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2017 Morganton Festival – TGIF Concert Series

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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