Baseball Season is Back in Lenoir North Carolina

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When you buy one of the homes for sale in NC mountains, part of the area’s appeal is the laid back, small town lifestyle many Americans find so attractive.  Whether it stirs up memories of our youth or we are drawn to its depiction in books, films and media, we can’t help seeing it as somehow more authentic and true to our roots.

Many who have moved to The Coves Mountain River Club are delighted to learn that one time-honored small town tradition is still alive and well in Lenoir:  semi-pro baseball.  The Oilers have been going strong for more than fifty years, and they were the Carolina Virginia Collegiate League champions in 2016.

The team’s home games are played at historic Walker Stadium downtown, and for local families they rank high on the list of things to do in Lenoir NC.  Their season runs from May through July, with the opening day events kicking off last month. Area fans will have thirty chances to see them play in Lenoir, and each one becomes an another opportunity to socialize with neighbors who share your love of baseball. 

Gated communities near Asheville NC, like The Coves Mountain River Club, offer a perfect balance of the modern and the traditional.  You’re never far from history here, and we haven’t lost our reverence for the past.  Is there anything more evocative of days gone by than sitting in the bleachers on a warm summer evening, hot dog in hand, watching the players you know by name and statistics play their hearts out to the cheers of the crowd?

The Oilers are active in the community, and there are ways you can get involved with their efforts as a volunteer if you so choose.  They hold a baseball skills camp in June for ages eight through high school.  Their web site at has a lot of information about the team.

Some of the finest homes for sale in NC mountains towns are found right here in Lenoir at The Coves Mountain River Club.  Our five miles of Johns River riverfront property offers a spectacular setting for this tight knit mountain community of residents who settled here because of all the foothills area has to offer. 

This is a perfect example of “the best of both worlds”.  We’re not so far from the city that we can’t easily get there if we need to.  But at the same time, we’re living in the midst of some nature’s most spectacular scenery and enjoying the clearest of skies, the freshest of air, and wonderful mild weather all year round.

People of all ages and interests find things to do in Lenoir NC, and many of them involve being outdoors.  Because we’re close to the water, there are a wealth of options available for fishing, swimming, and boating.  Exercise buffs can enjoy miles and miles of our award winning hiking trails near Asheville.  Our trails offer breathtaking scenic panoramas, and of course we have a front row seat for one of the country’s most popular fall foliage spectaculars.

Even if you’re not a die hard sports fan when you come here, you may find it hard to resist the unique experience of rooting on our Lenoir Oilers, along with a crowd of people who, like you, appreciate the fact that life in the gated communities near Asheville NC often has a way of transporting you back to a simpler time.  In Lenoir, like countless fans over the years, you soon learn to enjoy the exquisite pleasures of seeing America’s game played under a blanket of stars, complete with all of the same iconic sights and sounds and smells that reside in our collective memory of those days long ago. At the Coves Mountain River Club, we love our Lenoir Oilers!

Stop on by when you’re in the area and see how fun it is to live in our mountain community.  

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour.

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Find Your Wings Flying High in Western North Carolina

fun things to do in Lenoir NC

The beauty of Western North Carolina gives those of us who own Carolina mountain properties many reasons to celebrate each and every day, days that we have planted our feet upon the soil of this spectacular region. One of the many fun things to do in Lenoir NC is soaring in the sky like eagles. Have you ever imagined an elevated view of Grandfather, Table Rock and Hawk’s Bill Mountains? If so, why not expand your bucket list to include Thermal Valley’s tandem hang gliding over the foothills. 

Located between Lenoir and Morganton, this is an idyllic spot to make the most of Lenoir North Carolina weather.  Thermal Valley is a family-owned and family-operated business making it possible for folks to soar through the sky on a hang glider, from April through October, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons as well as when the weather permits throughout the winter months.  What a magical way to spend a weekend soaring like a hawk over the amazing landscape, a view of the Catwba River glinting below.

Larry Falls mans The Dragonfly, a special plane that tows the hang gliders for almost half the flight, while Thermal Valley co-owner, Craig Pearson, flies the glider from a double harness for himself and his lucky passenger. In their skilled hands, you can learn how to steer the glider by glancing left or right over your shoulder. The bars are also your controls to slow down or speed up through the perfect Lenoir North Carolina weather.

Thermal Valley’s setting is idyllic, placed upon the sweet foothills between charming towns where some of the best Carolina mountain properties exist.  There’s no doubt why people who live in this region, as well as frequent visitors, are so eager to perfect their hang gliding skills or embrace a brand new hobby when looking for things to do in Lenoir NC.  In a nutshell, Thermal Valley allows you to learn basic flying skills with an USHPA certified tandem flying instructor as well as to chose your desired altitude.   

The instructor allows you to fly as much as you wish until it’s time to land. Passengers can share their incredible experiences with friends and family via an HD video.  Flights are by appointment only and the capable staff at Thermal will make you feel welcome and secure.   Thermal now offers aero-towing to people with current AT rating who have aero-towed within the last several months. Larry Falls is the chief tug pilot and a top-notch aviator with experience on Naval aircraft carriers.  Craig Pearson is President, tug pilot, tandem pilot and recently added light sport CFI for airplanes.  Laura Pearson is co-owner and takes great care of the ground crew.

Thermal Valley’s January 18, 2018 blog states:  “Our 2017 season has been our best ever.  We flew more tandems, had more solo tows, and increased our staff during the busiest time.  We purchased a scooter towing system… and have purchased several ‘winch’ gliders including our newest North Wing sky surfer nicknamed ‘Jenny.’”

Here’s nore info about pricing for Tandem Discovery Flights:

• Flights to 1500 feet–$159

• Flights to 2000 feet–$199

• Mile high flights–$385

• Altitude Upgrade–$40 / 500 feet

• HD Video–$45

Weight and age restrictions apply.

We’re thrilled to have fun things to do like this in Lenoir. Our mountain community is known for spectacular 360 degree summit views towering high above the most prime Carolina mountain properties. Yet, there’s no better spot to be grounded than at The Coves, with the Johns River and cascading waterfalls setting the peaceful tone as one day coasts blissfully into the next. 

The pleasant year round Lenoir North Carolina weather is one of the obvious reasons why this region of North Carolina is so sought after but there’s so much more. Come check us out and see why you’ll never run out of things to do in Lenoir NC— whether your on terra firma or soaring through the air—you will adore either perspective all while living beneath the roof of your dream mountain home.

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

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