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North Carolina Blackberry Festival to Sweeten the Foothills

North Carolina blackberry festival

Those of us who live in the mountain towns in North Carolina know how fortunate we are to call this region home.  The perks are never-ending, due in part to an incredible community spirit showcased in many of the Lenoir NC events, bringing people together to celebrate throughout the seasons of the year.

The North Carolina Blackberry Festival is one such event, sponsored by the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce, and there’s no wondering why this celebration has gained such momentum over the past sixteen years.  This summer beginning Thursday, July 6th, and continuing with festivities all weekend long, residents and visitors, will once again come together for a delicious, nutritious and joy-packed occasion.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, July 6, 2017--“An Evening of Everything Blackberry”

6pm – 9 pm-an Evening with Blackberry-themed dishes, Blackberry-infused drinks, and Blackberry attire.

This festival in North Carolina kick-off takes place on Main Street in historic downtown Lenoir and is a ticketed event, showcasing our fabulous restaurants, breweries and distilleries. Of course the main attraction—the blackberry!  Be sure to eat heartily and vote on your favorites.

Friday, July 7, 2017–“Pre-heat Party & Downtown Extravaganza”

  • 6pm–10pm–Black”Beer”y Garden Featuring Local Breweries and Craft Beers
  • 6pm–10pm–Live Music on the Downtown Main Stage
  • 6pm–Blackberry Princess Pageant Preliminaries
  • 7pm–Front Porch Pickin’ Competition
  • 7pm— Blackberry Recipe Contests
  • 9pm— Glow Run 5K & Fun RunSaturday, July 8, 2017 –Vendors, Food, Children’s Activities and Blackberries all day!
  • 10am–Live Music at Stage 1
  • 10am–NC Blackberry Princess Pageant Finals at Stage 3
  • 10:30am–Live Music at Stage 2
  • 10:30am–Blackberry Festival Blood Drive
  • 11am–Live Music at Stage 3
  • 11:15am–The Blackberry Eating Games (Youth & Adult)
  • 12pm–Presentation of Colors Ceremony
  • 12:15pm–Colossal Cobbler Parade
  • 12:30pm–Live Music at Stage 2
  • 12:30pm–World’s Largest Patchwork of Cobbler
  • 1:15pm to 3:30pm–Live Music on all Stages
  • 3:30pm–Front Porch Pickin’ Winners at Stage

Many of you have already tasted the sweet produce from Lineberger Farms, perhaps while attending one of our Lenoir NC events, but for those of you who haven’t, there will be farm-fresh blackberries available, along with other blackberry delights, as well as arts and crafts.  Many food vendors and local restaurants will be open too.  If you have a competitive spirit, enter the blackberry recipe contests for both kids and adults and make sure blackberries are part of your ingredients!

To accompany all the great food is a musical line up on three stages as well as busking throughout the downtown.  Be sure to see the phenomenal line up beginning at 10am with The King Bees, Shelby Rae Moore, Scupper’s Sagacious Squeezebox feat. Long John Shivers, Melissa Reaves, Banana Da Terra—Jimmie Griffith, and Bob Sinclair and the Big Deals.  And the amazing foot-stomping Front Porch Pickin’ Competition is a popular event where you can showcase your talent before an attentive audience and even have the opportunity to win some cash!

There has been a strong agricultural heartbeat for the generations who’ve lived in and around the mountain towns in North Carolina, and for this reason we all care a great deal about preserving the way our state grows, delivers and enjoys eating our incredible food.

The blackberry festival in North Carolina, fast approaching, is one incredible way to celebrate and support locally-grown food.  There was a 94 percent decline in the growing of tobacco in our state from 1992-2007, and with that decline, there was a concerted effort to protect and preserve our region’s farms and farmers.

Anyone who lives in the mountain towns in North Carolina, knows how much we value and enjoy our healthy environment.  We owe a great deal of our health to being able to eat fresh, local produce and food which is bountiful in our restaurants, our homes and our schools.  More farms mean cleaner air, a healthier environment, and food we can see first-hand being harvested. Did you realize that North Carolina is packed with more farmers’ markets and organic farms than any state in the Southeast? What’s even better, our home-grown food tastes fabulous.

Life at The Coves means being able to incorporate healthy eating and fitness into our everyday routines–whether we’re growing our own veggies in our community garden, or visiting the farmer’s market to prepare a family feast. We are nestled in the perfect location so residents can slip outside for a day of fresh air and recreation, and still be close to amazing Lenoir NC events.

Be sure to visit The Coves Mountain River Club’s booth at the blackberry festival in North Carolina to learn about the sweet place you’ll want to build your dream mountain 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.

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NC Butterfly Festival Near The Coves

NC Butterfly Festival

The North Carolina Butterfly Festival will be celebrating its 35th year the weekend of May 5, 2017 in the charming town of Hudson, nestled in our North Carolina mountain communities.  Caldwell County’s oldest festival tradition brings residents of all ages joy when they’re looking for things to do in Lenoir NC, and no wonder since it’s a magical way to embrace spring as well as the awe-inspiring nature that surrounds us in this gorgeous part of the country.  There’s no better why to unwind after an exhilarating day of hikes near Asheville NC than the Butterfly Festival which showcases all of the colorful butterflies that bring splendor to our area, decorating our landmarks and downtown buildings.  

May 5, from 5-8 in the evening, the weekend will kick off with a Cruise-In, on Central Street in front of the Local Bean. All types of classic automobiles will “cruise-in” to Hudson and you can join in the fun. Show off your vintage automobile, muscle car…even your family’s mini van.  For those of you who desire some morning fun, on Saturday, May 6, starting at 9 am, in downtown Hudson on Central Street, the Butterfly Arts and Crafts Festival will be in full swing and stretch until 6 pm, with food, vendors, arts & crafts, children’s games, rides—inflatables and jumpies. And don’t leave early since live music follows until 8 pm.  Be sure to arrive hungry–whether it’s BBQ, hot dogs, hamburgers or kettle corn you’re craving—you’ll find what suits your palate while you stretch your legs walking from one end of town to the other.

The North Carolina Butterfly Festival continues to grow in popularity; last year attendance was up to 12,000-14,000. Folks milled about with friends and family for the delicious food and diverse shopping—jewelry, antiques, crafts, art and pottery—so many unique items that reflect the fine artisans of our North Carolina mountain communities.  This year, due to word of mouth and community spirit, there will certainly be an even greater crowd of residents, taking advantage of things to do in Lenoir NC.

Festival Performers this year include: Tumblemania Gymnastics, Sims Country Cloggers, Lost Jewels (Belly Dancers), Sherry’s Dance Studio and more.  Riveting entertainment throughout the day!  The entertainment culminates at Hickman Windmill Park, behind Town Hall, where Silk Groove will keep the party going for two hours with soul, beach and pop music to make your feet tap and or inspire you to dance!  What’s even better?  Admission is free.  All you need is a blanket or chairs to stretch out and relax while the music fills the air.

People of all ages enjoy watching butterflies in flight or alighting on a gorgeous blossom for some nectar.  Butterflies have long been the colorful muses of photographers and painters in the North Carolina mountain communities and across the country.  The fluttering butterfly has also inspired books, movies, poetry and artists of all mediums. There are a diverse assortment in our area and we’re fortunate when taking hikes near Asheville NC to be able to catch so many glimpses of these brilliant butterflies. 

Perhaps when searching for things to do in Lenoir NC, you’ve set out for a scenic walk, or a leisurely kayak paddle, to see Brush-footed Butterflies (or the Red-Spotted Purple), Emperors (or the Tawny Emperor), Leafwings, Longwings (Diana), Milkweed Butterflies (the popular Monarch), Snouts, or True Brushfoots (the striking American Lady).   This region is ideal for celebrating spring, the migrant return of the butterfly, and all the outdoor recreation that restores the glow to your complexion and the energy to your stride.

The Coves bring community gardens, hiking trails, and all the blissful nature contained, right to your doorstep. Whether your desire is growing your own vegetables in Isabel’s Garden for a celebratory family dinner, or gathering a bouquet of daffodils for a cheery centerpiece, The Coves provides the stage to make it all possible. Gardening is not only a healthy activity, but at The Coves you can socialize while getting your hands dirty alongside neighbors and friends.  And of course we all know the health benefits of eating fresh produce. 

There are endless possibilities at The Coves to catch the fluttering sight of some of the regions most splendid butterflies, and all you have to do is have a fondness for hikes near Asheville NC, since there are thirty-nine miles of trails with varying degrees of difficulty.  The incredible landscape of flowers—mountain laurel, rhododendron, and azaleas are a natural attraction for butterflies.  So be sure to plan your excursion at The Coves with a camera or a pair of binoculars in hand so you can capture it all.

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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Savor Blowing Rock NC – 4 Days of Deliciousness

Blowing Rock real estate and restaurants

Spring has officially sprung across the beautiful mountain towns in North Carolina. The foothills are bursting with blossoms, gardeners are pushing their tomato seedlings into the cool soil, and neighbors are starting to notice the aroma of smoky barbecue drifting through the air, ushering in a new season of outdoor food festivals.

This month, foodies in the foothills had even more of a reason to celebrate –  SAVOR Blowing Rock which returned for its 12th year. The four-day food fest ran Thursday, April 20th through Sunday, April 23rd in and around the downtown area of “North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town.”

Once known as the Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival, this annual spring event recently changed its name to represent something bigger and better than ever before. With the addition of regional craft breweries and other fortified spirits, plus new food and entertainment offerings, event organizers decided this full-fledged culinary extravaganza needed new name that could say it all. That’s how SAVOR emerged as the new buzzword for “food fun” in Blowing Rock.

As if it wasn’t already the toast of the town, this year’s SAVOR Blowing Rock is kicking it up a few more notches, with an expanded schedule of seminars and cultural events, live music and entertainment, craft beers, wines, and spirits from breweries, wineries, and distilleries across the state. Not to mention food and beverage tastings, pairings, and access to a full array of regional cuisine that showcases the culinary artistry of Blowing Rock’s best chefs and restaurants.

So how do you navigate your way through this four-day gastronomical gathering? Like most outdoor festivals in North Carolina’s mountain towns, SAVOR is designed as a walking tour through Blowing Rock’s streets, which are peppered with plenty of cafés, restaurants, shops, galleries, boutiques, and shops. As you stroll through this quaint mountain village, you get to sample, sip, and taste your way through it all, as you enjoy visual displays of arts and crafts, and listen to live music along the way.

The schedule of exhibits and events is so wide and varied, you’re sure to stay entertained – and well fed – for the full four days. SAVOR’s got something for everyone! There are too many events to list here, but here are a few featured favorites:

Bubbles & Bidding (event)

Reid’s Café is joining Country Vintner at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum to showcase hand-selected champagnes, both rare and affordable, beautifully paired with hors d’oeuvres by Reid’s Café.

Cork & Canvas (event)

An evening of wine and painting in a relaxed atmosphere facilitated by a trained instructor. Each participant goes home with a finished work of art. No experience necessary.

Grilling with the Grill Masters (cooking class)

Learn to grill everything from appetizers to desserts in this class taught by Appalachian Energy, seller of numerous grills, smokers, and built-ins.

“Grapes that Don’t Belong” Wine Tasting (seminar)

Did you know the Pinot Noir grape is being grown in Germany? Learn how this is possible. And find out more fun facts about what grapes are being grown successfully outside of these traditional regions.

Whiskey and Cigars (seminar)

Blowing Rock Cigar Club invites you to experience our private membership club for a day. They’re offering whiskey flights paired with a Padron Anniversary 1964 cigar!

Beer and Food Pairing 101 (seminar)

Discover the possibilities of pairing beer and food. In this guided tasting (and sampling) you’ll explore what works together, and how to maximize your pairing experience

Wine & Cheese (seminar)

Explore the fundamentals of wine and cheese harmony and learn which cheese pairs best with your favorite wine.

Grand Tasting (event)

Step into the Main Tent behind First Citizens Bank on Main Street to sample some tantalizing food, beverages, wine, beer, and distilled spirits.

Sip & Shop (downtown event)

Sip and Shop through downtown Blowing Rock! Participating retailers will offer free drinks and nibbles along your way!

SAVOR Blowing Rock is produced by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. We can’t help wonder if it’s this civic-minded but fun-loving Chamber that’s responsible for keeping the “rock!” in Blowing Rock. Their vibrant town is known for its awesome year-round festivals. It’s a gem among the treasure trove of fabulous mountain towns in North Carolina.

In Blowing Rock, April brings not only SAVOR, but also Blowing Rock Trout Derby, a weekend fishing event for anglers of all ages. Blowing Rock also puts on a variety of small-town holiday festivals, parades, games, outdoor musical performances, and plenty more annual events, including their 4th of July Festival, Halloween Festival & Monster March, Christmas in the Park, and Lighting of the Town. Their January Winterfest is known as one of the High Country’s largest winter events and features a chili cook-off and the famous Polar Plunge into Chetola Lake.

Rock on, Blowing Rock! This is mountain living at its best! And it explains why so many people who are drawn to this town’s festivities find themselves sticking around to explore Blowing Rock real estate and other nearby Carolina mountain properties — like The Coves Mountain River Club, a gorgeous gated community in Lenoir NC just 20 miles south of Blowing Rock.

Chances are if you attended this year’s SAVOR Blowing Rock, you would have found plenty of Coves neighbors there. These folks are foodies and fun-lovers! And they can always point you in the direction of the best festivals happening in their beloved North Carolina mountain towns.

Drop in for a visit with these folks in their beautifully designed custom-built homes at The Coves Mountain River Club, and you’ll find them living in a secluded paradise surrounded by five miles of frontage along the Johns River. Here neighbors fish together from well-stocked waters, grill up their catch-of-the-day, serve it with fresh produce harvested from Isabel’s Garden, and pair it with a wine made of fresh grapes from Evelyn’s Vineyard. 

At The Coves where foodie culture reigns supreme, community gardening is a popular activity. And spring is an exciting time of year at the community’s own on-site garden and vineyard. The Coves residents are busy sowing the seeds that will produce an abundant harvest of tomatoes, peppers, radishes, and greens from Isabel’s garden. And they’re tending to the Muscadine grapes that they’ll be harvesting later in the year when they’ll transform them into their own brand of homemade jams, wines, and glazes.

Locally sourcing and home-growing your own produce, wine-making, and fishing from your own back yard – these are just a few of the things that make life at The Coves a foodie’s paradise. These folks live for the sweet fall harvests, the spring food festivals (like SAVOR) and the farm-to-table dining experiences that are so popular in Lenoir, Blowing Rock, and the many charming mountain towns in North Carolina.

Are you ready to transform your own life into a mountain lover’s paradise? It all starts with your first exploration of Blowing Rock real estate and NC mountain land for sale. And we can help you with the exploring. While you’re in the area looking at Carolina mountain properties, stop by and see us at The Coves. We’ll show you our community garden and vineyard among many other amenities, as well as some of the most spectacular views of mountains, rivers, and waterfalls you’ve ever seen.

Call 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit to our stunning mountain community.

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

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7th Annual Gravity Games in Lenoir NC

Local soapbox racing. in its earliest form. dates back more than a century.  Then, in 1934, the concept went national with the first All-American race.  Fast forward to now, and you see that it’s evolved greatly to become an exciting marriage of fun, sport, and cutting-edge technology.  And, it’s just one of the many fun things to do in Lenoir NC.

Every year, as part of the North Carolina Science Festival, the Google Lenoir Data Center joins forces with Boone’s Appalachian State University, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, to sponsor the NC Gravity Games, an educational, hands-on activity designed to get young people excited about science.   It’s a signature event of the multi-day downtown festival and a way for them to take the concepts they learn in the classroom and apply them in a practical way.   More than 30 teams of middle and high school students have participated in past events. Adults can also enter in the “open” race category.

The 2017 NC Gravity Games will be held in Lenoir on April 29th, and the deadline for registration is April 17th.  Visit http://www.ncgravitygames (dot) com for all the details.

Last year, the organizers expanded race day to include food vendors and the popular Google Science Street, your opportunity to get your hands on the company’s latest innovations.  There are also educational exhibits from Appalachian State University, Catawba Science Center, the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University.

Visitors exploring the purchase of Blowing Rock real estate are often drawn instead to the vibrant lifestyle of the lower elevation towns such as Lenoir because the weather is so mild and there’s always something going on.  Attending the NC Gravity Games can make you feel like a kid again.  And maybe you’ll be transported in memory back to your college days and even think about enrolling in some classes.

With so many things to do in Lenoir, NC, living at The Coves Mountain River Club can be as active as you want it to be.  Events such as this can give you a good feel for the community and the unique lifestyle we treasure in the Western North Carolina foothills.  The arrival of the Google Lenoir Data Center in 2008 cemented our reputation as a new tech hub, but we still haven’t lost that small town charm that brings so many people to settle here.

If you find that the harsh winters and snow of the High Country aren’t for you, consider seeking an attractive alternative to buying Boone, Banner Elk or Blowing Rock real estate.  Come to Lenoir and take a tour of The Coves Mountain River Club.  You’ll find a wealth of outdoor activity you can enjoy year-round:  golf, hiking, fishing, walking and biking trails, boating…the list goes on and on.  Explore local culture and history, enjoy the spectacular changing of the leaves, make new friends, and do all the things you never had time for when you were working.

When you visit, be sure to stop by our design center and see the ways we’re building innovative homes that take full advantage of the property and the views.  The Coves Mountain River Club is where all your dreams of a carefree retirement come to life.  Here you get all the many benefits of living in the country and still have easy access to shopping, fine dining, cultural events, continuing education and so much more.

We welcome you to Lenoir and the 2017 NC Gravity Games in April, and we look forward to giving you a personal tour of our beautiful property and showing you all it has to offer.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour. 

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Blowing Rock Winterfest – Four Days of Fun

Blowing Rock Winterfest

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.

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Christmas Time in Morganton North Carolina

things to do in Morganton North Carolina

The “old-fashioned” Christmas has been an advertising staple for many years, evoking memories of how we celebrated the season in small-town America.  It’s a powerful image – one that stirs a longing inside us for those simpler times and traditions so treasured by our parents and grandparents.

In the mountain towns in North Carolina, you might still see a father and son bringing home a freshly-cut tree, smell the pies baking in the kitchen or hear the joyous laughter of the young ones enjoying their first hayride.  And one of the things to do in Morganton North Carolina, when December comes around and the Christmas lights go up and the hearts are filled with holiday spirit, is to bring the whole family downtown to watch the parade.

The Downtown Morganton Christmas Parade is December 15th this year, and more than 75 floats, marching bands and characters will be there once again to delight young and old alike. 

When you purchase real estate in Lenoir North Carolina, such as at the Coves Mountain River Club, you soon find yourself drawn to these local events.  You see them all around you, and you realize this is what you were missing.  This is what was lost when your life became so complicated.  This is why you’re here – to recapture the simple pleasures.

Things to do in Morganton North Carolina, when it’s Christmas time include a horse-and-carriage ride through the streets of downtown, bundled up against the chill, looking up in wonder at the beauty of the clear night sky and the lights and decorations.  People line up on West Union street across from Benjamin’s and Libba’s when the sun goes down, because it’s first-come, first-served and no one wants to miss out.

Sampson’s the white horse, and Belle is brown, and you’ll want to get close and pet them just because you can.  These carriage rides are a social event, like so many things in the mountain towns in North Carolina.  People come together, sharing the moments, making the memories they’ll treasure for years to come.

Of course “Downtown Santa” will be there on the weekends, bringing his “naughty and nice” list up to date and taking pictures with the children who look forward so much to his annual visit.

Christmas in the North Carolina foothills is much as it used to be.  People here still treasure quiet family moments.  Friends gather, thankful for another year together in this very special place.  Among such natural splendor, you can’t help being a bit humbled.   You learn the importance of preserving and passing on those things in life that really matter.  Traditions matter.  Parades and carriage rides and the wide-eyed innocents sitting on Santa’s lap…they all matter a great deal.

And so we discover these treasures we thought were long lost, and we understand why real estate in Lenoir North Carolina, is more than just property.  It’s a trip back in time, to those days when life was simple – yet so much more fulfilling.

Living at The Coves Mountain River Club, you’re surrounded by these treasures.  Travel a short distance in any direction, and you’ll find yourself deeply immersed in the area’s culture.  There’s so much to do and see here!

At The Coves, you can be as active as you like.  There’s a wealth of opportunities for anyone who loves outdoor activities, and our great mild weather allows you to enjoy them all year long  Hiking, biking, boating, swimming, fishing, golf, cycling and so much more…whatever your pleasure, it’s all available to you and at home or only a short drive away.

Whether you come for the fall foliage colors or the famous North Carolina trout fishing or just to experience Christmas where it’s still much like it was in days gone by, plan to visit The Coves Mountain River Club and see why so many people say buying a home in the North Carolina foothills is the best decision they ever made.

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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