Woodworking Clubs and Classes in the NC Foothills

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It’s no wonder woodworking’s a popular pastime in this area. With over 20 miles of wood furniture plants and stores, Hickory is known as the “Furniture Capital of the World” and has been since the 1890’s. Among the fun things to do in Hickory NC is participating in woodworking clubs and events that attract both experienced craftsmen and beginners to get together and work on their projects.

Hickory’s is about a half hour’s drive from The Coves Mountain River Club, and we find a lot of our residents make the trip on a regular basis to pick up woodworking supplies and mingle with others who share their passion.

Many began wood carving early in life, perhaps picking up skills from a parent, other relative or mentor.  We find many happy to share their knowledge and offer suggestions for ways to do things that might not be apparent to those who are just getting started.  And they’re open to ideas from others, as well. They understand that, like any craft, woodworking is a lifelong learning process.

Some choose to take up woodworking full-time when they retire, having had little time to devote to hobbies while busy with work and raising a family.  And when they’re looking at North Carolina mountain homes for sale, these woodworkers have made sure there would be sufficient space for the hand tools and equipment they will need.

When you spend some time with anyone who does this for fun or for a living, and you’re likely to hear about the intoxicating smell of newly-cut wood, the deep satisfaction that comes with making something beautiful, and maybe the reward of using your talents to help others.  One of the benefits of joining a woodworking club is the chance to be a part of group volunteer efforts to support the needy and other worthy causes.  That can involve making wooden toys, shelves, or even furniture.  When people with various skill levels are available, there’s always someone who can solve whatever problem might arise.

The beginning woodworker should learn how to design and plan, evaluate the mechanical characteristics and artistic appeal of various woods, and understand completely the functions and necessary safety procedures for any tool used in the process.  Appalachian State University in Boone, about 30 miles northwest of The Coves Mountain River Club, teaches more advanced woodworking classes to develop your abilities.

Motives for woodworking vary according to the goals of those pursuing the craft.  Some may specialize in larger, more ornate projects, while others devote their time to creating accent pieces, art or whatever else strikes their fancy.  And still others may be focused upon the financial aspect – making things to be sold.

Woodcraft, if marketed correctly, can be a good source of income.  There are many ways to approach it, but of course it’s important that you make things people want to buy.  Items that have proved to be popular sellers include custom signs, quality wooden toys, birdhouses and unique picture frames. On a large scale, some make dining tables or carve statues out of timber.

If you’re thinking about taking up woodworking, here’s some help tips. Once you have enough inventory to start selling, look for things to do in Hickory NC and surrounding towns that bring out potential customers, such as craft shows, flea markets, folk and music festivals and similar events.   You’ll find plenty of those going on in the foothills.  A good rule of thumb for pricing is to charge four times the cost of your materials.

The internet’s another good place to market your work, whether it’s on your own web site or one or more of the popular selling sites such as eBay and Etsy.  You can see what others have done and possibly get some good ideas.  And check your local library for a book on how to start a craft business.

Lifelong learning keeps us vital, and woodworker’s know it stimulates both the mind and the body.  As a hobby, there’s no stress because you can work when you feel like it and stop whenever you want to.  And in the end, you have something you’ve made with your own hands that you can be proud of. Perhaps the next treasured family heirloom.

At The Coves Mountain River Club, many of our North Carolina mountain homes for sale and those under construction showcase woodworking craftsmanship. Situated in a forest, we have all types of wood and timber to learn about and try your hand at.

We enjoy year-round mild weather, gorgeous scenery and a wealth of opportunity for indoor and outdoor activities.  There’s always something to do! No matter what your woodworking skill level may be, living here provides you with easy access to the people and resources you need to make the most of your woodworking hobby.

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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Christmas Parades in Asheville and Surrounding Towns

Christmas Parades Asheville

The charming mountain towns of North Carolina know just how to usher in the holiday season with festive warmth, a community spirit, and joyful celebration. Now is that time of year when the days are growing shorter and if you’re like us, you’re dusting off your snow shoes and shining your snow skis as you’re drinking a warm mug of hot chocolate.

There’s nothing like good old fashioned tradition to bring back the holidays of our childhood—whether it’s our grandmother’s cranberry stuffing recipe, the yearly pilgrimage to cut down the perfect Christmas tree, or gathering on the quaint streets of town with those near and dear to be a part of the holiday parade. A happy time that will likely make you giggle.

If you’re just beginning the exciting search for North Carolina mountain homes for sale, why not time your exploration in the North Carolina mountain communities  during these cheery and festive Christmas parades:

Downtown Lenoir – 6:30 pm

  • C.O.L. Christmas Parade
  • Saturday, November, 25, 2017
  • Friday, December 1, 2017

“With over 200 entries, the Lenoir Christmas parade has become a much loved holiday tradition with university and high school band performances, numerous floats , community groups, businesses and of course Santa float is the grand finale!  Don’t miss this holiday happening!”

Hickory Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

  • Friday, November 17, 2017
  • 222 Union Square 6 pm-8:30 pm

Santa and Mrs. Claus will light the Christmas tree after the parade.  Music and visits with Mr. and Mrs. Claus continues under the Sails on the Square.

Downtown Morganton Christmas Parade

  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – 6 pm
  • Theme Seussify Morganton (Dr. Seuss)

“Please join the Morganton Downtown Development Association as they present the Downtown Morganton Christmas Parade! Each year there are over 100 entries in the parade. This includes floats, marching bands as well as characters of all shapes and sizes to greet the younger viewers. The excitement of the parade and the Christmas season is contagious!” The parade route begins at corner of E. Meeting Street and proceeds northwest up S. Green, left on Collett Street, left onto S. Sterling Street, ending on W. Concord Street.

Sawmills Annual Christmas Parade

  • Saturday, December 2, 2017
  • Line up begins on Helena Street @9:30 am; parade begins at 10 am

Travels from 321A @ intersection of Cajah’s Mountain Road/Mission Road toward Granite Falls to Pregis Corp. on 321A.

Annual Downtown Granite Falls Christmas Parade

  • Saturday, December 2, 2017 – 12 pm-2 pm

Sponsored by the town of Granite Falls Rotary Club; this year’s theme “Movie Time Christmas” (Favorite Christmas Movie).  Registration forms to be in the parade can be picked up at the Granite Falls Police Department.

Hudson Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 2, 2017 – 2 pm

“From the middle school to the First Baptist Church north of Town. Church and Civic groups join antique cars, beauty queens, South Caldwell Band, fire departments and much more.”

Downtown Asheville Holiday Parade

Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 11 am

This year’s theme—Light up the Holidays.  Celebrating 70 years, the parade features 100 entries including marching bands, dance and cheer squads and festive floats.  A ninety-minute parade with entertainment for all ages. One mile route–Charlotte Street up Biltmore towards Pack Square; left on Patton and ends on French Broad Street After the parade photos with Santa from 2-4 pm at The Grove Arcade. 6 pm—Lighting of Winter Lights trees at Pack Square.

Living in the mountain towns of North Carolina at this time of year is a time full nostalgia. When time spent with family and friends makes the world more beautiful. The white-dusted mountains of the High Country provide a scenic backdrop along with Norman Rockwell-like towns lighted up for Christmas. Places where you can snuggle up by a cozy fire and enjoy a glass of wine. This is everyday life in the North Carolina mountain communities.

And at Christmas time, whether you’re browsing for the perfect unique holiday gifts, or gathering with friends, family and the community to take in a Christmas parade, there is a whole season chock full of joyous events to jot down on your calendar you won’t want to miss. In fact, if your searching for North Carolina mountain homes for sale, this is an incredible time of year to visit and take in all the decorations and magical lights and get yourself in the holiday spirit.

Only by visiting the mountain towns in North Carolina will you come to feel and sense the warm and welcoming nature of these close-knit communities.  Our towns have held onto their historic charm while creating new and unique shopping, dining and recreational opportunities. 

Why not take a peek at our gated mountain community while you’re here looking at North Carolina mountain homes for sale? Here’s a move-in ready home for sale with sweeping mountain views on Waterfall Lane priced at $699,900 with 3 spacious bedrooms, 2.5 baths, an office and a gracious 3,350 square feet of space.

This could be the perfect Craftsman-style home you’ve been searching for. Set on 2.25 acres, the home has sweeping views of Grandfather and Brown Mountains, as well as Table Rock.  The great room, porches and hot tub all look out over the majestic mountain view.  In addition, the builder has added touches most hope for–tons of storage closets, a temperature-controlled floor attic, and a whole house generator. You couldn’t ask for a sweeter location– overlooking 500,000 acre Pisgah National Forest and nearby Wilson Creek, a federally designated Scenic and Wild River.

Or perhaps you’ve always dreamed of designing your own mountain home with a state-of-the-art kitchen to gather with family as you create your favorite meals, or a stone fireplace to illuminate your master bedroom, and a great room filled with comfy oversized chairs and surround sound to play your favorite music while kicking back. Our design team will make the process easy and seamless. Take a peek at a few of the builder floor plans available.

When you visit The Coves, you’ll discover why we rival many of North Carolina mountain communities you’ve seen and we offer a better value!

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour. 

Tags: Festivals | Hickory | Lenoir | Morganton

Designing the Ultimate Man Cave at The Coves

man cave designs

The term “man cave” popped up around the mid 1990’s likely from the book ‘Men are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. A book attempting to define the differences between men and woman which include home designs. It’s hard to disagree with how most women love a gorgeous kitchen far more than a man.

Men dig a well appointed-garage or high-tech entertainment room far more then a woman, space in the home often nicknamed the man cave. Today’s man cave is whatever a man wants it to be. Individual tastes and needs will dictate the form it takes, but in essence it’s a refuge – a place a man can call his own. A place for his Harley, train collection, sports memorabilia or bourbon and cigar bar.

Popular culture may conjure images of sports events on large screen TVs, ultra-comfy lounge chairs and a well-stocked bar, but what if your personal passion is woodworking, car or motorcycle restoration or some other activity that warrants organized tool storage and a dedicated work space?  Fortunately, building a mountain home affords one the opportunity to design and create your tailor-made personal man cave in the natural splendor of the Western North Carolina foothills.

Gated communities near Asheville NC, such as The Coves Mountain River Club, are known for their wide and diverse options for enjoying outdoor activities in year-round mild weather.  Hiking, boating, fishing, golf, exploring and more greatly enhance the lives of our active residents.  But sometimes a man wants to focus on more leisurely pursuits, whether they be hobbies or just pastimes that serve to refresh the mind and spirit.

Some of the best man caves are in finished basements, but they can also be smaller spaces, double garages and even sheds converted for that purpose.  North Carolina mountain homes are as diverse as the people who own them, so let’s explore some options so you can begin to picture your own perfect private space.

If entertainment is the goal, your man cave will need to include audio and video.  When you plan, take into account the requirement for protection from outside noise and light sources.  And larger spaces may require specific lighting choices for multiple uses that might include such games as cards, foosball and pool.

Media room seating should be comfortable and positioned so that everyone in the room can see your video screen.  Sectional sofas are great for smaller environments, but plush recliners are a nice option as well.  Wall-mounted TV works best for creating space.  Go for the biggest affordable screen and perhaps build a movie collection with all the classics.  Surround sound is recommended for full enjoyment of sound effects and to get the best out of your video gaming experience.

If you opt for cabinetry, it should allow easy access to all components while keeping cables and connectors out of sight.   A nice basket is great for organizing remote controls and keeping them close at hand.

Personalizing a man cave can be one of the most enjoyable parts of building a mountain home.  Have we stoked your imagination?  Here are some more ideas:

A bar or general beverage area should have a refrigerator, a good liquor selection, glasses and bar stools.  You can install a ‘kegerator’ near the sitting area for constant beer on tap.  If your fitness regimen warrants a home gym, mirrors, proper flooring and natural light can create a professional atmosphere.

Like other neighborhoods, gated communities near Asheville NC have plenty of devoted sports fans.  So it’s not uncommon to encounter man caves decorated in a team motif with posters and memorabilia.  Whatever design scheme you come up with should reflect your own interests and personality.

And let’s not forget to include a sign at the entrance.  You can get creative with neon lights or mixed wood work to declare that this is a place you can call your own. A sign that clearly proclaims the man cave is essential at its entrance. Use neon lights or mixed wood work to create a sign at the doorway or just inside the room. Add a coat hanger nearby to hold coats or hats. To make a man cave more comfortable, install a huge framed or angular hammock either in a corner or beside a window. Optionally, set giant bean bags randomly around the room for lounging or just pile a bunch of pillows on the floor in a corner.

Take a peek at over a dozen builder floor plans where it’s easy to include your ‘man cave’.

If you’re looking at North Carolina mountain homes for now or in the future, be sure to see our friendly neighborhood in Lenoir.  Nestled on five miles of picturesque Johns River riverfront, we offer ideal access to everything the area has to offer including nearby Wilson Creek.  You’ll never be at a loss for something to do or see or experience.  And we’re convenient to all the shopping, dining, medical and education venues you need to be part of your life.

Our design team can help you create the ideal home that encompasses an ideal man cave and any other special features that will help to make your life here the very best it can be.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page Complimentary Magazine.

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Colorful October Festivals in Western North Carolina

Western North Carolina fall foliage

An incredible canvas of autumnal colors create a landscape that is cherished by all who live in the region, as well as those who come to take in the inspiring foliage.  The magic combination of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains is the high peaks, the lush valleys, and the breadth of climates due to these variations in elevation. 

If you haven’t yet experienced the palette of rich colors that define the region for almost a month and a half, now is the time to take a scenic road trip down the Blue Ridge Parkway.  While you’re looking for amazing things to do in Lenoir NC, be sure to bring your camera, and take in some of the incredible fall festivals and events that add even more celebration to the next month or two before the holiday season is upon us.

Here are some of the most talked about festivals this month in the foothills of Western North Carolina:

The 11th North Carolina Oyster Roast at Fort Defiance

1792 Fort Defiance Drive, Lenoir, NC

Attendees enjoyed a fried flounder dinner with all the fixings and a bucket of about 2 1/2 doz steamed oysters along with two beer or wine tickets. Extra Buckets of Oysters and extra drink tickets will be available at the event as well as an amazing silent auction. The Starlighters provided the entertainment for a night of swing dancing on the beautiful grounds of Historic Fort Defiance, North Carolina. All profits from the event went directly to the mission of preserving and sharing the 1792 home of General William Lenoir.

Fort Defiance formed a non-profit organization in 1964 whose mission is to “preserve and share the life and times of William Lenoir and his 1792 home.”  Those living at The Coves cherish the restored house at Fort Defiance which has maintained its history and significance with over 300 artifacts and original furnishings.  Since Fort Defiance Inc receives no state or federal funding, the tightly-knit community of the mountain towns in North Carolina keep it going with their visits, memberships, as well as their support of events and programs.  The house was named after a frontier fort and was designed by William Lenoir and completed after four years of building in 1792.  William Lenoir was a teacher and surveyor.  His family lived in the home until 1961.

Tours are available November through March, Saturday and Sunday 12-4; weekends only or by appointment; $7 adults; $5 children 5-15; children under 5 are free.

Smoking in the Foothills Barbecue Competition and Festival

North Carolina State Championship Event

October 20 & 21, 2017

Historic Downtown Lenoir, NC

Free admission

What better way to celebrate fall in the mountain towns of North Carolina than with a little down-home cooking shared with your community, family and friends?  This is real barbecue brought to life by a good-hearted competition to feed your senses.  Sanctioned by The Kansas Barbecue Society, you can light up your own smoker or sit back and sample the perfection of the pitmasters.  Live Music on Plaza State; Poker Run; 50/50 Drawing; BBQ Competition (chicken, pork rib, brisket); and of course the Cornhole Tournament!

Smoking In The Foothills is a nonprofit organization whose commitment is raising money for charitable organizations as those who call their homes in the gated communities near Asheville NC know is so essential. Proceeds from all their festivals benefit local charities such as The Helping Hands Clinic and The Wig Bank of Caldwell County chosen in 2017.  Volunteers are needed so sign up and lend a hand to a worthy event on Friday, October 20 and Saturday October 21.

Last weekend was the 30th Annual Hickory October Fest in downtown Hickory.

This is known as “the premier annual festival for Hickory North Carolina.”  The second week of October Hickory’s downtown comes to life for three days with the charming outdoor festival so many have come to love and others seek to attend.  Three stages are lit with non-stop entertainment from traditional lively polka to the tried and true rock & roll.  There’s plenty else to keep people of all ages amused with two beer gardens, rides, games, the incredible juried arts and crafts show as well as shopping and eating from the hundreds of food and commercial vendors.  No wonder this festival has been going and growing strong since 1985.

The lucky people who have chosen to settle in the gated communities near Asheville NC, like The Coves, can take advantage of all the region has to offer. Locals know there’s no better way to take in the fall foliage than driving the Blue Ridge Parkway, climbing to elevations of 5,000 plus feet, sipping sweet cider and taking in the gorgeous colors that sprawl before you. 

Savor the sights of the fall foliage forecast before while exploring cozy mountain homes, and discover even more intimate street festivals and small mountain towns along the way.  You never exhaust the possibility of things to do in Lenoir NC along the 193 mile Parkway, or in the parks and forests you’ll discover as you explore.  Take a guided tour or venture off on your own to hike through the expanse of changing leaves. 

If you haven’t visited our gated mountain community, stop by to say hello. Did you know we have over 22 miles of groomed hiking trails within our gates? Our community spreads across 3,600 acres. Here hikers enjoy private trails that lead to four cascading waterfalls, along the Johns River and to our mountaintop clubhouse. At our mountain summit, gaze across to the mountain tops of Blowing Rock or down below into the Pisgah Forest valley. These are majestic views our residents enjoy each and every day. We’re confident you won’t find views anywhere else like we have them at The Coves.

Come explore the variety of homesites we have available whether you prefer a private wooded estate, a homesite near our amenities or near the river. Our homesites start around $39,000.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour (and hike!)

Tags: Festivals | Hickory | Lenoir

Fun Social Clubs in the Foothills of North Carolina

social clubs in the foothills NC

There’s something magical about moving to a new place. It’s a brand new chapter, and a chance to start over – but it isn’t always easy. Once you’ve moved to your dream location in one of the beautiful mountain towns in North Carolina, at first, it could be difficult to adjust. How do you get settled into the next phase of your life?

Connecting to the local community is the fastest way to adjust and feel plugged in. Local meet-ups provide the best opportunities for residents to make new friends who share common interests. Finding a group of hiking buddies or gal pals who love yoga will help you get settled, feel comfortable, and ultimately help you thrive in your new community. Of course we have all sorts of ways to meet your neighborhoods here at The Coves but we thought you might like to know about a few health oriented local meet-ups in our area:


·       Yoga With Allison. Upcoming Meet Ups: Every two weeks on Tuesday. Where: North Minister Presbyterian Church – North Center St. (Hwy 127) Time: 6:15pm Members: 33

·       Taylorsville Yoga Meetup. Upcoming Meet Ups: Lunchbreak Yoga. Every week on Tuesday and Friday. Where: Therapeutic Effects. 130 Main Avenue Dr. Time: 12:15pm.

·       New Age Fitness. Upcoming Meetups: Tuesdays at 10am and Thursdays at 6pm. Where: 920 Malcom Blvd. Members: 309.


·       MST In a Day. The last meet-up was on September 9th, 2017. Where: Black Mountain Campground on FS472 (South Toe River Road) to BRP (MP 344) and NC 80 (Buck Creek Gap). Time: 7:00am. Members: 127

·       Hikers of Iredell Club. Upcoming Meet Ups: Every fourth Thursday of the month. Where: Trinity Episcopal Church. 801 Henkel Road. Time: 7:00pm. Members: 136.

·       Foothills Outdoor & Recreational Group. Upcoming Meet Ups: EASY PADDLE John’s River at the Corpening Bridge to Hwy 18 /64 Saturday October 14, 2017 at 11:00am Members: 187.

·       First Step Hiking For Women. The next big hike scheduled is on Friday, April 6, 2018 10:00 AM AT Section Hike (Difficult/Strenuous) Members: 297.

Meetup dot com’s website is a fantastic resource to meet people with like minded interests but don’t forget, you never have to leave our mountain community for exciting day adventures.

Enjoy a day of riverside hiking along the Johns River or splashing in Coleton’s Swimming Hole. Kick back and sip wine while strolling through Evelyn’s Vineyard, and harvest your own fruits and veggies in Isabel’s Garden, The Coves two community gardens.

Equestrians have the luxury of boarding their horses right at home at our Round Mountain Ranch, where services include veterinary services and riding lessons, and ride them along scenic trails. The crown of The Coves is no doubt the mountaintop Pisgah Mountain Lodge will stunning long range mountain views, an infinity-view swimming pool, fitness center and entertainment area. Community events take place here every week. Ask us to send you the upcoming calendar.

If you’re exploring Western North Carolina real estate, look no further than The Coves Mountain River Club. We offer a wide variety of types of topography and price points. Our preferred builders and design team will gladly assist you in choosing a homesite that compliments your house blueprint. If you’re not sure what style home you’d like, be sure to explore more than a dozen builder floor plans in our collection to pair up with the NC mountain land for sale at The Coves.

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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Empty Bowls Fundraiser Feeds Local Lenoir Community

volunteerismVolunteerism is a great way to give back! Studies have shown, boomers at retirement tend to get more involved with nonprofits and charities for a multitude of reasons. It allows them to make new friends, share similar interests and values, and ultimately have an active role in bettering their communities near their North Carolina mountain homes.

In the mountains of Western North Carolina, a unique event is on the horizon. The “Empty Bowls: Feeding Our Neighbors” event will take place on October 22, from 11:00am until 2:00pm at William Lenoir Middle School in Lenoir, NC. Admission for the event is $25 per person.

Empty Bowls, founded in 1990-91 by a Michigan community to raise charitable funds, encourages artists and groups of all kinds to create and donate bowls. Local chefs will then prepare delicious soups and broads in these bowls, and serve a simple meal. Guests choose a bowl to use that day and are encouraged to keep this bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.

In exchange for the meal and the handcrafted bowl, guests pay a suggested donation for each. The purpose of this event is to raise as much money as possible to feed the community’s hungry people, as well as increase awareness of hunger and related issues. One hundred percent of the meal proceeds go to Caldwell County Yokefellow.

Caldwell County Yokefellow was founded in 1968 on Christian values and a recognized wisdom in creating a unified plan for assisting the poor. The organization provides assistance to families and individuals in Caldwell County through the use of a food pantry, a thrift store, and local events. Please contact Sharon Osborne, executive director of Caldwell County Yokefellow, at 828-754-7088 for more information about the event.

If you’re wondering about all the things to do in Lenoir NC, or ways to become more involved, here you’ll find several nonprofits organizations that work to create a caring and compassionate community. Some of these nonprofits cater specifically to the needs of children and families: Robin’s Nest, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Caldwell County, provides aid to children who have been sexually and physically. Caldwell Friends provides youth with adult mentors to better assist them in becoming productive citizens. Habitat for Humanity works to build homes for individuals and families who have lost their homes due to tragedy.

Lenoir is also home to one of the best gated communities in the Western North Carolina region, The Coves Mountain River Club.  If you’re considering building a mountain home, why not explore our beautiful North Carolina mountain homes while you’re here for the Empty Bowls event? You’ll find we offer many home site options, many with a generous amount of land for sale. Buyers can choose from a private cul-de-sac estate to river frontage on the Johns River or home sites 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.

Come meet all the friendly neighbors, tour our beautiful mountain homes, check out the lifestyle amenities, and learn about more volunteerism opportunities in our area. 

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour!

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

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