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Don’t Miss the October Morganton Oyster and Shrimp Festival!

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There’s no denying that the folks who live in the Carolinas appreciate their annual seafood festivals.  Many of these festivals happen in the fall when our seafood is simply at its best and the crowds who happily attend prove just how delicious it is!  Whether you’re craving fresh shrimp, oysters, crab and more, you’ll be able to sample or dive into your favorite fare.  These festivals are distinct in their own way, but you’ll more than likely find foot-tapping music, lively entertainment, a variety of arts and crafts vendors, good-spirited contests, and plenty of skilled vendors who serve up seafood in many scrumptious ways.  Whether you’re hankering for steamed, raw, fried or stewed, you won’t be disappointed!   There’s something fresh and delectable for everyone.

Morganton’s annual Oyster and Shrimp Festival is taking place on the Old Court House Square, 115 E Meeting Street, on October 19.    From 12-7pm, the square will be filled with the aroma of freshly prepared seafood.  This Morganton festival  is a popular and free event run by the Burke Arts Council as a fundraiser.  There’s nothing better than having a blast while supporting the local community.  Continuous live music, performed by the Continental Divide, will be entertaining the crowd throughout the day while folks can choose from a menu of fried and steamed oysters, fried and boiled shrimp, salt potatoes, clam chowder, barbecue, and juicy hamburgers with all the fixings. Local craft beer and wine, soft drinks, coffee and sweet desserts made from scratch are also available.

All food and beverage purchases support a really good cause.  The Burke Arts Council was founded in 1977 with a mission to “enrich the quality of life in Burke County through cultural and artistic activities.”  The council encourages learning and experiences for people of all ages with art classes and workshops, as well as helping to promote individual artists with exhibitions and an artist sales gallery.  They collaborate in crucial ways with local nonprofits, schools, retail establishments as well as service organizations.  The October Oyster and Shrimp Festival is just one of Burke’s yearly events, bringing the community together to share wholesome fun with every penny supporting the arts council.

This is a magical time of year to visit Morganton in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.  It’s an easy trip from Asheville, Greensboro and Charlotte.  For nearly two decades this Morganton festival has brought locals and visitors together to shuck and share some delicious food.  The gorgeous backdrop contributes to the celebration in this sweet place Southern Living Magazine deemed “a small town we love.”  No wonder this festival has received so much good press from respected magazines and newspapers, and as a result attendance has grown significantly throughout the years.

Besides this delectable Morganton festival that makes you feel as though you’ve entered seafood heaven, there are plenty of other reasons to visit Morganton from amazing dining and farmers markets, to live music and concerts, craft breweries, gallery crawls, unique shopping, and countless ways to celebrate fitness from yoga to outdoor recreation–not to mention plenty of festivals, carnivals, parades.

The folks who are settled into their cozy Blue Ridge Mountain homes at The Coves can hop on over to Morganton and enjoy all the town has to offer.  While the leaves are turning vibrant autumnal shades, there’s nothing like a gorgeous ride in this region along the peaceful roads and parkways.  Take a ride and enjoy the mountain vistas and be sure to visit The Coves Mountain and River Club where community and nature come together.

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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Welcome Joan’s Sourdough Bread to Lenoir NC

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The cuisine in our Lenoir NC restaurants just keeps getting better and better—home-style cuisine to please our appetites whether you dine out or take out.  Joan’s Sourdough Bread, located at 107 Light Street SW in downtown Lenoir, has fast become a local favorite.  There’s nothing like strolling downtown in the early morning with the scent of Joan’s freshly baked bread drifting outside her store front.

“You are always welcome when you bring Joan’s,” sums up this awesome little eatery that’s fairly new to the town of  Lenoir–although Joan’s recipes have been appreciated at farmer’s markets and other local events stretching back through the years.

Joan’s commitment to serving the folks in the mountain towns of North Carolina is genuinely expressed in her own words: “We work with local suppliers to source the freshest and most authentic ingredients, and use old-fashioned techniques to ensure the highest quality. Our goal is to make your taste buds happy!”

No wonder the folks of Lenoir gather at Joan’s to sip her sweet tea or rich Crown coffee while trying to choose which of her mouth-watering sweets to enjoy.   Comfy seating and Wi-Fi make it easy to linger a little longer.

Joan’s original recipes are the reason lunchtime never tasted quite so wholesome, fresh and flavorful.  Her BBQ is cooked to perfection on an open pit and seasoned to please your palate.  And thanks to Joan, this wholesome goodness doesn’t have to end with lunch.  Her breads lend themselves to breakfast (generous slabs of homemade bread turned into French toast), and dinner– a basket of home-made buns will be gone before you know it.  If you don’t have the time or skills to bake yourself, your friends and family will love a fresh loaf from Joan’s just as much.

Joan’s Menu:

Sandwiches at Joan’s are created on freshly-made buns and are served in style with petite pickles and a bag of chips.  She makes her own chicken salad and pimento cheese, as well as creamy fresh slaw.  For those with a discerning palate, it’s good to know that Boar’s Head deli meats and cheeses are the go-to and be sure to leave room for Joan’s delightful sweets.

Bread choices:  plain, wheat, cheesy garlic, jalapeno, garden herb; condiments:  mayo, mustard, heavy mayo, mayo on side, raisins, craisins, walnuts, extra tomato, onion, lettuce and pickled jalapeno.

Home-style Chicken Salad: “Made with a handed down recipe. This is our best- selling sandwich. You can enjoy it on one of our sourdough buns or on a bed of lettuce.”

Handmade Pimento Cheese: “Henry’s Mother’s recipe handed down to him. This is an all-time favorite especially on our Jalapeño Sourdough Bun.”

BBQ & Slaw: “The BBQ is cooked on an open pit and seasoned just right. The slaw is made in house. Add it all to our Plain Sourdough Bun.”

Blazing Buffalo Chicken Breast: “Tender Chicken and spicy seasoning. How about adding some Vermont cheddar and the garden…..on our Cheesy Garlic Sourdough Bun. Smoking good!!!!!”

Cajun Style Turkey Breast: “So full of flavor and the spicy is spot on. Pair with our Monterey pepper jack cheese…. all on our Jalapeño Sourdough Bun. This choice will be hard to forget.”

Cheese Sandwich: “Made with naturally smoked gouda, smoked gruyere and full flavored provolone. Add the garden and choose your favorite sourdough bun.”

Ham: “Made with Tavern Smoked Ham, the flavor is so rich. It pairs so well with any of our cheeses especially Swiss on any Sourdough Bun.”

EverRoast Chicken Breast: “So very tender and seasoned just right. Pairs so well with our cream Havarti cheese or provolone on our Garden Herb Sourdough Bun.”

Turkey: “Mesquite Wood Smoked, Roasted Turkey Breast. So full of flavor….it can stand alone. But lets load it up with some Muenster cheese and the garden and pack it in a big Sourdough Bun.”

Ham & Turkey: “What a pair! And the flavors mingle so well….cheese it up and dump the garden in and you have a happy tummy.”

Roast Beef: “Londonport Top Round Seasoned Roast Beef. Has just a hint of port wine. So tasty and tender. It can blend with any cheese and doesn’t need a lot more.”

Roast Beef Combo: “This is the king of them all. Londonport Roast Beef, Tavern Smoked Ham and Mesquite Wood Smoked Turkey Breast makes the combo. Cheese please?…..plus the garden all on a fresh Jalapeño Sourdough Bun.”

Roast Beef & Ham: “Just two of the best on this choice. A little lighter, two dainty hands can handle this one as long as they behave themselves. It’s hard not to get carried away with a sandwich this good.”

Roast Beef & Turkey: “Another double gets me in so much trouble. I love these sandwiches. Add some provolone or Swiss, hey cheddar is fine on this with some lettuce and ooh, some red onions.”

Rosemary Sun-dried Tomato Ham: “This ham has the perfect amount of rosemary infused. Lets toast our Garden Herb Sourdough Bun, heat our ham with mozzarella cheese just until they are blended. Add our condiments, don’t really need much and put it all on the bun and you have a meal like no other.”

Other Offerings:

Plain Sandwich Buns: “a favorite go-to bun. There isn’t anything this bread won’t enhance.”

Plain Loaf: “Our very first sourdough bread loaf and there isn’t anything plain about it…our best seller…goes with anything and makes everything fabulous…not San Francisco Sourdough. I make Appalachia style sourdough and it has its own flavor.”

Cinnamon Loaf: “for the folks that don’t like raisins.”

Cinnamon Raisin Mini: “Just as good as the mother loaf.”

Plain Bread Mix: “My very first sourdough loaf is also available in the mix. It’s the easiest to make and so very good.”

Brownies: (package of 6—ships only November-April); “made from scratch… the best you will ever eat. Triple chocolate means the cake is chocolate…chocolate chips…and a soft fudge-like icing.”

Jalapeno Sandwich Buns and Loaf: “fresh jalapeños, cheddar cheese and a little onion…”

Wheat Loaf: “another package of sourdough wheat goodness. Provides 12 nice servings and makes the best toast by far.”

Wheat Dinner Rolls:  “King Arthur bread flour and stone ground whole wheat flour…my wheat bread is to good to be ignored. It’s higher in fiber which is a plus.”

Cinnamon Raisin Rolls: (package of 4); nice and thick with an incredible glaze.

Apple Cinnamon Loaf; “a big hit…the fresh apples make the difference.”

Cheesy Garlic Mini Loaf and Buns:  “Sharp cheddar blends well with the garlic and hey it‘s Appalachia style sourdough, the best there is.”

Plain Dinner Rolls:  “Excellent choice to serve with any meal.”

Joan’s Holiday Cake: “the best Holiday Cake…made with brandied fruit (peaches, pineapple and maraschino cherries)…raisins, coconut and pecans. Each large cake weighs 3.2 pounds.” Only available to be shipped at Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

Bread Mixes: Cinnamon Raisin, Cinnamon Apple,  Wheat, Cheesy Garlic, Jalapeno.

Plain Hotdog Buns: New England style…3 varieties.

Also available for the family—cups of chicken salad and pimento cheese!

What’s even better?  Joan’s is one of many contemporary Lenoir NC restaurants—with an online menu so that customers can create their own personal fare with ease from the comfort of their mountain homes. Joan guides her online customers through the ordering process with a personal touch so it feels as though you’re standing in line at her Light Street store!   In time Joan will be adding even more to her online menu, but for now there’s every sandwich under the North Carolina sun!

Joan’s Store Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday—10-4; Friday—10-7:30; Saturday—10-3; closed Sundays and Mondays; call 828-757-9080 to place an order.

For those with charming homes in The Coves, a peaceful and gated community nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s easy to pop on down to Joan’s Tuesdays-Saturdays.  Joan’s warm and sunny personality suits those who have settled into an amazing life at The Coves.  One of the perks of this close-knit gated community is its proximity to top-notch Lenoir NC restaurants and quaint shops.  You can choose or build your own idyllic mountain home at The Coves and discover how perfect life can be in historic Lenoir.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page Complimentary Magazine

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The Coves Introduces New Mountain Cottages

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When you’re looking for NC mountain homes for sale, what could be better than a River Club Cottage with the highest views of The Coves’ idyllic landscape?  Three cottage models are available with four floor plans to accommodate your every new home desire and provide you with a range of square footage.  These plans have been created to maximize your mountain home’s space, with a master on the main floor, airy and open living spaces and finishes that will stand the test of time.

After you’ve searched out the perfect NC mountain homes for sale and selected the ideal lot for your River Club Cottage—you can choose from the Table Rock, Hawksbill or Wilson Creek plan.   Then it’s time to fine tune your interior design from the floors and countertops, to the cabinets and the colors you envision.  Your cottage will take a mere six months for completion…just enough time to wrap up any loose ends in your old home.

Table Rock Cottage is available in a variety of finishes, mountain accents and two split floor plans with 2,026 square feet–starting at $402,000:

Table Rock Cottage at a Glance:

  • Master suite with spacious private bath, walk-in closet and generous deck overlooking 100-mile mountain view
  • Second bedroom on first floor
  • Single-car garage
  • Large entry foyer
  • Bonus room
  • Laundry room with utility sink
  • Large living, dining and kitchen with walk-in pantry
  • Bedroom and office on second floor with shared bathroom
  • Third bath adjacent to great room and kitchen area
  • 2,026 square feet
  • Three bedrooms
  • Three baths
  • Stone-clad fireplace
  • Solid interior doors
  • Semi-seamless glass enclosed showers
  • Attractive ceramic tile
  • Large closets
  • Expansive windows
  • Wide hallways

Hawksbill Cottage is available in a variety of finishes, and mountain embellishments with plenty of elbow room–1,395 square feet, starting at $369,000:

Hawksbill Cottage at a Glance:

  • One level
  • Two bedrooms
  • Two baths
  • Nine-foot ceilings
  • Classic Mountain and Craftsman architecture
  • Spacious kitchen oversized California island with seating
  • Stone-clad fireplace
  • Solid interior doors
  • Semi-seamless glass enclosed showers
  • Attractive ceramic tile
  • Large closets
  • Expansive windows

Wilson Creek Cottage is available in a variety of finishes, and mountain accents with 2,346 square feet–starting at $439,000:

Wilson Creek Cottage at a Glance:

  • Three bedrooms
  • Three bathrooms
  • Large master suite with private bath on main level
  • Guest bedroom and bath adjacent to kitchen
  • Large living area on second level
  • Spacious guest bedroom and bath on second level
  • Stone-clad fireplace
  • Solid interior doors
  • Semi-seamless glass enclosed showers
  • Attractive ceramic tile
  • Large closets
  • Expansive windows

These three charming River Club Cottages can be found at The Coves, a rare community situated in Lenoir, a charming and welcoming town in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.  The High Country is where folks can kick back and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds them.  There’s no end to the outdoor recreation that this gorgeous landscape provides—kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, skiing, trout fishing in Wilson Creek and the Johns River, or some off-road driving—a lotta something for everyone!

Visit The Coves and stop by to see these cozy cottages that are just a short stroll from the Pisgah Lodge where you can swim and work out while soaking in the picturesque vistas that surround you.  The Mountain Cottage Collection is one more reason to make The Coves your home.  Your search for NC mountain homes for sale will surely be satisfied by The Coves.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to tour our new mountain homes!

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An Interesting Side to Lenoir NC News

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When you’re looking to stay connected to Lenoir NC events, as well as the arts in the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Lenoir Voice is just a click away.   This media social enterprise is co-owned and operated by Abigail Taylor and Michael Barrick and is a sister publication of The Appalachian Chronicle.  The mission of this creative duo is to serve the community of Lenoir and be the “Independent Voice of North Carolina.”  Their goal is not profit but simply a connection to the community.  And we all know how essential community is to the mountain towns of our region.

The clean, simple website design, enhanced by black and white and colored photos, makes a morning read over coffee a pure delight.  Taylor and Barrick have created an easy to navigate website to discover all the latest Lenoir NC events.

Originally launched March 8, 2016, The Lenoir Voice had a broader focus that included politics, news, and religion, but now Taylor and Barrick have shifted to a narrower and harmonious portrayal of the arts in Lenoir.  What you will find moving forward is coverage of Folk and Americana art, music, storytelling, poetry and so much more diverse Blue Ridge culture.

Some recent and noteworthy posts:  “Keeping It Positive Through Music;” fourth in a series about the 21st Annual Caldwell Traditional Musicians’ Showcase, and “Choosing Lenoir,” how newcomers, like the Indiana natives who moved to this warm-spirited community and established the Liquid Roots Brewing Project, are welcomed.  Also be sure to check out “A Good Roots Man” that profiles J.J. Hipps who works tirelessly to “stay true to the blues,”  and “Gathering ‘Round the Open Mic.” There is most definitely a close-knit community in Lenoir that holds tight to its strong musical roots.

Be sure to follow The Lenoir Voice on Instagram.  It’s easy to be connected and share your photos online—just tag The Lenoir Voice.  And don’t forget to subscribe and stay current regarding all the culture and Lenoir NC events.

Those who live at The Coves Mountain River Club love nothing more than taking in the gorgeous scenery that surrounds their dream homes while they catch up on a little cultural news, like where to find an American Folk Art show.

The Coves is perfectly situated to enjoy the best of both worlds—the serenity of your mountain home, with vistas that remain extraordinary season to season, as well as all the cultural happenings in Lenoir from the artistic to the musical to the historic.  Come and visit The Coves and discover just how perfect life can be.

Call 828.754.0700 now!

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El Tacorriendo – Best Restaurants in Lenoir NC Includes a Delicious Food Truck

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Lenoir NC restaurants come in all shapes, and sizes but did you know that some even have wheels?  If you’ve passed by 228 Morganton Boulevard SW, on a Thursday or Friday, then you’ve seen El Tacorriendo, a colorful red food truck that was set in motion in March of 2016 by owners Alejandro and Ashley Leon.

This married couple put in years of hard work in the Mexican food industry before trying their own hand at creating fresh Mexican cuisine. There’s no doubt that Alejandro’s Guadalajara roots lend an authenticity you just won’t find in any old restaurant. Alejandro’s mission is to provide food from his country that’s not Americanized.

The community voted in March of 2019 and El Tacorriendo won the Strange Carolina’s Best Food Truck in NC Award.  Their reviews reflect the amazing fare that’s served from this busy little truck–“easily the best authentic Mexican food around…” Fans of Lenoir NC restaurants rave about the reasonable prices, the professional service and the cuisine you’d have to travel to Mexico to enjoy.

 No wonder so many folks in Lenoir frequent this little truck when it rolls into their mountain town.  From 11-4, and 5-8, two days a week, you’ll find the festive food truck serving up friendly service and to-die for Mexican to its happy customers in Lenoir.

Here’s what you’ll find on their menu:

  • Tacos served with grilled onions and jalapeno, radishes, lime wedge, cilantro and side of salsa.  These are homemade corn tortillas with a choice of meat or shrimp.
  • Quesadillas filled and served with grilled onions and jalapeno, radishes, lime wedge, cilantro and side of salsa.  Some of the ten-inch-flour tortillas to choice from— Original, Shrimp or Cheese.
  • Tortas, a Mexican sub sandwich filled with beans, cheese, onion, cilantro and a choice of meat; served with grilled onions and jalapeno, radishes, a lime wedge and side of salsa.
  • ACP Wraps served with a grilled jalapeno and salsa; Original served in flour tortilla—filled with rice, chicken, cheese dip and grilled onions; Plus Wrap served with chorizo; ACAsada Wrap with rice, carne asada (steak), cheese dip and grilled onions; AC Shrimp Wrap with rice, shrimp, cheese dip and grilled onions; Alex’s Wrap with rice, chicken, cheese dip, fresh and grilled onions, bell peppers and cilantro; Diablo Wrap—the Original with fresh onions, cilantro and spicy salsa.
  • Burritos—flour tortilla filled with beans, cheese, cilantro, choice of meat,  grilled jalapeno and onion, fresh onion, radishes, lime wedge and side of salsa.
  • Vegetarian served with grilled onion, jalapeno, radishes, lime wedge and side of salsa; Tacos—corn tortillas filled grilled bell peppers, cheese, beans, fresh onions and cilantro; Potato Tacos with fried potatoes, onion, tomato and cilantro;  Quesadilla—flour tortilla with cheese, grilled bell peppers, fresh onions and cilantro; Burrito—flour tortilla filled with beans, cheese, grilled bell peppers, fresh onion and cilantro; Wrap; flour tortilla filled with rice, grilled bell peppers, onions and cheese dip.

Visit El Tacorriendo’s website or Facebook page for some delicious glimpses of what’s being served any given week in downtown Lenoir.  The ACP wrap is a popular choice, but do yourself a favor and try something new each time you step up to the little red truck.

The Coves gated community affords the folks who live there the simple ease of being nestled in the gorgeous mountains of the Blue Ridge conveniently close to the amazing variety of Lenoir NC restaurants. Whether it’s a fresh and local breakfast, lunch or dinner, this town has it all going on!  Ashley and Alejandro may soon be opening the doors of a restaurant where they will expand their menu for all their fans, but in the meantime look for the little red truck in downtown Lenoir.

Come see at The Coves and we might take you to lunch.

Call 828.754.0700 now!



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Great Places 2019 Winners Include Lenoir NC!


“Great Places in North Carolina” is an awards program established by the state’s chapter of the American Planning Association in 2012 to honor the state’s remarkable places and the communities and citizens, planners, business leaders, and elected officials who create and sustain them.

The public is invited to vote each year – with a hundred words and a photo – for “Great Street”, “Great Street In The Making”, “Great Transformation”, “Great Historic Rehabilitation” and “Great Public Art”.

More and more, people have come to value communities that see the importance of highlighting their creative sides.  And Downtown Lenoir, renowned for its displays of public art, was chosen the 2019 winner in that last category for international sculptor Thomas Sayre’s monumental work “Across The Grain”.  Weighing 40,000 pounds and twenty-six feet in diameter, it’s an impressive centerpiece for Caldwell County’s Sculpture Art Trail.

The Sayre piece is sure to draw plenty of attention during the 34th annual Sculpture Celebration on September 7th in T. H. Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir.  Visitors can stroll and look at the entries, talk with the artists, and buy sculptures.

This popular event is one of the things to do in Lenoir NC that attracts enthusiasts from all over.  They come to enjoy our wonderful early Fall weather and learn more about this very special part of the state.  There’s a lot to explore, and September’s a great time to enjoy festivals and other outdoor fun.

Long-time residents may remember that the Sculpture Celebration began modestly with a single piece: the chicken weather vane that now adorns the roof of the Caldwell Arts Council building at the corner of College Avenue and Norwood Street.  From there, the County developed what is now one of the largest collections of public sculpture in the United States.  There are over 80 publicly-displayed works, most of which are outdoors.

The Caldwell Arts Council has a reputation for quality exhibits of art from all over the country.  The galleries are housed in a historic home that’s over a hundred years old, and you’ll find everything from  

contemporary to traditional, with both 2-D and 3-D works on display.  New exhibits are featured each month, and one of the things to do in Lenoir NC that’s a must for art lovers is attending the opening receptions to meet the artist, typically held on the first Friday.

Sculptural artwork is offered for sale in Tucker’s Gallery.  The name has historic significance.  The Tucker family settled in what is now Lenoir around 1797, and their barn became a center of activity in the area.  It served as a voting precinct, a militia muster ground, a store and a place for “frolics” and celebrations, at least one of which featured a drum corps, a march of Revolutionary War veterans and speeches by General William Lenoir.

Pieces remain on display in Tucker’s Gallery for one year or until they’re sold.  

The Caldwell Arts Council’s programs are supported by a grassroots grant from the North Carolina Arts Council – a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources – and by individual and corporate donors. 

When you visit for the Sculpture Celebration or to take advantage of the many other things to do in Lenoir NC, be sure to set aside some time to visit The Coves Mountain River Club, a community designed and built to represent the very best of what it means to live in the Blue Ridge foothills.  We’re proud of what we have to offer, and we’d love to give you a tour.

Lenoir is just over 70 miles from both Asheville and Charlotte, southwest of the Brushy Mountains and next to the beautiful Pisgah National Forest.

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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