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Welcome Fercott Fermentables

things to do in Lenoir NC

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!

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Christmas in Lenoir – Toys, Santa and Selfies

things to do in Lenoir NC

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.

Tags: Blowing Rock | Festivals | Lenoir

Join the Fun – The Coves First Turkey Trot on November 10th

Coves Turkey Trot

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. 

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Sugarfest – NC Ski Resort Kicks Off the Winter Season

NC Ski Resorts

One of the many nice things about living in the foothills is that you don’t need to be at Blowing Rock elevation year-round to enjoy the excitement our nearby ski slopes have to offer.  The mountain homes for sale in NC at The Coves Mountain River Club offer us easy access to natural wonders such as Sugar Mountain and the annual weekend of winter fun called “Sugarfest”.

Sugar Mountain rises at the eastern side of Avery County, in the middle of High Country.  Surrounded by the Appalachians, it has picturesque streams, plenty of native foliage, and spectacular views.  No matter the time of year, it’s a peaceful, serene getaway for locals and visitors alike.  Families love mountain biking on the trails, taking scenic rides on the chair lifts, playing golfing and tennis and enjoying the local spas, shopping opportunities, performing arts venues and wonderful restaurants.

In the winter, Sugar Mountain is our destination for incredible downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, tubing and ice skating.  There are 125 acres of skiable terrain on 21 slopes, with 15 of those lit for night skiing and snowboarding.  Sugar Mountain has great accommodations, with a range of amenities and views.  After a day of skiing or snowboarding, taking in that wonderfully brisk, fresh air, you can rest and rejuvenate in front of a crackling fire, sipping hot chocolate and re-living the day’s adventures.  Sugar Mountain is one of the more popular NC ski resorts, and we highly recommend “SugarFest” as a symbolic way to start the winter season.

This year’s dates are December 7, 8 and 9.  And you can save up to 30 per cent on lodging if you book now through participating agencies, so don’t hesitate.  Activities planned for Friday night include a session with 1992 Olympic figure skating medalist Paul Wylie.  He’ll perform a show on ice, followed by an ice-skating clinic, a meet-and-greet session and your chance to hold a real Olympic silver medal.

Also, two-time Olympic Super G medalist Andrew Weibrecht will head up a three-day preseason ski clinic for adults.

Saturday, enjoy food, drinks and dancing to live music by Glen Harlow and North Fork band. You won’t want to miss the fireworks, presented by the Village of Sugar Mountain, starting at 5:45 P. M.  And “Sugarfest” is your chance to try out the latest ski and snowboard equipment from top names like Salomon, Volkl, Nordica, Burton, Head, Never Summer, K2, Atomic, Rossignol, Ride and Line. For a detailed schedule of activities, visit Sugar Mountain’s website.

Sugar Mountain is less than an hour’s drive up State Road 1557 from The Coves Mountain River Club.  When you reach Blowing Rock elevation, you’re about halfway.  Residents say their grandkids really look forward to going there when they visit.  And there’s something about watching the youngsters have so much fun snow skiing, tubing and ice skating that brings out the kid in the older folks, too.

Our mountain homes for sale in NC are ideally located for you to take advantage of a wealth of outdoor activities.  NC ski resorts are some of the finest in the country, and the mild weather we enjoy in the warmer months is perfect for fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, biking, golf and anything else you want to do.  The Coves Mountain River Club is right on the Johns River at Wilson’s Creek, close to the city of Lenoir.  When you tour the property, it’s easy to imagine yourself living here.  And we can make that happen.  The members of our design team are experts at bringing dreams to life.

We’d love to show you around when you’re in the area.  Come and see all we have to offer, and then just kick back in a chair on our Pisgah Mountain Lodge deck, enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sun set over the mountains. 

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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Heat Saving Design Ideas in Western North Carolina

North Carolina mountain homes

As the brilliant colors of fall light up the mountains and the clear crisp air settles in, it’s time to plan for our winter season in our North Carolina mountain homes.  Whether you’re new to the region, just now building a mountain home, or if you’re already settled into your dream house in one of the perfect gated communities near Asheville NC,  there are many effective ways to save as you heat your cozy place before a light blanket of snow falls outside your door.

Even though the snow may melt not long after it’s fallen, the winter season is still the time to ensure our North Carolina mountain homes are kept warm without unnecessary cost.  Here are some easy and effective ways to conserve energy and protect your savings if your home is already completed, or you’ve begun the amazing journey of building a mountain home:

  close shades and curtains at night but let the sunlight in during the day, especially the windows that get direct southern light

  purchase energy efficient window treatments

• tightly install plastic sheeting inside window frames

• program your thermostat comfortably low during the day, and at night turn it down 10 degrees to save at least 10% on your fuel bill.  Remember for every degree your thermostat is lowered, you will save a percent off your bill

  change air filters once a month to allow better flow and require less effort from the furnace for cleaner air and better efficiency– as well as protecting your furnace

• keep hot water heater set at 120 degrees

• seal the leaks in your home with caulk and weather stripping—around doors, unfinished spaces, windows, pipes, chimneys, wires and vents to save up to 20%

• add insulation from the ground floor up–to keep warm air in and cold air outside where it belongs

• make sure all heating ducts are properly sealed and insulated to save 10% on your heating bills

• choose LED holiday lights to illuminate your home in the gated communities near Asheville NC

  use space heaters in bedrooms after you’ve turned down the thermostat for just the right amount of warmth when you’re sleeping

• use humidifiers; the moisture in the air will retain the warmth and keep your skin from getting dry

• maintain or program a moderate setting on your heat pump

• install an air vent booster or fan for problematic rooms that run too hot or cold

• explore air sealing—both when building or in your existing home

• schedule yearly service of your heating system

• regularly clean wood and pellet burning heaters

• keep damper closed on fireplace when not in use; lower thermostat to 50-55 degrees when you light a fire, and consider glass doors and a system to circulate the hot air around the room

For those who live in gated communities near Asheville NC, or who are building a mountain home, these simple practices will help you save while being environmentally-minded.  Lucky folks in the process of building North Carolina mountain homes at The Coves have all the guidance and support they need to construct a house that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but is also cost efficient and helps them save on heating bills.  And that leaves plenty of cash for fun around The Coves–no matter the season! 

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.

Tags: Home Building | Lenoir

Fabulous Landscape Lighting and Outdoor Audio Systems

North Carolina mountain homes

Building a mountain home in one of the gated communities near Asheville NC affords you the opportunity to enhance both the structure and its surroundings with carefully chosen lighting features that blend with the scenic beauty.

The idea behind landscape lighting is to create a treat for the eyes. It’s smart to highlight your home and property in a way that presents an attractive and interesting picture to people driving by.

There’s a huge gap between what the average person tries to do and a well thought out, professional approach to lighting installed outdoors.  And it all boils down to a few simple principles.

Lets start with path lighting. That’s something we rarely do well.  The availability of inexpensive solar-powered lights prompts many people to illuminate the approaches to their front doors for the sake of additional safety and enhanced appearance.  Unfortunately, almost everyone installs more lights than are aesthetically pleasing and ends up replicating the look of an airport landing strip.

This is definitely a case in which “less is more”.  What you want to do – especially with our North Carolina mountain homes that are nestled in such interesting natural settings – is provide just enough artificial illumination to guide your eye.  Keep the lights relatively far apart, and even use different styles for variety.  Some can be right on the path, while others may simply cast light onto it.  Remember that there will be moonlight to help, as well.  Check occasionally for burned-out bulbs and new plant growth that may be in the way.  And consider that uplighting trees and downlighting your house may be sufficient to illuminate the walkway as well.  As a rule of thumb, don’t overdo the use of path lights.

Another concept you might want to embrace is “moonlighting”.  Install lights 30 or 40 feet high in the trees on your property.  That provides the dual benefits of keeping the fixtures hidden from view and augmenting the “woodsy” feel we want to maintain when building a mountain home.  And using a blue filter will intensify the green of the foliage.  Moonlighting eliminates the “on stage” effect of ground-level illumination and produces a much more intimate ambiance for you and your guests.

Hardscape features such as outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, hot tubs, walls, etc., are perfect for the application of LED tape, which is encased in silicone to prevent moisture intrusion.  It’s a subtle, indirect lighting product with uses that are limited only by your imagination. 

If you have a water feature on your land, take into account the entire view when deciding how to highlight it.  Keep in mind that water found in nature is never illuminated from within.  Here, soft downlighting is your best option.

Balance is paramount when you’re lighting the exterior of your home. Illuminating trees behind the house helps to avoid the “shoebox effect” you get by putting all of your efforts into the structure itself.  Uplighting trees and statuary can add depth and softness.  Here again, moderation and the overall look you want to create should guide your decisions.  And don’t forget that shadow can be as interesting as light.

Some of the gated communities near Asheville NC are blessed with year-round mild weather, and that means folks at places like The Coves can spend a lot of time outside.  And state-of-the-art technology allows us not only to take our music out of the house but to do so in a way that offers breathtaking, audiophile-level performance that can fill nearly any space. 

We’ve come a long way from the days of simply hanging up a few speakers.  North Carolina mountain homes can now have 10” and 12” below-ground subwoofers that, when coupled with an array of smaller satellite units, deliver a jaw-dropping, smooth blanket of sound directed exactly where you want it.

When looking at outdoor audio, take into account what kinds of music you enjoy.  Will you be playing it at near top volume, or is a background effect more your style?  You’ll want to get some professional advice before deciding what to install.

Your home at The Coves Mountain River Club will be a virtual palette for design ideas.  Like most of us, you may have developed mental lists of what you didn’t like about where you lived before and what you would do if you had the chance to start from scratch.  Here, your property’s beautiful features will spur your imagination.  You’ll see what others have done and start to think in terms of “what if”.

From creating your dream home to deciding how to spend today, tomorrow and the next day, life here in the foothills is rich with possibilities.

Just stop by The Coves Mountain River Club when you’re in the area and let us show you examples of fantastic outdoor light and designs.

Call 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour!

Tags: Home Building | Lenoir