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HIghlands Kitchen Tour

by Ashley Stewart

Get the inside scoop on some of Highlands’ most exclusive homes with the Laurel Garden Club’s Kitchen Tour, set for August 17.

If one had to list the top Three Guilty Pleasures, for most of us, it would be a noble bottle of red wine, a few choice dark chocolates and HGTV.

You can’t lie and say you haven’t binge-watched a marathon of home improvement shows, gleaning ideas and inspiration for your own home, especially for the kitchen. I fantasize about walking through those kitchens, with their farmhouse sinks and stainless-steel appliances. Which is why I am gleefully excited about the Laurel Garden Club’s Kitchen Tour.

On August 17, join the Laurel Garden Club to tour some of Highlands’ most exciting and elegant kitchens in Highlands Falls Country Club. Each of the kitchens feature state-of-the-art appliances, beautiful architecture and intuitive design.

Laurel Garden Club members will greet you at the homes and reveal the history of the house and point out unique and noteworthy aspects of the kitchen. While touring the kitchens, meet cookbook authors, including Martha Porter, with tasty offerings. They also welcome J.Q Dickinson Salt-Works, seventh-generation salt-makers from West Virginia.

Save time to shop with Matt Tommey, internationally-known Woven Sculpture Artist from Asheville. Matt will bring his unique sculptural works made from nature and set-up a shop at Highlands Falls Country Club exclusively for the Kitchen Tour. This is a rare opportunity to purchase Matt’s one-of-a-kind sculpture art baskets and woven creations.

Proceeds from the Kitchen Tour are reinvested in the Highlands community in the form of grants to non-profit organizations, including the Highlands Biological Foundation, Highlands Historical Society, and The Peggy Crosby Center. The club has made these grants every year since 2002 and has returned a total of $172,865 to the community.

Timed tickets go on sale May 1 and can be purchased at the Dry Sink, 450 Main Street, Highlands, or at laurelgardenclubhighlands.com. Tickets are $100, which includes a fabulous lunch prepared by chefs at Highlands Falls Country Club and local transportation to the homes.

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