What’s New at The Coves Mountain River Club

Back to School Kicks Off Lifelong Learning Fun at Caldwell Community College

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Just because you’ve settled into retirement at The Coves Mountain River Club, one of the more beautiful gated communities near Asheville NC, doesn’t mean you can’t still follow your passion for additional learning. In fact, that’s what many of our residents do!

Like most of today’s more active and youthful-minded seniors, you’ll probably be looking for more from life now that you’re free from the pressures of work and family obligations.  You’re still not ready to slow down.

That’s why Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (CCC&TI), with campuses in both Hudson and Boone, offers a schedule of courses (both degree and non-credit) that allow you to pursue your individual interests and hobbies – now that you have the time to enjoy them.

The concept of “lifelong learning” isn’t new, of course.  It’s been around for nearly forty years.  But as members of the baby boomer generation have begun to reach retirement age, it’s become quite a bit more popular.

CCC&TI is an excellent learning institution.  It offers a wealth of opportunities for you to increase your knowledge of subjects you’re already familiar with and others you would like to learn more about.  If you think in terms of your previous school experience, you’ll be delighted to find that the atmosphere is much more informal.  That’s because students in adult education are not working to satisfy a degree requirement.  Like you, they’ll be there by choice.  Some programs don’t even have books or tests, and you can miss a class or drop a course if you wish without repercussions.

Continuing education is a great way to develop new friendships with like-minded people who are close to your age.  It’s also beneficial to your continued mental and physical health, because when you attend a class you’re making important social connections with others who share your experiences and interests.

Why not brush up on your skills, learn some fresh techniques and have some fun as you enter this rewarding and exciting stage of your life?  As we all know, the key to maintaining a sharp mind well into your golden years is regular mental stimulation, much as exercise works to maintain the body’s flexibility.

From sign language to Spanish and beekeeping to motorcycle safety, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute offers adults a diverse and exciting array of classes, whether they’re seeking specific occupation-related training or just the fun of learning something new.  Anyone who wants to continue working or may need to be re-certified will find plenty of continuing education courses available as well.

Residents of popular gated communities near Asheville NC such as The Coves Mountain River Club in Lenoir never run out of things to do out in the fresh air.  We’re surrounded by natural splendor, and the year-round mild weather allows us to enjoy hiking and biking on mountain trails, exploring Pisgah National Forest, boating and fishing on local lakes and rivers and, of course, plenty of time on the golf course.  And it’s an added blessing to have such easy access to things that stimulate the mind, like local culture, the arts and excellent education options. Be sure to check out the college’s website to explore all of the lifelong learning courses this year.

We do look forward to having you stop by for a visit while you’re in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Did you know we’re on the Johns River at Wilson’s Creek in Lenoir? The Johns River originates at Grandfather Mountain and is a popular kayaking and fishing stream.

Owning a home here will provide you the kind of rich, rewarding senior years you’ve always dreamed you’d have. Take a tour, see the gorgeous surroundings and the many amenities and talk to some of the residents.  You’ll see that there’s really no better choice than The Coves Mountain River Club for living the good life in the Blue Ridge 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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Cheers to the 34th Annual Hickory Oktoberfest!

Hickory NC festivals

At The Coves Mountain River Club, we know that this is an especially wonderful time to visit the Blue Ridge Mountains.  As spectacular changing colors of the fall foliage start to appear in the mountains, they paint a beautiful backdrop for the many seasonal festivals that locals and guests alike look forward to attending.  And in Hickory, the premier Fall event is Oktoberfest.

Hickory has deep German roots, having been co-founded by Adolphus “Dolph” Shuford,   It’s home to the United States headquarters for several German companies and enjoys a sister city relationship with Altenburg, Germany.

Oktoberfest is a three-day outdoor festival that happens each year on the second weekend of October.  Covering five city blocks, it offers four stages of exciting live music by regional performers, along with two beer gardens.  The great shops and restaurants in Hickory NC welcome large crowds of enthusiastic customers, and the streets are packed with fun-seekers of all ages.  There’s also a juried arts and crafts show, featuring more than 100 vendors.

Hickory Oktoberfest is perfect for making new friends and memories as you sample locally-brewed beer and authentic German foods.  A special Kidsfest area has face painting, carnival rides, swings, games and more.  And, with a course highlighting the downtown area, the Oktoberfest Footrace offers a one-block fun run and a 5K, with the proceeds going to four area hospices.

Oktoberfest started in 1985, and it’s grown to become one of the premier festivals in Western North Carolina.  Of course, the city is known worldwide for its furniture-making and talented craftspeople.  But there’s so much more to see and enjoy. The Hickory Motor Speedway is a must for any racing fan, with a history of hosting NASCAR-sanctioned races that dates back to 1951.

This year’s dates for the festival are October 11 through October 13.  Food service begins at Noon on Friday, and the official start time is five P. M.  The fun continues till eleven that night.  Saturday’s hours are ten A. M. to eleven P. M., and the celebration winds down on Sunday from Noon till five.

Two lodging providers – Stay Here Instead and Flats on First – can provide accommodations within walking distance of the activities.

Here’s how to get to Hickory Oktoberfest:

I-40 from the east – Take Exit 125 to Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard.  Go about a mile to 1st Avenue and turn left.  Drive to 3rd Street SW (about 12 blocks), turn right, go under the railroad overpass and look for a place to park.

I-40 from the west –  Take Exit 123 to Highway 321 North.  Stay in the right lane and turn right onto Highway 70.  Turn left at the second traffic light, which is 4th Street SW.  Bear right at the “Y” intersection and you’ll be on 3rd Street Drive SW.  Continue straight until you go under the railroad overpass.  Then you’ll find parking for the festival.

Highway 321 south from Lenoir – After you cross the Catawba River bridge, turn left at the first traffic light onto Old Lenoir Road.  That becomes 3rd Avenue NW.  Follow it to 3rd Street NW and turn right.  Park somewhere just before the railroad overpass.

Highway 321 north from Gastonia – Take Exit 44 to Highway 70.  Turn right at the top of the ramp.  Go to the second traffic light and turn left onto 4th Street SW.  The first road after the railroad tracks is Main Avenue.  Turn right there and continue to the stop sign at 3rd Street NW.  You should be able to find parking nearby.

At The Coves Mountain River Club, we’re fortunate to be just 18 miles from Hickory.  While you’re in the area, come by and say “Hello”.  We’ll be happy to give you a tour and answer any questions you may have about living in this beautiful part of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Call 828.754.0700 now!

Tags: Festivals | Hickory

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

North Carolina oyster roast

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.

Tags: Festivals | Morganton

Welcome Joan’s Sourdough Bread to Lenoir NC

Lenoir NC restaurants

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

Tags: Lenoir | Restaurants & Breweries

The Coves Introduces New Mountain Cottages

mountain cottages

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!

Tags: Home Building | Lenoir

An Interesting Side to Lenoir NC News

Lenoir NC news

 

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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