Become a Beekeeper, Brewer or Mixologist Near Lenoir

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Back when we were kids, seems like everyone was always asking what we wanted to do with the rest of our lives. “What will you be when you grow up? Fireman, ballerina, doctor, nurse?” They made it seem like we had to pick just one.

These days, with the benefit of age and wisdom on our side, we’ve got this life thing pretty much figured out. Now when someone asks us what we want to do with the rest of our lives, the answer is “What don’t we want to do!” Or as some folks like to say, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Thanks to lifelong learning programs like the ones you find in the mountain towns in North Carolina, it’s easier than ever to keep on dreaming, keep on learning, keep on doing the things you’ve always wanted to do. Want to be a beekeeper? Brew your own beer? Learn a new language? You’ve come to the right place!

Like all the best goings-on in the uniquely charming NC mountain communities, even personal enrichment comes with that distinctive mountain-town flair. You’ll find some truly extraordinary learning opportunities here – like beekeeping classes! Yup, we’re serious. Our local college really does offer them! Along with classes in beer-brewing, mixology, motorcycle safety, and plenty of other topics that appeal to mountain lovers of all ages.

If you’re a lifelong learner who knows the value of expanding your horizons, you’ll want to sign up for one of these fun and stimulating courses at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. They’re offered as part of the college’s continuing education program. You may already be familiar with the two CCC&TI campuses in Hudson and Boone. Maybe your kids or grandkids are among the 16,000 students who study each year at CCC&TI, where academic programs range from business to law enforcement to liberal arts to nuclear medicine technology.

But did you know this 53-year-old educational institution also offers personal enrichment courses for those of us who want to keep on learning well into our retirement years? CCC&TI’s motto is Educational Opportunities for All. Their mission to “foster academic and civic enrichment” includes a focus on lifelong learning. And that’s great news for all of us!

If you’re ready to learn new skills or sharpen the ones you already have, be sure to check out CCC&TI’s personal enrichment courses, which are offered throughout the year on both campuses. Online registration makes it easy to get started. Current offerings include:

This short course is getting a lot of buzz! Students are introduced to the basics of hobby beekeeping. They’ll learn about the different types of bees, basic beehive and frame construction, beekeeping tools, hive management, and honey production.

Cheers! This course teaches the fundamentals of beer and the brewing process, including basic ingredients, brewing and fermentation, bottling, sanitation and cleaning methods, tasting and critique.

Want to know more about the art and craft of mixing drinks? This course will teach you how to make a variety of mixed drinks, from the classic favorites to the more exotic cocktails, and will let you in on some of the best tricks of the trade!

Both American Sign Language (ASL) and Spanish classes are currently offered. The introductory ASL course is designed for students who want to work with the Deaf community or learn how to communicate with deaf family or friends. The Spanish classes are offered at three levels: Conversational I, Conversational II, and Spanish for Healthcare Providers.

Get yer motor runnin’… Join one of three class levels – Basic, Experienced, Advanced – to sharpen your safety skills, master the rules of the road, and learn the best strategies for minimizing risk when you ride. 

It’s always a good idea to brush up on the basics of good driving, and this 4-hour course (offered weekly) can help you do it. It may also help you reduce the charges on certain traffic violations in any county that recognizes the NC Safety and Health Council program.

The Hudson campus of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute is located on 98 acres off Highway 321 in Hudson NC. This is where you’ll want to take your courses if you live in, NC mountain communities near Lenoir, Granite Falls, or Hickory. If you’re closer to Boone or Blowing Rock, you may want to study at the Watauga campus, located off Highway 105 on Community College Drive. There’s also a Continuing Education Center on Bamboo Road in Boone. Whichever location you choose, you’re guaranteed a fun and memorable learning experience at a college that’s committed to learning excellence and educational opportunities for all.

Mountain living means waking up every day knowing the sky’s the limit. And when you live under a crystal Blue Ridge sky in one of the many lovely gated communities near Asheville NC – like those in Lenoir, Hickory, Blowing Rock, or Boone – you’ll awake each day to a life of truly extraordinary opportunities.

Lifelong learning in Lenoir is particularly wonderful when you’re living at The Coves Mountain River Club. This is a vibrant community of mountain lovers who know how to live life to the fullest. That’s why they’ve chosen a dream home in the foothills of NC, where beautifully designed estates with spacious floor plans offer long-range views of Table Rock, Grandfather Mountain, and Pisgah National Forest, guaranteeing a picturesque indulgence out every window or private wooded estates set in a forest.

Folks living at The Coves relish their social and recreational activities year-round in this mountain-river paradise, where the neighborhood lodge, community garden and vineyard, and exercise facility provide dozens of ways to socialize with neighbors and friends. Unless, of course, you’re in the mood for peace and solitude, in which case, a glorious escape to the horse stables, some sun salutations on a yoga mat at waterfall park, or a leisurely walk with the family pup along miles of hiking and biking trails might be the order of the day.

And when it’s time to follow up with homework from last night’s personal enrichment class at CCC&TI, The Coves residents might choose to read their course materials in the shade of a quiet garden gazebo, or practice their new mixology skills by hosting a tasting party with neighbors at the Pisgah Mountain Lodge. We’re pretty sure they’ll be more than happy to sample an exotic cocktail or two!

The adage is true – If you can dream it, you can do it! And there’s no better place to dream or to do than The Coves Mountain River Club in Lenoir NC.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule your visit to this one-of-a-kind gated mountain community where new and exciting opportunities are yours for the taking, and beautiful Blue Mountain horizons are yours to broaden!

If you’re exploring real estate in the mountain towns in North Carolina for the first time, ask for our 84-page complimentary Western North Carolina Relocation Guide, which gives you more information about living in the foothills.

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Solar Eclipse August 2017 – See it from The Coves

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Imagine watching the moon cover the sun in a total solar eclipse from high up on a mountaintop, surrounded by family, friends, and the beautiful outdoors. On August 21, visitors and residents alike will have the chance to experience a rare solar eclipse – the first in 26 years – near Asheville, NC. The once-in-a-lifetime nature of this event will stargazers and nature lovers from all over the world to the mountain towns in North Carolina. Given the many locations to view the eclipse, there is simply no excuse not to attend.

It’s no secret that the stars look better from the Western Carolina mountains than any other place in the world. Living in the Western NC mountains provides unparalleled stargazing opportunities, including that of the mysterious Brown Mountain Lights. The Brown Mountain Lights are a series of red, circular ghost lights that can be seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway and from the Brown Mountain Overlook between Morganton and Linville, NC.

If you’re looking for a view of both the stars and nighttime skylines of surrounding towns, The Thunder Hill Overlook, located between mileposts 290 and 291 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, is the perfect place. Just beside the parkway, the Green Mountain Overlook provides the perfect view of the Milky Way, Ursa Majora, and other breathtaking constellations. Additionally, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Brown Mountain Overlook are two places where one can view the upcoming solar eclipse.

Another perfect location to view the eclipse is at our Pisgah Mountain Lodge. Built an elevation of 1,700 feet, the clubhouse offers a 360-degree view of the night sky. Residents can spend time in the infinity-view swimming pool, relax in the hot tub, and enjoy the view from the living room that faces Grandfather Mountain. The top level of the lodge has floor-to-ceiling glass with a large kitchen, great room, and lending library.

On the lower level, residents can make use of the fitness center – which has its own locker room, showers, and fitness class area and game room equipped with ping-pong and pool tables. Table Rock, Adams Knob, and Brown Mountain can be clearly seen from the lodge as well. The sunset over the mountains is nothing short of breathtaking, and millions of stars are visible at night.

The Pisgah Mountain Lodge is one of the many amenities that The Coves Mountain River Club, one of the best gated communities near Asheville NC, has to offer. After a long day of riverside hiking along the Johns River or splashing in Coleton’s Swimming Hole, residents can sip wine or stroll through Evelyn’s Vineyard, and harvest their own fruits and veggies in Isabel’s Garden.

Equestrians can also board their horses at Round Mountain Ranch, where services include veterinary services and riding lessons, and ride them along scenic trails. Our equestrian director, Mona Houston, is one of the finest you’ll ever meet.

The Coves is more than just a neighborhood – it’s a vibrant community set in a mountain paradise.

Start marking your calendars for the August 2017 Solar Eclipse! Don’t miss the chance to witness the awe-inspiring beauty that our galaxy has to offer.

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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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Benefits of Building a Green Mountain Home

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Western North Carolina offers some of the most visually spectacular land for sale in the NC mountains that you’ll find anywhere.  And when you’re building a mountain home in such an unspoiled environment, it makes good sense to consider incorporating materials, techniques and features that will make it as “green” as possible.

At The Coves Mountain River Club, we encourage and support efforts to create homes that are healthier, self-sustaining, and more cost-effective in the long run and use up fewer natural resources.

Here are some of the specific benefits you will derive from a taking “green” approach with your design.  It’s important to note that they won’t cost you any more than if you were building a conventional home.

Improved indoor air quality

  • The paints, adhesives, sealants and finishes used in the construction of “green” homes emit considerably less toxic waste, and there’s no residual effect that can cause smells, exposure to formaldehyde (a known carcinogen) and even respiratory illness.
  • A properly-sealed “green” home also has a more sophisticated ventilation system that constantly brings clean, fresh air inside.  There’s less likelihood of mold developing, so you’ll enjoy much healthier living conditions.
  • In addition, radon-mitigation systems can be set in the foundation.  They allow harmful radon gas from the soil to be vented to the home’s exterior, so your level of exposure is significantly reduced.  The Environmental Protection Agency believes that radon may be the second-leading cause of lung cancer.

People building “green” mountain homes near Asheville have begun to recognize that there are cost savings involved as well.

Return on investment

A green home is a durable home. For a homeowner, that means less work and expense to maintain the home properly, and components of the home won’t need to be replaced as often, if ever.  “Green” building options that that serve this purpose include:

  • Durable roofing materials – some with 40- or 50-year warranties.
  • Recycled-content decking – can last up to five times longer than traditional wood decking and never needs to be treated or painted.
  • Chemical-free pest controls – discourage termites and other pests by separating all exterior wood-to-concrete connections with metal or plastic fasteners or dividers and by locating all new plants at least 36 inches from the foundation.

Water and energy efficiency can save you as much as 70% on your utility bills. Energy efficiency makes a home more affordable to live in and more attractive to prospective buyers if you decide to sell. Homes with “green features” can command as much as 7% in the resale market. Besides saving on utility bills, a “green” home employs construction techniques that can reduce so2me costs during the building process.  Some of these are:

  • Creating a tight thermal envelope that’s sealed to reduce air leakage, designing and locating ductwork to minimize energy loss and choosing low-emissivity windows to help decrease heating and cooling requirements.
  • Installing a smaller HVAC system is made possible when there’s a high-quality thermal envelope, providing greater comfort and lower upfront and operating costs.
  • Framing with 2-by-6 studs spaced at 24 inches allows the use of more insulation, which can reduce wood use and labor costs.

Finally, there are a number of things that can be done to reduce water use and generate additional savings for the homeowner:

  • Installing Energy Star-rated appliances such as dishwashers and clothes washers
  • Using shorter hot-water runs, insulated hot-water pipes, low-flow faucets and high-efficiency  toilets that require 1.3 gallons of water or less per flush
  • Choosing high-efficiency irrigation systems such as low-flow drip systems, bubblers and low-flow sprinklers that minimize overspray and evaporation and reduce runoff

Lower Environmental Impact

Using renewable, clean energy sources and reclaimed materials also lessens our reliance on fossil fuels and other depleting resources.  For people looking for land for sale NC mountains properties present an opportunity to plan “green” homes that blend perfectly with their surroundings – both in appearance and in their respect for nature. 

Building a mountain home is a fun project, and we’ll be with you every step of the way.  Come by and visit us soon at The Coves Mountain River Club in Lenoir.  See all we have to offer and how much there is to do here.  You’ll soon understand why mountain homes near Asheville have become so popular with retirees who want to stay active.

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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3rd Annual Summer Bash – Making a Difference in Lenoir

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Our mountain towns in North Carolina are gearing up for another Summer Bash, August 26 from 5-11pm, thanks to the dedication and fun spirit of the Wig Bank of Caldwell County, alongside Ali & Madison Bumgarner. The Extraordinaires and DJ Johnny B will be in attendance, playing their lively tunes to keep the party hopping and the guests dancing.  Of course there will be delicious food and refreshing drinks available in the American Legion Building in Lenoir on this fine summer night. 

When you’re looking for things to do in Lenoir NC, the reasonably-priced tickets ($35) can be purchased by calling the Wig Bank of Caldwell County at 828-726-9111 or visit 226 Mulberry St, SW Lenoir, NC 28645. Remember, all who attend are lending their support to a worthy cause. The Wig Bank’s motto is Hope.  Support.  Education.  Friends. Those who live in our gated communities near Asheville NC often attend their Red Dress Event or popular Wig Walks as well as volunteer their time to this organization with a tremendous heart.

For over ten years, the Wig Bank of Caldwell County has been helping those who are bravely fighting cancer in the mountain towns in North Carolina.  Two motivated and inspired women, a hair salon owner and an oncology nurse, understood the diverse needs of our much-loved community.  Their vision was to make a difference to those who were sick, and soon many others became eager to lend their help and support. Though these two women began with a just few wigs, their vision soon took off. Perhaps you’ve walked or driven by the Wig Bank and noticed the modest house with the purple door.  If you ventured inside, you surely found a hot pot of coffee and a warm greeting. 

Their dedicated staff offer educational resources for those who are sick with cancer, or those who are taking care of a sick loved one, as well as some much-needed comfort and support.   The inspired founders of the Wig Bank initially saw the need to provide wigs to sick woman, but soon came to understand all the other services that were necessary to help survivors feel better, as well as the need for support groups for men, women and children in the gated communities near Asheville NC. 

In addition to wigs, they provide makeup kits and how-tos, as well as funds for essentials such as food, gas, literature for cancer education, exercise classes and more. Recently the community pulled together to raise funds for the purchase and renovation of Mulberry Street. No surprise that the folks who live in our mountain towns in North Carolina were able to turn this adorable house into a welcoming home.

Whether you’re looking for classes, support groups, or a place for your children to hang out for some fun entertainment—this is the spot.  Kids can watch movies, play pool, foosball, ping-pong or cards, while the grown ups share meaningful conversation or grab some downtime in the library, reading in a comfy chair or doing a little online research.

The giving nature of our volunteer community members, always looking for things to do in Lenoir NC, make a real difference to others, and ensure all the Wig Bank’s incredible services are free.The Wig Bank’s services, support groups and programs:

• On-Site Beauty Shop

Provides wigs for women and children who may lose their hair through cancer treatments. Each wig is specially selected and styled by one of our licensed stylists.

• Locks of Love

An individual may donate their hair (must be at least 12 inches) to a national wig company for cancer patients. The locks should be clean, bound together, braided, bagged and delivered to The Wig Bank with your name and phone number taped to the outside of the bag.

• McCreary Cancer Center

A partnership with the McCreary Cancer Center offers a wide range of programs for individuals and their families touched by cancer.

• I Can Cope

This is a monthly support group initiated by the American Cancer Society for people who have just been diagnosed or are in treatment for cancer.  Facilitated by an oncology nurse, other experts are frequently invited to answer questions.

• Arm in Arm

The most popular breast cancer support group meets the third Monday of each month at 6 pm.

• Look Good… Feel Better

This program meets after Arm in Arm and brings women together to learn tips on applying makeup (a free bag of makeup is supplied), techniques for using scarves and hats, and exercise tips so they can look and feel their best.

• Restorative Yoga

Heal and restore with our popular mid-day Restorative Yoga classes.

• CHiPS (Child Health Enrichment Programs)

Support group for children affected by cancer, providing games, and art therapy with high school Beta Club students. During these sessions, parents meet upstairs with volunteers. The group meets monthly, except during the summer.

• Sister Group

A minority outreach program designed to explain the benefits of good breast health and mammograms.

In addition to giving your time, you can also give the gift of hope by donating to the services at the Wig Bank.  Their website describes their passionate mission perfectly:  “We strive to offer meaningful services that are sensitively suited to meet the emotional, intellectual and inspirational needs of individuals and families going through their journey with cancer. Your donation helps outreach efforts for: renewed self-esteem, emotional recovery and support, and information resources. You can make a donation in several ways:

·       Sponsoring, attending or supporting one of our fundraisers

·       Donations in honor or memory a loved one

·       Individual financial gifts in any amount

Give the gift of hope! Your donation helps The Wig Bank continue its mission to be a ray of hope and help for local individuals touched by cancer.”

Those who live in the gated communities near Asheville NC understand the importance of volunteering.  There are so many meaningful ways to give of yourself in retirement–to the schools, nursing homes, museums, voting centers, shelters, soup kitchens and ministries.  Of course, the beauty of Lenoir is when you’re done volunteering, there’s so much else to keep you busy.

Are you looking for more fun things to do in Lenoir NC this summer?  You’re probably aware of some of the most the popular past-times, but there are scores of others to discover now that you have some down time.  Looking for a great way to kick off your weekends?  Friday nights at the Tri-County Motor Speedway features NASCAR All-American Series stock car racing.

Or if you feel the need to kick up your heels, grab your date and try clogging at Sims Country Barbecue in Dudley Shoals.   Lenoir’s beat is kept strong with all the impromptu front porch jam sessions that are open to the public and musicians of all ages from beginner to pro.

For those who enjoy intellectual stimulation, you can visit any of the state’s seven educational forests and learn a little something new about our ecosystem, or visit one of the many museums:  the Caldwell Heritage Museum, the Granite Falls History and Transportation Museum, the Antique Vending Company, the Wilson Creek Visitor Center, or Hudson’s Railroad Depot Museum to take in some of our fine history and culture.

If you feel more energetic, you can train for some of our challenging bike rides, and when you feel the need to cool down, hike along any number of our refreshing creeks that flow from our gorgeous mountains.

It’s obvious how lucky we are to live in this region, and those who have found their perfect piece of land at The Coves and settled into their charming mountain homes, can enjoy all that Lenoir has to offer each and every day.  From volunteering alongside our close-knit neighbors, to exploring the nearby downtown and surrounding parks, restaurants, and shops, there’s never enough time to do it all.  Especially when your home at The Coves is beckoning you to return for a little relaxation or family and friend gathering.  If you’ve yet to experience The Coves in Lenoir, stop by and see what you’ve been missing.

Call 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit.


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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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