Exciting Day Adventures All Around The Coves
Those of us who live in the mountain towns in North Carolina understand the simple beauty of exploring the wilderness—whether taking advantage of a scenic hike enhanced by blowing rock elevation, rushing down one of the many fast-flowing rivers, or searching for a hidden waterfall…these are just a few of the obvious reasons Blowing Rock real estate is increasingly popular.
There’s nothing that rivals a little natural adrenal rush in the great outdoors. No matter what gets your heart beating fast or provides you will a little jolt—white water rafting, mountain biking, caving, or zip lines—this region in western NC is where you will find it all. No wonder National Geographic Adventurer named NC as #1 Vacation with a Splash!
Here are a few top outdoor adventure outfits to suit your adrenaline fancy:
• High Mountain Expeditions–located in Banner Elk, Boone, and Asheville NC
For more than 25 years, this popular outfit has been committed to safety; professional guides with CPR, First Aid, Swift Water Rescue, food handling and Leave No Trace to tend to the needs of your entire family. Word of mouth and top quality are what makes HME so successful in the mountain towns in North Carolina. What’s your pleasure—river or creek rafting, tubing, hiking or caving through tunnels and underground rivers? HME has it all! For a slower pace, the HME New River tubing outpost is located only minutes from Boone, North Carolina.
The equipment at HME is up-to-date with safety in mind. You will travel in style in their vehicles as you journey to the trail heads or river. And, if you want to enjoy amazing culinary fare alongside your outdoor adventure, HME will not disappoint. Their menu is chock full of fresh and natural selections—meats, cheeses, breads, locally-grown produce and scrumptious homemade sweets. This is a family friendly operation, with children from three to nine years of age permitted to take part in the adventures, and the menu will satisfy even the youngest and pickiest eaters.
• Edge of the World—located at 394 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604
Edge of the World is convenient to Asheville and Boone and is the place to have your whitewater, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing and rappelling adventures! This is a family-owned and operated tour company that’s been providing adventures to families for nearly four decades. You will get the best value at Edge of the World, since they encourage free re-runs! You get to re-run the rapids as many times as you want. What’s more–they prepare home-cooked meals from April’s kitchen–fried chicken, honey-basted biscuits, trail mix and dessert alongside freshly-squeezed lemonade to quench your thirst. Vegetarian menus are also available. It’s obvious why TripAdvisor gave a 5-star rating to Edge of the World and the 2016, 2017, 2018 Excellence Award.
The most popular adventures made possible by blowing rock elevation and Edge of the World—white water rafting–$74—down the scenic Watauga River. “We’ve got everything covered from gear to professional whitewater guides to photos of your family to a real home cooked lunch, straight from April’s kitchen.” And don’t forget rock climbing and rappelling–$129—to quicken your pulse.
• Northwest NC MTB Alliance, part of SORBA, the largest nonprofit mountain biking organization in the southeastern US.
The commitment of this organization makes it possible to bike in the mountains and foothills of northwest North Carolina by promoting land access, preserving trails, as well as developing new ones. No wonder the mountain communities of Boone, Hickory, Lenoir, Marion, Morganton, and Wilkesboro are so grateful. Due to their hard work, we have more public lands and trails in this region than most places in the southeast.
Some of their amazing trails to explore:
–Grandfather District of Pisgah National Forest—over 192,000 acres—popular riding areas include Wilson Creek, Boone Fork, Woods Mountain and Old Fort.
–Kerr Scott Trails—a rollercoaster trail that runs between the Brushy Mountains and the Blue Ridge, historically tied to Daniel Boone, the Overmountain Men and moonshiners.
–Lake Hickory Trails (Hickory Springs Loop, Broyhill Trail, Skills Park and Rock n’ Road Pump Track) “With some punchy climbs and great views of the lake, you’ll earn your post ride beers!” These trails are perfect for getting your heart rate up and keeping you on your toes both after work and on weekends.
–Lake James State Park—Tindo Loops, West Wimba Loop, East Wimba Loop.
–Riverbend Park—450 acres along Catawba River with 8 miles of trails.
–Rocky Knob Park—185-acre park with 9 miles of trail—some of the most scenic and unique sights and terrain; this park lives up to its name with scree, boulders and slabs of rock!
–Zacks Fork Mountain Bike Trail in Lenoir, only five minutes from Highway 321—perfect for all levels.
If soaring through the refreshing air of North Carolina is your thrill, zip line adventures abound. This an exciting way to see the High Country. Zip lines are also known as eco tours since they allow folks to observe nature without harming flora, fauna or the wildlife. Here’s just a few zip lining outfits to put on your summer and fall list while you’re visiting the area looking for Blowing Rock real estate:
- Hawksnest Ziplines; 2058 Skyland Drive; Seven Devils, NC 28604; 20 zip lines, 4 mega zips, 2 over 2000 feet, 2 over 1500 feet; 4 miles of zip line with heights over 200 ft and speeds up to 50mph. This is the place to zip over trees, lakes and creeks while surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Relax on the spacious observation deck when your feet are back on the ground.
- Sky Valley Zip Tours; 634 Sky Ranch Road, Blowing Rock, NC; 10 zip lines, cliff jump, swing bridge, 140 acres with a waterfall; max of 10 with 2 trained Zip Rangers take you on a 3-hour adventure; moonlit zip lining new this summer!
- High Gravity Adventures Zip Line and Aerial Park; 215 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock, NC 28605; 75 ft. Blue Ridge Course tower with 70 plus elements, including climbing stations and rappelling stations; ninja ground course, 3-person giant swing, 2-hour zip line tour with a 70 ft. free fall.
Life at The Coves allows folks to grab a little excitement while also tending to their wellbeing and fitness. There’s just no better combination. The weather of the mountain towns in North Carolina, partly due to the Blowing Rock elevation, allows these exciting adventures to happen in both the summer and winter seasons. Locals love basking in the sunshine, breathing in that fresh clean air, and in the warmer seasons, paddling, swimming, and fishing in the most perfect and inviting water.
While you’re exploring Blowing Rock real estate, be sure to put The Coves first on your list—you will find there’s no need to search any further. Share an adventure or two with friends and family, a little white water rafting on a crystal clear river that winds through the granite mountains, or zip high over the pristine wilderness.
The Coves is more than a neighborhood. It’s a community of friends who appreciate the grandeur of its location in the foothills. Here families play together and care for one another in the good old fashioned way.
1.87 acre homesites begin in the high $30’s.
If you’ve wanted a sense of belonging, you will find it and more at The Coves Mountain River Club.
Come visit! Call 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour.
Blue Ridge Mountains Music Coming Labor Day Weekend
What we know as fiddling dates back to the eighteenth century in the British Isles, where the baroque violin and popular folk melodies came together to create an entirely new type of instrumental tune. When people emigrated to settle in the Appalachians region of the United States, they brought their music with them. And today’s folk fiddlers continue the tradition, composing and performing thousands of tunes that pay homage to those early models.
Here in the Blue Ridge Mountains, fiddling was an important part of many events, including barn raisings, husking bees, weddings, shivarees, weddings, wakes and other functions. And, of course, most of the community would turn out for each week’s Saturday night dance, an iconic feature of the rural South.
Today, the list of things to do in Blowing Rock NC, and other local communities includes opportunities to hear local and traveling artists play those old and new fiddle tunes that stir the spirit and get the toes a-tappin’. And there’s no better time to do it than Labor Day Weekend, when the annual Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention comes to Lenoir and the music echoes through the mountains.
It’s three days of competition, performances and workshops, managed for the last fifteen years on a volunteer basis by a sub-committee of the Caldwell County Arts Council. They’re committed to promoting our cultural heritage in a way that provides wholesome family activities and protects our community values.
The Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention is a non-profit event with low admission fees, and all funds beyond those necessary to ensure its continuation go to youth scholarships and music programs that preserve traditional bluegrass music, dance and instrument-making activities.
Historic Happy Valley is the popular name for the North Carolina mountain real estate comprising the Upper Yadkin River Valley in Caldwell and Wilkes counties, a fertile area that’s been cultivated since the 18th century. Many farmers in the Valley today are descendants of these early families, and a significant amount of land bordering the river is still used for grazing cattle and cultivating corn and hay.
Some residents continue occupations that are holdovers from earlier generations, such as training and working draft animals, cultivating “heritage” vegetables and fruits, and building old-style pole and log barns and outbuildings. In addition to its music traditions, Historic Happy Valley is home to quilters, woodworkers and other craft artists, painters, and storytellers. The Valley is also the location of 13 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, including The Patterson School Historic District, which is one of only two rural historic districts in North Carolina.
Families who own mountain homes near Asheville have myriad opportunities to immerse themselves in our area’s rich history. In fact, for many that’s one of the main things that brought them here to live.
We at The Coves Mountain River Club know the value of having so much of our heritage nearby to study and enjoy. Whether it’s looking for things to do in Blowing Rock NC or exploring mountain trails or enjoying our wonderful parks and waterways, you’re always aware and respectful of the fact that thousands of earlier settlers walked the same paths and called the Blue Ridge foothills home.
Quality North Carolina mountain real estate developments such as our respect the land and its heritage, while offering all of the features, amenities and comforts of modern life.
While you’re touring mountain homes near Asheville, we invite you to come to Lenoir and let us show you around our property. We’re situated on five miles of beautiful Johns River waterfront near Wilson Creek and Pisgah National Forest. Our amenities include a mountaintop lodge with an infinity-view swimming pool, award winning hiking trails, two community gardens and more.
Call us now at 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit!
Blowing Rock NC Scores Again – Top 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.
February Family Fun at Appalachian Ski Mountain
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.
· 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.
· 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.
· 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!
· 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.
Green Park Inn – Blowing Rock Historic Landmark
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.
PACKAGES TO KICK OFF THE YEAR:
• 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!
20th Annual Blowing Rock Winterfest
It’s every Blowing Rock resident’s favorite time of year! This year, WinterFest turns 20 years old and is jam-packed with crazy fun events for the whole family. The history of Blowing Rock NC is one that begins in the 1800s, when the first family settled on what would become the Green Park Hotel. This charming town is tucked away in the foothills of Blue Ridge Mountain, and was named one of America’s Prettiest Winter Towns by Travel & Leisure magazine.
WinterFest made its first debut in January 1998, with Chilly the snowman and his wife Crystal as mascots. Events include wine tasting, live music, ice sculptures, a dog show, and the infamous Polar Plunge where residents jump into a partially frozen lake while wearing a zany costume. If you’re looking for fun things to do in Blowing Rock NC, look no further than the following Blowing Rock NC activities:
Thursday January 25th
· WinterFeast – Are you ready to sample small plates from 15 different restaurants prepared by the best chefs in Blowing Rock? The event has sold out for the past five WinterFests, so call the Blowing Rock Chamber and make a reservation for your party now! Winterfeast will take place from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock (185 Chetola Lake Drive Blowing Rock, NC 28605) with three different available seating times: 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm, and 8:00 pm. The cost is $35 per person.
· Doodlebug Club at BRAHM – Are you a parent or guardian with a preschool-aged child? Doodlebug Club (10:30 am – 11:30 am | Blowing Rock Art & History Museum 159 Chestnut Street Blowing Rock, NC 28605) is an educational dedicated to developing basic art skills such as recognizing the primary colors, holding a paintbrush or a pair of scissors the correct and safe way, and introducing them to easy mediums like watercolors and clay. The cost is $5 per person, and is free for Museum members, but space is limited. Call 828-295-9099 or email Jennifer@blowingrockmuseum.org to reserve your spot today.
Friday January 26th
· WinterFest Ice Stroll – Take a tour of beautiful Blowing Rock and see all of the gorgeous ice sculptures created by Travis Dale, owner of Artisan Ice Sculptures and one of only five Master Ice Carvers in the United States. Most Blowing Rock NC activities are a free events. This one will take place from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm and the sculptures are at the following locations: Vincent Properties -989 Main St, Blowing Rock Market – 990 Main St., neaco – 1053 Main St., Blowing Rock Properties – 1059 Main St.,The Best Cellar – 203 Sunset Dr., The Spice & Tea Exchange – 1087 Main St., Sunset Tees & Hattery – 1117 Main St., Six Pence Pub – 1121 Main St., Hanna’s – 1123 Main St., Premiere Sotheby’s International Realty – 1127 Main St., SouthMarke Shops – 1179 Main St., Town Tavern – 1182 Main St.
· WinterFest JazzFest at Green Park Inn – The Todd Wright Trio will perform from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm in the Chestnut Grille, the original Grand Ballroom. There is no cost to attend, and full food and beverage services are available with six entrees priced below $20. The Green Park Inn is located at 9239 Valley Blvd. Blowing Rock, NC 28605.
Saturday January 27th
· Polar Plunge at Chetola – Wanna plunge? The Polar Plunge in Chetola Lake is one of the most popular events at WinterFest. Take a dive and let the rush of icy cold water make you feel alive. The event will hosted by WBTV news anchor John Carter and judges will award the “Golden Plunger” to the best costume. Day-of registration and check-in begins at 9am, but pre-registration is encouraged. The event will take place at Chetola Resort (195 Chetola Lake Drive) and participants, or plungers, will gather in the indoor pool area at 9:30 am for a safety speech, followed by the annual march to Chetola Lake. The official plunge starts at 10am, but onlookers should arrive early to find good a spot to watch. There will be a brunch from 10am – noon in Timbers Room, and will feature a live feed of the Polar Plunge, drink specials, and special brunch menu. All proceeds will benefit local charities.
· Silent Auction & Raffle – Are you interested in bidding on lodging at area hotels, spa day packages, and outdoor adventures, theatre memberships, artwork by local artists, gift certificates to your restaurants, and more – all for a good cause? The Blowing Rock WinterFest Silent Auction & Raffle will take place from 10am – 4pm at the Blowing Rock American Legion behind the Police Station on Wallingford Street. Buy raffle tickets for gift baskets from your favorite shops and enjoy bidding on over $20,000 worth of items from over 200 businesses. Proceeds go directly to Mountain Alliance, an organization that aids Watauga County high school aged youth.
Sunday January 28th
· Winterfest Beer Garden – Don’t hibernate, celebrate! The 2nd Annual WinterFest Beer Garden will take place at the Inn at Ragged Gardens (165 Morris Street Blowing Rock, NC 28605), and will included over 20 different beer vendors. Local and regional breweries will offer samples of their “Hops and Barely Pops” along with delicious snacks like fire-roasted brats and warm pretzels, and patrons can play Snowball Cornhole or Tipsy Tower. All attendees will receive a commemorative WinterFest pint glass, and must be 21 or older with a picture ID.
· WinterPaws Dog Show – Do you have a pretty pooch? Here’s more things to do in Blowing Rock NC – Sign up for the WinterPaws dog show! There is a $5 entry fee per category or $25 for all six categories. Categories include Most Unique Looking Mix of Breeds, Best Wiggle Butt, Most Clever Dog Trick, Cutest Looking Dog in the World, and Best Winter Fashion Wear. The winner from each category goes to compete for the Grand Prize, and the title of Best In Show. Don’t have a dog? No problem. There will be several shelter dogs on-site who are up for adoption. 100% of proceeds go to the Watauga Humane Society. The show is located in the Blowing Rock Elementary School gym (165 Morris Street) and registration at the door begins at 12:00 pm.
This is a fun weekend event for residents of The Coves Mountain River Club, who are only a half-hour drive away. Western North Carolina is one of the prettiest places to be during winter, as residents never run out of fun and exciting things to do. Embark on a romantic getaway to a ski resort where skiing is available at night and under the stars. Roast marshmallows around a campfire, enter a competition for who can make the most delicious and sweetest hot chocolate.
Take your children sledding, ice skating, or even snowboarding. Have a snowball fight, or build your own igloo. Sample Apple Cider Bourbon, or learn how to make your own Cinnamon Bourbon Hot Toddy. There’s nothing better than gazing up at the stars and watching the moon rise over the snow-covered mountains. Wintertime in Western North Carolina is something truly magical.
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.