Mountain Designs Trends Still Favor Modern
Buyers of NC mountain real estate are able to design their dream homes without the restrictions and cookie-cutter designs they were used to dealing with in the old neighborhood. And builders here are able to take full advantage of natural property features in positioning the house and also incorporate state-of-the-art technology to maximize energy efficiency and convenience.
Like many of our new residents at The Coves Mountain River Club, you may see this as your last home purchase. So why not make it your best? Think about how you want to live, and incorporate those features that will enhance your lifestyle when building a mountain home. And consider the overall look. Despite the fact that we’re nestled in the Blue Ridge foothills, many of our fine homes are no less cutting-edge than those you’ll find anywhere else.
Three independent survey sources have confirmed that the trend among new home buyers is toward modern design – both outside and inside. What might be called traditional floor plans are falling out of favor. We see innovative use of color to create mood, replacement of standard doors with something more ornate, and incorporation of unique and often whimsical accents that allow themes to flow from room to room.
NC mountain real estate is a perfect canvas for the implementation of reclaimed natural elements. You’ll see old barn wood and metal roofs blended seamlessly into the most contemporary of properties to create an urban country feel. A craftsman-style front door with sidelights can help to set the tone, while well-crafted handmade pieces and ornate fixtures provide a rural living accent in rooms painted in tones of white and warm neutral colors. It’s a look that’s perfect for reflecting your desire to live a more balanced and slower-paced existence.
Along those lines, maybe you’ll prefer a Rustic Luxury design theme. It’s geared toward buyers who need a personal space where they can restore energy and find balance – a place suitable for disconnecting from the constant demands of everyday life. The focus here is on creating harmony between natural and architectural elements. There may be sculpture pieces, along with greenery, natural wood doors and concrete benches. The overall goal is to provide a calming antidote to fast-paced living.
If you’re one of the more than 3.4 million Americans who work from home at least half of the time, you may opt to incorporate transitional spaces that can allow for both productivity and downtime. If so, you’ll want to consider having furniture and products that can best serve both facets of your lifestyle.
Our design team at The Coves Mountain River Club stays up to date on all of the latest trends, and we’re ready and able to incorporate your ideas into a custom home that seamlessly blends modern styling with traditional touches and personal preference.
Stop by and see us when you’re in the Lenoir area. We’ll give you a tour and show you how very distinctive and innovative our gated mountain community is.
You’re sure to leave with some new and exciting ideas for bringing your own dream to life!
Cedar Rock Country Club Welcomes Coves Residents
Did you hear? If you live at The Coves Mountain River Club, you’re cordially invited to join Lenoir’s storied Cedar Rock Country Club. Whether you choose a full membership or one of several other options, you’ll be part of local history that stretches back more than fifty years.
Known as the “Showcase of the Foothills”, the club and the village of Cedar Rock were created in 1965 by a group of businessmen. They saw Hibriten Mountain as the perfect centerpiece for their vision, and they commissioned Ellis Maples to design the 7,153-yard course. Featuring lush, carpeted Bermuda tees and fairways and beautifully manicured bent grass greens, Cedar Rock has hosted countless state and local tournaments, charity events and member functions.
Of the many things to do in Lenoir NC, golf is certainly high on the list. Our year-round mild weather and breathtaking surrounding are ideal motivations for getting out and working on your game. Cedar Rock has five sets of tee markers to accommodate all levels of play and offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. There’s also an excellent practice facility, with two practice tees, a chipping, pitching, bunker area and a large putting green.
Located at 2065 Cedar Rock Estates Drive in Lenoir, the Clubhouse is a popular gathering place. For meals, The Grill is open Tuesday through Sunday, with breakfast on weekends and lunch and dinner six days a week. Upscale dining is available year-round in the Lounge, Main Dining Room and Fireplace Room. Members can enjoy dinner each Thursday night, and food and beverage service is provided for local organizations, civic groups, weddings and parties. Culinary Institute of America graduate and long-time chef John Deschler oversees the operation.
With its breathtaking mountain views and spacious meeting rooms that can accommodate more than three hundred guests, Cedar Rock Country Club provides a setting like no other for weddings and receptions. And their dedicated, experienced staff works hard to meet and exceed your expectations.
From the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, Cedar Rock offers swimmers a large pool with racing lanes and a diving board. A kiddie pool is also available. The deck has lounge chairs and tables with umbrellas and a 20′ x 20′ covered cabana. You can play tennis on four lighted composition courts, and tennis pro Adam Smith offers clinics and private lessons.
Cedar Rock Country Club expands your list of things to do in Lenoir NC with events such as February’s Red Dress Dance, a popular fundraiser for the Wig Bank of Caldwell County. Chef John creates a special Valentine’s Buffet menu each year. There’s a Birthday Night every other month, with half-price meals and complimentary desserts for anyone who celebrated a birthday during the previous sixty days. They also host Ladies’ Wine Nights, bridge groups, garden clubs, a brush and palette club, a book club, an investment club, and local organizations.
It’s easy to see why our homeowners at The Coves see Cedar Rock Country Club as a local treasure. You can learn more about the many advantages of becoming a member by visiting their website.
Of course, there’s a wealth of things to do in Lenoir NC – many more than you might imagine. Moving here can be the start of a whole new life, with options you’ve never had or never had time to pursue. And our natural surroundings promote a healthy new lifestyle. You can enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, bike riding, photography, exploring, and of course plenty of golf.
Visit us soon at The Coves Mountain River Club. We’d love to show you around, answer your questions and tell you more about Cedar Rock Country Club and other opportunities to make living here in the Blue Ridge Mountains the very best years of your life.
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.
NC Gravity Games Return to Lenoir NC
Now in its ninth year, the North Carolina Gravity Games continues to be one of the more popular things to do in Lenoir NC. On Saturday, April 13, enthusiastic crowds will be downtown cheering on the racers and checking out the science booths, tech demos, food vendors and more. It all begins at eight-thirty in the morning and lasts until about three in the afternoon.
This is the signature event of the North Carolina Science Festival, a multi-day celebration that highlights educational, cultural and financial impact of science in the State. Sponsors include Google, Appalachian State University, the University of North Carolina and the City of Lenoir. Teams from schools, Scout Troops, and Boys and Girls Clubs across the state use their hands-on skills to build the fastest and coolest gravity-powered cars and then race them through the downtown streets.
The 2019 North Carolina Gravity Games foster community engagement through sponsorship and will award prizes to the winning teams. The competition focuses on the design, construction, and operation of a potential energy-powered vehicle on a downhill course.
The goal is to provide an opportunity for our local students to apply the principles of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in a practical and fun way. Previous competitions
have drawn more than thirty teams of middle and high school students. Teams from colleges and universities and corporate entities are welcome to enter as well. There’s even an “open” category for adults who want to participate. For more information regarding entry requirements and other rules, see the Frequently Asked Questions tab at http://www.ncgravitygames.com
Downhill derby-type racing events have a long history in this country, beginning to take shape in the very early twentieth century and first appearing on a national scale in 1934. We’re fortunate to have the strong community interest and organizational support that have made the Gravity Games another of the great things to do in Lenoir NC.
Drivers must from seven to fourteen years old. They’re required to have a parent or legal guardian sign a Participation Agreement on their behalf. An ANSI-certified helmet is required, and protective clothing is recommended. And of course there are standards that must be met for the weight and construction of the cars. The Judging Committee will be responsible for inspecting all entries and the race track for adequate safety and security. The deadline to register is Midnight EDT on March 13, 2019.
If you’re coming to town for the Gravity Games, why not stop by The Coves Mountain River Club and get a feel for how great living in the Blue Ridge Mountains can be? It’s a great place to retire, surrounded by all the options for fun, adventure, culture, exploration and exercise you could want.
We’ve become a popular choice for people looking for the perfect combination of pristine natural surroundings and state-of-the-art modern convenience and energy efficiency. With the help of our expert design team, they’re creating their ideal living environment and settling in to enjoy the many things to do in Lenoir NC and the surrounding area.
If you’re a golfer or plan to become one, you’ll love playing the golf courses. They offer some of the most spectacular views you’ll find anywhere, with picture-perfect scenes at every turn. Even on days when you’re not playing your best, Nature makes it all okay!
And, of course, the annual changing of the leaves is a show in itself – one that draws viewers from all over the country. We have a guaranteed front row seat and the added advantage of being able to hike up and watch it develop in foliage at various elevations.
These are all things that make Lenoir a wonderful place to live, and we’d love to show you how building a home at The Coves Mountain River Club can make your retirement dreams a reality.
Call 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour!
Second Annual Brew-N-Brawl Crawl (It’s Not What You Think)
Living in the gated communities near Asheville NC, we know that fun things to do are never hard to find. And that applies no matter what your interests, skills, level of fitness or age may be. In Lenoir North Carolina, home of The Coves Mountain River Club, the calendar’s chock full of activities all year round.
Last year, for the first time, CrossFit Lenoir organized its “Brew-N-Brawl” event, featuring two-person teams competing in the Workout Of The Day, or “WOD”. It was so well-received that they’re doing it again in 2019, on April 6th.
In case you’re not familiar with CrossFit, here’s a brief rundown. Essentially, it’s a lifestyle discipline characterized by a combination of safe, effective exercise and sound nutrition. Advocates emphasize that it can be used to accomplish any goal, from improved health to weight loss to better performance. And, it can be adapted to work for anyone, whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been training for years.
As the date approaches for “Brew-N-Brawl”, specifics for the WOD will be released. Possibilities include rowing, 15-foot rope climbs, pull-ups, heavy deadlifts, dumbbell snatches, box jump-overs, thruster ladder and beer keg carries and holds. (And now you know where the “brew” comes in.)
Whether or not we’re participating, it’s great to have events like this in Lenoir that promote healthy living. They go hand-in-hand with the clear, clean mountain air we enjoy and the opportunities for outdoor activities that abound in the gated communities near Asheville NC. We’re just more energetic overall and always enthusiastic to get out and do something.
We’ll be out there cheering when the second annual “Brew-N-Brawl” gets underway, and after it’s over, participants and spectators alike will head for Fercott Fermentables, our local tap room and bottle shop in downtown Lenoir for…maybe a brew or two?
Often, we find that people thinking of moving here expected Lenoir to be a sleepy little town that rolls up its sidewalks at sundown. They’re surprised to learn how closely the events and celebrations here in the foothills mirror those they enjoyed back where they came from.
One of the things that makes this area so attractive is that it holds onto what’s important – the traditions and the other positive elements of the mountain lifestyle – but also absorbs the best of what’s new and blends it in just perfectly. We’ve never lost the simple charm that sets us apart from the crowded, hyperactive, stressful big city environment. At the same time, you never have to travel far to find pretty much anything you need. It’s really the ideal place to be.
At The Coves Mountain River Club, we have a strong affinity for the people and town of Lenoir. There’s a strong sense of community here. Like in other gated communities near Asheville NC, many of our residents involve themselves with whatever’s going on locally and contribute their own perspective and expertise.
And now, supporting our neighbors who put so much effort into “Brew-N-Brawl” is one more thing we can do each year to help make Lenoir the best it can be.
If you want to get a feel for why so many retirees decide to build their dream homes at The Coves Mountain River Club, all you have to do is stop by for a while and let us give you a tour.
Then, just before the end of the day, head for our Pisgah Mountain Lodge, order your choice of beverage, and settle into a chair outside to watch the sun set over the mountains.
It’s a free show – one of the best you’ll ever see – and it truly says more about this very special place than mere words could ever express.
Come tour The Coves during this beautiful spring month of the year.
Call 828.754.0700 to coordinate your visit!
Charlie Frye – Lenoir’s Hometown Inspirational Folk Artist
Charlie Frye is a fifth generation North Carolinian artist with a deep love and respect for the people and the place he calls home, the charming town of Lenoir in the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains. His bearded face is a welcome sight in the heart of downtown where he and his talented artist wife, Susan, opened the unique Folk Keeper Gallery back in 2008.
For all of us who live in the mountain towns in North Carolina, or who are lucky enough to visit Lenoir from time to time, they know that Frye’s place is far more than a gallery. It’s a little bit studio, a little bit classroom, and also a whimsical place to shop for one-of-a-kind folksy art. Charlie is self-taught and didn’t venture into life as an artist until he was twenty-five years old. Perhaps it’s his raw talent and everyman persona that lends itself so well to all the artistic mediums he touches—from found art sculptures, to woodblock prints, to acrylic paintings and ink drawings—all that this guy creates is incredibly genuine and full of joy. No wonder when folks are looking for things to do in Lenoir NC, the Folk Keeper Gallery makes the top of our list.
Charlie’s award-winning work is everywhere throughout the south, whether his paintings are hanging in highly-regarded folk art galleries, are displayed at popular shows and exhibits, or throughout Lenoir’s cafes, restaurants and professional offices—it’s clear that his art brings this small town a great deal of cheer and reflects all that makes life rich in North Carolina. Some noteworthy shows—Kentuck Festival of Art, Finster Fest, and Fearrington Village Folk Art Show are where his work has been shown.
His resourcefulness and ability to repurpose scrap wood or metal, like pot lids, is a testament to his genuine soul and his love of the North Carolina land. Susan also turns to old buttons, scraps of tin wood, and discarded kitchen utensils. There is a sense of whimsical nostalgia in their work, and this is something people relate to…after all…living in the mountain towns of North Carolina brings out the nostalgia in all of us. Charlie likes to create images from his memory; very often he chooses farm scenes, animals, and musicians and it’s no surprise that his regional art is collected internationally.
Charlie doesn’t run out of things to do in Lenoir NC—he is painting and teaching full-time. Not all artists make good teachers, but Charlie relates to people of all ages with all levels of artistic abilities. Often his workshop descriptions will read “no painting experience necessary to paint like a true folk artist.” That’s the sort of atmosphere that draws the crowd into Folk Keeper Gallery and makes it a hub in downtown Lenoir.
Not only is Charlie receptive to his students, he is also inclusive of other artists in the region and he makes sure their work is represented beneath his roof. Imagine browsing a good twenty folk artists in one gallery! These are some of the best folk artists around, and viewing their work in one collective space enhances the entire experience. Whether you’re just beginning your folk art collection, or you’re putting the finishing touches on your home in the mountain towns of North Carolina, this is the place to visit. Charlie’s website says, “We represent regional Folk Artists and their Folk Stories,” and they truly do.
Folk art is appreciated by people from diverse areas with diverse backgrounds because at its root it celebrates our very hearts and souls. You may have seen Charlie’s work featured on local television networks, (they were named “Master Folk Keepers” by Life in the Carolinas), or YouTube, displayed at the Morganton City Hall, or Root and Vine, or perhaps his popular and gorgeous quilt blocks that he was commissioned to paint by The Coves Round Mountain Ranch.
Be sure to visit the Frye’s website (they can ship artwork), or their gallery on West Avenue in Lenoir, and take part in one of Charlie’s workshops or gatherings where you can meet a local artist and share the love of folk art. You might get a glimpse of Minnie Pearl, Charlie’s famous old “owl” pickup truck. Charlie’s upcoming event: Love Bird Paint Night at Folk Keeper Gallery where he invites people looking for things to do in Lenoir NC to “Come and paint a pair of love birds with your sweetie” this Valentine’s evening, February 14 from 6-8 pm. The fee is $30.00 per person, and feel free to bring your own snack and beverages.
If you’re simply looking to shop, here’s a bit of what you’ll find in their gallery: folk art, pottery, sculptures, jewelry, antiques, cards, organic and fair trades teas sold by the ounce, essential oils with cool artistic labels by Eric Legge, knitted items, cutting boards, bees wax soaps, paper lanterns and so many more unique items for your mountain home.
Those who have settled at The Coves know and love Charlie Frye. They get to appreciate his quilt blocks on the Round Mountain Ranch barn, they’ve taken art classes with him both at The Cove’s Pisgah Mountain Lodge, and at Frye’s gallery, and life is made more bright, colorful and genuine due to the simple brush strokes and camaraderie of this creative man. Come and visit the Folk Keeper Gallery and The Coves and see how sweet life can be.
Your Foodie Cheat Sheet | Lenoir NC Restaurants
How much do you know about Lenoir NC? Here in the foothills, restaurants offer delightful surprises at every turn. Any preconceptions that casual visitors bring with them soon vaporize, as they learn of the incredible opportunities for adventure, exploring, learning and just plain fun this area has to offer.
It’s much the same for Lenoir NC restaurants. In any town, you would expect to find a number of national chains represented, along with some lesser-known local favorites. And we certainly have those here. But dig a little deeper, and prepare to be amazed.
You’ll have a wealth of choices for ethnic cuisine, from Italian to Mexican to Central and South American. Looking for simple pub food? We have plenty of that, too. Steaks and seafood? No problem. And of course there’s our famous, mouth-watering pit barbecue, and traditional American favorites served with a large helping of world-renowned southern hospitality.
Here’s a partial list of the Lenoir NC restaurants recommended most by locals:
538 Wilkesboro Boulevard SE, Lenoir
family style recipes, southern comfort décor
2303 Morganton Boulevard SW, Lenoir
southern home cooking
129 Wilkesboro Boulevard SE, Lenoir
a traditional American diner
117 Main Street NW, Lenoir
vegetarian-friendly, gluten-free options
975 Blowing Rock Boulevard, Lenoir
510 Blowing Rock Boulevard, Lenoir
American fast food
Loes Brewing Company
1048 Harper Avenue NW, Lenoir
Side Street Pour House and Grill
128 Main Street NW, Lenoir
Eola Beer Company
1048 Harper Avenue NW, Lenoir
STEAKS AND SEAFOOD
303 Blowing Rock Boulevard, Lenoir
Sagebrush Steakhouse Lenoir
954 Blowing Rock Boulevard, Lenoir
137 Blowing Rock Boulevard, Route 321, Lenoir
Smokin Hogs BBQ
920 Wilkesboro Boulevard SE, Lenoir
Buffalo Mercantile Company & Cafe
6353 Buffalo Cove Road, Lenoir
Piccolo’s Pizza and Pasta
915 West Avenue NW, Lenoir
1112 Morganton Boulevard SW, Lenoir
Cazuelas Dona Vicky
361 Harper Avenue NW, Lenoir
2153 Morganton Boulevard SW, Lenoir
Mi Carreta Mexican Grill
1146 Hickory Boulevard SW, Lenoir
528 Blowing Rock Boulevard, Lenoir
CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICAN
Fresh and Delicious Bakery
458 Harper Avenue NW, Lenoir
Los Izotes El Salvadorean Restaurant
1506 Main Street NW, Lenoir
Consider this as just a starting point for your own culinary journey of discovery. One thing we’ve learned at The Coves Mountain River Club is that just when you think you know all there is to know about living here, something new will knock your socks off.
Be sure to take a few minutes to give your favorite Lenoir restaurants a good review. We like to support local businesses and our neighbors who work hard to make them successful.
From a bowl of diner chili when the weather turns colder to a sit-down dinner for a special occasion, our Lenoir NC restaurants offer just about any dining experience you might be looking for.