Buffalo Mercantile Company – Circa 1897

Lenoir NC Restaurants

When you’re in the market for North Carolina mountain homes for sale, you need to explore the Blue Ridge Mountain region and discover first-hand how enchanting life can be.  There are a host of vibrant towns filled with caring communities to entice you to make the move you’ve long imagined become a reality.

For those who live in the gated communities near Asheville, The Buffalo Mercantile Company is surely on their list of local favorite restaurants.  And if your family has enjoyed life going back generations in this gorgeous region of North Carolina, then they are familiar with the rich history of this local treasure.

Lenoir NC restaurants are just one of the undeniable draws to living in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and this historic landmark is reflective of all that matters to those who decide to make Western North Carolina their permanent home—love of tradition, culture, community, fine food, and gatherings with those you care most about.

The Buffalo Mercantile Company has had its roots here since 1897 when it was opened to provide all the basic necessities to local folks.  In 1924 John C. Todd and his wife Pearl purchased the store and named it Todd’s Place, running it until the mid 1980s.  Their daughter took their place over, added a kitchen and dining area, and kept it open until she retired.

That’s when Tom Kassab, a frequent visitor to the gorgeous region for two decades, saw the store for sale, and made an offer.  He understood the importance of this old-time establishment to the gated communities near Asheville.

Tom decided to restore its original name, and to carry on the country store tradition while making the necessary improvements, ensuring The Buffalo Mercantile Company’s success alongside other fabulous Lenoir NC restaurants.

Now it’s the perfect blend of past and present.  There are hundreds of nostalgic products in the store to browse, and when you settle down with a cup of fresh coffee, Wi-Fi will fulfill your modern-day needs.

You and your friends can gather around the fire on the gorgeous stone patio, or stroll over the bridge that spans the creek.  Spend a little more time and take in some of the local entertainment–like legendary Doc Watson.  The  motto of The Buffalo Mercantile Company is “Join us, step back in time, it’s a destination worth the drive!”

When you’re traveling to the region to search for North Carolina mountain homes for sale, here are some of the menu’s savory highlights made from the finest and freshest ingredients:

  • assortment of starters to kick start your appetite
  • handmade pizza created with the finest and freshest ingredients; endless toppings anddeep dish too!   Your choice—red or white, thin or thick!
  • burgers—1/3 lb. ground steak
  • specialty subs
  • meatball or Italian sausage calzones
  • selections for “Little Buffalos”
  • hand-dipped ice cream

“The Buffalo Mercantile Company and Cafe offers General Store Merchandise, Coffee Shop, Candy Store, Ice Cream Parlor, Cafe with outdoor seating/entertaining along the rushing creek complete with large fire-pit. This Restaurant is Ranked #1 On TripAdvisor!”

Here’s where to find it and business hours:

Buffalo Mercantile Company

6353 Buffalo Cove Road

Lenoir NC

Hours—Closed Mondays

Open 11-8 Tuesday-Saturday


Call (828) 758-9879

Come visit our charming towns in Western North Carolina where you’ll find a welcoming haven for those of us who appreciate a relaxed pace within a vibrant community of entrepreneurs, artists, and professionals.

Lenoir NC restaurants are just one of the many perks of living in the region that add genuine southern hospitality and of course incredible culinary fare.

Why not make The Coves Mountain River Club your first destination when you are ready to select a home near the gated communities of Asheville NC?  Whether you build a new mountain home, choose a new home package, or find the ideal resale, The Coves will inspire you to embark on your idyllic next chapter.

What could be better than waking up by the Johns River surrounded a frame of majestic mountains?  The Coves has a number of stunning North Carolina mountain homes for sale within easy access to all the quaint and happening towns.  Take a life-changing journey and come visit us at The Coves.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit. 

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Spring Flowers and Garden Ideas for Your Mountain Home

gardening Western North Carolina

This is the perfect time of year to venture outside and tend the gardens that surround our NC mountain homes. In March you can get a head start on spring by planting a variety of perennial seeds that will bloom into vibrant color before long. Perfect choices for this region abound! Columbine, hollyhock, coreopsis, daisy, phlox, Sweet William as well as your favorite variety of sweet-scented rose bushes.

If you’re like us and adore the sight of a colorful hummingbird flitting about your yard, the colors and scents of these blossoms will be a definite attraction.  Choose your flowers after checking out other gorgeous NC mountain homes.  If you’re looking for low-maintenance gardening, select annuals that will do all the work for you—petunias, marigolds and zinnias are just a few.

Keep in mind that daylilies, irises, and black-eyed Susans will return every year and give your yard a pop of color with minimum work involved.  For the budget-conscious and patient, seeds are the way to go!

If you’ve already established a well-tended flower garden, you may want to consider your very own vegetable garden.  Many of us who are searching for land for sale in the NC mountains, dream of stepping outside into our own garden bursting with fresh tomatoes or the fixings for an amazing salsa.  Mid-March is the perfect time to plant broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower.   Other vegetables to consider– beets, carrots, Chinese cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, Swiss chard, turnips, and potatoes. Moving into April you can plant eggplant, pepper, tomato, beans, pumpkin, squash and sweet potato for an amazing casserole or pie!

Imagine a table surrounded by friends and family with your gorgeous produce as the centerpiece!  And remember a vegetable garden can be visually pleasing if it’s well cared for and planned just like your flower garden. It’s also that time of year to fertilize your asparagus and vegetable beds to ensure your produce will be delectable and worthy of a culinary photo shoot.

If you’re building a home in the mountains, and are starting the creative job of landscaping, you may want to consider what plants would flower at this time of year—saucer magnolia, Bradford pear, flowering cherry, forsythia, star magnolia, winter honeysuckle, spirea, flowering quince, Carolina Jessamine, periwinkle, thrift, violets, crocus, daffodil, hyacinths and tulips.

Remember your property is like a fresh canvas and the possibilities for our NC mountain homes are endless.  This is the season to transplant and arrange your colorful azaleas, grouping them together or scattering them about.  You can individualize your property and give it the charm and pizazz it deserves by choosing the flowering plants, shrubs, and trees that reflect your personality throughout the seasons of the year.

Don’t forget that North Carolina Arbor Day is the first Friday after March 15th, but any time this spring is the right time to plant a tree and add a little beauty to our region.  When you plant any fruit trees, grape vines or smaller fruit plants just make sure you do so before the buds break.  And if you’re just building a home in the mountains, you can create a magnificent planting plan and add fresh shrubs and ground covers this whole month.  It’s also the time to transplant shrubs or trees and lend your personal touch to your property.

We are fortunate to live in the amazing climate of this region, which is why so many are out discovering land for sale in the NC mountains.  Plant summer annuals like begonia, geranium, marigold, petunia and zinnia this month.  For those in the know, The Coves is just the place for building a home in the mountains or finding the resale of your dreams.  Community is what it’s all about at The Coves where Evelyn’s Vineyard and Isabel’s Garden bring folks together to share their love for nature, gardening and bonding with friends and neighbors.  What could be more therapeutic for the mind, body and soul than digging your hands into the North Carolina soil and producing the most delicious produce and stunning flowers—sunflowers, daffodils, tulips, and lilies galore.  Isabel’s Garden is graced by English style and is nestled along the scenic Johns River—an unbelievable haven for residents at The Coves where the growing season begins in March and ends in December!

Come visit us at The Coves and explore our land for sale in the NC mountains and discover the rare and caring community that awaits you in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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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Granite Falls Brewery – Great Beer Near The Coves

Asheville breweries

There are four waterfalls at The Coves Mountain River Club.  They’re popular attractions and symbolic of the amazing fresh water and natural beauty that bring so many people to the Blue Ridge foothills area. 

But many visitors aren’t aware of their connection to one of our fastest-growing industries:  the brewing of beer.  The rivers and waterfalls of Western North Carolina supply the clear, cold mountain water for a remarkable number of local breweries.

In the city of Asheville alone, you can enjoy around 100 local beers on draft and in bottles – from hoppy IPAs to dark stouts.  Each has its own distinct identity, reflecting the unique character of its brewery of origin.  You may be surprised to learn that Asheville has more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the country.  Since 2009, it’s earned the title of “Beer City USA” almost every year.

It follows that beer festivals are a regular occurrence, highlighted by the Beer City Festival in late Spring, the Winter Warmer when the weather turns cold, and Brewgrass at the start of leaf peeping season in early fall.  And when you visit, be sure to sign up for one of the city’s popular beer tours.

One of the fun things to do in Lenoir NC is a trip to Granite Falls Brewing Company, less than thirty minutes away.  A partnership of Mastroeli-MacNeil Equity Investments and Head Brewer Ben Barber,

Granite Falls crafts an exceptional beet that’s born, brewed, and raised locally.  The mountain towns in North Carolina are full of delightful surprises like this.  The business was built on the site of a historic bottling plant that dates back to 1903.

While you’re there, be sure to try the handcrafted burger, topped with peanut butter, local jam, and a local farm egg.  Or sample one of the artisanal made-from-scratch pizzas or delectable desserts.  Granite Falls Brewing Company is also a great place to enjoy live entertainment and special events.  Check their web site for a current schedule.

Some of the most magnificent waterfalls of western North Carolina can be found along the Johns River, which originates at Grandfather Mountain and winds its way to where it hugs five miles of shoreline at The Coves Mountain River Club.  Fishing, swimming and boating on the Johns and Wilson Creek are just a few of the many things to do in Lenoir NC.  Anyone with a sense of adventure will find plenty to explore and discover throughout the area, and you can be as active as you want to be or just relax and enjoy the countless benefits of living in such a remarkable environment.

There’s an abundance of history here, along with the modern-as-tomorrow discoveries such as Granite Falls Brewing Company.  When you have a home at The Coves Mountain River Club, each day can bring a new adventure.  You have all of the advantages of country living, but you’re not far from the places you need to go in the cities.  You’ll love having a front row seat when the foliage changes color, and the year-round mild weather allows you to spend more time outside.

There’s much to be said for the mountain towns in North Carolina as retirement destinations.  When you’re in or near the Lenoir area, we invite you to stop at The Coves Mountain River Club and let us show you around the property.  We know it’s a great place to live. 

Relax on the balcony at our Pisgah Mountain Lodge with a glass of wine, breath in the clean air, and watch the sun set over the mountains while you’re here. You might just find yourself nodding in agreement.

Call us 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit!

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