glimpse / 2011 / nc

It's about 10 degrees cooler in Cashiers, N.C., than in towns only a few miles away, setting the stage for what lifelong resident Sue Bumgarner calls a "very laid back, very refreshing little village.

Close to 50 years ago, the islands in the Fontana Reservoir were mountain peaks.

Burrowed between the Nantahala National Forest and Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina, the small town of Highlands maintains an artful balance between being "away from it all" and generating its own cultural magnetism.

Drive directly from Chattanooga into North Carolina and the small town of Murphy is there to greet you when you cross the state line.

NCGL cherokee1 Search all you want, but you won't find a founding date for the town of Cherokee, N.C.

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