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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

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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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Standard Oyster Company Opens in Hickory NC

One sure thing for the North Carolina mountain communities, is the broad range of restaurants that have either been preparing mouth-watering cuisine for years, or have just sprung up in a refurbished spot with a dash of historic charm and ambience.  When you’re searching for things to do in Hickory NC, perhaps looking for a romantic evening, or the fun spot to be where everyone flocks for some much-needed social time,  our restaurants in Hickory NC are sure to please.  Those of us who live in The Coves are fond of new culinary pleasures, and this region is rich in its offerings. 

Just under a year ago, in April of 2016, Standard Oyster Company opened its door to the North Carolina mountain communities, offering the most delectable fresh and seasonal seafood as well as a full bar that includes regional spirits, great wine, and North Carolina beers. Located right on 2147 N Center Street, off of Hwy 127, in the heart of Hickory, the Standard Oyster Company is open Monday through Thursday from 4 in the afternoon, for those of you who love a little raw bar happy hour before dinner, until 10 at night.  Friday and Saturday the hours are extended from 11 in the morning, (who can refuse a delicious brunch on the weekend?) to 11 at night, and Sunday’s hours are 11 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon. Do you want to indulge in chilled seafood platters, steamed shellfish, and other classic American fare?  Then this is the perfect place!  

The Standard Oyster Company was created with a relaxed atmosphere in mind, so you feel a sense of kicking back with an urban vibe—industrially metro.  “It was cultivated and brought to life by seafood enthusiasts for seafood enthusiasts.  Our mission is to create an energetic dining experience…” their website promises, and once you step off the street and into their restaurant, you’ll understand how they succeed.   They offer a variety of fresh oysters and seafood that will make you think you’ve left the gorgeous mountains and magically stepped onto the Atlantic seacoast.  But the truth is, your sweet home at The Coves is close by, and this outstanding restaurant needs to be added to your list of amazing things to do in Hickory NC.

No matter the day of the week, those of us in the North Carolina mountain communities can find something delicious happening in this new kitchen.  Crabby Mondays deliver endless crablegs for $35; Steamy Tuesdays bring $1-steamed oysters accompanied by red bliss potatoes and kale slaw, and draft beer for a mere $3.50; what would the middle of the week be without Wine Wednesdays (half price bottles of wine and all wines are included!); and Date Night Thursdays provide a savory seafood three-course meal– $50.00 for you and your sweetheart.

For private events the Standard Oyster Company offers unique, off-site catering options–low country boils, crawfish boils, on-site raw bar, and custom buffet services that will ensure your event is raved about to those who love the restaurants in Hickory NC.  Call (828) 322-1705 for more information and remember that their space is available for private events daily for breakfast or lunch and all day Sunday. Give them a call for more information.   A limited number of reservations are accepted in advance and walk-ins are more than welcome, but for parties larger than six,  when you’re looking for things to do in Hickory NC with your friends and family, please make a reservation.

If you are in search of new restaurants in Hickory NC, the extensive and rotating menu at the Standard Oyster Company will be sure to keep you coming back to the heart of town for brunch, lunch, happy hour and dinner.  Visit their website for the complete every day menus as well as special event menus that will inspire your palate and give you one more reason to appreciate the fine life we live at The Coves surrounded by our glorious mountain community.

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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Asheville’s Longest Running Winter Beer Festival

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Are you ready for a fun way to stay warm and have fun this winter season? Get ready to grab a mug and drink up. The Asheville Winter Warmer Beer Fest is Asheville’s longest running winter beer festival. This year’s 10th anniversary event will be held on Saturday, January 21 at the U.S. Cellular Center Asheville in Downtown Asheville, one of America’s best beer cities.

Patrons can taste and enjoy beer from dozens of local and regional breweries in an intimate, ‘family-like’ setting. The 2017 lineup includes Asheville Brewing, Birdsong, Lazy Hiker Brewing, New Belgium, and Sierra Nevada. This year’s guest brewery is Prairie Artisan Ales all the way from Tulsa Oklahoma.  Live music entertainment will be provided by Asheville’s very own Station Underground and The Rinaldi Flying Circus, who hail from Greensboro, NC.

The event is hosted by MountainTrue, which works to keep our forests healthy, our air and water clean, and our NC mountain communities vibrant with its various chapters throughout Western North Carolina.

The Western North Carolina region is gaining quite a reputation as one of the best beer cities in Asheville. It’s also home to one of the best NC mountain communities in the area, The Coves Mountain River Club near the High Country. What’s makes The Coves unique and better? For starters, stellar mountain top views in all directions from our Pisgah Mountain Lodge and five miles of frontage on the Johns River, a mountain fed crystal-clear river adjacent to Wilson Creek. The water is so fantastic here, we wouldn’t be surprised to see breweries open in the foothills of North Carolina. The latest brewery to open in Lenoir is Howard Brewing Company.

Residents love our panoramic mountain views, friendly community atmosphere, and wellness amenities. Natural amenities include waterfalls, hiking trails and community gardens. Spread across 3,600 acres, we have all types of mountain property to build your dream home. Approximately 75 homes have already been built to date.

If you’re searching for affordable NC mountain land for sale, we offer many homesite options. Our prices begin in the $40’s. To help you more, here’s 12 of the most popular builder floor plans that can work on almost any of our homesites.   

When you live in the Asheville area, you’ll not only enjoy some of the microbreweries in America, you’ll enjoy outdoor recreation second to none. Hike, bike or drive. The choice is yours. The Blue Ridge Parkway is America’s Favorite Drive and weaves from Bryson City, through the heart of Asheville and up through the High Country near The Coves. And that’s just the beginning of fun things to do surround the NC mountain communities.

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 and about The Coves.

Headed our way? Call us now at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour.

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Don’t Miss The High Country Plate Crawl

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One of the best ways to get to know the prettiest mountain towns in North Carolina when you’re searching for Carolina mountain properties is to attend local events that take place 365 days a year. What fun things to do in Blowing Rock NC are coming up next? The High Country Small Plate Growl taking place Monday, January 23rd to Thursday, January 26th.

Wear your stretchy pants because dozens of independent High Country restaurants will create small plates ‘to die’ priced from $3 to $8. Patrons can ‘crawl’ from restaurant to restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Participants receive a “restaurant passport’, but are encouraged register for Chektrek, the exclusive Crawl App, where they can scan unique QR codes at each participating restaurant for an entry into the drawing at the end of the crawl.  

Attendees can sample anything from Mexican and Italian cuisine to organic juice and handcrafted bagels. The 2017 restaurants include Black Cat Burrito, Basil’s Pasta, Blue Ridge Bites  & Brews, Boone Bagelry, Casa Rustica, Sunrise Grill, Table at Crestwood, and The TAPP Room. 

Blowing Rock is known as one of the most beautiful mountain towns in North Carolina. It earned the nickname “Crown of the Blue Ridge” years ago for its breathtaking layered mountain views, nostalgic town square and college vibe. Appalachian State University is located one town over, in Boone. Visitors of the foodie event can tour wineries such as Grandfather Vineyard and Winery; spend the day outlet shopping at Tanger Outlets, or explore one of the many fine art and pottery galleries. There are also plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures ranging from hiking and whitewater rafting to spelunking and skiing.

Blowing Rock is home to three popular NC ski resorts: Appalachian Ski Mtn., which boasts has nine slopes and five lifts with state-of-the-art snowmaking and grooming equipment; Ski Beech, the highest ski resort in Eastern North America, and Sugar Mountain, which spans 100+ acres and includes a 10,000 sq. ft. ice rink.

Be sure to hit the slopes, before the High Country Plate Crawl, so you don’t feel guilty trying all the delicacies at the event. Working up an appetite on is a great way to eat at a variety of restaurants without worrying about expanding our waistline. The amount of fun things to do in Blowing Rock NC is endless.

Blowing Rock lies on a plateau above the foothills of Lenoir. As beautiful as the High Country is, many retirees do not want to hassle with the winter snow conditions often found here and choose to buy homes for sale in Lenoir NC instead.

Our 3,600 acre gated mountain community is a wonderful option. Not only is it a gated mountain community, our property is situated along the shoreline of the Johns River, adjacent to Wilsons Creek. Elevations in our neighborhood range from 1,100 to 1,700 feet. At the summit of the community, is our two story 6,000 square foot timber lodge with breathtaking views of the High Country.

Residents at The Coves Mountain River Club have more recreational amenities that include two community gardens, over 39 miles of hiking, biking, and horse trails, a full service equestrian center and the lodge has an infinity-view swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center and great room for entertainment. Social clubs events at the lodge include guest lecture speakers, cooking competitions, seasonal farmer’s market, Monday morning yoga and more. HOA fees are low at just over $1,000 a year.

If you’re exploring Carolina mountain properties for sale, why not start by visiting us. You can choose from riverfront property, large land tracts from 10-100 acres, private wooded estates, pastoral land or homesites with stunning mountain views starting from $39,900. Or you can find a re-sale home. While you’re here, we’ll share more fun things to do in Blowing Rock NC or Lenoir.

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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Bo’s Entertainment Center – Red Hot Fun When it Gets Cold

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Is today one of those rare moments when snow is on the ground? Or tired of snowball fights and sledding in and around the beautiful Carolina mountain properties? There are plenty of fun things to do in Lenoir NC, indoors. Look no further than BO’s Bodacious Entertainment. Located on Blowing Rock Boulevard, check out what this 55,00 foot entertainment facility offers!

·      Laser Maze Challenge

·      Ultimate Laser Tag (for children 6 years and up)

·      Cosmic Bowling Lanes

·      Traditional Bowling Lanes

·      Mega Mini Golf

·      Huge Arcade

·      The Hit Zone – Batting Cage

Families can look forward to affordable pricing for each activity and have the option to choose between the Family Fun package; which includes 4 games of laser tag, 4 games bowling including shoes, and 4 games of Laser Maze; and the Awesome Arcade package; which includes a 20 game arcade card plus 100 tickets. A Bodacious Pass is also available for purchase, which provides unlimited Laser Tag, Traditional Bowling, Arcade, and Mini Golf for select time slots throughout the week.

BO’s Daily Specials include: 

·      Mondays: $0.50 Arcade games from 5-9pm.

·      Tuesdays: $1 Day Bowling Games, hot dogs, soda, and Mini Golf.

·      Wednesdays: Bodacious pass for $12 from 3-8pm.

·      Thursdays: Bring your college ID for a $10 Bodacious pass after 3pm.

·      Fridays: $15 Bodacious Pass from 3pm-7pm (Session 1) and 7pm-11pm (Session 2).

·      Saturdays: $15 Bodacious Pass from 11am-3pm (Session 1), 3pm-7pm (Session 2), and 7pm-11pm (Session 3).

·      Sundays: $15 Bodacious Pass from 12pm-4pm (Session 1) and 4pm-8pm (Session 2).

They also offer Power Play packages – which include unlimited activities – for church/club groups and schools, as well as birthday party packages for up to 20 guests. Kids can bowl free every Saturday from 10am to Noon. Military discounts are also available. 

After a day of play, families can enjoy a meal at the grill before heading back to the Carolina mountain properties. Reviewed favorably among Lenoir NC restaurants, the grill at BO’S Bodacious Entertainment offers everything from pizza and wings to fried pickles and mushrooms, and even a variety of salads for the health-conscious patron. Food can even be ordered ahead of time or for carryout.

BO’s is conveniently located near one of the best gated mountain communities in the area, The Coves Mountain River Club. Our residents can watch the sunset at the mountaintop Pigsah Mountain Lodge, sip wine or stroll through Evelyn’s Vineyard, and even plant their own fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers in Isabel’s Garden. They can enjoy riverside hiking along the Johns River, or take a dip in Coleton’s Swimming Hole during the summer months. 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. People love the spectacular mountain views, friendly community atmosphere, and first classes amenities. 

If you’re looking to build or buy your dream home, why not come take a look at our selection of Carolina mountain properties for sale. Residents can choose from a private cul-de-sac to a river frontage on the Johns River and several homesites for sale 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. Homesites start $39,000, where potential residents can choose from 1.75 acres of land all the way to 24 acres. Three-bedroom houses – 2,200-3,350 square feet – start from $289,000 without the homesite. 

Whether you’re a brand new resident or simply visiting, Lenoir remains a vibrant, charming town all year round. You’ll never run out of fun things to do in Lenoir NC. 

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour. 

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