Cumberland Trace – Big Footprint Home, Affordable Price Tag

Many of the popular gated communities near Asheville, NC may feature the Cumberland Trace design by MossCreek, a popular architectural firm in Western North Carolina. At The Coves, we know the home design offers an excellent option to buyers who desire a rustic home that blends beautifully with its surroundings using natural elements indigenous to the area. The home’s predesigned floor plan shortens the construction period, so your family can be settled into your new home more quickly. Using a popular predesigned floor plan also makes home building costs more predictable.

Notice how the dramatic use of exterior wood, stone and glass evokes an image of old-time mountain communities.  But don’t let that fool you.  The Cumberland Trace is as modern as today, with an eye toward making your living and entertaining both comfortable and fun. 

Well designed North Carolina mountain homes compliment the mountain scenery and changing climate. They cater to aging Baby Boomers needs which include a spacious open floor plan, and the master bedroom is conveniently on the main level.

The Cumberland Trace home is also available with either two or three stories.  By building several stories, you multiply the floor area without significantly adding costly square footage to the foundation and roof – the most expensive parts of any house. Multiple story homes also work well on mountain property providing easy access basements.

The two-story model has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and a total of 1,630 square feet.  In the three-story model, there are five bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms.  The total square footage is 2,654.  And you can add a detached garage to either one.

At The Coves Mountain River Club, buyers can choose one to 20 acres or there are cabin home sites that are close to the community’s amenities.  Cabin lots have smaller footprints, and the landscape maintenance is provided for you.

If you’re exploring retiring to one of the gated communities near Asheville, NC, be sure to consider our mountain community and let our design team show you how this rustic mountain home can work within your budget.

You’re probably already aware of how popular mountain communities near Asheville for starting a new life of adventure away from the stresses of the city.  But we’re far from being isolated. Here in Lenoir, we’re beautifully situated to take advantage of both small town culture and the Blue Ridge Mountains while still being within easy driving distance of whatever we may need in some of the nearby metropolitan centers such as Charlotte.

Located on five miles of pristine Johns River waterfront, The Coves is a paradise for those who appreciate a clear mountain fed-river and there are plenty of hiking trails to explore along the river. One of the many benefits of living in the foothills is the mild four season weather which means we’re rarely stuck indoors during the winter months. We’re close enough to enjoy winter sports at the higher elevations but we won’t have to deal with snow on a regular basis.

The Cumberland Trace and other North Carolina mountain homes in our community provide a pleasant surprise for anyone who thinks mountain living is quaint and old-fashioned.  At The Coves Mountain River Club, you can be as active and busy as you want to be.  Take a class at the local community college, learn the area’s fascinating history, attend one of the many local festivals, enjoy special events at our magnificent Pisgah Mountain Lodge…the list goes on and on.

Why not stop by to witness one of our indescribably beautiful mountain sunsets at the mountain’s summit when you’re in the area?  We’ll give you a guided tour while you’re here, and you’ll soon see why so many people have chosen to call The Coves Mountain River Club home.

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Lifelong Learning at Catawba Community College

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Our perceptions about retirement have vastly changed over the years and the reality of our “Golden Years” has changed too.  If you reside in the NC mountain communities, you are fortunate to be living an enchanting new chapter, pursuing your interests and your hobbies in the perfect inspiring setting.  The beauty in the variety of things to do in Hickory NC, is you will never run out of lifelong learning options, and we all know how new adventures and journeys keep our hearts, minds and bodies young.

Living at The Coves, tucked into the NC mountain communities, and being close to Catawba Valley Community College, is just one of the many ways to stay connected socially while you continue to hone your crafts, pick up a new language for a trip abroad, or increase your knowledge and skills in a vast array of areas.

No matter the season, CVCC has courses that will stimulate your mind while enriching your life.   These are some of the courses available in your Hickory neighborhood for personal enrichment when you’re searching for things to do in Hickory NC:

Crocheting and Knitting Workshop; introductory course for reading and following patterns, learning basic stitches, tips and techniques so you can create thoughtful gifts to keep your family and friends feeling loved and warm.  Best of all, needlework is a perfect way to relax while being creative.  First class March 14-May 9, 2017; Tuesdays; 1-3pm, Hickory Senior Citizens Center; instructor, Mary Ann Parkhurst.

Needle Fun Workshop; for a variety of needle crafters at any skill level—crochet, knitting, or embroidery—the choice is yours. First class March 14-May 9, 2017; Tuesdays; 9-12pm, Newton Rec. Center; instructor, Mary Ann Parkhurst.

Quilting Back to the Basics Workshop; whether you’re a beginning or intermediate quilter, choose the pattern and size quilt you want to create and sew to your heart’s content.  First class March 13-May 8, 2017; Mondays, 9-12pm; Newton Rec Center; instructor, Mary Ann Parkhurst.

Sewing Beginning; learn to thread a sewing machine and be on your way to perfecting straight and curve seams from a simple pattern. Bring your own sewing machine or use one provided.  March 30-May 4, 2017; Thursdays; 6-9pm; CVCC EC, Rm. 975; instructor, Micki Earp.

Multimedia Editing and Production; create video stories with photos, texts, sound, video and animation to share on YouTube, Vimeo or other social media outlets; learn to shoot, develop and edit your video before publishing—all the while staying current with friends and family; March 16-April 20, 2017; Thursdays; 6-8pm; CVCC, REP 124; instructor, Aaron Tallman.

Beginning Flower Arranging; create gorgeous wreaths to welcome your visitors and arrangements to brighten every room; March 28- May 2, 2017; Tuesdays; 6-9pm; CVCC EC, Rm. 1209; instructor, Wanda Reep.  Be sure to look for Advanced Flower Arrangement in the months ahead.

Soap Making—The Basics and Beyond; covers safety, tools, techniques, molds, cutting, and wrapping.  If you choose to participate, apron, kitchen gloves and safety glasses are required.  Good squeaky clean fun! March 20-April 2, 2017; Mondays; 6-9pm; CVCC EC, Rm. 1209; instructor, Ann Oswald.

Stained Glass—Beginning Level II; the fundamentals of stain glass design from choosing the correct glass, to creating patterns, and cutting and grinding—culminates in a stunning lampshade.  Supply list is provided the first class; April 3-May 15, 2017; Mondays; 6:30-8:30pm; Newton Rec. Center, Newton; instructor, Melanie Zimmerman.

Art and Craft Classes; art media of your choice whether you are beginner or advanced, sharpen your skills, confidence, and expression while you draw and paint; brush strokes, color combinations, preparations and composition.  March 14-May 9, 2017; Tuesdays; 8:30-11:30am; CVCC EC, Rm. 1209; instructor, Natalie McNeely.

Get Your Brushes Wet; no matter if you are just beginning or you’ve been painting for decades—share your creative time with others using oils, acrylics, watercolors and pastels.  Learn composition, mixing, and general brush skills.  March 15-May 10, 2017; Wednesdays; 9am-12pm; CVCC EC, Rm. 1209; instructor, Pat Flachbart.

Cake Decorating:  Flower and Cake Design Course #2; learn to create fancy borders, flowers, and basket weaving with royal icing.  Your beautiful cakes will make your parties the talk of the town. April 6-May 5, 2017; Thursdays; 6-8pm; CVCC EC; Rm. 1209; instructor, Glenda Peek.  Wilton Kit #2 is necessary for course.

Cake Decorating: Fondant and Gum Paste Course #3; learn the art of fondant to create shapes, borders and flowers, as well as fondant icing; a final project will be designed with all the techniques you’ve learned.  May 11-June 1, 2017; Thursdays; 6-8pm; CVCC EC; Rm. 1209; instructor, Glenda Peek. Wilton Kit #3 is necessary for course.

Embossed Fondant Cupcakes; hands-on fondant basics—handling, storing, tinting, rolling, embossing, embellishing,  and creating flowers and bows; April 24, 2017; Monday; 6-8pm; CVCC EC; Rm. 1209; instructor, Glenda Peek.  Pre-requisite:  Cake Decorating-Beginning Class.

Candy Making; drip, drizzle and mold your sweet Wilton treats at any skill level.  Demo-style class with some hands-on instruction; May 15, 2017; Monday; 6-8pm; CVCC EC; Rm. 1209; instructor, Glenda Peek.

Golf for Beginners; learn the proper golf techniques to hit the course with confidence; April 10-May 8, 2017; Tuesdays; 6-8pm; CVCC EC Golf Course; instructor, Jeff Toney.  Range ball fee is extra.

Shag-Beginning; six-count method fundamental steps—shag, female turn, male turn, chase, cuddle, pivot, lead out.  Don’t forget to bring your partner!  March 14-April 11, 2017; Tuesdays; 7:30-8:30pm; Newton Rec Center, Newton; instructor, Judy Boston.

Hand Gun-Gunsmithing Basics; beginners age 21 with and older with current permits learn the basics of equipment, safety, care, maintenance, and repair; March 20-May 1, 2017; Mondays; 6-9pm; CVCC EC; Rm. 1050; instructor, Steve Cox.

Basic Pistol for Women; for beginners to learn the basics of pistol shooting; April 5, 2017; Wednesday; 6-9pm; CVCC EC; instructor, Tom McNeely.

Pistol Defense for Women-Part II;  hand-on instruction for beginners to learn safety, storage, buying, stances, positions, sight, gun maintenance and the five fundamentals of shooting; March 23, 2017; Thursday; 6-9pm; CVCC EC; instructor Tom McNeely; April 12, 2017; Wednesday; 6-9pm; CVCC EC; instructor, Tom McNeely. Pre-requisite: Basic Pistol for Women class.

Catawba Valley Community College makes it simple to continue your lifelong learning since it’s conveniently located for those who live in The Coves and those who live in other neighboring NC mountain communities at 2550 US Hwy 70 SE, Hickory, NC.   Hickory is situated between Charlotte and Asheville, at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  For those who reside in this traditional community, it’s clear that enriching your life and continuing your quest for lifelong learning at CVCC is just one of the many splendid aspects of our region.

Longing to discover more awesome things to do in Hickory NC? You won’t have to search long or hard. Hickory maintains its quaint appeal while offering plenty of culture and recreation. Folks won’t run out of culinary options, from Japanese to Italian, from American bistros to good old fashioned BBQ.  Hickory’s shopping rivals its cuisine for those of you who need a little retail therapy or want to get started on birthday and holiday gifts. 

From galleries, to boutiques, outlets and more, the only thing stopping you from shopping will be your tired feet.  When you and your family are ready for a little entertainment or recreation, this is the place to be—cinemas, arcades, museums, distilleries, wineries, parks and golf—there aren’t enough days in the year to do it all in Hickory.  And if you’re ready for a romantic date, there’s the symphony, the theater and plenty of live music to create the perfect mood. 

While you’re exploring homes at The Coves, catch a glimpse of all that Hickory offers throughout the year and see how easy it is to meet new friends.

For more information regarding CVCC call 828-327-7000 ext 4320.

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Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show Events

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Are you ready to enjoy a beautiful mountain spring, feel the cool summer breezes, and celebrate one of the world’s most majestic creatures? Blowing Rock, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is one of the largest equestrian communities in North Carolina. Did you know the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show Foundation has several events, including competitions and riding festivals, beginning next month and lasting through the fall?

On April 22nd, the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show Foundation will host the annual Appalachian State University Equestrian Team Spring Schooling Show. The show will offer classes in under saddle, jumping, equitation, and working hunter. The 2017 Blowing Rock Charity Saddlebred Show will be held from June 8th-11th at the L.M. Tate Horse Show Grounds at the Broyhill Equestrian Preserve, which is located next to Moses Cone Memorial Nation Park in the mountains of North Carolina. Spectators can enjoy a dazzling display of the top show horses in the country, including big, beautiful Saddlebreds and Hackney ponies, from the famous grandstand or their own box seat.

The Hunter & Jumper Division of the show will take place from July 25th-July 30th, and again from August 1st-6th. Don’t miss out on the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show’s 94th annual show! The annual Fjord and Friends Fest will take place from June 19th-June 25th at the Broyhill Equestrian Preserve. There will be scheduled and free time to explore 27 miles of trails, educational activities that include riding, driving, and natural horsemanship, as well as sessions on grooming, saddle fitting, wool spinning, and more. All Fjord owners, and their friends, are welcome to the North Carolina horse property.

Finally, from September 9th-10th, the Hugh Causey Charity Trail Ride, hosted by the North Carolina division of the American Quarter Horse Association, will take place at the Broyhill Equestrian Preserve. The trails will be available for horse drown carriages, horseback riding, and hiking.

The Broyhill Equestrian Preserve has been home for the Blowing Rock Charity Horse How since 1928. The Preserve is open from May through October every year. Patrons can board their horses at the Schaefer Boarding Barn, where all 450 stalls are 12 x 12, bedded with generous amounts of fresh pine shavings, and cleaned daily. Stalls are available for rent by the day, week, or month for those who live in nearby Blowing Rock real estate developments.

The Preserve offers easy access to ten acres of pasture for grazing and 27 miles of carriage roads in the Moses Cone Memorial Park, as well as two riding rings, cross-tied saddling areas, concrete wash racks, and a private tack room. Basic daily medical care for your horse is also available for an additional charge. There is also a nearby vet, and a farrier who makes frequent barn visits, should your horse become injured or ill during his or her stay. The carriage road trails in Cone Park offer many opportunities for leisurely hiking, including beautiful mountain views, a maze to wander through, and an apple barn. Overnight camping is available.

Blowing Rock is located in both Watauga and Caldwell County, the latter which is home to The Coves Mountain River Club. Our vibrant gated community tucked away into the Blue Ridge Foothills, is the perfect residential area for equestrians and horses alike. These beautiful creatures keep us calm, healthy, active, inspire our sense of wonder, and make us feel free. Plus, living in one of the equestrian communities in North Carolina allows you to expand your social circle and meet other owners who share the same passion and love for these magnificent animals.

Our Round Mountain Ranch is a full service equestrian center along the Johns River with high vaulted ceilings, padded barn flooring, a tack room, and 15 acres of pasture. Other services include veterinary services, riding lessons, select feed service, turn-out and pasture rotation, and round-pen training. We also have two scenic horse trails: the Highland River Trail, a ten 10 miles starting from the Pigsah Mountain Lodge, which passes by streams and waterfalls and brings riders down to the Johns River at the Mila Cascading Falls; and the Magnolia Trail, a 3 mile trail starting at the pasture that goes up about 100 ft in elevation overlooking the Johns River, and brings riders deep into the woods and back down to Coleton’s Swimming hole.  Folks searching to purchase North Carolina horse property, will find we offer larger home sites that are designed for horse owners to board their horses on own their home site or at the ranch. Living in the foothills is means enjoying mild four season weather.

If you’re exploring Blowing Rock real estate, Stop by The Coves and let us show you around. Call 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 provides more information about living in the foothills.

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