Standard Oyster Company Opens in Hickory NC

One sure thing for the North Carolina mountain communities, is the broad range of restaurants that have either been preparing mouth-watering cuisine for years, or have just sprung up in a refurbished spot with a dash of historic charm and ambience.  When you’re searching for things to do in Hickory NC, perhaps looking for a romantic evening, or the fun spot to be where everyone flocks for some much-needed social time,  our restaurants in Hickory NC are sure to please.  Those of us who live in The Coves are fond of new culinary pleasures, and this region is rich in its offerings. 

Just under a year ago, in April of 2016, Standard Oyster Company opened its door to the North Carolina mountain communities, offering the most delectable fresh and seasonal seafood as well as a full bar that includes regional spirits, great wine, and North Carolina beers. Located right on 2147 N Center Street, off of Hwy 127, in the heart of Hickory, the Standard Oyster Company is open Monday through Thursday from 4 in the afternoon, for those of you who love a little raw bar happy hour before dinner, until 10 at night.  Friday and Saturday the hours are extended from 11 in the morning, (who can refuse a delicious brunch on the weekend?) to 11 at night, and Sunday’s hours are 11 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon. Do you want to indulge in chilled seafood platters, steamed shellfish, and other classic American fare?  Then this is the perfect place!  

The Standard Oyster Company was created with a relaxed atmosphere in mind, so you feel a sense of kicking back with an urban vibe—industrially metro.  “It was cultivated and brought to life by seafood enthusiasts for seafood enthusiasts.  Our mission is to create an energetic dining experience…” their website promises, and once you step off the street and into their restaurant, you’ll understand how they succeed.   They offer a variety of fresh oysters and seafood that will make you think you’ve left the gorgeous mountains and magically stepped onto the Atlantic seacoast.  But the truth is, your sweet home at The Coves is close by, and this outstanding restaurant needs to be added to your list of amazing things to do in Hickory NC.

No matter the day of the week, those of us in the North Carolina mountain communities can find something delicious happening in this new kitchen.  Crabby Mondays deliver endless crablegs for $35; Steamy Tuesdays bring $1-steamed oysters accompanied by red bliss potatoes and kale slaw, and draft beer for a mere $3.50; what would the middle of the week be without Wine Wednesdays (half price bottles of wine and all wines are included!); and Date Night Thursdays provide a savory seafood three-course meal– $50.00 for you and your sweetheart.

For private events the Standard Oyster Company offers unique, off-site catering options–low country boils, crawfish boils, on-site raw bar, and custom buffet services that will ensure your event is raved about to those who love the restaurants in Hickory NC.  Call (828) 322-1705 for more information and remember that their space is available for private events daily for breakfast or lunch and all day Sunday. Give them a call for more information.   A limited number of reservations are accepted in advance and walk-ins are more than welcome, but for parties larger than six,  when you’re looking for things to do in Hickory NC with your friends and family, please make a reservation.

If you are in search of new restaurants in Hickory NC, the extensive and rotating menu at the Standard Oyster Company will be sure to keep you coming back to the heart of town for brunch, lunch, happy hour and dinner.  Visit their website for the complete every day menus as well as special event menus that will inspire your palate and give you one more reason to appreciate the fine life we live at The Coves surrounded by our glorious 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.

Tags: Hickory | Restaurants & Breweries

Crafting Hickory – Sneak Preview of Redevelopment Plans

proposed Hickory Riverwalk

So much beauty and charm, so little time! That’s how we feel about the many picturesque and lively mountain towns in North Carolina. After sampling them all, it’s hard to pick a favorite. But today we’re shining our spotlight on a true standout. Known as a furniture capital, a natural wonder, a recreational heaven, and an entertainment haven, this beloved town has mastered the art of blending “small town values with big city drive.” That’s right, Hickory, North Carolina, we’re talking about you. 

For years, Hickory has encompassed all that’s great about mountain living. Visitors rave about the limitless things to do in Hickory North Carolina, and residents boast that their traditional-yet-progressive hometown offers something for everyone. Not one to rest on its laurels, Hickory is currently focused on its own redevelopment, with city officials confident they can renew and revive the area by bringing in new jobs and residents to stimulate the local economy like never before.

Here’s how they’ve set about “Crafting Hickory” –  After studying a few pages from the playbooks of recently revitalized cities like Greenville, South Carolina and Chattanooga, Tennessee, county and city officials in Hickory developed a similar success strategy, putting focus on the specific needs of its own businesses, communities, and neighborhoods. A team of dedicated committee members, citizens, and consultants came together to create a plan called Inspiring Spaces, which promises to improve Hickory’s appearance, grow its businesses, and strengthen its overall economy. This forward-looking plan strives to preserve Hickory’s “Life. Well crafted.” motto while subscribing to Mayor Rudy Wright’s secondary motto: “Nulla Vestigial Retro – No Steps Backwards.”

Here’s a sneak peek at three of the major projects currently in development by the Inspiring Spaces committee, as they take steps toward creating a well-crafted life for the citizens of Hickory in the 21st century and beyond:


A network of picturesque pedestrian walkways will extend from Geitner-Rotary Park along Lake Hickory and extending into the surrounding landscape along the Catawba River on the periphery of the city to US-321. Designed for functionality and recreation, this combination boardwalk/ trail will serve as both a city system that links multiple points of interest along the route – including local businesses, event spaces, parks, and playgrounds –  and a unique destination space with brand new shopping, dining, and entertainment venues which we’ll soon see springing up at the southern end. With built-in scenic overlooks spaced throughout, the eight-to-10-foot wide waterfront trail will accommodate both walking and biking. Hiking trails will be added to offer even more recreational opportunities for those who like to venture off into more rugged terrain.

Hickory Riverwalk is a perfect fit for a healthy, vibrant town where visitors and locals like to stay active, enjoy the great outdoors, and have their pick of fun things to do in Hickory North Carolina. The Inspiring Spaces team is excited to revitalize this scenic area along Lake Hickory and the Catawba River to help spur new jobs, promote tourism, and encourage residential growth in Hickory and nearby North Carolina mountain properties.

PARK 1764

To further promote economic expansion in Hickory, Catawba County and City of Hickory officials are working together to develop a 178-acre Class A business park with state-of-the-art manufacturing and office complexes that will no doubt attract new companies looking to do business in Hickory. It’s called Park 1784, and it’s ideally located in a quiet community with easy access to two major interstates, just two miles from I-40 (E/W) and 30 miles from I-85 (N/S). Hickory currently has limited areas for existing businesses to grow, or for new businesses to move into. This project solves both problems by allowing businesses currently in Hickory to grow and expand, and by paving the way for new companies wanting to build or relocate to Hickory in an industrial park that’s less than an hour’s drive to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.


Then there’s Citywalk! This one’s sure to be a favorite with university students and business professionals who spend much of their day in Hickory’s business district. This attractive downtown corridor will connect all of the area’s best features, offering easy access between businesses (including the university campus) and a variety of surrounding shops, services, venues, and transportation stops. Citywalk will extend from Lenoir Rhyne University, down Main Avenue, and past Union Square along the railroad tracks. It features a pedestrian bridge plus added amenities along Main Avenue and Union Square. The Inspiring Spaces team has developed a vision for Hickory’s Citywalk as “a great place for all residents to enjoy … a place where young adults want to work, live, and play.”

When it comes to revitalizing an already amazing little slice of Blue Ridge heaven, Hickory’s not alone. Sure, they may have borrowed a page from the playbooks of Greenville and Chattanooga, but they’re not the first, and they certainly won’t be the last to transform their charming city into a vibrant, walkable mountain community, preserving the character of the past while infusing it with all the amenities of 21st Century living. That’s the perfect combination, according to thousands of baby boomers who each year choose to migrate from the daily rat race to a peaceful-but-active mountain lifestyle in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

If there’s one thing these folks know, it’s how to live life to the fullest, in a place that offers mild mountain climates, fishing from the riverbank just outside your door, enjoying sun salutations against the backdrop of Grandfather Mountain, and hiking, biking, and gardening the day away until the sun sets behind your beautiful Western North Carolina mountain property. This is living. Where avid foodies gather at a neighborhood gastropub to share a farm-to-table meal and toast their friendship with a local microbrew. Where live music festivals flow endlessly from one season into to the next. Where public art sculptures (think Hendersonville’s Painted Bears, Hickory’s Painted Benches, or Aiken’s Painted Horses) beckon the cultural crowd out into the streets. Where charming towns inspire road trips to the next mountain town on your bucket list.

Hickory’s a town where life is well-crafted. And lucky for you, it’s surrounded by your choice mountain towns in North Carolina where life is well lived. When you’re ready to start looking at Carolina mountain properties, look no further than The Coves Mountain River Club. Our 3,600-acre mountain community with five miles of river frontage along the Johns River is an easy 40-minute drive to Hickory’s Downtown Farmer’s Market.

The well-crafted homes at The Coves range from cozy to luxurious and offer scenic mountain and water views in all directions. And when it comes to outdoor walking paths, Hickory may be expanding on a good thing, but we have plenty of our own. And they’re perfect for hiking, biking, or horseback riding. There’s also a full range of amenities, including a community vineyard and garden, modern fitness center, and hilltop swimming pool located on the grounds of the neighborhood lodge, the best place to take in the spectacular 360-degree views of the surrounding Blue Ridge mountain ranges.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule your visit to The Coves. We are Lenoir’s most sought-after gated community, and it’s just minutes from Downtown Hickory.

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.

Tags: Greenways & Trails | Hickory

United Arts Council of Catawba County – Learning is Living


Now that you’re considering a move to The Coves, here’s a fun and learn something new. The United Arts Council of Catawba County is starting the year off right with a fun-filled line-up of art exhibits, science exhibits, and live performances. Catawba County is located nearby in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and is part of the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Area. Because the county is sheltered by mountains, residents enjoy mild winters and refreshing summer climates where they can enjoy the area’s lakes and rivers and the best North Carolina trout fishing.

Catawba is home to a vibrant, art-focused community that supports local artists, provides education in the arts & sciences, and has several venues that put on lifelong learning events that are fun for the whole family. The year is kicking off with a fun-filled line-up of art exhibits, science exhibits, and live performances. Here’s an overview of events near our North Carolina equestrian community:


The Hickory Museum of Art: 243 Third Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601. Phone: 828-327-8576 | The Hickory Museum of Art houses exhibitions from local to world-renowned artists. They offer classes for kids, teens, and adults on subjects that include printmaking, portfolio building, figure drawing, and even floral workshops. 


The Green Room Theatre: 10 S Main Ave, Newton, NC 28658. Box Office Phone: 828-464-6128. Main Office Phone: 828-464-6583 | The Green Room Community Theatre is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Catawba County and surrounding communities through the preservation and growth of the dramatic arts. Their show season usually includes at least two musicals, a family show, an all-youth production, and a comedy or drama.

Hickory Community Theatre: 30 3rd St NW, Hickory, NC 28501. Box Office Phone: 828-328-2283. Main Office: 828-327-3855 | The Hickory Community Theatre is an award-winning theatre in the heart of Downtown Hickory, housed in the Old City Hall. They host a full season of plays, which include at least nine full-length shows in addition to child productions and one act plays. 


Catawba Science Center: 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory, NC 28603. Phone: 828-322-8169 | The Catawba Science Center is a 35,00 sq. ft. science and technology museum dedicated to changing lives and inspiring learning through science and wonder. They offer hands-on exhibits, salt and freshwater aquarium galleries, and a state-of-the-art digital planetarium theater. 


Full Circle Arts: 42-B Third Street NW, Hickory, NC 28603. Phone: 828-322-7545 | Full Circle Arts is a non-profit artist’s cooperative of regional artists whose members work together to encourage public appreciation of, and education in, the arts. They have a gallery that displays the artwork of exhibiting members, as well as a classroom that is open for courses and workshops in various artistic mediums.

The United Arts Council of Catawba County was originally formed as the Hickory Arts Council in 1960. They were re-incorporated in 1979 as the Catawba County Council for the Arts, and adopted their current name in 2006 to reflect their partnerships with vibrant cultural organizations. Each year, they conduct a United Arts Fund campaign that provides operating support for their Funded Affiliate organizations. They strive to support local youth, encourage lifelong learning, and offer many opportunities for individuals and organizations to receive funding that allows them to promote the arts, science, and history. The UCA offers grants that include support for high school theatre productions, scholarships for Catawba County youth who want to further their independent culture studies, and funding for regional artists.

As you learn more about the foothills, you’ll find The Coves Mountain River Club a vibrant mountain community surrounded by culturally rich entertainment and lifelong learning opportunities. Here our residents watch the sunrise from the mountaintop Pigsah Mountain Lodge, sip wine or stroll through Evelyn’s Vineyard, and plant their own fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers in Isabel’s Garden.

Families (and our four-legged best friends) love taking a dip in Coleton’s Swimming Hole during the summer months or kayaking the Johns River. The most adventurous days are spent hiking to one of our four waterfalls or horseback riding on the 39 miles of trails inside our gates. Residents also enjoy some of the finest North Carolina trout fishing in the state.

At our North Carolina equestrian community, equestrians board their horses at the Round Mountain Ranch, where services include veterinary services and riding lessons. The ranch is located along the shores of the mountain-fed Johns River. Our residents love the spectacular mountain views, friendly community atmosphere, and wellness amenities. We’re confident you will too.

Whether you enjoy outdoor recreation or rich cultural lifelong learning venues, the foothills of North Carolina has it all. Come take a look.

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: Hickory | Performing Arts

Hickory Choral Society – Where Singers Meet in WNC

Hickory Choral Society

How busy we at this time of the year and owners of cozy Carolina mountain properties. Attending parties with work associates or with friends, shopping in our spare time, wrapping presents when our lists are all taken care of, and decorating our homes with strings of light and boughs of evergreen.  How fortunate we are to have so many things to do in Hickory NC that not only help us relax but also give us the cherished opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family.  

Music is one of holiday’s necessities, filling our hearts and homes with melodies and carols we’ve carried with us since childhood.  The Hickory Choral Society of Catawba Valley, a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County, is proudly celebrating its thirty-ninth year.  This year’s Holiday Concert will be a combination of traditional works as well as new and exciting arrangements. 

The HCS is located at 243 3rd Avenue NE #2N, Hickory, NC 28601; phone–828-322-2210; office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 am to 3 pm.  There is such a strong cultural environment that is accessible to the retirement communities in Asheville NC, and the HCS plays a vibrant role.  In 1978, the Society began spreading its love of song and music.  The Society has grown in both membership and devoted followers who gather for concerts throughout the year.  There are approximately 100 singers who harmonize today, celebrating their belief “that each person, regardless of station, should be allowed to share the divine, universal gift of music and its immeasurable rewards.” 

For those of you who would like to sing with HCS, there is a new singer audition held in May on the third Monday, and a second audition possibly in August.   Volunteer singers come from nine counties: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, and McDowell.   As Tracy Hamlin, former singer of the Society said, “once you are a member, you are always a member. It’s in your heart, your blood, your soul.”  Auditions are judged by the HCS conductor and two assistants, who also select the audition music.  Please be able to sight read choral music.   Every three years each section is re-auditioned.  Annual dues are $50.00.  Performance attire for men is traditional tuxedo, and for women dress ordered through the HCS office. 

Recent Hickory Choral Society Christmas Concerts:

• Friday, December 2, 2016, 8 pm

• Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11 am *Cookies & Carols Children’s Concert*

• Saturday, December 3, 2016, 3 pm

• Saturday, December 3, 2016, 8 pm

• Sunday, December 4, 2016, 3 pm

Mark your calendar for upcoming  Hickory Choral Society Spring Concert

• Sunday, March 26, 2017, 3 pm

First Baptist Church, Hickory

“This was the very first Cookies and Carols occasion, kicking off a new holiday tradition for the whole family.  Join the Hickory Choral Society and orchestra members whose rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas always delivers the joy of the season.  Children are invited to sing up front with the Choral Society.  And this year there will be  some very special guests—Santa and the Grinch!  Children will be love their sweet cookie and cherish the ornament they can take home for the tree.

The cultural diversity and richness in Hickory is just one of the draws of the area for those who have chosen the retirement communities in Asheville NC.  No matter whether we are fully retired, semi-retired, or still working, there’s nothing better than discovering the variety of things to do in Hickory NC.  There’s often a misconception when we leave the metropolitan setting behind, that we won’t find the same cultural opportunities, whether it’s hearing an amazing concert, taking in a museum, or finding an unusually fine restaurant.  Fortunately, this is not the case for those of us who own Carolina mountain properties. 

The Asheville region is such a vibrant community.  The Coves Mountain River Club is located in the suburbs and is a friendly neighborhood you should explore when you enjoying things to do in Hickory NC while deciding to make this area your future home.  We are extremely blessed to have such a healthy and booming cultural arts scene in this region.   For those who visit longing to own one of the scenic Carolina mountain properties,  our inspiring mountain community is exactly the environment we dream about. Amenities include five miles of frontage on the Johns River, more than 39 miles of hiking and horse trails, a full service equestrian center, community gardens, parks and waterfalls in addition to the mountaintop Pisgah Mountain Lodge with an infinity-view swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center and entertainment great room. 

The Coves Mountain River Club is a pleasant drive of only a little more than an hour from Asheville off Interstate 40, and affords those who choose to live on a serene property, the opportunity to take part in the foothills culture.  Our region is known for its exemplary arts-affiliated organizations that continue to blossom from year to year and provide entertainment, education and community to all those who live in The Coves as well as the retirement communities of Asheville NC.

It’s fair to say, the hills are alive with the sound of music in Western North Carolina.

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: Hickory | Performing Arts

Newcomers of Catawba Valley – A Warm Welcome in the Foothills

social clubs NC

After you’ve explored beautiful North Carolina mountain homes for sale, and found the perfect place to live, there’s no better feeling than being welcomed with warm and open arms.  Once you’ve settled into your new home, now’s the time to discover all sorts of incredible things to do in Hickory NC alongside your close friends.

For those of you who are fresh to Hickory, the Newcomers of Catawba Valley will make you feel connected from the moment you walk through the door. Perhaps you didn’t have the time to take part in social clubs while you were working full-time or raising your family. Now you may find yourself with the luxury of establishing those essential friendships we all deserve.  

Keep in mind… most new members join social clubs during their first three years of residency, when they feel they need to find new friends the most.  Some of us are fortunate to have resided in this beautiful area for ten years or more.  Many of the members of the Newcomers of Catawba Valley are retired, but residents of all ages are welcome from Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties. Membership dues are reasonable—only $30.00 per family and you are free to try the Newcomers of Catawba Valley membership for a month before deciding to join. 

There are so many things to do in Hickory NC on a monthly basis, from enjoying fine dining, music, and theater, to joining in your favorite recreational games or stretching your brain by trying out some new ones.  Each month the Newcomers hold a general meeting on the second Wednesday, at the Hickory Regional Airport’s Crosswind Café.  Grab a cup of coffee at 10:30 in the morning, meet some new friends, and listen to the educational speaker of the month.    

Anyone interested is welcome to attend the meeting—folks who are new to the area, or long-time residents looking to meet new neighbors. Each month we have a short educational talk about our area’s organizations or events. Come to the meeting, introduce some newcomers in your neighborhood, and learn something new about our community.

Other Newcomer’s Activities:

 • The Book Club; normally meets the forth Wednesday of every other month from 1:30 – 3:30PM;Women’s Resource Center, 125 3rd Street NE; last month’s meeting was on November 16 (due to Thanksgiving)  for a lively discussion of Paula McLain’s, The Paris Wife, led by Joyce Dennis.  This book revolves around Hemingway, love, and life in Paris in the 1920s. For more information, contact either Sue Asp or Betty Schwartz

• Book Club Holiday Salad Pot Luck; Wednesday, December 7, 12-2:30PM; 182 Mariners Point Lane, Hickory, NC.  Sue Asp is hostess; bring a salad to share.  Lunch is followed by a movie.  

• The Newcomers Bowling League; every other Thursday—late September through April; 6:30PM; Pin Station Bowling Center, West A Street, Newton.  Warm-up at 6:20PM; co-ed, casual, and all skill levels are welcome to have a ball.  Cost is $8.00 for three games.  Contact Vince LeGrand, for any additional information. 

• Busy Hands meets at the Westmont Senior Center every Thursday from 1:30 to 3:00 pm.  All are invited to the Senior Center to play games, cards, or chat will you sew. There’s plenty of parking and lots of chairs and tables in a spacious room.  Any questions, please contact Collette Wronek.

• Coffee Club—Coffee and Conversation; usually the last Friday of the month, 2-4PM at various locations in the Unifour Area.  An informal gathering over a cup of coffee or tea and pastry. We are introducing Newcomers to the different coffee and tea shops in the area. Let Sheri Binning know if you can join us at or feel free to just show up!  Get to know the different coffee and tea places while sharing some conversation.  

• Evening Social—check the calendar for the next night of food and fun!  Past socials were memorable occasions—a Mardi Gras celebration, a chili cook-off, a fondue party, and a ‘60s dance–to name a few. 

• Games

Bridge–due to popular demand, several groups have formed for Catawba Valley Newcomers who want to play “Party Bridge.” This are  non-competitive folks interested in advancing their Bridge skills. Lessons are being pursued. Members take turns hosting Rubber Bridge once a month.

Canasta–interested members meet once a month to play a version of Canasta known as Hand and Foot. The group meets at 11:30AM for lunch. Card play begins about 12:30PM. This event is scheduled on the fourth Thursday of each month.

Dominoes–if you enjoy a fun get-together, please join us for Dominoes on the first Tuesday of each month in a member’s home. Alternating between Mexican Train and Chicken Foot– fun and fast games. Bring $2 and your favorite snack to share for dinner. We are happy to teach new players this easy-to-learn game.

Mah Jong—Tuesdays @ 1:30-4PM at Pinecrest Retirement Center, 915 29th Avenue, NE Hickory.  This American active version is a rummy-like game using tiles instead of cards. It’s easier than bridge and harder than canasta. Instruction is available.   Contact Dianne Straley,

Rummikub—usually meet at a member’s home to play a fast-moving rummy tile game–a combination of luck and strategy and very easy to learn. The hostess provides a dessert and drinks but feel free to bring along finger foods and let the hostess know if you plan to attend.  All are welcome.

• Game Night–held twice monthly, 6-10PM on the second Wednesday and the third Thursday at the Hickory Regional Airport, 3101 9th Avenue Drive Northwest, $10 fee. Catered dinner  at a very reasonable price accompanied by Canasta, Mah Jong, Mexican Train Dominoes, Cribbage and other games. Reservations required to Shari Kidd, coordinate dinner and game tables.  Shari supplies cards and dominoes; members bring along the other games.

• Lunch Out–Member’s Lunch Out meets at different restaurants at 11:45AM during the first week of each month. This is a great opportunity to try new restaurants and meet new friends. In order to reserve enough seats, please email Chuck Bethany, in advance. ALL members and their guests are welcome!  

• Shooting Practice– Springs Road Gun Club on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 and the fourth Thursday of the month at noon. Open to any member interested in target shooting. This indoor 25-yard range allows hand guns and small caliber rifles. Pay by the hour or  join the gun club with memberships for as short a time as one month. Springs Road Gun Club offers gun rentals, and they offer many different classes.   Contact Vince LeGrand 

• Special Events–Attending plays, taking nature tours, touring wineries, taking in art exhibits, or hiking are just some of the activities available at the Newcomers who always appreciate social clubs and the varied and wonderful things to do in Hickory:

  • Hiking
  • Piedmont Wagon Tour
  • Pontoon Party
  • Charlotte Tour
  • Pool Party
  • Picnic
  • Virginia Creeper Bike Ride

And don’t forget, anyone can start a new activity by attracting enough members who are interested in participating in fun things to do in Hickory NC.  All activities need a contact person, and the idea needs to be presented to the board via the Activities Coordinator before beginning, stating the activity’s purpose, day, time, month and location proposed. Activities must be inclusive for the entire group, and if not, a rotation plan needs to be implemented.  The contact person must notify the Activities Coordinator each month regarding all notices for the calendar. 

If you and your family are exploring North Carolina mountain homes for sale, The Coves should be your first and last stop. We have a variety of spacious homesites available to satisfy your wish list and make that dream a reality. Here’s a few:

• Lot 2 –  On gorgeous Round Mountain Ridge, the site has 2.17 acres for $39,900.   Envision The Cumberland Trace on this land, by MossCreek, which will create a “rest stop for travelers.” There’s true spaciousness to the open plan living, accompanied by a Master Bedroom. Generous Guest Bedrooms add the touch to the perfect floor plan.

Natural materials of wood, stone, and glass, create the perfect small rustic mountain home. It is a two story model with 1,630 square feet. The 3 bedrooms 2.5 baths home has an option of a detachable garage. The starting price is  $224,490 and does not include NC mountain land. There is also a 3 story 2,600+ square foot option too!

• Lot 21 on Round Mountain Ridge is located on a private cul-de-sac with almost a 1/2 acre.  This homesite is a relatively flat build site which is perfect for the ease of  single-story living, and affords a beautiful long-range mountain vista to the Northeast. The cul-de-sac has gentle topography for relaxing strolls–sunrise or sunset–throughout the seasons.

The 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath Black Bear builder floor plan would compliment this property beautifully. The design features three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, with a master on the main level.  A large story-and-a-half vaulted Great Room with exposed timber trusses and an open Kitchen / Dining Room all create this home’s dramatic interior. The lower level provides an economical solution for sloping lots, while creating a spacious recreation room and two bedroom suites.  A full veranda along the back completes the relaxed feel of this small NC mountain cabin retreat.

• On Lot 204A, on  1.49 acres at Riverside at the Coves,  there’s a gentle, sloping homesite for $79,900 where you and your family can take in the awesome splendor of Grandfather Mountain with nearly a  360-degree view of the mountain range in your cottage or cabin home.

• The sloping homesite of Lot 921 has stunning views of Table Rock Mountain, Round Mountain and is in close proximity to hiking trails and a community park. For $79,900 with a lot of 1.75 acres, it’s easy to imagine viewing those majestic sunsets from the fresh air of your custom deck. 

• Lot 923 is a beautiful and private 1.83 acre homesite with stunning views of Table Rock Mountain, Round Mountain, and Hawks Bill. From your custom build home you would find easy access to one of our community parks and over 39 miles of hiking trails at $99,900. 

•Lot 817 in High Country Farms at $109,900, is 19 acres that will afford plenty of elbow room and the privacy you’ve been seeking.  This property stands out with many perks of nature– a major spring that forms the headwater of Celia Creek, a bold creek running from the spring and two creeks that meet in a rustic pasture.  A  1/4 acre tree farm of mature Leland cypress trees also graces the property.  This land is in close proximity to our Pisgah Mountain Lodge and Highland River Falls.

Looking for more space?

•Lot 812 in High Country Farms is a super-sized 24-acre land parcel perfect for those who love to ride.  For $119,900, this land will accommodate almost any Builder Floor Plan in our collection.  If you settle on this property, you will find yourself near more than 39 miles of hiking and horse trails.

• Lot 723 is a relatively flat, estate-size, private homesite on the top of a knoll. Views you’ll never grow tired of–Grandfather Mountain, Table Rock Mountain, Brown Mountain, Adams Knob, and Hawks Bill.  For $139,900, these 20 acres will win you heart in your custom built home in the Riverside at The Coves neighborhood.  

How about riverfront property?

•Lot 718 in The Coves Boxwood Estates, is 10 glorious acres that is graced by 400 feet of the mountain-fed John’s River and two cascading waterfalls.  For $225,000, this homesite holds a gentle slope and two possible build sites for those who like the freedom to choose between mountain or river views. 

We encourage you to stop by and take a look. We’re happy to share with you many more nearby social clubs like the Newcomers of Catawba Valley.

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Retail Therapy in Hickory NC

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Relaxation, escape, entertainment, and rejuvenation. When asked to identify the benefits of mountain living, these answers often come out on top. According to researchers who study the psychology of marketing, they’re the same things that top the list of “the positive effects of retail therapy.” Or, to put it another way, the happiness you experience by living in the mountains is a lot like the happiness you feel when shopping.

We’re no scientists, but that sort of thought-provoking formula leads us to only one conclusion… We should all go shopping in the mountains! What better way to double your happiness quotient? And these days, we can all use a little extra happiness.

Well, guess what, science! We’re a step ahead of you. We’ve already scoped out the shopping scene in the mountain towns in North Carolina. And our research points us time and again to one of our favorites – Hickory, NC.

Hickory’s city officials use the phrase “small town values with big city drive” when describing this charming mountain oasis that’s managed to maintain its rich history and down-home warmth even as it’s grown to become the country’s most sprawling metro area, the “retail hub of the foothills,” and home to the largest shopping mall in the region.

A three-time winner of the All-American Cities Award, and the 10th best place to live in the United States according to Reader’s Digest, Hickory is best known for its finely crafted American-made furniture. But, more and more, Hickory is becoming known as a favorite Blue Ridge destination thanks to its seasonal art, music, and food festivals, its vibrant night life, Art Walk, Farmer’s Market, and a fabulous line-up of cafés, restaurants, and craft beer pubs and breweries. This town also comes with a special events calendar that’s nonstop packed with fun things to do in Hickory North Carolina.

But our favorite thing to do in Hickory is shop! And, now that we have scientific proof of its therapeutic benefits, let’s get started. Here are some of our favorite retail destinations in Hickory, NC. Grab your holiday shopping list, and make your way downtown. There are plenty of seasonal specials this time of year. But this town’s treasure trove of shopping options is enough to satisfy shoppers year-round: 

ELLA BLU (214 Union Square NW)        

This is the go-to boutique for fashionistas living in Hickory and the surrounding mountain towns in North Carolina. But the global appeal of Ella Blu extends far beyond the Blue Ridge. “It’s still my favorite store and I live in Dubai,” says one online reviewer, “I can’t wait to come back and do some power shopping!” Ella Blu keeps its inventory constantly updated by visiting trunk shows and fashion events across the country, then hand-selecting the hottest clothing, jewelry, shoes, and accessories. There’s even a consignment section that features gently used high-end fashion finds. Shoppers love the unique inventory of chic clothing and accessories at affordable prices. And they rave about the friendly one-on-one customer service Ella Blu.            

THE NATURAL OLIVE (216 Union Square NW)            

Have you ever walked into a charming Italian olive oil store where your senses are treated to the vibrant tastes and aromas of infused oils, bright balsamic vinegars, and fresh-baked warm ciabatta breads? That’s the experience The Natural Oil brings to Downtown Hickory in their Tuscany-inspired store with its canister-lined wood shelves, old knotted floors, and high ceilings, accented with mood lighting and piped-in Italian music. This place is heaven for the senses. Or as the Natural Olive calls it, “a fun, taste-inspiring experience” where you sample, smell, and sip your way through 50 varieties of fresh oils on tap before choosing your favorites to take home in a bottle that’s corked and sealed just for you. There are featured favorites and seasonal selections, and owner Noelle Walker is happy to share her knowledge of each hand-selected product. You can also find sauces, spices, pastas, cookbooks, home goods, and oil-based soaps and skincare products at this elegantly rustic Italian shop.      

TURNIP THE ARTS (266 First Avenue NW)       

The name is as clever as the shop. This charming gallery of hand-crafted goodies offers a creative mix of gifts, art and events. It’s conveniently located in the heart of Hickory and nestled among some of the area’s best loved restaurants. Turnip the Arts brings its own flavor to Fifth Avenue with a dash of the eclectic. This gallery shows and sells handmade artwork by local, regional, and national artists. Gifts for sale include pottery, woodwork, glass work, jewelry, metal work, paintings, photography, fiber art, and a variety of soaps, lotions and candles. If you’re someone who enjoys “Makin’ the Arts,” they offer a series by that name, which offers classes in jewelry and craft-making. They also offer paint parties, culinary arts classes, and other fun instructional events. With Turnip the Arts in town, you never run out of creative things to do in Hickory North Carolina

BISANAR JEWELER (226 Union Square NW)   

This is not your typical jewelry store. The Bisanar Company upholds a long tradition of excellence dating back to 1896 when Dr. George Bisanar first opened the doors for business. Well over a century later, Bisanar is known as “the highest quality jeweler in North Carolina.” They maintain an antique and estate collection that features Edwardian, Victorian, art nouveau, art deco, retro, and plique à jour jewelry. The designer collection features pearls, diamonds, and other precious gemstones set in platinum, gold, and sterling by acclaimed designers, including Scott Kay, Mikimoto, and Alex Sepkus. Bisanar also has an impressive line of fine Swiss watches from names like Rayond Weil, Mont Blanc, and Cyma. In addition to jewelry, shoppers will enjoy browsing special occasion gifts, including designer evening bags and accessories, as well as fine crystal, silver, and porcelain from top-of-the-line brands, including Towle, Waterford, Lenox, Lunt, Reed & Barton, Cybis, and Boehm. The offerings here are extensive, but shoppers will never feel overwhelmed because at The Bisanar Company, “exemplary customer service is still the number one priority.”     

How’s that for a relaxing and rejuvenating retail therapy session! And that’s just a small sampling of what awaits you on the Downtown Hickory shopping scene. There’s plenty to more to explore. Hickory is chock-full of shops to help you check all the items off your holiday shopping list: clothing, jewelry, gifts, arts, crafts, wines, camping and sporting goods, and a whole lot more.

We all know the saying When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping. But in our view (from the beautiful Blue Ridge), we’d like to offer an alternative for an even happier lifestyle: When the going gets tough, the tough go to the mountains…. AND go shopping!

When you’re ready to up your happiness quotient, look no further than the mountains of Western North Carolina. You’ll find Smoky Mountain land for sale that’s surrounded by spectacularly scenic landscape and with access to an abundance of shops, restaurants, live music, art, and seasonal festivals and activities all in the Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir area.

We recommend you start your search at The Coves Mountain River Club in Lenoir NC. The beautiful historic town of Lenoir is just a quick drive from Hickory, and it’s one of the most charming mountain towns in North Carolina. When you settle into a home at The Coves in Lenoir, you’re treating yourself to a rare combination of mountain and river living with five miles of pristine river footage, spectacular scenic mountain views, and amenities for days.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule your visit. We’ll be happy to point you in the direction of all the best shopping so you can combine your tour of The Coves with a healthy dose of retail therapy.

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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