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Colorful October Festivals in Western North Carolina

Western North Carolina fall foliage

An incredible canvas of autumnal colors create a landscape that is cherished by all who live in the region, as well as those who come to take in the inspiring foliage.  The magic combination of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains is the high peaks, the lush valleys, and the breadth of climates due to these variations in elevation. 

If you haven’t yet experienced the palette of rich colors that define the region for almost a month and a half, now is the time to take a scenic road trip down the Blue Ridge Parkway.  While you’re looking for amazing things to do in Lenoir NC, be sure to bring your camera, and take in some of the incredible fall festivals and events that add even more celebration to the next month or two before the holiday season is upon us.

Here are some of the most talked about festivals this month in the foothills of Western North Carolina:

The 11th North Carolina Oyster Roast at Fort Defiance

1792 Fort Defiance Drive, Lenoir, NC

Attendees enjoyed a fried flounder dinner with all the fixings and a bucket of about 2 1/2 doz steamed oysters along with two beer or wine tickets. Extra Buckets of Oysters and extra drink tickets will be available at the event as well as an amazing silent auction. The Starlighters provided the entertainment for a night of swing dancing on the beautiful grounds of Historic Fort Defiance, North Carolina. All profits from the event went directly to the mission of preserving and sharing the 1792 home of General William Lenoir.

Fort Defiance formed a non-profit organization in 1964 whose mission is to “preserve and share the life and times of William Lenoir and his 1792 home.”  Those living at The Coves cherish the restored house at Fort Defiance which has maintained its history and significance with over 300 artifacts and original furnishings.  Since Fort Defiance Inc receives no state or federal funding, the tightly-knit community of the mountain towns in North Carolina keep it going with their visits, memberships, as well as their support of events and programs.  The house was named after a frontier fort and was designed by William Lenoir and completed after four years of building in 1792.  William Lenoir was a teacher and surveyor.  His family lived in the home until 1961.

Tours are available November through March, Saturday and Sunday 12-4; weekends only or by appointment; $7 adults; $5 children 5-15; children under 5 are free.

Smoking in the Foothills Barbecue Competition and Festival

North Carolina State Championship Event

October 20 & 21, 2017

Historic Downtown Lenoir, NC

Free admission

What better way to celebrate fall in the mountain towns of North Carolina than with a little down-home cooking shared with your community, family and friends?  This is real barbecue brought to life by a good-hearted competition to feed your senses.  Sanctioned by The Kansas Barbecue Society, you can light up your own smoker or sit back and sample the perfection of the pitmasters.  Live Music on Plaza State; Poker Run; 50/50 Drawing; BBQ Competition (chicken, pork rib, brisket); and of course the Cornhole Tournament!

Smoking In The Foothills is a nonprofit organization whose commitment is raising money for charitable organizations as those who call their homes in the gated communities near Asheville NC know is so essential. Proceeds from all their festivals benefit local charities such as The Helping Hands Clinic and The Wig Bank of Caldwell County chosen in 2017.  Volunteers are needed so sign up and lend a hand to a worthy event on Friday, October 20 and Saturday October 21.

Last weekend was the 30th Annual Hickory October Fest in downtown Hickory.

This is known as “the premier annual festival for Hickory North Carolina.”  The second week of October Hickory’s downtown comes to life for three days with the charming outdoor festival so many have come to love and others seek to attend.  Three stages are lit with non-stop entertainment from traditional lively polka to the tried and true rock & roll.  There’s plenty else to keep people of all ages amused with two beer gardens, rides, games, the incredible juried arts and crafts show as well as shopping and eating from the hundreds of food and commercial vendors.  No wonder this festival has been going and growing strong since 1985.

The lucky people who have chosen to settle in the gated communities near Asheville NC, like The Coves, can take advantage of all the region has to offer. Locals know there’s no better way to take in the fall foliage than driving the Blue Ridge Parkway, climbing to elevations of 5,000 plus feet, sipping sweet cider and taking in the gorgeous colors that sprawl before you. 

Savor the sights of the fall foliage forecast before while exploring cozy mountain homes, and discover even more intimate street festivals and small mountain towns along the way.  You never exhaust the possibility of things to do in Lenoir NC along the 193 mile Parkway, or in the parks and forests you’ll discover as you explore.  Take a guided tour or venture off on your own to hike through the expanse of changing leaves. 

If you haven’t visited our gated mountain community, stop by to say hello. Did you know we have over 22 miles of groomed hiking trails within our gates? Our community spreads across 3,600 acres. Here hikers enjoy private trails that lead to four cascading waterfalls, along the Johns River and to our mountaintop clubhouse. At our mountain summit, gaze across to the mountain tops of Blowing Rock or down below into the Pisgah Forest valley. These are majestic views our residents enjoy each and every day. We’re confident you won’t find views anywhere else like we have them at The Coves.

Come explore the variety of homesites we have available whether you prefer a private wooded estate, a homesite near our amenities or near the river. Our homesites start around $39,000.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour (and hike!)

Tags: Festivals | Hickory | Lenoir

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

Sails Summer Concert Series – Toe Tapping Fun in Hickory NC

fun things to do in Hickory NC

Ah, summer! It’s the season we dream about all year long. Full of endless sun and limitless fun. In the mountains of Western North Carolina, this is the time of year when warm lazy days stretch on into cool starlit nights, painting the perfect setting for outdoor festivities with friends. This is the season for open-air gatherings. And nothing brings people together like live music!

If you’re one of the lucky ones visiting – or living — in the charming mountain towns of North Carolina this summer, you’ll no doubt want to visit Hickory, one of North Carolina’s most enticing summer destination spots. And you’ll definitely want to add the 5th Annual Sails Summer Concert Series to your list of not-to-be missed things to do in Hickory North Carolina on a Friday night.

What started out as “an idea for a modest little music series,” according to Sails Summer Concert Series founder Bob Sinclair, “has become a highly regarded musical event that attracts people from across the state.”

Each Friday in May, June, and September, friends old and new set up blankets and lawn chairs at the Sails on the Square – an outdoor venue the locals affectionately refer to as “Hickory’s downtown living room” – to sample live music from a variety of bands, singer/songwriters, and musical artists. This lineup of hand-picked talent ranges from Grammy winners to up-and-comers, from Hickory’s own to artists from cities and towns from across the United States. Performances start at 6:30 p.m., and the musical numbers keep playing on well past sunset.

Concert-goers are praising the 2017 lineup as “awesome,” “fantastic,” “an eclectic mix” of “top-shelf bands.” They love that the unique variety of music featured in the Sails Summer Concert Series has definite adult appeal but is also family friendly. This is just one reason the concert series keeps growing in popularity year after year, building on its own success with Hickory locals and mountain music-lovers across Western North Carolina.

Take a look at the lineup that’s yet to come in the 2017 series:

·       June 16: THE FRETLESS – musically eclectic maestros

·       June 23: CARAVAN OF THIEVES – rollicking mayhem

·       June 30: DANIELLE HOWLE – Miss amazing

·       Sept 1:   FREE PLANET RADIO – world music manifested

·       Sept 8:   BIG SANDY & HIS FLYRITE BOYS – Los Angeles rockabillyists

·       Sept 15:  WESTERN CENTURIES – newly imagined country, rhythm and Blues

·       Sept 22:  MILE TWELVE – new chambergrass darlings

·       Sept 29:  ADAM LEVY – guitar hero, song maker

This year, Olde Hickory Brewery and Silver Fork Winery will be selling beer and wine to concert goers in designated areas. And if you work up an appetite from all that dancing under the Sails, you’ll want to dip in to one of the nearby foodie-friendly restaurants, cafés, or gastropubs in beautiful Downtown Hickory.

If your idea of the perfect ending to a long, lazy summer week includes good food, good beer and wine (locally crafted!), and an evening of toe-tapping fun with your posse of mountain-loving friends, it’s time to head to Hickory and treat yourself to this series of vibrant, energetic, fresh, and inspiring music from distinctive bands throughout the region. Who knows… you may discover the next great act to sweep the nation, grab a Grammy, or appear on late-night TV. It’s been known to happen!

That’s because music in the mountains is a cherished part of the regional lifestyle. And while we love our traditional Blue Ridge style (bluegrass, jazz, country, rockabilly), we’re always on the lookout for new, homegrown talent. Over the years, this area has inspired some of the most prolific bluegrass artists and musicians in the United States. And it continues to influence a whole new generation of passionate musicians who find their muse in the majestic mountains of the Blue Ridge.

It’s the call of the mountains that attracts so many artists, musicians, and those of us who love all-things-beautiful-and-outdoorsy to explore North Carolina mountain real estate. Year after year, lured by the relaxing but vibrant mountain lifestyle, visitors and tourists turn into neighbors and friends. The custom-built luxury log homes of Hickory, the charming mountain homes near Asheville, and the gorgeous mountain-river properties in Lenoir all play a part in attracting people to the mountains and foothills of Western North Carolina. These gems of North Carolina mountain real estate have to be seen to be believed. They offer mountain living at its most glorious, and make the lure of the foothills almost impossible to resist.

Nestled along the Johns River adjacent to Wilson Creek – just an hour’s drive from Downtown Hickory – sits our gorgeous gated community called The Coves Mountain River Club. Talk about the best of both worlds! This is both mountain and river living, a rarity that’s truly coveted by nature lovers. Situated along 3,600 acres of flora-rich riverfront property, The Coves comes fully loaded with above-and-beyond amenities, including 39 miles of hiking and biking trails, a beautifully tended community garden and vineyard, an elegant equestrian center with handsomely groomed pastures, and a spectacular two-story mountaintop neighborhood lodge that offers jaw-dropping 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains, river, creeks, and waterfalls.

The Coves’ Pisgah Mountain Lodge has a wrap-around porch that welcomes neighbors to its wooden rocking chairs with the promise of a front-row seat to long-range views of Grandfather Mountain. This is the spot where folks will gather to talk about the live band they just heard in Downtown Hickory under The Sails, or share a story about that fabulous find from the antique store in Asheville. This is the place where memories are made. And it’s the place you’ll want to call home.

The Coves is ideally located in Lenoir, North Carolina in the Blue Ridge foothills, with easy access to surrounding mountain towns, including Hickory, Asheville, Blowing Rock, and Morganton.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule your visit to The Coves. We can help you arrange an itinerary so your tour of The Coves coincides with your favorite band’s performance at the Sails Summer Concert Series!

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 | Hickory

Morganton Friday Night Summer Concert Series Near The Coves

Morganton Festival

Summer is happily gearing up in the mountain towns in North Carolina. The days are growing blissfully longer, inspiring residents and visitors to head out and explore all that the area has to offer.  Morganton is one of the charming towns we adore, and the reasons are abundant–from its gorgeous recreation to its assortment of fine Morganton NC restaurants.  This season, the town will be chock full of celebrations and occasions that will make the summer joyfully memorable.

If you have not yet attended a Morganton festival, there are some upcoming events to inspire inclu or two on your calendar.  Friday, May 26-Friday, July 28, Morganton’s TGIF Free Friday night concert series will be entertaining outdoors in the rain or shine.  Bring along your lawn chairs, blankets, and of course your family and friends.

Schedule of concerts:

May 26—TGIF–Opening Act:  Family Night (Rides & Games from Brinkley Entertainment); Opening Act:  The Carlatan Basement Blues Revue (Blues/Folk); Main Act:  The Roadrunnerz (Classic Rock)

June 2—TGIF–Opening Act:  Brooke Hartman (Pop); Main Act:  Virginia & the Slims (Swing)

June 9—TGIF–Opening Act:  Michael Hefner (Americana); Main Act:  Geoff Clapp (Jazz Drummer)

June 16—TGIF–Opening Act:  Ray Shook Band (Country); Main Act:  Almost Vintage (Classic Rock)

June 23—TGIF–Opening Act:  Matt Hogan (Alternative Rock); Main Act: Throwdown Jones (Rock)

June 30—NO TGIF

Instead head to the 14th Annual Red White and Bluegrass Festival—(July1-4)one of the premier bluegrass festivals in the southeastern United States with visitors from all over the world!

July 1-4—Red White and Bluegrass Festival at Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton, NC!  Check out the line up:

July 1—RWBF-Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass; Flatt Lonesome; Blue Highway; Supper Break; Larry Sparks

July 2—RWBF-Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive; Volume Five; Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice; Supper Break; The Isaacs

July 3—RWBF-Sideline; Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper; The Boxcars; Kids Camp; Supper Break; Mountain Heart

July 4—RWBF-Free cornhole, volleyball, miniature golf; frog jumping contest; watermelon eating contest; music; Star Spangled Banner; Fireworks

July 7—TGIF–Opening Act:  Alberta Hall (R&B/Gospel/Blues); Main Act: JJ Hipps (Blues)

July 14—TGIF–Opening Act:  Neil Saunders (Acoustic Guitar); Main Act:  Chris Cates & the Masterplan

July 21—TGIF–Opening Act:  Fat Daddy Reed and the Family Band (Oldies/Country); Main Act:  Bobby Darrin (Country)

July 28—TGIF–Opening Act:  Cross Cut (Bluegrass/Folk); Main Act:  Outshyne (Country)

August 4–TGIF–—Opening Act:  Taylor Hensley (Blues & Classic Pop); Main Act:  Sweet Revenge (Classic Rock)

This festival is just one of the magical draws to a magnificent town located in central Burke County in the gorgeous foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.  For those of us who have called this region in the mountain towns of North Carolina home for years, we know how convenient it is to take a quick trip to Asheville and Charlotte.

Morganton is one of the main cities in the region, graced with the quaint charm of North Carolina. The area is rich with history and culture, as Fort San Juan, just five miles north of the city, is the oldest European non-coastal settlement in the country.  In addition, Joara is an impressive archaeological and historic site near the Watersee River in the Upper Catawba Valley.  For history buffs who want to explore, or children just beginning to learn, Morganton is a great place for educational enrichment.

And, of course, recreation abounds in the mountain towns of North Carolina, and Morganton is no exception with stunning Lake James, the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, and numerous golf courses–Quaker Meadows, Mimosa Hills, and Silver Creek Plantation.

When you are looking for something to do after the Morganton festival, there’s Catawba Meadows Park with baseball diamonds, and beach volleyball courts, and of course—not to be missed for the little ones—Martha’s Park with a splash pad, playground and picnic grounds.  For those looking for a little cool air and some down time, there’s a seven-theater cinema, and plenty of plays and musicals to entertain.

Many travel to downtown Morganton for an evening of shopping and dining. Morganton NC Restaurants don’t disappoint, whether you’re a family of discerning foodies or a group of hungry teens.  The culinary offerings are mouth-watering and varied from breweries and cafes, to snack bars, pizzerias, bakeries, burger joints, smoky bbqs, Southern-inspired gastro pubs, or top-notch Greek, American, French, and Japanese restaurants.  There’s plenty of farm-to-table, organic, locally-grown and incredibly-fresh feasting to be had in the Morganton NC restaurants–where you can also enjoy outdoor seating and live music.  Be sure to check out menus online to whet your appetite and find the perfect cuisine to please everyone.

If you shop while you’re still hungry, be sure to visit the farmer’s market, the ethnic grocery stores, the gourmet olive oil stores, the assortment of fresh bakeries,  and all the natural/fresh/organic shops.  Once you’re appetite is satiated, take in stores and galleries that carry amazing and unique artwork, flowers, furniture, clothes, music, books, or jewelry. And for those of you who love consignment shops and antiques, you won’t be disappointed either. There is plenty of easy access to free parking, free Wi-Fi, and bike lanes for those of you who prefer to pedal.  The D2U Newsletter will keep you up-to-date on all the happenings in this fun town.

The Morganton Free Concert Series is a great way to cap off a fabulous day of recreation, shopping and dining.  Outdoor concerts are one of the perks of our North Carolina summers, and the perfect setting to gather with those you adore, while meeting new friends and neighbors.  Morganton cares about community, and the folks who socialize at these concerts appreciate what a heart-warming experience it is to be surrounded by nature, talented musicians and the joyful people who attend.  It’s quite a sight to see—all the dancing, singing, hand holding and contagious smiles.  Be sure to bring your camera and capture the moment.

For the folks who have made their home at The Coves, Morganton is one of the mountain towns in North Carolina they don’t need directions to find. It’s nearby and the easy route is taken often.  It’s just one more unique reason why life at The Coves is cherished.  There’s nothing better than having the best of both worlds—a perfectly positioned home with access to a dynamically rich town.

Take a peek at some of our beautiful builder floor plans to give you an idea of the architecture found in our community.

The Coves is more than a neighborhood. It’s a community of friends who appreciate the grandeur of its location in the foothills. Here families play together and care for one another in the good old fashioned way. If you’ve wanted a sense of belonging, you will find it and more at The Coves Mountain River Club.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit.

Tags: Festivals | Morganton

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.

Tags: Festivals | Lenoir

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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