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Bolick and Traditions Pottery in Lenoir

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We are lucky to live in a region of North Carolina that holds tight to our rich traditions and creative spirit.  Arts, crafts and sculpture are all near and dear to our hearts and they often come to reflect our personalities as we decorate our mountain homes near Asheville NC.

If you’re craving an old-fashioned sort of outing, and searching for things to do in Lenoir NC, a visit to Bolick and Traditions Pottery should certainly be top on your list. Conveniently located just south of Blowing Rock, the scenic nature of this property alone is reason to visit.  Tucked into the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, the farm will transport you to another time, with an old-fashioned village, two pottery shops, and the serenity of a flowing mountain stream.

Several worthwhile events happen here throughout the year, for those of you who live in the gated communities near Asheville NC, such as their well-known kiln openings, or the foot-tapping mountain music and lively dancing on summer Sundays.

Incredible artists display their fine work at Bolick and Traditions.  Both galleries are chock full of functional, decorative and folk art pottery. Two of these artists are Mike and Janet Calhoun who were married in 1986. Mike soon learned the art of pottery, which allowed him to channel his creativity and imagination into his artisan face jugs.

For those who travel from their mountain homes near Asheville NC –Santas, Wizards, Clay Spirits and Cry Babies are some of the most popular of Mike’s creations. Our region is seeped with moonshine history. Moonshine tours are popular for locals and tourists alike, highlighting some of the most ingenious folks and where they made their popular liquor.   Mike’s jugs are a great way to pay homage to the history of moonshine, but there’s plenty more–handmade pottery, teapots, mugs, bowls, pitchers, and candlesticks.

There are many reasons to visit Bolick and Traditions Pottery when you’ve got that free day stretched before you and you need some fun things to do in Lenoir NC.  The last Saturday of every June, they have an incredible tradition, the Annual Heritage Day and Wood Kiln Opening that many with mountain homes near Asheville NC attend.

In its 26th year, this past June 24th did not disappoint with live entertainment, music played by The Dollar Brother, The Martin Laurel Band (bluegrass and gospel) as well as Glenn Bolick and Friends, Denny Key, Bruce Hill, Connie Trivette, Gail Evans, Vicki Shell, and Janet Calhoun.   Storytelling by Frawley and Orville Hicks also kept folks spellbound. Their write up describes it perfectly: “The purpose of the event is to educate the public on some of the traditional ways of life. Through demonstrations of heritage arts, crafts, and interactive events, visitors can get a glimpse of the way their grandparents may have lived, worked, and entertained.”

The festival featured regional artists who demonstrated, educated, and sold their works. These potters create the same shapes that have been in their families for more than 190 years as well as creating their own unique designs. Charlie Glenn was in attendance, demonstrating and selling his handmade instruments, and the talented John Peterson had his banjos for sale as well.

Admission was free and the festivities lasted all day from ten until four.  The wood kiln, otherwise known as the groundhog wood kiln, which uses the method of firing without electricity, was filled with face jugs, owl mugs, sculpted chickens, Rebekah pitchers, hand-formed animals, teapots, vases, pitchers and more.  Those who got there early had the best selection.

The shops were also bustling with people, many who live in the gated communities of Asheville NC, browsing for more pottery, and additional arts and craft items such as quilts, goat milk soaps and lotion, leather, iron and wood works.  “We love to offer local and US made items such as sterling silver, and aluminum jewelry from NC, Lula N Lee jewelry from Texas, and wall art from P. Graham Dunn with an inspirational flair.

Soaps, lotions, honeys, and candles are also offered from local artists, and craftsman,” their website describes. All pottery is microwave, oven and dishwasher safe and all glazes are lead-free for convenience and good health. For those who love to quilt, there was an interactive quilting party and a Gee Haw Whimmie Diddle Contest.  Plenty of delicious food was served, so there was no need to bring coolers—only chairs were needed to kick back in a comfortable spot to enjoy the celebration.

When you’re in the mood for new things to do in Lenoir NC, just take the short trip to 1155 Main Street, where you can find Original Owens Pottery, and gifts from Natural Life, Demdaco, Savannah Bee Company, Chala and Mona-B fashion and handbags, plus a bounty of handmade jewelry, soaps, lotions and candles. “The shop in Blowing Rock is more than a pottery fix. We blend casual clothing, accessories, and other needful things for the home, body, & spirit.

Trendy clothing like flowing vests, crochet ponchos, and wraps. Our selection of handbags include animal themes and up-cycled material that are fashionable, and affordable,” their website describes.  They make it easy for those who can’t make the trip in person. You can shop online for convenience or get out and visit one of their festive wood kiln openings if you live in the gated communities near Asheville NC.  Calls can be made for availability, pricing and orders.  In addition, Mike’s jugs are available on Pinterest.

For those of you who just can’t get enough pottery, there are North Carolina Pottery Shows in March, April and October—opportunities to browse and shop for personal gifts throughout the year.  March brings the Catawba Valley Pottery Festival in the Hickory Metro Center.  April means spring and Merlefest at the Wilkes Community College–easy to find in the Heritage Craft Tent.  And autumn is the time to celebrate the North Carolina State Fair located in the Village of Yesteryear in October.  Mark these shows on your calendar and bring your friends and family.

Living at The Coves Mountain River Club affords endless possibilities to inspire your creative side while finding those perfect unique artistic pieces to make your charming mountain house feel like home.  The Blue Ridge Mountains lend a stunning backdrop to The Coves, just beyond your door, and with a short drive you can explore and take in the creations of so many talented and valued artists in our region and perhaps be inspired to be creative yourself.

Bolick and Traditions Pottery can be found at 4443 Bolick Road, Lenoir, NC 28645; Phone: (828) 295-5099

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9am-5pm; Sunday: 1pm-5pm.

While you’re in town, be sure to stop by The Coves. We’ll take you up to our mountaintop lodge and show you around.

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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Lenoir Farmers Market at The Coves

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It’s that glorious time of year again!  The Downtown Lenoir Farmer’s Market will soon return to the Pisgah Mountain Lodge bringing fresh produce, meats, and an incredible array of artisan delights to those who live at The Coves, one of the finest NC mountain real estate developments near Asheville.

There is nothing more convenient than the bounties of summertime being made available once a month just beyond your front door from 10 am-12 pm at the Lodge.  Those who live at The Coves care about community and good health, and the Lenoir Farmer’s Market is a perfect way to celebrate both. 

The produce and products are absolutely top-notch, reflecting their motto—“Buy Local, Buy Fresh, Buy Quality.” The community works tirelessly to ensure these words ring true.  Once you taste a locally grown tomato, there’s no doubt you’ll be a believer.

The Lenoir Downtown Farmer’s Market is proud of the fact that many of their farmers are Appalachian Grown certified through the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, as well as belonging to Foothills Fresh, a division of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Office, North Carolina Farm Fresh and Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. Many who live in mountain homes near Asheville understand the commitment to community, the environment, and preservation of our gorgeous North Carolina landscape.

After settling into your charming NC mountain real estate, the support that’s given to our local economy, our local farms, and those who work there, really shows, as well as the care we give to the culture, while tending to the environment and our health and, of course, our family’s well-being too.

What will you discover at the Pisgah Mountain Lodge?  There’s no shortage of brightly-colored vegetables to liven up your dinner table while providing undeniable nutrition to those you love.  There’s no comparison between the fresh produce at the farmer’s market and the typical fare offered in the supermarket.  Asparagus that’s perfect for the grill, sprinkled with a touch of artisan cheese, sea salt and pepper, and also perfect for grilling—eggplant, onions, sweet peppers, or sweet corn. 

What better way to spend an evening than grilling while surrounded by the scenic backdrop of The Coves?   Arugula, spinach, kale, mustard greens, cucumbers, and mixed greens will fill your salad bowl with an incredible combination of your choice… touched by the perfect light dressing made with delicate shallots.  There’s not a kid at your table who won’t find a new love for fresh crunchy broccoli with a scrumptious and creamy dip on the side, or even those sweet garden peas with a light snap.  How about a delectable Caprese salad made from fresh tomatoes, embellished by basil, olive oil and some artisan mozzarella?

For dessert creations, there’s no shortage of fruits and berries to fill your homemade pies, tarts, cakes or top your refreshingly sweet ice cream and gelato.  Make a fruit salad with cantaloupes, berries, and watermelons.  Dip those juicy strawberries in chocolate and chill for the perfect after-dinner sweet.  There’s no better way to begin the morning than golden pancakes or crepes top with berries.  And of course, you can get your eggs, meats, breads, baked goods, jams, dressings, pesto, tomato sauce, grains, herbs, nuts (chestnuts, walnuts and pecans) and don’t forget the wine!

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift, there are teas, flowers, wreaths, candles, soaps and artisan crafts to choose from—enough to check all those birthdays and special occasion presents off your to-do list. Any visiting children coming to your gated communities near Asheville NC this summer?  There are plenty of farm tours, hands-on workshops, festivals and celebrations to inspire and educate the kids in your life.

There are other incredible farmer’s markets in our area, if you live in a gated community near Asheville NC, that will inspire your culinary talents and supply your table with all you need to entertain and feed those who gather round. 

The Downtown Hickory Farmer’s Market takes place Wednesdays, 10 am-2 pm, and Saturdays, 8 am-1 pm.  Their train side location under The Sails provides a relaxing atmosphere while you shop for “the glory of a good harvest, select meats, mountain trout, rice, honey, eggs, cheeses, baked goods, marinades, preserves & pickles, fresh cut flowers, transplants, potted plants, shrubs, fresh & dried herbs, heritage & artisan crafts, street foods and more!”

In Morganton, there is an open-air farmer’s market that offers more of the best locally-grown produce and products Saturdays at 300 Beach Street from 8 am-noon, just behind Maria’s Italian Eatery at Morganton Station, and Wednesdays at 111 North Green Street from 11 am-3 pm. They believe “by visiting the Market right at your back door and supporting your local growers, you reduce your carbon footprint.” 

The Morganton Farmer’s Market is also identified as a National Nutrition Incentive Network member.  If those of you who live in mountain homes near Asheville, you will find artisan breads, baked goods, eggs, fresh cut flowers, fruits, goat cheese, herbs (fresh cut and seedlings), honey, jams and jellies, meat (beef, pork and poultry), salad greens, shitake mushrooms, vegetables and more!

Life at The Coves Mountain River Club just can’t get any better.  When you’re done browsing the farmer’s market at the Lodge, you can return to your state-of-the-art kitchen in your new mountain home and prepare the perfect meal to enjoy with your friends and family. 

If you are looking for NC mountain real estate, once you visit The Coves you won’t need to search any further.  There are many gated communities near Asheville NC but The Coves far exceeds most folks expectations. In fact, our community won two significant awards this year:

  • Best Mountain Community of the Year from Real Estate Scorecard
  • Best of the Best Mountain Views from Ideal-Living Magazine

Have you explored mountain homes near Asheville yet?  Take a few days vacation and come to Lenoir, which is conveniently located a little more than an hour from Asheville and a little more than an hour from Charlotte. 

There are so many home site styles to choose from, there’s absolutely something for everyone, whether you’re longing for stunning riverside parcels with breathtaking views (priced at $6995 an acre), or high country farm parcels which are super-sized and perfect for equestrian lovers (priced at $10,999 an acre), mountain ridges on wooded land for ultimate privacy (priced at $39,900 for 1.87 acres), gentle sloping home sites with long-range mountain views ($79,900 for 1.49 acres), or views of the majestic Table Rock Mountain (priced at $79,900 for 2.20 acres); there are also flat home sites with river or mountain views priced between $99,900 and $169,900 for 1.45-1.79 acres. 

Come and visit The Coves Mountain River Club and discover the fabulous lifestyle that can so easily be yours.

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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Hickory Farmers Market – Buy Local, Buy Fresh

Hickory Farmers Market

Hey, Hickory, have you noticed a bit more fresh in your fresh-air-and-sunshiny Blue Ridge locale lately? That’s because the annual Downtown Hickory Farmers Market is now underway, bringing together “fields, folks, and fun” for a seven-month-long fresh fest that runs through November.

The Farmers Market is just one of the many fabulous things to do in Hickory North Carolina, a town of many claims to fame, including booming businesses and college campuses, world-famous hand-crafted furniture, world-renowned art walks, beautiful community parks, and lovely temperate seasons that provide favorable year-round growing conditions for a variety of crops.

This charming mountain-lake town with nutrient-rich soil and moderate climate is a grower’s paradise that wins raves from local farmers and community gardeners. Many of Hickory’s finest restaurants and gastropubs offer seasonally changing menus with organic veggies and meats sourced from local farms. No matter the season, locals and visitors alike can always count on home-grown specialties as part of the fresh dining experience.

That’s just how it is in Hickory! People here understand the value of supporting their hometown farms by buying local. There are obvious economic benefits to feel great about. Buying local cuts down on fuel and travel time from farm to table, reducing the community’s carbon footprint, improving the environment and the local economy. And the benefits don’t stop there! Eating locally grown produce means your veggies are packed with nutrients and less likely to have been refrigerated, artificially ripened, or contaminated. Long (and delicious) story short, farm-to-table living is good for your own health, your family’s health, the health of the community, and the health of the planet. It’s a win-win-win-win!

But how do you maintain that farm-to-table lifestyle throughout the year? That’s where the Hickory Downtown Development Association (HDDA) comes in. They know locally-grown products are important to their community. That’s why they sponsor the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market and pack the seven-month-long schedule of events with tons to do, see, taste, and enjoy.

At its centrally located train side setting under The Sails, the Hickory Downtown Farmers Market brings the farm into town! Dozens of enthusiastic farmers from local and family-owned farms are on hand to meet and greet their customers and offer the “glory of a good harvest,” which includes fresh produce, grains, plants, flowers, and shrubs, as well as a surf-and-turf bounty of select meats and mountain trout. They stock their stands with locally sourced honey, eggs, and cheeses, fresh baked goods, marinades, preserves, and pickles. And it’s all presented in a festival atmosphere, enhanced by live music, games and events, booths for buying bushels of fresh ingredients, plus dried herbs and spices, artisan crafts, Chefs’ Market creations, street foods, and more.

The Downtown Hickory Farmers Market promises “a soulful feeling and a sense of belonging,” and, as the HDDA says, “for the first time, you’ll know what happiness smells like.” We’re pretty sure we can smell it from here! Or is that the scent of sweet ripe strawberries, which are currently at peak season (April to June). How do we know? The HDDA has provided a handy produce calendar on the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market web site. And we have to admit we’re counting down the days ’til summer when the peaches, cantaloupes, and watermelons will be ripe on the vine! But there’s plenty to do while we wait…

Throughout the month of May, the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market offers family-friendly activities, including “Spin a Kid to Camp” and “Kids Corner Activities” sponsored by the YMCA, plus live music from local performers Kitty G&M OD, Sherrill Keever, Kevin Lee Smith, and ELVIS!

Warm June breezes will be scented with floral notes as the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market ushers in the Lavender Festival starting on June 10th  and keeps the party going with Eat, Drink & Be Local Week starting June 17th. And there’s even more live music from Bob Sinclair & The Big Deals and Piedmont Percussion Program’s Steel Drums with Rick Cline.

As the summer rolls on, the fresh just keeps on coming with more music, more kid stuff, more family events, and our favorite fruits, along with the rest of the huge summer harvest, including farm-fresh potatoes, peppers, peas, eggplant, cucumbers, squash, beans, and (get your chompers ready) corn-on-the-cob!

Be sure to stay tuned in to the online event schedule. Even though the Farmers Market festivities continue on through October and November – grape harvesting season, by the way (did someone say home-made wine?) –  the schedule will be adjusted to accommodate two of the most popular things to do in Hickory North Carolina – the annual Oktoberfest (October 14) and Shuck-n-Peel Festival (November 11).

Are you sold on Hickory yet? We have to admit, it’s one of our favorite mountain towns in Western North Carolina. But there are lots more like it. You know, the charming towns along the Blue Ridge that get you thinking about exploring NC mountain real estate – or as we like to call it, your very own slice of heaven in the foothills.

What makes these towns so heavenly? Just ask the people who live there, in places like Hickory and nearby Lenoir. These are people who escaped the daily grind to retire in the great outdoors, surrounded by gorgeous terrain in a secluded gated mountain community that’s just minutes from outdoor adventures, art and culture experiences, dining hot spots, and exciting night life. These are the thrill-seekers and chill-seekers who relish both the adventure and relaxation that only comes from mountain living.

Not far from Downtown Hickory, a whole community of outdoorsy types with a penchant for fishing, hiking, community gardening, wine-making, and living life to the fullest are enjoying all these benefits and more at The Coves Mountain River Club, a 3,600-acre mountain community with five miles of river frontage along the Johns River. Amenities here include a community vineyard and garden, and the Lenoir North Carolina weather makes finding your inner gardener a breeze!

Residents of The Coves can take a 40-minute scenic drive to the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market to enjoy the bounty of locally grown fresh produce, and pick up a few growing tips from friendly farmers to take back with them to Isabel’s Garden and Evelyn’s Vineyard, where they plant and sow their own delicious produce and harvest their own Muscadine grapes alongside neighbors and friends. Later in the year, they’ll sit together on the porch of The Coves’ community lodge, where they’ll enjoy 360-degree views of majestic mountain ranges while they share a beautiful farm-to-table meal complemented by their own home-made wine from home-grown grapes. Life doesn’t get much better than that.

When you’re ready to tour a selection of beautiful NC mountain real estate to find your own slice of heaven in the foothills, give us a call at 828.754.0700 and schedule your visit to The Coves. We’ll help you plan your visit to experience the nicest Lenoir North Carolina weather and catch the best of the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market, Oktoberfest, Shuck-n-Peel, and other fun things to do in Hickory North Carolina.

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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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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Healthy Home Market Opens in Lenoir NC

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Hey Lenoir, are you getting fresh with us? It sure looks that way now that you’ve welcomed one of our favorite health food stores to the neighborhood! We couldn’t believe our luck when we discovered the new Healthy Home Market right there at 1208 Hickory Boulevard.

On behalf of all the nutrition buffs, frugal foodies, and eco-friendly shoppers in Lenoir, we couldn’t be happier to have this specialty store located right in the heart of it all. Shopping at this family-owned grocer and full-service natural health store is sure to become one of our favorite things to do in Lenoir NC.

Healthy Home Market has four stores in Charlotte and neighboring mountain towns in North Carolina. Branded “Farm 2 Family Foods” (or “FF2F”), this newest location in Lenoir features all the same great offerings local health-conscious shoppers have come to love – gluten-free, organic, and special-diet foods, fresh deli cuts, smoothie bar, extensive bulk food section, vitamins and supplements, and locally brewed cold draft beers – plus an expanded selection of fresh produce and meats, all of which makes the Lenoir location the largest of the four stores.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the cool things we discovered as we sampled and shopped our way through the February 2017 grand opening of the Lenoir FF2F store:

Buying in Bulk

Of all the awesome offerings we explored, this one’s definitely worth writing home about. After all, bulk shopping is what Healthy Home Market is known for. When founders Betty and Jerry York opened their first store in 1979, it was a bulk supply shop known as The Home Economist. Today their business has grown into the Healthy Home Market chain we know today. But these family-focused health food stores maintain their strong ties to the community and their commitment to all things locally owned and locally grown.

Why is buying in bulk so popular? According to the staff at HHM, there are tons of great reasons! First of all, bulk shopping is a money-saver. Whether it’s “a pound or a pinch,” you only buy what you need. This personal portion control not only helps you budget, it keeps you from buying extra food that ends up going to waste.

Bulk buying also helps eliminate excess packaging. How many times have we bought a big bag of chips only to find there’s mostly air inside? That’ll never happen with bulk shopping. What you see is what you get! And if that’s not reason enough to bulk it up, think about the good you’re doing the planet by keeping landfills free of all that excess packaging.

The F2FF bulk department is the largest in the area with hundreds of items to choose from. They’ve got a fabulous assortment of baking ingredients, grains, beans, legumes, spices and herbs, dried fruit, coffees, teas, popcorn, snack mixes, and all kinds of pantry staples. There’s also a machine for grinding your own preservative-free nut butters. And when you fill up on local honeys and syrups, be sure to save your container to bring back for refills – another great way to go green!

The Main Squeeze

When you’re browsing through the delectable deli, be sure to sample the smoothies or enjoy a shot of wheat grass at The Main Squeeze juice bar. Pick your favorite smoothie or fresh-prepared juices. They’re fresh, healthy, delicious, and made-to-order for you to grab and go. They’ll even add a dash of protein or a dropper of vitamins to up the nutritional value of your tasty juice drink.

Meet your Meat Cutters

Tom, Mike, and Craig run the F2FF meat department. These friendly and knowledgeable meat cutters are more than happy to help you plan your meal, and they’ll even educate you on how to make the best selections from among a wide array of quality grass-fed beef, fresh seafood, pork, poultry, and even organic meats.

Need an Extra Boost? 

When you’re looking for products that cleanse, nourish, and replenish, the dedicated wellness staff can help you select top-quality wellness products, including vitamins, natural remedies, herbal supplements, essential oils, incense, and candles. The vitamin department stocks your choice of vegan, vegetarian, or animal-produced proteins. And supplements come in liquid, tablet, and powder forms. There’s even a homeopathic section that features Boiron products, Beach Flower Essences, Rescue Remedies, and a variety of gentle and safe products from industry names you know and trust.

We could go on and on! And, in fact, on the day of the Lenoir store’s grand opening we did go on and on – through bin after bin of dried cereals and grains, shelf after shelf of delectable condiments and dressings, row after row of fresh artisanal pastas and breads, and a whole range of grab-and-go snacks, sweet treats and protein bars. Then there were the beverages – What a fantastic selection of wines, local craft beers, juices, flavored mineral waters, and soft drinks. The kind you don’t find at your average grocery store!

This was one grand opening we’ll never forget. We came for the ribbon cutting, the raffles, the discounts and the goody bags. But we stayed for the amazing shopping experience. And we’ll be coming back week after week to stock up on fresh, healthy delicious foods that live up to the healthy lifestyle standards we’ve become accustomed to living in the mountain towns in North Carolina.

It’s true, we couldn’t believe our luck when the new HHM opened up in Lenoir. And according to HHM, the feeling is mutual. Their marketing director called Lenoir “the perfect place to expand our Healthy Home Market brand,” and we think we know why…

Those of us who live in Lenoir – like so many others living in mountain towns in North Carolina – are people with a passion for healthy living. We value physical fitness, and we get plenty of it in the great outdoors. We tend to be financially smart, socially conscious, and eco-friendly. And while we welcome all our neighbors with open arms, we have a special fondness for fun-loving foodies with an appreciation for good music, good food, good beer (preferably a local craft brew), and good friends! Because if there’s anything better than gathering friends and neighbors together to share the best life has to offer, we can’t think what it is.

When it’s time to make a move to the mountains, take a tip from us and tour The Coves Mountain River Club. If you value health and wellness, The Coves has got you covered. With a year-round schedule of heart-pumping activities (including yoga Mondays), plus a landscape with endless paths for dog-walking, horseback riding, biking, and hiking (elevations ranging from 1,000 to 1,700 feet), and a state-of-the art fitness facility, outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, this popular gated community with riverfront living and spectacular views of Lenoir’s majestic mountains represents the best of North Carolina mountain real estate… not to mention it’s the perfect place to enjoy those retirement years, living the peaceful, healthful, relaxing-but-active life we’ve all been dreaming of.

The Coves is ideally located in Lenoir, North Carolina in the Blue Ridge foothills, where nature meets luxury living. And did we mention there’s a Healthy Home Market in town?

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule your visit to this gorgeous mountain community. And we’ll point you in the direction of the F2FF juice bar, where you can treat yourself to a protein smoothie to celebrate your decision to follow your mountain living dream!

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

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