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The Morganton Restaurant Foodie Scene

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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.

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Morganton Friday Night Summer Concert Series Near The Coves

Morganton Festival

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

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

Schedule of concerts:

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

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

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

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

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

June 30—NO TGIF

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit.

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Morganton Heights – Great Stores, Great Choices

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Spring is right around the corner near the gated communities near Asheville. It’s time to dust off the hiking gear, plant beautiful new flowers, and take the pooch for a walk in warm, comfortable weather. The Morganton Heights shopping center is the perfect place to upgrade your outdoor equipment, build your summer wardrobe, have a delicious meal at the some of the best Morganton NC restaurants. Work up an appetite on the trails, then stop at HWY 55 for a hearty burger and fries. After a long walk around the neighborhood, take your canine to PetSmart to get groomed and pampered for an affordable price. With over 35 restaurants and retail stores, Morganton Heights has everything you need to get your spring started right.

Restaurants

  • El Portal – The best Mexican food in the foothills. All of their dishes are meticulously prepared with an authentic, yet mild flavor. Enjoy $2.00 shots and tacos on Taco & Tequila Tuesday!
  • HWY 55 – A fresh All-American diner experience with never-frozen burgers and frozen custard made in-house every day. The retro-themed chain has a 1950s soda-fountain look and every meal is served with a smile.
  • China King Buffet – One of the most unique dining experiences in Morganton. Patrons can enjoy sushi, hibachi, Asian, and American cuisine all in one big All You Can Eat buffet.
  • Di’Lishi Frozen Yogurt Bar – A cutting edge, fully-interactive yogurt bar where customers can creat their own tasty creations from ten different frozen yogurts and over sixty toppings ranging from fresh fruits to candies and chocolates. If you’re looking for a healthy after-dinner snack or something to satisfy your sweet tooth, Di’Lishi is the place for you.

Health and Personal Care

  • Sally Beauty –The largest retailer of professional beauty supplies in the world. Looking to save a little dough by dying your hair or doing your nails at home? Sally Beauty carries the biggest brand names in beauty products and offers exceptional benefits for members.
  • GNC – More than just a vitamin store. GNC has everything for your nutrition needs, including supplements, herbs, health food, protein bars, and more.
  • Great Clips – A casual salon offering haircuts for adults & kids along with professional styling products for sale. Visit the friendly staff at Morganton Heights for an affordable haircut today.

Clothing and Accessories 

  • Kay Jewelers – The #1 specialty jewelry brand in the United States featuring engagement rings, timepieces, and designer collections. They offer services including watch & jewelry repair, resizing, diamond upgrades & trade-ins, and jewelry cleaning & inspection.
  • Shoe Show – The latest in brand-name footwear and fashion. Shop women’s shoes, men’s shoes, kids’ shoes, boots, heels, sandals, handbags, and more.
  • TJ Maxx – The best place to save on style. From brand-name apparel and shoes to accessories, makeup, and more – TJ Maxx has it all, and at a discounted price so you can wear the latest trends without breaking your budget.

Home Improvements

  • Walmart Supercenter – America’s favorite superstore. Save on indoor and patio furniture, artwork and frames, and tools to get your spring garden in the best shape possible.
  • Mattress Firm – Great service for great sleep. Choose from a wide array of own-brand spring, memory foam, and adjustable mattresses. After you make your purchase, Mattress Firm will deliver your new bed right to your door and set it up free of charge.

Specialties Stores

  • Dick’s Sporting Goods – Find top brands, gear, and great deals for your sport. Dick’s carries all the equipment you need for everything from North Carolina trout fishing to hiking, swimming, and even golf.
  • Jo Ann Fabrics – The largest assortment of fabric, sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet, jewelry, and other crafts under one roof. Stock up on scrapbooking materials and capture those unforgettable family memories. Have a craft night with friends and make some Do-It-Yourself décor.
  • PetSmart – More than just a pet supply store. PetSmart offers quality products and accessories for a healthier, happier pet. Take your dog or cat to one of their academy-trained, safety-certified groomers for a light trim, a relaxing bath, or a deep moisturizing regimen for silkier fur.

Tucked away in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Morganton is a fun place that is full of history. Morganton was named after Brigadier General Daniel Morgan, a hero of the American Revolutionary war. The city was first named Morgansborough and changed to Morgantown before it finally became Morganton. Archaeologists discovered a historic Native American town known as Joara less than ten miles from downtown Morganton, occupied from 1400-1600 A.D. Morganton is also the setting of Master of the World, of the last novels written by French science fiction writer Jules Verne. The book describes Morganton as Verne saw it in the late 19th century.

Morganton Heights is one of the many fun places to visit in Morganton North Carolina. Dine, shop, and treat yourself to the perfect spring evening. If you’re looking for brand names at an affordable price, look no further than Morganton Heights. 

Morganton is just a twenty-minute drive from The Coves Mountain River Club. We are a vibrant mountain community who provide our residents with the perfect balance between rustic comfort and endless activities set against a picturesque landscape. We know our homegrown paradise is one of the best gated communities near Asheville you find. Why not come take a tour?

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 Time in Morganton North Carolina

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Silver Fork Vineyard – A Sparkling Gem in the Foothills NC

Silver Fork Vineyard and Winery

On your list of things to do in Morganton, NC, make sure to highlight a visit to Silver Fork Vineyard and Winery about 40 minutes from The Coves Mountain River Club. With pleasant surprises like this popping up around every corner, it’s no wonder the mountain towns in North Carolina draw people from all over the world to our scenic cradle of Americana.

The Silver Fork boutique vineyard in the foothills of the South Mountains, produces nine old world varietals on more than five acres of rolling landscape.  The wines are Bordeaux-style, and the setting is nothing short of majestic. Soon the mountains will be ablaze of color adding to the vineyard’s ambience.

When the owners were first looking for Western North Carolina land for sale several years ago and came upon this spot, where Silver Creek and White Fork Creek intersect, they were seeking a new direction for their lives.  Something about the location and the tranquil beauty moved them so deeply that they quit their careers in New Jersey and pull up stakes to come here and learn all there is to know about winemaking.

Soon, Silver Fork Winery became a favorite site for weddings, picnics and business meetings. Tours are popular, of course, and wine tastings on the patio are a regular feature.  Silver Fork wines are available for purchase by the glass, bottle and case.

Co-owner Jennifer Foulides says they meet people who sample their wine and comment that it “doesn’t taste like a Napa Cab”.   It could be manipulated in the winery to mimic a California cabernet but would then lose its North Carolina characteristics.  The range of annual rainfall allows for dry farming, and vintners have the additional advantages of 1,200 feet of elevation, southern-facing slopes and great drainage. There are no cold nights here to increase tannin levels, so Silver Fork’s cabernet is better as a wine to pair with food.

Larry Kehoe, who sold them the property, was well-known as a pioneer in North Carolina viticulture.  His vineyard dated back to 1992, and he was happy to help them begin the journey of learning and experimentation that led them to today’s level of success.

Silver Fork Winery hosts live music, Movies Under The Stars and other exciting events on a regular basis.  Check their web site for more details (http://www.silverforkwinery.com/events) or call (347) 739-2052.  You’ll even find your favorite food truck there on Saturday and Sunday.  If you’re looking for fun things to do in Morganton NC, make your way to 5000 Patton Road in Morganton.

We at The Coves Mountain River Club have a special affinity for Silver Fork.  Some of our residents make a visit there part of their annual wine tours in the mountain towns in North Carolina during the fall harvest season.  And our friend Chef Corey Hooks, a local celebrity chef, pairs their wines with locally grown food during the monthly cooking demonstrations at our Pisgah Mountain Lodge.

If you’re exploring Western North Carolina land for sale, we offer one of the best places in the state to retire.  Our location in Lenoir is just a short drive from a multitude of exciting adventures, from outdoor activities to entertainment to local culture and traditions. Many of our residents prefer to stay in Lenoir and enjoy the small town friendliness. Downtown Lenoir has a number of family-owned restaurants, home decor boutiques, breweries and one of the country’s largest displays of public art sculptures.

Come by and meet our first Artist-In-Residence, colorful Charlie Frye.  You’ll always find him in overalls covered in paint from the day’s creativity. He’s was commissioned to paint two quilt blocks on our Round Mountain Ranch barn and did a beautiful job! We’re hoping they’ll become part of the Quilt Block Trail of North Carolina, a collection of more than 200 such artworks across the mountains.  Charlie’s frequently at the lodge talk and teaching about art, what inspires him and showcasing a private art exhibit to property owners.

There’s always something to enjoy at The Coves Mountain River Club. From our guest lecture series, to 39 miles of hiking trails in Western NC with its breathtaking views and elevations and the limitless opportunities for outdoor activities of all kinds. Image every day having the chance to close your eyes, breath in fresh mountain air and realize you’ve finally found exactly the right place to live life to its fullest.

When you’re in the Lenoir area, come on by and take a tour.  We’ll have a glass of wine waiting for you and a chair, where you can sit, relax and watch the sun set over the mountains.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page Complimentary Magazine

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Root and Vine in Morganton NC

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Mountain towns in North Carolina offer all the appeal of living in nature’s splendor without forcing you to give up the opportunities afforded by a more urban existence. You’re never far from shopping, dining, medical care, culture centers, educational opportunities and so much more. So Western North Carolina land for sale has become a wise choice for people seeking the best of both worlds in their retirement years.

Visitors are often delighted to find that there are plenty of things to do in Morganton NC and surrounding areas. When you first visit Morganton‘s popular Root & Vine restaurant, you may be drawn there by the unique menu that perfectly blends the culinary tradition of France with Southern comfort food. Maybe you’ll hear from locals that it’s one of the area’s most popular places to eat. But chances are you won’t know the real story behind Root & Vine and the two remarkable people who brought it to life.

In 2011, Aimee Perez was general manager of a café in Hickory. And Brian Miller worked there as a line cook while he was enrolled in culinary training at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. The fact that they lived on the same street became the basis for conversation at first, but they soon learned they had similar goals and interests. Before long, Aimee and Brian began dating.

A day trip led them to Linville Gorge for swimming, and afterward they stopped in Morganton to eat. Enjoying lunch on a restaurant’s patio, they soon found themselves talking about the place’s untapped potential. There were relatively few tables, but the location at the corner of Union and King streets was ideal, and the ambiance of brick, big trees and plenty of shade was very inviting.

The two had already begun thinking in terms of opening their own restaurant, and when it came down to the details, they found that their visions and ideas were pretty much identical.

Brian was just weeks away from earning his diploma when they decided to go ahead and take the plunge. “I don’t think I would have had the courage to do it without her,” he now says.

First, there was research to be done. The two, armed with a legal pad, spent time on Union Street trying to learn the eating habits of people in Morganton. Was there anything missing – a need that a brand new restaurant could fill?

Around this time, the restaurant they had visited on their way home from Linville Gorge suddenly closed. Sensing that the time was right to pursue their dreams, they took over the property. It was a very old building, and Aimee and Brian soon found themselves ripping up old linoleum flooring, smashing wall mirrors and doing everything else necessary to bring it up-to-date. That included investing $60,000 in shoring up the foundation.

Today’s Root & Vine is a far cry from those beginnings. In fact, now it ranks among the best things to do in Morganton NC. Brian has used his childhood influences – the basic foods of after-church lunches in the South – to create entrees such as six-cheese macaroni and cheese, pork chops with Cheerwine barbecue sauce, seared duck, the iconic iceberg wedge salad, with its grilled lettuce topped with bleu cheese and chunks of smoked pork belly and of course North Carolina mountain trout. Consistent with what he and Aimee learned from their survey of the local populace, they offer a remarkable array of dishes that are uncomplicated yet contemporary.

Root & Vine is open Monday through Saturday at 139 West Union Street in Morganton. Lunch is served from 11:30 to 2:30, and dinner is from 5:00 to 9:30. Reservations are welcome. Call (828) 433-1540.

One of the more desirable mountain towns in North Carolina is Lenoir, home of The Coves Mountain River Club. With its setting on more than five miles of frontage of the Johns River near Wilson Creek, The Coves stands out as a uniquely beautiful place to live. Anyone considering the purchase of Western North Carolina land for sale should definitely take note of the many amenities at The Coves Mountain River Club.

Stop by, kick back with a free glass of wine and watch the sun set behind the mountains. This is life in the Western North Carolina foothills. This is yours to enjoy…at The Coves Mountain River Club.

Call us directly at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour.

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 of North Carolina.

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