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1841 Shag/Line Dancing in Lenoir NC

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The Blue Ridge Mountains are way more than just a pretty place.  Folks in this gorgeous region serve up some of the best food around, and Lenoir NC restaurants rank right up there for Southern-style fare and just about any other cuisine to satisfy our appetites.  If you’ve visited the charming downtown of Lenoir, then you already know how many amazing restaurants serve a wide array of delectable fare throughout the day.

One cozy bistro, 1841, located at 117 Main Street NW, opened in February, 2013, has become a popular fixture in the community with loyal customers. The 1841 staff give all who enter a warm welcome before serving up their American-style home-cooking. And for those who like to move and groove, every Tuesday until August 27, folks will be heel clicking the night away, taking free lessons and line dancing beneath the roof of 1841.

If you’ve never tried it, line dancing is an incredible foot-stomping pastime where folks come together for some honky-tonk fun.  The early settlers discovered that clogging and cutting the pigeon wing were a wholesome activity and the rest is history.  Whether you’re a skilled dancer, or you simply want to try out your fancy footwork, 1841 is the place in Lenoir to gather for a little two-steppin’ with your partner and friends. Or sip your cocktail and watch the line dancing in action while you socialize with your friends.

1841 is a casual and intimate spot to gather whether you’re a visitor or a regular.  Photos and paintings from local artists like Charlie Frye give the place real appeal.  The online reviews say it all, “1841 is more than just a restaurant…it’s a defining part of what makes Lenoir special.” Although the restaurant surely does it right, “a fresh infusion of ‘home cooking’ with a little or a lotta something freshly prepared for everyone. Vickie Setzer, co-owner, was voted Best Bartender during Lenoir’s News-Topic’s 2015 Best of Caldwell competition, and 1841 received Best Night Spot and Best Local Beer awards.

When you’re hankering for a little local flavor from Lenoir NC restaurants, made even more mouth-watering with fresh, local produce, head over to 1841.  Here’s some of what you’ll find:

For Starters:

Jumbo Fresh Wings (mild, hot and in between); Breaded Cheese Sticks; Stuffed Egg Rolls; Nachos served with Chili; Pimento Cheese Dip; Beer-battered Portobello Fingers; Sweet Potato Fries; Pub Chips; Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Signature Sandwiches and Burgers:

Cheeseburger; Philly; Pork BBQ; Blackened Chicken Pita; Chicken Salad Croissant; Patty Melt on Rye; Chicken Sandwich; BLT; Portobello Spinach Melt; Club; Rueben on Rye; Granny Smith and Wilson Croissant


Seafood du Jour; Pulled Pork Plate; 12 oz. Ribeye; Chicken Tenders; Lemon Caper Chicken; Shrimp Primavera; 5 oz. Filet; Shrimp and Grits; Fettuccini Alfredo; Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken

Fresh Salads and Soups:

Classic Caesar; Crisp Apple Salad; Fresh Garden Salad; Cold Chicken Salad Plate; Kickin’ Chili; Cobb Chef; Tomato Basil Bisque; Wedge Salad

Vegetarian Served with Side Salad:

Veg and Grits; Cauliflower Burger

Menu Sides: Broccoli; Cabbage Slaw; Collard Greens; Cheese Grits; Fried Okra; Parmesan French Fries; Mac-n-Cheese; Grilled Asparagus; Pub Chips; Seasonal Vegetables; Mashed Potatoes; Beer-Battered Onion Rings

Daily specials are not to be missed as well as their famous Casper sauce!  Save room for their sweet desserts, or simply take a confection to go!

Other than the line dancing  on Tuesday nights, this historic café, nestled in a three-story building that went up in 1903, is the gathering spot for bluegrass, folk rock, jazz and Dixie.  This is the place to be to hear lively music from both local and touring bands every night.  Many top-notch musicians gather at 1841, some brand new and others well-seasoned and familiar to the stage.

This cafe is also the host location for the Caldwell JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) classes, Live Music and Spoken Word, ant The Singer & Songwriter’s Series at Tucker’s Barn. Don’t forget there’s music every night, convenient parking, outdoor seating, take out, and catering; walk ins are always welcome.  Available for parties and events.  For more  info call 828-572-4145.  Hours Monday-Saturday 11 am-9 pm.

This is one sweet time to visit The Coves Mountain River Club and see how peaceful life can be in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The Coves is an impeccable gated community situated perfectly in the heart of the region in historic Lenoir.  Include 1841 in your evening plans when you’re dining at Lenoir NC restaurants–be sure to kick up your heels and take part in a little line dancing, or sit back and enjoy some amazing musical talent.

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: Lenoir | Restaurants & Breweries

The Beautiful Summer Flowers of Western North Carolina

North Carolina flowers

This is the time of year to begin your search for North Carolina mountain homes for sale when a variety of beautiful summer flowers are blooming and adding a splash of color to the region.  What’s your fancy–the wildflowers that dot the Blue Ridge Mountains, majestic golden sunflowers, or the much-adored daffodils, tulips, and lilies that thrive in our well-tended gardens?

Our region is ideal for both wild and home-grown flowers—thanks to an incredibly favorable climate and soil that’s rich in nutrients.  Whether you’ve just settled into your North Carolina mountain homes, or you have been enjoying season after season of mountain life, we can all use a few pointers for creating eye-catching flower beds for the perfect accent to our homes.  Gardening can be made easy with a little knowledge alongside your trowel.

After you have selected just the right spot for your garden, there’s a wide variety of both annual (petunias, zinnias and marigolds) and perennial (daylilies, black-eyed Susan, and iris) plants that will do extremely well.

Whether you are limited by space and need to use containers on your porch, balcony or patio, or you have a sprawling piece of property, remember to choose a spot where your plants can bask in the sun two to six hours a day.  Some plants need full sun and others do just fine with partial.   Full-sun possibilities include zinnias to create lovely borders, pentas, angelonia, portuluca and periwinkle (which don’t need a great deal of watering) and melampodium and lantana in a variety of colors (both trailing and upright); partial-sun possibilities will brighten up your gardens and patios—torenia, impatiens and begonias are some of the popular selections.

For fresh soil that has not been gardened, adding fertilizer never hurts.  Mid-May is a safe time to begin planting when there is no threat of a frost.  Some gardeners like to begin their seedlings indoors to get a little jump start on the planting season.  If planting seeds is not your preference, buying mature plants will ensure you don’t lose any time.  Don’t forget to water your flower beds, especially as the weather gets warmer.

Isabel’s Garden, set alongside the peaceful Johns River, brings the community of The Coves together.  Gorgeous English flower beds add vibrant charm and vegetable gardens provide a healthy home-grown garden-to-table fare—luscious tomatoes, crisp peppers, a variety of greens and of course sweet watermelon all thrive in Isabel’s Garden.  The herbs—rosemary, sage, basil, oregano, mint and more, provide the most savory accompaniment to your recipes.  There’s nothing more satisfying than growing your own vegetables side by side with friends and neighbors, or sharing a meal that is deliciously fresh and nutritious.  The perfect climate means the growing season is generous, from March to sometimes as late as December.

Flowers bloom throughout The Coves in the various gorgeous seasons in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  There is a strong sense of pride taken in the landscape at The Coves, from the charming homes that are carefully planned and constructed, to the impeccable gardens and trails.   All of this tended and natural beauty creates an idyllic environment for those who’ve made The Coves their home.  Come explore North Carolina mountain homes for sale at The Coves while the flowers are in full bloom.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour!

Tags: Greenways & Trails | Lenoir

2019 Savor Blowing Rock – Food, Wine & Fun

Savor Blowing Rock

It’s going to be an epic four days for wine lovers in the foothills, as “Savor Blowing Rock” returns to North Carolina’s prettiest small town. This year’s celebration will be from May 2 through May 5 and feature “Vintner’s Village” – a grand tasting on Main Street.  You’ll also be able to enjoy an expanded range of demonstrations, seminars, live music, visual arts, and events that showcase the area and its connection to food and drink.

If you’re fortunate enough to own Blowing Rock real estate or you live in the surrounding area, you know that there’s no shortage of interesting things to do and see there even without the added attraction of an event as special as this one.  At The Coves Mountain River Club, we consider ourselves fortunate to be close enough to take advantage of all Blowing Rock has to offer.

Attendees who aren’t local can take advantage of special lodging packages.  You can see all the details online at savorblowingrock.com  Also on the web site, you’ll find a comprehensive description of the many activities scheduled during the four-days of “Savor Blowing Rock”.

On Thursday,  Bennett Larson will talk about the wines of Portugal.  It’s one of many educational seminars to be held at the popular Sunset & Vine wine and cheese shop.  Others set for the same day include a discussion of the Amador vine region of the Shenandoah Valley and a presentation of pairing wine with food.

You’ll want to attend “TASTE!” at the Chelola Resort’s event tent, where you can sample foods from over a dozen High Country restaurants, hear live music and try local wines and craft beers.  And at the Blowing Rock Museum, musician, storyteller, and avid gardener William Ritter will be giving a music and humor-filled talk on the heirloom seeds and old songs he’s collected in North Carolina and beyond.

Friday will bring Danny Sanford, owner of Fine Wine Trading Company, to the Inn at Ragged Gardens to demonstrate the luxury of Riedel glasses and how using one made exclusively for a particular variety enhances the taste of wines.  At Sunset & Vine, Robert Novick of Sour Grapes Distributing will introduce you to the fine wines of Slovenia.  You can learn about the inexpensive Mediterranean-influenced wines produced in Catalonia’s Emporda region, courtesy of Epiphany Wine’s Brian Mockler.  And from winemaker Andrew Murray, hear about Rhône varieties from the Santa Ynez Valley in California.

At the American Legion Hall, don’t miss an incredible art show featuring work by Jacob Daniels and Sir Tom Foolery and a Bodewell wine tasting with Sommelier Jared Seitzer.  When you drink Bodewell wine or purchase an original art piece, you’ll be helping to provide clean water to people around the world.  Witness the power of clean water in one of two showings of the awarding-winning feature film “I Can. I Do.” You’ll want to be part of this inspiring evening!

Also on Friday at Sunset & Vine, you can learn all about the pinot noir grape and the characteristics of the regions where it’s grown and take part in a comparative tasting of wines from around the world.  Phil Doster of Associated Brands will host.  And Anne Prevatte, Fine Wine Manager at Empire Distributing, will guide you through the wine regions of Tuscany.

Saturday, explore the various tastes and styles of rosé with Advanced Sommelier Nick Demos at Sunset & Vine.  You can also attend sessions on the effect of oak on wine and the artisan reds and whites of Italy’s Piedemonte.  The Speckled Trout Restaurant & Bottle Shop will present a showcase of distilled spirits and craft cocktail mixing techniques.  And there’s an outdoor grilling class on the lawn at the Chamber of Commerce.   

That’s a long list.  But believe it or not, there’s even more to “Savor Blowing Rock”.  People from nearby communities, Blowing Rock real estate owners and first-time visitors alike will come away with some great memories and a better perspective on the world’s wines and what makes them special.

If you’re new to the area, we hope you’ll take the opportunity to stop by The Coves Mountain River Club and let us show you how wonderful living here can be.  You don’t have to buy Blowing Rock real estate.  We’re only twenty miles away, with easy access to exciting events like this and all the other many benefits of life in the foothills.

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

Tags: Blowing Rock | Festivals

Summer Art Classes to Inspire at Frye Art Studio

Lenoir NC art classes

Summer means down time and those gorgeous long days in the Blue Ridge Mountains provide us with the extra hours needed to explore amazing things to do in Lenoir NC.  Those laid-back days give us plenty of opportunity to do what we love—whether it’s spending all day paddling down a lazy river, or finally exploring those charming antique shops and galleries.  For some of us, the dog days of summer means taking out your paints and brushes to capture the beauty of the surrounding landscape.

Charlie Frye is a local and self-trained Lenoir artist with a big spirit.  His popular work is shown regularly all over the east coast.  He has an innate gift for creating the kind of heart-warming folk art that our communities in the mountain towns of Western North Carolina have cherished generation after generation.  He also understands the importance of teaching kids how to create art from their early years throughout adolescence.

Frye knows that creating art is a great way to have some plain old-fashioned fun, but it’s also essential to our children’s development.  There are many reasons parents and grandparents in Lenoir should feel great sending their kids off to the Frye Art Studio.

For starters, kids get to work on their motor skills while grasping a paint brush, and no matter our age– dexterity is essential. Creating art also helps our children develop language skills as they discuss with Frye the way an owl looks in the darkness of night, or the colors that will be used to make that owl come to life.

Creating art is also a way for our kids to work on problem-solving as they explore vibrant palettes of color, or a simple lump of clay that will be turned into a sculpture with a little imagination and Frye’s guidance. And it goes without saying that visual learning is more important now than ever as kids are immersed in hours of screen time. Spending time in the art studio gives kids a deeper perspective and draws them away from their personal devices.   Using their imaginations, inventing and creating are all part of the magic of the art classes in Frye’s studio.

Charlie Frye has the laid-back and fun personality that brings kids out of their shells and get them using all of their talents and skills–no matter the medium.   And speaking of mediums, Frye’s use of found objects shows how we can create incredible art from what’s been discarded or forgotten.

It’s clear from Frye’s own art that he has a deep affection and respect for those who have made their homes in the mountain towns.  The community comes together in his studio, and find his place to be one of the happiest to find things to do in Lenoir NC.

Here’s Frye’s Art Studio Summer Art Camps for the summer of 2019:

  • June11-13; 9-11 am; Intro toArt; ages 5-8; drawing, painting and small sculpture; $90 (snack and materials provided)
  • June 11-13; 1-3 pm; Farm to Zoo; ages 6-11; drawing, painting and small sculpture of all types of animals; $90 (snack and materials provided)
  • June 25-27; 9-11 am; Space Camp; ages 6-11; painting and sculpting a galaxy far far away plus its inhabitants; $100 (snack and materials provided)
  • June 25-27; 1-4 pm; Portrait Camp; ages 11-17; drawing and painting portraits from abstract to realism; $125 (snack and materials provided)
  • July 9-11; 9-11 am; Junkbot Camp; ages 10-17; build robots made of junk and found objects; $125 (snack and materials provided)
  • July 9-11; 1-4 pm; Wooden Sculpture; ages 12-18; build a driftwood sculpture for the Sculpture Celebration and make a small one of your own; $135 (snack and materials provided)
  • July 23-25; 9-12; Paint the Town; ages 12-18; a public space art project in conjunction with the city; $125 (snack and materials provided)
  • August 6-8; 9-11 am; Intro toArt; ages 5-8; drawing, painting and small sculpture; $90 (snack and materials provided)
  • August 6-8; 1-3 pm; Whoo Loves Owls?; ages 8-12; learn to paint owls likeCharlieFrye; $90 (snack and materials provided.

All Camps have 10 slots available; 5 slots required to hold camp; 10% discount for multiple children per household; call Charlie and Susan Frye for more info—828-320-7819

For those of us who have created amazing lives at The Coves, we have come to know Charlie Frye first-hand.  Some of us have enjoyed his work shops and all of us have seen his colorful creations throughout the mountain towns.  This region is rich in culture and art and the communities, like The Coves, come together to keep our heritage strong.

One favorite tradition is Blowing Rock’s Art in the Park.  Since 1962 Art in the Park has been gracing the downtown, and growing each and every year with visitors from near and far.  Over 90 artists now show their paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery and so many other fine crafts.   If you haven’t attended this popular event, and you’re searching for things to do in Lenoir NC, don’t miss the show this spring and summer on Park Avenue in downtown Blowing Rock.

  • May 25; 10 am-5 pm
  • June 15; 10 am-5 pm
  • July 13; 10 am-5 pm
  • August 10; 10 am-5 pm

Art in the Park continues in the fall as well—rain or shine!  Call 828-295-7851 for more information.

This is just a quick glimpse of the art classes and exhibits in and nearby Lenoir.

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 | Lenoir

CCC&TI Spring Performing Artist Concert Series

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We look forward with great anticipation each year to the Performing Artist Concert Series presented by the Associate in Fine Arts – Music program at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (CCC&TI).  It’s further testament to the fact that those of us who own Lenoir NC real estate have no shortage of great cultural offerings to attend and enjoy.

Most recently, CCC&TI was the site of a well-received performance by renowned guitarist Derek Gripper, whose harmonic language is derived from the sounds of Mali, Senegal, The Gambia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, along with Bach and contemporary classical music.

Admission for the Series is free, and the events are open to all students and the general public.

On Wednesday, April 17th, at one p.m., the CCC&TI Recital Hall on the campus in Hudson will host the wildly popular Firecracker Jazz Band.  It’s the perfect way to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month.  The six members of the group bring great energy to the stage, as they offer their unique salute to pioneers of the genre such as Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and Bix Beiderbecke.

The Firecracker Jazz Band has performed hundreds of times at venues small and large, from street corners to the Kennedy Center.  Based in Asheville, they’re regulars at regional jazz gatherings and have been part of the lineup at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.   

Tuesday, April 30th, starting at 12:15 p.m. in the Recital Hall, we’ll be treated to the Spring Concert by our CCC&TI Chorus.  Anyone who’s unable to be there can see an encore performance on Thursday, May 2nd, at St. James Episcopal Church in downtown Lenoir, also at 12:15 p.m.

If you’d like more information regarding this Spring’s Performing Arts Concert Series or CCC&TI’s Associate in Fine Arts – Music degree, you can reach Program Director Justin Butler at 828-726-2457 or follow CCC&TI on Facebook.

Those of us who have settled at The Coves Mountain River Club love the easy access to continuing education and the vibrant campus environment we have available to us at CCC&TI.  Our wonderful piece of Lenoir NC real estate here in the foothills may be light years removed from big city congestion, but we’re still surrounded by countless opportunities to indulge our passions, hone our skills, develop our hobbies and just live life to the fullest.

So many of us have found that going back to school gives us renewed energy.  Part of it stems from being around young people.  There’s also the fact that we’re now studying something because we want to, as opposed to being required to do so.  And learning keeps the mind active.

Buying Lenoir NC real estate at The Coves Mountain River Club can be the key to becoming a whole new you – one who’s invigorated, active and engaged.  You’ll find yourself trying things for the first time, taking full advantage of opportunities to be outside, enjoying the fresh, clean air.  There are natural wonders to explore, and you’ll see beauty wherever you look.

And, you’ll find yourself drawn to the culture of this very special corner of the world – the fascinating history of the Blue Ridge foothills and how it’s become such a wonderful place to live all year round.

We’d love to welcome you to The Coves Mountain River Club for a personal tour.  We’re ideally situated on five miles of Johns River frontage at Wilson Creek, with easy access to fishing and boating.

Take some time to talk with our design professionals, and you’ll start to get an idea of just how easy it would be to make your “dream home” a reality here.

Ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.

Tags: Lenoir | Performing Arts

City of Lenoir Wins Multiple Meaningful Awards

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At the 2019 North Carolina Main Street Conference, held recently in Salisbury, the City of Lenoir Main Street Department took home four awards – and that’s more than any other city in the state.

We were honored for “Best Innovation”, “Best Volunteer Recruitment, Training and Recognition”, “Best Downtown Special Event or Event Series”, and “Best Image-Building Campaign”.

As Mayor Joe Gibbons expressed it, “It was kind of like being state champions of the North Carolina Main Street communities.”  Giving credit to the people who worked so hard on the programs and events, he said the awards are proof that efforts to make Downtown Lenoir a destination are paying off. 

Downtown Economic Development Director Kaylynn Horn said she was thrilled to receive so many honors.  “I was hopeful that we would win,” Horn said. “But I was thrilled to find out that we had won four awards.”

“Carolina Tattoo and Arts Gathering” organizers Chris and Kristy Hollifield accepted the “Best Downtown Special Event or Event Series” presentation.  Main Street Coordinator Kyle Case said its success surprised a lot of people, including him.

“I thought, “A tattoo festival?  In Lenoir?” Case recalled. “But the event is really popular and draws a lot of new people into downtown.”

“I’m very proud of our Main Street Department, of Kaylynn and Kyle, and the work they’re doing,” Mayor Gibbons said.  “It takes a lot of people to make a great downtown. It takes business owners, volunteers, city staff, a supportive Council, and residents. We all have to work together, support each other, be flexible when we can, and pat each other on the back.”

Buyers of Lenoir NC real estate soon come to feel the sense of belonging that makes this such a great place to live in Western North Carolina.

“Governor Cooper mentioned the state’s new ‘Downtown Strong’ initiative, and that’s very important,” Gibbons stated. “We hold these events and invest in downtown because we want to do what we can to improve the quality of life for our residents. We want to help build a strong downtown and a strong city that our residents will want to call home.”

During the awards ceremony, one audience member said, “Downtown Lenoir is a happening place!”

There is a lot a lot happening here, but Gibbons and Horn stress that the work isn’t over.

“We have a lot of energy in Downtown Lenoir right now,” Horn said. “We’ve had several businesses open. People are buying and developing properties. The community is coming downtown to eat and to shop. We need to keep this momentum going and we can do that by supporting each other and working together.”

At The Coves Mountain River Club, we stand behind those efforts and appreciate the value of being in this very special place.  Owning Lenoir NC real estate affords us the opportunity not only to enjoy the many natural benefits of living in the Blue Ridge foothills but also to help the city maintain its traditions and small-town appeal while growing in new and attractive ways to meet our needs.

Here, we have the best of both worlds.  We’re not fighting city traffic to get around, we’re breathing fresh, healthy mountain air year-round, we have a wealth of outdoor activities available, and our surroundings and views are incredibly beautiful.  And, we get to enjoy the dynamic town of Lenoir, where there’s always something fun going on.

Your very special piece of Lenoir NC real estate is waiting at The Coves Mountain River Club.  Stop by soon, and let us show you how wonderful life here can be.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour!

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