7 Exciting Western North Carolina Hiking Clubs

Western North Carolina hiking clubs

It’s no wonder that hiking clubs abound in Western North Carolina.  This region provides a gloriously varied landscape to those who enjoy heading out for a day, or maybe a week, heading down trails that range from tame to downright strenuous.

Western North Carolina is hands down the most sought after hiking grounds for those in the know.  For one thing, the 2,184 mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail graces this part of the state, and the Blue Ridge and the Smoky Mountains are an equal draw.

But there are so many other wonders—dramatic 360- degree views, fir forests, the bursting beauty of the natural growing Catawba rhododendrons,  sheer rock faces and other geological features that stop you in your tracks before you reach the crest of a summit.  Some seek the waterfalls of western North Carolina, loving nothing more than a hike in spring with one thing in mind– feeling the cool spray of a majestic waterfall.

There are many great resources online to assist your excursions.  Be sure not to forget to pack sunscreen, water, snacks, and of course your camera.

The Blue Ridge Hiking Club is an informal group of hiking enthusiasts who love meeting new friends while enjoying the outdoors of north-western North Carolina.  They welcome residents who live in Carolina mountain homes as well as visitors. Hikes of all levels, all year long  through the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Mountains-to-Sea trail, the Appalachian Trail, Linville Gorge, Roan Mountain (Tennessee), and the Virginia Creeper Trail (Virginia) for $10 a year, two hikes weekly.

The Monday hikes are easier than the Wednesday and Saturday hikes. Just show up at the trail head on Monday morning at 9:30. “We always have fun – no matter the weather, and we invite you to join us!”  Upcoming hikes:

  • Wednesday, April 25 – Watauga Dam via AT. (Carter/Johnson Co., TN)–7 miles, 4+ hrs. Rated moderate. Contact Carol Ann Mitchell at 423-772-4280, text 423 957-1207.
  • Saturday, April 28–Price Lake plus Boone Fork–approximately 7 miles; 4 hours; moderate to strenuous. Contact Roger Bodo–828-260-2019.
  • Monday, April 30–Trout Lake to Rich Mountain: 5 miles or less; relaxed pace.
  • Wednesday, May 2–Wildflower Crawl on the Lower Profile Trail; moderate–about a mile round trip. Contact Susan Moore at 828-733-5748.
  • Saturday, May 5–Hawksbill Mountain: Moderate to strenuous 1.8 miles, with 670 ft. elevation gain; approximately 2 hrs. Contact Bob Heath–828-773-0471.
  • Monday, May 7–Price Lake plus; 5 miles or less. Wednesday,
  • May 9–Mountains-to-Sea Trail; about 5 miles; contact Pam Hoffman, 828-262-9779.
  • Saturday, May 12–Appalachian Trail from US 321 to Watauga Dam; about 7 miles, 4 plus hrs; rated moderate; contact Carol Ann Mitchell–423-772-4280, text 423-9957-1207.
  • Monday, May 14–Green Knob Trail; 9. 5 miles or less, relaxed pace.
  • Wednesday, May 16– Laurel Fork Falls Hike; approximately 5 miles; moderate; contact Sheryl McNair at 443-360-9933.
  • Saturday, May 19–Table Rock and Crest Trail, 2 mi; moderately strenuous hiking; Mountains To Sea trail approximately 4-5 mi. Contact Skip Rackmill–828-355-9303.
  • Monday, May 21–Old John’s River Road to Price Lake–9. 5 miles or less, relaxed pace.
  • Wednesday, May 23– Hughes Gap to Roan High Knob on the AT–10 miles; moderate; contact Carol Ann Mitchell at 423-772-4280, text 423 957-1207.
  • Saturday, May 26–Story Teller Rock and Flat Rock; 5 mi., some parts strenuous and rocky; contact Bob Heath–828-773-0471.
  • Monday, May 28–Flat Top Observation Tower + Cone Memorial; 1. 5 miles or less, relaxed pace.
  • Wednesday, May 30– Glen Burney: Annie Cannon Gardens parking lot on Laurel Lane in Blowing Rock; 3.2 miles; contact Sherrey Murray at 828-737-0248.

 There are many opportunities to get involved with the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and Pacolet Area Conservancy—whether you want to volunteer, donate, or take on a hiking challenge.  For $35 dollars a year, there are plenty of hikes and activities throughout the month!  This organization has “deep roots and strong histories of preserving lands, joined together to build a larger community of advocates to further our common missions to protect and conserve natural resources in our burgeoning region for generations to come.”

Some upcoming hikes to usher in spring:

  • Friday, April 27, Craven Gap; 8:30-4; enjoy the scenery of WNC with your friends and family!
  • Monday, April 30, 9:30-1:30; celebrate Earth Day with a hike!
  • Friday, May 11, 8:30-4; the spectacular Lone Ridge of Pinnacle Mountain.
  • Saturday, June 30; 10:30-12; the first Tails and Trails with your four-legged friends!

Pisgah Hikers is a private hiking club with a number of hikes of various levels each week.  These hikes are free on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Please Note that effective May 9 Pisgah Hikers returns to the “Summer Schedule” with hikes starting at 8:30 and updates will be issued every Tuesday morning before the Wednesday hike.   Upcoming hikes to get your blood pumping:

Friday Easy Hikers; hikes are generally 3 miles, 3 hours long with no more than about 300 feet of climb. We meet every Friday at the BiLo Assembly Area in the parking lot  in June 9:15 AM departure; emails every Thursday to members of this group with weather forecast and hike description.

Spring 2018 Schedule:

  • April 27– Arboretum along Bent Creek
  • May 4— Carl Sandburg Hse
  • May 11–Pisgah Inn for Breakfast E38B. (8:15amDeparture)
  • May 18– Holmes State Park
  • May 25–Pink Beds via Barnett Branch
  • June 1— Daniel Ridge
  • June 8–Cradle of Forestry E14C
  • June 15–Pisgah Ridge E35H
  • June 22–Cove Creek
  • June 29–Corn Shoals in Dupon

The Monday Rollers’ hikes are in the medium range of difficulty. Regular departure time and place: the Lowe’s Assembly area in the Lowe’s parking by US64.  Please be there by 8:50 am; contact Maggie DiRocco  862-4618.

  • April 30–to be announced.
  • May 7–M21A; John Rock; 700 feet; 4.5 miles; R5;$1.50.
    May 14–M14B; Pink Beds; Long Loop; 500’; 5.5 miles; R5; $2.50.
    • May 21; M66B; Upper Whitewater Falls; 900’; 5 miles; R6; $5.50; starting at Bad Creek parking lot.
  • May 28; Memorial Day; M80A; Wintergreen Falls; 450’; 4.5 miles; R3; $2; starting from the Sky Valley Parking area.
  • June 4; M16A; Promontory Stump; 300’; 5 miles; R3; $3.
  • June 11; M81G; 3 Lakes Trail in DuPont State Forest; est.300’; est.4.5miles; R3;$2.
  • June 18;M23A; Daniel Creek/Lanning Ridge; 900’; 5 miles; R6 $2.
  • June 25; M38C; Buck Springs Lodge Loop; 300; 3.5 miles; R2; $3.50.

 The Monday Milers is a companion hiking group but slightly more challenging than the “Monday Rollers” with an average moving pace of 2 to 2.5 mph and distances of 4 – 8 miles with moderate elevation changes. Regular departure time and place:  Lowe’s Home Center near US 64—9 am; arrive by 8:45. Contact Richard Mayberry; 828-884-4398 (h) 704-236-4398.

The Monday Milers Spring Schedule:

  • April 30—Bearwallow Mountain/Trambore Trail; 5 miles estimated, 800’ climb estimated, R6, car fee:  $4.
    May 7—Flat Laurel Creek/Big Slam Loop; 4.5 miles, 900’ climb, R5, car fee:  $5.
    May 14—Cat Gap Loop/John Rock; 6.6 miles, 1,200’ climb, R7, $2.
    • May 21—Pisgah Ridge/Skinny Dip Falls via Graveyard ;4.6 miles, 500’ climb, R4, $4.50; shuttle, start at the intersection of 816 and the BRP.
  • May 28—Black Balsam/Tennant Mountain; 5 miles, 700’ climb, R6, $5; start at Big Sam parking.
  • June 4–Hike with “Rollers”
  • June 11— Hike with “Rollers”
  • June 18— Hike with “Rollers”
  • June 25—Mountains to Sea, Green Knob Trail; 6 miles, 700’ climb, R5, $5.

Wednesdays Striders: a faster pace and with less stops than the Monday Pisgah hikes.  Hikes range from 5 to 8 miles.  We have three different assembly areas depending upon the location of the hike—St. Philips Church parking lot, BiLo, and the Cedar Rock Community Center. Contact: Jay Hinze–828-553-6533 or Craig Smith–240-416-5971.

Wednesday Striders Spring 2018 Schedule:

  • April 25–Jones Gap – Rainbow Falls; 5 mi, 1300’cl, R5, $5; meet at Cedar Mountain; $5 for park admission.
  • May 2–Pisgah Ridge – Graveyard Fields Upper Falls; 5 mi, 900’ cl, R5, $4; meet at BiLo; from the junction of FS816 and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • May 9–Pilot Mountain; 5 mi, 1900’cl, R8, $3; meet at BiLo.
  • May 16–Bearwallow Mountain; 5 mi, 1700’cl, R10, $7; meet at BiLo or Ingles I26 & US64.
    May 23–Panthertown Waterfalls; 8 mi, 1500’, R8, $6; meet St. Philips.
    • May 30–23 feature hike – East Loop; 6 mi, 1300’cl, R8, $4; meet at BiLo;16- feature hike starts from the Big Sam parking lot at the end of FS816.

The Friday Hoofer hikes are the longest and most strenuous of the five groups. Contact Jay Hinze 828-553-6533 or Vince Castello–828-458-4489.

Friday Hoofer Hikes Spring Schedule:

  • April 27– Flat Creek Falls Panthertown; 8 mi, 1440’cl, R5, $5; meet at Catheys Creek Road.
    • May 4–Bennett Cove/Big East Fork; 8 mi, 1800’ cl, R8, $3; meet at BiLo.
    • May 11–Buckeye Gap – Haywood Gap; 9 mi, 1600’ cl, R8, $5.50; meet at Catheys Creek Road.
    • May 18–Buck Spring – Pisgah Inn; 12 mi, 1500’ cl, R7, $2.50;meet at BiLo.
    • May 25–Avery Creek – Buckhorn Gap Loop; 10 mi, 2000’, R9, $1; meet at BiLo.

Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

“SAHC conserves unique plant and animal habitat, clean water, farmland, scenic beauty, and places for people to enjoy outdoor recreation in the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina.”  There are many ways to be involved with SAHC whether you enjoy lacing up your hiking boots or you long to help preserve the hiking trails in Western North Carolina.

Hikes and Outings almost every day for $40 a year:

  • April 25—April Wildflower Wednesday—11 am-3.
  • April 29—Golden-winged Warblers!At Yellow Mountain State Natural Area, NC;6:30 am-3:30 pm–$100.
  • May 3—2018 Leave No Trace Tainer Course; Highlands of Roan; 10 am; May 4 at 3 pm.
  • May 30—2018 May Wildflower Wednesday; 11 am-3 pm
  • June 8—2018 Roan Highlands Birding Hike; 9 am-12 pm; Highlands of Roan
  • June 9—2018 June Jamboree—Free Highlands of Roan
  • June 27—2018 June Wildflower Wednesday; 11 am-3 pm

The Smoky Mountains Hiking Club is nearly 100 years old and has over 600 members who are “hikers and outdoors enthusiasts who love the Smokies and the mountains of East Tennessee.”  There are weekly hikes in the  Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as other gorgeous nearby areas, and membership fees are only $20 a year.  For those of you who have settled into your Carolina mountain homes and find you’d like to contribute to the community, SMHC appreciates volunteers to help maintain trails and shelters.

Upcoming SMHC Outings and Events:

  • April 28—Sat; Little Cataloochee
  • April 28-29—Sat & Sun; New Backpacker Orientation
  • May 5—Sat; Appalachian Trail Work Trip
  • May 6—Sunday; Big South Fork; Grand Gap Loop and Angel Falls Overlook
  • May 10—Thurs; Ten Mile Greenway
  • May 12—Sat; Spence Field/Russell Field Loop
  • May 16—Wed; Ace Gap and Beard Cane
  • May 19—Sat; Kanati Fork/Thomas Divide/ Newton Bald
  • May 19-20—Sat & Sun—Welch Ridge/Cold Springs Backpack
  • May 20—Sun—Kuwahi Scar Off-Trail
  • May 23—Wed—Rich Mountain Loop; Indian Grave Gap and Crooked Arm Trails
  • May 26—Sat—Ace Gap
  • May 28—Mon—Memorial Day; Cataloochee Divide Trail to PurchaseKnob

Mountains to Sea Trail is an essential organization for folks who care about our hiking trails in Western North Carolina.  For $35 a year you can support this 1,175 mile trail that allows hikers to cover the state and “is as diverse as North Carolina. Along the trail, you may see mountain vistas, rolling Piedmont farms, picture postcard colonial towns, weathered tobacco barns, old textile villages, country churches, rushing mountain streams, coastal swamps, hardwood and pine forests, lighthouses, sand dunes, miles of seashore, and friendly people.”  Some of the ways to get involved from the comfort of your Carolina mountain homes—join the friends, attend an event, share your photos, keep up-to-date with the newsletter, purchase a MST license plate, or volunteer.

Upcoming events to support the trail:

  • April 27—Fri—2:30; Trail Grand Opening at Guilford County Farm
  • April 28—Sat—Intermediate Trail Maintenance at Rockingham Community College
  • May 5—Sat—Eno River Section Annual Picnic at Fews Ford area, Eno River State Park
  • May 12—Sat—Upper Haw River Section Workday
  • June 5—Sat—Eno River Section Annual Picnic
  • June 12—Sat– Upper Haw River Section Workday

Friends of the Smokies was begun in 1993, and with hard work and devoted members and volunteers, more than $53 million has been raised to fund worthy projects in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park—historic preservation, wildlife management, environmental education among them.  If you don’t yet know about this amazing park, it spans more than 800 square miles of Western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee, and is where you are sure to find some of the most cherished views from mountaintops, as well as the wildlife we adore.  Find out for yourself by getting involved and have an incredible outdoor adventure while making life-long friends.

Upcoming Spring Hikes and events:

  • May 2—Pint Night at Bearden Beer Market
  • May 8—Classic Hike of the Smokies—Ramsey Cascades
  • June 11—Classic Hike of the Smokies: Cades of Cove Overnight Experience
  • June 12–Classic Hike of the Smokies: Cades of Cove Overnight Experience
  • June 19—Friends Day at Frugal Backpacker

It’s no secret to the folks who appreciate hiking trails in Western North Carolina that The Coves Mountain River Club delivers 13 miles of groomed hiking and horse trails. This is just one of the many perks that draw people in search of Carolina mountain homes to The Coves.

The Coves’ location is perfect, providing variation in elevation, with 3,600 acres ranging from 1,040 to 1,700 for our active residents to strut their stuff… and all without leaving home!   There are trails that suit a leisurely stroll by a magnificent waterfall, and challenging climbs to work your quads.   If you adore waterfalls of Western North Carolina, there are four dramatic waterfalls throughout these trails; it’s a hard act to follow!   Here’s a glimpse at what awaits you at The Coves:

Switchback Trail – 3.5 miles of trail over several streams, ending along Mila Cascading Falls.

Spine Trail – 3.5 miles of pasture trail over streams abutting a fishing pond and wildlife viewing area.

Winding River Trail – 2 miles of trails along the Johns River, past Coves River Park, the community gardens and stables and ending at Coleton’s Swimming Hole.

Magnolia Trail – 1.5 miles of trail up to 100ft overlooking river, winding into the serene woods and ending at Coleton’s Swimming Hole.

Tranquility Vineyard Trail –  a 1 mile trail into the woods along several small streams ending in the vineyard.

Little Waterfall Trail –  a .75 mile trail from Table View Lane, meandering past several waterfalls and into Waterfall Trail.

Cedar Cove Trail –  a .5 mile trail from the Waterfall Trail to the lovely community gardens and stables.

Waterfall Trail – a .5 mile trail down to Waterfall Park and into the community gardens for residents who just can’t get enough of the waterfalls of Western North Carolina.

Hawks Nest Trail – a .5 mile trail down from Waterfall Lane by a spring fed stream, into the Waterfall Trail and back to the community gardens and stable.

Lace up your hiking boots and then come explore the variety of hikes that bring fitness, relaxation and good old-fashioned outdoor adventure in our mountain community.

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

Tags: Greenways & Trails | Lenoir

Blowing Rock NC Scores Again – Top Southern Towns

Top North Carolina Southern Towns

It’s that time of year again!  Southern Living’s yearly survey to discover the top southern towns in the United States is out, and it’s no surprise that Blowing Rock has made the list as one of best mountain towns in North Carolina. Who doesn’t adore checking out what makes life in the south “down” right delightful? Tried and true recipes, garden and home ideas, as well as our much-loved culture–are all brought to life in the pages of illustrious publications like Southern Living. 

Folks who participate in this yearly survey event understand all the essential elements necessary to create a charming and sought-after town—“a thriving downtown with locally-owned restaurants, shops and galleries; a touch of the artsy; loads of character; friendly locals; and, of course, a beautiful location.”

These are the very reasons so many have chosen Blowing Rock real estate.  Down south we adore the preservation of traditions, and the warmth that comes from a close-knit community  that we can share our day to day life with in the mountain towns in North Carolina.

These favorite towns don’t need to be over-sized to be vibrant and inspiring. What they may lack in size they make up for in charm that has its roots deeply planted in historic preservation, breath-taking scenery, and plenty of shops, galleries and unbelievably delicious and diverse cuisine.

As Blowing Rock real estate proves and Southern Living stated so well, “These Main Street towns evoke the best of what we are as a culture. They’re places with a beating heart, where tradition is the lifeblood, and neighbors gather on front porches for a glass of sweet tea.”

The locals know why there’s so much to love about Blowing Rock, named for its unique rock formation that attracts visitors all year long who come to experience the wind currents that blow vertically. It’s quite a sight to drop a handkerchief and have it return to you as you’re perched high at blowing rock elevation of 1,500 feet above the scenic Johns River gorge. For those of you who appreciate a good photo op for Instagram, this is the spot to snap away.  Capture the Blue Ridge Mountains at their best.

The town itself is located at the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is just a little over three miles. Due to the blowing rock elevation, the climate can’t be beat. Those who enjoy life in the mountain towns of North Carolina have a strong appreciation for the cooler summer temperatures. Who can complain about summer days that don’t creep above 80 degrees? Rainfall is moderate, and winters deliver snow for those who wouldn’t consider passing up a season of skiing and cold weather recreation—of course knowing they have their cozy home at The Coves awaiting them when the sun sets beyond the white-capped mountains.

The Coves Mountain River Club is a natural draw for those exploring Blowing Rock real estate due to its proximity—just under a half an hour!  Those who have settled comfortably into their Coves mountain homes drive the scenic route often to take advantage of the blowing rock elevation, the gorgeous views, and the perks of a nearby mountain town where a slow and relaxed pace is just how it goes. 

When a unique gift is in order, the upscale boutiques won’t disappoint.  And don’t forget–there are attractions to suit your entire family, from the Tweetsie Railroad Park, to the Green Park Inn, the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, Moses Cone Memorial Park, trails to Glen Burney and Glen Marie waterfalls, 25 miles of equestrian trails, and plenty of popular festivals throughout the year to usher in every season with celebration and endless fun.

Come and see for yourself why this enchanting region was chosen for this year’s Top Southern Towns.  Plan an idyllic getaway and experience some warm Southern hospitality in Blowing Rock. 

Residents at The Coves are not surprised by the recognition. It is already one of their favorite day trips in the High Country. If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page Complimentary Magazine.

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Buffalo Mercantile Company – Circa 1897

Lenoir NC Restaurants

When you’re in the market for North Carolina mountain homes for sale, you need to explore the Blue Ridge Mountain region and discover first-hand how enchanting life can be.  There are a host of vibrant towns filled with caring communities to entice you to make the move you’ve long imagined become a reality.

For those who live in the gated communities near Asheville, The Buffalo Mercantile Company is surely on their list of local favorite restaurants.  And if your family has enjoyed life going back generations in this gorgeous region of North Carolina, then they are familiar with the rich history of this local treasure.

Lenoir NC restaurants are just one of the undeniable draws to living in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and this historic landmark is reflective of all that matters to those who decide to make Western North Carolina their permanent home—love of tradition, culture, community, fine food, and gatherings with those you care most about.

The Buffalo Mercantile Company has had its roots here since 1897 when it was opened to provide all the basic necessities to local folks.  In 1924 John C. Todd and his wife Pearl purchased the store and named it Todd’s Place, running it until the mid 1980s.  Their daughter took their place over, added a kitchen and dining area, and kept it open until she retired.

That’s when Tom Kassab, a frequent visitor to the gorgeous region for two decades, saw the store for sale, and made an offer.  He understood the importance of this old-time establishment to the gated communities near Asheville.

Tom decided to restore its original name, and to carry on the country store tradition while making the necessary improvements, ensuring The Buffalo Mercantile Company’s success alongside other fabulous Lenoir NC restaurants.

Now it’s the perfect blend of past and present.  There are hundreds of nostalgic products in the store to browse, and when you settle down with a cup of fresh coffee, Wi-Fi will fulfill your modern-day needs.

You and your friends can gather around the fire on the gorgeous stone patio, or stroll over the bridge that spans the creek.  Spend a little more time and take in some of the local entertainment–like legendary Doc Watson.  The  motto of The Buffalo Mercantile Company is “Join us, step back in time, it’s a destination worth the drive!”

When you’re traveling to the region to search for North Carolina mountain homes for sale, here are some of the menu’s savory highlights made from the finest and freshest ingredients:

  • assortment of starters to kick start your appetite
  • handmade pizza created with the finest and freshest ingredients; endless toppings anddeep dish too!   Your choice—red or white, thin or thick!
  • burgers—1/3 lb. ground steak
  • specialty subs
  • meatball or Italian sausage calzones
  • selections for “Little Buffalos”
  • hand-dipped ice cream

“The Buffalo Mercantile Company and Cafe offers General Store Merchandise, Coffee Shop, Candy Store, Ice Cream Parlor, Cafe with outdoor seating/entertaining along the rushing creek complete with large fire-pit. This Restaurant is Ranked #1 On TripAdvisor!”

Here’s where to find it and business hours:

Buffalo Mercantile Company

6353 Buffalo Cove Road

Lenoir NC

Hours—Closed Mondays

Open 11-8 Tuesday-Saturday


Call (828) 758-9879

Come visit our charming towns in Western North Carolina where you’ll find a welcoming haven for those of us who appreciate a relaxed pace within a vibrant community of entrepreneurs, artists, and professionals.

Lenoir NC restaurants are just one of the many perks of living in the region that add genuine southern hospitality and of course incredible culinary fare.

Why not make The Coves Mountain River Club your first destination when you are ready to select a home near the gated communities of Asheville NC?  Whether you build a new mountain home, choose a new home package, or find the ideal resale, The Coves will inspire you to embark on your idyllic next chapter.

What could be better than waking up by the Johns River surrounded a frame of majestic mountains?  The Coves has a number of stunning North Carolina mountain homes for sale within easy access to all the quaint and happening towns.  Take a life-changing journey and come visit us at The Coves.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit. 

Tags: Home Building | Lenoir | Restaurants & Breweries

Spring Flowers and Garden Ideas for Your Mountain Home

gardening Western North Carolina

This is the perfect time of year to venture outside and tend the gardens that surround our NC mountain homes. In March you can get a head start on spring by planting a variety of perennial seeds that will bloom into vibrant color before long. Perfect choices for this region abound! Columbine, hollyhock, coreopsis, daisy, phlox, Sweet William as well as your favorite variety of sweet-scented rose bushes.

If you’re like us and adore the sight of a colorful hummingbird flitting about your yard, the colors and scents of these blossoms will be a definite attraction.  Choose your flowers after checking out other gorgeous NC mountain homes.  If you’re looking for low-maintenance gardening, select annuals that will do all the work for you—petunias, marigolds and zinnias are just a few.

Keep in mind that daylilies, irises, and black-eyed Susans will return every year and give your yard a pop of color with minimum work involved.  For the budget-conscious and patient, seeds are the way to go!

If you’ve already established a well-tended flower garden, you may want to consider your very own vegetable garden.  Many of us who are searching for land for sale in the NC mountains, dream of stepping outside into our own garden bursting with fresh tomatoes or the fixings for an amazing salsa.  Mid-March is the perfect time to plant broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower.   Other vegetables to consider– beets, carrots, Chinese cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, Swiss chard, turnips, and potatoes. Moving into April you can plant eggplant, pepper, tomato, beans, pumpkin, squash and sweet potato for an amazing casserole or pie!

Imagine a table surrounded by friends and family with your gorgeous produce as the centerpiece!  And remember a vegetable garden can be visually pleasing if it’s well cared for and planned just like your flower garden. It’s also that time of year to fertilize your asparagus and vegetable beds to ensure your produce will be delectable and worthy of a culinary photo shoot.

If you’re building a home in the mountains, and are starting the creative job of landscaping, you may want to consider what plants would flower at this time of year—saucer magnolia, Bradford pear, flowering cherry, forsythia, star magnolia, winter honeysuckle, spirea, flowering quince, Carolina Jessamine, periwinkle, thrift, violets, crocus, daffodil, hyacinths and tulips.

Remember your property is like a fresh canvas and the possibilities for our NC mountain homes are endless.  This is the season to transplant and arrange your colorful azaleas, grouping them together or scattering them about.  You can individualize your property and give it the charm and pizazz it deserves by choosing the flowering plants, shrubs, and trees that reflect your personality throughout the seasons of the year.

Don’t forget that North Carolina Arbor Day is the first Friday after March 15th, but any time this spring is the right time to plant a tree and add a little beauty to our region.  When you plant any fruit trees, grape vines or smaller fruit plants just make sure you do so before the buds break.  And if you’re just building a home in the mountains, you can create a magnificent planting plan and add fresh shrubs and ground covers this whole month.  It’s also the time to transplant shrubs or trees and lend your personal touch to your property.

We are fortunate to live in the amazing climate of this region, which is why so many are out discovering land for sale in the NC mountains.  Plant summer annuals like begonia, geranium, marigold, petunia and zinnia this month.  For those in the know, The Coves is just the place for building a home in the mountains or finding the resale of your dreams.  Community is what it’s all about at The Coves where Evelyn’s Vineyard and Isabel’s Garden bring folks together to share their love for nature, gardening and bonding with friends and neighbors.  What could be more therapeutic for the mind, body and soul than digging your hands into the North Carolina soil and producing the most delicious produce and stunning flowers—sunflowers, daffodils, tulips, and lilies galore.  Isabel’s Garden is graced by English style and is nestled along the scenic Johns River—an unbelievable haven for residents at The Coves where the growing season begins in March and ends in December!

Come visit us at The Coves and explore our land for sale in the NC mountains and discover the rare and caring community that awaits you in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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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Granite Falls Brewery – Great Beer Near The Coves

Asheville breweries

There are four waterfalls at The Coves Mountain River Club.  They’re popular attractions and symbolic of the amazing fresh water and natural beauty that bring so many people to the Blue Ridge foothills area. 

But many visitors aren’t aware of their connection to one of our fastest-growing industries:  the brewing of beer.  The rivers and waterfalls of Western North Carolina supply the clear, cold mountain water for a remarkable number of local breweries.

In the city of Asheville alone, you can enjoy around 100 local beers on draft and in bottles – from hoppy IPAs to dark stouts.  Each has its own distinct identity, reflecting the unique character of its brewery of origin.  You may be surprised to learn that Asheville has more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the country.  Since 2009, it’s earned the title of “Beer City USA” almost every year.

It follows that beer festivals are a regular occurrence, highlighted by the Beer City Festival in late Spring, the Winter Warmer when the weather turns cold, and Brewgrass at the start of leaf peeping season in early fall.  And when you visit, be sure to sign up for one of the city’s popular beer tours.

One of the fun things to do in Lenoir NC is a trip to Granite Falls Brewing Company, less than thirty minutes away.  A partnership of Mastroeli-MacNeil Equity Investments and Head Brewer Ben Barber,

Granite Falls crafts an exceptional beet that’s born, brewed, and raised locally.  The mountain towns in North Carolina are full of delightful surprises like this.  The business was built on the site of a historic bottling plant that dates back to 1903.

While you’re there, be sure to try the handcrafted burger, topped with peanut butter, local jam, and a local farm egg.  Or sample one of the artisanal made-from-scratch pizzas or delectable desserts.  Granite Falls Brewing Company is also a great place to enjoy live entertainment and special events.  Check their web site for a current schedule.

Some of the most magnificent waterfalls of western North Carolina can be found along the Johns River, which originates at Grandfather Mountain and winds its way to where it hugs five miles of shoreline at The Coves Mountain River Club.  Fishing, swimming and boating on the Johns and Wilson Creek are just a few of the many things to do in Lenoir NC.  Anyone with a sense of adventure will find plenty to explore and discover throughout the area, and you can be as active as you want to be or just relax and enjoy the countless benefits of living in such a remarkable environment.

There’s an abundance of history here, along with the modern-as-tomorrow discoveries such as Granite Falls Brewing Company.  When you have a home at The Coves Mountain River Club, each day can bring a new adventure.  You have all of the advantages of country living, but you’re not far from the places you need to go in the cities.  You’ll love having a front row seat when the foliage changes color, and the year-round mild weather allows you to spend more time outside.

There’s much to be said for the mountain towns in North Carolina as retirement destinations.  When you’re in or near the Lenoir area, we invite you to stop at The Coves Mountain River Club and let us show you around the property.  We know it’s a great place to live. 

Relax on the balcony at our Pisgah Mountain Lodge with a glass of wine, breath in the clean air, and watch the sun set over the mountains while you’re here. You might just find yourself nodding in agreement.

Call us 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit!

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