Lenoir NC Doctors Who Provide Peace of Mind

best Lenoir NC doctors

It’s no surprise that we look forward to retirement, especially after working hard for so many years. When the time finally comes to retire, our first priority is to make sure we have our finances in order. One of the most important, and often overlooked, aspects of retirement is making sure we have a primary care physician who can meet our needs. Having great doctors adds to our health and wellness at retirement.           

If you’re looking for Lenoir NC doctors, look no further. Listed below are some of the best doctors we found in the Lenoir NC area: 

  • Dr. Marc Guerra, MD specializes in Family Medicine. He has been in practice for 32 years and is accredited by the American Board of Family Medicine. Guerra is also associated with Caldwell Memorial Hospital and Frye Regional Medical Center. Location: Hallmark Family Physicians 17766 Connelly Springs Rd, Lenoir, NC 28645 Contact: (828) 728-8224


  • Dr. Gary Benitez, MD specializes in Family Medicine. He has been in practice for over 20 years and is accredited by the American Board of Family Practice. Benitez is also associated with Caldwell Memorial Hospital and Frye Regional Medical Center. Location: Hallmark Family Physicians 17766 Connelly Springs Rd, Lenoir, NC 28645 Contact: (828) 728-8224


  • Dr. Newman M. Lewis Jr, MD specializes in Family Medicine. He has been in practice for 32 years and is accredited by the A American Academy of Family Physicians. Lewis is also ssociated with Grace Hospital and Valdese General Hospital. Location: Lenoir Family Medicine 1041 Morganton Blvd. SW Suite 200 Lenoir, NC 28645 Contact: (828) 991-4660


  • Dr. David Brendle, DO is a Doctor of Osteopathy who specializes in Family Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Technique (OMT), Resources to Help You Quit Smoking or Using Tobacco Products, and Sick/Well visits for Adults and children. Location: Anderson Medical Park – Caldwell Memorial Hospital.  321 Mulberry St SW, Lenoir, NC. Contact: (828) 728-2561.

There are several practices in the area, including Lenoir Family Medicine and Hallmark Family Physicians. The majority of the doctors listed above are affiliated with Caldwell Memorial, a Lenoir NC hospital that is part of the UNC Health Care system. Caldwell Memorial’s many services and divisions include Caldwell Spine Center program; carotid artery stenting; cardiovascular and endovascular care; Digestive Health Center, a fully-staffed 24-hour Emergency Department, Foothills Dialysis Access; McCreary Cancer and Robbins Surgical. Their mission is to provide safe, effective, and compassionate care to the Lenoir community.

Retirement is a time to kick back, relax, make and enjoy the fruits of our labor. Lenoir residents at The Coves Mountain River Club can rest easy knowing quality medical care is nearby in their charming mountain town.

The Coves Mountain River Club is a gated mountain community with five miles of frontage on the Johns River. The Coves amenities include two community gardens, over 39 miles of hiking and horse trails, a full service equestrian center and mountaintop 8,000 square foot lodge. Pigsah Mountain Lodge features an outdoor infinity-view swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center, billiard room, and great entertainment room with kitchen and bar. There’s always social activities going on at the clubhouse. HOA fees are low at around $1,000 a year.

Homes at The Coves epitomize mountain living. Whether folks desire a large private wooded estate, riverfront property on the Johns River or home location perched on a mountaintop with stellar views of Table Rock Mountain, there’s plenty of homesites to choose from and there’s no better time to build a dream home. Homesites begin at $59,900.

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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Three Great Ski Resorts in Western North Carolina

Western North Carolina ski resorts

The mountain towns in North Carolina provide endless exhilarating recreation throughout the four seasons.  During the winter, the western facing slopes become blanketed with snow, since the mountains absorb moisture from the passing clouds.  This is why the High Country boasts the area’s most popular ski resorts, including Beech Mountain, Appalachian Ski Mountain, and Sugar Mountain. As the winter months approach, many of us are dusting off our skis in anticipation of hitting these invigorating slopes. 

Beech Mountain Resort at 1007 Beech Mountain Parkway, Beech Mountain, NC, 800-438-2093  is one such popular winter destination, opened Sunday-Thursday, 9am-9pm, Friday-Saturday and Holidays, 9am-10pm; Holiday Period December 19-January 1; Christmas Eve until 5pm, Christmas Day 1pm-10pm.

Beech Mountain is one of the premier ski resorts in the mountain towns in North Carolina, with fifteen trails—ranging from easy, to difficult, most difficult and  freestyle—with slopes to accommodate the entire family or all levels of skiers as well as two terrain parks for snowboarders. The Park is the largest newly-constructed facility, with 50-plus features, for riders with rotating freestyle features, a dedicated snowmaking system, new light towers, and a surface tow lift providing top-notch conditions round the clock.  Powder Bowl will now re-open as skiable terrain with a blue square designation with the unveiling of The Park, offering greater freedom and flow for both snowboarders and skiers.  The resort is graced with a glass skybar on the mountaintop for those who want to relax after a day on the slopes. 

This December and January at Beech Mountain:

Santa Claus arrives on Saturday, December 17, 2016, 1-3pm at the 4 Seasons, Beech Hotel!  Hot cocoa, treats and photos with Santa, followed by a Christmas Piñata celebration for all the children to break open for some much-loved sweets. 

 • January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month! Enrollment is only $101 per person (ages eight and up) and includes a ski or snowboard lesson, equipment and helmet rental, a full-day lift ticket, and one night’s double occupancy lodging, 

Sunday through Thursday nights.

• USASA presents the Southeastern Series; January 7, 2017; a slope-style free ski and snowboard competition for all ages in the new terrain park.  All competitors who compete in a USASA sanctioned event must be current members of the USASA.  Memberships are available online (recommended) or at the event.  For a complete list of official USASA rules or to purchase a membership, visit the USASA website. 

 • High Country Junior Race Series; January 8, 2017; featuring boys and girls, ages 4 to 18, competing for the fastest time in their categories held at each ski area, culminating in a rotating Championship race. Medals are awarded to the top three finishers among the boys and girls in each age group.  Trophies are also awarded to racers and the team with the most points for the season.

36th Annual Adaptive Learn to Ski Event; January 16, 2017 – January 20, 2017. This clinic is a cooperative effort to benefit individuals with disabilities and teach skiing and snowboarding in the southeast region.  The goal of the event is to promote adaptive snow skiing and snowboarding in a safe environment. 

Over $75,000 of adaptive equipment is brought to the event.  The instructional team is from are all PSIA Adaptive certified instructors.  Participants come from all over the southeast region from ages 4 to over 70 and each year an award is given in honor of Gene Baron, an amputee who skied at the mountain.  Registration Process: contact Al Kaye, at phone 865-541-1353.

So-Gnar Snowboard Camp; January 21, 2017 – January 22, 2017.  This two-day camp, with 3 coaches for every rider, costs less than single-day private lessons at most ski resorts, focusing on goal achievement and overall riding technique/skills and positive attitude.  Open to riders of all ages and abilities.

For those with Carolina mountain homes, another haven for skiing and snowboarding is Sugar Mountain Ski Resort, 1009 Sugar Mountain Drive, Sugar Mountain, NC 28604, 828-898-4521 or 800-Sugar-MT (784-2768) with hours 8am – 5pm; Winter Lift & Slope Session Times during the Day Session: 9am – 4:30pm and Half-Day Session: 12:30–4:30pm; Twilight Session: 12:30–10pm (closed 4:30 – 6:00pm);Night Session: 6–10pm; Christmas Eve: 9am–4:30pm; Christmas Day:12-10pm; Tubing: 10am–10pm (session times may vary); Ice Skating: 10am–10pm (session times may vary); Ticket Hours–Full Day tickets go on sale at 8am and may also be purchased the night before from 8 -9pm in the Rental Department. Twilight & Half Day tickets available at 12pm; Night tickets available at 5pm.

Group Sales Ticket Hours–Full Day tickets on sale at 8am (7:30 on weekends and holiday) and may also be purchased the night before from 7-7:30pm. Twilight & Half Day tickets available at 12pm; Night tickets available at 5pm.

Sugar Mountain features 125 acres of skiable terrain with 21 slopes for skiers of all levels,  and 15 of the slopes lit for night skiing/snowboarding.  This expansive resort offers incredible skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, tubing and ice skating.  Skiers will appreciate the Summit Express–a mile-long luxury ride that takes only five minutes to the peak, as well as state of the art snow machines, and fresh food made to order.  The resort typically opens by Thanksgiving and remains open until the end of March.

This December and January at Sugar Mountain Ski Resort:

NASTAR; Saturday, December 3, 2016–offers recreational racers the opportunity to compare their abilities to the fastest members of the US Ski Team. Test your skills on Saturdays and Sundays at noon on Oma’s Meadow through Friday, March 31, 2017. 

A Weekend of Winter Fun, DECEMBER 10-11, 2016

Demo the Newest & Coolest; 9am–3:30pm, Saturday and Sunday.  Try out the latest ski and snowboard equipment from Salomon, Volkl, Nordica, Burton, Head, Never Summer, K2, Atomic, Dynastar, Rossignol, Ride, and Line.

Adult Preseason Ski Clinic; 8:30am, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Three days of non-stop individual instruction from accomplished ski racers and certified instructors, including a three-day lift ticket, coaching fees, tuning clinic, video analysis, and a hearty Saturday night dinner. Option to participate daily or the entire three days.

After Ski Party & Fireworks; food, drinks and dancing to live traditional bluegrass music by Mountain Creek, Saturday 4–6pm; talented local boys Charlie on mandolin, Dwight on guitar and vocals, Mike on upright base and Perrie on banjo. Fireworks to light up the night sky at 5:45pm. 

Sugarfeast; Hot Chocolate and Whipped Cream Bar at 6:30pm, Friday.

Soup Safari: 11am, Saturday; fresh homemade soups to warm you up.

BBQ and Sweet Tea Lunch & Dinner at 11am–7pm, Saturday & Sunday.  

Edge of the World Mini Games; shred and jib!  11am registration at the EOW tent at the bottom of the Big Birch slope. Fun starts at 12pm.

Santa at Sugar; December 10-24, 2016.  Watch Santa on the slopes and tell him your Christmas wishes.

Live: The Johnson Brothers; December 26, 2016; 4-6pm.  Come groove to the oldies and classic rock! 

Live: Mountain Creek; December 27, 2016; 4-6pm.  Traditional bluegrass will keep your feet tapping!

New Year’s Celebration; December 31, 2016; 9pm-1am; bring in the New Year mountain-style, featuring live music by The Johnson Brothers. For entertainment, 1992 Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medalist, Paul Wylie, will perform on ice, followed by a clinic, a meet and greet and a chance to hold an Olympic silver medal. The general public is invited, free of charge, to the torch light parade and fireworks.

Edge of the World Snowboard Demo Days; January 6-7, 2017; 12-9pm; from 9:30-3:30pm demo their high performance snowboard rental fleet.

Live: Mountain Creek; January 7, 2017; 4-6pm; Enjoy the acoustic sounds of straight-up, traditional, bluegrass music. Local boys Charlie on mandolin, Dwight on guitar and vocals, Mike on upright base and Perrie on banjo. 

National Winter Trails Day – Winter Feels Good;  January 8, 2017, 9am-4pm.

The event offers children and adults the opportunity to try snowshoeing for FREE. Guided tours are available at 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. The program includes a forty-five minute tour and snowshoe rental. Adult tours are for 12 years and up.

Septuagenarian (70 & Older) Party; January 10, 2017, 12pm-2pm, for Sugar’s “Senior Citizen Skiers.” Favors and refreshments provided in the Last Run Lounge.

 Live: The Johnson Brothers; January 14, 2017, 4pm-6pm.  Native musicians play oldie tunes and classic rock from the 70’s through today.

High Country Junior Race Series Giant Slalom; January 22, 2017; registration 7:30-8:30am. Race at 9am–Oma’s Meadow.

Live: Mountain Creek; January 28, 2017, 4pm-6pm; keep warm with the acoustic sounds of traditional, bluegrass music. 

The mountain towns in North Carolina are also home to Appalachian Ski Mountain, the first ski resort in the area and located at 940 Ski Mountain Rd, Blowing Rock, NC., Phone: (828) 295-7828.   Ski shop hours from 8:30am-10pm; 9am-10pm for the lifts; equipment rental/ski tickets—8 am-10pm; ski & snowboard instruction 9:30 & 10:45am, or 1:30, 6 & 7:15pm.  The restaurant is open from 8am-10pm.  This resort offers three easy slopes, three more difficult, three most difficult, and three freestyle.  As well as the twelve slopes, there are two terrain parks serviced by one double chairlift, two quad chairlifts, two conveyor lifts (new in 2010) and one handle-pull lift. The base lodge is smoke free, and has complimentary WIFI in the restaurant. 

This December and January at Appalachian Ski Mountain:

The 11th Annual Shred for the Cup Rail Jam; Sunday, January 8, 2017; registration 9-11am; event at 12pm. The Shred for the Cup Series is the benchmark competition in the region, with 3 events throughout the winter season for both skiers and snowboarders in a variety of disciplines. For all skill levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced) as well as a dedicated Women’s category in both ski and board.  Points for placement at each SFTC event are tallied throughout the season to determine the overall series winners.

Shred for the Cup Big Air; Sunday, January 22, 2017; registration at the Alpine Ski Shop, 9:30-11am; event at 12pm. Warm-up session available for competitors from 10:30–11:30 with a rider meeting at 11:45.  Free Spectator tickets are available at registration and the main office and are required. The Shred for the Cup Series is the benchmark Park competition series in the region.

For those searching for Western North Carolina land for sale, the journey may very well end in the High Country.  This gorgeous region is known as being part of the Appalachian Temperate Rainforest.   Located in the Northwest corner of North Carolina, the High Country includes the towns of Boone, (which has the highest elevation of any town its size east of the Mississippi River at 3, 333 feet and an average of 35 inches of snowfall for those of us who love winter recreation!)

Blowing Rock, West Jefferson, Beech Mountain, Valle Crucis, Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro, Jefferson, Todd, Seven Devils and more. This region is conveniently located, with only a short ride to Charlotte, Raleigh and Atlanta, and with access to several reliable highways.  

And for those of us who are fortunate enough to have settled in our own Carolina mountain homes, meandering over the 125 miles of Blue Ridge Parkway in the High Country, is the most relaxing and rewarding way to see the spectacular countryside.  This Parkway is a National Scenic Byway, traveling through western North Carolina, starting in Virginia and ending near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Many who explore the region as they dream about finding the perfect Western North Carolina land for sale, pause to photograph Linn Cove Viaduct, Moses Cone Manor, Linville Falls or Grandfather Mountain—which for many is the main attraction of the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

Grandfather Mountain is one mile above sea level, at the Mile High Swinging Bridge, and this means unusual weather for the region with higher winds and milder temperatures.  In addition, this natural attraction is a nonprofit Biosphere Reserve for visitors of all ages to explore with a top-notch nature museum, and plenty of educational opportunities.   There are also challenging trails to burn off energy.

For those who live in their Carolina mountain homes at The Coves, they have discovered the sheer joy of a winter outing, skiing on the slopes of the nearby mountains, or visiting the shops and breweries and restaurants throughout the nearby towns, and then returning to the mild weather of home. 

Western North Carolina land for sale at The Coves allows families to share in this winter wonderland without living everyday in the snow.  Winter is on its way and will bring a season full of festive fun and adventure for all of us who enjoy life at The Coves Mountain River Club.

We invite you to stop by and see what our friendly mountain community has to offer your family.

Call 828.754.0700. 

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Orvis Fly Fishing School – Asheville

North Carolina trout fishing

Living right on the Johns River at Wilson Creek NC, we at The Coves Mountain River Club are well aware of the fact that our North Carolina trout fishing is some of the best to be found in the Southeast.  So it’s no surprise that the prestigious Orvis North Carolina Fly Fishing School was established in nearby Asheville to teach the finer points of the skill to both beginners and more experienced casters.

Both one- and two-day sessions are available.  Taught at the exquisite 8000-acre Biltmore Estate, the classes provide expert instruction in fundamentals such as fly-casting techniques, essential fly fishing knots, how to choose gear and tackle, stream entomology (the science of insects), proper fly selection, how to read water and currents and how to play, land and safely release fish.  Students get hands-on experience fly fishing in both still and moving water.

Here’s what some of the attendees had to say about the Orvis experience:

“The instructors are friendly, very experienced, knowledgeable, and positive, and you receive plenty of one-on-one instruction. I thoroughly enjoyed this class and am really looking forward to fly fishing.”

“I did have some fly fishing experience but I still learned a lot and was able to get some of my bad habits corrected. All three of the instructors were extremely knowledgeable and very helpful.  No question was too dumb and all questions were answered.”

“I learned enough to go out the day after the course ended and caught my first rainbow trout on a woolly booger fly given to me by an instructor.  I just ordered a new Orvis fly rod and can’t wait to go again. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants to fly fish but doesn’t know where to start.”

“This school was exactly what I needed to give me the all-around knowledge to take my fishing to the next level!”

“I went to the school as a true novice, and in two days they were able to impart a tremendous amount of fly fishing knowledge to me and give me the confidence to go out fishing on my own.”

The cost of the two-day course at the Orvis Fly Fishing School is $489, including catered lunch.  For one day, it’s just $279.

If you’re a fisherman looking at land for sale in Caldwell County and you want to learn more about the Orvis North Carolina Fly Fishing School, call (866) 531-6213.

The sparkling clean water of Wilson Creek NC, follows a winding path 23 miles down from Grandfather Mountain in the Pisgah National Forest to join the Johns River at The Coves Mountain River Club.  Our residents routinely catch rainbow and brown trout up to twenty inches in length, and the feeder streams offer even more great fly casting opportunities.  The middle section of Wilson Creek is stocked with about ten thousand trout each year.  And attending the Orvis Fly Fishing School can start you on your way to becoming an expert at North Carolina trout fishing.

When you see our more than five miles of magnificent frontage on the Johns River, it’s easy to understand why riverfront property at The Coves is a magnet for retirees who love fishing.  The fresh, clean mountain air and breathtaking scenery make this one of the best places in the country to enjoy your hobby.   And we have even more to offer, compared to other land for sale in Caldwell County.

You have a front-row seat every year when the leaves start to turn.  And the year-round mild weather here in the foothills means you can take full advantage of all the many opportunities to enjoy boating, swimming, golfing, biking, sightseeing and hiking the many nearby trails.  We’re not far from anywhere you need to go, and there’s a rich local culture to explore.

We invite you to take a tour of The Coves Mountain River Club in Lenoir.  Bring your fishing gear and try your luck.  Take a look around, and imagine yourself living year-round in a beautiful home on the Johns River, surrounded by such natural splendor.

You and your family deserve this. 

If you’re exploring Asheville and the foothills for the first time, ask for our 84 page Complimentary Magazine

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Howard Brewing – North Carolina Breweries

North Carolina breweries

Beer is on everybody’s mind in October. Cheers to Western North Carolina as it is becoming a hot spot for microbreweries with Asheville being frequently hailed as Best Beer City USA. There are 22 breweries in Buncombe County alone, with Sierra Nevada and New Belgium being included among the most popular Asheville breweries. Downtown Asheville offers a three-and-a-half hour Brews Cruise where patrons can tours some of the city’s biggest breweries and have a taste at every stop.

If you love Asheville breweries but are on the hunt for a more unique craft beer, look no further than the charming mountain town of Lenoir. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lenoir is a vibrant community of artists, craftsmen, and nature lovers.

Founded in 2013 by Jason Howard, Howard Brewing Company is an uncommon 15-barrel brewery located in Downtown Lenoir. Stop by and enjoy an Action Man Lager or a Trail Maker Pale Ale. In the winter months, HBC offers a Mistletoe Raspberry Porter. Taproom hours are Thursday through Saturday from 5-9pm and Sunday from 1-4pm. If you’re looking for things to do in Lenoir NC, Howard Brewing frequently hosts a number of fun events: 

Tuesday (5-10) Growler Night – To kick off their new hours, HBC is offering $2 off any growler purchase during the month of October.

Wednesday (5-10) Indoor Disc Golf – Stop by every Wednesday to play disc golf for the Unifour putting league. It costs only $5 to play, teams are picked at 6:30, and the top three teams win cash every night. Every player is entered in a drawing to win a basket at the end of the season.

Thursday (5-11) Game Night – A new game is featured every week and announced on the Howard Brewing Facebook page prior to start.

Friday (5-11) Food Truck & Live Music – Check out original music from local singer-songwriters, as well as covers of classic hits while enjoying unique eats from local food trucks.

Saturday (1-11) Yoga Mornings & Free Movie Night – Relax your mind, stretch your body, and finish the class with a cold pint. The one-hour class is from 12-1pm and includes a pint. Doors open at 11:45am. At 6:30pm, enjoy a free, kid friendly movie. At 9pm, leave the kids at home for a free PG-13 or R rated flick.

On October 28th, be sure to check out one of the most fun things to do in Lenoir NC: Howard Brewing Company’s annual Halloween Party. There will be a costume party (Action Man, Best Group/Couple, Most Original, Funniest, & Scariest), a 5/50 raffle, food trucks, and live music. Admission is free and open to everyone ages 21 and up.

Along with all the town has to offer, Howard Brewing Company is conveniently located  The Coves Mountain River Club. 

Residents have the beautiful Pigsah Mountain Lodge to watch the stunning sunsets and sunrises, they sip wine and stroll through Evelyn’s vineyard, and even plant their own flowers and fruits in Isabel’s Garden. Along the Johns River, residents enjoy riverside hiking or take a dip in Coleton’s Swimming Hole during the summer months. Mountain homes amplify the scenic beauty.

People love the spectacular mountain views, friendly community atmosphere, and fun amenities. Whether they’re tasting their way through all the Asheville breweries or venturing to small mountain towns with hometown breweries like Howard, it’s hard not to love living in Western North Carolina.

If you’re considering real estate in Lenoir NC, 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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23rd North Carolina Renaissance Festival

festivals in North Carolina

If you plan on being in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains this fall, one event that should not be missed is the North Carolina Renaissance Festival. Celebrating more than two decades of European culture on both Saturdays and Sundays,  autumnal entertainment can be found at 16445 Poplar Tent Road, October 1st through November 20th, 10 in the morning until 5:30 in the evening. 

How fortunate for folks who own Carolina mountain property that festivals in North Carolina abound, and this event sprawls, rain or shine, over a spectacular twenty-five acre park, located within 325 acres of gorgeous woodlands north of Charlotte.  There are endless cultural and educational opportunities for the entire family (but no pets please)—games that rely upon skill, lively music, comedy, rides, as well as crafts, and food is served in kitchens and pubs reminiscent of a bygone era.  Enjoy the arts and crafts marketplace, the outdoor theater, or the lively circus and jousting tournaments. 

For those families with little ones, children under five are always free.  Costumed characters mingle and mesmerize, singing old songs and performing charming tricks from another time and place.  When you’re tuckered out from the hiking trails in Western NC, there’s nothing like the excitement and ritual of a jousting match, or the artistry of falconry—two events that showcase the splendor of the animals as well as the skill of those who are trained in these impressive sports.   

The Carolina Renaissance Festival is committed to its community and the area’s vital non-profit agencies, donating $10,000 to non-profit fundraising use in events, auctions and raffles–as well as Festival characters who visit other non-profit events in costume.  Many local organizations are fortunate to receive support from the Festival.

And don’t forget about the Festival’s student education days—planned during the week for field trips that offer what can’t be learned in a book—a complete 16th century immersion that will resonate long after the experience is over. Special Events include:

Celtic Music Jams Weekend –  Saturday, October 22, Sunday, October 23, 2016; special guest musicians and Festival minstrels create lively Celtic music.  Take part in the Men of Skills Competition—strength, confidence and skill tested– whether or not you’re wearing a kilt.  

Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights –  Saturday, October 29, Sunday, October 30, 2016.    The largest costume party for all ages; children 12 and under are free.  Don’t have your costume yet?  Find it at one of the largest festivals in North Carolina!  Over 100 locations in the Village to trick or treat, take part in a treasure hunt with prizes, or show off your costume in a contest for all ages; 2:30 PM for children and 3:00 for adults.  For the brave of heart, three jousting performances throughout the day by the Knights of the Living Dead. 

Pirates’ Christmas – Saturday, November 5, Sunday, November 6, 2016.  Shop early  for Christmas and save at Fairhaven Village Marketplace; with $200.00 spent on arts and crafts (one offer per person) two FREE $24.00 Festival tickets are awarded for the season.  Pirate entertainment abounds, Pirate Costume Contests with prizes at 2:30 PM for both children and adults who dare to dress up. 

Time Travelers Weekend – Saturday, November 12, Sunday, November 13, 2016. Visitors are encouraged to dress up as time traveling characters from all genres and take part in the costume contest.  All children under five are free, and  5-12 year olds are FREE also with a school supply donation at the entrance.  Local science fiction and fantasy authors will be present to sign books.

Final Huzzah –  Saturday, November 19, Sunday, November 20, 2016.   Donations of canned foods are encouraged at the entrance.  Children ages 5-12 enter for FREE with the donation of one item, but feel free to be more generous during the holiday season before enjoying some Renaissance turkey and taking part in the cheerful festivities.   

It’s no secret that the folks who have settled into a peaceful life on their Carolina mountain property are able to celebrate the spectacular seasons at the many festivals in North Carolina.   

Our gated community is design for those who appreciate a glorious mountain view, fresh air, and plenty to keep busy.  Life at The Coves, with 3,600 acres, is an incredible blend of the serenity of nature, harmonizing alongside  vibrant community life. 

Have you experienced the peace and beauty along the hiking trails in Western NC?  We have thirty-nine miles of hiking and horse trails nestled into The Coves. Days spent along the Johns River allow you the pleasures of fishing, kayaking or simply relaxing in a riverfront pavilion with family and friends. 

Whether you choose to sip wine on a lazy afternoon at Evelyn’s Vineyard, or sink your hands into the soil at Isabel’s Gardens, there’s plenty to do and explore when you settle down on your own Carolina mountain property.  Those who have already chosen life at The Coves Mountain River Club love discovering incredible and new experiences in a glorious setting.  

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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Cozy Mountain Cottages with Fabulous Stone Fireplaces

stone fireplaces mountain homes

When there’s a chill in the air, nothing makes a room feel more cozy than a fireplace.  It becomes the focal point of any environment, instantly creating an atmosphere all its own.  Who doesn’t have fond holiday memories of sitting in front of a roaring fire, sipping hot chocolate and sharing special times with family and friends?  No matter the style – traditional, contemporary, eclectic or ultra-modern, a fireplace has a unique way of touching something deep inside us.

Modern alternatives tend not to be as imposing as traditional stone fireplaces and may be found these days in master suites and even bathrooms.  There’s a wide choice of materials to blend with any décor.  But in Carolina mountain homes, the look of stone remains popular and blends perfectly with the warm color palette our residents tend to prefer.

A fireplace can be designed in just about any configuration.  You can choose the height of the opening, the shape of the hearth, how to incorporate mantels and lighting, and, of course, the materials that will cover it.  As our mild Lenoir North Carolina weather begins its wonderful segue from Summer to the Fall foliage season, let’s look at some of the options available here at The Coves Mountain River Club for making a fireplace the perfect centerpiece for your home in the foothills.

Stones look great when used with other earth tones in the natural setting of a mountain or lake home.  Stone fireplaces make us think of a warm blanket and cushions.  Some of the more rustic designs may also incorporate wood and even metal.  Choose from sandstone, granite, limestone, river rocks, local stone and more.  The uneven shapes and sizes of the stones create an aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Natural stone offers a random, unplanned look that can convey a rugged image.  It can also be saw-cut into flagstone pieces that work perfectly with a contemporary style.  At The Coves Mountain River Club, you can see examples of the ways design specialists have employed natural stone to enhance our distinctive Carolina mountain homes.

The traditional, rustic fireplace is made of fieldstone – pieces that look as if they were found on adjacent property.  Ledgestone, a very popular material, is small strips that are applied to look like tiny ledges.  And there are convincing and durable man-made stone veneers, available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors.  Because of their lighter weight and standardized sizing, installation is easier and less costly.

Some of the alternatives to stone used in fireplace construction are steel, concrete, brick, stucco, tile, metal, wood, marble and plaster.

As the holiday season approaches, the Lenoir North Carolina weather begins to provide us with more opportunities to enjoy the unique sights, sounds and scents of a wood-burning fireplace.  Old memories are stirred, and new ones are created.  It’s a special time of year at The Coves Mountain River Club, where we never cease to be awed by the sheer splendor of our surroundings.

Mountain homes here are built to be at one with the land – to take full advantage of elevations and views and elements of nature.  And when you return from a day spent hiking, fishing, golfing or enjoying any of the many other outdoor activities available in the foothills, the warmth of a stone fireplace seems like the perfect complement to your experience.

The Coves Mountain River Club is everything you’re looking for in a mountain community.  Stay as active as you want to be, and savor all the pleasures of country living while still having easy access to shopping, dining, entertainment and cultural opportunities.

Stop by soon and take a tour.  Talk to some of our residents.  See our innovative home designs. 

Have a glass of wine on us, and then just sit back, watch the sun set over the mountains and imagine yourself living life to its fullest. That’s life at The Coves.

Call 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit to our one-of-a kind mountain community.

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