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Blowing Rock Winterfest – The Zany Side of Winter

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The 21st Annual Blowing Rock WinterFest, January 24-27, 2019, is almost upon the mountain towns of North Carolina.  Travel & Leisure christened Blowing Rock as “one of America’s Prettiest Winter Towns.” The popularity of the WinterFest has grown steadily over the past two decades, and this year will surely bring out the folks of the Blue Ridge Mountains–as well as the joyous visitors who make Blowing Rock their fabulous winter destination. 

From the icy Polar Plunge in Chetola Lake, to the scrumptious WinterFeast and WinterBeer Garden–there will be plenty of reasons to attend!   This festival has  been chosen as one of the “Top Pick” events by AAA, and the Southeastern Tourism Society named WinterFest a Top 20 Event.  This gorgeous region always has amazing events to draw the community together, and what better occasion than WinterFest– a crazy-fun long weekend to usher in the High Country’s  2019!    

Here’s what’s happening during WinterFest’s snowy and beautiful weekend:

Shop Til You Drop–A Community that shops local keeps their local town strong!

Thursday, January 24–10 am–Sunday, January 27, 2019—5 pm

Downtown, Main Street

“Put on a pair of comfy shoes and make room in your trunk!  Blowing Rock is one of North Carolina’s premier shopping destinations!”  Just some of the most awesome shopping possibilities:

Antiques & Collectibles–Blowing Rock Antique Center; Blowing Rock Estate Jewelry & Antiques; Carriage Trade Living; Hanna’s; Possum Hollow Antiques; Rug Company; Windwood Antiques

Apparel & Accessories—100 West Union; Almost Rodeo Drive; Blowing Rock Harley-Davidson; Celeste’s; Fig Leaf Ltd; Finley House Couture; J. Mclaughlin; J.W. Tweeds; Monkees; Sister Act; Sunset Tee’s & Hattery; Tazmaraz

Gifts & Crafts—Blowing Rock Cigar Company and Club; Brass Exchange; Cabin Fever of Watauga; Christmas in Blowing Rock; Cross Trade International; De Provence et D’Ailleurs; Final Touches; Gilded Lily by Patra; Handtiques; Heart of the Rock; High Country Candles; Last Straw; Marmalade; Mountain Laurel Floristry; Mountain Thread Company; Mrs., Brumbles; My Mountain Home; Neaco; Pandora’s Mailbox; Park Place Florist; Roey’s 12 Corners Custom Quilts; Rustic; Serves You Right; Take Heart; Tervis; Trillium; Unwound; We’re Good Sports

Galleries—Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery; Gaines Kiker Silversmith; Main Street Gallery/Expressions Craft; Martin House Gallery; Photos by Meta; Reinert Fine Art; Traditions Pottery 

Home Furnishings—Almost Rodeo Drive; Blowing Rock Furniture Gallery; Cabin Fever of Watauga; Gilded Lily by Patra; Gregory Alan’s; Last Straw; Moody’s Handmade Furniture; My Mountain Home; Rug Company; Rustic 

Brrrrahm—Thursday, January 24 10 am-Saturday, January 26—5 pm; free admission; Take the “brrrr” out of the chill and come to the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM).

Doodlebug Club at Brahm—Thursday, January 24, 10:30-11:30 am; or 1- 2 pm ;“preschool age children and a parent/guardian are invited to Doodlebug Club, a fun educational art program focused on basic art skills such as holding your paintbrush, the primary colors, or holding a pair of scissors while introducing them to different art mediums, from watercolors to clay. After clean up it is story time!” Free for Museum members, $5 for non-members.  Space is limited. Call 828-295-9099 to reserve a spot.

WinterFeast—Thursday, January 24, 5:30-10 pm; Chetola Resort; live music, cash bar, warm beverages will keep you entertained and happy, and after dinner the fun keeps on coming with desserts, coffee, tea and plenty more entertainment!  This is the most delicious and satisfying restaurant crawl under one roof.  Folks get to sample small plate selections prepared by the region’s top chefs for $40. 15 restaurants contribute mouth-watering fare to this event.  Get your tickets in advance since WinterFeast has sold out the past six years. Three cruise-style seatings to choose from—5:30; 6:45 and 8 pm.

Participating Restaurants for 2019:  Timberlake’s; Speckled Trout; Best Cellar; Chestnut Grille at Green Park; Bistro Roca; Restaurant at Gideon Ridge; Rowlands at Westglow; Town Tavern; Table at Crestwood;  Six Pence Pub; Storie Street Grille; Outback; Fireflies

Participating Bakeries:  The Backstreet Bakery; Timberlake’s; the Spice & Tea Exchange; WYNter Wonderland Cookies

Bonfire, S’mores and Entertainment at Chetola Resort—Thursday, January 24, 7-10 pm; Friday, January 25, 7-10 pm; Saturday, January 26, 7-10 pm; keep warm by the firepit overlooking Chetola Lake; cash bar with drink specials; gourmet s’mores ($5), and live entertainment as well as giant board games for family fun.

Pancake Breakfast at Sunny Rock; Friday, January 25, 7:30 am-1:30 pm; Saturday, January 26, 7:30 am-1:30 pm;  $5; “Come to Sunny Rock – Eggs and Things for a fantastic pancake breakfast!”  Tim’s outstanding pancakes served with one side of link sausage or bacon.

WinterFashion Show;  Friday, January 25, 10 am-1:30 pm; $35; hors d’oeuvres; mimosas, spritzers and cash bar accompany Blowing Rock’s retailers and the latest fashion for men and women; prize giveaways and gift bags for all attendees. “Come find out what you need in your closet and leave with coupons to go get it!”

Cork & Canvas at BRAHM; Friday, January 25, 4-6 pm; Saturday, 10 am-noon; $40-$45; trained art instructors help attendees paint Wassily Kandinsky’s “Winter Landscape.”  Take home your finished work of art. Canvasses, paint, brushes, and aprons provided. Wine, beer and light snacks are complimentary.  Online ticket purchase required in advance for those over 21 with valid ID; under 18 artists welcome with an adult.

Contact Jennifer Garonzik at 828-295-9099 ext. 3004

WinterFest Sip and Stroll; Friday, January 25, 4-7 pm; stroll Main Street and enjoy the amazing tastings along the way; participating businesses will be announced.

Hands-On-Ice Carving; Friday, January 25, 4-6 pm; Saturday, 11 am-3 pm; Memorial Park; free admission; children and adults come and help  artist, Cathleen Gallagher, create an ice sculpture with supplied hand chisels and safety goggles.

WinterCraft:  An Outdoor Handmade Market; Friday, January 25, 4-8 pm; Martin House; local artisans and the Mountain Thread Company look forward to seeing you!

WinterFest Ice Stroll; Friday, January 25, 5-7 pm; 20 creative ice sculptures will be on display in front of businesses; a map of locations will be available.

Music on the Lawn; Friday, January 25, 5:30-8:30 pm; local musicians will entertain you at the Inn at Ragged Gardens; food and drinks available for purchase; music to be announced.

Polar Plunge at Chetola Resort; Saturday, January 26, 8-11 am; a tradition and highlight of WinterFest.  Plungers wear costumes and“Golden Plunger”is awarded to the best costume.  On-line pre-registration is advised (www.chetola.com); proceeds benefit local charities Western Youth Network and Hospitality House.

Polar Plunge Brunch; Saturday, January 26, 10 am-noon; Timbers Room, Chetola Resort; live feed of Polar Plunge; $22 adults; $16 children 12 and under; drinks not included.

Hayrides; Saturday, January 26, 10 am-4 pm; 132 Park Avenue; free!

Silent Auction & Raffle; Saturday, January 26, 10 am-4 pm; American Legion Building; beautiful items and gift certificates donated by area retailers and businesses; proceeds go to Mountain Alliance to provide Watauga County high school aged kids a safe and supportive environment.

Rotary Charity Chili Challenge; Saturday, January 26, 11:30 am-2 pm; $8—12 years and above; $5 for kids 5 and up; Blowing Rock School Gym; taste and vote!

K9 Keg Pull; Saturday, January 26, 11:30 am-4 pm; American Legion Building; proceeds benefit Partners! (Canines).  Dogs pull empty beer kegs on sleds; free to watch for all!

Ice Carving Demonstrations; Saturday, January 26, noon-4 pm; Memorial Park; a must-see event!

Artic Art at BrrrAHM; Saturday, January 26, 1-2:30 pm; free crafts for all!

WinterFest Beer Garden; Saturday, January 26; 1-4:30 pm; $30; 15 vendors—local and regional breweries and distilleries “Hops and Barley Pops” outside the American Legion Building.  “Can you think of a more unique way to celebrate winter than by enjoying beer and spirits while watching cute dogs compete and bidding on items to support a local charity–all in one spot?  All attendees receive a commemorative WinterFest pint glass, while supplies last.”

WinterTastings & Auction at The Green Park Inn; Saturday, January 26; 3-5 pm; $30; tastings followed by auction.

Sunday Brunch at Foggy Rock; Sunday, January 27; 11am-3 pm; brunch and sangria specials!

WinterPaws Dog Show; Sunday, January 27; 1-3 pm; $5; Blowing Rock Elementary School;  sponsored by The Watauga Humane Society; “Show off your four-legged best friend or just come to see the cutest dogs around…” Proceeds go to the Watauga Humane Society, a local non-profit, serving approximately 2,000 abandoned animals each year; entertainment by The Carolina Snowbelles.

For those of us who live in our cozy mountain homes at The Coves, taking the pretty ride to Blowing Rock’s higher elevations can be a sweet excursion, especially when you get to return to your charming paradise at the end of an exhilarating day.  Come explore the mountain towns of North Carolina and make sure The Coves is top on your real estate list. 

Remember while you’re having a snowy blast at WinterFest in the mountain towns of North Carolina, you’re also making valuable contributions to many local charities. So  as they say in the High Country, “Don’t Hibernate.  Celebrate winter in Blowing Rock!”

WinterFest tickets can be purchased at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, 132 Park Avenue, by phone 800-295-7801 or 828-295-7851 or online.

Be sure to check the complete schedule and make the most of this year’s experience while helping to support our much-loved community.

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.

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Craft Enrichment Classes in Blowing Rock at ASU (Appalachian State University)

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Springtime may seem far away, but not at Appalachian State University where enrollment for craft enrichment classes in Blowing Rock began December 3!  The Craft Enrichment Program is an incredible way to continue lifelong learning in a beautiful setting.  There are many inspiring classes to choose from, taught by professional artists, instructors and crafts people in a professional environment.

“Come and discover your artistic signature.” Some daytime classes to consider for Spring 2019:

• Felt Workshop: Wet Felted Vessels from Valentines to Vases

“Indulge your creativity through fibers!  In the workshop, you will create one or more 3-dimensional wool vessels.  Embellishments can be added such as silk hankies, silk roving, wool fibers and yarns ….to  decorate your one of a kind vessel.”

This is a physically active workshop; standing requires comfortable shoes and be sure to wear clothing that can get wet; bring 2 or 3 old bath towels.  For beginners & all levels.

Instructor: Jane Campbell

Enrollment: 16

Date:  Saturday, February 2 (1 day)

Time:  10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Cost:  $80  (Materials included in course fee)

Location:  Edwin Duncan Hall,  TBA

• Watercolor…Exploring Nature Up Close

“JoAnn Pippin, a signature member of both the Southern Watercolor Society and the Watercolor Society of North Carolina, will teach a 5-session watercolor class that will help you see and paint what you love.  During these classes you will work on a painting that you will be proud of while learning how to compose an effective painting, how to use color for pizazz, and how to work with and without brushes for interesting effects.”

Bring the supplies you have, but DO NOT go out and buy materials until after session 1.  Also be sure to bring pictures or ideas of what you would like to paint.

Instructor: JoAnn Pippin

Enrollment:  10

Date:  Wednesdays, January 30 — February 27

Time:  3:00 – 6:00 (pending final classroom confirmation)

Cost:   $145

Location: Edwin Duncan Hall,  TBA

• Advanced Bowl Turning

“This course will continue the art, science, and techniques needed to turn a block of wood into functional sculpture. We will explore some rough-edge and green-wood spindle turning, wood curing, selection, and tool sharpening. You may never look at a pile of firewood the same again!”

Be sure to bring safety glasses or shield and earplugs

Instructor: Phil Armstrong

Dates:  Saturdays,  January 26 — April 6  *no class 3/9  (10 weeks) 

Time:  9:00 am – 11:30 am

Enrollment: 5

Cost:  $230

Location: Katherine Harper Hall Room 146

Registration for all classes begins at noon on December 3 and remains open until the class fills or until three working days before the class begins.

For more info: call Jack Chambers at 828-262-2933

Other possible classes offered throughout the year include pottery/ceramics, drawing and painting, weaving, jewelry-making, photography, videography, fiber and glass arts, basket-making, wood turning, beekeeping, batik and metalworking.  The mission of ASU is to “provide settings for novices, hobbyists and advanced students to use professional-level equipment and receive individual attention from instructors who are committed both as teachers and craft artists.”  No wonder lifelong learning is such a pleasure up high in this scenic Blowing Rock elevation.  The classes are affordable and accessible to everyone over 16—a reflection of the true community-mindedness and spirit in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

This esteemed program has been enriching folks’ lives since 1999.  There is no doubt that traditional and contemporary crafts and arts are valued in the communities that dot the high mountains. 

Most enrichment classes take place on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone which is perfectly situated in the picturesque mountains at Blowing Rock elevation.  The university was founded in 1899 and is one of 17 prestigious educational institutions in North Carolina that helps foster lifelong learning as well as providing degrees to both undergraduates and graduates.  “Appalachian is a special place. Our location in Boone, North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, a place of great beauty abundant with cultural and recreational opportunities, profoundly shapes how our community lives, works and learns together. Once you become a part of our community, you never really leave.”  There is a true connection between the campus and the community which benefits everyone.

The Coves is only a half hour’s drive along scenic route 321 North to Boone and ASU’s gorgeous campus.  No wonder so many folks at The Coves take the short journey to Blowing Rock elevation where they participate in the artistic community.  ASU provides convenient free parking.  The Coves often has its own at-home artistic offerings, like painting wine and design with local artists as well as cooking festivities to enhance our culinary arts and satisfy our appetites!  We share and appreciate a remarkable community at The Coves where the beauty begins with the foundations of our stunning mountain homes and reaches far and above into the pristine landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Come and visit The Coves and discover the charming and artistically-enriched life that awaits you!

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.

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North Carolina Christmas Tree Farms Near The Coves

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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!

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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!

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Thai Yoga Classes in Lenoir NC and at The Coves

yoga classes in Lenoir NC

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!

Tags: Lenoir | Medical Care

Choosing Paint Colors That Compliment Your Mountain Home

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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. 

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