Western Piedmont Symphony Kicks Off 52nd Season

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Fifty-two. It’s the number of white keys on a concert piano. The number of sacred books Johann Sebastian Bach kept in his personal library alongside his collection of musical instruments. It’s also the number of the opus regarded worldwide as Franz Shubert’s most popular piece. (We’ve come to know Op. 52 No. 6 as the “Ave Maria.”)

These days, the number 52 is music to the ears of classical music lovers throughout Western North Carolina as they celebrate the 52nd season of their beloved Western Piedmont Symphony. There’s so much to celebrate about this hidden gem located in Historic Downtown Hickory NC. It’s the only professional orchestra in a 10-county region, and it’s just a short drive away for residents of The Coves Mountain River Club and all our neighbors in the beautiful foothills NC, one of the best places to find Carolina mountain property.

Together with its in-house youth symphony and resident string quartet (the only one of its kind in the state), the Western Piedmont Symphony offers a combined 70 performances annually to nearly 40,000 concert-goers of all ages. Under the direction of Maestro John Gordon Ross, the Western Piedmont Symphony produces an outstanding series of quality music performances year after year.

The WPS season consists of five Masterworks concerts, four Chamber Classic concerts, two Youth Symphony performances, and one Pops Concert. In addition, WPS offers a variety of outdoor concerts for audiences of all ages – from preschoolers to senior citizens – designed to create a lifelong love and appreciation for classical music. As one of Hickory NC’s finest cultural arts institutions, this esteemed nonprofit has a mission “to provide musical performances of distinction” and “to nourish new audiences.”

To stay true to their mission, WPS offers a variety of programs specifically designed to enrich, enlighten, and entertain classical music lovers and to cultivate new fans of the classics:

Rug Concerts introduce preschoolers to classical music at an early age.
In-School Education Programs present concerts to all public school students in Greater Hickory Metro Area’s six school districts along with a music curriculum (developed by Maestro John) every year for music education teachers.
Youth Symphony introduces young musicians to the full orchestra experience by allowing them to learn, practice, and perform with fellow youth musicians under the tutelage of a professional music conductor/instructor.
Silver Serenades treats seniors living in local assisted-living, retirement, and nursing facilities to age-specific concerts performed by the WPS resident quartet.
Family Concerts encourage families to share an enriching experience that develops an appreciation for classical music and encourages lasting family memories and traditions.

The Western Piedmont orchestra is a cultural arts nonprofit focused on enriching the community, not only through education and outreach, but also through excellence in music performance. The WPS Orchestra is an extraordinary group of musicians, having twice been awarded the American Prize in the Professional Orchestra division (2013, 2015). And they’re committed to making classical music accessible to all.

So if you’re looking for culturally stimulating things to do in Hickory NC, and if you’ve been promising to introduce your loved ones, young and old, to an enriching classical music experience, the Western Piedmont Symphony is a great place to start.

Western Piedmont Symphony’s 52nd anniversary season runs from September 2016 through May 2017. The theme of this year’s series is “Classical Constellations” and promises to include many of your classical favorites in addition to a world premiere called “In Pursuit – A Concerto for Level Harp and Orchestra.” This original composition brings together the talents of world-renowned harpist Maeve Gilchrist with North Carolina’s own Luke Benton, resident composer and violinist with the Western Piedmont Symphony.

Take it from Maestro John Gordon Ross – this Classical Constellation season of beautiful music in the Blue Ridge will have the stars aligning as the WPS brings together dozens of award-winning professional musicians from every corner of the state to “honor the traditional and not so traditional” with a variety of exciting options from each of Western Piedmont Symphony’s four programs:

MASTERWORKS SERIES

This season’s WPS Masterworks Series include tributes to the music and visual arts of the past through the 20th century and features the works of Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, and more. Masterworks I, IIII, IV, and V will take place at the newly renovated P.E. Monroe Auditorium at Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory. Masterworks II will be held at the more intimate Drendel Auditorium on the SALT Block.

Masterworks I: HOMAGE
Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 7:30PM
P.E. Monroe Auditorium at LRU

Featuring guest artist Solomon Eichner on piano and conducted by Maestro John Gordon Ross:

• Trittico Botticelliano (Respighi)
• Le Tombeau de Couperin (Ravel)
• Piano Concerto #3 in D minor, Op. 30 (Rachmaninoff)

Masterworks II: CLASSICAL CRITTERS
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 7:30PM
Drendel Auditorium | SALT Block
Featuring the award-winning Piedmont Orchestra with music directed/conducted by John Gordon Ross:
• “Flight of the Bumble-Bee” from Tsar Saltan (Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov)
• Symphony #82 in C Major (L’ours, The Bear) (Franz Josef Haydn)
• “Bluebird Pas De Deux” from The Sleeping Beauty (Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky)
• Peter and the Wolf (Serge Prokofiev)

Masterworks III: LUDWIG VAN … IS THE MAN
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 7:30PM
P.E. Monroe Auditorium at LRU

Featuring guest artist Marjorie Bagley on violin:
• Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43a (Ludwig van Beethoven)
• Symphony #4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60 (Ludwig van Beethoven)
• Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

Masterworks IV: CELTIC MEMORIES
Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 7:30PM
P.E. Monroe Auditorium at LRU

Featuring world-renowned harpist/composer Maeve Gilchrist and composer/violinist Luke Benton:
• Tam O’Shanter Overture, Op. 51 (Malcolm Arnold)
• In Pursuit Concerto for Lever Harp and Orchestra (Gilchrist/Benton) **WORLD PREMIERE**
• Symphony #3 in A minor, Op. 56 (Scottish) (Mendelssohn/Bartholdy)

Masterworks V: RUSSIAN ROULETTE
Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7:30PM
P.E. Monroe Auditorium at LRU

Featuring Baron Fenwick on piano:
• As Waters Cover the Earth: A Tribute to Mozart (Warshauer)
• Piano Concerto #5 in E-flat Major, Op. 78 (Beethoven)
• Symphony #5 in E minor, Op. 64 (Tchaikovsky)

CHAMBER CLASSICS

This season’s Chamber Classics series welcomes back the Hickory Metro String Quartet, Tesla, for all four concerts. Performances are held on Saturday evenings at 7:30PM in the Drendel Auditorium.

On Fridays prior to each performance date, the Chamber Classics series presents “Soup, Salad & Strings.” Music is performed by Tesla with lunch catered by a popular local restaurant and served in a casual bistro setting. Ticket prices include the performance, plus lunch with complimentary wine or beer and dessert. Doors and beverage bar open at 11:30AM, and music begins at 12:00 noon in the Keiser Community Room of the West Wing on the SALT Block.

Chamber Classics I
Saturday, September 17, 2016 7:30PM

Soup, Salad & Strings
Friday, September 16, 2016, 12:00 Noon

Chamber Classics II
Saturday, January 21, 2017, 7:30PM

Soup, Salad & Strings
Friday, January 20, 2017, 12:00 Noon

Chamber Classics III
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 7:30PM

Soup, Salad & Strings
Friday, March 3, 2017, 12:00 Noon
Friday, March 17, 2017, 12:00 Noon

Chamber Classics IV
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 7:30PM

Soup, Salad & Strings
Friday, April 7, 2017, 12:00 Noon

YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

The WPS Youth Symphony performs two concerts annually. The first concert of the season is the Fall Concert conducted by Maestro Joby Brunjes. It takes place Monday, November 21, 2016 at 7:00PM, in Drendel Auditorium at the SALT Block and features seasonal favorites by this talented group of young musicians.

POPS CONCERT

Everyone loves a holiday concert. This season WPS is presenting “The Nutcracker Ball” as this year’s Pops Concert. It features the Hickory Jazz Orchestra playing the music of Duke Ellington. The Nutcracker Ball will be held at the J.E. Broyhill Center on Saturday, November 19, 2016. Mark your calendars now and add this to your list of holiday things to do in Hickory NC!

And while you’re at it, be sure to schedule a visit to The Coves Mountain River Club. Located in Lenoir NC, just a quick drive from Downtown Hickory, it’s one of Western North Carolina’s most popular communities of NC mountain homes. At The Coves, you’re treated to five miles of pristine river footage, spectacular scenic mountain views, and the glorious sounds of nature. Living here is music to your eyes and ears, an experience to be enjoyed 52 weeks a year!

The Coves is the first place people turn when they start exploring Carolina mountain property for retirement living. Its close proximity to Hickory and other quaint towns in the foothills NC is just one of the many reasons to explore this scenic-rich, amenity-packed community. Come visit The Coves to take a tour of our custom-built homes and say hello to the neighbors relaxing at Pisgah Mountain Lodge as they enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views of the Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and talk about the events of their day – working out at the state-of-the-art fitness center, fishing along the Johns River, bringing in their harvest from the community garden, or enjoying an afternoon of Soup, Salad & Strings in nearby Hickory.

Call The Coves Welcome Center at 828.754.0700 to schedule your visit.

And be sure to tell us you’re interested in attending a Western Piedmont Symphony performance and other fun things to do in Hickory NC. We’ll be happy to help you coordinate your visit so you can sample the best of Lenoir, Hickory, and all the hidden gems in the foothills NC.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for your complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide. It’s packed 84 pages of information about living in the foothills of North Carolina.

Tags: Hickory | Performing Arts

Our Adventure to Hart Square in Newton NC

CovesNC_Hart_Square_North_CarolinaOn the fourth Saturday of every October, residents of The Coves Mountain River Club in Lenoir rent a bus and head for Vale, where the Hart Square Festival presents more than 300 artisans and docents sharing their knowledge and demonstrating the craftsmanship of the area’s pioneers.

All of the mountain towns in North Carolina have a rich history, and this popular event brings much of it together at one location. From flax-making and tinsmithing to cotton baling and old time music, it’s like taking a trip back to the 1800s. Between all that and the many things to do in Hickory North Carolina, which is just a few miles away, it’s easy to see why so many people flock to the Hart Square festival every year.

It’s been presented since 1986 and runs from ten in the morning till five in the afternoon. Tickets are available on the first working day of October at the Catawba County Museum of History in Newton. You can buy them in person or call (828) 465-0393 to order by phone. For more details, contact the Hart Square Foundation Executive Director, Rebecca Anne Hart, at hartsquarefoundation@gmail.com.

The Hart Square Festival evolved from Dr. Robert Hart’s efforts to rescue and preserve artifacts of 19th century Carolina life. Starting with a hundred acres of land he purchased in the early 1970s, where he developed lakes for the use of wood ducks and other native water fowl, he began accumulating original log structures in various states of disrepair, restoring them, and – over time – creating an actual village from them on his property. Now there are more than ninety, ranging from corn cribs and barns to houses and chapels and even a few outhouses.

Bob and Becky Hart have been recognized for their efforts by publications such as Foxfire, Homestead, Off Hours, Our State, Early American Life and many newspapers. A documentary, “Hart Square – The 1840 Carolina Village” was produced in 1997 and received an Aurora Gold Award. It continues to air on public television. Preservation North Carolina presented their Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit to them in 1997, and Bob was honored by the local chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution with their National Conservation Medal the following year.

History buffs are right at home in the mountain towns in North Carolina. There’s so much to learn and see, and luckily the people behind events like the Hart Square Festival work hard to educate new generations regarding the vibrant history of the area. When you’re looking at Western North Carolina land for sale, it’s interesting to know what nearby events may have shaped the events of those early days.

Be sure to check out things to do in Hickory North Carolina, and the surrounding area, if you’re planning a trip in late October. It’s the height of the foliage season, so be sure to plan well in advance for your accommodations. With the mild fall weather and the panorama of color on full display, is there any better time to visit?

At The Coves Mountain River Club, we know the value of living in the foothills, where life is filled with unique opportunities to take advantage of all that’s good about the present while respecting the elegant beauty of our natural surroundings and the efforts of all those who came before us. We’d love for you to visit when you’re nearby.

Whether you want to stay as active as possible or just take it easy in one of the most beautiful locales in this part of the country, retirees seeking Western North Carolina land for sale have found that The Coves Mountain River Club is one of the best bargains around. We think you’ll agree.

Call us directly at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84-page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide, which gives you more information about living in the foothills of North Carolina.

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Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention Returns to Lenoir NC

Labor Day Weekend brings the annual Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention to the foothills, and there’s no better place to immerse yourself in the music that dates back to the 18th century when settlers first began to establish the mountain towns in North Carolina. It all happens Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3590 Highway 268 in Lenoir (happyvalleyfiddlers.org).

Here are some of the fine performers on the 2016 roster:

Laura Boosinger & Midnight Plowboys, a roots music string band from Asheville, NC. During their recording career from 1980 to 1990, they focused on fiddle tunes but also ventured into Cajun, Texas swing, waltzes and even honky-tonk and early rock ‘n’ roll.

Strictly Strings began as an old-time fiddle class in the Junior Appalachian Musicians Program and branched out to become a popular band that’s appeared at festivals, dances and private events. They’re best friends and love performing together.

The acoustic trio Strictly Clean and Decent features the vocal harmonies of Patrick Crouch, Ron Shuffler, and Kay Crouch over a solid instrumental foundation. Their eclectic repertoire includes modern American, Canadian and Irish folk songs, traditional and contemporary bluegrass breakdowns Celtic airs and dance tunes and many other genres.

You’re sure to enjoy the classic family harmonies of the Cockman Family. They’ve been performing their sweet blend of bluegrass and traditional gospel since 1988. Adding to their popularity is the warmth of the strong family bond that is so apparent in all their music.

The Harris Brothers, often called “the people’s band”, stay close to the roots of early American music, expressing deep, honest feelings and true emotion that resonates even with today’s audiences. But they’re versatile as well, and you’re guaranteed to become a fan once you see them perform live.

You’ll hear everything from swing tunes to sweet waltzes when Spirit Fiddle takes the stage. Champion fiddler Robin Warren and guitarist Brian Clancey keep the energy level high as they take you on an entertaining musical journey through bluegrass, French Canadian and Celtic jigs and reels, Parisian musette and even old popular songs.

Watch the Jeff Little Trio perform and you’ll soon lose any doubt you might have had about the piano as an instrument of early American music. Influenced by the flat-pick method of guitar playing, the Blue Ridge native will surprise you by the speed, precision and clarity of his playing. Jeff has appeared on National Public Radio, PBS and at the American Folk Festival, Smithsonian Folklife Festive and the America Piano Masters Series.

And Steve and Donna Bing display their remarkable talent and versatility as they demonstrate the diverse playing styles of Cajun, Appalachian old-time, Texas swing and roots tunes from Texas and Louisiana at their Cajun Music Workshop.

The Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention is a volunteer project committed to the preservation and promotion of the music that’s such a rich tradition in this part of the country. In conjunction with the Caldwell County Arts Council and the Happy Valley Ruritan Club, it’s been a popular event for twelve years.

This is another example of the cultural treasures that are yours to enjoy in and around the mountain towns in North Carolina. Happy Valley is also home to quilters, woodworkers and other craft artists, painters, and storytellers. It also boasts thirteen sites on the National Register of Historic Places.

If you’re looking for the ideal place to settle down, we think you’ll find it when buying real estate in Lenoir NC. Western North Carolina land for sale is long known for its natural splendor, year-round mild weather and friendly residents, the area offers just the right combination of rural ambiance and easy accessibility to things you might need and places you want to go.

The Coves Mountain River Club in Lenoir is impressive not only for its perfect location on the Johns River but also for its remarkable, affordable home designs. Real estate in Lenoir NC is an integral part of its environment, with every element carefully designed to complement its breathtaking natural setting. When you’re looking at Western North Carolina land for sale, be sure to visit The Coves and see how it epitomizes all that’s good about living in the foothills.

Call us directly at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84-page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide, which gives you more information about living in the foothills of North Carolina.

Tags: Lenoir | Performing Arts

Music on the Lawn – High Country NC

What do the Western North Carolina towns of Blowing Rock, Boone, and Banner Elk have in common? For one thing, they make up WNC’s High Country, an area that’s earned the nickname “nature’s year-round playground” thanks to its wealth of recreational, cultural, and sporting events offered throughout the year. These towns have also made their way onto several lists of best mountain towns in North Carolina for retirement living. But one of our favorite things about these buzz-worthy towns is they happen to be conveniently located within an hour’s drive of The Coves Mountain River Club in Lenoir NC.

Geographical desirability is just one of many perks that makes living at The Coves such a pleasure. Imagine this. You decide it’s time to make your dream of southern mountain living a reality. You begin by searching Western North Carolina land for sale. Your search leads you to The Coves Mountain River Club where you have a choice of affordable luxury home sites, from a cozy cottage on a quarter acre site, to an elegantly designed estate home on an expansive equestrian parcel.

You choose something in between – a traditional four-bedroom home on three acres of riverfront property where you’re treated to gorgeous mountain-river views, and your fresh catch-of-the-day is just a few steps away! Your home’s floor plan is open and breezy with charm-for-days. You fill your master suite with hand-crafted hickory wood furnishings from one of Western North Carolina’s famous furniture outlets. (All the big names have factories nearby.) You spruce up your home with even more local charm by decorating your southern kitchen and your spacious great room with pretty pottery, one-of-a-kind antiques, and traditional Appalachian tapestries you found in the quaint little boutiques, craft shops, and art galleries that fill the lovely mountain towns in North Carolina.

Your mountain home dream has finally come true! But this is just the beginning of your new life in Lenoir. Now it’s time to celebrate by enjoying some live local music. Living so close to High Country, you have easy access to all the hottest cultural events, seasonal festivals, and live music concerts! Why not treat yourself to some music on the lawn? You live in the Blue Ridge Mountains after all. And when the scenery outside your window is as beautiful as this, you want to spend your leisure time soaking in this gorgeous landscape.

That’s where music on the lawn comes in. If you haven’t enjoyed an outdoor concert Appalachian-style, it’s time to get a taste of this beautiful mix of music and mountains. And with so many free concerts to choose from, there’s no reason not to treat yourself, and bring along your friends and neighbors.

All of the High Country concert series listed below are FREE of charge, and all are family-friendly.

Blowing Rock (May – October)

One of the High Country’s most popular outdoor concert series is Music on the Lawn at The Inn at Ragged Gardens in Blowing Rock. This dynamic series features a different band each Friday from May through October (5:30-8:30 p.m.). There’s a cash bar and lawn menu so you can enjoy the concert along with some light al fresco fare. There’s no charge for entry. Just bring a lawn chair and enjoy your evening on the beautifully landscaped grounds of this picturesque mountain resort in the heart of the historic village of Blowing Rock NC.

Next up in the 2016 line-up for Music on the Lawn:
• SEP 03 Shelby Rae Moore
• SEP 09 Soul Benefactor
• SEP 16 The Nautical Wheelers
• SEP 23 Harris Brothers
• SEP 30 Lucky Strikes
• OCT 07 Soul Benefactor
• OCT 14 Klee and Mike

Boone (June – August)

The Jones House Lawn hosts its own summer concert series each year from June through August. Concerts start at 5:00 p.m. every Friday, and musical offerings range from jazz to bluegrass to gospel. The concerts are free and open to the public. Bring your own lawn chair, and stake out your perfect spot on the law at this popular cultural and community center in Downtown Boone.

Banner Elk (June – September)

The Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce presents a summer music Concerts in the Park Series every Thursday from June through September at Tate-Evans Park. These weekly concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and take place under the stars on the grounds of this community park. You’ll want to bring a lawn chair or blanket, and you can even pack a picnic. But if you prefer to purchase food on site, you can visit one of the concert vendors and choose from a variety of foods, soft drinks, and locally crafted beverages (beer and wine). Each week features live music by a popular North Carolina band. It’s a line-up that’s suitable for the whole family and will keep you and yours entertained all summer long.

Music on the lawn under the star-speckled skies in beautiful Blue Ridge country is an experience like no other. And it’s all served up for free. That’s Southern hospitality for you!

By now you can see why life at The Coves offers the best of both worlds – a quiet mountain retreat that’s just a stone’s throw from where all the action is. Why not make a trip to The Coves, and get started on making your dream come true?

The Coves Mountain River Club is more than just a place to live. It’s a community of friends with something in common – they all followed their hearts to Western North Carolina where they found their dream homes in a spectacular scenic mountain-river retreat with top-notch amenities and easy access to the best-loved small mountain towns in North Carolina.

Call us directly at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84-page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide, which gives you more information about living in the foothills of North Carolina.

Tags: Blowing Rock | Performing Arts

Catawba County Chamber of Commerce Wins Big

We’re happy and proud to report that our very own Catawba County Chamber of Commerce in Hickory has been named a 2016 “Chamber of the Year”!

There are four categories in the competition, and they’re based upon the service area population, number of businesses in the applicant’s jurisdiction and other qualifications. But before even being invited to apply, the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce had to meet minimum standards in at least three of five key performance areas.

An impartial judging committee of industry professionals reviews the applications and selects the finalists in each category based upon their scores. Then, interviews are conducted with leaders from each of those 16 chambers. It’s a multi-stage process, so just to reach finalist status is praiseworthy in and of itself. And being one of the four category winners is truly an honor worth celebrating.

Of course, it’s no surprise that Hickory has achieved more recognition as one of the best mountain towns in North Carolina to call home. In addition to being a longtime mecca for furniture buyers, Hickory has emerged in recent years as a center for culture, conventions, sports and recreation.

There’s never a shortage of things to do in Hickory North Carolina. Golfers can take advantage of the year-round great weather and play these nearby courses:

• Brushy Mountain Country Club
• Catawba Springs Golf Course
• Glen Oaks Golf Club
• Granada Farms
• Silver Creek Plantation
• Hampton Heights Golf Club
• Lenoir Gold Club
• Orchard Hills Golf Club
• Pine Mountain Golf Club
• Quaker Meadows Golf Club
• Rock Barn Golf & Spa

There are nearly a hundred casual-to-fine-dining restaurants in Hickory NC, with enough variety to satisfy anyone’s taste buds. And the park-like Downtown Hickory complex is your one-stop destination for shopping, outdoor dining and entertainment. The cinema and Hickory’s community theatre are within easy walking distance.

At The Coves Mountain River Club, we’re very familiar with Hickory’s unique charm as one of the iconic mountain towns in North Carolina. It’s just 18 miles southeast of us, down Highway 321…so our residents can often be found making the short drive there. The towns in the Western North Carolina foothills have a lot in common, such as the majestic scenery, the fresh mountain air and the wonderful, mild weather, but each has its own unique appeal as well. Baseball fans who move to the area often find themselves spending some cool evenings cheering on the minor league Crawdads baseball team at their home games – another of the many interesting things to do in Hickory North Carolina.

One of the many appealing things about The Coves Mountain River Club in Lenoir is how easy it is to both drive to large cities like Asheville, Charlotte and Winston-Salem and take smaller trips to visit smaller destinations like Blowing Rock, Boone or dine out at one of the restaurants in Hickory NC.

Of course, you don’t have to travel at all to enjoy the splendor of nature that surrounds your home at The Coves. With more than five miles of frontage on the Johns River, you’re in the ideal location for fishing, boating, hiking and other outdoor activities. And there’s no golfing quite like what you can experience in the varying elevations and spectacular scenery of the Western North Carolina foothills.

Join us in congratulating Hickory’s Catawba County Chamber of Commerce on their recent honor. And be sure to stop by The Coves Mountain River Club when you’re in the Lenoir area.  Learn about all that we have to offer. Sit, relax and watch a magnificent sunset.

Call us directly at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84-page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide, which gives you more information about living in the foothills of North Carolina.

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Stargazing in Western North Carolina

Stargazing at The Coves

Once you leave the city, you learn that there’s a lot you’ve been missing in the night sky.  Away from all those lights, millions of stars are visible to the naked eye, and you can watch meteor showers and even see satellites streaking through space.  This awe-inspiring panorama is just one more thing that makes the Western foothills the best place to retire in North Carolina.

Our Pisgah Mountain Lodge is an ideal location for that kind of stargazing.  When the sky is clear, you’ll have a front-row seat for all there is to see, and be able to enjoy the famously mild Lenoir North Carolina weather which creates the perfect ambience for kicking back with your favorite beverage and letting the show unfold before you.

Have you heard of the Brown Mountain Lights?  Their cause remains a mystery, but for at least a hundred years people near Morganton have reported seeing flickers and balls of light that hover and even move around nearby Brown Mountain.  If you’re in the area, perhaps looking at North Carolina mountain homes for sale, be sure to set aside some time one night to check out this phenomenon.

The fall foliage viewing season in the Western North Carolina foothills is known worldwide for its length, variety and all-around beauty.  Because of the varying elevations, there are always new and different plants and trees changing color at any particular time.  It all begins up around Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk in late September or early October.  By the time the changes reach The Coves Mountain River Club and other lower areas, you’ve enjoyed weeks of nature’s most brilliant colors.  And the amazing views, such as Table Rock, Round Mountain and the South Mountains make it all the more spectacular.

In addition to the colorful foliage and the iconic views, including Table Rock, Round Mountain and the South Mountains, the fall season in Western North Carolina brings traditional pumpkin fests, corn mazes and warm apple cider to enjoy traditions that date back many years.  These are some of the local treats that keep people who haven’t yet moved to the area coming back time and time again. And that’s another reason it’s considered to be the best place to retire in North Carolina.

Imagine the pure joy of camping under a star-filled sky when the Lenoir North Carolina weather is just right for being out in the fresh mountain air.  The days are full of possibilities – swimming, boating, hiking, bike-riding and so much more – but when the sun goes down and darkness falls, you see the true splendor of the universe as well.  What better way to put the stresses of city living aside and clear your head to contemplate the real meaning of our existence?

It’s this kind of life-changing experience that draws people to the Western foothills looking for North Carolina mountain homes for sale.  And folks are discovering that there’s simply no better choice for a place to live than The Coves Mountain River Club in Lenoir.  Nestled along the Johns River near the best fishing spots on Wilsons Creek, The Coves really does have it all.

Retirement living here means being as active as you want to be.  Your home is designed to take maximum advantage of its magnificent views, and the on-site golf course means you don’t have to go far to play.  But you’re also close to other outdoor activities you may want to enjoy, and nothing else you might need is more than a short drive away.   There’s a lot to see and a lot to do, and owning a home at The Coves Mountain River Club makes it all available to you.

When you’re in the area, be sure to stop by and take a tour.  Talk to some of our residents and find out why they know they made the perfect choice for Western North Carolina retirement living at our friendly mountain community.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page Complimentary Magazine.

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