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Lenoir North Carolina Gardening Tips

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Winter is coming, but don’t put away your gardening tools! November-December is the best time to plant garlic outdoors. There might be snow on the ground from January to March, but these colder months are a great time to jumpstart seedlings indoors for crops such as onion, leek, cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, eggplant, and pepper. While folks are finishing out the year with final tax planning and finding the right Smoky Mountain land for sale, now’s the time to plan for a banner crop in 2017.

Start planning for Spring, and see what community gardens are available to you. The best plants to sow outdoors are sweet potato, Swiss chard, watermelon, tomato, radish, squash, pumpkin, potatoes, parsnip, kale, cucumber, and peas. To improve the condition of your soil, consider adding ground up bark to improve the structure, or lime to raise the PH of acid soil and help loosen clay soil. Peat moss will condition the soil and help it retain water. If you have silt soil, add coarse sand or gravel and compost mixed with fresh straw. Sand (not beach sand) will also improve drainage in clay soil. Beets, carrots, and arugula grow in Lenoir all year round.

Community gardens are joyful places where residents can get their hands dirty to raise their own produce near their Carolina mountain homes. At The Coves, residents can plant fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers in Isabel’s Garden. Seated along the Johns River, the manicured dividers between the garden plots make for an English-style atmosphere. Peppers, tomatoes, peppers, radishes, watermelon and greens are among the popular fruits and vegetables grown in Isabel’s nutrient rich soil. Flowers commonly grown in the garden include sunflowers, daffodils, tulips, lilies, and various mountain wildflowers.

Herbs such as rosemary, sage, mint, and oregano are also easy to grow in Isabel’s Garden. Residents can test their talents at winemaking in Evelyn’s Vineyard, a riverside vineyard with craftsman-style trellises that divide the opened grassed lanes. Grapes are successfully grown in the North Carolina foothills because they need fewer chilly nights and thrive on the summer heat. This year will be the community’s first harvest.

Residents at The Coves Mountain River Club have the option of maintaining their own garden plot or retaining assistance from the garden committee. Not only does it add convenience to have a large garden in the neighborhood, it also provides social opportunities and even creates a little neighborly competition as to who has the best green thumb.

In addition to community gardens, property owners enjoy the beautiful mountaintop Pigsah Mountain Lodge, hiking along the Johns River, horseback rides, or a dip in Coleton’s Swimming Hole during the warmer summer months.

Residents love the spectacular mountain views, friendly community atmosphere, and wellness amenities found at The Coves. If you’re looking at beautiful Carolina mountain homes, look no further than The Coves. We offer many homesite options, with a generous amount of Smoky Mountain land for sale. Prices from $39,000 and up.

You can choose from a private cul-de-sac to a river frontage on the Johns River or home sites with breathtaking mountain views or near the community gardens. There are many builder floor plans available that include everything from master suites, generous guest bedrooms, detachable garages, vaulted rooms with exposed timbers, and screened outdoor living porches.

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

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Newcomers of Catawba Valley – A Warm Welcome in the Foothills

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After you’ve explored beautiful North Carolina mountain homes for sale, and found the perfect place to live, there’s no better feeling than being welcomed with warm and open arms.  Once you’ve settled into your new home, now’s the time to discover all sorts of incredible things to do in Hickory NC alongside your close friends.

For those of you who are fresh to Hickory, the Newcomers of Catawba Valley will make you feel connected from the moment you walk through the door. Perhaps you didn’t have the time to take part in social clubs while you were working full-time or raising your family. Now you may find yourself with the luxury of establishing those essential friendships we all deserve.  

Keep in mind… most new members join social clubs during their first three years of residency, when they feel they need to find new friends the most.  Some of us are fortunate to have resided in this beautiful area for ten years or more.  Many of the members of the Newcomers of Catawba Valley are retired, but residents of all ages are welcome from Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties. Membership dues are reasonable—only $30.00 per family and you are free to try the Newcomers of Catawba Valley membership for a month before deciding to join. 

There are so many things to do in Hickory NC on a monthly basis, from enjoying fine dining, music, and theater, to joining in your favorite recreational games or stretching your brain by trying out some new ones.  Each month the Newcomers hold a general meeting on the second Wednesday, at the Hickory Regional Airport’s Crosswind Café.  Grab a cup of coffee at 10:30 in the morning, meet some new friends, and listen to the educational speaker of the month.    

Anyone interested is welcome to attend the meeting—folks who are new to the area, or long-time residents looking to meet new neighbors. Each month we have a short educational talk about our area’s organizations or events. Come to the meeting, introduce some newcomers in your neighborhood, and learn something new about our community.

Other Newcomer’s Activities:

 • The Book Club; normally meets the forth Wednesday of every other month from 1:30 – 3:30PM;Women’s Resource Center, 125 3rd Street NE; last month’s meeting was on November 16 (due to Thanksgiving)  for a lively discussion of Paula McLain’s, The Paris Wife, led by Joyce Dennis.  This book revolves around Hemingway, love, and life in Paris in the 1920s. For more information, contact either Sue Asp twoasps@gmail.com or Betty Schwartz bettysch69@gmail.com

• Book Club Holiday Salad Pot Luck; Wednesday, December 7, 12-2:30PM; 182 Mariners Point Lane, Hickory, NC.  Sue Asp is hostess; bring a salad to share.  Lunch is followed by a movie.  

• The Newcomers Bowling League; every other Thursday—late September through April; 6:30PM; Pin Station Bowling Center, West A Street, Newton.  Warm-up at 6:20PM; co-ed, casual, and all skill levels are welcome to have a ball.  Cost is $8.00 for three games.  Contact Vince LeGrand, legravin@gmail.com for any additional information. 

• Busy Hands meets at the Westmont Senior Center every Thursday from 1:30 to 3:00 pm.  All are invited to the Senior Center to play games, cards, or chat will you sew. There’s plenty of parking and lots of chairs and tables in a spacious room.  Any questions, please contact Collette Wronek.

• Coffee Club—Coffee and Conversation; usually the last Friday of the month, 2-4PM at various locations in the Unifour Area.  An informal gathering over a cup of coffee or tea and pastry. We are introducing Newcomers to the different coffee and tea shops in the area. Let Sheri Binning know if you can join us at ronald.binning@gmail.com or feel free to just show up!  Get to know the different coffee and tea places while sharing some conversation.  

• Evening Social—check the calendar for the next night of food and fun!  Past socials were memorable occasions—a Mardi Gras celebration, a chili cook-off, a fondue party, and a ‘60s dance–to name a few. 

• Games

Bridge–due to popular demand, several groups have formed for Catawba Valley Newcomers who want to play “Party Bridge.” This are  non-competitive folks interested in advancing their Bridge skills. Lessons are being pursued. Members take turns hosting Rubber Bridge once a month.

Canasta–interested members meet once a month to play a version of Canasta known as Hand and Foot. The group meets at 11:30AM for lunch. Card play begins about 12:30PM. This event is scheduled on the fourth Thursday of each month.

Dominoes–if you enjoy a fun get-together, please join us for Dominoes on the first Tuesday of each month in a member’s home. Alternating between Mexican Train and Chicken Foot– fun and fast games. Bring $2 and your favorite snack to share for dinner. We are happy to teach new players this easy-to-learn game.

Mah Jong—Tuesdays @ 1:30-4PM at Pinecrest Retirement Center, 915 29th Avenue, NE Hickory.  This American active version is a rummy-like game using tiles instead of cards. It’s easier than bridge and harder than canasta. Instruction is available.   Contact Dianne Straley, dfwhit@gmail.com

Rummikub—usually meet at a member’s home to play a fast-moving rummy tile game–a combination of luck and strategy and very easy to learn. The hostess provides a dessert and drinks but feel free to bring along finger foods and let the hostess know if you plan to attend.  All are welcome.

• Game Night–held twice monthly, 6-10PM on the second Wednesday and the third Thursday at the Hickory Regional Airport, 3101 9th Avenue Drive Northwest, $10 fee. Catered dinner  at a very reasonable price accompanied by Canasta, Mah Jong, Mexican Train Dominoes, Cribbage and other games. Reservations required to Shari Kidd, kidd915sl@gmail.com coordinate dinner and game tables.  Shari supplies cards and dominoes; members bring along the other games.

• Lunch Out–Member’s Lunch Out meets at different restaurants at 11:45AM during the first week of each month. This is a great opportunity to try new restaurants and meet new friends. In order to reserve enough seats, please email Chuck Bethany, bethanycw@charter.net in advance. ALL members and their guests are welcome!  

• Shooting Practice– Springs Road Gun Club on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 and the fourth Thursday of the month at noon. Open to any member interested in target shooting. This indoor 25-yard range allows hand guns and small caliber rifles. Pay by the hour or  join the gun club with memberships for as short a time as one month. Springs Road Gun Club offers gun rentals, and they offer many different classes.   Contact Vince LeGrand legravin@gmail.com. 

• Special Events–Attending plays, taking nature tours, touring wineries, taking in art exhibits, or hiking are just some of the activities available at the Newcomers who always appreciate social clubs and the varied and wonderful things to do in Hickory:

  • Hiking
  • Piedmont Wagon Tour
  • Pontoon Party
  • Charlotte Tour
  • Pool Party
  • Picnic
  • Virginia Creeper Bike Ride

And don’t forget, anyone can start a new activity by attracting enough members who are interested in participating in fun things to do in Hickory NC.  All activities need a contact person, and the idea needs to be presented to the board via the Activities Coordinator before beginning, stating the activity’s purpose, day, time, month and location proposed. Activities must be inclusive for the entire group, and if not, a rotation plan needs to be implemented.  The contact person must notify the Activities Coordinator each month regarding all notices for the calendar. 

If you and your family are exploring North Carolina mountain homes for sale, The Coves should be your first and last stop. We have a variety of spacious homesites available to satisfy your wish list and make that dream a reality. Here’s a few:

• Lot 2 –  On gorgeous Round Mountain Ridge, the site has 2.17 acres for $39,900.   Envision The Cumberland Trace on this land, by MossCreek, which will create a “rest stop for travelers.” There’s true spaciousness to the open plan living, accompanied by a Master Bedroom. Generous Guest Bedrooms add the touch to the perfect floor plan.

Natural materials of wood, stone, and glass, create the perfect small rustic mountain home. It is a two story model with 1,630 square feet. The 3 bedrooms 2.5 baths home has an option of a detachable garage. The starting price is  $224,490 and does not include NC mountain land. There is also a 3 story 2,600+ square foot option too!

• Lot 21 on Round Mountain Ridge is located on a private cul-de-sac with almost a 1/2 acre.  This homesite is a relatively flat build site which is perfect for the ease of  single-story living, and affords a beautiful long-range mountain vista to the Northeast. The cul-de-sac has gentle topography for relaxing strolls–sunrise or sunset–throughout the seasons.

The 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath Black Bear builder floor plan would compliment this property beautifully. The design features three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, with a master on the main level.  A large story-and-a-half vaulted Great Room with exposed timber trusses and an open Kitchen / Dining Room all create this home’s dramatic interior. The lower level provides an economical solution for sloping lots, while creating a spacious recreation room and two bedroom suites.  A full veranda along the back completes the relaxed feel of this small NC mountain cabin retreat.

• On Lot 204A, on  1.49 acres at Riverside at the Coves,  there’s a gentle, sloping homesite for $79,900 where you and your family can take in the awesome splendor of Grandfather Mountain with nearly a  360-degree view of the mountain range in your cottage or cabin home.

• The sloping homesite of Lot 921 has stunning views of Table Rock Mountain, Round Mountain and is in close proximity to hiking trails and a community park. For $79,900 with a lot of 1.75 acres, it’s easy to imagine viewing those majestic sunsets from the fresh air of your custom deck. 

• Lot 923 is a beautiful and private 1.83 acre homesite with stunning views of Table Rock Mountain, Round Mountain, and Hawks Bill. From your custom build home you would find easy access to one of our community parks and over 39 miles of hiking trails at $99,900. 

•Lot 817 in High Country Farms at $109,900, is 19 acres that will afford plenty of elbow room and the privacy you’ve been seeking.  This property stands out with many perks of nature– a major spring that forms the headwater of Celia Creek, a bold creek running from the spring and two creeks that meet in a rustic pasture.  A  1/4 acre tree farm of mature Leland cypress trees also graces the property.  This land is in close proximity to our Pisgah Mountain Lodge and Highland River Falls.

Looking for more space?

•Lot 812 in High Country Farms is a super-sized 24-acre land parcel perfect for those who love to ride.  For $119,900, this land will accommodate almost any Builder Floor Plan in our collection.  If you settle on this property, you will find yourself near more than 39 miles of hiking and horse trails.

• Lot 723 is a relatively flat, estate-size, private homesite on the top of a knoll. Views you’ll never grow tired of–Grandfather Mountain, Table Rock Mountain, Brown Mountain, Adams Knob, and Hawks Bill.  For $139,900, these 20 acres will win you heart in your custom built home in the Riverside at The Coves neighborhood.  

How about riverfront property?

•Lot 718 in The Coves Boxwood Estates, is 10 glorious acres that is graced by 400 feet of the mountain-fed John’s River and two cascading waterfalls.  For $225,000, this homesite holds a gentle slope and two possible build sites for those who like the freedom to choose between mountain or river views. 

We encourage you to stop by and take a look. We’re happy to share with you many more nearby social clubs like the Newcomers of Catawba Valley.

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

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Pisgah Mountain Lodge – Close to Heaven, Down to Earth

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Retirees and others looking at Smoky Mountain land for sale give a lot of thought to how their daily lives will be:  what activities there are to enjoy, convenience of access to shopping and other necessities, and whether they’ll form the kind of lasting friendships they’ve made where they’re living now.  A little research can resolve the first two concerns.  And the response to the third one is an easy “yes”.

In the planning stages of The Coves Mountain River Club, we reserved the best parcel of land for the sole purpose of bringing people together.  And that’s where, at a towering 1700-foot elevation, we built Pisgah Mountain Lodge – a magnificent, rustic, 6000-square-foot clubhouse with an infinity-view saline pool, hot tub and outdoor living room that overlook Grandfather Mountain, Table Rock, Adams Knob and Brown Mountain.  If you’re like most people, the views from the lodge will steal your breath away.

Our year-round mild Lenoir North Carolina weather encourages residents to spend time outside, whether alone or in small groups, taking advantage of all there is to do here.  And sooner or later, everyone discovers the cozy and grand appeal of the Lodge, with its spectacular views across miles of unspoiled natural forest, its unparalleled sunset panoramas and, at night, the blanket of stars that appear close enough to touch.

Inside, there are hewn timber beams and floor-to-ceiling windows that capture breathtaking mountain vistas in every direction.  Upstairs, you’ll discover a comfortable place to sit and talk in front of a stone fireplace, a kitchen and a lending library.  And the lower level features a state-of-the art fitness center with cardio and weight equipment, locker room, showers, fitness class area and a game room equipped with Foosball, pool and Ping-Pong tables.

Mountain towns in North Carolina are known to be friendly places, and Pisgah Mountain Lodge is very much in keeping with that tradition.  It’s not an exaggeration to say that there’s always something going on that brings people together.  Five times a year, we have themed Cook-off Competitions.  Our monthly Guest Lecture Series brings in local chefs, artists, musicians, hiking guides and educational speakers. The first Wednesday of the month is Game Night, and every Monday morning our yoga instructor leads a wellness class on the mountain’s edge.  And of course our residents can use the Lodge for their own family functions.

Buyers are happy when they discover there are still some great homesites available near the clubhouse, and our innovative floor plans are designed to make the most of this remarkable property and its breathtaking features.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how affordable Smoky Mountain land for sale really is.  Of course, at The Coves Mountain River Club, you’re buying far more than just real estate.  It’s a lifestyle – one that suits you and your family perfectly, whether you want to be very active or just spend time enjoying new friendships and all the many benefits of living where the sky is clear, the air is fresh and each day offers new adventures and discoveries.  The mild Lenoir North Carolina weather is just what the folks relocating from the snow laden northeast appreciate.

The Coves Mountain River Club encompasses 3600 wooded acres, so you can be as secluded as you want to be but still take advantage of a vibrant social community centered around Pisgah Mountain Lodge and all it has to offer.  That, plus our close proximity to four unique mountain towns in North Carolina, makes us the ideal choice for anyone thinking of living in the foothills area.

We hope you’ll stop by and take a tour.  Watch the sunset from the balcony at Pisgah Mountain Lodge…and enjoy the incredible experience that your family can have every single day of the year.

That’s what mountain living’s about, and it’s all waiting for you at The Coves Mountain River Club.

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

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Retail Therapy in Hickory NC

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Relaxation, escape, entertainment, and rejuvenation. When asked to identify the benefits of mountain living, these answers often come out on top. According to researchers who study the psychology of marketing, they’re the same things that top the list of “the positive effects of retail therapy.” Or, to put it another way, the happiness you experience by living in the mountains is a lot like the happiness you feel when shopping.

We’re no scientists, but that sort of thought-provoking formula leads us to only one conclusion… We should all go shopping in the mountains! What better way to double your happiness quotient? And these days, we can all use a little extra happiness.

Well, guess what, science! We’re a step ahead of you. We’ve already scoped out the shopping scene in the mountain towns in North Carolina. And our research points us time and again to one of our favorites – Hickory, NC.

Hickory’s city officials use the phrase “small town values with big city drive” when describing this charming mountain oasis that’s managed to maintain its rich history and down-home warmth even as it’s grown to become the country’s most sprawling metro area, the “retail hub of the foothills,” and home to the largest shopping mall in the region.

A three-time winner of the All-American Cities Award, and the 10th best place to live in the United States according to Reader’s Digest, Hickory is best known for its finely crafted American-made furniture. But, more and more, Hickory is becoming known as a favorite Blue Ridge destination thanks to its seasonal art, music, and food festivals, its vibrant night life, Art Walk, Farmer’s Market, and a fabulous line-up of cafés, restaurants, and craft beer pubs and breweries. This town also comes with a special events calendar that’s nonstop packed with fun things to do in Hickory North Carolina.

But our favorite thing to do in Hickory is shop! And, now that we have scientific proof of its therapeutic benefits, let’s get started. Here are some of our favorite retail destinations in Hickory, NC. Grab your holiday shopping list, and make your way downtown. There are plenty of seasonal specials this time of year. But this town’s treasure trove of shopping options is enough to satisfy shoppers year-round: 

ELLA BLU (214 Union Square NW)        

This is the go-to boutique for fashionistas living in Hickory and the surrounding mountain towns in North Carolina. But the global appeal of Ella Blu extends far beyond the Blue Ridge. “It’s still my favorite store and I live in Dubai,” says one online reviewer, “I can’t wait to come back and do some power shopping!” Ella Blu keeps its inventory constantly updated by visiting trunk shows and fashion events across the country, then hand-selecting the hottest clothing, jewelry, shoes, and accessories. There’s even a consignment section that features gently used high-end fashion finds. Shoppers love the unique inventory of chic clothing and accessories at affordable prices. And they rave about the friendly one-on-one customer service Ella Blu.            

THE NATURAL OLIVE (216 Union Square NW)            

Have you ever walked into a charming Italian olive oil store where your senses are treated to the vibrant tastes and aromas of infused oils, bright balsamic vinegars, and fresh-baked warm ciabatta breads? That’s the experience The Natural Oil brings to Downtown Hickory in their Tuscany-inspired store with its canister-lined wood shelves, old knotted floors, and high ceilings, accented with mood lighting and piped-in Italian music. This place is heaven for the senses. Or as the Natural Olive calls it, “a fun, taste-inspiring experience” where you sample, smell, and sip your way through 50 varieties of fresh oils on tap before choosing your favorites to take home in a bottle that’s corked and sealed just for you. There are featured favorites and seasonal selections, and owner Noelle Walker is happy to share her knowledge of each hand-selected product. You can also find sauces, spices, pastas, cookbooks, home goods, and oil-based soaps and skincare products at this elegantly rustic Italian shop.      

TURNIP THE ARTS (266 First Avenue NW)       

The name is as clever as the shop. This charming gallery of hand-crafted goodies offers a creative mix of gifts, art and events. It’s conveniently located in the heart of Hickory and nestled among some of the area’s best loved restaurants. Turnip the Arts brings its own flavor to Fifth Avenue with a dash of the eclectic. This gallery shows and sells handmade artwork by local, regional, and national artists. Gifts for sale include pottery, woodwork, glass work, jewelry, metal work, paintings, photography, fiber art, and a variety of soaps, lotions and candles. If you’re someone who enjoys “Makin’ the Arts,” they offer a series by that name, which offers classes in jewelry and craft-making. They also offer paint parties, culinary arts classes, and other fun instructional events. With Turnip the Arts in town, you never run out of creative things to do in Hickory North Carolina

BISANAR JEWELER (226 Union Square NW)   

This is not your typical jewelry store. The Bisanar Company upholds a long tradition of excellence dating back to 1896 when Dr. George Bisanar first opened the doors for business. Well over a century later, Bisanar is known as “the highest quality jeweler in North Carolina.” They maintain an antique and estate collection that features Edwardian, Victorian, art nouveau, art deco, retro, and plique à jour jewelry. The designer collection features pearls, diamonds, and other precious gemstones set in platinum, gold, and sterling by acclaimed designers, including Scott Kay, Mikimoto, and Alex Sepkus. Bisanar also has an impressive line of fine Swiss watches from names like Rayond Weil, Mont Blanc, and Cyma. In addition to jewelry, shoppers will enjoy browsing special occasion gifts, including designer evening bags and accessories, as well as fine crystal, silver, and porcelain from top-of-the-line brands, including Towle, Waterford, Lenox, Lunt, Reed & Barton, Cybis, and Boehm. The offerings here are extensive, but shoppers will never feel overwhelmed because at The Bisanar Company, “exemplary customer service is still the number one priority.”     

How’s that for a relaxing and rejuvenating retail therapy session! And that’s just a small sampling of what awaits you on the Downtown Hickory shopping scene. There’s plenty to more to explore. Hickory is chock-full of shops to help you check all the items off your holiday shopping list: clothing, jewelry, gifts, arts, crafts, wines, camping and sporting goods, and a whole lot more.

We all know the saying When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping. But in our view (from the beautiful Blue Ridge), we’d like to offer an alternative for an even happier lifestyle: When the going gets tough, the tough go to the mountains…. AND go shopping!

When you’re ready to up your happiness quotient, look no further than the mountains of Western North Carolina. You’ll find Smoky Mountain land for sale that’s surrounded by spectacularly scenic landscape and with access to an abundance of shops, restaurants, live music, art, and seasonal festivals and activities all in the Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir area.

We recommend you start your search at The Coves Mountain River Club in Lenoir NC. The beautiful historic town of Lenoir is just a quick drive from Hickory, and it’s one of the most charming mountain towns in North Carolina. When you settle into a home at The Coves in Lenoir, you’re treating yourself to a rare combination of mountain and river living with five miles of pristine river footage, spectacular scenic mountain views, and amenities for days.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule your visit. We’ll be happy to point you in the direction of all the best shopping so you can combine your tour of The Coves with a healthy dose of retail therapy.

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

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Caldwell Rotary Club – 29 Years of Community Service

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The Caldwell Rotary Club in Lenoir NC celebrates the beginning of the season offering holiday cheer, shopping, food, entertainment, decorations and Jolly St. Nick to the local community. This is one of the many fun things to do in Lenoir NC this holiday season. The Lenoir Downtown Christmas Festival, sponsored by the Caldwell Rotary Club, on Saturday, November 19, is a holiday celebration to make the whole family merry and bright.  

From 10am until 4pm, Main Street in downtown Lenoir will be blanketed with festive cheer. Listen to Jolly St. Nick sing his hohohos as folks shop, dine, take in the seasonal decorations, and enjoy the entertainment.  Children can whisper their secret Christmas wishes into Santa’s ear, have their faces colorfully painted, watch in amazement as the balloon lady twists her magical creations, travel on a trackless train, or run wild in the kids’ zone. Adults won’t be left out of the holiday fun with live entertainment, and plenty of delicious food to sample from the many vendors.   And don’t forget getting some of that holiday shopping under way while having a merry good time.  

Lenoir is located in Caldwell County, in the Blue Ridge foothills, with the Brushy Mountains to the east and Grandfather Mountain to the west. The foothills is a popular destination for those who are searching for North Carolina mountain homes for sale.  The mountain towns in North Carolina are rich with history, and Lenoir is no exception.  The town is named after William Lenoir, a Revolutionary War general, and his home, Fort Defiance, is one of the region’s famous tourist attractions. 

Other historic sites that afford things to do in Lenoir NC are the Caldwell County Courthouse, Lenoir Downtown Historic District, Mary’s Grove, and the Edgar Allan Poe House.  Lenoir is one of the mountain towns in North Carolina that does not disappoint with parks for strolling and recreation, museums for the history buffs, wineries and breweries for those hankering for some holiday cheer, restaurants to stave off hunger, and pottery and gift shops to find the perfect holiday gifts for everyone.  No surprise that this city was a recipient of the All-America City Award in 2008.

The Caldwell Rotary Club has been serving the greater good of their local communities for nearly three decades in the mountain towns in North Carolina.   The holiday season is an important time to remember others, but the Caldwell Rotary Club remembers all year long.  All funds raised at the Lenoir Downtown Festival will be put towards Caldwell Rotary scholarships. 

As an organization of business and professional leaders, they tirelessly provide humanitarian service, encourage the utmost in ethical standards in all vocations, as well as focus on building good will and peace–not just in our country but also abroad.  A group of dedicated Lenoir residents began the club in 1982, and through the years their dedication has paid off with scholarship funds established to support the youth in the community, widespread efforts to eradicate polio, as well as the Caldwell Senior Center which was opened in the 1980s.

“Our members have contributed greatly to the betterment of our community.  The past is only the prologue for what the future holds for our club and our community,” their website eloquently states. In 2010, Kimmie Ross, became the first female president for Caldwell County Rotary, and is carrying service to the community with enormous energy and insight.   

The Caldwell County Rotary Club welcomes everyone and is an incredible way for residents at The Coves to meet new and interesting friends.  At the same time they can discover more about their community…and all while lending a hand and having a good time.   Finding fulfillment in helping others is good for the soul, especially at this time of year.  

Families searching for the perfect North Carolina mountain home for sale will find The Coves is the place to visit.  Currently for sale:

4545 Walnut Ridge Drive – 3/2 with 2,200 square feet  $289,000

Imagine sipping your coffee in the morning, or your wine in the evening on the porch of your home in The Coves.  And if the inclement weather keeps you inside, there’s a sunroom to take in the views surrounding you.  Gather your friends and family in this charming home, explore the sprawling property outside your door, and end your hunt for a North Carolina home for sale. More details:

  • quaint three bedrooms
  • two baths
  • dining room
  • sunroom
  • hardwood floors
  • laundry room
  • two-car garage
  • 2, 200 square feet
  • exterior porch
  • one level living

5254 Sunset Creek Lane – 2/2.5 with a loft 2,270 square feet

This charming home in The Coves will steal your heart and end your search.  Whether your cozying up at home, or enjoying the outdoors of the expansive property, this is the place to call home. More details: 

  • two bedrooms with loft
  • two and a half baths
  • porch
  • three car garage
  • 2, 270 square feet
  • one level living
  • 3.37 acres

If you don’t see what you’re looking for, we do have a variety of homesites for sale. River front, private wooded estates and homesites with long range mountain views. We invite you to visit The Coves—a place of beauty and serenity where you will instantly feel you belong. Here you’ll find plenty of fun things to do in Lenoir NC all in close proximity to our mountain community. 

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

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J. E. Broyhill Center Holiday Events

things to do in Lenoir NC

Lenoir is unlike many mountain towns in North Carolina. Here you’ll find a nostalgic small mountain town with big city culture. For example, there’s a variety of things to do in Lenoir NC this holiday season. Starting in November, the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center is hosting a number of family-friendly events that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

On November 19th, the Western Piedmont Symphony will hold its annual Holiday Pops! fundraiser. This Holiday Pops! Nutcracker Ball will showcase the Hickory Jazz Orchestra performing Duke Ellington’s famous “Nutcracker Suite.” Additionally, the Caldwell Men’s Chorus will open the show with a number of holiday favorites and Just Jazz Friends will provide dinner music.

From December 1-4th, Foothills Performing Arts will present their unique interpretation of the beloved holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol.” Stop by the Civic Center on December 17th for “A Celtic Christmas,” a special performance featuring the Silvio Martinat Swing Band and Puddingstone, a 7-member band with vocals, guitar, synthesizer, and fiddle.

If you’re looking for things to do in Lenoir NC, look no further than the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center. The Center boasts a 1,000-seat theater/auditorium with fabulous acoustics, where they host an annual Showcase of Stars season, featuring a variety of family-friendly events including comedy, music, theatre, and more. The Center also has a 7,660-square foot conference facility  – with full-service catering on-site – that can be rented for everything from receptions to family reunions.

Tucked into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we feel Lenoir is by far the most charming when it comes to mountain towns in North Carolina. Lenoir is a vibrant community full of artists and nature lovers, and is perhaps best known as the birthplace of some of the most skilled and gifted craftsmen in the industry.

Lenoir is also home to The Coves Mountain River Club, a unique Lenoir NC real estate development where residents at retirement can enjoy a night out New York City-style in their own hometown. Within our gates, you find a plethora of lifestyle amenities. 

At Pigsah Mountain Lodge, our residents can take a dip in the infinity-view saline swimming pool, relax in the hot tub, and enjoy the outdoor living room with a breathtaking panoramic view of Grandfather Mountain.  Residents can also take a sip of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot made with grapes grown straight from Evelyn’s vineyard, or enjoy horseback riding with a scenic view of four different waterfalls. People here love the spectacular mountain views, friendly community atmosphere, and first class amenities. 

Come on in and take a tour of our Lenoir NC real estate development to see what The Coves can offer you. 

Call us at 828.754.0700.

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