North Carolina Christmas Tree Farms Near The Coves
Those of us who cherish memories of trips to the woods to cut down just the right Christmas tree and proudly bring it home should feel lucky. Most people never have that experience. It’s far more common now for families just to head to one of the lots that pop up at this time of year and settle for an okay tree trucked in from many miles away. Like many traditions, the annual trek into nature has largely gone by the wayside as urbanization has pulled us further away from our roots and traditions.
But there’s good news for residents of NC mountain communities such as The Coves Mountain River Club. We’re surrounded by some of the finest Christmas trees available, growing in three of the state’s large national forests.
Pisgah National Forest is primarily a hardwood forest with whitewater rivers, waterfalls, abundant wildlife and hundreds of miles of trails. It’s very close to The Coves Mountain River Club. The largest of the state’s four National Forests is Nantahala, with elevations ranging from 1200 to 5800 feet. Living here, you’ll also have access to the 650,000 acres of Cherokee National Forest.
You’ll find an abundance of popular tree species to choose from, including Fraser fir, eastern white pine, Virginia pine, balsam fir, blue spruce, Norway spruce, Canaan fir, Douglas fir and Leyland cypress. And, as a bonus, you get to spend time in the clean fresh air, enjoying the scent of pine needles moving gently in the breeze. REMINDER: Be sure to get the required permit from the U. S. Forestry Service.
Here in Caldwell County, you can cut your own tree at Brickyard Nursery, at 2592 Pisgah Church Road in Lenoir. Call them at 828-758-8940 or 828-499-6269. Down in Burke County, there’s Jonas Ridge Tree Farm at 8040 Joe Poore Road in Jonas Ridge. Call 828-733-4654. They’re open from nine to five Wednesday through Sunday.
The many tree farms over in Avery County serving North Carolina mountain homes include:
- A White Christmas, at 097 Davenport Road in Newland. Phone 828-765-8629. Open every day from 8:30 PM to 5:30 PM.
- Babe Clark’s Sugar Grove Nursery, 294 Everett Clark Road in Newland. Phone 828-733-5272 or 828-387-1140. Open Monday to Friday from 8 AM to 7 PM, Saturday from 8 AM to 8 PM, and Sundays from 1 PM to 7 PM.
- Carolina Tree Farms, 3733 Flat Springs Road, Elk Park. Phone 828-297-4168. Open Sunday through Saturday from 8 AM to 5:00 pm.
- Christa’s Nursery, 376 Logan’s Lane in Newland. Phone 828-733-3353.
- David Pittmans Farm, at 986 Licklog Road in Newland. Phone 828-295-2545 or 828-387-1734. Open weekends till Christmas.
- Elk River Evergreens, at 121 Brooks Shell Road in Elk Park. Phone 828-387-7695. Open: Sunday through Friday from Noon to six and Saturdays from nine to six through mid-December.
- Evergreen Ridge, 299 Tower Road, Newland. Phone 828-733-9606. Open seven days a week from 8 AM to 5 PM.
- Franklin Tree Farm in Linville Falls. Phone 828-765-2518. Open Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM to 6 PM through December 18.
- Fraser Forest Christmas Tree Farm, at 697 Old Jonas Ridge Road, Pineola. Phone 828-733-9613. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9 AM until dark and other times by appointment.
That’s just a partial list, and it’s always a good idea to call before you go to make sure they’re open and have what you’re looking for.
Closeness to nature is just one of the many benefits of living in NC mountain communities. Another is that such great memories are made here. Picture North Carolina mountain homes celebrating a traditional Christmas, with the family gathered around the hearth, admiring a beautifully-decorated tree that they cut by hand in the nearby woods. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?
We’d like to see the perfect tree you found for your home this holiday season. Send us a picture!
Thai Yoga Classes in Lenoir NC and at The Coves
Folks who live in the idyllic private mountain communities of North Carolina understand the importance of healthy living. This fabulous region, with plenty of outdoor recreation just outside our North Carolina mountain homes, provides us with gorgeous terrain and trails to ski, snow shoe, hike, climb and stroll, fabulous rivers to paddle, fish and swim, and four glorious seasons to breathe in all that sweet, fresh mountain air.
And, of course, our charming towns in North Carolina also provide the private mountain communities with plenty of wholesome recreation, like Thai Yoga—true inspiration for all of us who need a little companionship, guidance and motivation.
At Quest4Life Wellness Center, a division of Caldwell Memorial Hospital, located at 1031 Morganton Blvd SW, you can take half hour or full hour Thai Yoga classes, and feel the undeniable benefits to both your body and your mind.
• Member Non- Member Half Hour Session–$30.00; $35.00
• One Hour Session $50.00; $55.00
Quest4Life is a state-of-the-art community wellness facility, with a certified fitness staff, who can assist guests from the private mountain communities in the area. Many people take advantage of their professional fitness assessments and individualized training sessions, as well as their informative programs centered around living a healthy life. Their mission is “to help people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of health and fitness to enjoy daily routines of improving overall health and fitness.” Both personal and group training sessions are available to get you and your friends and family in peak condition.
Scholars believe yoga dates back to the Stone Age when it was used for healing.
Whether you’ve been practicing yoga for years, or you’ve been tempted to try it out, Lenoir has options for people of all ages and levels. Yoga’s meaning is to unite, and the community residing comfortably in North Carolina mountain homes is undeniably a close-knit group. Practicing yoga in a group is just one of the many incredible ways folks connect in the quaint Blue Ridge Mountain towns.
CMS’s Thai Yoga continues an ancient healing art that helps you to stretch and relax with a reliable partner’s care. More than two thousand years back this healing practice is thought to have begun in India. In time Thai Yoga migrated to Thailand. Thai Yoga “is both a meditation and an offering of sublime kindness,” according to Quest4Life and the practice “creates a deep feeling of relaxation, vitality, and renewal.”
There are many modern yoga styles that are practiced today and people who incorporate the healthy routine into their lives reap noticeable physiological benefits–better sleep, immunity, endurance, strength, flexibility, balance, digestion and energy. Psychologically, those who practice yoga enjoy a better mood and a greater sense of well-being, along with greater ability to focus and learn. Stress decreases while peace of mind grows. And biochemically, people who regularly practice yoga decrease sodium, cholesterol and glucose–which helps in fighting disease as we age.
And don’t forget there are plenty of other options at this amazing facility. For those with North Carolina mountain homes, the Quest4Life Wellness Center offers:
• safe, indoor walking track and exercise equipment
• indoor pool, sauna and steam room
• power ride indoor cycling
• Pilates, Yoga circuit & other classes
• childcare and family fun activities
• massage therapy
Open seven days a week, Monday-Thursday, 5:30 am-9 pm; Friday, 5:30 am-7:30 pm, Saturday, 8 am-5 pm; Sunday 1 pm-5 pm. For more info: 828-758-8753
For those of us who live at The Coves, yoga classes are just beyond our front door, at Pisgah Mountain Lodge, our mountaintop clubhouse. Yoga is offered on Monday mornings to provide a healthy and enriching start to the week.
What better then to practice yoga at 1,700 ft elevation with views of Grandfather Mountain and the Blue Ridge Mountains? Talk about bliss! This amazing clubhouse has a fitness center, with cardio and weight equipment, and a saline infinity-view swimming pool and hot tub where you can soak your muscles after an intensive workout. Not many people can take in such incredible views while working out, and The Coves had this in mind when they choose this idyllic spot for the Pisgah Mountain Lodge.
Come visit and relax in our grand living room at the Lodge, grab a drink, and watch millions of stars illuminate the nighttime sky above the pristine landscape.
Call 828.754.0700 now and schedule a tour!
Choosing Paint Colors That Compliment Your Mountain Home
For those folks who have completed building a mountain home in the NC mountain communities, you may still have one last fun and creative journey ahead of you–selecting the perfect exterior and interior color schemes. If you are feeling overwhelmed or indecisive, there are simple ways to ensure your house reflects the natural beauty surrounding you. So don’t despair as you sift through those color swatches! Just remember with a little expertise, your house will soon be perfectly completed both inside and out.
Choosing to live in the NC mountain communities has made this process so much easier. Your home’s architectural style is enhanced by the gorgeous landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains, so selecting a color palette that reflects nature, as well as your personal taste, is the way to go.
For example, natural earth tones can harmonize with the majestic beauty of the region.
Envision your new home in the four amazing seasons that we enjoy in the NC mountain communities, and this will help your idyllic color scheme to materialize. Is your home surrounded by woods with hues of greens in spring and summer, and vibrant reds, oranges and yellows in the fall? Maybe you’ve built your mountain home high atop a vast green pasture where your horses roam.
Let nature steer you. And keep in mind that the paint swatch can look different beneath the florescent bulbs of a store than it will in the bright sunlight of North Carolina. To be sure before committing to your color scheme, bring home samples and try them out.
For the exterior, be sure to choose two to three colors when you’re in the final phase of building a mountain home. With a stone or brick house, you will only need two colors, but a home with wooden siding will mean three colors are in order—the main color for the siding, a complimentary color for all trim, and a color that pops a bit for accenting. Shutters and doors are an ideal place for a splash of color to reflect your personality. Don’t forget to take note of your roof! You will want your roofing colors to compliment your color scheme, whether it’s slate grey, or chestnut brown.
Now what about bringing the scenic beauty that’s just outside your home inside? After building a mountain home, it’s finally time to get down to those fun aesthetic touches, like your indoor color scheme. What palettes work? Warm and natural tones can transform your house into a home whether you adore taupes, or deeper shades of grey. These natural colors will enhance but not compete with the outdoors. If you have a lot of windows with views that mesmerize, let the colors outside guide you.
Neutral colors in deep, warm tones can enhance your view without distracting—like chocolate browns or rich greys or greens. You can also pick a softer shade than your landscape to compliment without competing. Keep in mind, cooler and crisper colors will make spaces feel more vibrant. You can reserve the neutrals and warmer tones for bedrooms and studies to encourage downtime.
Don’t forget to take a stroll through the peaceful neighborhoods in The Coves and take notes or photos of the houses that appeal to you most—especially houses that may be of a same architectural style. The homes in The Coves, whether a charming cottage, a handsome Craftsman, or a tiny house, are enhanced by their exterior painting.
Your neighbors, who have already settled into their cozy mountain homes at The Coves, may give you some inspiration. Maybe you adore the warm sage that accents a front door, or a creamy taupe on someone’s shutters. You just may have a hard time deciding which color scheme you love most—the olive house with red brick accent and warm beige trim, or the deep khaki grey with natural wood and warm green accent. Whether you go traditional or contemporary with your paint, your new home in The Coves will be a stunning addition to the neighborhood.
Welcome Fercott Fermentables
Shorter days and cooler temperatures have arrived in North Carolina—along with the holiday season. This is the perfect time of year to find unique things to do in Lenoir, and thanks to Fercott Fermentables, a new establishment at 107 Main Street NW, plenty of folks are wetting their whistle, satisfying their appetites and spending some much-needed down-time with close friends and family.
Visit their Facebook page and it’s obvious this is one fun place to hang out and try some new beverages. Beer, wine, mead, cider, bottles, taproom, homebrew, and wine-making supplies, fermentation demos and classes—are all beneath Fercott’s roof. Oh yeah along with specialty gifts…if you’re searching for that cool holiday gift for those who live nearby in their North Carolina mountain homes.
The reviews sum it up perfectly—“Best atmosphere, staff is amazing, excellent craft beverages. Fercott Fermentables is definitely something Lenoir has been missing!!” Or, “When we are in town, this is a must stop spot. The folks in Lenoir are lucky to have Chris and Jen. Swing by and tell them what flavors you like and they will match you up with a beer or wine that you will love. Guaranteed. Then relax, enjoy, and repeat often. Their customer service is second to none and I can’t wait to get back!”
Here’s what’s going on at Fercott’s for those of you nearby in your North Carolina mountain homes this holiday season:
• Monday, December 3; 6 pm-8pm–German Comfort Food Bake-Off with Red Oak Brewing
“It’s turning cold, so it’s finally time for some comfort food! The people’s choice winner will get a $30 Pour-It-Forward on the board, so bring us your best bratwurst, sauerkraut, rotkol, spaetzle, German potato salad, Black Forest Cake, or whatever German recipe is in your collection! We’ll be offering pairing flights of 4 of Red Oak’s German style lagers. Can’t cook? Then just come vote! Please have food dishes at the shop by 6 pm. Bring enough for a crowd!”
• Wednesday, December 5; 3 pm-8 pm; Winesday! “Glühwein”
“Glühwein is a European tradition at the outdoor Christmas markets! Nothing warms the body & soul quite like hot spiced wine. Enjoy a flight of four different glühweins, our housemade version side by side 3 bottled versions. Any leftover bottles of glühwein will be 15% off that day, all other wine in the shop is 10% off. We’ll have cheeseboards made to order and a specialty warm pretzel recipe just for the occasion!”
• Wednesday, December 12; 6 pm; Winesday! “Orin Swift Wines”
“Join the folks from Associated Brands as they show us through a flight of Orin Swift wines. Orin Swift has a cult-like following, thanks to their meticulous Napa Valley grape sourcing paired with distinctive label art. This flight will have a limited time slot, so be sure to mark your calendars!”
• Sunday, December 16; 3 pm-5 pm; CPR & Basic Life Support Class
“Fercott’s will be hosting a CPR & Basic Life Support Class for those needing certification, or those who want to learn to save a life. Cost is $60 per person and includes a beverage following the class. Class size is limited to 15 people.”
• Saturday, December 22; 5 pm-10 pm; 2nd Annual Fercott Festivus
“You asked for it again, and we are continuing the tradition! Festivus Feast featuring the popular Crock-a-thon! Bring a potluck dish to share, but the catch is it HAS to be in a crockpot! Last year we had 14, will we break that record?
Feats of Strength competition, with a prize to the winners! Details to be announced on this. And something new this year: a Christmas Onesie challenge! Anyone brave enough to don a onesie will be entered in a raffle for an EXTREME Fercott Prize pack!”
And speaking of things to do in Lenoir, check out Fercott’s activities board while you’re sipping your drink. They capture all the happenings near your North Carolina mountain homes so you won’t miss out!
The folks who live at The Coves appreciate the finer things to do in Lenoir and in life! Did you know The Coves has its own vineyard? Evelyn’s Vineyard sits right beside the Johns River and is where you’ll find sweet muscadine grapes. The setting continues to inspire residents into learning how to create wine together in this serene and inspiring setting.
Living at The Coves also puts us all in proximity to the more than 100 vineyards that grace North Carolina—producing fine Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, and Chardonnays, just to name a few! Visit The Coves and share a glass of fine local wine…or two!
Welcome Fercott’s Fermentables to Lenoir!
Christmas in Lenoir – Toys, Santa and Selfies
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.
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.
Join the Fun – The Coves First Turkey Trot on November 10th
The Coves Mountain River Club is kicking off a new tradition in 2018—its very first 5k Turkey Trot Walk/Run! This November 10 at nine in the morning, the folks at our charming gated community, as well as the dedicated staff, will be gathering to collect much-needed food for the Caldwell County Yokefellow.
No matter your fitness level, you can joyfully participate–while also getting yourself in the holiday spirit. All you need for an entrance fee is 6 non-perishable food items—think holiday! Whole berry cranberry sauce, pecans, walnuts, or other holiday nuts for baking, snacking and cooking, canned pumpkin pie filler, traditional sage stuffing mix, or some home style gravy—the Thanksgiving’s sky is the limit!
The Turkey Trot starts at the gorgeous Pisgah Mountain Lodge, where so many festive events happen at The Coves, with enchanting views of the mountains as our scenic backdrop. The fun run ends at the Phase 1 Gate, and then we’ll gather back at the Lodge for some amazing refreshments to replenish your energy while you chat and socialize with your friends and neighbors. Whether you plan on walking, running, or volunteering, please call 828.754.0700 right away and add this event to your list of fun things to do in Lenoir NC.
In order to make our first Turkey Trot Walk/Run a success, we need to know who plans on participating. We will need a minimum of 15 volunteers for setup, registration, donation collection, water stations, traffic control and to give rides to participants from the Phase 1 Gate back to the Lodge. This is a perfect and job for Coves’ residents who own UTVs. In addition, The Coves Mountain River Club will provide t-shirts for all, and we need numbers so the order can be placed.
Be sure to stick around to see the prizes that will be awarded to the youngest male and female, and the oldest male and female who finish the 5k.
Thank you in advance for keeping the community spirit alive and well at The Coves– especially during the holiday season.