2020 Sculpture Celebration in Lenoir

30th Annual Sculpture Celebration in Lenoir

The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir presents its 35th Annual Sculpture Celebration, held on the first Saturday after Labor Day. This year’s event is on Saturday, September 12th, 2020. The annual Sculpture Celebration is part of Caldwell County’s heritage and was started in 1985 by Dr. Henry Michaux, a sculpture professor at the University of South Carolina. He wanted to encourage citizens of Lenoir to get out and enjoy public parks all while admiring and celebrating its art sculptures.Read More »

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Don’t Miss the Mega Open House October 26 at The Coves

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The arrival of autumn in the mountain towns of Western North Carolina brings folks together–whether they’re sipping hot cups of cider and sharing some amazing comfort food, or setting out on a nature adventure while the peaks are glowingly vibrant.  Saturday, October 26th from 9am-5pm, The Coves will be hosting yet another community event with their popular Mega Open House in Western North Carolina.

The Coves understands the importance of neighbors and the value of a close-knit community.  There’s no better place to begin and end your search for North Carolina mountain homes for sale.  What’s your fancy—new mountain cottages, or cozy cabins?   The Coves has an assortment of beautifully-crafted homes and the perfect premier homesites where you can take part in designing your idyllic home.

Open houses are a fantastic way to get a feel for the neighborhood, talk one on one with your potential neighbors, and see if the vibe is right no matter your preference—quiet or bustling with activity.  In addition, an open house like the event at The Coves can educate you a little more about your personal needs.  What sort of layout and design is important?  What amenities will suit your fancy?  The Coves can give you an insider’s view of the latest design trends and there’s no better way than viewing a space live as opposed to a virtual tour.

Here’s a quick glimpse at The Coves Mountain Home Collection:

• Mountain Cottages–charming in every way with easy access to the Community Lodge with a pool and fitness center to keep you healthy!  Plus these cottages afford you some of the best views in The Coves.  You can choose from 4 floor plans, and then have some creative fun with the design—fixtures, cabinets, countertops, and flooring.  What folks love most about the cottages are the open living spaces—high ceilings, expansive windows, fireplaces, and kitchens that will be the gathering place for your friends and family—priced from $369,000.

Mountain Cabins–built in the handsome and rustic Craftsman style or with real logs. These affordable and spacious mountain cabins in North Carolina are alluring to those who crave a getaway home, and those who want to retire in one of the most scenic places in the country.  A one-mile hiking trail stretches from the Cabin Village at The Coves so you can take a stroll first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee and breathe in all that wholesome air.  Mountain cabins start at $130,000 without a lot.

• More Mountain Homes for sale in many styles and locations—whether you prefer being nestled in the woods, or perched on a manicured hillside—starting at $229,900.

The Coves gated community has been chosen by more than 100 families for reasons that are clear to see when you are searching for North Carolina mountain homes for sale.  The Western North Carolina Mountains have been selected as a premier location for people who appreciate four seasons of mild weather that still allow you to experience —glorious autumnal colors, sweet snowfall and plenty of skiing and winter recreation in the higher elevations, a spring filled with wildflowers and all of nature in bloom, and moderate summer days to paddle and hike and fish till your heart’s content.

Of course, this lifestyle is also completely affordable, since there is an overall low cost of living, especially when compared to other overpriced areas of the country. The Coves community is warm and welcoming to all newcomers. You’ll find an instant circle of friends with whom you can share peaceful days in the infinity-view saline pool and hot tub in the Pisgah Mountain Lodge, or break a sweat and work on your endurance in the Fitness Center, or even stretch out in a Yoga class.  Plan on spending the day at The Coves, take a hike on our 30-plus miles of groomed trails, or sit by the 5 miles of river that spring from Grandfather Mountain.

Join us to celebrate the season with our annual, Fall Festival. Enjoy 1-day only reduced pricing and be one of the first to tour our turn-key detached townhomes, “The Cottage Collection,” ranging from 1,400 sq.ft. to 2,300 sq.ft. with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


With over 125 homes built to date, folks continue to choose The Coves for the mild four-season weather and our central location between Asheville, Charlotte and Blowing Rock. We’re confident you won’t find a more beautiful and friendly place to live in Western North Carolina.

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Get Ready for the Smoking in the Foothills BBQ Competition on Oct 19-20

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October brings many fabulous things to do in Lenoir NC as well as the other  towns of the Blue Ridge Mountains, from dreamy crisp fall days to our traditional and much-loved festivals.  This October 18-19 brings Lenoir’s Smoking in the Foothills Barbecue Competition and Festival. Attendance to this BBQ Festival continues to grow year by year.  No surprise since this festival is filled with amazing Southern BBQ, and a competition with many of the best BBQ chefs around.  BBQ festivals across the country are centered around the mouth-watering traditions of the Carolinas, Texas, Kansas and Missouri.  Spice rubs, thick sauces and even dips loaded with seasonings all play a role in the outrageously authentic and finger-kicking good BBQ.

If you’re searching for quintessential things to do in Lenoir NC, just remember that it doesn’t get more professional and downright delicious than this family-friendly event in downtown Lenoir.  Whether you love live music, raffles, the wood crafter’s showcase, or some of the purely fun activities and tournaments for children and adults, there is most definitely something for everyone.  This festival is a North Carolina State Championship Event, and is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.  That means fierce barbecuers cook up their ribs like nobody’s business!  With four categories of competition—chicken, pork ribs, and pork and beef brisket—you can pick your favorite meat and recipe to compete for the $20,000 prize.  Rest assured, KCBS judges and professional cook teams attend this esteemed event each and every year!

Stay tuned!  Professional BBQ Competition Schedule to be announced for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  If you don’t feel quite ready to BBQ with the best of the best, then come and study the art of the smoky pit.  Ask questions about what sort of wood gives that perfect flavor, or how the ribs are cut, and don’t forget about the fun part–sample different recipes to see what tastes best to you!

General Schedule:

Friday, October 18

5pm—Festival event opens; opening remarks by Mayor Gibbons & board members. Smokey Barrel Beer & Beverage Garden opens.  Cash Cow 50/50 raffle ticket sales begin.
5:30pm—Live music on Downtown Stage; Andrew Massey & the Midnight Americans.
6pm—Cook Team BBQ People’s Choice—WINGS!  This event continues while supplies last!
8pm—Live music continues on the Downtown Stage—The National Reserve.
9:30pm—Smokey Barrel Beer & Beverage Garden closes.
10pm—Festival closes…see you tomorrow!

Saturday, October 19

10am—Festival opens to the public; opening remarks by Mayor Gibbons; poker run registration.
10:15—live music begins on Downtown Stage—the Harris Brothers.
10:30am—Poker Run begins.
11am—Smokey Barrel Beer & Beverage Garden opens.
11:30am—Cook Team BBQ People’s Choice—Pork! This event continues while supplies last!
12-1:30pm—Turn-ins for BBQ Competition.
12:30pm—Live Music continues on Downtown Stage—The Bryan Anderson Project.
2:45pm– Live Music continues on Downtown Stage—Chad Triplett & Two Lane Blacktop.
3pm—Fling the Wing Cornhole Tournament registration begins.
4pm—Fling the Wing Cornhole Tournament begins.
5pm—KCBS Competition Awards Ceremony on the Downtown Stage.
7pm—Live Music continues on the Downtown Stage—Jim Quick & Coastline.
8pm—Cash Cow Raffle, Foot in the Door Scavenger Hunt, and Fling the Wing Cornhole Tournament winners announced.
9pm—Event closes—see you next year!

And don’t forget the Cornhole Tournament now in its fourth year and taking place in the parking lot across from the 1841 Café.  The cost is $25 per team with 50% of proceeds going to the festival for local charities and the other half providing the cash prizes:
• 1st Place—50% of cash payout
• 2nd Place—25% of cash payout
• 3rd Place—15% of cash payout
• 4th Place—10% of cash payout

Workshops at the festival are another popular draw every year.  The festival works hard at preserving the strong tradition of craftsmanship, and especially the highly-regarded furniture industry of the region.  This year Chris and Janet Aiken will be leading an AikenControls Plant tour at 1028 West Avenue NW in Lenoir for those who want to learn about all the new technology behind today’s fine furniture.

The residents of The Coves Mountain River Club enjoy the good life in their gorgeous homes in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.  Panoramic views of the majestic mountains just never gets old.  And what makes The Coves an idyllic spot is the blend of nature and things to do in Lenoir NC.  Proximity to so many charming and culturally-rich towns in the region means not having to travel far when you’re looking for great food, recreation or entertainment.  The folks at The Coves have no trouble finding award-winning BBQ whether they attend the annual festival in Lenoir or gather for their own intimate cook-off.

Visit The Coves this fall and bring your appetite to the BBQ Festival!

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Top Trends in New Kitchen Appliances

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Here you are thinking of building a mountain home, yet you may be at least vaguely aware that the last few years have brought a significant revolution to the field of kitchen appliance design. We are here to help!

The advent of “smart” technology enabled companies such as LG and Samsung to find ways to make ovens and refrigerators communicate their status in ways that could be monitored remotely.  State-of-the-art touch screens on some models allowed them to function as communication centers, controlling far more than just their own basic functions.  And even more advancements have followed.

These user-friendly appliances do tend to cost more, compared to less sophisticated devices.  But they represent a giant leap forward in terms of convenience and offer remarkable features, abilities and build quality that homeowners could not have envisioned in years past.

You don’t need to invest that much to make your kitchen smarter.  There are now inexpensive, easy-to-store “smart” devices that can automate parts of the cooking process, keep you updated on the progress of your food, make sure you’re following a recipe correctly and even help you with cleanup.  You’ll likely spend less than $100, and they can be hidden away in drawers and cabinets when not in use.

Whether you spend hours in the kitchen or just brew coffee and toast bagels, there’s now a wide range of options to make your culinary life easier.  You can find both familiar tools and incredibly useful new ones that may have escaped your attention up to now but will soon have you wondering how you lived without them.  Here are some examples:

The Weber Kitchen Thermometer uses wired probes and a Bluetooth connection to measure the temperature of one or two dishes as they’re cooking.  You’re free to leave, as it works with an app on your mobile device and will let you know when something has reached its desired temperature.

For baking and mixing drinks, you’ll want the Perfect Bake Pro to make sure you use the right proportions of ingredients.  It monitors your mixing bowl in real time, telling you how much to pour, and even makes adjustments if you accidentally dump in too much of one thing.  Its associate app is filled with recipes, and you can add your own.

For your countertop, consider the super-functional, multi-purpose Tovala Steam Oven for baking, broiling, and steaming foods through app control and QR codes.  There’s also the Brava Oven, with a touch screen and an app that let you access a library of recipes and cooking presets.  Alexa users can use voice commands to control the AmazonBasics Microwave.  It costs about the same as a standard 700-watt unit but does a lot more.

Have you heard of the sous vide cooking technique?  It’s relatively new and involves vacuum sealing food and immersing it in a water bath kept at a very precise temperature.  The sealing process keeps all moisture intact, and the water temperature prevents overcooking. The result is tender, perfectly cooked food that can then be quickly seared on a pan for a crisp outer texture.

Rather than using a big sous vide machine with its own water bath, you can simply put an immersion circulator on the side of a stock pot or large plastic box.  Their designs and controls are different, but they’re all available for $200 or less.

When you’re building a mountain home at The Coves Mountain River Club, you’ll be creating a new lifestyle as well.  Why not consider improvements that will make things easier and give you more time to enjoy the many benefits of living in the Blue Ridge foothills?

You’ll have all the latest energy-saving improvements, a perfect blend of natural and man-made materials and design features that blend with the surroundings and unique property features.

Building a mountain home here is like bringing a dream to life.  And it’s your dream – one that can encompass not only everything you wished you had where you lived before but a wealth of new and exciting kitchen options that are just now becoming available.

Come let us show you around The Coves and explore our model homes. Call 828.754.0700 now to schedule a visit!

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Falling in Love with Fall Foliage in Western North Carolina

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Living in Western North Carolina as the summer days slip into colorful autumn is an amazing visual gift for those of us with North Carolina mountain homes.  No matter how many fall seasons you spend in this gorgeous region of the country, each one is uniquely different in its foliage display.  The hues of our mountains vary due to many factors from weather and rainfall, to the vegetation, to elevation–as well as how much sun the mountain receives throughout the day.

When you’re planning your leaf peeping adventures,  one fast and true rule to remember is that the higher the elevation, the earlier the leaves begin to turn.  So as fall graces us with its brilliant show, plan on taking a ride or hike to the higher peaks.  And remember that during the first week of October the vibrant color schemes will be best at the highest elevations while the end of the month will be most stunning at the lowest elevations.

For those with North Carolina mountain homes, here’s a simple timetable to make the most of your colorful autumn:

• End of September through first week of October, the highest elevations of 6000 feet begin to turn.

• Beginning of October through October 10—elevations above 5,000 feet turn (Grandfather Mountain and areas off the Blue Ridge Parkway around Asheville).

• October 10-third week elevations between 4,000-5,000 feet around Boone and Blowing Rock peak.

• October 18-26—lower elevations of about 3,000-4,000 feet like Pisgah National Forest change.

• October 24-end of the month–peak for elevations below 2,000 feet (check out Asheville and surrounding areas like the Biltmore Estate).

Here are some of the peaks accessible along the Parkway to visit during the fall of 2019:

• Mount Pisgah—a must-see peak with a high elevation for an amazing vista and prime colors.  An idyllic stop along the Blue Ridge Parkway for a brisk walk.

• Grandfather Mountain—this is one of the highest peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains so the vistas are unbelievable along the trails, or gazing from the mile high swinging bridge.

• Linn Cove Viaduct—if you head over to Grandfather Mountain, this is another autumnal most see.  The viaduct encircles Grandfather Mountain and provides visitors with magnificent views and an easy hike.

• Price Lake—this is a popular spot to see the palette of the mountains reflected in the water.  For photographers, painters and nature lovers alike…this is a precious place to visit.  Of course there are boundless possibilities for recreation as well (kayaking, canoeing, hiking and more) and it’s an easy trip from Blowing Rock and Boone.

• Craggy Gardens—picnic, hike and take in the Blue Ridge Mountains from this location at over 5,500 feet and convenient to Asheville.

Maybe after searching North Carolina Mountain homes, you’ve happily settled into your cozy and custom-made cabin at The Coves.  Those who live in this gorgeous gated community are surrounded by the astounding fall foliage in one of the country’s longest leaf peeping seasons.  The perfect weather and pristine Blue Ridge Mountains are the magical combination to afford a panoramic view from The Coves that never ceases to amaze.  Fall of 2019 promises to be a stunning display of color, so plan on visiting The Coves and take a seat in the Pisgah Mountain Lodge to see for yourself just how sweet life can be.
Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour!

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Mountain Craftsman Architecture of the Carolinas

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You may be familiar with the term “Craftsman home”.  If not, you’ve surely seen plenty of examples if you’ve been exploring mountain property. Distinctive in their honesty and simplicity, they reflected a revolution in American architectural design and could be found being built all over the country between the years 1905 and 1930.

The early Craftsman homes incorporated simple forms and a combination of natural materials such as wood and stone.  Their main features included a low-pitched, gabled roof that was often hipped, with a wide overhang and exposed rafters.  Some had attics and dormers.  There were porches of either full or partial width that had tapered columns or pedestals extending to ground level.  The interiors offered built-in cabinets, nooks, seating, and shelving.

Much later, toward the end of the 20th century, renewed popularity caused these older structures to be restored, and replicas began appearing.  The Craftsman home came to be seen not only as a functional dwelling but also as a work of art, the style of which is instantly recognizable to architecture students, contractors, and aficionados of the Arts and Crafts movement.  Its inspiration was the bungalow – a low-slung, compact structure that first appeared in India.

Many North Carolina mountain homes for sale exhibit features and philosophies consistent with the Craftsman style.  They’re positioned to greet the sun and are sometimes surrounded by a large garden.  Where possible, local materials are used.  Some, such as timber or rock, may even come from the building site.  Native stone surrounds the fireplaces, and various woods can be found being used as accent features both inside and on the exterior.

At The Coves Mountain River Club, you can see many examples of these solid, beautiful and yet classically simple homes.  Their open floor plans are ideal for both displaying eye-catching art pieces and hosting large gatherings.  Efficient use of space is a must.  Arts and Crafts-style light fixtures and stained glass windows often enhance the décor.

Nestled as we are among such natural splendor, our design professionals always take into account the unique features of a property and its views when deciding how and where to build.  And we try wherever possible to create a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living.

With the variety of North Carolina mountain homes for sale at The Coves Mountain River Club, we can safely say that we have something that will meet your particular needs, whether it’s a house, a cottage or a cabin.

This is a chance for you to get expert help with bringing your home ideas to life.  Choose from our existing models or let us build to your specifications on one of our beautiful sites.

The more you learn about The Coves Mountain River Club, the more you’ll understand why so many choose it as a retirement destination.  The abundance of outdoor activities, the year-round mild weather, the outstanding amenities, the ideal location adjacent to the Johns River, and of course the sheer pristine beauty of the foothills area itself combine to make this the mountain paradise you’ve dreamed of finding.

We invite you to stop by when you’re near Lenoir and let us give you a tour.  You’ll notice how familiar elements of the classic Craftsman style have been creatively combined with the most modern, environmentally-efficient construction features to create living spaces that are both wonderfully practical and aesthetically pleasing.

And, as the day draws to an end, you’ll want to be on the upper deck of our Pisgah Mountain Lodge with a glass of wine in hand.  Take a deep breath of fresh air and watch the sun set slowly over the mountains.

That’s when you’ll really start to feel like this could be – should be – your home.

Call us at 828-754-0700 to schedule your visit!

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