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Fabulous Furniture Shopping in Blowing Rock

furniture shopping in Blowing Rock

Southern Living has given accolades and write ups to Blowing Rock, North Carolina time and time again for a myriad of reasons. The mountains have great appeal to those who have an appreciation for pristine nature.  The towns dotting the landscape add culture, entertainment and community.  You couldn’t ask for a sweeter blend surrounded by the cozy North Carolina mountain homes.

Plenty of visitors venture to the High Country to get a taste of what this relaxed life style is all about. Blowing Rock’s downtown is ideal for a little shopping and dining after a day outdoors.

One popular destination for both locals and visitors is the Blowing Rock Furniture Gallery.  Located on Highway 321 at the end of Main Street, the journey to the gallery along the Blue Ridge Parkway is as stunning as the store itself.  It’s no wonder that folks travel to the High Country to visit this amazing two-story, 20,000 square foot gallery.  The showroom is chock full of unique furnishings, along with tried-and-true American lines like Sealy, Tempur-Pedic, Kingsdown, Basset and Craftsmaster. The staff is warm and professional and equipped to fulfill all of your shopping needs.  And the gallery’s collections are diverse with hundreds of styles and fabrics to satisfy your individual decorating taste and budget.  This way you can “combine elements of color, style, comfort, and price to get the furniture that is perfect for you and your family.”  Whether you have a house full of children, and high-spirited dogs, or you’re living the quiet life of retirement, you’ll find the perfect selections beneath the gallery’s roof.

The Blowing Rock shopping gallery opened in 2014 and Bill Smith, Director of Retail, says, “Our business is being built on family, community and friendship.”  That’s a recipe for success, and is a theme shared by the quaint towns of the High Country.   Those who live in North Carolina mountain homes get to experience the welcoming community spirit each and every day.   The gallery’s design consultants will even make house calls to help local customers realize their interior decorating visions. New brands and inventory are added on a regular basis.

Are you searching for comfy seating to accommodate all your friends and family over the holidays?  There are sectionals that come with optional blue tooth speakers, so crisp, clear background music can set the mood while your guests sip their cocktails.  What about top-grain leather sofas, chairs and ottomans in a rich burgundy brown to give a luxurious look to your living room, great room or sun porch?  Norway rockers in dove grey or warm butterscotch are a contemporary way to recline after a day of skiing or snowshoeing on the mountains.  If a bedroom set is on your wish list, there are options that will inspire—rustic butcher block finishes with contemporary handles in antique gunmetal finishes.  If you like to shop with ease, visit Blowing Rock Gallery’s Facebook page and get pre-approved financing before you even hit the gallery floor!  And don’t forget, students and alumni and staff get discounts. 

The Gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 10-6; Sunday, 1-6.  For more info call 828-295-7755

This is the time of year to spend more time in our North Carolina mountain homes and we want them to be cozy and inviting. Cabin Fever is another popular store ready to help personalize your living space.  Cabin Fever opened its doors to the Blowing Rock community, (and its furry friends), in 1996. Located on Main Street, Cabin Fever is open year round. 

This is the place to collect cabin décor and rustic furnishings.  What does your heart desire?  Whimsical framed prints, pet portrait pillows (20 breeds to choose from to add a little joy to your sofa), locally-crafted furniture to lend your cabin a touch of artisan class, like teal-colored cabinets to showcase your sweet collectibles, or a vintage iron Singer sewer base with a rustic wooden table top,  chain-saw cedar bears, local artisan’s handmade clocks that go tick-tock, finely crafted cutting boards made from a variety of woods–or tempered glass, so-soft throws (an inspiration to settle in front of your fireplace with a hot cup of cider), unique jewelry—mixed metal sets, letter necklaces and spent case pieces, or pure beeswax candles in gorgeous hues to add visual charm as well as a fresh scent to your home.  The list goes on and on!

“We feature a wide variety of themes to choose from, with one of the most unique collections of locally crafted furniture, lighting, rustic mountain kitchen and bath decor, along with bedding collections and wall art for every room in your cabin or home.” Drop in–915 Main Street– Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday—10-5:30; Friday, Saturday—10-6; Sunday—10-5 or call 828-295-0520 for more info or a little decorating assistance.

To the folks who live at The Coves, Blowing Rock shopping is no secret.  Whatever the style your mountain home is elegant and traditional, or cozy cabin chic, these fine Blowing Rock stores offer the furnishings and décor to individualize your charming house room by gorgeous room. 

Take the scenic drive to Blowing Rock and spend the day browsing or doing some serious shopping for your mountain home. If you haven’t selected your mountain neighborhood, come tour The Coves and see why property owners love living here.

Call 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit!

Tags: Blowing Rock | Shopping & Antique Hunting

Christmas in Lenoir – Toys, Santa and Selfies

things to do in Lenoir NC

This is the most magical time of year in the mountain towns in North Carolina, and Lenoir’s holiday traditions are well known for adding warmth and meaning to the folks who live in this charming region.  The City of Lenoir Main Street Program keeps the sense of community vibrant, and at this time of year keeps us all humming Christmas carols through the streets.  More than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities have come together to create an unusual bond—the Main Street America Program.  Initiated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the focus is to build amazing communities with hearty downtowns. 

What does this mean for all of us who are fortunate enough to live in Lenoir?  There is a never-ending list of celebrations and events throughout the year that provide us with a variety of things to do in Lenoir NC.  No matter what your holiday heart yearns for—it’s happening in Lenoir!  Shows, parades and breakfasts with Santa will be making this Christmas season merry and bright.  Check out all the holiday festivities in Lenoir:

Between November 27 – December 22 in the mountain towns in North Carolina, there are almost as many magical occasions to have a selfie with Santa as there are days of Christmas!  Downtown Lenoir  transforms into a holiday extravaganza that will warm the hearts of the young and old alike!  Made possible by our COL Main Street Program,  these are all the dates and places you, and the youngsters in your life, can visit with Santa. Be sure to let this jolly fellow spread his yuletide cheer:

  Tuesday, November 27:  6-8 pm—1841 Café

  Friday, November 30:  4-6 pm; Lenoir Christmas Parade

  Tuesday, December 4:  6-8 pm; Fercott Fermentables

  Friday, December 7:  5-7 pm; Piccolo’s Pizza

  Saturday, December 8:  4-6 pm; Walgreens

  Saturday, December 8:  6-7 pm; LHS Auditorium

  Friday, December 14; 5-7 pm; Side Street Pour House

  Saturday, December 15; 11 am-1 pm; Tybrisa Books

  Friday, December 21; 5-7 pm; Cookies and Cream

  Saturday, December 22; 6-8 pm; Shake-n-Dog

If you’re in the mood for a holiday performance, the Foothills Performing Arts will be presenting “The Adventures of Santa Claus” November 29-December 2 at JE Broyhill Civic Center, 1909 Hickory Blvd SE.  This musical production will entertain the entire family.  “Discover how Santa Claus became the legend we know today in a tale full of magic and whimsy.”

The performance on Friday, November 30 will include dinner and a show. And if you’re looking for things to do in Lenoir NC, why not enjoy a delicious holiday-themed dinner at 5:30, giving you plenty of time to appreciate the menu before the show: chef-carved honey-glazed Virginia ham, baked chicken and dressing with gravy, rosemary-roasted potato medley (Yukon Gold, red and sweet potatoes); southern green beans; rolls with butter; assorted desserts; coffee, tea, and warm apple cider—all for only $15 per person.

Performances:

11/29/2018 – 7 pm

11/30/2018 – 5:30 pm

11/30/2018 – 7 pm

12/1/2018 – 7 pm

12/2/2018 – 2 pm

Single Ticket Price $16.25 (includes tax) Group and child/student tickets are available; for more info contact 828.726.2404.

It’s impossible to think of Lenoir in December without conjuring up images of sugar plum fairies and the downtown parade!  The theme of this year’s Lenoir Christmas Parade, on November 30, 6:30-9:30 pm, is sure to warm your festive heart–“Home Sweet Home for the Holidays ~ Celebrating the Sweetness of Coming Home for the Holidays.” For those local folks who love taking part in the heart of the parade, decorate your own float—“choose your favorite holiday candy, sweet treat, or gingerbread creation and decorate your float to celebrate our flavorful holiday traditions!”

Hosted by Lenoir Parks and Recreation, with over 200 entries, this holiday parade is a cherished tradition.  University and high school bands create the festive music to accompany the floats, community groups, and, of course, Santa!  Don’t forget–streets close at 3:30 along College Avenue and Harper Ave for the parade line-up along Harper Ave, Mulberry St, Main St, Ashe Ave, and West Ave for the Parade Route.

But the fun this holiday season doesn’t end there in the mountain towns of North Carolina!  December 2, from 12:30-4:30, the Christmas Cruise-In & Toy Drive is presented by the Lenoir Cruisers on 801 West Avenue NW.  This is a fun-spirited and free event.  Make sure you participate by bringing along a new and unwrapped toy for a child aged two up to eleven,  and make his or her Christmas a little brighter.  The sight of Santa delivering your carefully-chosen toys to all the sweet little girls and boys of the area will certainly put you in the holiday spirit!

“Shine up those rides one more time and join us as we wrap up 2018 and celebrate the season of giving.”

There are boundless events when you and your family are searching for meaningful things to do in Lenoir NC to lift your spirits. Be sure to put breakfast with Santa, a worthy and joyful morning on your calendar: December 1; 8:30-10:30 am; at Fatz; 975 Blowing Rock Blvd, Lenoir, NC.

You can purchase your tickets at Second Bloom Boutique, 2301 Morganton Blvd in Lenoir to be sure you have a reservation.  This holiday affair will help support the Shelter Home of Caldwell County.  What better than to be helping those in need while enjoying a scrumptious breakfast of pancakes and sausage?  Children can celebrate and preserve the celebration with a keepsake photo with Santa! 

Now, if you’re feeling creative and crafty this holiday season, put Satie’s Holidays Workshops—at Caldwell Arts Council on your schedule!  Join in the fun as you Make-and-Take an Aluminum Wrap Ring with Ellen Ball on December 4 from 9-11 am; 601 College Avenue SW, Lenoir.  This is the time and place to “learn how to apply texture with hammers on pre-cut pieces of light-weight aluminum to create a forged wrap ring.” Tools and materials included; no experience necessary. Children 12 and up or mature children ten to twelve with an adult.

There’s more happening at the Caldwell Arts Council throughout the month.  Lenoir celebrates artisans December 7-8, 14-15, and 21-22 in true homemade fashion with its Hometown Downtown Holiday.  Fridays from noon to 7 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.

When the mood strikes to hunker down for a Christmas film, COL Parks and Rec and Main St Program will be showing Christmas with the Kranks at 7 pm on December 8 at Historic LHS Auditorium.  Come a little early (6 pm) with your little ones for a visit with Santa. The whole night is family-friendly and free!

Also on December 8, the Elfin’ Around Christmas Show at the JE Broyhill Civic Center from 10 am-3 pm–45 vendors will provide crafts, food and prizes.  Santa will be there to spread his joy and inspire the community to make donations to the needy families in Caldwell County.

Maybe your house needs a little sprucing up for Christmas?  Santara McGlynn of Santara Flowers will be returning for a live wreath-making workshop at the Caldwell Arts Council on December 8 from noon to 2 pm.  Those folks who have cozy homes at The Coves know how festive the perfect holiday wreath can look on their front door.  “Enjoy a creative time, complete with all supplies, finger foods, and a hot chocolate bar for only $75/person! 1828 Collective will be on hand to photograph participants with their wreaths.”

This is the sweetest time of year to visit The Coves and see the gated community with its idyllic mountain homes all decked out.  The celebratory and festive air of Lenoir is carried into The Coves where the folks create a tight-knit community.  They share the holiday spirit, and usher in the season with carols, hot cider and home-cooking—all while gathering around the hearth inside their charming homes.  Be sure to plan a winter outing to the mountains of North Carolina. 

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.

Tags: Blowing Rock | Festivals | Lenoir

Sugarfest – NC Ski Resort Kicks Off the Winter Season

NC Ski Resorts

One of the many nice things about living in the foothills is that you don’t need to be at Blowing Rock elevation year-round to enjoy the excitement our nearby ski slopes have to offer.  The mountain homes for sale in NC at The Coves Mountain River Club offer us easy access to natural wonders such as Sugar Mountain and the annual weekend of winter fun called “Sugarfest”.

Sugar Mountain rises at the eastern side of Avery County, in the middle of High Country.  Surrounded by the Appalachians, it has picturesque streams, plenty of native foliage, and spectacular views.  No matter the time of year, it’s a peaceful, serene getaway for locals and visitors alike.  Families love mountain biking on the trails, taking scenic rides on the chair lifts, playing golfing and tennis and enjoying the local spas, shopping opportunities, performing arts venues and wonderful restaurants.

In the winter, Sugar Mountain is our destination for incredible downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, tubing and ice skating.  There are 125 acres of skiable terrain on 21 slopes, with 15 of those lit for night skiing and snowboarding.  Sugar Mountain has great accommodations, with a range of amenities and views.  After a day of skiing or snowboarding, taking in that wonderfully brisk, fresh air, you can rest and rejuvenate in front of a crackling fire, sipping hot chocolate and re-living the day’s adventures.  Sugar Mountain is one of the more popular NC ski resorts, and we highly recommend “SugarFest” as a symbolic way to start the winter season.

This year’s dates are December 7, 8 and 9.  And you can save up to 30 per cent on lodging if you book now through participating agencies, so don’t hesitate.  Activities planned for Friday night include a session with 1992 Olympic figure skating medalist Paul Wylie.  He’ll perform a show on ice, followed by an ice-skating clinic, a meet-and-greet session and your chance to hold a real Olympic silver medal.

Also, two-time Olympic Super G medalist Andrew Weibrecht will head up a three-day preseason ski clinic for adults.

Saturday, enjoy food, drinks and dancing to live music by Glen Harlow and North Fork band. You won’t want to miss the fireworks, presented by the Village of Sugar Mountain, starting at 5:45 P. M.  And “Sugarfest” is your chance to try out the latest ski and snowboard equipment from top names like Salomon, Volkl, Nordica, Burton, Head, Never Summer, K2, Atomic, Rossignol, Ride and Line. For a detailed schedule of activities, visit Sugar Mountain’s website.

Sugar Mountain is less than an hour’s drive up State Road 1557 from The Coves Mountain River Club.  When you reach Blowing Rock elevation, you’re about halfway.  Residents say their grandkids really look forward to going there when they visit.  And there’s something about watching the youngsters have so much fun snow skiing, tubing and ice skating that brings out the kid in the older folks, too.

Our mountain homes for sale in NC are ideally located for you to take advantage of a wealth of outdoor activities.  NC ski resorts are some of the finest in the country, and the mild weather we enjoy in the warmer months is perfect for fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, biking, golf and anything else you want to do.  The Coves Mountain River Club is right on the Johns River at Wilson’s Creek, close to the city of Lenoir.  When you tour the property, it’s easy to imagine yourself living here.  And we can make that happen.  The members of our design team are experts at bringing dreams to life.

We’d love to show you around when you’re in the area.  Come and see all we have to offer, and then just kick back in a chair on our Pisgah Mountain Lodge deck, enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sun set over the 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.

Tags: Blowing Rock

Tweetsie Railroad and Gravity Adventures – Blowing Rock Family Fun

fun things to do in Blowing Rock NC

When you and your visiting grandkids are looking for things to do in Blowing Rock, for a little fun and entertainment no matter your age, Tweetsie Railroad should be top on your list! Located at 300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane on Highway 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock, this family-oriented park has a long and cherished history in the mountain towns of North Carolina, stretching all the way back to 1957.  No wonder for decades Tweetsie Railroad had been a popular destination for those with mountain view cottages.  Who doesn’t love an old-fashioned theme park?

Tweetsie Railroad operates two historic steam locomotives, the No. 12 Tweetsie and the No. 190 Yukon Queen; both were brought back into top working condition by skilled engineer, Frank Coffey. Locomotive No. 12 was built in 1917 and is famous for being the last surviving narrow-gauge steam locomotive of the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad. From 1919-1940, Tweetsie operated from Johnson City, Tennessee to Boone, North Carolina.  The Tweetsie Railroad theme park opened with the Tweetsie as its sole locomotive ride in 1957.  The Yukon Queen was built in 1943 and came to the park in 1960 from Alaska’s White Pass & Yukon Railway.  It’s amazing to think you can still enjoy a wild west train ride on the No. 12 or 190–a three-mile adventure through the mountain towns of North Carolina!

And there’s so much more to do at Tweetsie! Experience the scenic aerial view of the park  on the chair lift to Miner’s Mountain for a nostalgic day of face painting, gold panning, gem mining, and amusement rides– a carousel, a Ferris wheel, free fall, tilt-a-whirl, twister, a mouse mine train, as well as boats and planes to “pilot.”  Arcade and country fair games await alongside a playground for those energetic little ones who need a day out from their mountain view cottages.

For the animal lovers in your life, who travel from the mountain towns of North Carolina, the Deer Park Zoo is sure to please with nearly a hundred different creatures.  Bring your camera for some amazing animal photo opportunities–African pygmy goats; European fallow deer; Nubian goats; emus; llamas, burros, miniature horses, micro mini donkeys; Olde English babydoll Southdown sheeps; and yellow bellied and red eared slider turtles.  Capture your grandchildren as they fall in love with these sweet creatures.

With all this activity, your family’s appetite will be at an all-time high.  Thank goodness Tweetsie has so many delectable eateries—Miner’s Diner has pizza, hot dogs, nachos, soft pretzels, popcorn, snacks and soft drinks—a paradise for all the kids in your life; Mountain Ice Cream offers sweets for your sweets—shaved snowballs, milkshakes, cotton candy and soft drinks and Dippin’ Dots—the ice cream of the future!  Other mouth-watering options–Cowboy Cantina;  the Funnel Factory; Fudge Works; Feed & Seed for indoor and outdoor dining; Tweetsie Palace; Sparky’s Southwestern & Barbecue for real NC barbecue and Tex Mex; and Arcades Refreshment Wagon. Make sure you arrive hungry!

For those in your family who enjoy a little retail therapy, there are plenty of shopping options at Tweetsie. Miner’s Mountain is where you can stop in at the quaint company store and gem mine store for souvenirs, rocks, toys, plush animals, apparel film, jewelry, and gem-panning kits; Tweetsie Junction boasts the Junction Store for etched glass and custom signs; Jamie Leigh’s Photo Parlor is the place to dress up in vintage clothing for that unique keepsake photo; the Sign and Glass Shop can create a custom sign to suit your taste; Western Mercantile will fulfill all your apparel needs, and be sure to visit Happy Trails Toy Shop and the General Store for all your needs and indulgences.

Here’s a few upcoming events:

• August 27th-October 28th, open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as well as Labor Day Monday, September 4th, 9am-6pm• September 21-22, 28-29, October 5-6, 12-13, 19-20,  26-27, open for Ghost Train, 7:30-11:30 pm—advance tickets required—“It’s safe, scary fun for the whole family! Kids will enjoy the Halloween shows and trick-or-treating. And take a chilling journey into the night on the Ghost Train—if you dare!”

Don’t forget to check Tweetsie’s calendar for a list of seasonal shows.

When you’re entertaining friends and family, there’s nothing better than being the perfect tour guide.  From Tweetsie Railroad you can zip right on over to Gravity Adventures at 215 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock, NC.  The two parks even share a parking lot.  There could be no better neighbors when you’re looking for things to do in Blowing Rock.  High Gravity Adventures has been providing thrills in the outdoors to folks who in the mountain towns of North Carolina since 1992.

The NYT listed Gravity Adventures as one of “20 Family-Friendly Travel Ideas to Get You Going.”  The team of instructors are professional and place safety above all else.This fall Gravity Adventures is open weekends and reservations are recommended.  Observation deck and green spaces are perfect for photo opportunities.  Go Pros are permitted off the ground.  Be sure to wear comfortable and active wear clothing—pants or longer shorts, as well as closed-toe shoes.  Drinks and snacks are available for purchase or you can bring in your own picnic meal.  For your friends and family who want to remain on the ground, they can watch for free from the observation deck.  Children four and up can explore the course solo as long as an adult is at the park.  Children 7-10 need an adult to journey into more demanding courses, and children 11 and up can explore these courses on their own.

Adventure Options:

• Zip Line Tour—A tour through the tree tops with multiple zip lines, a sky bridge over a lush valley, and a 70 foot free fall for those who dare!  This is a two-hour adventure where you can sit back and enjoy the experience and let the guides do the work.

• Aerial Adventure Park—This Blue Ridge Course has over 75 aerial elements with various levels of difficulty.

• Giant Swing—the “icing on the cake” with a 45-foot high swing to make you feel like a kid again!

• The Ultimate Adventure—can last up to six hours beginning with a 2-hour zip line tour, and a 70-foot free-fall, followed by 3 hours of exploration of 75-plus aerial elements; end with the giant swing!

Don’t forget to subscribe for local deals via text message when you’re looking for things to do in Blowing Rock.  You’ll be the among the first to find out about great offers and discounts.

When your part of the community who enjoys the good life at The Coves Mountain River Club, waking up every morning in your mountain view cottages, or the larger cabins you had built to accommodate your children and grandchildren, you need no reminders of the beauty and simplicity of your life.  Just step outside your door and the incredible landscape will surround you.   Sip your coffee while you gaze at the Blue Ridge Mountains, and then take a short drive and you’ll find yourself with amazing adventures to choose from—whether it’s a nostalgic old-fashioned day at Tweetsie Railroad, or an exhilarating day at Gravity Adventures.  The Coves makes this all possible.

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.

Tags: Blowing Rock

Exciting Day Adventures All Around The Coves

things to do in Blowing Rock NC

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.

Tags: Blowing Rock | Hickory | Lenoir | Morganton

Blue Ridge Mountains Music Coming Labor Day Weekend

Bluegrass festivals in Western North Carolina

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!

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