What do the Western North Carolina towns of Blowing Rock, Boone, and Banner Elk have in common? For one thing, they make up WNC’s High Country, an area that’s earned the nickname “nature’s year-round playground” thanks to its wealth of recreational, cultural, and sporting events offered throughout the year. These towns have also made their way onto several lists of best mountain towns in North Carolina for retirement living. But one of our favorite things about these buzz-worthy towns is they happen to be conveniently located within an hour’s drive of The Coves Mountain River Club in Lenoir NC.
Geographical desirability is just one of many perks that makes living at The Coves such a pleasure. Imagine this. You decide it’s time to make your dream of southern mountain living a reality. You begin by searching Western North Carolina land for sale. Your search leads you to The Coves Mountain River Club where you have a choice of affordable luxury home sites, from a cozy cottage on a quarter acre site, to an elegantly designed estate home on an expansive equestrian parcel.
You choose something in between – a traditional four-bedroom home on three acres of riverfront property where you’re treated to gorgeous mountain-river views, and your fresh catch-of-the-day is just a few steps away! Your home’s floor plan is open and breezy with charm-for-days. You fill your master suite with hand-crafted hickory wood furnishings from one of Western North Carolina’s famous furniture outlets. (All the big names have factories nearby.) You spruce up your home with even more local charm by decorating your southern kitchen and your spacious great room with pretty pottery, one-of-a-kind antiques, and traditional Appalachian tapestries you found in the quaint little boutiques, craft shops, and art galleries that fill the lovely mountain towns in North Carolina.
Your mountain home dream has finally come true! But this is just the beginning of your new life in Lenoir. Now it’s time to celebrate by enjoying some live local music. Living so close to High Country, you have easy access to all the hottest cultural events, seasonal festivals, and live music concerts! Why not treat yourself to some music on the lawn? You live in the Blue Ridge Mountains after all. And when the scenery outside your window is as beautiful as this, you want to spend your leisure time soaking in this gorgeous landscape.
That’s where music on the lawn comes in. If you haven’t enjoyed an outdoor concert Appalachian-style, it’s time to get a taste of this beautiful mix of music and mountains. And with so many free concerts to choose from, there’s no reason not to treat yourself, and bring along your friends and neighbors.
All of the High Country concert series listed below are FREE of charge, and all are family-friendly.
Blowing Rock (May – October)
One of the High Country’s most popular outdoor concert series is Music on the Lawn at The Inn at Ragged Gardens in Blowing Rock. This dynamic series features a different band each Friday from May through October (5:30-8:30 p.m.). There’s a cash bar and lawn menu so you can enjoy the concert along with some light al fresco fare. There’s no charge for entry. Just bring a lawn chair and enjoy your evening on the beautifully landscaped grounds of this picturesque mountain resort in the heart of the historic village of Blowing Rock NC.
Next up in the 2016 line-up for Music on the Lawn:
• SEP 03 Shelby Rae Moore
• SEP 09 Soul Benefactor
• SEP 16 The Nautical Wheelers
• SEP 23 Harris Brothers
• SEP 30 Lucky Strikes
• OCT 07 Soul Benefactor
• OCT 14 Klee and Mike
Boone (June – August)
The Jones House Lawn hosts its own summer concert series each year from June through August. Concerts start at 5:00 p.m. every Friday, and musical offerings range from jazz to bluegrass to gospel. The concerts are free and open to the public. Bring your own lawn chair, and stake out your perfect spot on the law at this popular cultural and community center in Downtown Boone.
Banner Elk (June – September)
The Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce presents a summer music Concerts in the Park Series every Thursday from June through September at Tate-Evans Park. These weekly concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and take place under the stars on the grounds of this community park. You’ll want to bring a lawn chair or blanket, and you can even pack a picnic. But if you prefer to purchase food on site, you can visit one of the concert vendors and choose from a variety of foods, soft drinks, and locally crafted beverages (beer and wine). Each week features live music by a popular North Carolina band. It’s a line-up that’s suitable for the whole family and will keep you and yours entertained all summer long.
Music on the lawn under the star-speckled skies in beautiful Blue Ridge country is an experience like no other. And it’s all served up for free. That’s Southern hospitality for you!
By now you can see why life at The Coves offers the best of both worlds – a quiet mountain retreat that’s just a stone’s throw from where all the action is. Why not make a trip to The Coves, and get started on making your dream come true?
The Coves Mountain River Club is more than just a place to live. It’s a community of friends with something in common – they all followed their hearts to Western North Carolina where they found their dream homes in a spectacular scenic mountain-river retreat with top-notch amenities and easy access to the best-loved small mountain towns in North Carolina.
Call us directly at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour.
If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84-page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide, which gives you more information about living in the foothills of North Carolina.