Westglow Resort & Spa – Pampering Wellness Close to Home

Blowing Rock spa

If you’re in the midst of a quest for NC mountain land for sale, or perhaps having found the perfect home at The Coves Mountain River Club, Blowing Rock is a quaint nearby village worth knowing more about. Located within a half hour’s drive of The Coves, there are one-of-a-kind shops, tasty restaurants and plenty to do outdoors—all graced with a stunning scenic backdrop. Blowing Rock is known as the “Crown of the Blue Ridge,” so there’s no surprise that this is the location for one of the highest-rated resorts in the world– Westglow Resort & Spa—for the lucky residents in the mountain towns in North Carolina for relaxation, peace and rejuvenation. 

There is no denying the therapeutic benefits of spending time relaxing at a spa, and when the resort is located on 42 acres that are steeped in history, the entire experience is enriched.  Westglow Resort & Spa is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Dating back to 1917, the Greek Revival-style Manor House was built by the renowned artist and writer, Elliot Daingerfield whose artwork and furnishings still remain. Daingerfield is best known for his landscape paintings and he focused on the beauty of the region. Daingerfield chose this spot for its stunning scenery—with Grandfather Mountain and the Blue Ridge Mountains right at his back door.  His private home was turned into a retreat for wellness and relaxation, graced by an extensive restoration and renovation, giving Westglow the polish of a world-class resort for all to enjoy in the mountain towns in North Carolina

This resort is the perfect blend of nostalgic past with all the current expertise in healing care.  Guests can luxuriate in treatments for health and fitness, then step outside and be soothed by the beauty of the region. Westglow’s exclusive reputation is well earned.  Guests can receive full-service accommodations at The Mansion, with charming common areas and period furnishings as well as the fine dining at Rowland’s Restaurant.  If more solitude is desired, there are also nearby lodges with fireplaces and decks to take in the views of the Pisgah National Forest.  The Fleur de lis Lodge can accommodate up to eight guests with three and a half baths and a fully equipped gourmet kitchen. The Lodges provide beautiful individual suites for serenity after a day of spa treatments. 

Spa services are offered at the Life Enrichment Center with an indoor pool, aerobics studio, whirlpools, saunas, steam room, cardio and weight training facilities, private male/female locker rooms, relaxation decks and fireside lounges, tennis and croquet courts, and nature trails to stretch your mind as well as your legs.

Amenities at a Glance:

  • indoor pool & whirlpools
  • wet/dry sauna
  • steam room
  • private body treatment rooms
  • romantic couples massage rooms with fireplaces
  • fireside lounge with mountain views
  • fitness center with weight-training equipment and cardiovascular conditioning center
  • aerobics studio
  • testing clinic
  • full-service hair and nail salon
  • men’s and women’s lounges
  • private showers and dressing areas
  • personal storage locker
  • refreshing poolside café

Westglow Resort & Spa is proud of the level of their service; “We treat every body special.”   There are three staff members for every pampered guest, ensuring your visit will be unforgettable and that your stress will be left behind.  There are many packages available for relaxation and rejuvenation, if you choose to stay on, as well as day packages for wellness, body, face, salon and fitness.  A gourmet spa lunch is included at the poolside café, and the resort facilities are included as well– indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, fitness classes, daily guided hikes, cardio center, weight room, relaxation lounge and tennis court.

In the Low Season, November through April, the Westglow Sampler, Deluxe Sampler and Day Glow are available, as well as facials for both men and women, skincare enhancements, brow and lash tints, makeup application and lessons, body massage, (deep tissue, Thai, hot stone, couples massage, aromatherapy message, prenatal massage, body wraps and body brushes, foot reflexology, cranial sacral therapy, Vichy rain therapy, and body service enhancements. 

The Salon at Westglow is open seven days a week for convenience for both guests and the public.   The finest products are available for hair, nails and skin.   Pamper yourself with shampoos, cuts, color, manicures and pedicures, and waxing services—all for him and her. 

Westglow Fitness Classes:

  • 20/20/20 (Low/High-Impact, Cardio)
  • 30 Minute Meditation (Non-Impact, Non-Cardio)
  • Aquacise (Low-Impact, Cardio)
  •  Barre Blast (Non Impact, Non-Cardio)
  • Cycle (Low-Impact with High-Intensity Cardio)
  • Cycle & Sculpt (Low-Impact with High Intensity Cardio)
  • Fitball (Non-Impact, Non-Cardio). 
  • Gentle Stretch & Tone (Non-Impact, Non-Cardio)
  • Glow Yoga (Non-Impact, Non-Cardio)
  • Hike (Low-Impact, Cardio)
  • Mat Pilates (Low-Impact, Non-Cardio)
  • Tennis Clinic (High-Impact, Cardio)
  • Yoga (Non-Impact, Non-Cardio)

*All classes are appropriate for most fitness levels, beginners are welcome but it is important to work at your own pace.

“At Westglow Resort & Spa, they approach wellness from its mind/body/spirit connection and offer an array of workshops and seminars aimed at helping you explore ways to manage the stresses of life in a healthy way.”  In addition to fitness classes, Westglow offers its Wellness Programs with specialty workshops and seminars to enhance your spa experience:

Wellness Programs:

  • Life Coaching Programs
  • Mind, Body, Spirit Retreat
  • Weight Loss Package
  • 3-Day Jump-Start Program
  • Couples Re-Charge
  • Stress Relief Retreat
  • Wellness Services include:
  • Wellness Assessment & Wellness Assessment Plus
  • Nutrition Assessment & Diet Consultation
  • Health Food Grocery Store Tour
  • Stress Management & Reduction
  • Creating Balance in Your Life
  • Recovery Re-Charge
  • Midlife Journey
  • Mind, Body & Spirit Connection
  • Burnout Prevention & Healing
  • Outdoor Adventure Services
  • Full-Day Hike or Half-Day Hike
  • Mountain Biking Adventures

If they don’t have it, it probably hasn’t been thought of yet! Westglow Resort & Spa received the honor or being inducted into Relais & Chateaux– a collection of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants worldwide.  Additionally, the spa received has received many other awards and accolades:  Travel & Leisure Top Ten Destination Spas in the United States, Conde Nest Traveler, Diner’s Choice, Wine Spectator, and SpaFinder Readers Choice Awards.  This is the festive time of year to create special memories with those you care about, and Westglow makes this possible with their holiday gift certificate specials for steep discounts on Day Spa Packages as well as All Inclusive Resort Rates. As you can tell, we’re big fans of this award winning Blowing Rock resort.

And for those of you who may be searching for NC mountain land for sale this holiday season in the High Country, Westglow Resort & Spa will be bringing in the New Year with festive cheer, live music on New Year’s Eve, and a midnight champagne toast.  For reservations call them directly at 828-295-5141.

After you’ve left Westglow, feeling restored, it’s time to explore the charming little town of Blowing Rock.  Whether you own in a gated community in the mountain towns in North Carolina, or you’re new to the area and searching for a sense of warm community, Western North Carolina is the place to call home.  For many generations, Blowing Rock has been a destination for folks who are craving mountain air and majestic views. The village is quaint, safe, and offers excellent award-winning schools, along with outstanding outdoor recreation for those who adore hiking and winter sportsThere is a focus on the preservation of history which shows in the nostalgic character of the town. 

While looking for NC mountain land for sale, be sure to take a break and check out some of the attractions in Blowing Rock.  There are scenic walks with views of Grandfather Mountain, Table Rock and Hawksbill.  Twenty-five miles of preserved carriage trails at Moses Cone Memorial Park lead to inspiring views, and well-groomed ski trails await your whole family at Appalachian Ski Mountain.  Grandfather Mountain is open year round, weather permitting, with the highest views in the Blue Ridge for breathtaking photo opportunities.  When your feet need a break and you’re feeling a bit thirsty, Blowing Rock Brewing Company is sure to do the trick, or take in some culture and entertainment at the Barter Theater.  For more stunning photos, The Blue Ridge Parkway, a 3,600-acre national park, also is home to the Linn Cove Viaduct, all just minutes from Westglow Resort & Spa. 

Homes at The Coves Mountain River Club are nestled in the perfect setting, at the base of Blowing Rock, which makes a seasonal haven where residents can have the best of both worlds—enjoying the snow of the mountains and then returning home to more Lenoir mild four season weather.  Our mountain community is truly unique, creating a sense of welcoming warmth from the moment you put your key in the door of your cozy mountain home.  Whether it’s this time of year, when you can experience a mild winter surrounded by snowy mountains, or any other season, we’re confident The Coves is the place you will love calling your home. 

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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Places of Worship in the Foothills NC


As the year comes to a close, folks make more time for reflection and appreciation. This time of year is the best time to celebrate your blessings with family and friends in a fun, spiritual environment where you feel accepted and connected. If you’re new to the area, you’re in luck: The mountains of North Carolina are filled with love, light, and the Holy Spirit. There are places of worship for people of all faiths to give thanks, praise, and celebrate with a vibrant community of like-minded individuals.

Listed below are some of the popular churches in the NC foothills that are worth paying a visit this holiday season and beyond:

St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church Lenoir NC – St. Francis of Assisi is a Roman Catholic Church that welcomes new parishioners and all seasonal visitors. They offer Mass in both English and Spanish and at different times throughout the week to accommodate all kinds of busy schedules. The church offers Faith Formation classes, a Youth Group for teens, as well as The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) – which is designed to further educate those who want to become Roman Catholic or who have already been baptized. Parish registration forms are available in the church office during office hours, or online atstfrancislenoir.com. 

Saturday Vigil Mass: In English – 5:00 PM. In Spanish – 7:00 PM. Sunday Mass Times: In English – 9:00 AM. In Spanish – 11:30 AM. Spanish. Daily Masses: Tuesday through Friday at 12:00 PM               Mass on Holy Days of Obligation: Holy Day Vigil Mass –  7:00 PM. Location: 328-B Woodsway Lane NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.  Contact: (828)-754-5281.

Waterlife Church Lenoir NC – The mission of Waterlife Church is to lead people into a “knowing, growing, and going” relationship with Jesus. Middle and high school students can become a part of H20 Students, where they can learn to apply God’s word to their lives in a fun and relevant environment. During each worship service, Waterlife KIDS meets upstairs where children learn through stories, songs, and having fun with each other. In a Life Group, adults meet weekly in homes to build relationships with each other and with God. Waterlife also values serving and holds a 30-minute “First Serve” class where they help people connect to the serving opportunity that suits them best.

Sunday Service: 9:00 AM & 10:30 AM. H20 Students: 5:00-6:30 PM. Location: 1913 Hickory Blvd. SE (Broyhill Civic Center) Lenoir, NC. Contact: (828)-573-3201

Temple Beth Shalom Hickory NC – Temple Beth Shalom is an independent reform Jewish congregation that welcomes members of all age and family configurations. They invite visitors of all faiths to join them in fellowship. Temple Beth Shalom offers Sunday School, Adult Education, as well as The Sisterhood – a group of women with diverse interests who hold monthly meetings to learn more about the Jewish faith and contribute to the community. All women – Jewish or non – are invited to join The Sisterhood, and can do so by sending $36 payable to TBS Sisterhood, and mailing to P.O. Box 9142, Hickory, NC 28603.

Friday Service: 7:30 PM. Saturday Morning Service: 10:00 AM. Sunday School: 10:00 AM. Location:    4360 N. Center St. Hickory, NC 28601. Contact: (828)-327-4081

Mt. Olive Lutheran Church Hickory NC – If you’re interested in spreading faith and love through volunteer work, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church provides a variety of options to give back to your community. In the Community Ministry, Mt. Olive offers Micah’s Cupboard, which strives to assist the needs of local school children and their families during school breaks and vacation; the Mt. Olive Global Ministry Team, which coordinates efforts with global missionaries; and the Mt. Olive Ministry Foundation. Inc., which works to provide scholarships to Lutheran Education Institutions. 

In the Action Ministry, Tying and Tacking Girls are a group of quilters who meet weekly with the goal to provide warmth for the needy children of God – wherever they are. The Flower Ministry creates flower arrangements from donated altar flowers. Crotchet and knitting enthusiasts are invited to join in the Prayer Shawl project. There is also a Music Ministry that provides opportunities for adults, teens, and children as young as 4. 

Sunday: Sunday School –  9 AM. Worship with Holy Communion – 10:00 AM. Congregation Meeting – 11:00 AM. Location: 2780 North Center Street Hickory, NC 28601. Contact: (828)-324-6198

First Baptist Church of Morganton NC – First Baptist Church prides itself on being a dedicated, diverse, and devout community of Christians who believes in making every member a minister. There are ministries available for preschool children, senior adults, deaf members of the community, singers and musicians, and even sponsor both a Boy Scout and Girl Scout troupe. Enjoy a lively and spiritual service in one of western North Carolina’s most comfortable sanctuaries. 

Sunday: Sunday School – 9:45 AM. Worship – 10:55 AM. Youth  Choir – 4:15 PM. Youth Snack Supper – 5:30 PM. Youth Snack Super Session – 6:00 PM. Wednesday: Children’s Choirs (Grades 1 to 5) – 4:30 PM. Preschool Choir – 5:30 PM. Church Family Night Blessings & Celebrations – 6:15 PM. Children & Youth Missions – 6:30 PM. Location: 502 West Union St. Morganton, NC 28680. Contact: (828)-437-2544

Islamic Center of Morganton NC – The Islamic Center of Morganton is a mosque that holds services offering all prayers including formal jumaa. The Islamic Center does not believe in separating genders and allows women to serve on its board of directors. 

Friday: Khutbah – 1:30 PM Location: 203 Bethel St. Morganton, NC. 28655. Contact: (828)-439-9487

When people move, finding a warm and friendly house of worship is on the top of many peoples’ lists. This particular list is just a handful of wonderful places near The Coves Mountain River Club, a beautiful mountain community tucked away in the NC foothills.

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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North Carolina Mountain Homes for Sale with Dreamy Views

North Carolina mountain homes for sale

Think about the most amazing vacation you’ve ever experienced. Your escape to that perfect getaway where you basked in the scenic paradise of your dreams. Remember when you opened the door to your relaxing lakefront hotel suite or romantic mountain resort? As soon as you stepped inside, you dashed to the window to throw back the curtains and drink in the spectacular view. Aaaah, feathery white clouds floating along sapphire skies past towering mountains that cast their cool shadows over crystal-clear streams. Absolutely gorgeous. This place was more incredible than you’d imagined it could be. And, lucky you, you got to drink in that natural beauty for an entire week as you hiked, fished, canoed, strolled, and wined-and-dined your way through the most glorious vacation of your life.

Wait a minute, you thought as you zipped up your suitcase and pulled the final curtain on the last day of your dream vacation, don’t I deserve more than a week-long room with a view? Shouldn’t I be experiencing this kind of bliss every day?

The answer is yes! You do deserve all of this and more. And the place to find your year-round bliss is in your very own NC mountain community at The Coves Mountain River Club. Our charming gated community offers a unique selection of craftsman-style mountain homes situated on expansive plots of land with dreamy views of both mountain and river terrain. It’s every bit as spectacular as your amazing vacation, but with one notable difference. This land belongs to you. And it’s yours to enjoy every day of the year. Top that off with a long list of luxurious amenities and community events, and you’ve just discovered how to make your life a year-round vacation but with all the comforts of home. 

World-renowned architect and ‘Father of International Style’ Le Corbusier believed that “The home should be the treasure chest of living.” We could not agree more. And we can only imagine how impressed Corbusier would be if he toured the current homes for sale in Lenoir NC in our mountain community.

One of the most stunning North Carolina mountain homes for sale is on Waterfall Lane at The Coves Mountain River Club. It offers 3,350-square feet of spacious mountain living just across the road from Pisgah National Forest and Wilson Creek. Talk about dreamy views! This handsomely designed home blends rustic elements with modern overtones. It sits on 2.25 sprawling acres and offers a front-row seat to the natural beauty of North Carolina’s historic hardwood forest, “the land of mile-high peaks,” lush slopes, cascading waterfalls, whitewater rivers, and miles of trails to share with nature-loving neighbors. With such gorgeous scenery just steps from your back door, you will no doubt be spending plenty of time soaking up the sun, breathing in the fresh mountain air, and enjoying year-round weather perfection. 

The setting is absolutely sublime. But this home on Waterfall Lane is just as beautiful on the inside. Its three spacious bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, stylishly functional office, gorgeous great room, and breezy back porch all offer long-range views of Grandfather Mountain, Table Rock, and Brown Mountain. This home comes packed with a treasure chest of extras, including a relaxing hot tub, temperature-controlled floored attic, tons of storage closets, and a whole-house generator. But our favorite feature has to be the exquisite stone fireplace that lights up the dining room with both warmth and charm, providing a cozy focal point for social gatherings, family events, or intimate occasions in your picture-perfect mountain home.

If your heart is set on homes for sale in Lenoir NC that are smaller in square footage but huge on style, comfort, and carefully curated details, there’s a lovely two-bedroom home for sale on Sunset Creek Lane that’s as inviting as its address suggests. This 2,270 square-foot property is an artistically crafted custom home with wood and stone interiors that blends the aesthetics of a traditional mountain home with modern ergonomics and comfort. This rare beauty is furnished with fabulous recreational amenities, including a cloth-covered billiard table, air hockey table, three television sets, a surround-sound system, queen sleeper sofa, and all appliances, including a second refrigerator in the triple garage.

Just imagine owning a mountain home like this, situated on a circular drive near the end of the cul-de-sac and surrounded by unspoiled nature with quick access to walking trails, community gardens, and your favorite fishing spot. There’s plenty to do in this nature-rich community. But when you’re at home on Sunset Creek Lane, you’ll enjoy relaxing in the hand-crafted rocking chairs on the rustic wood-floored screened-in porch that runs the length of the house and offers seasonal views of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

Now this is living! And living in a gated NC mountain community like The Coves Mountain River Club is infinitely better than vacationing anywhere else. And there’s no better time than now to treat yourself to your well-deserved year-round bliss. Your permanent getaway to that idyllic location where luxury meets nature. Where your cozy mountain retreat becomes home sweet home.

Now imagine your next vacation – to Lenoir NC. That charming town in the foothills of North Carolina between Asheville and Charlotte where you’ll find The Coves Mountain River Club nestled along the Johns River at Wilson Creek. At The Coves, you have your choice of home sites to choose from ranging in size from five to 25 acres, each with long-range mountain views or refreshing river frontage.

Living at The Coves gives you access a long list of amenities, including 39 miles of trails, a fully staffed equestrian stable, community garden and vineyard, and a saltwater infinity-edge pool and fully equipped fitness center at everyone’s favorite two-story mountaintop neighborhood lodge with picturesque panoramic views, and a spacious wrap-around porch that overlooks it all.

Your ‘perfect’ home at The Coves is waiting for you. Come for a visit and see for yourself what it means to discover your own “treasure chest of living.” 

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule your visit.

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

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Home Heating Tips in Western North Carolina

temperatures in Hickory NC

The year-round mild climate of the foothills is one of the area’s most attractive features. No matter what the temperature in Hickory NC, maybe, you’ll be able to go outside and take advantage of the many activities we have to offer.  In fact, owners of Carolina mountain properties often say they moved here to be free of the weather extremes back where they came from.  Why keep shoveling snow when you can enjoy the mild Lenoir North Carolina weather at The Coves Mountain River Club?

Of course, there are times of the year when a little extra warmth in the house is welcome.  If there’s a bit of a chill in the air, we can light the fireplace – not only for its heat but because an open fire becomes the perfect place to sit and read or talk or just lose yourself in the dancing of the flames.

You may have had experience with oil heating, and it’s popular here, as well.   Working with our design team at The Coves, many of our buyers select heating oil for their new homes because they know it tends to burn hotter than other commonly used fuel and therefore can usually generate heat faster.

Replacement oil is delivered by tanker truck, and it’s necessary to have a path to the access point of the tank cleared at all times to allow replenishment.  Most of our residents use Bumgarner Oil (828-322-4377).  They’ve been serving Hickory, NC, and the surrounding counties since 1954, providing a full spectrum of petroleum-based fuels, bio fuels and lubricants for business or home.  

There are several ways to distribute heat through a home.  Forced-air systems, central air conditioning and heat pumps use ductwork.  Radiant heating systems have their own method of distribution.  And the older steam and hot water radiators are based upon an entirely different technology.

Some of our buyers ask about heat pumps as a viable alternative.  They are highly efficient, reducing the electricity used for heating up to 50 per cent compared to the electrical resistance method used in furnaces and baseboard heaters.  And a heat pump can dehumidify better than standard central air conditioners, resulting in less energy usage and better cooling in the warmer months.

Radiant heating has a number of advantages. It’s usually more efficient than forced-air heating and baseboard heating because it eliminates duct losses. And people with allergies often prefer radiant heat because it doesn’t distribute allergens. There are three types of radiant floor heat:  air, electric and hot water. 

Air can’t hold large amounts of heat, so radiant air floors are not cost-effective in residential applications.  Because of the relatively high cost of electricity, electric radiant floors are practical only if there’s a significant thermal mass such as a thick concrete floor and your electric utility company offers time-of-use rates.  But hydronic (liquid) systems use heated water pumped from a boiler through tubing laid in a pattern under the floor.  They are both popular and efficient.

No matter what system you select, there are things you can do to maximize its effectiveness. 

Installing a programmable thermostat can reduce annual heating and cooling costs by ten per cent.  Adjust your shades and blinds to bring in sunlight during the cooler months and block it on warmer days. 

Choosing the heating system for your new house can be overwhelming.  Luckily, our design team knows the pros and cons of all the alternatives – and they’re experts on our local weather.   What’s the lowest temperature in Hickory NC, likely to be?  Do Carolina mountain properties get snowed in?  (Answer:  not often.)  Ask all the questions you want to.  It’s our job to make sure you’re happy.

When you’re ready to start enjoying our great Lenoir North Carolina weather in a new home of your own, stop by and talk to our consultants.  Take a guided tour of the property.  Watch the sunset from the balcony at our beautiful mountaintop Pisgah Mountain Lodge.

We look forward to showing you just how great life in the foothills can be.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit.

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

fun things to do in Lenoir NC

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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Hickory Choral Society – Where Singers Meet in WNC

Hickory Choral Society

How busy we at this time of the year and owners of cozy Carolina mountain properties. Attending parties with work associates or with friends, shopping in our spare time, wrapping presents when our lists are all taken care of, and decorating our homes with strings of light and boughs of evergreen.  How fortunate we are to have so many things to do in Hickory NC that not only help us relax but also give us the cherished opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family.  

Music is one of holiday’s necessities, filling our hearts and homes with melodies and carols we’ve carried with us since childhood.  The Hickory Choral Society of Catawba Valley, a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County, is proudly celebrating its thirty-ninth year.  This year’s Holiday Concert will be a combination of traditional works as well as new and exciting arrangements. 

The HCS is located at 243 3rd Avenue NE #2N, Hickory, NC 28601; phone–828-322-2210; office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 am to 3 pm.  There is such a strong cultural environment that is accessible to the retirement communities in Asheville NC, and the HCS plays a vibrant role.  In 1978, the Society began spreading its love of song and music.  The Society has grown in both membership and devoted followers who gather for concerts throughout the year.  There are approximately 100 singers who harmonize today, celebrating their belief “that each person, regardless of station, should be allowed to share the divine, universal gift of music and its immeasurable rewards.” 

For those of you who would like to sing with HCS, there is a new singer audition held in May on the third Monday, and a second audition possibly in August.   Volunteer singers come from nine counties: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, and McDowell.   As Tracy Hamlin, former singer of the Society said, “once you are a member, you are always a member. It’s in your heart, your blood, your soul.”  Auditions are judged by the HCS conductor and two assistants, who also select the audition music.  Please be able to sight read choral music.   Every three years each section is re-auditioned.  Annual dues are $50.00.  Performance attire for men is traditional tuxedo, and for women dress ordered through the HCS office. 

Recent Hickory Choral Society Christmas Concerts:

• Friday, December 2, 2016, 8 pm

• Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11 am *Cookies & Carols Children’s Concert*

• Saturday, December 3, 2016, 3 pm

• Saturday, December 3, 2016, 8 pm

• Sunday, December 4, 2016, 3 pm

Mark your calendar for upcoming  Hickory Choral Society Spring Concert

• Sunday, March 26, 2017, 3 pm

First Baptist Church, Hickory

“This was the very first Cookies and Carols occasion, kicking off a new holiday tradition for the whole family.  Join the Hickory Choral Society and orchestra members whose rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas always delivers the joy of the season.  Children are invited to sing up front with the Choral Society.  And this year there will be  some very special guests—Santa and the Grinch!  Children will be love their sweet cookie and cherish the ornament they can take home for the tree.

The cultural diversity and richness in Hickory is just one of the draws of the area for those who have chosen the retirement communities in Asheville NC.  No matter whether we are fully retired, semi-retired, or still working, there’s nothing better than discovering the variety of things to do in Hickory NC.  There’s often a misconception when we leave the metropolitan setting behind, that we won’t find the same cultural opportunities, whether it’s hearing an amazing concert, taking in a museum, or finding an unusually fine restaurant.  Fortunately, this is not the case for those of us who own Carolina mountain properties. 

The Asheville region is such a vibrant community.  The Coves Mountain River Club is located in the suburbs and is a friendly neighborhood you should explore when you enjoying things to do in Hickory NC while deciding to make this area your future home.  We are extremely blessed to have such a healthy and booming cultural arts scene in this region.   For those who visit longing to own one of the scenic Carolina mountain properties,  our inspiring mountain community is exactly the environment we dream about. Amenities include five miles of frontage on the Johns River, more than 39 miles of hiking and horse trails, a full service equestrian center, community gardens, parks and waterfalls in addition to the mountaintop Pisgah Mountain Lodge with an infinity-view swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center and entertainment great room. 

The Coves Mountain River Club is a pleasant drive of only a little more than an hour from Asheville off Interstate 40, and affords those who choose to live on a serene property, the opportunity to take part in the foothills culture.  Our region is known for its exemplary arts-affiliated organizations that continue to blossom from year to year and provide entertainment, education and community to all those who live in The Coves as well as the retirement communities of Asheville NC.

It’s fair to say, the hills are alive with the sound of music in Western 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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