Caldwell County Welcomes Dozens of New Businesses in 2017

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It’s no surprise Caldwell County is gaining the reputation of being the place to live the good life.  This past year has brought continued growth to the vibrant region, ensuring Lenoir, Hickory and Morganton as being the prime mountain towns in North Carolina for so many. 

Caldwell County has so much to offer those who live in gated communities near Asheville  NC, from the laid-back life style, to the mild four season weather that enhances the beauty of the landscape.  But the list doesn’t end there.  The towns in this region are graced with a cosmopolitan vibe, offering a variety of things to do in Lenoir NC.

And all of these perks are enhanced by a low cost of living as well as a convenient central location near Charlotte, Asheville and Winston-Salem!  It’s no wonder so many entrepreneurs and businesses are selecting this prime location as well as people who are longing to live a pleasurable lifestyle.

Here are some of the new businesses of 2017 that the community in the mountain towns in North Carolina celebrate as a promising new year approaches:


• Dunkin’ Donuts; Wilkesboro Boulevard and Lower Creek Drive; this Lenoir site will open in mid-to-late 2018; the convenient location was chosen since it’s close to Smith Crossroads—an area with great growth.  This will be a full-service Dunkin’ Donuts, with a drive-thru and will provide jobs to 20-30 people.  Three more Dunkin’ Donut stores are opening in Hickory, Marion and Morganton.

• Chick-Fil-A; 116 Wilkesboro Blvd SE, Lenoir; the grand opening recognized its first 100 customers last February who were eager to taste the delicious chicken sandwiches, strips and nuggets, as well as the salads and sides.

• Healthy Home Market; 1208 Hickory Boulevard, in the old Just$ave Foods building; a grocer promoting health and specialty foods.

• Dairy Queen– 344 Blowing Rock Blvd, Lenoir; this nostalgic franchise is the first in North Carolina.


• Hampton Inn and Suites; Wilkesboro Boulevard, Lenoir. This will be a four-story hotel and projected completion is early 2018 for those who are looking for a comfortable night’s sleep while away from home.

Automobile Services:

• White Tire Center; corner of Pennton and Harper in Lenoir in the old Firestone Service Center.

• Honda Motorcycle, ATV Dealership; 4625 Hickory Boulevard; expected to be open by early 2018, and will be the only Honda Powerhouse Level 5 dealership in NC. “The company initially will have 15 employees, with projected growth to 30 employees within two years of opening. Along with motorcycles, ATVs, and side by sides, the business will also offer lawn equipment, generators, street and trail bikes, and a large selection of used models.”


• Golden Ticket Cinemas LLC Movie Theater; Morganton Boulevard, Lenoir.  The first movie planned this winter is the new Star Wars movie.  Golden Ticket will intends show first-run movies on two screens.  Complete renovation of the theater—seats, curtains, lighting, and sound.


• Bargain Hunt; a discount merchandise retailer, offering clothing, shoes, electronics and other items.  The store is located in the Lenoir Festival Shopping Center at 330 Blowing Rock Blvd.


• The RiverCrest Medical Park, located off U.S. 321 across from Walmart in Granite Falls on 160 Riverbend Drive; comprehensive medical practices and specialists, the site also hosts a PLUS Urgent Care.

Products and Services:

• Blue Ridge Energy— 1216 Blowing Rock Blvd., offering electric, propane and fuels and appliances.

• 80 Acres Farm–expanded in the former Hollin Gate Building on York View Court in Granite Falls; hydroponic farming operation.

• Ryan-Al Doors Systems; Clover Drive and U.S. 321; specialty manufacturer of fiberglass doors moved from Zhejiang, China to Lenoir; expected to create 53 jobs.  The building once had been used for furniture manufacturing but in recent years has mainly been used for storage, owner Bob Greene told the Commerce team.


• Aiken Controls; moved and expanded from Realty Street to West Avenue, Lenoir; designs control panels for manufacturing machinery.

2017 was an incredibly successful year for Caldwell County, and 2018 promises to deliver more positive growth for the folks who call the mountain towns in North Carolina home.  When you find yourself with some free time to discover things to do in Lenoir NC, make sure you place Caldwell County on the top of your list.

Perhaps you’re considering relocating to the gated communities near Asheville, like The Coves longing for a outdoor lifestyle, and more space with a spectacular mountain view, from the foothills to the High Country, as well as an unending source of cultural stimulation to ensure your finger’s on the pulse of what’s current. 

Caldwell County honors tradition while continuing to move forward.  Stroll the streets of these quaint towns and you’ll find the perfect blend of art, history and entertainment.  The friendly folks here adore keeping busy with things to do in Lenoir NC, and the many annual events are proof of their spirit—bluegrass jams, festivals and celebrations happen throughout the year. Soak up the good life and the old fashioned vibe in Caldwell County.  Come and visit– see for yourself what an affordable and sweet life could be yours too.

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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Apples, Pumpkins and Hot Chocolate Deliciousness

This is the sweetest time of year to enjoy an outdoor stroll while sipping hot chocolate or indulging in homemade treats made by a friend and loved one. Lenoir North Carolina is an easy walking mountain town that has four mild seasons and a rarely a blanket of snow, that when it does, it doesn’t stick.

It’s when we love to wear our wool socks, soft cashmere sweaters, and sip hot apple cider in the NC mountain communities. And at night at this time of the year, the clear sky reveals millions of stars to make a Christmas wish upon.

Did you know the Lenoir-Hickory-Morganton metropolitan area is filled with delicious bakeries, in addition to apple orchards and pumpkin patches that are fun for the whole family?

If you’re looking for a Pumpkin Spice cupcake or a smooth cup of hot chocolate, look no further than these stellar restaurants and bakeries found within minutes of the gated communities near Asheville NC. Here’s a few of our favorites:

Cornerstone Bakery

(2131 N Center St. Hickory, NC | (828) 324-9994) – Locally owned and family operated, Cornerstone has a wide selection of cupcakes, cookies, cake truffles, cinnamon buns, danishes, brownies, and more. 4-5 new cupcake flavors are unveiled each week. Stop by and try a homemade warm Red Velvet cookie or their famous tiramisu.

Café Rule

(242 11th Ave NE Hickory, NC | (828) 324-2005) – Café Rule has one motto: “Life is Short. Have Dessert.” The bakery portion of the restaurant offers Pecan Pie Cheesecake, Nilla Wafer Bread Pudding, a Warm Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich, a Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownie, and their signature Strawberry Fool, which is stewed strawberries on Texas toast topped with whipped cream.

Highland Coffeehouse

(113 Main St NW Lenoir, NC) – Do you like good coffee, great atmosphere, and even better hot chocolate? Highland Coffeehouse is a cute café spot that has fresh baked goods, locally sourced coffee, and White Hot Chocolate. Bring your laptop and do a little work outside of the house, or come later in the evening for performances from local acts.

My Local Bakery

(109 N Sterling St. Morganton, NC | (828) 432-7343) – This sweet spot offers hot Apple Cider, Hot Chocolate, Apple Turnovers, Apple Uglies, cannolis, full-sized cakes, and gourmet jumbo cupcakes. There are even special occasion cakes available for your dog! Custom cake options are available as well.

Abele’s Family Restaurant

(2115 S Sterling St. Morganton, 28655 | (828) 433 – 5400)  – Abele’s offers many different delicious desserts including apple pie, Hot Apple Dumplings, pecan pie, cheesecake, carrot cake, and fresh strawberry pie. Come on down and order an Old Fashioned Milkshake with your slice!

If you enjoy hayrides, corn mazes and picnics while you’re looking for NC mountain cabins or sale, these three spots in our area your family will love:

Hickory Nut Gap Farm

(57 Sugar Hollow Road Fairview, NC) – The Hickory Nut Gap farm has dozens of Fall festivities that are fun for the whole family. This includes The Corn Maze, Hay Climb, Kiddie Cart Rides, Petting Zoo, Hay Rides, Horse Rides, and more. Visit the pumpkin patch and apple orchard and head home ready for pumpkin carving and pie baking. There are also barn dances every Friday from 6-9.

Apple Hill Orchard Cider Mill

(2075 Pleasant Hill Avenue Morganton, NC) – Apple Hill provides a fun time for the whole family. Tour the Cider Mill, browse the country store, pick from dozens of apple varieties, or enjoy freshly baked pies and friend apples from the bakery.

Perry Lowe Orchards

(8741 NC Hwy 16 N Moravian Falls, NC | (828) 632 – 7913) – Perry Lowe pasteurizes their own apple cider. Try Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, Suncrisp, Goldrush, and a Mix cider made up of 4 different apples. Perry Lowe also dries their own apples, and has dried apples available in over 10 different varieties. Tours are by appointment only.

Lenoir is also home to The Coves Mountain River Club, gaining a reputation as one of the best gated communities near Asheville NC. Our perfect mountain paradise has a community garden and vineyard, miles and miles of hiking trails, a full service equestrian center, a mountaintop lodge with beautiful sunset views looking over an infinity-view swimming pool, and more.

If you’ve been looking into NC mountain cabins for sale, look no more. We can quickly build them in all shapes and sizes. Choose from stunning views of Grandfather Mountain and Table Rock Mountain, live near the crystal clear Johns Creek, or among the fresh air forest with a private wooded setting.

Come check out one of the most dazzling NC mountain communities in the Carolinas. On December 2, 2017 is our last Cook-off competition of the year at our stunning mountain summit clubhouse. The delicious theme is apple pie and chilli and you’re invited.

Call us at 828.754.0700 for more info and to schedule a tour!

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Woodworking Clubs and Classes in the NC Foothills

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It’s no wonder woodworking’s a popular pastime in this area. With over 20 miles of wood furniture plants and stores, Hickory is known as the “Furniture Capital of the World” and has been since the 1890’s. Among the fun things to do in Hickory NC is participating in woodworking clubs and events that attract both experienced craftsmen and beginners to get together and work on their projects.

Hickory’s is about a half hour’s drive from The Coves Mountain River Club, and we find a lot of our residents make the trip on a regular basis to pick up woodworking supplies and mingle with others who share their passion.

Many began wood carving early in life, perhaps picking up skills from a parent, other relative or mentor.  We find many happy to share their knowledge and offer suggestions for ways to do things that might not be apparent to those who are just getting started.  And they’re open to ideas from others, as well. They understand that, like any craft, woodworking is a lifelong learning process.

Some choose to take up woodworking full-time when they retire, having had little time to devote to hobbies while busy with work and raising a family.  And when they’re looking at North Carolina mountain homes for sale, these woodworkers have made sure there would be sufficient space for the hand tools and equipment they will need.

When you spend some time with anyone who does this for fun or for a living, and you’re likely to hear about the intoxicating smell of newly-cut wood, the deep satisfaction that comes with making something beautiful, and maybe the reward of using your talents to help others.  One of the benefits of joining a woodworking club is the chance to be a part of group volunteer efforts to support the needy and other worthy causes.  That can involve making wooden toys, shelves, or even furniture.  When people with various skill levels are available, there’s always someone who can solve whatever problem might arise.

The beginning woodworker should learn how to design and plan, evaluate the mechanical characteristics and artistic appeal of various woods, and understand completely the functions and necessary safety procedures for any tool used in the process.  Appalachian State University in Boone, about 30 miles northwest of The Coves Mountain River Club, teaches more advanced woodworking classes to develop your abilities.

Motives for woodworking vary according to the goals of those pursuing the craft.  Some may specialize in larger, more ornate projects, while others devote their time to creating accent pieces, art or whatever else strikes their fancy.  And still others may be focused upon the financial aspect – making things to be sold.

Woodcraft, if marketed correctly, can be a good source of income.  There are many ways to approach it, but of course it’s important that you make things people want to buy.  Items that have proved to be popular sellers include custom signs, quality wooden toys, birdhouses and unique picture frames. On a large scale, some make dining tables or carve statues out of timber.

If you’re thinking about taking up woodworking, here’s some help tips. Once you have enough inventory to start selling, look for things to do in Hickory NC and surrounding towns that bring out potential customers, such as craft shows, flea markets, folk and music festivals and similar events.   You’ll find plenty of those going on in the foothills.  A good rule of thumb for pricing is to charge four times the cost of your materials.

The internet’s another good place to market your work, whether it’s on your own web site or one or more of the popular selling sites such as eBay and Etsy.  You can see what others have done and possibly get some good ideas.  And check your local library for a book on how to start a craft business.

Lifelong learning keeps us vital, and woodworker’s know it stimulates both the mind and the body.  As a hobby, there’s no stress because you can work when you feel like it and stop whenever you want to.  And in the end, you have something you’ve made with your own hands that you can be proud of. Perhaps the next treasured family heirloom.

At The Coves Mountain River Club, many of our North Carolina mountain homes for sale and those under construction showcase woodworking craftsmanship. Situated in a forest, we have all types of wood and timber to learn about and try your hand at.

We enjoy year-round mild weather, gorgeous scenery and a wealth of opportunity for indoor and outdoor activities.  There’s always something to do! No matter what your woodworking skill level may be, living here provides you with easy access to the people and resources you need to make the most of your woodworking hobby.

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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Christmas Parades in Asheville and Surrounding Towns

Christmas Parades Asheville

The charming mountain towns of North Carolina know just how to usher in the holiday season with festive warmth, a community spirit, and joyful celebration. Now is that time of year when the days are growing shorter and if you’re like us, you’re dusting off your snow shoes and shining your snow skis as you’re drinking a warm mug of hot chocolate.

There’s nothing like good old fashioned tradition to bring back the holidays of our childhood—whether it’s our grandmother’s cranberry stuffing recipe, the yearly pilgrimage to cut down the perfect Christmas tree, or gathering on the quaint streets of town with those near and dear to be a part of the holiday parade. A happy time that will likely make you giggle.

If you’re just beginning the exciting search for North Carolina mountain homes for sale, why not time your exploration in the North Carolina mountain communities  during these cheery and festive Christmas parades:

Downtown Lenoir – 6:30 pm

  • C.O.L. Christmas Parade
  • Saturday, November, 25, 2017
  • Friday, December 1, 2017

“With over 200 entries, the Lenoir Christmas parade has become a much loved holiday tradition with university and high school band performances, numerous floats , community groups, businesses and of course Santa float is the grand finale!  Don’t miss this holiday happening!”

Hickory Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

  • Friday, November 17, 2017
  • 222 Union Square 6 pm-8:30 pm

Santa and Mrs. Claus will light the Christmas tree after the parade.  Music and visits with Mr. and Mrs. Claus continues under the Sails on the Square.

Downtown Morganton Christmas Parade

  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – 6 pm
  • Theme Seussify Morganton (Dr. Seuss)

“Please join the Morganton Downtown Development Association as they present the Downtown Morganton Christmas Parade! Each year there are over 100 entries in the parade. This includes floats, marching bands as well as characters of all shapes and sizes to greet the younger viewers. The excitement of the parade and the Christmas season is contagious!” The parade route begins at corner of E. Meeting Street and proceeds northwest up S. Green, left on Collett Street, left onto S. Sterling Street, ending on W. Concord Street.

Sawmills Annual Christmas Parade

  • Saturday, December 2, 2017
  • Line up begins on Helena Street @9:30 am; parade begins at 10 am

Travels from 321A @ intersection of Cajah’s Mountain Road/Mission Road toward Granite Falls to Pregis Corp. on 321A.

Annual Downtown Granite Falls Christmas Parade

  • Saturday, December 2, 2017 – 12 pm-2 pm

Sponsored by the town of Granite Falls Rotary Club; this year’s theme “Movie Time Christmas” (Favorite Christmas Movie).  Registration forms to be in the parade can be picked up at the Granite Falls Police Department.

Hudson Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 2, 2017 – 2 pm

“From the middle school to the First Baptist Church north of Town. Church and Civic groups join antique cars, beauty queens, South Caldwell Band, fire departments and much more.”

Downtown Asheville Holiday Parade

Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 11 am

This year’s theme—Light up the Holidays.  Celebrating 70 years, the parade features 100 entries including marching bands, dance and cheer squads and festive floats.  A ninety-minute parade with entertainment for all ages. One mile route–Charlotte Street up Biltmore towards Pack Square; left on Patton and ends on French Broad Street After the parade photos with Santa from 2-4 pm at The Grove Arcade. 6 pm—Lighting of Winter Lights trees at Pack Square.

Living in the mountain towns of North Carolina at this time of year is a time full nostalgia. When time spent with family and friends makes the world more beautiful. The white-dusted mountains of the High Country provide a scenic backdrop along with Norman Rockwell-like towns lighted up for Christmas. Places where you can snuggle up by a cozy fire and enjoy a glass of wine. This is everyday life in the North Carolina mountain communities.

And at Christmas time, whether you’re browsing for the perfect unique holiday gifts, or gathering with friends, family and the community to take in a Christmas parade, there is a whole season chock full of joyous events to jot down on your calendar you won’t want to miss. In fact, if your searching for North Carolina mountain homes for sale, this is an incredible time of year to visit and take in all the decorations and magical lights and get yourself in the holiday spirit.

Only by visiting the mountain towns in North Carolina will you come to feel and sense the warm and welcoming nature of these close-knit communities.  Our towns have held onto their historic charm while creating new and unique shopping, dining and recreational opportunities. 

Why not take a peek at our gated mountain community while you’re here looking at North Carolina mountain homes for sale? Here’s a move-in ready home for sale with sweeping mountain views on Waterfall Lane priced at $699,900 with 3 spacious bedrooms, 2.5 baths, an office and a gracious 3,350 square feet of space.

This could be the perfect Craftsman-style home you’ve been searching for. Set on 2.25 acres, the home has sweeping views of Grandfather and Brown Mountains, as well as Table Rock.  The great room, porches and hot tub all look out over the majestic mountain view.  In addition, the builder has added touches most hope for–tons of storage closets, a temperature-controlled floor attic, and a whole house generator. You couldn’t ask for a sweeter location– overlooking 500,000 acre Pisgah National Forest and nearby Wilson Creek, a federally designated Scenic and Wild River.

Or perhaps you’ve always dreamed of designing your own mountain home with a state-of-the-art kitchen to gather with family as you create your favorite meals, or a stone fireplace to illuminate your master bedroom, and a great room filled with comfy oversized chairs and surround sound to play your favorite music while kicking back. Our design team will make the process easy and seamless. Take a peek at a few of the builder floor plans available.

When you visit The Coves, you’ll discover why we rival many of North Carolina mountain communities you’ve seen and we offer a better value!

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour. 

Tags: Festivals | Hickory | Lenoir | Morganton

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

Become a Beekeeper, Brewer or Mixologist Near Lenoir

NC mountain communities

Back when we were kids, seems like everyone was always asking what we wanted to do with the rest of our lives. “What will you be when you grow up? Fireman, ballerina, doctor, nurse?” They made it seem like we had to pick just one.

These days, with the benefit of age and wisdom on our side, we’ve got this life thing pretty much figured out. Now when someone asks us what we want to do with the rest of our lives, the answer is “What don’t we want to do!” Or as some folks like to say, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Thanks to lifelong learning programs like the ones you find in the mountain towns in North Carolina, it’s easier than ever to keep on dreaming, keep on learning, keep on doing the things you’ve always wanted to do. Want to be a beekeeper? Brew your own beer? Learn a new language? You’ve come to the right place!

Like all the best goings-on in the uniquely charming NC mountain communities, even personal enrichment comes with that distinctive mountain-town flair. You’ll find some truly extraordinary learning opportunities here – like beekeeping classes! Yup, we’re serious. Our local college really does offer them! Along with classes in beer-brewing, mixology, motorcycle safety, and plenty of other topics that appeal to mountain lovers of all ages.

If you’re a lifelong learner who knows the value of expanding your horizons, you’ll want to sign up for one of these fun and stimulating courses at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. They’re offered as part of the college’s continuing education program. You may already be familiar with the two CCC&TI campuses in Hudson and Boone. Maybe your kids or grandkids are among the 16,000 students who study each year at CCC&TI, where academic programs range from business to law enforcement to liberal arts to nuclear medicine technology.

But did you know this 53-year-old educational institution also offers personal enrichment courses for those of us who want to keep on learning well into our retirement years? CCC&TI’s motto is Educational Opportunities for All. Their mission to “foster academic and civic enrichment” includes a focus on lifelong learning. And that’s great news for all of us!

If you’re ready to learn new skills or sharpen the ones you already have, be sure to check out CCC&TI’s personal enrichment courses, which are offered throughout the year on both campuses. Online registration makes it easy to get started. Current offerings include:

This short course is getting a lot of buzz! Students are introduced to the basics of hobby beekeeping. They’ll learn about the different types of bees, basic beehive and frame construction, beekeeping tools, hive management, and honey production.

Cheers! This course teaches the fundamentals of beer and the brewing process, including basic ingredients, brewing and fermentation, bottling, sanitation and cleaning methods, tasting and critique.

Want to know more about the art and craft of mixing drinks? This course will teach you how to make a variety of mixed drinks, from the classic favorites to the more exotic cocktails, and will let you in on some of the best tricks of the trade!

Both American Sign Language (ASL) and Spanish classes are currently offered. The introductory ASL course is designed for students who want to work with the Deaf community or learn how to communicate with deaf family or friends. The Spanish classes are offered at three levels: Conversational I, Conversational II, and Spanish for Healthcare Providers.

Get yer motor runnin’… Join one of three class levels – Basic, Experienced, Advanced – to sharpen your safety skills, master the rules of the road, and learn the best strategies for minimizing risk when you ride. 

It’s always a good idea to brush up on the basics of good driving, and this 4-hour course (offered weekly) can help you do it. It may also help you reduce the charges on certain traffic violations in any county that recognizes the NC Safety and Health Council program.

The Hudson campus of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute is located on 98 acres off Highway 321 in Hudson NC. This is where you’ll want to take your courses if you live in, NC mountain communities near Lenoir, Granite Falls, or Hickory. If you’re closer to Boone or Blowing Rock, you may want to study at the Watauga campus, located off Highway 105 on Community College Drive. There’s also a Continuing Education Center on Bamboo Road in Boone. Whichever location you choose, you’re guaranteed a fun and memorable learning experience at a college that’s committed to learning excellence and educational opportunities for all.

Mountain living means waking up every day knowing the sky’s the limit. And when you live under a crystal Blue Ridge sky in one of the many lovely gated communities near Asheville NC – like those in Lenoir, Hickory, Blowing Rock, or Boone – you’ll awake each day to a life of truly extraordinary opportunities.

Lifelong learning in Lenoir is particularly wonderful when you’re living at The Coves Mountain River Club. This is a vibrant community of mountain lovers who know how to live life to the fullest. That’s why they’ve chosen a dream home in the foothills of NC, where beautifully designed estates with spacious floor plans offer long-range views of Table Rock, Grandfather Mountain, and Pisgah National Forest, guaranteeing a picturesque indulgence out every window or private wooded estates set in a forest.

Folks living at The Coves relish their social and recreational activities year-round in this mountain-river paradise, where the neighborhood lodge, community garden and vineyard, and exercise facility provide dozens of ways to socialize with neighbors and friends. Unless, of course, you’re in the mood for peace and solitude, in which case, a glorious escape to the horse stables, some sun salutations on a yoga mat at waterfall park, or a leisurely walk with the family pup along miles of hiking and biking trails might be the order of the day.

And when it’s time to follow up with homework from last night’s personal enrichment class at CCC&TI, The Coves residents might choose to read their course materials in the shade of a quiet garden gazebo, or practice their new mixology skills by hosting a tasting party with neighbors at the Pisgah Mountain Lodge. We’re pretty sure they’ll be more than happy to sample an exotic cocktail or two!

The adage is true – If you can dream it, you can do it! And there’s no better place to dream or to do than The Coves Mountain River Club in Lenoir NC.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule your visit to this one-of-a-kind gated mountain community where new and exciting opportunities are yours for the taking, and beautiful Blue Mountain horizons are yours to broaden!

If you’re exploring real estate in the mountain towns in North Carolina for the first time, ask for our 84-page complimentary Western North Carolina Relocation Guide, which gives you more information about living in the foothills.

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