Don’t Miss The High Country Plate Crawl
One of the best ways to get to know the prettiest mountain towns in North Carolina when you’re searching for Carolina mountain properties is to attend local events that take place 365 days a year. What fun things to do in Blowing Rock NC are coming up next? The High Country Small Plate Growl taking place Monday, January 23rd to Thursday, January 26th.
Wear your stretchy pants because dozens of independent High Country restaurants will create small plates ‘to die’ priced from $3 to $8. Patrons can ‘crawl’ from restaurant to restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Participants receive a “restaurant passport’, but are encouraged register for Chektrek, the exclusive Crawl App, where they can scan unique QR codes at each participating restaurant for an entry into the drawing at the end of the crawl.
Attendees can sample anything from Mexican and Italian cuisine to organic juice and handcrafted bagels. The 2017 restaurants include Black Cat Burrito, Basil’s Pasta, Blue Ridge Bites & Brews, Boone Bagelry, Casa Rustica, Sunrise Grill, Table at Crestwood, and The TAPP Room.
Blowing Rock is known as one of the most beautiful mountain towns in North Carolina. It earned the nickname “Crown of the Blue Ridge” years ago for its breathtaking layered mountain views, nostalgic town square and college vibe. Appalachian State University is located one town over, in Boone. Visitors of the foodie event can tour wineries such as Grandfather Vineyard and Winery; spend the day outlet shopping at Tanger Outlets, or explore one of the many fine art and pottery galleries. There are also plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures ranging from hiking and whitewater rafting to spelunking and skiing.
Blowing Rock is home to three popular NC ski resorts: Appalachian Ski Mtn., which boasts has nine slopes and five lifts with state-of-the-art snowmaking and grooming equipment; Ski Beech, the highest ski resort in Eastern North America, and Sugar Mountain, which spans 100+ acres and includes a 10,000 sq. ft. ice rink.
Be sure to hit the slopes, before the High Country Plate Crawl, so you don’t feel guilty trying all the delicacies at the event. Working up an appetite on is a great way to eat at a variety of restaurants without worrying about expanding our waistline. The amount of fun things to do in Blowing Rock NC is endless.
Blowing Rock lies on a plateau above the foothills of Lenoir. As beautiful as the High Country is, many retirees do not want to hassle with the winter snow conditions often found here and choose to buy homes for sale in Lenoir NC instead.
Our 3,600 acre gated mountain community is a wonderful option. Not only is it a gated mountain community, our property is situated along the shoreline of the Johns River, adjacent to Wilsons Creek. Elevations in our neighborhood range from 1,100 to 1,700 feet. At the summit of the community, is our two story 6,000 square foot timber lodge with breathtaking views of the High Country.
Residents at The Coves Mountain River Club have more recreational amenities that include two community gardens, over 39 miles of hiking, biking, and horse trails, a full service equestrian center and the lodge has an infinity-view swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center and great room for entertainment. Social clubs events at the lodge include guest lecture speakers, cooking competitions, seasonal farmer’s market, Monday morning yoga and more. HOA fees are low at just over $1,000 a year.
If you’re exploring Carolina mountain properties for sale, why not start by visiting us. You can choose from riverfront property, large land tracts from 10-100 acres, private wooded estates, pastoral land or homesites with stunning mountain views starting from $39,900. Or you can find a re-sale home. While you’re here, we’ll share more fun things to do in Blowing Rock NC or Lenoir.
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.
Blowing Rock Winterfest – Four Days of Fun
Every year since 1998, the popular “WinterFest” celebration in Blowing Rock has drawn more and more tourists and local residents of mountain towns in North Carolina to its fun activities and entertainment.
It’s been an AAA “Top Pick” and was named a Top 20 Event by the Southeastern Tourism Society. And Travel & Leisure magazine rated Blowing Rock one of America’s prettiest winter towns.
The 2017 festivities begin on Thursday, January 26 and continue right through the weekend. You can find all the details at the WinterFest web site (http://www.blowingrockwinterfest.com). For more information call (877) 295-7801 or (828) 295-7951).
Here’s just a sample of what’s in store for you this year:
- Shop Till You Drop (1/26 through 1/29) – Blowing Rock is one of North Carolina’s premier shopping destinations, and the quaint downtown boutiques and Tanger Outlet Shoppes offer an abundance of possibilities from art and antiques to local provisions and unique crafts made in Carolina mountain homes.
- Doodlebug Club (1/26) – Children and their parents or guardians enjoy an educational program at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, learning to work in various art media. After cleanup, it’s story time. Space is limited, so call (828) 295-9099.
- WinterFeast (1/26) – Our best area restaurants come together at Chetola Resort to put on this much-anticipated annual event. It’s a fabulous dinner of mouth-watering delights prepared by Blowing Rock’s most accomplished chefs. There are three seatings, and it’s recommended that you get your tickets early.
- WinterFeast After Party (1/26) – Enjoy live music with the Jacob Johnson Band at Twigs, with no cover charge.
- Beer Tasting (1/26) – Join representatives of Booneshine Brewery at Foggy Rock Eatery & Pub as they offer samples of various brews for your evaluation.
- Winter Fashion Show (1/27) – “Spring Trends” is the topic, as top Blowing Rock retailers display the latest and finest in women’s apparel and accessories. A “Winter Warming” lunch follows the show.
- Cork And Canvas (1/27) – It’s a free wine-tasting event at Sunset & Vine (formerly Christopher’s Wine & Cheese).
- Ice Stroll (1/27) – Travis Dale, owner of Artisan Ice Sculptures, is one of only five Master Art Carvers in the United States. You’ll see his custom creations on display as you visit local shops and businesses.
- Snowflake Parade (1/27) – Of course, no celebration of the season would be complete without a parade. It’s a great opportunity to see and enjoy the winter lighting in town, and you’re welcome to join the marchers or just watch from the sidelines.
- WinterFest Family Night at AppSki (1/27) – App Ski will be offering special pricing on Learn To Ski and Learn To Snowboard packages in conjunction with French-Swiss Ski College. And, they’ll have an ice skating session with s’mores toasted on the rinkside bonfire.
- Polar Plunge (1/28) – One of the highlights of WinterFest is watching fearless contenders for the coveted “Golden Plunge” award, most of them in outrageous costumes, brave the icy waters of Chetola Lake. John Carter emcees the event, and the proceeds benefit local charities Western Youth Network and Hospitality House.
- Little Miss Winterfest (1/28) – This year’s theme is Disney’s “Frozen”, and contestants will be in winterwear. Judging categories include Best Smile, Best Personality and Beauty. All children are eligible, and you’ll find a registration form on the web site.
- Ice Carving Demonstrations (1/28) – Watch Travis Dale and his team create their remarkable sculptures at Memorial Park. Prepare to be amazed.
- WinterPaws Dog Show (1/29) – Registration is just five dollars at the door for each of six judging categories: Most Unique Looking Mix of Breeds, Best Wiggle Butt, Most Clever Dog Trick, Cutest Looking Dog in the World, Best Winter Fashion Wear and Most Crooked Smile. All proceeds go to the Watauga Humane Society.
There’s more, of course – something for everyone, in fact. So check the complete schedule and make the most of this year’s experience.
Blowing Rock is known as the “Crown of the Blue Ridge” for good reason. Its breathtaking views and storybook village, the far-ranging opportunities for outdoor adventure, and of course the iconic Grandfather Mountain, Linville Caverns and Linville Falls have always attracted visitors.
If you happen to be in the area looking at Western North Carolina land for sale, Winterfest is a good opportunity to get a feel for what it’s like to put down roots in this remarkable part of the country.
It’s a nice change of pace to go from the milder climate at The Coves Mountain River Club to cooler high elevations. And, as is the case with so many other popular destinations, it’s only a short drive away. Like other mountain towns in North Carolina, Blowing Rock offers a winning combination of natural splendor and the simple pleasures of living in the foothills.
Our selection of unique Carolina mountain homes has made The Coves Mountain River Club the top choice for many retirees and others who simply want to escape the stress and pressures of city life. It’s not hard to find Western North Carolina land for sale, but the ideal location, features and surroundings of The Coves Mountain River Club are impossible to duplicate.
When you’re in the area for WinterFest at Blowing Rock, be sure to set aside some time to stop by and see all we have to offer.
Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour.
Westglow Resort & Spa – Pampering Wellness Close to Home
If you’re in the midst of a quest for NC mountain land for sale, or perhaps having found the perfect home at The Coves Mountain River Club, Blowing Rock is a quaint nearby village worth knowing more about. Located within a half hour’s drive of The Coves, there are one-of-a-kind shops, tasty restaurants and plenty to do outdoors—all graced with a stunning scenic backdrop. Blowing Rock is known as the “Crown of the Blue Ridge,” so there’s no surprise that this is the location for one of the highest-rated resorts in the world– Westglow Resort & Spa—for the lucky residents in the mountain towns in North Carolina for relaxation, peace and rejuvenation.
There is no denying the therapeutic benefits of spending time relaxing at a spa, and when the resort is located on 42 acres that are steeped in history, the entire experience is enriched. Westglow Resort & Spa is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Dating back to 1917, the Greek Revival-style Manor House was built by the renowned artist and writer, Elliot Daingerfield whose artwork and furnishings still remain. Daingerfield is best known for his landscape paintings and he focused on the beauty of the region. Daingerfield chose this spot for its stunning scenery—with Grandfather Mountain and the Blue Ridge Mountains right at his back door. His private home was turned into a retreat for wellness and relaxation, graced by an extensive restoration and renovation, giving Westglow the polish of a world-class resort for all to enjoy in the mountain towns in North Carolina.
This resort is the perfect blend of nostalgic past with all the current expertise in healing care. Guests can luxuriate in treatments for health and fitness, then step outside and be soothed by the beauty of the region. Westglow’s exclusive reputation is well earned. Guests can receive full-service accommodations at The Mansion, with charming common areas and period furnishings as well as the fine dining at Rowland’s Restaurant. If more solitude is desired, there are also nearby lodges with fireplaces and decks to take in the views of the Pisgah National Forest. The Fleur de lis Lodge can accommodate up to eight guests with three and a half baths and a fully equipped gourmet kitchen. The Lodges provide beautiful individual suites for serenity after a day of spa treatments.
Spa services are offered at the Life Enrichment Center with an indoor pool, aerobics studio, whirlpools, saunas, steam room, cardio and weight training facilities, private male/female locker rooms, relaxation decks and fireside lounges, tennis and croquet courts, and nature trails to stretch your mind as well as your legs.
Amenities at a Glance:
- indoor pool & whirlpools
- wet/dry sauna
- steam room
- private body treatment rooms
- romantic couples massage rooms with fireplaces
- fireside lounge with mountain views
- fitness center with weight-training equipment and cardiovascular conditioning center
- aerobics studio
- testing clinic
- full-service hair and nail salon
- men’s and women’s lounges
- private showers and dressing areas
- personal storage locker
- refreshing poolside café
Westglow Resort & Spa is proud of the level of their service; “We treat every body special.” There are three staff members for every pampered guest, ensuring your visit will be unforgettable and that your stress will be left behind. There are many packages available for relaxation and rejuvenation, if you choose to stay on, as well as day packages for wellness, body, face, salon and fitness. A gourmet spa lunch is included at the poolside café, and the resort facilities are included as well– indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, fitness classes, daily guided hikes, cardio center, weight room, relaxation lounge and tennis court.
In the Low Season, November through April, the Westglow Sampler, Deluxe Sampler and Day Glow are available, as well as facials for both men and women, skincare enhancements, brow and lash tints, makeup application and lessons, body massage, (deep tissue, Thai, hot stone, couples massage, aromatherapy message, prenatal massage, body wraps and body brushes, foot reflexology, cranial sacral therapy, Vichy rain therapy, and body service enhancements.
The Salon at Westglow is open seven days a week for convenience for both guests and the public. The finest products are available for hair, nails and skin. Pamper yourself with shampoos, cuts, color, manicures and pedicures, and waxing services—all for him and her.
Westglow Fitness Classes:
- 20/20/20 (Low/High-Impact, Cardio)
- 30 Minute Meditation (Non-Impact, Non-Cardio)
- Aquacise (Low-Impact, Cardio)
- Barre Blast (Non Impact, Non-Cardio)
- Cycle (Low-Impact with High-Intensity Cardio)
- Cycle & Sculpt (Low-Impact with High Intensity Cardio)
- Fitball (Non-Impact, Non-Cardio).
- Gentle Stretch & Tone (Non-Impact, Non-Cardio)
- Glow Yoga (Non-Impact, Non-Cardio)
- Hike (Low-Impact, Cardio)
- Mat Pilates (Low-Impact, Non-Cardio)
- Tennis Clinic (High-Impact, Cardio)
- Yoga (Non-Impact, Non-Cardio)
*All classes are appropriate for most fitness levels, beginners are welcome but it is important to work at your own pace.
“At Westglow Resort & Spa, they approach wellness from its mind/body/spirit connection and offer an array of workshops and seminars aimed at helping you explore ways to manage the stresses of life in a healthy way.” In addition to fitness classes, Westglow offers its Wellness Programs with specialty workshops and seminars to enhance your spa experience:
- Life Coaching Programs
- Mind, Body, Spirit Retreat
- Weight Loss Package
- 3-Day Jump-Start Program
- Couples Re-Charge
- Stress Relief Retreat
- Wellness Services include:
- Wellness Assessment & Wellness Assessment Plus
- Nutrition Assessment & Diet Consultation
- Health Food Grocery Store Tour
- Stress Management & Reduction
- Creating Balance in Your Life
- Recovery Re-Charge
- Midlife Journey
- Mind, Body & Spirit Connection
- Burnout Prevention & Healing
- Outdoor Adventure Services
- Full-Day Hike or Half-Day Hike
- Mountain Biking Adventures
If they don’t have it, it probably hasn’t been thought of yet! Westglow Resort & Spa received the honor or being inducted into Relais & Chateaux– a collection of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants worldwide. Additionally, the spa received has received many other awards and accolades: Travel & Leisure Top Ten Destination Spas in the United States, Conde Nest Traveler, Diner’s Choice, Wine Spectator, and SpaFinder Readers Choice Awards. This is the festive time of year to create special memories with those you care about, and Westglow makes this possible with their holiday gift certificate specials for steep discounts on Day Spa Packages as well as All Inclusive Resort Rates. As you can tell, we’re big fans of this award winning Blowing Rock resort.
And for those of you who may be searching for NC mountain land for sale this holiday season in the High Country, Westglow Resort & Spa will be bringing in the New Year with festive cheer, live music on New Year’s Eve, and a midnight champagne toast. For reservations call them directly at 828-295-5141.
After you’ve left Westglow, feeling restored, it’s time to explore the charming little town of Blowing Rock. Whether you own in a gated community in the mountain towns in North Carolina, or you’re new to the area and searching for a sense of warm community, Western North Carolina is the place to call home. For many generations, Blowing Rock has been a destination for folks who are craving mountain air and majestic views. The village is quaint, safe, and offers excellent award-winning schools, along with outstanding outdoor recreation for those who adore hiking and winter sports. There is a focus on the preservation of history which shows in the nostalgic character of the town.
While looking for NC mountain land for sale, be sure to take a break and check out some of the attractions in Blowing Rock. There are scenic walks with views of Grandfather Mountain, Table Rock and Hawksbill. Twenty-five miles of preserved carriage trails at Moses Cone Memorial Park lead to inspiring views, and well-groomed ski trails await your whole family at Appalachian Ski Mountain. Grandfather Mountain is open year round, weather permitting, with the highest views in the Blue Ridge for breathtaking photo opportunities. When your feet need a break and you’re feeling a bit thirsty, Blowing Rock Brewing Company is sure to do the trick, or take in some culture and entertainment at the Barter Theater. For more stunning photos, The Blue Ridge Parkway, a 3,600-acre national park, also is home to the Linn Cove Viaduct, all just minutes from Westglow Resort & Spa.
Homes at The Coves Mountain River Club are nestled in the perfect setting, at the base of Blowing Rock, which makes a seasonal haven where residents can have the best of both worlds—enjoying the snow of the mountains and then returning home to more Lenoir mild four season weather. Our mountain community is truly unique, creating a sense of welcoming warmth from the moment you put your key in the door of your cozy mountain home. Whether it’s this time of year, when you can experience a mild winter surrounded by snowy mountains, or any other season, we’re confident The Coves is the place you will love calling your home.
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.
Three Great Ski Resorts in Western North Carolina
The mountain towns in North Carolina provide endless exhilarating recreation throughout the four seasons. During the winter, the western facing slopes become blanketed with snow, since the mountains absorb moisture from the passing clouds. This is why the High Country boasts the area’s most popular ski resorts, including Beech Mountain, Appalachian Ski Mountain, and Sugar Mountain. As the winter months approach, many of us are dusting off our skis in anticipation of hitting these invigorating slopes.
Beech Mountain Resort at 1007 Beech Mountain Parkway, Beech Mountain, NC, 800-438-2093 is one such popular winter destination, opened Sunday-Thursday, 9am-9pm, Friday-Saturday and Holidays, 9am-10pm; Holiday Period December 19-January 1; Christmas Eve until 5pm, Christmas Day 1pm-10pm.
Beech Mountain is one of the premier ski resorts in the mountain towns in North Carolina, with fifteen trails—ranging from easy, to difficult, most difficult and freestyle—with slopes to accommodate the entire family or all levels of skiers as well as two terrain parks for snowboarders. The Park is the largest newly-constructed facility, with 50-plus features, for riders with rotating freestyle features, a dedicated snowmaking system, new light towers, and a surface tow lift providing top-notch conditions round the clock. Powder Bowl will now re-open as skiable terrain with a blue square designation with the unveiling of The Park, offering greater freedom and flow for both snowboarders and skiers. The resort is graced with a glass skybar on the mountaintop for those who want to relax after a day on the slopes.
This December and January at Beech Mountain:
•Santa Claus arrives on Saturday, December 17, 2016, 1-3pm at the 4 Seasons, Beech Hotel! Hot cocoa, treats and photos with Santa, followed by a Christmas Piñata celebration for all the children to break open for some much-loved sweets.
• January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month! Enrollment is only $101 per person (ages eight and up) and includes a ski or snowboard lesson, equipment and helmet rental, a full-day lift ticket, and one night’s double occupancy lodging,
Sunday through Thursday nights.
• USASA presents the Southeastern Series; January 7, 2017; a slope-style free ski and snowboard competition for all ages in the new terrain park. All competitors who compete in a USASA sanctioned event must be current members of the USASA. Memberships are available online (recommended) or at the event. For a complete list of official USASA rules or to purchase a membership, visit the USASA website.
• High Country Junior Race Series; January 8, 2017; featuring boys and girls, ages 4 to 18, competing for the fastest time in their categories held at each ski area, culminating in a rotating Championship race. Medals are awarded to the top three finishers among the boys and girls in each age group. Trophies are also awarded to racers and the team with the most points for the season.
•36th Annual Adaptive Learn to Ski Event; January 16, 2017 – January 20, 2017. This clinic is a cooperative effort to benefit individuals with disabilities and teach skiing and snowboarding in the southeast region. The goal of the event is to promote adaptive snow skiing and snowboarding in a safe environment.
Over $75,000 of adaptive equipment is brought to the event. The instructional team is from are all PSIA Adaptive certified instructors. Participants come from all over the southeast region from ages 4 to over 70 and each year an award is given in honor of Gene Baron, an amputee who skied at the mountain. Registration Process: contact Al Kaye, at phone 865-541-1353.
• So-Gnar Snowboard Camp; January 21, 2017 – January 22, 2017. This two-day camp, with 3 coaches for every rider, costs less than single-day private lessons at most ski resorts, focusing on goal achievement and overall riding technique/skills and positive attitude. Open to riders of all ages and abilities.
For those with Carolina mountain homes, another haven for skiing and snowboarding is Sugar Mountain Ski Resort, 1009 Sugar Mountain Drive, Sugar Mountain, NC 28604, 828-898-4521 or 800-Sugar-MT (784-2768) with hours 8am – 5pm; Winter Lift & Slope Session Times during the Day Session: 9am – 4:30pm and Half-Day Session: 12:30–4:30pm; Twilight Session: 12:30–10pm (closed 4:30 – 6:00pm);Night Session: 6–10pm; Christmas Eve: 9am–4:30pm; Christmas Day:12-10pm; Tubing: 10am–10pm (session times may vary); Ice Skating: 10am–10pm (session times may vary); Ticket Hours–Full Day tickets go on sale at 8am and may also be purchased the night before from 8 -9pm in the Rental Department. Twilight & Half Day tickets available at 12pm; Night tickets available at 5pm.
Group Sales Ticket Hours–Full Day tickets on sale at 8am (7:30 on weekends and holiday) and may also be purchased the night before from 7-7:30pm. Twilight & Half Day tickets available at 12pm; Night tickets available at 5pm.
Sugar Mountain features 125 acres of skiable terrain with 21 slopes for skiers of all levels, and 15 of the slopes lit for night skiing/snowboarding. This expansive resort offers incredible skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, tubing and ice skating. Skiers will appreciate the Summit Express–a mile-long luxury ride that takes only five minutes to the peak, as well as state of the art snow machines, and fresh food made to order. The resort typically opens by Thanksgiving and remains open until the end of March.
This December and January at Sugar Mountain Ski Resort:
• NASTAR; Saturday, December 3, 2016–offers recreational racers the opportunity to compare their abilities to the fastest members of the US Ski Team. Test your skills on Saturdays and Sundays at noon on Oma’s Meadow through Friday, March 31, 2017.
• A Weekend of Winter Fun, DECEMBER 10-11, 2016
—Demo the Newest & Coolest; 9am–3:30pm, Saturday and Sunday. Try out the latest ski and snowboard equipment from Salomon, Volkl, Nordica, Burton, Head, Never Summer, K2, Atomic, Dynastar, Rossignol, Ride, and Line.
—Adult Preseason Ski Clinic; 8:30am, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Three days of non-stop individual instruction from accomplished ski racers and certified instructors, including a three-day lift ticket, coaching fees, tuning clinic, video analysis, and a hearty Saturday night dinner. Option to participate daily or the entire three days.
—After Ski Party & Fireworks; food, drinks and dancing to live traditional bluegrass music by Mountain Creek, Saturday 4–6pm; talented local boys Charlie on mandolin, Dwight on guitar and vocals, Mike on upright base and Perrie on banjo. Fireworks to light up the night sky at 5:45pm.
—Sugarfeast; Hot Chocolate and Whipped Cream Bar at 6:30pm, Friday.
Soup Safari: 11am, Saturday; fresh homemade soups to warm you up.
BBQ and Sweet Tea Lunch & Dinner at 11am–7pm, Saturday & Sunday.
—Edge of the World Mini Games; shred and jib! 11am registration at the EOW tent at the bottom of the Big Birch slope. Fun starts at 12pm.
• Santa at Sugar; December 10-24, 2016. Watch Santa on the slopes and tell him your Christmas wishes.
• Live: The Johnson Brothers; December 26, 2016; 4-6pm. Come groove to the oldies and classic rock!
• Live: Mountain Creek; December 27, 2016; 4-6pm. Traditional bluegrass will keep your feet tapping!
• New Year’s Celebration; December 31, 2016; 9pm-1am; bring in the New Year mountain-style, featuring live music by The Johnson Brothers. For entertainment, 1992 Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medalist, Paul Wylie, will perform on ice, followed by a clinic, a meet and greet and a chance to hold an Olympic silver medal. The general public is invited, free of charge, to the torch light parade and fireworks.
• Edge of the World Snowboard Demo Days; January 6-7, 2017; 12-9pm; from 9:30-3:30pm demo their high performance snowboard rental fleet.
• Live: Mountain Creek; January 7, 2017; 4-6pm; Enjoy the acoustic sounds of straight-up, traditional, bluegrass music. Local boys Charlie on mandolin, Dwight on guitar and vocals, Mike on upright base and Perrie on banjo.
• National Winter Trails Day – Winter Feels Good; January 8, 2017, 9am-4pm.
The event offers children and adults the opportunity to try snowshoeing for FREE. Guided tours are available at 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. The program includes a forty-five minute tour and snowshoe rental. Adult tours are for 12 years and up.
• Septuagenarian (70 & Older) Party; January 10, 2017, 12pm-2pm, for Sugar’s “Senior Citizen Skiers.” Favors and refreshments provided in the Last Run Lounge.
• Live: The Johnson Brothers; January 14, 2017, 4pm-6pm. Native musicians play oldie tunes and classic rock from the 70’s through today.
• High Country Junior Race Series Giant Slalom; January 22, 2017; registration 7:30-8:30am. Race at 9am–Oma’s Meadow.
• Live: Mountain Creek; January 28, 2017, 4pm-6pm; keep warm with the acoustic sounds of traditional, bluegrass music.
The mountain towns in North Carolina are also home to Appalachian Ski Mountain, the first ski resort in the area and located at 940 Ski Mountain Rd, Blowing Rock, NC., Phone: (828) 295-7828. Ski shop hours from 8:30am-10pm; 9am-10pm for the lifts; equipment rental/ski tickets—8 am-10pm; ski & snowboard instruction 9:30 & 10:45am, or 1:30, 6 & 7:15pm. The restaurant is open from 8am-10pm. This resort offers three easy slopes, three more difficult, three most difficult, and three freestyle. As well as the twelve slopes, there are two terrain parks serviced by one double chairlift, two quad chairlifts, two conveyor lifts (new in 2010) and one handle-pull lift. The base lodge is smoke free, and has complimentary WIFI in the restaurant.
This December and January at Appalachian Ski Mountain:
• The 11th Annual Shred for the Cup Rail Jam; Sunday, January 8, 2017; registration 9-11am; event at 12pm. The Shred for the Cup Series is the benchmark competition in the region, with 3 events throughout the winter season for both skiers and snowboarders in a variety of disciplines. For all skill levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced) as well as a dedicated Women’s category in both ski and board. Points for placement at each SFTC event are tallied throughout the season to determine the overall series winners.
• Shred for the Cup Big Air; Sunday, January 22, 2017; registration at the Alpine Ski Shop, 9:30-11am; event at 12pm. Warm-up session available for competitors from 10:30–11:30 with a rider meeting at 11:45. Free Spectator tickets are available at registration and the main office and are required. The Shred for the Cup Series is the benchmark Park competition series in the region.
For those searching for Western North Carolina land for sale, the journey may very well end in the High Country. This gorgeous region is known as being part of the Appalachian Temperate Rainforest. Located in the Northwest corner of North Carolina, the High Country includes the towns of Boone, (which has the highest elevation of any town its size east of the Mississippi River at 3, 333 feet and an average of 35 inches of snowfall for those of us who love winter recreation!)
Blowing Rock, West Jefferson, Beech Mountain, Valle Crucis, Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro, Jefferson, Todd, Seven Devils and more. This region is conveniently located, with only a short ride to Charlotte, Raleigh and Atlanta, and with access to several reliable highways.
And for those of us who are fortunate enough to have settled in our own Carolina mountain homes, meandering over the 125 miles of Blue Ridge Parkway in the High Country, is the most relaxing and rewarding way to see the spectacular countryside. This Parkway is a National Scenic Byway, traveling through western North Carolina, starting in Virginia and ending near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Many who explore the region as they dream about finding the perfect Western North Carolina land for sale, pause to photograph Linn Cove Viaduct, Moses Cone Manor, Linville Falls or Grandfather Mountain—which for many is the main attraction of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Grandfather Mountain is one mile above sea level, at the Mile High Swinging Bridge, and this means unusual weather for the region with higher winds and milder temperatures. In addition, this natural attraction is a nonprofit Biosphere Reserve for visitors of all ages to explore with a top-notch nature museum, and plenty of educational opportunities. There are also challenging trails to burn off energy.
For those who live in their Carolina mountain homes at The Coves, they have discovered the sheer joy of a winter outing, skiing on the slopes of the nearby mountains, or visiting the shops and breweries and restaurants throughout the nearby towns, and then returning to the mild weather of home.
Western North Carolina land for sale at The Coves allows families to share in this winter wonderland without living everyday in the snow. Winter is on its way and will bring a season full of festive fun and adventure for all of us who enjoy life at The Coves Mountain River Club.
We invite you to stop by and see what our friendly mountain community has to offer your family.
Grandfather Mountain Bonfire Delight
It’s time once again for one of Fall’s most anticipated events: the Creatures of the Night and Bonfire Delight at Grandfather Mountain! Every year, residents of the mountain towns in North Carolina have this rare opportunity to encounter the famous park’s nocturnal animals in their habitats. We gather our blankets, flashlights and s’mores ingredients and head for the park. It all starts with the traditional hot chocolate and apple cider by the bonfire, and then the park staff members lead the group on an educational tour of the mountain. The Owl Prowl part of the adventure is a lot of fun, and there’s so much to see after dark that we never would have learned about otherwise.
- Where: Grandfather Mountain – 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
- When: Saturday, October 1, 2016
- Time: 5:30 to 9:30 P. M.
Of course, Grandfather Mountain is the most-visited attraction in the state. More than a billion years old, it’s the highest point in the Blue Ridge Mountains, at an elevation of 5,946 feet. Looking down at the peaks below, you feel as if you’re on the top of the world. And the scenery is nothing short of breathtaking. It’s a photographer’s paradise, especially when the fall foliage makes its appearance.
Anyone used to hiking in Western North Carolina knows that the best trails are found here, and the mile-high swinging bridge is known all over the world. The area is habitat for black bears, river otters, cougars, deer and bald eagles. It’s a great spot for picnics, and over a hundred tables and grills are available in the park. And the Nature Museum has great exhibits detailing the region’s natural history. Guided tours are available as well.
Residents at The Coves Mountain River Club love living in the foothills, away from the tourists and the heavy snow. Grandfather Mountain’s less an hour away, and there are many other nearby locations where they can easily enjoy the unique sights and activities to be found at higher elevations.
When the leaves start to change color around this time of year, the fall foliage appears first near the top of the mountains and then works its way down over the next few weeks. So living here you can see an ongoing show as different species of plants and trees add their unique hues to the spectrum.
Look at a list of the best mountain towns in North Carolina for retirement living and you’re likely to see Blowing Rock, Boone, and Banner Elk. They’re all within an hour’s drive of The Coves Mountain River Club in Lenoir and part of Western North Carolina’s High Country, an area often called “nature’s year-round playground” because of its mild weather and wealth of sporting, recreational and cultural events. Anyone living here who wants to stay active has plenty of options to choose from.
This is a great time of year to visit. Come hiking in Western North Carolina to see the spectacular foliage, do some trout fishing or just exploring. It’s worth taking time to see what we have to offer you in mountain living. You’ll find unique mountain homes, from cozy cottages to estates on equestrian parcels, all designed to take full advantage of their natural surroundings and remarkable mountain and river views.
Living at The Coves is affordable, and the area’s rich with opportunities to enjoy your life to the fullest. It’s only after spending time here that you begin to appreciate just how much there is to see and do. It’s the best of both worlds: fresh air, clear night skies and the countless other blessings of living in the country, along with easy access to nearby towns and cities for shopping, dining, entertainment and culture.
By the way, if you’re planning to be here this fall, be sure to make your arrangements early. As at any popular vacation destination, the best bed and breakfasts, family-owned inns and hotel chains are booked up early and/or get more expensive as the season approaches.
We’d love to show you around our remarkable community, nestled on the bank of the Johns River at Wilsons Creek. Join us at the Pisgah Mountain Lodge to share a glass of wine and the nightly show as the sun disappears over the mountains.
This is your retirement dream come true! This is The Coves Mountain River Club, our very special home in the foothills.
If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page Complimentary Magazine
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.