Superb Trout Fishing Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

North Carolina trout fishing needs no introduction to those in the know.  The excellent sites for fishing near Asheville NC draw avid fly-casters from all around the country and beyond.

Traveling the length of the Blue Ridge Parkway, you’ll encounter over a hundred miles of streams that will challenge your skills and knowledge.  Using only artificial lures with a single non-barbed hook, you can fish for rainbow, brown and native brook trout with no special stamp required.  Catch-and-release is encouraged.

There are thirteen lakes along the Parkway, ranging from ponds to more sizeable bodies of water, and they have an abundance of smallmouth bass and bream.  Look for specific regulations wherever you go.  No fishing from bridges, dams or walls is permitted.  And swimming isn’t allowed.

You can easily obtain a license online and it’s not required for anyone 16 or younger.

At The Coves Mountain River Club, we’re fortunate to have five miles of frontage on the beautiful Johns River NC, where water flowing down from Grandfather Mountain into popular Wilson Creek North Carolina, creates some great fishing conditions.

The Boone area is well-known for its remarkable fly-fishing and angling.

Close to Blowing Rock, you’ll find Julian Price Park and the largest lake on the Parkway (at milepost 295).  It’s stocked for trout and also has bream and bass.  Canoes and kayaks are available to rent at the lakeshore concession facility.   

Nearby Moses Cone Park features the popular Trout Lake and Bass Lake.  Trout Lake is off of Winkler’s Creek Road.  Bank fishing is difficult due to steepness and trees, but you’ll find largemouth bass, bream and trout.   Bass Lake is on 221 just outside of Blowing Rock and has great bank fishing access.  You can also fish at Doughton Park. 

For river fishing, the Watauga River has trout, bream and rock bass and provides several good access points on Highway 105:  near the Ham Shoppe in Valle Crucis, Valley Crucis Park, behind Appalachian Angler, and behind the church on Shulls Mill road.  New River, especially north of Todd, provides smallmouth bass, and at Elk River, behind Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, there’s a great catch-and-release trout stretch.

Of course, Wilson Creek, in the mountains of the Pisgah National Forest, is one of the jewels in the North Carolina trout fishing crown.  It offers something for every angler’s preference – pools, riffles, runs and pocket water – and is home to some of the most renowned fishing near Asheville NC.  Experts recommend keeping your flies along the bottom in deep runs or clear holes.

The wild trout waters of Wilson Creek, Upper Creek, Harper Creeks, etc., are considered by many to be most beautiful places to fish on the east coast.  And we’re fortunate at The Coves Mountain River Club, with our property being located right on the Johns River NC, to have such easy access to them.

Wilson Creek North Carolina – just one of the many attractions of living the good life here in the foothills.  We’re also blessed with mild weather, gorgeous mountain scenery and, of course, the spectacular annual transformation of the foliage as fall arrives.

If you’re looking for a wonderful place to live, visit us when you’re in the Lenoir area.  We’re sure you’ll be amazed by all there is to do here:  fishing, kayaking, golf, hiking, social activities, local culture…the list goes on and on.  And we’ll show you some of our beautiful mountain homes and how they blend so perfectly with their surroundings.  It’s an entirely different and much more relaxed lifestyle – free of the pressures of the city and yet so convenient to everything you need or want to do.

Can you imagine night after night gazing at clear skies and a blanket of stars?  Can you picture yourself sitting on the deck at our Pisgah Mountain Lodge, watching the sun set over the mountains?  Can you envision having limitless opportunities for outdoor activities, exercise and exploration? This is what every day life is like at The Coves.

Come by, relax with a glass of wine or tea, and let us answer any questions you may have.  We look forward to welcoming you.

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.

Tags: Blowing Rock | Lenoir

Mountain Architecture Ideas – Western North Carolina

Building a mountain home gives you the an incredible opportunity, not only to invest it with your own sense of taste, but to incorporate bold design elements that make the most of your breathtaking surroundings. Typically, that means using natural materials wherever possible, an application MossCreek, a Knoxville Tennessee architectural firm, commonly applies in their designs. Natural materials include stone, timber, metals and glass. By doing so, you can create a unique environment that’s more at one with these elements that richly define your property.  It’s a look that’s sometimes termed “rustic elegance”.

Mountain homes are popular in the gated communities near Asheville NC.  At best, the exteriors are so attuned to nature that they look as if they’ve grown out of the ground.  And why not?  In this part of the country, the layered mountain views, clear night skies and lush green forests are the real stars of the show.  Because these panoramas are so spectacular, North Carolina mountain homes tend not to be large, symmetrical, obtrusive structures.  They take advantage of the trees, boulders and other land features by designing around them and even making them a part of outdoor living areas with decks or terraces.

Perhaps you’ll be building a mountain home near one of the picturesque rivers or waterfalls that define this part of the country.  You’ll want to plan and orient your layout to make the most of that location.  Building in a variety of levels and carefully-placed windows can give you that flexibility.  And the broad, sheltering roofs of multi-level homes that follow the lay of the terrain create an attractive cascading appearance while providing effective protection against winter snow, spring rain and summer sun.

In gated communities near Asheville, NC, you’ll find that mountain homes utilize bigger and bolder columns, beams, rafters and other structural elements for maximum protection against heavy snow loads.  These are typically Douglas fir and/or reclaimed wood.  Roofs may be constructed of cedar shakes or slate, sometimes with copper accents.  The siding is likely to be cedar (boards, shake shingles or logs) and stone. Recycled barn wood is sometimes employed for a more rustic look. Windows often have wood or metal clad (aluminum, copper or bronze) frames, which can include an aged patina for an older appearance.

Interiors of mountain homes should also include as many natural materials and forms as possible, along with warm, earth tone colors.  The ideal effect is more rustic than the look of a typical home and can be described as “old world” in appearance.

Landscaping is also an important element to consider.  The orientation of your home on the site needs to achieve maximum privacy, minimal visibility, and minimized grading and disruption of natural drainage. Water runoff should be contained, and enhancing the natural landforms and vegetation is encouraged.  Retaining walls are ideally kept to a minimum, to preserve a natural look as well as to keep costs down. Natural stone is the preferred material, and vegetation will help them to blend in.

The site can also include native hardscaping (patios, walkways), and minimal walls, fences and gates. Everything should look open and natural, and relate to the building. A good architect or landscape architect will know some good tricks to help you accomplish your goal.

As you have seen, the goal in building North Carolina mountain homes is to achieve a perfect balance between nature and architecture.  MossCreek designs suggested at The Coves, offer a remarkable selection of luxurious log, timber and hybrid frame floor plans that are easy to build and affordable to meet your family’s individual needs.

We invite you to visit and tour The Coves Mountain River Club. Here you’ll see some great examples of how a well-planned and well-crafted mountain home can blend in perfectly with the outdoor lifestyle here in the Western North Carolina foothills. We have a variety of homesites for sale to show you too. From large riverfront acreage, private wooded estates to pastoral property with beautiful mountain views. Our homesites begin in the high $30’s. From start to finish, you’ll find it is possible to build a new mountain home in the $300’s.

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.

Tags: Home Building | Lenoir

Lenoir Oilers Baseball – Hometown Fun

mountain towns in North Carolina sports

Anyone who lives in the mountain towns in North Carolina understands the easy and relaxed pace, and all the ways we take the time to appreciate and celebrate our American traditions. Many writers have focused on one of the greatest past-times of our country—baseball, whether in fiction, nonfiction or for the purposes of the big silver screen, this is one topic that doesn’t grow old. 

Baseball is an American institution that has remained steadfast and true for more than a hundred and fifty years.  In a fast-paced world that seems to change with leaps and bounds every day, it’s nice to know that some things stay just the way we like them—the long season, the rules of the game, the songs we all know by heart, the hotdogs and peanuts we share in the stands.

For those of us looking for fun things to do in Lenoir NC, taking in a game with our family and friends, is always on the top of our list as we hum “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”  And what better place to hear the crack of the bat then in our hometown, with our hometown team, the Lenoir Oilers?  Perhaps you got to watch the riveting 2017 season with 64 phenomenal games, stretching between the end of May and the end of July in convenient downtown Lenoir.  If you’re a baseball fan searching for homes for sale in NC mountains with views, Lenoir should be at the top of your list.

The Lenoir Oilers has a rich history, formed in 1964 as a semi-pro team when three close friends accompanied by a businessman, who were looking for things to do in Lenoir NC, just happened to have a brainstorm.  They enjoyed success right from the start, winning the state tournament in 1968 and playing strong in the southeast of the country.  The Oilers were such a talented team that they attended the National Championship in Kansas five times, even beating the Seminoles. 

Last year one of the Oilers from the 1990s, Clifton Bennett, decided to purchase the franchise, and with the help of his umpire friend, Kevin Bumgarner, who took on the role of General Manager, they have created baseball magic for all who reside in the mountain towns in North Carolina.  Kevin assembled a local group who pulled together to renovate Lenoir’s home field, Walker Stadium. 

They’ve done a stellar job with marketing and fundraising, reaching out to our enthusiastic community who may remember that two brothers named Rube and Verlon are the namesakes of the stadium.  Their baseball careers were illustrious; Verlon coached the Chicago Cubs, and Rube was a catcher for the Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs.  Of course where would Clifton and Kevin be without the gifted and dedicated Oilers Allstars—Dylan Hamel, Santiago Mendex, Craig Zalewa, Dominic Cuoci, Ryan Vargo, and Pete Sitaras coached by Austin Goat Lynch and Alex Minton who was raised near Lenoir.  If you’re looking for fun things to do in Lenoir NC, this phenomenal team should not be missed next season.

There are many ways to be involved with the Lenoir Oilers from enriching internships in ticketing, field maintenance, merchandise, concessions, broadcasting/media, marketing, community relations, and photography.  You can become a host family for a player from mid-May though the beginning of August; “The generosity of host families highlights the unique relationship between amateur college baseball and the communities that summer teams call home,” their website explains.  Or you can help out as a volunteer if you live in one of the nearby mountain towns of North Carolina. Contact the Lenoir Oilers to learn more and become part of Lenoir’s sport’s history. The Coves Mountain River Club is just a short ride from Walker Stadium to experience the thrill of America’s favorite game.

Our gated mountain community is nestled in the charming and scenic town of Lenoir is where you should start searching for homes for sale in NC mountains. We’re an award winning mountain community like no other.

Like you, we value traditions, the arts, history, culture and the natural beauty of a pristine landscape. We offer the perfect place for you and your family to settle down and feel the presence of caring neighbors and a community that understands what it means to help one another out.  Come explore the private wooded estates, riverfront property and mountain view homesites for sale to build your idyllic home or choose a re-sale. Try out of our amenities which include 13 miles of hiking and horse trails, our fitness center and infinity-view swimming pool at Pisgah Mountain Lodge. See our two community gardens, Coleton’s Swimming Hole and Round Mountain Ranch.

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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2017 Morganton Festival – TGIF Concert Series

Morganton festival

The summer months are ripe with events that provide fun for the whole family. Mountain festivals bring music, art, and culture from all over the nation – and have something for everyone, no matter how niche the interest. The Historic Morganton Festival’s TGIF Concert series, which ran from May 5 through July 28th, held performances every Friday from regional and local country music acts. But the fun doesn’t stop there.

This coming fall, The Historic Morganton Festival will run from September 8 – 9th. Founded in 1981, the festival has since expanded to include 4 stages and over a mile-and-a-half of arts & craft vendors. Patrons can enjoy a variety of free music and dance performances, including clowns for the younger crowd, and even participate in 5k & 10k run. Here’s the lowdown:

Friday, September 8:

  • City Stage will feature performances from national acts. Crawford & Power will perform 6:30-7:30pm, Tanya Williams will sing the National Anthem at 7:30, and The Swon Brothers will play from 8:00-11:00pm.
  • Coors Light Stage (located in the Beer Garden) will feature performances from popular local and regional bands. The TGIF Open Mic Band (to be announced) will perform 7:00-9:00pm, followed by Throwdown Jones from 9:30-midnight.
  • Pepsi Stage (located in the Teen Zone) will feature a variety of regional dance studios and performers. The Dance Factory will perform at 5:30pm, followed by Studio K at 7:30.
  • Kid Zone Stage + Rovers will feature a variety of acts from clowns to musicians throughout both days of the festival. These performers can be located throughout the festival grounds and are not limited to Kid Zone Stage. Be on the lookout for musical performances from Sherrill Keever, Alan Darveaux, Jon Dana, Jeff Haslam, and Molly Barrett; Twist the Balloon Man; and Gravity Check Juggling.

Saturday, September 9:

  • The Sunrise Run will take place at Catawba Meadows Park, rain or shine. Registration for the 5k & 10k race is from 6:30-7:30 am with the race starting at 8:00 am. Registration for the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk is from 8:00-9:00 am with the race starting at 9:30 am.
  • City Stage will feature performances from Andrew Combs (7:00-8:00pm), Taylor Hensley (8:00-8:30pm), and Brothers Osborne (8:30-10:00pm.)
  • Coors Light Stage will feature performances from Gotcha Groove (5:40-7:30pm) and Porch 40 (8:00-10:00pm).
  • Pepsi Stage will feature performances from Sandy Beach Shag Club (9:30 am), Lani Reece (10:30 am), Locobots (12:30 pm), Tumblemania (2:30 pm), Sherri’s School of Dance (3:30 pm), Debbie Huffman Dance Academy (4:30 pm), The Dance Factory (5:30 pm), and Studio K (6:30 pm).
  • Kid Zone Stage + Rovers will feature performances by Twist the Balloon Man, Mark Lippard, Gravity Check Juggling, along with an opportunity to meet Peppa Pig at the Chamber Commerce (10:30 am).

If you’re looking for more to do in Morganton, check out the Downtown Morganton restaurant scene. Morganton, one of the most charming mountain towns in North Carolina, is rich with small businesses and family-owned restaurants – including breweries, wineries, coffee shops, cafes, and more.

Root & Vine (139 West Union ST) combines scratch preparations with traditional French technique and southern practicalities to create delicious fare. They offer a full bar including 42 craft beers, 20+ bottled beers, 100+ wine offerings, and a unique list of cocktails.

Wisteria Gastropub (108 E Meeting ST) is a true farm-to-table experience where classic Southern cuisine meets fabulous new twists. Patrons can enjoy seasonally inspired menus with fresh meats and produce from locally owned farms and sustainable sources. A full bar, live music, and a light night bar is also offered.

Treat Restaurant and Bar (100 W Sterling ST) is known is known for its wide variety of menu offerings, served with a “layered eating” Tapas style flare. The restaurant and bar boasts a menu that features hand-crafted specials created and rotated seasonally, along with a hand-picked signature beer and wine selection. Be sure to check out these Morganton NC restaurants and more.

Morganton is located in Western North Carolina, and is part of the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Area. The mountain town is also conveniently located near one of the best gated mountain communities in the area, The Coves Mountain River Club. Only a twenty-minute drive away, Morganton’s close proximity to The Coves adds another venue to a fun and relaxing life in the foothills.

After a long day of riverside hiking along the Johns River or splashing in Coleton’s Swimming Hole, residents can sip wine or stroll through Evelyn’s Vineyard, and harvest their own fruits and veggies in Isabel’s Garden. Equestrians can also board their horses at the Round Mountain Ranch, where services include veterinary services and riding lessons, and ride them along scenic trails.

Come meet the neighbors, tour our beautiful mountain homes, check out the lifestyle amenities, and see what The Coves can offer you.

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.

Tags: Festivals | Morganton

Why Horse Lovers Choose Equestrian Communities in North Carolina

There’s nothing like finding activities that tend to both our bodies and our souls that we can enjoy every day. For many who have been fortunate enough to live in the gated communities near Asheville NC, there’s no end to the activities and recreation that are available year round.  This is why so many are building in the mountains, choosing mountain property and bringing their dream house to fruition.  It’s no surprise that the equestrian communities have discovered the splendor of North Carolina too. What could be better than combining your love for horses with a love of mountain land?

Health Benefits

The perks of horse ownership and riding are no secret.  There’s been plenty of research that has shown the health benefits of an equestrian lifestyle. Just as we know how healing our relationships with our cats or dogs can be, the same is true for the bond we share with our horses.  Those who study history dating back to the Ancient Greeks recognize this is no new thing.  Today there are therapeutic riding programs for children and adults who have various physical, mental and emotional needs.  When riders learn to connect with the horse, they gain an understanding of trust and connection, as well as how to learn, grow, and adapt to new situations.  The physical benefits are equally essential–improving balance, strength, coordination and often times alleviating chronic pain.

Scenic Beauty

No wonder there’s been a growth of equestrian communities across the country as well as for those living in the gated communities near Asheville NC.  Our serene mountain setting is ideal for horse owners. Shaded forests, babbling streams and gentle topography provide plenty of places to enjoy a picnic and immerse in the great outdoors. Our barn borders community gardens, a community park and waterfall and the Johns River. If you are considering building in the mountains, The Coves is an idyllic spot to settle down and saddle up.

Full Boarding Services

Round Mountain Ranch is where it all comes together at The Coves.  Our gorgeous red barn is situated along the Johns River, with high vaulted ceilings, a padded floor, tack room and fifteen acres of pasture for the horses to roam.  We know how to tend to the horse lovers in the community; in addition to its full-service equestrian center, parcels are available–ranging from four and a half to thirty acres–including improved pastures from an acre to more than four.  Talk about a dream come true—the perfect mountain home with enough land to board your own horse!  The Coves designed their equestrian parcels carefully, so many are graced with spring-fed streams to quench your horse’s thirst.  For horse lovers building in the mountains who desire boarding on their home site, but need a little help with care, assistance is available from Round Mountain Ranch. This way you’re still free to travel and pursue the other passions in your life. Having an equestrian center within the neighborhood means having a restroom, wash room, tack room, feed area, arenas, and security at the barn.

Groomed Horse Trails

Those days when you are staying at home at The Coves, there are thirteen miles of well-tended horse trails that meander through parks, and past four waterfalls that give you a reason to pause and be thankful. Highland River Trail is ten miles from the lodge, traversing to the Johns River where Mila Cascading Falls ends the gorgeous ride.  Magnolia Trail is three climbing miles to an elevation of 100 feet, providing a bird’s eye view of the Johns Rivers, and concludes at Coleton’s Swimming Hole for a refreshing dip. There’s plenty explore without ever leaving your neighborhood.   

Are you looking to be part of one of North Carolina’s equestrian communities?  Our equestrian center provides the latest technology, vet services, farriers, chiropractors, message therapists, dental vets, lessons, select feed service, turn out, pasture rotation, and round-pen training.  If you are considering the gated communities near Asheville NC, look no further.  Round Mountain Ranch at The Coves would certainly be the desired home for your four-legged best friend.

Mild Four Season Weather

Our mild four season weather creates an ideal environment for those who don’t like to take long breaks from riding during the harsh winter and for those who prefer to be outdoors instead of training inside an arena. Ride through fields of wild flowers in the spring, to our swimming hole in the summer, through the colorful forest during the fall foliage season or see a different perspective riding in the winter, when the leaves are off the trees.

Horse Socials

There’s nothing better than bonding with your horse while bonding with other horse enthusiasts.  Like sharing stories and horse care tips. Living in an equestrian community provides convenient opportunities to trail ride with neighbors who also own a horse at The Coves. Our relaxed environment to make this all possible, so be sure to come visit and discover the benefits of an equestrian center within your neighborhood.

If you have a horse or are thinking of purchasing a horse, come tour Round Mountain Ranch at The Coves.

Call us at 828.754.0700!

Tags: Greenways & Trails | Lenoir