February Family Fun at Appalachian Ski Mountain

things to do in Blowing Rock NC winter time

Are you ready for four days of non-stop fun in the High Country? Residents at The Coves are and here’s what’s on the horizon. Appalachian Ski Mountain is hosting its annual President’s Day Weekend event. Enjoy midnight skiing, fireworks, slope-side snacks, ticket deals, and more. Bring your family, put on your skis, and get ready to make the most out of this extended holiday weekend. Below are some of the best Blowing Rock NC activities designed to make your President’s Day weekend the best one yet.

Friday 2/16:

·      Midnight Blast Ski Session – Appalachian Ski Mountain has the only late night skiing in High Country! From 5 pm – Midnight, enjoy skiing under a gorgeous backdrop of stars and constellations. This particular event is not exclusive to President’s Day Weekend, and is available every weekend until the season ends on March 25th.

Saturday 2/17:

·      Grill on the Hill – Take a break from skiing to refuel with burgers, hot dogs, and more delicious food right there on the slopes! Food will be served from 11 am – 3 pm.

·      Special Family Skate Session – Ski for just $15 from 5 pm – 6:30 pm!

·      Midnight Blast Session – Ski from 5 pm – Midnight!

·      Moonlight Ice Skate Session – Grab your friends or family and skate under the stars from 9:30 – 11:30 pm.

·      Midnight Fireworks – Enjoy a beautiful fireworks show over the mountains by The Famous Zambelli of Zambelli Fireworks, a family-run fireworks company that is known for creating stunning displays and memorable experiences.

Sunday 2/18

·      Grill on the Hill – Take a break from skiing to refuel with burgers, hot dogs, and more delicious food right there on the slopes! Food will be served from 11 am – 3 pm.

·      Special Family Skate Session – Ski for just $15 from 5 pm – 6:30 pm!

·      Midnight Blast Session – Ski from 5 pm – Midnight!

Monday 2/19

·      2-for-1 Ticket Special – Buy a Flex Ticket (which allows you to begin an 8-hour session as early or late as you choose), get one to use in March for free! (This also works with a Night ticket. Buy one Night ticket and get one Night to use in March for free.)

·      Free Junior Ice Skating – Any child age 12 and under (accompanied by a paid adult) can skate free from 9:30 – 11:30 am.

·      Pig Pickin’ and Fixins – Yummy BBQ-style food will be served alongside the slopes from 11 am – 3 p. Refuel and pig out.

This winter season, Appalachian Ski Mountain (940 Ski Mountain Rd, Blowing Rock, NC) is open until March 25th, with hours from 8:30 – to 10 PM Monday through Friday, and 8 to Midnight on Saturday and Sunday. Patrons can explore three terrain parks and 12 slopes. Generally, adult tickets start at $39 and Junior/Senior tickets start at $24. Unlimited Season Memberships are available.

Ice skating starts at $15 for two hours, and Watauga County residents can enjoy half-off ice skating every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Families can even turn President’s Day Weekend into a weekend getaway and stay at one of the many lodges ASM has to offer, which include three-level chalet-style homes with 180 degree mountain views. There is also a nursery available for children ages 1-4 between the hours of 8:30 am and 5 pm.

The Appalachian Ski Mountain is located in beautiful Blowing Rock, North Carolina, a charming mountain town that is rich in arts and culture. The history of Blowing Rock NC is an interesting one, as it the town gets its name from a rare rock formation that sticks out over 1,500 ft. above the Johns River gorge. The rock’s shape and size allow wind currents from the gorge to blow vertically, which causes lightweight objects to float upwards into the sky.

It’s places like Appalachian Ski Mountain that make great winter day trips for families living at The Coves Mountain River Club. Because of Lenoir’s close proximity to Blowing Rock, residents can quickly step in and out of winter fun. Blowing Rock experiences an average of 32 inches of snow per year where Lenoir rarely sees 5 inches. Mild year round Lenoir weather is one of the reasons why so many folks have chosen to live in the foothills. Great weather, small town charm and smart located between Blowing Rock, Charlotte and Asheville.

If you’re interested in learning more about local art and culture, the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum provides tons of educational fun for the whole family. Parents can take their little ones to Tweetsie Railroad, a Wild West-themed park. If you like science, nature, and adventure – Mystery Hill, the famous historic site of a strange scientific happening, has it all. Blowing Rock has something for everyone. Families of all ages never run out of fun things to do in Blowing Rock NC.

President’s Day Weekend is a great time to explore the High Country and our beautiful mountain community.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit. 

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10 Energy Efficient Products For Your New Home

building a mountain home

When you’re building a mountain home, you’ll want to incorporate as many energy-efficient products and features as possible.  It makes sense from a cost-saving standpoint and helps to reduce your personal footprint in terms of our environment.  Living at The Coves Mountain River Club, in the pristine Blue Ridge foothills, you will become acutely aware of nature – both its beauty and its fragility.  Gated communities near Asheville NC are designed to take full advantage of their surroundings without having a negative impact.

Let’s explore some of the ways North Carolina mountain homes are employing the latest energy-saving technology.

  • Radiant Barrier Roof Sheathing – A layer of aluminum is placed in the airspace between the heat-radiating surface inside and the heat-absorbing surface outside.  The foil used in the  sheathing keeps up to 97% of the radiant heat from passing through to your attic. In the heat of the summer, having a radiant barrier roof will keep your home up to 30% cooler.  And the hotter it gets, the better it works.
  • Roof Insulation –  Simply stated, insulation is the most practical and cost-effective way to make a house more energy-efficient.  Without it, you can lose up to half of your heated or cooled air through leakage.  Proper and sufficient insulation can improve the effectiveness of  your HVAC system by up to 80 per cent.  Another benefit can be less condensation in your home.  This, in turn, provides health benefits by reducing the dampness that allows mold to develop.
  • Insulated Doors/Windows – Your home’s exterior doors and windows can contribute significantly to air leakage through conduction.  It’s important that they be insulated and air sealed. The use of weatherstripping can reduce energy loss.  Many exterior doors have a steel skin with a polyurethane foam insulation core, plus a magnetic strip to ensure a tight seal when they’re closed.  They don’t need weatherstripping if they’re installed correctly.  And modern glass patio doors with metal frames have a plastic insulator between inner and outer parts of the frame that serves as a thermal break.
  • Heating/Air Conditioning Systems – More than half of the energy used in a typical home is for heating and cooling.  That’s why making the right decisions regarding your HVAC system when building a mountain home will have a major impact upon your utility bills—and your level of comfort.  High efficiency systems can provide consistent air flow throughout your home, which translates to better regulated temperature.  An experienced contractor can recommend other useful steps, such as making sure your vents are sealed properly and insulating your system’s components.
  • Low Emissivity Glass – Low-E glass filters the specific 310-380 nanometer wavelength that is the frequency pathway of ultraviolet (UV) light.   It has no effect upon visibility or brightness, but it does work to protect your furnishings from fading and deterioration.  And, the coating that covers the surface provides an enhanced layer of protection again damage from micro-abrasive material like dust or sand.  So your windows will remain clear longer.  It also prevents water particles from sticking to the glass surface and leaving residue that has to be cleaned off.
  • Instant Hot Water Heaters – The lifespan of a tankless water heater can be up to twice as long as a conventional storage-type unit.  It can reduce your water heating energy costs by 10 to 15 per cent, because there’s no standby loss from the tank and piping.  The risk of tank leaks and water damage is eliminated.  And, because your hot water arrives immediately where it’s needed, there’s none of the time and waste associated with running a faucet or shower while you’re waiting for it. 
  • Dual Flush Toilets – Among the modern energy-saving improvements such as low-flow plumbing and fixtures, dual flush toilets stand out for their environmental impact, cost savings and ease of upkeep.  They’re found in many of the gated communities near Asheville NC, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that they save the average residential household 4,000 gallons of water each year.  The name comes from the fact that there are two mechanisms that allow you to select either a low volume flush for liquid or a higher volume flush for solid waste.
  • Programmable Thermostats – Using a programmable thermostat with your heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit offers many benefits to your wallet and your level of comfort.  They’re quickly becoming the standard in homes across the nation.  You can create a schedule that’s consistent with your routine.  When you’re at home, it keeps the temperature at your exact desired level of warmth or coolness.  But when you’re not there, the setting changes to keep you from heating or air conditioning a vacant space. 
  • Energy-Saving Lighting – The cost of new LED bulbs continues to drop, and there’s now a wide variety available for use in the home.  They require quite a bit less energy to operate than old-style incandescent bulbs and last a great deal longer.  The initial higher cost is easily recouped over time.  LED bulbs don’t heat up, so they don’t affect your room temperature.  And, because they’re solid and have no filament, they hold up well against jarring and bumping.

Our beautiful North Carolina mountain homes are ideal for discriminating buyers who want to minimize their environmental impact, enjoy a better quality of life and achieve significant savings in the process. Coming soon – watch for our new collection of tiny houses.

We invite you to stop by for a tour when you’re in the area.  Let us show you all the many benefits of living well here at The Coves Mountain River Club.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour!

Tags: Home Building | Lenoir

Western Piedmont Symphony Kicks Off 2018 Spring Season


The Western Piedmont Symphony of Hickory, NC is bringing folks together in 2018 for another year of musical enrichment and classical joy.  Whether you’re new to the North Carolina mountain communities, or whether your roots go back generations, there’s nothing better for the soul than a live musical performance.  These scenic mountains are home to a wide array of artists, and the WPS has successfully gathered some of the most talented musical performers to bring magical concerts to audiences from the very young to the very old.

If you live in one of the enticing gated communities near Asheville NC, the accomplishments of WPS are certainly known and cherished. The organization was founded back in 1964 and its very first rehearsal sounded its notes on the Lenoir-Rhyne University campus.  In time WPS took off, expanding with the Western Piedmont Youth Symphony, and of course the Western Piedmont String Quartet.  It’s no wonder so many have selected this vibrant region as the best place to retire in North Carolina.

The importance of friends, family and neighbors are the core of the North Carolina mountain communities, so it was a natural evolution for WPS to launch its Family Concert Series in 1988.  Another favorite event takes place every third year—a twelve-month Battle of the Bows to determine which quartet will secure a three-year residency.  Frye Street Quartet was the first quartet, the Degas Quartet was next, followed by La Catrina Quartet and the Kontras Quartet.  This year marks the last year of the amazing Tesla Quartet—if you have not yet experienced the auditorium filled with their music, don’t miss out on this years concerts.  This year also marks the last year of Maestro Ross’ beloved run as Music Director and Conductor.

WPS is just one of the many undeniable attractions that make this region the best place to retire in North Carolina.  Their mission is a special one—“to provide musical performances of distinction that enrich and enliven the community’s classical music experience; and to nourish new audiences through school concerts and family outreach programs.”  The gated communities near Asheville NC have benefitted from over five decades of fine classical music performed by gifted and trained guest musicians and orchestra members.  This is the place to gather, whether you are celebrating another year of your own music appreciation or introducing a young grandchild to an age-old tradition. 

Each year the WPS produces five Masterworks Concerts, four Chamber Classics Concerts, two Soup, Salad & Strings Concerts, two Youth Symphony Concerts and many worthwhile community engagement, pops and outdoor concerts.  This 53rd season will be one to mark on your calendar.  Some of what’s musically noteworthy:


Masterworks III—Heavy Metal

• February 3, 2018

• Time: 7:30 PM

• PE Monroe Auditorium; Lenoir-Rhyne University

  • Tickets:  $22-$42

Program:  “Machine” (Higdon); Concerto #4 in G Major (Beethoven); “The Foundry” (Mosolov); “The Infernal Machine” (Rouse); “Pacific 231” (Honnegar)

Notes on Program: Guest Artist, “Greg Knight is one of our favorite soloists for several reasons. WPS welcomes back the internationally recognized and award-winning pianist for a night you’ll not soon forget!”  Higdon, both Pulitzer and Grammy winner, wrote the energetic Machine “as an encore tribute to composers like Mozart and Tchaikovsky, who seemed to be able to write so many notes and so much music that it seems like they were machines!” The premiere was given by The National Symphony Orchestra. Concerto #4 in G Major is a surprising departure in style and composed in 1805 while Napoleon was conquering the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Zavad was written in the 1920s and reminiscent of Stravinsky. The Infernal Machine was composed by Rouse in 1981 and has been heard by various orchestras internationally. Pacific 231 was written in 1892 and was inspired by the composer’s love for locomotives.

Masterworks IV:  Homecoming

• March 3, 2018

• Time:  7:30 PM

• PE Monroe Auditorium; Lenoir-Rhyne University

• Tickets:  $22-42

Program: Meditation (Williams); Violin Concerto in D minor (Schumann); Symphony #2 in B minor (Borodin)

Notes on Program: Guest Artists: Dmitri Pogorelov, Violin; featured artists: James & Sally Fanjoy-Labrenz. The  inspirational “Meditation” was written in1992 for Shenandoah University’s Easter celebration. The Violin Concerto in D minor was written in 1855 by Schumann and is a vibrant and varied work. Symphony #2 in B minor was completed in 1877 and was inspired by warriors, minstrels and ancient tribal instruments.

Masterworks V:  Ode to Joy!  Beethoven’s 9th

• April 14, 2018

• Time:  7:30 PM

• PE Monroe Auditorium; Lenoir-Rhyne University

• Tickets:  $22-42

Program:  Overture to “Consecration of the House” Op. 124 (Beethoven); Symphony #9 in D minor, Op. 125 (Beethoven)

Notes on Program:  Guest Artists:  WPS Orchestra, Hickory Choral Society, LR Acapella Choir & CVCC Chamber Ensemble.  “Fittingly, Maestro John Gordon Ross began and will end his Symphony career at WPS with the powerful Beethoven’s 9th. Combining our award-winning orchestra with the Hickory Choral Society will bring joy to all for Maestro’s final Masterworks.” Overture to “Consecration of the House” Op. 124 was written in 1822 and received thunderous applause for its lively and majestic chords.  Symphony #9 in D minor, Op. 125 is Beethoven’s expression of joy through suffering and was first performed in 1824.


Chamber Classics III:  Past & Present

  February 17, 2018

• Time:  7:30 PM

• Drendel Auditorium on the Salt Block

• Tickets:  $22-$32

Program:  Madrigals (Gesualdo) arr. Snyder; String Quartet No. 4 “Ritratto di Gesualdo” (Pintscher); String Quartet in D major (Respighi)

“The Tesla Quartet will once again mesmerize our audiences with their exceptional talent and energy!”

Chamber Classics IV:  Tenebrae

• March 31, 2018

• Time:  7:30 PM

• Drendel Auditorium on the Salt Block

• Tickets:  $22-$32

Program:  Tenebrae (Golijov); Sonata for Violin and Cello (Ravel); String Quartet in G major, K.387 “Spring” (Mozart)

“The Tesla Quartet will once again mesmerize our audiences with their exceptional talent and energy!”


“Join us for lunch – amazing performances by the award-winning Tesla Quartet and delicious food provided by Cafe Rule & Wine Bar. The WPS Soup, Salad & Strings series provides great daytime performances, catered lunch and fabulous fun! Ticket price includes lunch, complimentary wine or beer, dessert & performance.”

Soup, Salad & Strings II

• April 6, 2018

• Time:  11:45 AM

• Keiser Community Room on the Salt Block

• Tickets:  $35

An incredible daytime performance in an intimate setting.

WPS owes a great deal of its success to all the devoted volunteers who reside in the North Carolina mountain communities.  There are countless enjoyable and fulfilling ways to be involved with WPS and help bring music into the lives of those who live in the gated communities near Asheville NC.  If you’d like more info on volunteering contact: Box Office:  (828) 324-8603; tickets@wpsymphony.org; Monday-Friday 10-2; 243 3rd Ave NE # 1N; Hickory, NC 28601

Residents at The Coves Mountain River Club know first-hand why this is the best place to retire in North Carolina.  There is just so much to cherish and so much to enjoy throughout all four seasons of the year–whether you’ve built your own custom mountain home chock full of mountain charm, or chosen the idyllic new home of your dreams.  Folks at The Coves understand how to make the most of every day from sun up to sun down.  The outdoors is enticing no matter the season, and the lively towns offer all you need from down-home cooking to the finest in entertainment.  Be sure to visit us and discover the dream life for yourself.

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

Tags: Hickory | Performing Arts | Uncategorized

Green Park Inn – Blowing Rock Historic Landmark

Blowing Rock NC activities

Green Park Inn, located at 9239 Valley Boulevard in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, is one of the few remaining “Grand Manor Hotels” in the region. This quaint inn has enjoyed a long history, first opening in 1891, and continues providing nostalgia and charm to those who are fortunate enough to stay beneath its roof.  For those who welcome discovering more about the history of Blowing Rock NC, why not book your reservations for 2018 at the second oldest resort hotel and give yourself something incredible to look forward to with friends, family, or your special someone.

This illustrious hotel has pampered many renowned artists, writers, movie stars and even presidents, who chose the High Country to luxuriate, relax and unwind.  Check this guest book:  J.D. Rockefeller, Eleanor Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Annie Oakley and Margaret Mitchell who wrote many pages of Gone with the Wind during her stay. Old photographs, antiques and furnishings add to the collective charm.  Grab a rocking chair and sit for a spell on the inn’s front porch after you’ve spent a day packed with Blowing Rock NC activities.  There’s nothing better than a cup of coffee or a cocktail while you gaze out on the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains.

For those of you who know a little about the history of Blowing Rock NC, three Lenoir businessmen were inspired to open the inn on a large plot of land known as Green Park. The original hotel had three floors of over 73,000 feet, the only post office for the area, (some of it has been preserved to this day) a restaurant and bar.  The “golf wing” was added in the late 1950s with larger accommodations and balconies.   In 1982 the hotel earned the prestige of being included on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 2010 its new owners refurbished, refurnished and repaired this cherished piece of our region’s history, knowing there were a lot of folks looking for things to do in Blowing Rock NC

There are now 88 guest rooms with more coming soon.  And it’s no wonder why more rooms will be needed—considering the inn is located in such a prime spot—at the gateway of the Blue Ridge National Parkway.  Landscaping has also made the outdoors more lush and open.  Inside you’ll find a 300 person conference room along with a smaller meeting room for 50-60 people.    A fitness room awaits you when the mood strikes to get in some exercise…perhaps to burn off the delicious fare offered from the Chestnut Grille or the Divide Tavern where you are certain to love the casual mountain dining experience.

Sample the Grille’s popular wines in a warm space graced with reclaimed American Chestnut, or sip a beer or refreshing cocktail in the Tavern which straddles the Eastern Continental Divide.

A selection of some of the inn’s fare: corn bread, fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, sweet tea brined fried chicken, and local trout.

Be sure to relax in the lobby on weekend evenings to the live piano while you sip your drink.

When you’re searching for things to do in Blowing Rock NC, visit the Green Park Inn’s website.  The accommodations blend the sweetness of another time with the comfort we love today—Wi-Fi, HDTV, Keurigs, and the ultimate in comfy bedding.


• Standard Room; Queen-sized bed. Comfortably-appointed and located in the “historic section.” Some rooms face the street; no mountain views available. Pet-friendly options available by reservation on a first-come, first-serve basis.

• Deluxe Room; Queen, King, or two Queen-sized beds. Many of these rooms located in the “historic section” with no mountain views, and some rooms face the street. May involve stairs. Pet-friendly options available by reservation on a first-come, first-serve basis.

• Superior Room; King or two Queen-sized beds; private balcony overlooking the yard and golf course. Adjoining rooms available upon request and availability. May involve stairs. Pet- friendly options are available by reservation on a first-come, first-serve basis.

• Junior Suites; King-sized bed with a Queen-sized sleeper sofa in separate sitting room. Located in the “historic section” with no mountain views. May involve stairs.

• Balcony Suites; King-sized bed with a Queen-sized sleeper sofa in separate sitting room. Balcony overlooks yard and golf course. May involve stairs.

• Victorian Suite; elegantly-appointed with a lovely open air environment and Jacuzzi tub in the room; claw foot tub in the bathroom.


• Winterfest; January 25-29, 2018; includes two nights and tickets to the Grand Wine Tasting held on Saturday, January 27 from 3pm – 5pm.

–Standard Room – $135/night

–Deluxe Room – $144/night

–Superior Room – $169.50/night

–King Suite – $203.50 / night

• Couples Getaway; enjoy premium beer or wine delivered to your room; soothing Swedish or deep tissue massage.

• Mid-Week Getaway; complimentary wine tasting.

Whatever the season, when you’re searching for things to do in Blowing Rock NC, remember the Green Park Inn has many year-long package specials, as well as many seasonal packages—Murder Mystery Weekend and Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Package are just two that are popular with people who adore Blowing Rock NC activities.  Weddings, family reunions, and all sorts of celebrations can also be enjoyed here.

No wonder guests write such glowing reviews:  “What a nostalgic experience to stay in this historical Inn during a snowy, picturesque weekend! We met one of the owners who made us feel like we were family, and the rest of the staff was friendly and helpful. The place has been restored to a point where you can still ‘feel’ like you are in the historical era, but still enjoy all the modern luxuries and amenities,” and “Beautiful piece of history! We loved our weekend stay at this quaint hotel. Staff was polite and attentive. The history, photos, antiques, creaking, crooked floors just add to the charm of this 126 year old inn. We loved every aspect from the wallpaper, quilts, the rocking chair porch, the stairs and even the water pipes from the ceilings.”

Call 828-414-9230 for more information or to make your reservations.

Adding to the history of Blowing Rock NC is the Bollinger-Hartley House, Gragg House,  Flat Top Estate, and the Vardell Family Cottages.  Blowing Rock sits on the crest of the Blue Ridge in Watauga and Caldwell Counties.  The town has an elevation of 3,500 to 3,600 feet above sea level which provides cooler summers and colder winters than we experience at The Coves’ more temperate climate.   

Folks who have already chosen The Coves as their home know it’s a pleasant excursion to Blowing Rock, to take in some of the awesome sights.  A rock formation extends above the Johns River gorge, and Glen Burney and Glen Marie Falls are also legendary sights for those who want to experience Blowing Rock NC activities. Don’t forget the Tweetsie Railroad theme park with its authentic steam engine that will take you on a three-mile scenic ride.  Mystery Hill and the Moon and Irene Mullins Arrowhead Collection boasts over 52,000 arrowheads, and the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum should not be missed.  Moses Cone Memorial Park provides forests and trails to stride through, or if you prefer horseback, Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve offers 25 miles of trails.

There are many community events in Blowing Rock too–Art In The Park runs May-October, the Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival happens in April; the Fourth of July festival and parade; Blowing Rock Winterfest takes place in November, followed by Christmas in the Park and Lighting of the Town, a Holiday Parade or the Charity Horse Show– a tradition for 84 years.

If you have not yet visited The Coves, or the gorgeous region of Western North Carolina that so many have chosen, stop by and see some of the stunning mountain homes.  For example, the home on Oakcrest Lane is Craftsman-style on over seven acres with views of Grandfather Mountain, Brown Mountain and Table Rock right outside your door. The design of this home is spacious, with three generous bedrooms, three and a half baths, an office, great rooms, porches and a hot tub that gaze upon the mountains.  If you tend to accumulate a lot of belongings, the storage closets will suit your needs in the home’s temperature-controlled floored attic.  Stretch your legs in the Pisgah National Forest or paddle in Wilson Creek which are directly across the road.  What are you waiting for?

Or how about Waterfall Lane, another Craftsman-style home on 2.25 acres also with inspiring views of Grandfather Mountain, Brown Mountain and Table Rock.  This gem is designed with three spacious bedrooms, two and a half baths and an office. Great rooms, porches, and of course the hot tub provide you with glorious mountain views. You won’t be longing for more storage, and the temperature- controlled floored attic and whole house generator are the perfect additions.  What more could you desire with Pisgah National Forest and Wilson Creek just across the way.

Be sure to visit The Coves and see all the other inspiring possibilities that await you include day excursions to the Green Park Inn.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit!

Tags: Blowing Rock | Restaurants & Breweries

Spring 2018 – Lifelong Learning Courses in Lenoir NC

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For many people who are considering our mountain towns in North Carolina as a place for retirement, one of the factors affecting their final decision is the availability of adult education classes.  They’re aware that the key to maintaining a sharp mind well into their golden years is regular mental stimulation, much as exercise works to maintain the body’s flexibility, and lifetime learning after retirement affords them the time and opportunity to pursue existing interests and develop new ones. 

When you can choose the subjects you study, going to school is a lot more fun.  And, it’s a great way to develop friendships with like-minded people.  For senior citizens, attending Catawba Valley Community College has the additional benefit of providing interaction with young people, which has proven to be another way to stay engaged and mentally active.

In addition to all the things to do in Lenoir NC, a short drive to Hickory (less than 30 minutes) offers the retiree an intriguing array of class options at Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC).  There are a total of more than 100 different programs, ranging from basic reading and writing courses to specific vocational and technical training to personal enrichment through cultural studies.

Our beautiful scenic panorama here in the foothills may lead you to pursue arts or crafts in one of their many forms or hone your photography skills.  Coming from a city environment, you’ll notice right away that our sky is much more clear than what you’re accustomed to.  Living under such an awe-inspiring blanket of stars, you may want to consider learning more about astronomy at CVCC. 

And anyone who loves to cook can find a number of culinary courses to choose from.  There are also many music appreciation classes for your enjoyment.  Other popular options for retirees include beginning golf, line dancing, basic and advanced computer skills, and personal development opportunities such as yoga.

Retirees who settle into our mountain lifestyle in one of the gated communities near Asheville often find themselves developing an interest in local sports.  CVCC has competitive women’s volleyball and men’s basketball teams you may enjoy following if you live at The Coves.

Did you know, if you’re a citizen age 65 or older and a legal resident of North Carolina, you’re eligible for a waiver of tuition charges for up to six hours of credit instruction and one non-credit instruction per academic semester at community colleges? And CVCC Student Services has information for veterans who may want to use their education benefits.  You can get details about the application process and find out which programs of study are eligible. 

Visit the CVCC web site for complete details or you can call (828) 327-7000 for more information.  The Spring 2018 schedule starts soon.

The above list is just a sample of the many courses available for your lifelong learning adventure.  So rest assured that you can leave the stresses of the big city behind, move to one of the mountain towns in North Carolina and still take advantage of what a quality educational institution has to offer. 

Living at The Coves Mountain River Club, you’ll have easy access to all the things to do in Lenoir NC and the surrounding area.  We’re just a short drive from the picturesque mountain village of Blowing Rock, the magnificent Pisgah National Forest, and Wilson Creek Gorge, a federally-designated wild and scenic river.  And of course there are plenty of boating, fishing, hiking, biking and other outdoor activities to take advantage of.

With unbelievably low prices on custom-built homes, cottages, home sites and estate properties, The Coves Mountain River Club has welcomed many prospective buyers looking at gated communities near Asheville for the ideal retirement destination. 

When you’re near Lenoir, be sure to stop by for a tour.  Enjoy a free glass of wine and watch the sun set over the mountains.  In perfect moments like that, it’s easy to imagine yourself waking up each day in the midst of some of Western North Carolina’s most magnificent views.

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

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