Green Park Inn – Blowing Rock Historic Landmark

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Green Park Inn, located at 9239 Valley Boulevard in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, is one of the few remaining “Grand Manor Hotels” in the region. This quaint inn has enjoyed a long history, first opening in 1891, and continues providing nostalgia and charm to those who are fortunate enough to stay beneath its roof.  For those who welcome discovering more about the history of Blowing Rock NC, why not book your reservations for 2018 at the second oldest resort hotel and give yourself something incredible to look forward to with friends, family, or your special someone.

This illustrious hotel has pampered many renowned artists, writers, movie stars and even presidents, who chose the High Country to luxuriate, relax and unwind.  Check this guest book:  J.D. Rockefeller, Eleanor Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Annie Oakley and Margaret Mitchell who wrote many pages of Gone with the Wind during her stay. Old photographs, antiques and furnishings add to the collective charm.  Grab a rocking chair and sit for a spell on the inn’s front porch after you’ve spent a day packed with Blowing Rock NC activities.  There’s nothing better than a cup of coffee or a cocktail while you gaze out on the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains.

For those of you who know a little about the history of Blowing Rock NC, three Lenoir businessmen were inspired to open the inn on a large plot of land known as Green Park. The original hotel had three floors of over 73,000 feet, the only post office for the area, (some of it has been preserved to this day) a restaurant and bar.  The “golf wing” was added in the late 1950s with larger accommodations and balconies.   In 1982 the hotel earned the prestige of being included on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 2010 its new owners refurbished, refurnished and repaired this cherished piece of our region’s history, knowing there were a lot of folks looking for things to do in Blowing Rock NC

There are now 88 guest rooms with more coming soon.  And it’s no wonder why more rooms will be needed—considering the inn is located in such a prime spot—at the gateway of the Blue Ridge National Parkway.  Landscaping has also made the outdoors more lush and open.  Inside you’ll find a 300 person conference room along with a smaller meeting room for 50-60 people.    A fitness room awaits you when the mood strikes to get in some exercise…perhaps to burn off the delicious fare offered from the Chestnut Grille or the Divide Tavern where you are certain to love the casual mountain dining experience.

Sample the Grille’s popular wines in a warm space graced with reclaimed American Chestnut, or sip a beer or refreshing cocktail in the Tavern which straddles the Eastern Continental Divide.

A selection of some of the inn’s fare: corn bread, fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, sweet tea brined fried chicken, and local trout.

Be sure to relax in the lobby on weekend evenings to the live piano while you sip your drink.

When you’re searching for things to do in Blowing Rock NC, visit the Green Park Inn’s website.  The accommodations blend the sweetness of another time with the comfort we love today—Wi-Fi, HDTV, Keurigs, and the ultimate in comfy bedding.


• Standard Room; Queen-sized bed. Comfortably-appointed and located in the “historic section.” Some rooms face the street; no mountain views available. Pet-friendly options available by reservation on a first-come, first-serve basis.

• Deluxe Room; Queen, King, or two Queen-sized beds. Many of these rooms located in the “historic section” with no mountain views, and some rooms face the street. May involve stairs. Pet-friendly options available by reservation on a first-come, first-serve basis.

• Superior Room; King or two Queen-sized beds; private balcony overlooking the yard and golf course. Adjoining rooms available upon request and availability. May involve stairs. Pet- friendly options are available by reservation on a first-come, first-serve basis.

• Junior Suites; King-sized bed with a Queen-sized sleeper sofa in separate sitting room. Located in the “historic section” with no mountain views. May involve stairs.

• Balcony Suites; King-sized bed with a Queen-sized sleeper sofa in separate sitting room. Balcony overlooks yard and golf course. May involve stairs.

• Victorian Suite; elegantly-appointed with a lovely open air environment and Jacuzzi tub in the room; claw foot tub in the bathroom.


• Winterfest; January 25-29, 2018; includes two nights and tickets to the Grand Wine Tasting held on Saturday, January 27 from 3pm – 5pm.

–Standard Room – $135/night

–Deluxe Room – $144/night

–Superior Room – $169.50/night

–King Suite – $203.50 / night

• Couples Getaway; enjoy premium beer or wine delivered to your room; soothing Swedish or deep tissue massage.

• Mid-Week Getaway; complimentary wine tasting.

Whatever the season, when you’re searching for things to do in Blowing Rock NC, remember the Green Park Inn has many year-long package specials, as well as many seasonal packages—Murder Mystery Weekend and Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Package are just two that are popular with people who adore Blowing Rock NC activities.  Weddings, family reunions, and all sorts of celebrations can also be enjoyed here.

No wonder guests write such glowing reviews:  “What a nostalgic experience to stay in this historical Inn during a snowy, picturesque weekend! We met one of the owners who made us feel like we were family, and the rest of the staff was friendly and helpful. The place has been restored to a point where you can still ‘feel’ like you are in the historical era, but still enjoy all the modern luxuries and amenities,” and “Beautiful piece of history! We loved our weekend stay at this quaint hotel. Staff was polite and attentive. The history, photos, antiques, creaking, crooked floors just add to the charm of this 126 year old inn. We loved every aspect from the wallpaper, quilts, the rocking chair porch, the stairs and even the water pipes from the ceilings.”

Call 828-414-9230 for more information or to make your reservations.

Adding to the history of Blowing Rock NC is the Bollinger-Hartley House, Gragg House,  Flat Top Estate, and the Vardell Family Cottages.  Blowing Rock sits on the crest of the Blue Ridge in Watauga and Caldwell Counties.  The town has an elevation of 3,500 to 3,600 feet above sea level which provides cooler summers and colder winters than we experience at The Coves’ more temperate climate.   

Folks who have already chosen The Coves as their home know it’s a pleasant excursion to Blowing Rock, to take in some of the awesome sights.  A rock formation extends above the Johns River gorge, and Glen Burney and Glen Marie Falls are also legendary sights for those who want to experience Blowing Rock NC activities. Don’t forget the Tweetsie Railroad theme park with its authentic steam engine that will take you on a three-mile scenic ride.  Mystery Hill and the Moon and Irene Mullins Arrowhead Collection boasts over 52,000 arrowheads, and the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum should not be missed.  Moses Cone Memorial Park provides forests and trails to stride through, or if you prefer horseback, Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve offers 25 miles of trails.

There are many community events in Blowing Rock too–Art In The Park runs May-October, the Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival happens in April; the Fourth of July festival and parade; Blowing Rock Winterfest takes place in November, followed by Christmas in the Park and Lighting of the Town, a Holiday Parade or the Charity Horse Show– a tradition for 84 years.

If you have not yet visited The Coves, or the gorgeous region of Western North Carolina that so many have chosen, stop by and see some of the stunning mountain homes.  For example, the home on Oakcrest Lane is Craftsman-style on over seven acres with views of Grandfather Mountain, Brown Mountain and Table Rock right outside your door. The design of this home is spacious, with three generous bedrooms, three and a half baths, an office, great rooms, porches and a hot tub that gaze upon the mountains.  If you tend to accumulate a lot of belongings, the storage closets will suit your needs in the home’s temperature-controlled floored attic.  Stretch your legs in the Pisgah National Forest or paddle in Wilson Creek which are directly across the road.  What are you waiting for?

Or how about Waterfall Lane, another Craftsman-style home on 2.25 acres also with inspiring views of Grandfather Mountain, Brown Mountain and Table Rock.  This gem is designed with three spacious bedrooms, two and a half baths and an office. Great rooms, porches, and of course the hot tub provide you with glorious mountain views. You won’t be longing for more storage, and the temperature- controlled floored attic and whole house generator are the perfect additions.  What more could you desire with Pisgah National Forest and Wilson Creek just across the way.

Be sure to visit The Coves and see all the other inspiring possibilities that await you include day excursions to the Green Park Inn.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit!

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Golden Ticket Cinema – Movie Theater Opening in Lenoir NC

things to do in Lenoir NC

Ready to lay back, relax, dig into a big bucket of buttery popcorn and watch your new favorite film? Comfort has come to comfort town. Lenoir is finally getting its own movie theater! Golden Ticket Cinemas is opening December 14th, 2017 at 5 pm. Patrons will be able to enjoy a brand new theater with 140 electric reclining chairs in each screening room, state-of-the-art surround sound, and gorgeous digital screens.

Golden Ticket decided to renovate the old Carmike theater, rather than build a brand new one, in order to keep that classic night-out-at-the-movies feel.  An now tickets for Star Wars: The Last Jedi are on sale. After the grand opening, patrons will be able to reserve seats in advance. Soon avid movie-goers will be able to pick their favorite viewing spot, recline their seats, and munch on KitKats while watching their favorite actors perform on the big screen. Golden Ticket Cinema is located at 1966 Morganton Blvd, Lenoir, North Carolina 28645.

Lenoir is one of Western North Carolina best kept secrets tucked away in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and is part of the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan area. The historic mountain town thrives on creative energy and has a rich heritage of music and craft that continues to earn national recognition. It attracts some of the world’s leading companies like Google. From the vibrant art scene, craft breweries, and enterprising small businesses – we know you’ll never run out of fun things to do in Lenoir NC. Visit Tucker’s Gallery, explore the NC Blue Ridge Music Trail, or eat out at some of the best Lenoir NC restaurants. Piccolo’s Italian Restaurant is the best place to find deep-dish Chicago-style pizza.

Lenoir is conveniently located near one of the best gated mountain communities near Asheville, our own Coves Mountain River Club. Thanks to the addition of the new theater, our residents and the local community can now add movie fun to the many exciting amenities they already enjoy. Amenities in our neighborhood include scenic hiking and equestrian trails, four distinct waterfalls, two community gardens, five miles of river frontage on the Johns River and a dramatic mountaintop lodge with stunning high elevation views, an infinity-view swimming pool, fitness center, game rooms and entertainment great room.

Folks looking to retire in a mountain paradise have the option of purchasing a beautiful mountain home or building their dream house at The Coves. Request our complimentary visitor’s guide to explore popular home floor plans and fun things to do in Lenoir NC and nearby.

We’re confident you’ll fall in love with our mountain paradise too. This year, almost 100 families have chosen to purchase Lenoir NC real estate at The Coves.

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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Empty Bowls Fundraiser Feeds Local Lenoir Community

volunteerismVolunteerism is a great way to give back! Studies have shown, boomers at retirement tend to get more involved with nonprofits and charities for a multitude of reasons. It allows them to make new friends, share similar interests and values, and ultimately have an active role in bettering their communities near their North Carolina mountain homes.

In the mountains of Western North Carolina, a unique event is on the horizon. The “Empty Bowls: Feeding Our Neighbors” event will take place on October 22, from 11:00am until 2:00pm at William Lenoir Middle School in Lenoir, NC. Admission for the event is $25 per person.

Empty Bowls, founded in 1990-91 by a Michigan community to raise charitable funds, encourages artists and groups of all kinds to create and donate bowls. Local chefs will then prepare delicious soups and broads in these bowls, and serve a simple meal. Guests choose a bowl to use that day and are encouraged to keep this bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.

In exchange for the meal and the handcrafted bowl, guests pay a suggested donation for each. The purpose of this event is to raise as much money as possible to feed the community’s hungry people, as well as increase awareness of hunger and related issues. One hundred percent of the meal proceeds go to Caldwell County Yokefellow.

Caldwell County Yokefellow was founded in 1968 on Christian values and a recognized wisdom in creating a unified plan for assisting the poor. The organization provides assistance to families and individuals in Caldwell County through the use of a food pantry, a thrift store, and local events. Please contact Sharon Osborne, executive director of Caldwell County Yokefellow, at 828-754-7088 for more information about the event.

If you’re wondering about all the things to do in Lenoir NC, or ways to become more involved, here you’ll find several nonprofits organizations that work to create a caring and compassionate community. Some of these nonprofits cater specifically to the needs of children and families: Robin’s Nest, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Caldwell County, provides aid to children who have been sexually and physically. Caldwell Friends provides youth with adult mentors to better assist them in becoming productive citizens. Habitat for Humanity works to build homes for individuals and families who have lost their homes due to tragedy.

Lenoir is also home to one of the best gated communities in the Western North Carolina region, The Coves Mountain River Club.  If you’re considering building a mountain home, why not explore our beautiful North Carolina mountain homes while you’re here for the Empty Bowls event? You’ll find we offer many home site options, many with a generous amount of land for sale. Buyers can choose from a private cul-de-sac estate to river frontage on the Johns River or home sites with breathtaking mountain views. There are many builder floor plans available that include everything from master suites, generous guest bedrooms, detachable garages, vaulted rooms with exposed timbers, and screened outdoor living porches.

Come meet all the friendly neighbors, tour our beautiful mountain homes, check out the lifestyle amenities, and learn about more volunteerism opportunities in our area. 

Call us 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 provides more information about living in the foothills.

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7 Zealous NC Wineries Near The Coves

Lenoir NC Wineries

It’s no secret that Baby Boomers have a great adoration for gathering with friends and family while sipping their favorite wine.  Wine regions all over the country are drawing visitors, and these regions are no longer limited to California’s well-known Napa and Sonoma valleys.

North Carolina has much to offer for those who enjoy the ritual of uncorking a bottle to toast a friend’s recent success, celebrate a joyful occasion, or just cap off another incredible day in the serene mountains.

Perhaps you’re searching North Carolina mountain homes for the perfect spot to retire, or maybe you’re already settled in and have the time to explore things to do in Lenoir NC.  Instead of boarding a plane for the west coast, discover  Lenoir NC wineries  right in your back yard.  One more reason to appreciate calling Lenoir home!  Tour these fine wineries and create a vacation without hassle or stress.

South Creek Vineyard and Winery

2240 South Creek Road, Nebo, NC, 28761; Phone 828-652-5729; open Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm, and Sunday, 1pm-5pm; be sure to check their website for colder weather months, December-March.  The winery is closed January 2-Valentine’s weekend as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  They host weddings, reunions, birthdays, anniversaries and corporate gatherings.

James and Mary Rowley became the owners  of South Creek Vineyard in the summer of 2010.  They offer “World class wines with passion for excellence,” and believe there are five qualities wine tasters should take into consideration—varietal character, integration, expressiveness, complexity and connectedness. “Great wine is about nuance, surprise, subtlety, expression, qualities that keep you coming back for another taste.”  Their dry wines are Bordeaux style; the reds are aged 18 to 24 months in oak barrels, and bottled for 6 months or more before the vintage is released.  They stand by their wines, which “keep their flavor, body and aromas for years to come and are sure to make a superb addition to your wine cellar.”

Those who live in their perfect  North Carolina mountain homes will find this winery is reminiscent of beloved Sonoma, and the Rowley’s craft an old-world wine “in the style of Bordeaux France but served up with a friendly, southern attitude.”  The charm of their winery is the original 1906 farmhouse, with a bucolic setting to make all who visit feel they’ve entered a nostalgic landscape and era of a simpler time as they tour and sip. When you are making plans for visiting Lenoir NC wineries, remember these vineyards are perfect for a stroll, the outside living space is canopied by old maples, or head indoors to the tasting room and lounge; tours available upon request. Looking for  things to do in Lenoir NC?  Tastings include the glass–$6, $7 or $10 depending on the wine.  Music events are rain or shine with no admission fee.   Picnics, lawn chairs and well-behaved leashed pets are welcome.  No beverages other than South Creek Wine or bottled water.

Red selection—2011 Cabernet Sauvignon; 2010 Merlot; 2012 Maestro; and 2012 Cabernet Franc.

White selection—2013 Reserve Chardonnay; 2016 Chardonnay.

Join James and Mary’s wine club, get on the mailing list, and discover recipes and other wine enthusiasts’ news for things to do in Lenoir NC.

Upcoming South Creek Vineyard Events:

September 30-October 1; Vineyard Deck Music Series; Lee Lindsey, international artist, folk, pop & country and joined by Samantha Breske

October 7—Harvest to Barrel Party—Angela Easterling; annual celebration of the harvest; top-notch songwriter in roots music

October 14—Vineyard Deck Music Series; Fried Melon Blues Band; traditional and contemporary blues

October 21—Annual Song-Writers ‘Behind the Music’ Tasting Room; 11am, music at 1pm; a celebration of local songwriters

October 21—David’s Roadside Grill

October 28—Halloween Eve Wine, Fish & Fry; costume party with live music by Ginny McAfee—21 & older; 6pm; $20 ticket includes fishing (bring your own gear); catered fish & chips dinner; glass of South Creek wine; purchase tickets by calling 828-652-5729.

Lake James Cellars

P.O. Box 359 – 204 East Main St; Highway 70; Glen Alpine, North Carolina 28628; 828-584-4551; Hours—Tuesday-Saturday; 10am-6pm; Sunday, 1pm-5pm; closed Mondays.

Lake James Cellars is also a family-owned winery named after the picturesque Lake James and located in the foothills of North Carolina. “Step through the leaded-glass front doors of our restored 1915 textile mill building, located in Glen Alpine and taste the magnificent flavors of our fine wines.” They offer a variety of handcrafted wines from locally grown fruits.  You can while away the hours in their tasting room and gift shop, or sit out on the covered porch and gaze at the tranquil hills.  Tastings are $7, from any of the six wines, and a Lake James Cellars’ glass.  Visitors also appreciate exploring the Old Mill Antiques which is located in the same building.  With over 20 various dealers, there is plenty to browse.  No reservations are necessary for tastings, but with groups of 6 or more reservations are required.  Tours are by appointment only.  Be sure to sign up for their mailing list to be up-to-date on wines and events.

Red Selection

Mimosa Red; Turkey Tail Red; Cabernet Franc; Chambourcin; Barbera.

White Wines

Traminette; Turkey Tail White; Silver Creek Blanc; Brown Mountain White.

Sweet Wines

Southern Magnolia; Wild Blueberry Blush; Raspberry Blush; Bridgewater Bramble; Fonta Flora Blush. Table Rock Red; Caribbean Mist; Linville Mist; Summer Slice; Icewine Style White; Icewine Style Red.

Shadow Line Vineyards

2550 Shadow Line Lane, Granite Falls, NC; 828-234-5773; open Friday 4pm-8pm; Saturday and Sunday noon-6pm.

This family-owned vineyard and winery has been run by Marvin and Geba Davenport since 2012.  They completed the construction of their winery and tasting room in the fall of 2015 and opened their doors in February of 2016.  They are conveniently located between Hickory and Lenoir and Hwys 321 or 127.  “Our tasting room and patio are nestled in the woods with lots of shade trees and a farm pond view. Plan to spend quality time enjoying wine in our tasting room or relaxing on the porch or patio. SLV is an ideal setting for picnics, small weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, showers, reunions, birthday parties, girls day out, group and club meetings or business functions. Please contact us to make arrangements for your special events.”

Wine List

Moscato; Sangria; Riesling; Chardonnay; Pinot Grigio; Sauvignon Blanc; Pinot Noir; Chambourcin; Merlot; Malbec; Cabernet Franc; Cabernet Sauvignon.

Light snacks are available and visitors are welcome to bring their own food.

Linville Falls Winery

9557 Linville Falls Highway, Linville Falls, NC 28647; 828-765-1400; tasting room hours are 7 days a week, 12-6pm.

Jack Wiseman, now in his eighth decade, and his family are living his life-long dream, pioneering their own winery in the area where he was raised and learned the art of wine making from his grandparents. Many know Jack through his established Fraser Fir farm in the High Country, but now his talents for growing are evident at his fine forty-acre winery. They produce varieties such as Riesling, Seyval Blanc, Noiret, Marquette, Petit Verdot and Foch.  Linville Falls Winery is also known for its luscious blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, heirloom apples, pumpkins and Christmas trees.   “At our elevation of 3200 feet, we have an incredibly unique environment for grapes to thrive and make award-winning wine.  Our heartbeat is to have a space where you can relax, take in the beauty of the area, and taste what our mountains have to offer. You can find us just off milepost 317 on the Blue Ridge Parkway and a couple minutes drive from famous outdoor spots like Linville Falls and the Linville Gorge.”

Events at Linville Falls Winery:


Food by “Ramblin Roost” every Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm


Blackberry; Elevation—Estate Winemaker’s Blend; Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot; Riesling; Chardonnay; Rose; Mountain White; Trillium; Blueberry; Cherry Bounce

Join the Linville Winery Club for free tastings, deliveries to your door, events and discounts.

Six Waterpots Vineyard and Winery

4040 James Drive, Hudson, NC 28638828-728-5099; hours: Mon-Thu 1– 5pm; Fri-Sat 1-5pm; Sunday 2-5pm.

Another glorious family-owned and operated business well worth visiting for tastings, art, special events and your own private parties.

“Six Waterpots Winery offers hand-crafted wines from our homegrown muscadine varietals: Supreme, Noble, Carlos, Magnolia, and Tara.  We also produce perennial favorites as available: sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, sangiovese, chamblais, and other specialty wines.  But if you are looking for something new, come sample our unique collection of wines made from fresh local fruits: strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, green apple, and peach.  Whether you like ‘sweet’ or ‘dry;’ a full or classic muted bouquets; or golden white, sparkling blush, or deep red color, you will find something on our shelves for every palette to enjoy.”

Twisted Wine Vineyards

487 Legion Road, Lenoir, NC 28645; 828-726-3185; seasonal hours May-October; closed Sunday-Wednesday; open Thursday-Friday 4-7pm; open Saturday 12-7pm; open Sunday 1-5pm; wine tastings are available during business hours–$7 includes 6 wines and a complimentary glass. No reservations required.  They offer a selection of Ashe County cheeses to compliment their incredible wine.  Visitors can bring along their own snacks.

This winery has 150 vibrant vines established after just six years of growing.  2012 brought about their barn, 2014 brought about the opening of Twisted Wine’s tasting room, as well as the expansion of the outdoor porch and patio.  Their friendly and informed staff is available to help you select the wines you’d like for home or for the perfect gift.  Be sure to try their peach wine, Bodacious, for real southern taste. “We have several new wines just for the Holiday season to give as gifts, entertain guest with, or to help keep yourself jolly!  Visit us and see what we mean by ‘Doing wine Southern Style.’”

Special Events:

Smoking in the Foothills BBQ Festival

October 20 & 21, 2017

Twisted Vine Hallowine Party!

October 28, 2017 12-9pm

Corn hole boards, costume contest, food truck and more; CJ Ballard play 4-7pm

Hudson, NC HUB Christmas Show

December 2, 2017

Wine List

Red Table Wines
Malbec; Guido’s Blend; Pinot Noir; Merlot; Shiraz; Cabernet Sauvignon; Special Edition Red; Twisted Red.

White Table Wines
Chardonnay; Riesling; Carsten Creek White; Special Edition White; Muscat Love.

Rose Wines
Smooth Ride; Twisted Pink.

Sweet Table Wines
Muscadine; Cindy’s Select; Front Porch Zen; Rooster Red; Jaybird; Twisted White; Slow n Easy; Patriots Blend; Bodacious; Strawberry Chocolate; Blackberry; Singing the Blues; Green Apple; Who’s Ya Daddy.

Specialty – Table Wines
Red Tux Raz; Southern Heat; Sweet Riesling.

Seasonal Wines
Summer Sangria; Twisted Summer.

Those who live in North Carolina mountain homes at The Coves can harvest their own muscadine grapes, which have been cultivated in the US since the 16th century.  Lenoir is the perfect environment for these grapes which need less chilling hours and thrive as they drink up our plentiful sunshine.  These grapes are beneficial to our good health as well as the livelihood of the wildlife in our region, providing habitats and nutrients for a host of animals.  And with some extra time to explore things to do in Lenoir NC,  one can create artisan wines, condiments, and juices from this rich and sweet grape which is thankfully resistant to pests and disease.  Evelyn’s Vineyard at The Coves is where it all begins.  Our lush community garden provides the perfect setting to work side by side with your neighbors who share a passion for growing and harvesting the grapes native to our area.

There are over 100 vineyards in North Carolina, and we are fortunate to have our own established vineyard in our scenic back yard right beside the mountain fed Johns River and across from Waterfall Park.

You couldn’t create a more peaceful environment with an extended growing season from March to December, where craftsman trellises support our well-tended grapes with style.  The community at The Coves comes together as they work the soil, learning from one another as well as the helpful garden committee.

If you are looking for the idyllic spot to retire, there are many home styles to suit any number of needs and personal aesthetics.  Visit The Coves and discover all the options that await you—the Cumberland Trace, Bitterroot, Black Bear, Camas Creek and Mallard with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths,  Pin Oak, Long Tail and Elk View all boast 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths;  for those of you with larger families, the Northshore lll and Chinkapin have 4 gracious bedrooms.  The mountain home you’ve been dreaming of, whether one story or two, awaits you at The Coves on the ideal parcel of land.   No wonder the convenient and centrally-located Coves is one of the highly desired real estate in Lenoir at affordable prices.  Plan your wine-tasting tour and visit The Coves while the grapes are still on the vine.

Call 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour.

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Savory Restaurants in Hickory NC

Hickory NC restaurants

Why go to your average, run-of-the-mill eatery when you can enjoy a high-quality meal made from fresh, organic ingredients at a local farm-to-table restaurant? At farm-to-table restaurants, chefs pride themselves locally sourced ingredients from farmer’s markets or even farms just down the road.

This dining experience cuts out the middleman and makes for an healthy, organic meal that doesn’t harm the environment. Hickory, part of the Lenoir-Hickory-Morganton metropolitan area, is rich with delicious, all-natural dining options that taste great and leave you feeling good about helping the environment. If you’re looking for things to do in Hickory North Carolina, below is a list of the top organic and farm-to-table restaurants in Hickory NC.

Highland Avenue has gained regional and national praise for its farm-to-table, locally sourced foods, with MSN naming them one of the Fifty-One Best Farm-To-Table Restaurants in America. Located on the second floor of the renovated Holler Hosiery Mill, the restaurant pays tribute to the city’s rich manufacturing history while focusing on Appalachian cuisine including trout, oysters and shrimp, homemade pastas and breads, chicken pot pie, and filet mignon. Address: 883 Highland Avenue SE Phone: 828-267-9800

Café Rule & Wine Bar is an upscale restaurant that offers the best in fine dining. Patrons can expect fresh flavors, locally sourced cuisine, and exquisite wine pairings in a relaxed and refreshingly casual setting. Address: 242 11th Ave NE Phone: 828-324-2005

The Fresh Depot specializes in great sandwiches on fresh made breads – including sourdough, wheat, rye, cinnamon bread and rolls – along with farm-to-table dishes. They source their veggies and beef from local farmers using organic practices. Beef is from grass-fed, pasture-raised cattle. Baked goods are fresh and made daily. Address: 220 Union Square NW Phone: 828-322-5111

Burger Fi launched in 2011 from dissatisfaction with what was happening in the burger market at the time. Thus, the all natural Black Angus CEO Burger was born. Certified American Angus burgers are free of antibiotics, hormones, and steroids. Patrons can eat happily knowing that the restaurant’s motto is: “Better people. Better to animals. Better to the environment.” The restaurant also offers hand-cut French fries, frozen custard, and natural sugar cane sodas. Address: 1854 Catawba Valley Blvd SE Phone: 828-324-9583

Bistro127 is proud to use local grown, raised, and caught ingredients by local NC farmers that share their commitment to serving high quality food. Menu items include omelets, crepes, salads, gourmet brick oven pizzas, organic salads, tapas, seafood, steak, and more – all made with natural and organic ingredients. Patrons can sit at the Al Forno Bar and watch their pizza being made in a wood fired brick oven during lunch and dinner. Address: 2039 N Center ST Phone: 828-328-3432

Crescent Moon Café offers deli fresh vegan and gluten-free options, with over 25 rotating draft microbrews. Patrons can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a dimly lit, modern pub conveniently open until 2 AM on weekends. Address: 256 1st Ave NW Phone: 828-322-1456

Hickory is conveniently located near one of the best gated communities near Asheville NC, our Coves Mountain River Club. At The Coves, residents enjoy their own farm-to-table experience and plant their own fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers in Isabel’s Garden.

Set along the Johns River, the manicured dividers between the garden plots make for an English-style atmosphere. Peppers, tomatoes, peppers, radishes, watermelon and greens are among the popular fruits and vegetables grown in Isabel’s nutrient rich soil. Flowers commonly grown in the garden include sunflowers, daffodils, tulips, lilies, and various mountain wildflowers. Herbs such as rosemary, sage, mint, and oregano are also easy to grow in Isabel’s Garden.

Residents can test their talents at winemaking in Evelyn’s Vineyard, a riverside vineyard with craftsman-style trellises that divide the opened grassed lanes. Grapes are successfully grown in the North Carolina foothills because they need fewer chilly nights and thrive on the summer heat. People love the spectacular mountain views, friendly community atmosphere, first classes amenities – and healthy foodies can rest easy knowing a wide selection of delicious, homegrown fare is just a short drive away.

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 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.

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