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The Log Cabin Restaurant

The Laurel Magazine

Say “Joe Webb Cabin” and people immediately think of Highlands.

Between 1922 and 1935, Webb built some 30 structures in this area using only native resources and hand tools. Historians travel long distances to study the chestnut and pine beams, stone fireplaces and wide plank floors of his work. About 30 years ago, one of these historic homes was transformed into The Log Cabin restaurant. It’s located behind The Highlands Lodge at 130 Log Cabin Lane, just a couple hundred yards from the intersection of Main Street and the Dillard Road.

In the hands of restaurateur Jason Cancilla and Chef Jeremy Skipper, the new Log Cabin specializes in comfortable Italian, steaks and seafood. Along with the three dining rooms, the restaurant features three fireplaces and two outdoor seating areas. Situated under towering oaks and maples, the Log Cabin makes you feel like you’ve truly arrived in Highlands.

Chef Skipper hails from Atlanta where the culinary scene has exploded. He has also run kitchens in New York, Florida, Asheville, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Chef’s diverse experience includes a wide range of styles including sushi, so he knows his way around seafood.

Cancilla has operated restaurants all over the country, including cities such as Washington DC, Houston, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Asheville. He started his time in North Carolina at the iconic Grove Park Inn where he oversaw two restaurants.

“The Grove Park Inn was built in 1913 so my time there was a great introduction to the historic properties of the region,” he says.

Having taken care of presidents, senators and countless celebrities over the years, Cancilla says that Highlands and the Log Cabin brought a new set of opportunities.

“We’ve become a place that locals can be proud to bring friends and family from out of town,” he says. “For the visitors from out of town, most of them come to Highlands to shake off the heat and traffic of their home in bigger cities or maybe see a little snow in the winter. This is a great place to do it.”

At the Log Cabin, menus are changed and printed daily to feature fresh local produce and seasonal ingredients. Seafood arrives nearly every day from all over the country, so there is always something new and fresh. Do not skip their seafood offering. Check out the latest menu at LogCabinHighlands.com and call for reservations (they are casual, but fill up quickly). Call (828) 526-5777 to reserve a table.

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