2018 North Carolina Fall Foliage Forecast Near The Coves

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Autumn 2018 is just around the corner, and fall foliage North Carolina is graced by a vibrant palette of colors you just can’t find tucked into the back-to-school Crayola box.  Leaf peeping has become an annual tourist event that has surged over the years and for many good reasons.  Psychology Today ran an article three years ago, “How Autumn Leaves Change Our Inner Lives,” so aptly describing how “the memory persists, enriching your life in ways that may last long after the final leaf has fallen.”

It’s clear that folks who bask in Lenoir North Carolina weather get to reap the gift of living in the region day after glorious day.   When we stare out over a colorful vista, we feel the emotion and connection of being part of an awe-inspiring universe.  The Banner Elk elevation is the perfect spot to soak in all the colorful changes—the yellows, oranges, reds, and deep purples illuminated by the mountain sun.  No wonder this region of the country has been the rich source of inspiration for so many talented poets, painters and other renowned creative souls.  There is no doubt that slowing down to observe the transition from green to a splendor of color is good for us–mind, body and soul.

For those of you who are worried that our August rainfall will dampen the foliage, put your worries aside.  According to the Biology Department at ASU, rainfall does not lessen the vibrancy of fall foliage North Carolina.   Instead what truly makes for a gorgeous fall season is the sunshine and temperatures in September.  Howard Neufeld from ASU in Boone runs the Fall Color Guy Facebook page for those of you who like to keep informed.  “If we start to get a cool down, with sunny days and cool nights,” he explains…this will make for a spectacular and colorful show.  Meteorologists are calling exactly for that—normal fall temperatures and less rain will make for some incredible mountain displays.

Some experts have also studied the effects of elevation and latitude on our fall color, which would help explain the beauty of the foliage at places that share the same Banner Elk elevation.  This means that taking a spin down the Blue Ridge Parkway can give you a different colorful landscape from one location to the next.  Boone is 1000 feet higher in elevation than Asheville, so its trees have a colorful head start.  The region also has many micro climates which help create a diverse and visually stimulating landscape.

Wondering when to start your leaf peeping travels?  Anytime from here on into November.  The reds are already showing up in the higher elevations. Aim for the higher elevations first, like Banner Elk elevation, where all the magic starts.  We are fortunate in this region to have some of the highest peaks in the eastern US, and also to have such an extreme variation in elevation that our season lasts much longer than other areas of the country.  If you miss the peak change at one elevation, you can take a short excursion to a lower elevation and catch the highlights there the next week.

Those of us who are living a charmed life at The Coves, enhanced by Lenoir North Carolina weather, can hop onto the Blue Ridge Parkway and plan a fall adventure with ease.  The colors in this region will be most vivid in mid-October.  Take a colorful and leisurely ride to Grandfather Mountain, Boone, or Linville Falls and bring your camera to snap those astounding panoramic views from any number of convenient overlooks. 

Remember that the softer light of morning and evening are ideal for capturing the leaves.  Grandfather Mountain is the highest peak in the Blue Ridge and contains a variety of wildlife and flora and fauna, as well as hiking trails to raise your pulse along with your spirits.  The Linville River originates at Grandfather Mountain and cascades into two breathtaking falls.  The Linville trails are the perfect spot to be surrounded by autumn’s bright hues.

An abbreviated leaf peeper checklist for the area:

• Last week of September—higher elevations—Grandfather Mountain

• First week of October—high mountains of Asheville

• Second week of October—Mount Pisgah

• Third week of October—Banner Elk, Pisgah National Forest and Linville Gorge

So make sure you step outside your dream house at The Coves Mountain River Club and share the magic of the autumn season with your fellow neighbors and nature lovers.  Take a relaxing stroll beneath a canopy of brilliant hues and feel your stress slip away with every step. Bask in the temperate Lenoir North Carolina weather.  There is nothing more cathartic than focusing on the beauty that surrounds you at The Coves as well as the fall foliage North Carolina.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit!

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Chrome On Over to Lenoir Cruise-Ins

Lenoir NC Cruise In

Did you know on the first Saturday of every month, from April through October, Lenoir transforms itself from a picturesque and serene mountain town into a fun destination for people of all ages who appreciate automotive excellence?

This is when the Lenoir Downtown Cruisers bring their shiny chrome cruise-ins and swap meet to the downtown streets of Lenoir.  Admission is free, but you can purchase 50/50 tickets, T-shirts, drivers tickets, ladies tickets, door prizes, and much more, with all of the proceeds going to local charities. Lenoir Downtown Cruisers is a non-profit organization. 

This popular event features block after block of eye catching cars, trucks, motorcycles, with their proud owners happy to chat about the finer points of their vehicles.  And there’s always the chance that you’ll see a special car that brings back thoughts of years gone by and the good times and good friends that defined your youth.

If you’re in the area looking for mountain homes for sale in NC, the Lenoir cruise-ins are a great opportunity to get a feel for our local culture and meet others who have relocated happily to the mountain towns in North Carolina.  Like so many of the fun things to do in Lenoir, NC, and the other towns in the foothills, they evoke memories of a simpler life and time.

You soon discover what makes this part of the country so special.  It’s the strong feeling of community…the small town appeal that’s such a welcome change from the stresses of big city life.  Before you know it, you’ve found the key to happiness.  It was within your reach all along. 

Our mountain communities in the foothills have a way of surprising people.  Just when prospective buyers of mountain homes for sale in NC may think they’ll be leaving so much behind, they learn that there’s such a wealth of activities and events to enjoy that they won’t know what to do next.  Here, you get all of the benefits of country living – the crisp, fresh mountain air, the breathtaking scenery, the exercise – with easy access to shopping, entertainment, dining, adult education, medical facilities and more.

When you’re planning a visit to any of the mountain towns in North Carolina, be sure to check the Lenoir Downtown Cruisers web site or their Facebook page to learn about upcoming cruise-ins or give us a call.  It’s good family fun but also an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to come together and share the many joys that life in small-town America brings.  And be sure to sample the local restaurants and browse the stores and quaint shops.

On your calendar of things to do in Lenoir NC, set aside some time for a tour of  our mountain community. We’re conveniently located between Charlotte and Asheville and just minutes from the mountain towns of Blowing Rock, Morganton and Hickory.

Spread across  3600 beautiful acres, our gated community is nestled along the Johns River at Wilson Creek.  Here you’ll find 16 miles of hiking, biking and riding trails, a two-story mountaintop lodge with an infinity-view swimming pool, fitness center and so many more amenities.  Choose property with mountain views, riverfront property, private wood estates, nature settings or equestrian parcels. Our home collection is extensive!

Cruise in to The Coves at Mountain River Club. We’re happy to show you around.

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

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2018 Fall Lifelong Learning Courses in WNC

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Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (CCC&TI) in the foothills offers residents of mountain towns in North Carolina a schedule of lifelong learning courses (both degree and non-credit) that are tailor-made for pursuit of their individual interests and hobbies. College isn’t just for young adults. Going back to school is popular in our golden years as we desire a lot more from life now that they’re free from the dual pressures of work and family obligations and have more free time to do what we want.

As many more members of the “baby boomer” generation reach retirement age, the demand for “lifelong learning” continues to grow.  A primary benefit, of course, is the opportunity to increase our knowledge of subjects we’re already familiar with and others we would like to find out more about.  We can brush up on our skills, learn some new techniques and have some fun as we enter this rewarding and exciting stage of our life. 

But continuing education is also vital to our mental and physical health, because when we attend a class we’re making important social connections with others who share our experiences and interests.  Students in adult education are not trying to satisfy a degree requirement and are there by choice and enthusiastic.  Many programs have no books or tests, and the atmosphere is informal.  And we can miss a class or even drop a course if we choose.

The mission of CCC&TI is to provide accessible, quality instruction; support economic development through comprehensive resources to business, industry, and agencies and offer diverse services and opportunities which improve the quality of life.

Full academic programs at the school for the coming year include accounting, automotive systems technology, aviation management and career technology, business administration, biomedical equipment technology and cosmetology. Students also study biotechnology, cardiovascular sonography, computer information technology, landscape gardening, medical sonography, networking technology, associate degree nursing, paralegal technology, radiography, and web technologies. 

And personal enrichment classes teach subjects as diverse as beekeeping, craft brewing, motorcycle safety, sign language, computer skills, digital photography, writing and Spanish.

The school also offers special events such as the Fall 2018 installment of Caldwell Cuisine, a showcase for the talents of Culinary Arts students, and the 2018-2019 Showcase of Stars, featuring music, dance and drama.

CCC&TI is located in Hudson, one of the quaint mountain towns in North Carolina most popular to those who are drawn to the laid-back lifestyle found in the foothills.  And its diverse class offerings are testament to the fact that settling into retirement doesn’t mean we can’t still follow your passion for lifelong learning.

As you consider the advantages of various mountain homes for sale in NC, make time to come by and visit us in Lenoir. Our beautiful 3600-acre gated community is nestled between the Blue Ridge and Brushy Mountains, surrounded by tall hardwood forests.  It’s an ideal choice for those who enjoy outdoor recreation such as fishing or boating, with its proximity to the Catawba River, Rhodiss and Hickory Lakes and Wilson Creek – plus the many hiking and riding trails and camping spots.  

We’re a world away from the stresses of the city.  Instead, we have fresh air, year-round mild weather, clear skies, spectacular sunsets, great neighbors and a front row seat when the foliage changes color in the Fall which is coming soon.

Take a tour of The Coves Mountain River Club and see why so many people have chose to retire here and enjoy all of this area’s many benefits and opportunities. We offer mountain view homes, estate homes, river front homes, mountain cottages, tiny houses and new Design-Ready Log Homes. Ask us for more info.

Call 828.754.0700 now!


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Pet Partners Rescue – Happy Trails Continue

If you’ve reached that long dreamt about milestone known as retirement, and you’ve settled blissfully into unscheduled days of relaxation, socialization, maybe spending precious time with grandchildren and diving into those long put off hobbies, then you’re already aware of how sweet this time of life can be. 

Folks who have chosen to live in the mountain towns in North Carolina get to enjoy many of the region’s amazing perks at this stage of life.  These quaint and charming towns are the perfect accompaniment to the beauty of the landscape.  Community pulls together in these small towns, creating an atmosphere of support as well as a fun place to socialize.

People aren’t the only ones who benefit from the warmth of the mountain community—anyone who lives here knows how pet friendly the environment is from the downtown to the expansive outdoors– like the hiking trails near Asheville.   And it’s fortunate for us that pets are cherished and welcome.

It’s no secret how essential socializing is as we age, both for our emotional and physical health.  Pets can be a tremendous part of socializing. Not only our personal relationship with our pet, but also the ways that dog ownership fosters more interaction outside our homes. Owning a dog, for example, encourages exercise—up to 34% more according to Michigan State University’s study- than our non-dog owning neighbors.  That’s quite impressive. 

The beauty of being retired is our ample free time which translates to more hours we can commit to our dogs and cats. More time to stroll downtown and chat up your neighbors who can’t resist your adorable pup.  Dogs most certainly help create a sense of community outside the home

Pet Partners understands just how important pets are to all who live in the mountain towns of North Carolina.  Pet Partners is a non-profit, ten-year-old Caldwell County organization whose mission “is to find forever, loving homes for unwanted, abandoned and homeless animals in our area.”  Pet Partners has been working tirelessly to make a better community and all this effort and determination is paying off.  Pet Partners knows the solution is fairly basic—spay/neuter, adopt and educate.

Thank goodness Caldwell County is a pet friendly community that eagerly supports Pet Partners’ mission.

Located at 220 Joyceton Church Road in Lenoir, many get involved by donating time and helping to fund this worthy organization.  The folks in the mountain towns of North Carolina are reliable and committed to helping out their four-legged friends–whether by adopting a dog or a cat, fostering an animal, donating food, wipes, disinfectant spray, paper towels, crates, bowls and other pet necessities, tick and flea meds, or volunteering.  All donations are tax deductible. 

Feel free to visit the Waggin’ Tail Resale and Marketplace in Lenoir for home décor, furniture, glassware,  garden and patio, consignment, local artisans, select clothing, unique finds and collectibles—and of course all purchases and donations benefit Pet Partners.  Store hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm.

Pet Partners is currently campaigning to raise $150,000.00 by June 1, 2019. They will surely reach their goal with the support of the pet friendly community.  Don’t forget their weekly adoption events at Tractor Supply in Lenoir most Saturdays 10am-4pm.

Fall 2018 Adoption Schedule: September 1, 8, 15, 22, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17.  All adoption fees and information are available on the Pet Partners’ website PetPartnersRescue(dot)org.

Some volunteer opportunities: fostering animals, working at adoption events, hosting fundraisers, helping at Waggin’ Tail Resale & Marketplace, maintaining their building and grounds, as well as education and promotions.  Just fill out the form on the “Contact Us” page.   

Those folks upon retiring who chose an idyllic parcel of land and dream home at The Coves,  understand the immeasurable essential value of our pets.   Just take a stroll outside on any lovely fall day, and you will find your neighbors at The Coves out hiking trials near Asheville with their dogs trotting contentedly alongside them.   Thirteen miles of glorious trails stretch out over our gated community’s 3,600 acres…an undeniably lush playground for folks and their dogs to explore throughout the year. 

The Johns River is the centerpiece of the trails, meandering through The Coves’ expanse, carrying recreation and relaxation in its clean current.  Dogs adore the trails that wind through the woods, as well as lead to four waterfalls,  with forty-and-fifty-foot cascades.  Put The Coves Mountain River Club first on your list when you’re beginning to search for your retirement home.  Take a stroll with your dog on the many hiking trails near Asheville, and see for yourself why The Coves should be your next home.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour!

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Fall Foliage and Tasty Western North Carolina Festivals

fall foliage Western North Carolina

It’s hard to imagine that summer is already winding down, but if you gaze out over the Blue Ridge Mountains splashes of color are beginning to show up here and there.  The sweet thing about living in Western North Carolina, is that all four seasons are downright desirable.  Fall brings in crisp air and foliage that draws folks out of their cozy mountain homes as well as from far away places. 

For those searching for North Carolina mountain homes for sale, autumn is the perfect scenic backdrop to browse; take a ride on the gorgeous and historic Blue Ridge Parkway and explore away.  Not only will the beauty of the region astound you in areas like Wilson Creek, but you’ll experience first hand the tight-knit communities and the down-home feel of the local towns.  You won’t have to search long or hard for things to do in Lenoir NC.  There are festivals galore that are not only free but are also loads of fun.  So gather your friends and family, grab a picnic lunch and your camera, and see what you’ve been missing.

Some traditional festivals if you’re in the area searching for North Carolina mountain homes:

Molasses Festival at Sims Barbecue—Granite Falls; 6160 Petra Mill Road, Granite Falls—Saturday, October 12, 9am-4pm. Events include bluegrass entertainment, jam sessions, clogging, molasses making, apple butter making, hayrides, food, crafts and games. Admission is free. For more information call 828-396-2052.

Smoking in the Foothills Festival—Lenoir; October 18, 19, downtown historic Lenoir. This nonprofit organization gives its proceeds to charities in Caldwell County—“just trying to make our corner of the world a little better, one barbecue plate at a time.”  This festival is a world-class family competition in the gorgeous foothills.  What could be better when you’re in need of things to do in Lenoir NC than sharing comfort food while the leaves are changing?  There’s plenty to do for everyone, even those who don’t participate in the competition.  Sit back and enjoy the live music, the vendors, or take part in the corn hole tournament (“come out and toss a few bags for a good cause!”)  Prize money will be awarded for the competition from Grand Champion to tenth place.

Lenoir works hard to keep its Main Street vibrant.  This is why there’s no end to things to do in Lenoir NC.  Lenoir’s motto is “Growing Stronger Together,” and its downtown and festivals are part of its undeniable vitality.  Travelers along the Blue Ridge Parkway make sure they stop at the Wilson Creek area for incredible outdoor recreation, and Lenoir, a quaint mountain town, to take in a little shopping, dining and entertainment during the gorgeous fall season.  There are vistas along the parkway that will cause you to pull over and take in the majestic mountain ranges with their bright hues. 

Whether you are a lover of nature—wildlife and pristine landscape, or you simply want an adventure, this is the terrain for you.  The Blue Ridge Parkway is renowned for being one of our country’s most spectacular scenic drives.  Take along your fishing rod, tote along your kayaks, or just lace up your hiking boots—there’s an endless list of possibilities for those who crave some outdoor time at Grandfather Mountain, the Wilson Creek region in the Pisgah National Forest, or Linville Falls—just to name a few breathtaking destinations.

The Coves Mountain River Club welcomes visitors all four seasons of the year.  Take a drive down the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, soak in the inspiring autumnal vistas at one of the hundreds of overlooks, and then come see for yourself why this gated community is filled with residents who not only care about nature, but who also cherish their neighbors.

When you’re coasting down the Blue Ridge Parkway, get off at Blowing Rock and stop in at our friendly mountain community. You’ll find there’s no place that rivals The Coves when you search for North Carolina mountain homes with smart lifestyle amenities, and you’ll see why there’s no mystery how living beside the Blue Ridge Mountains creates the dream life for so many.

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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