Play, a playground designed by the children of Cashiers NC and constructed by more than 1,500 community volunteers over five days.

In addition to welcoming visitors with its natural beauty, The Village Green plays host to a summertime garden tour, Fourth of July fireworks show, art festivals, Christmas activities and number of community events.

Of note this summer is Groovin’ on the Green, a Friday night concert series that runs through Aug. 30, along with the Biennial Invitational Sculpture Exhibition featuring nine sculptures by emerging and established artists. This exhibition runs through Jan. 1, 2014.

From spring to fall, check out the Village Nature Series, free education presentations about the distinctive nature of the Cashiers area and North Carolina. Upcoming events:

  • Blaze Watch: N.C. Lookout Towers with Peter Barr at 7 p.m. Aug. 27
  • Birds of Prey with Michael Skinner at 7 p.m. Sept. 24
  • Bats Alive! with the N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission at 7 p.m. Oct. 29

The Village Green continues to grow and development, making it a key asset for the Highlands-Cashiers area. The space is funded by events and private contributions; it receives no government support. Learn more about The Village Green and upcoming events at www.villagegreencashiersnc.com.