Caldwell County Welcomes Dozens of New Businesses in 2017

things to do in Lenoir NC

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.

Tags: Hickory | Lenoir | Morganton

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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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

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

The Kitchen Connection and Wine Shop Spices Up Morganton

Morganton NC shoppingHello Morganton! Are you ready to spice up your life? Then you should know about a local hot spot on the Morganton NC shopping scene that’s “your connection to the good things in life.” They’ve got sugar and spice and everything nice. And by “nice” we mean an incredibly nice selection of the finest in gourmet arabica coffee beans, loose-leaf teas, award-winning wines, plus gifts and gadgets galore.

The Kitchen Connection & Wine Shop is now located at 108 West Union Street in Downtown Morganton right next to Yianni’s Restaurant. Although the Grand Opening for this Downtown shop took place just 10 months ago (September 2016), owner, Pamela Saunders, and her husband, Keith, are not exactly new to the task of serving up the finest in culinary merchandise to customers in Morganton. This powerhouse husband-and-wife entrepreneurial team have been in business for 22 years running The Kitchen Connection, which has even earned Ms. Saunders the Burke County Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Cornerstone Award for Female-Owned Business of the Year.

Having already built a time-honored relationship with customers at the original Sanford Drive location in Morganton and from neighboring North Carolina mountain communities, this new Kitchen Connection location prompted Saunders to rebrand and expand! The new Downtown store has additional square footage that provides a more comfortable and enjoyable shopping experience for customers who like to browse, taste, sip, and shop.

As for rebranding, The Kitchen Connection has added “Wine Shop” to its name and, with it, a slew of extra offerings to spice things up and keep this small business growing and thriving in a town of foodies and wine lovers. Known for 22 years as the local shop that offers the best in party supplies, custom gift baskets, kitchen tools and top-of-the line cookware, The Kitchen Connection & Wine Shop has some great new features to keep customers “connected to the good things in life.” These new offerings include:

WINE STATION offers wine by the glass

The Wine Shop has a great selection of bottles to choose from. But for those who want to take-a-break-and-partake, wine is sold by the glass and dispensed from an innovative in-house Wine Station. Manufactured by Napa Technologies of California, this sophisticated wine preservation and dispensing system uses state-of-the-art software to cool each glass to the optimal temperature, allowing customers to savor the flavor of each glass just as the wine maker intended. Saunders is excited to offer the Wine Station at her new Morganton Wine Shop. “There are very few of these Wine Stations in Western North Carolina,” she says, “and we hope it will add to the appeal of our downtown, helping to attract more visitors to our area.” With so many wine lovers in the mountain towns in North Carolina, we bet they’ll be lining up to give Saunders’s Wine Station a try!

WINE TASTINGS let you “Sip ‘n’ Shop”

Living up to their philosophy of “drink what you enjoy,” The Kitchen Connection & Wine Shop invites customers to explore their inner sommelier by doing a “Sip ‘n’ Shop” through the store on Fridays and Saturdays when a few bottles of wine are uncorked for in-store tastings. On select dates, wine distributors might even be available on site to answer questions and offer tips for pairings.

The Kitchen Connection & Wine Shop staff are always on a mission to find great, inexpensive wines to offer their customers at discounted rates. In addition to offering popular favorites from California, Italy, and France – which include a selection Pino Noir, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Shiraz, and Chardonnay – they source and sell Cakebread, Caymus, Rombauer, and other outstanding boutique wines. Their diverse selection of wines sets them apart from the competition and has earned them Best Wines in Burke awards for six consecutive years. But they don’t stop there! The owners continue to attend trade shows, visit wineries (as far away as the Pacific Northwest), and work closely with distributors to find distinctive wines they can bring back to their customers at 5-20% savings.

COFFEE CLUB members get peak flavor and freshness… and some free beans!

The Kitchen Connection doesn’t just serve up a great cup o’ Joe. They’re masters at understanding – and explaining to customers – what the art of coffee is all about. From sourcing, cultivating, and growing to brewing, freezing, storing, and grinding the beans, the experts at The Kitchen Connection know what’s best at every step in the process. And when it comes to roasting, The Kitchen Connection ensures their coffees are roasted delivered on schedule so they arrive fresh and vacuum-packed in Mylar bags to preserve peak flavor and freshness. They offer a variety of beans and unique seasonal flavors, and they’ll grind the beans up fresh for each customer. Java lovers who join the Coffee Club and purchase 10 pounds of coffee will receive their 11th pound for free!

That’s just a sampling of what you’ll find in this foody-friendly all-things-kitchen shop. But don’t take our word for it. Visit The Kitchen Connection & Wine Shop for yourself. Next time you’re in Downtown Morganton, stop by and explore row after row of cookware, bakeware, and cast-iron pots; kitchen gadgets, barware, grilling supplies; mouth-watering condiments, jams, crackers, and salsas; beautiful linens, ceramics, and glassware for everyday use or entertaining; and uniquely designed gift baskets tailored to your tastes and occasions. And be sure to take advantage of the Wine Station, Sip ‘n’ Shop Tastings, and Coffee Club.

Morganton is a mountain-town hot-spot with some of the coolest shops and restaurants in Western North Carolina. The growth of these local small businesses is just one reason Morganton’s culturally rich Downtown area attracts so many neighbors from nearby North Carolina mountain communities, including The Coves Mountain River Club.

Just a short drive from Morganton is Lenoir, one of the most charming mountain towns in North Carolina. And this is where you’ll find The Coves, a scenic gated mountain-river community with a collection of beautifully crafted homes with chic elegant-yet-rustic designs, breezy floorplans, and picturesque windows that open up to spectacular views of Grandfather Mountain and the Johns River. Neighbors here are the first to boast about this quiet but lively community that serves up an endless stream of year-round recreational activities, including hiking, fishing, biking, horseback riding, wine making, community gardening, swimming, and pool-side yoga.

Talk about spicing up your life! The Coves is where mountain meets river, and relaxation meets invigoration. It’s your key to your very own heaven-in-the-foothills lifestyle, where the climate is always pleasant, each season is more beautiful than the last, and your quiet mountain retreat comes with quick access to vibrant North Carolina mountain communities with your choice of cool shops, restaurants, museums, theatres, and night life. That’s mountain living done right!

Visit The Coves Mountain River Club and find out how to spice up your life with a new mountain property of your own. While you’re here, be sure to stop by The Kitchen Connection & Wine Shop in Downtown Morganton.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule your visit.

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

Tags: Morganton | Shopping & Antique Hunting

The Morganton Restaurant Foodie Scene


Morganton, part of the Lenoir-Hickory-Morganton metropolitan area, is one of the most beautiful and bustling mountain towns in North Carolina. What many folks might not know is the city is rich with small businesses and family-owned restaurants – including breweries, wineries, coffee shops, cafes, and more – perfect for foodies who want to escape the dullness and predictability of restaurant chains.

Below is a list of Morganton NC restaurants who provide some of the best and most unique dining experiences for gated communities near Asheville NC:

Fonta Flora offers locally sourced and award-winning craft beer with an emphasis on seasonal flora, bringing English tradition and Belgian inspiration to Appalachia. Patrons can enjoy a warm, relaxed atmosphere with music from local musicians on select nights. Address: 317 N Green St. Phone: 828-413-1183

Wisteria Gastropub 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. Address: 108 E Meeting St. Phone: 828-475-6200

Root & Vine combines scratch preparations with traditional French technique and southern practicalities to create delicious fare. They work with the local farmer’s market, local growers, and fish purveyors to ensure the highest quality cuisine possible. They offer a full bar including 42 craft beers, 20+ bottled beers, 100+ wine offerings, and a unique list of cocktails. Address: 139 West Union ST. Phone: 828-433-1540

King Street Café offers fine dining, including Asian, French, and southern cusisine, at an affordable price. Set in an elegant Victorian home, patrons enjoy a warm and inviting atmosphere including low lights, fresh flowers, and imaginative local art. Address: 207 South King St. Phone: 828-475-6188

The Grind Café offers a wide variety of specialty coffee in a hip atmosphere with gourmet quality breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. On the weekends, patrons can enjoy Tapas, live music, and a fine assortment of craft brews and wine. Address: 136 W Union St. Phone: 828-430-4343

Abele’s Family Restaurant is a family-friendly restaurant and candy store serving hearty American comfort food and nostalgic décor. Patrons can enjoy a salad and hot buffet bar, homemade desserts, and a friendly atmosphere all at an affordable price. Address: 2115 S Sterling St. Phone: 828-433-5400

Treat Restaurant and Bar 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. Inspired by creativity, innovation and a deep desire to “treat” people with food and fun, Treat’s style emphasizes fresh, new and artistic plates with distinctive Spanish, Asian and Italian influences. Address: 100 W Sterling St. Phone: 828-475-1082

Morganton is conveniently located near one of the best gated mountain communities in the Western NC area, our Coves Mountain River Club. Only a twenty-minute drive away, Morganton’s close proximity to The Coves adds another dining venue to a fun and relaxing life in the foothills.

Residents enjoy a variety of cuisines, craft beer and wine, and unique dining experiences after hiking along the Johns River, taking a dip in Coleton’s Swimming Hole, or riding horses along the many scenic trails. People love the spectacular mountain views, friendly community atmosphere, first classes amenities – and foodies can rest easy knowing a wide array of delicious fare is right around the corner.

Morganton just scratches the surface of outstanding restaurants near The Coves! Stop by, tour our mountain community and we’ll share more of our delicious foodie secrets with you.

Call 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour.

Tags: Morganton | Restaurants & Breweries