Captivated by Cashiers,
It would be easy to breeze right through the little crossroads community of Cashiers (pronounced Cash-urs) and barely notice it. But that would be a shame, as it is an appealing village with more than one delightful surprise tucked away here and there.
Most of the shops and galleries that make up this little burg are tucked away within half a mile of the town's main intersection of Highways 64 and 107, in one direction or another. One that is easy to find is the Cashiers Farmers Market, located on the corner of the intersection. This open-sided fresh vegetable stand offers an elegant bit of everything to the well-heeled local clientele, from wines to the best barbeque in the mountains (no brag, just fact).
Most people discover Cashiers NC as they travel the lovely length of Hwy 64 through the southern mountains from Highlands to Brevard. Mostly Cashiers is a place to stop and have lunch or dinner, to do a bit of shopping, and perhaps enjoy the art on display at the Blue Valley Gallery. If you are in the mood for fine dining, anyone in town can direct you to The Orchard, a family-owned restaurant specializing in innovative cuisine and situated, appropriately, in the midst of a lovely apple orchard.
Shops and Restaurants in Cashiers.
The inside of this barn like building is filled with everything you need for an upscale picnic or a weekend at the cabin. Fine wines are abundant, as are cold micro-brew beers, snacks along with the seasons freshest corn, tomatoes, berries and all sorts of locally grown good stuff. The shelves are filled with artisan jams, and jellies, pickles and more. If you are hungry and love barbeque, at the far end of the market where you'll find "On the Side" a takeout smokehouse that serves up the very best smoked ribs that I have enjoyed anywhere in North Carolina. They also dish up hot, smoky pulled pork and smoked chicken, along with all the sides including home made coleslaw and soul-satisfying baked beans.
Blue Valley Gallery
This bright and lively gallery presents the work of numerous local artists. There is a pleasant, social atmosphere here, locals drop in to chat and it's not unusual to find one or more artists or students painting in the back studio. Virtually all the work here is wall art, paintings and drawings in various media. Finding this studio is the biggest challenge. Head north from Cashiers NC on Hwy 107, go half a mile or so, then turn left on Slab Town Road and turn into the attractive line of shops on the left.
Located in a rambling house nestled in a real apple orchard, this is one of those classic country fine dining restaurants that has been doing it right for years. The menu is American with southern inflections. Look for great traditional takes steak and seafood, that are fresh, delicious, well seasoned and consistently satisfying. A classic offering is the Venison Rack Chops with Wild Blueberry demi-glace, whipped potatoes, Tarragon buttered carrots and Black-eyed pea - corn relish.
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