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Swingin’ Wingin’ Moon in June Concert and More Summer Madness

things to do in Lenoir NC

Although the North Carolina High Country is famously known for its beautiful mountains and relaxed pace, many people who’ve built their dream homes in the gated communities near Asheville NC get to enjoy so many other perks of this amazing region.  The mountain towns in Western North Carolina have a deservedly rich music history with a undeniably strong beat that continues year after year.

From old-time music, to country, jazz, or indie rock, these mountain towns provide entertainment to their happy residents.  The Swingin’ Wingin’ Moon in June Concert in downtown Lenoir is proof that our musical heritage lives on, and plenty of folks will surely be there to kick off and celebrate the summer season.  Presented by COL Main St Program, Parks & Recreation, and Smoking in the Foothills, this concert will no doubt satisfy all your senses. 

Whether you want to feast on the scrumptious chicken wings, share in the friendly chicken wing cook off,  take part in a fun and challenging cornhole tournament, or dance the night away to Chad Triplett & Two Lane Blacktop, and Official Throwdown Jones, this is a free event not to be missed on June 7th from 5-10 pm.

Swingin’ Wingin’ Moon in June is part of the Summer Music Madness which is a bi-weekly Friday night series free to the public with lively bands and mini-festivals on the square.  This is the way to celebrate Caldwell County’s music heritage with your friends and family.  And be prepared to dance!  There will be a summer chock full of talented performers, so mark these concerts on your calendar and invite your friends and family from out of town to share our community spirit.

Some other noteworthy Summer Music Madness Concerts 2019:

• June 28–Cassette Rewind—80’s Night

• July 26—Lucky Pocket—Pop

• August 4—Luther Barnes—Gospel

• August 16—Crawford & Power–Country

Celebrations like these are woven into the lives of the folks who live in the gated communities near Asheville NC, like The Coves. The close-knit community at The Coves is able to share in the vibrant culture of the mountain towns and then head back to their charming homes where comfort is awaiting them. 

The High Country has too many music venues on stages, gazebos and verandas to list– with free live bands, jams, and local musicians to entertain your entire family.  No matter what your taste—grand opera, bluegrass, jazz, country, gospel, this area has an eclectic landscape that is well…music to our ears! So grab your outdoor chairs or cozy blankets and enjoy the melodies beneath the stars.  And visit The Coves and other gated communities near Asheville NC to discover the idyllic life that’s waiting for you in the mountains.

Call us now at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour!

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Pretty in Pink – Spring Flowers Have Arrived in Western North Carolina

Asheville Biltmore Spring Flowers

Spring has arrived in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and the folks who live in the gated communities near Asheville NC are surrounded by a palette of colors found only in nature.  What better way to celebrate spring than wandering through a vibrant sea of blooms? You may find the only challenge is deciding which gorgeous landscape to visit this spring, but put the Biltmore Estate on the top of your list to usher in this region’s glorious season.

If you haven’t yet visited the Biltmore, you will find an immense and grand estate with impeccable landscaping and gardens, and a winery and restaurants where you can enjoy some fine fare. There are reasons to journey to the Biltmore in every season of the year, but right now you’ll discover Biltmore Blooms—Tulips and Spring Flowers–an ongoing event that spans well more than a month from April 1-May 23, 2019.  With 100,000 bulbs planted on the Biltmore grounds, a profusion of tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths bloom from the main entrance, to the walled garden.  Tropical plants and flowers also are grown inside the Biltmore House.  This is a tradition in honor of Frederick Law Olmsted and his stunning final project, the gardens at Biltmore.  To help you plan your Biltmore House excursion, here’s a bloom timeline:

Early April—the Spring Garden is lit up by towering forsythia; the Walled Garden is jam packed with 15,000 colorful daffodils and early tulips; other varieties to admire—flowering shrubs and trees like spirea and sweet flowering cherries.

Mid-April—peak tulip season mostly in the Walled Garden (74,000 blooms!)  Of course the Dogwoods and redbuds add to the scenic display.

Late April—the tulips keep on blooming in the Walled Garden as early azaleas and flowering shrubs burst open.  A stroll beneath the wisteria pergola is a sight you won’t soon forget.

Early May—peak azalea time!  20 acres of pink, white, purple, orange and red blossoms—the full spectrum will surround you, and be sure to meander along the walking trails…for the blooms continue!

Late May—this is the time for summer perennials and annuals in the Walled Garden; stand among the rose blossoms, take a deep breath, and you’ll never want to leave.

The Biltmore has many incredible Spring offers, promos, deals and discount tickets.  Once you’re at the Biltmore, you can visit the Winery, Antler Hill Village, Farm and Barnyard, gift shops and restaurants at no extra charge.  There are 8,000 acres of mountain to explore while you’re visiting the Biltmore.

When you’ve settled into one of the gated communities near Asheville NC, amazing opportunities to explore the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains are plentiful.   Those with mountain homes at The Coves are among the lucky locals who can spend their days in the great outdoors, breathing in that healthy mountain air while reveling in the stunning scenery.  Wildflowers abound in this region, with a wide array of flowering plants that can be seen along the Blue Ridge Parkway or in Pisgah National Forest or other protected parks. 

We are fortunate to have flowers blooming pretty much all year long—wildflowers in spring, berries in summer and fall and winter bring their own spectacular varieties of plants and flowers.  The colors of our landscape vary with the season and the profusion of blooms.  At The Coves, residents have the best of both worlds—surrounded by nature and all the flowers and trees that grace our landscape, as well as being able to enjoy Isabel’s Garden, where vegetables and flowers grow by the Johns River.  The growing season has already begun at Isabel’s Garden, and spring blooms are bringing bright color to the English-style community flower beds.

If it’s time for you to explore idyllic places for a vacation mountain home, or to retire, The Coves Mountain River Club is one of the gates communities near Asheville NC you need to discover.  Visit this spring, take a walk along The Coves’ trails, take in all the wild life, and the spectacular flora and fauna,  and you’ll know exactly where your next home should be.

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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Mountain Designs Trends Still Favor Modern


Buyers of NC mountain real estate are able to design their dream homes without the restrictions and cookie-cutter designs they were used to dealing with in the old neighborhood.  And builders here are able to take full advantage of natural property features in positioning the house and also incorporate state-of-the-art technology to maximize energy efficiency and convenience.

Like many of our new residents at The Coves Mountain River Club, you may see this as your last home purchase.  So why not make it your best?  Think about how you want to live, and incorporate those features that will enhance your lifestyle when building a mountain home.  And consider the overall look.  Despite the fact that we’re nestled in the Blue Ridge foothills, many of our fine homes are no less cutting-edge than those you’ll find anywhere else.

Three independent survey sources have confirmed that the trend among new home buyers is toward modern design – both outside and inside.  What might be called traditional floor plans are falling out of favor.  We see innovative use of color to create mood, replacement of standard doors with something more ornate, and incorporation of unique and often whimsical accents that allow themes to flow from room to room.

NC mountain real estate is a perfect canvas for the implementation of reclaimed natural elements.  You’ll see old barn wood and metal roofs blended seamlessly into the most contemporary of properties to create an urban country feel.  A craftsman-style front door with sidelights can help to set the tone, while well-crafted handmade pieces and ornate fixtures provide a rural living accent in rooms painted in tones of white and warm neutral colors.  It’s a look that’s perfect for reflecting your desire to live a more balanced and slower-paced existence.

Along those lines, maybe you’ll prefer a Rustic Luxury design theme.  It’s geared toward buyers who need a personal space where they can restore energy and find balance – a place suitable for disconnecting from the constant demands of everyday life.  The focus here is on creating harmony between natural and architectural elements.  There may be sculpture pieces, along with greenery, natural wood doors and concrete benches.  The overall goal is to provide a calming antidote to fast-paced living.

If you’re one of the more than 3.4 million Americans who work from home at least half of the time, you may opt to incorporate transitional spaces that can allow for both productivity and downtime.  If so, you’ll want to consider having furniture and products that can best serve both facets of your lifestyle.

Our design team at The Coves Mountain River Club stays up to date on all of the latest trends, and we’re ready and able to incorporate your ideas into a custom home that seamlessly blends modern styling with traditional touches and personal preference.

Stop by and see us when you’re in the Lenoir area.  We’ll give you a tour and show you how very distinctive and innovative our gated mountain community is. 

You’re sure to leave with some new and exciting ideas for bringing your own dream to life!

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Cedar Rock Country Club Welcomes Coves Residents


Did you hear? If you live at The Coves Mountain River Club, you’re cordially invited to join Lenoir’s storied Cedar Rock Country Club.  Whether you choose a full membership or one of several other options, you’ll be part of local history that stretches back more than fifty years.

Known as the “Showcase of the Foothills”, the club and the village of Cedar Rock were created in 1965 by a group of businessmen.  They saw Hibriten Mountain as the perfect centerpiece for their vision, and they commissioned Ellis Maples to design the 7,153-yard course.  Featuring lush, carpeted Bermuda tees and fairways and beautifully manicured bent grass greens, Cedar Rock has hosted countless state and local tournaments, charity events and member functions.

Of the many things to do in Lenoir NC, golf is certainly high on the list.  Our year-round mild weather and breathtaking surrounding are ideal motivations for getting out and working on your game.  Cedar Rock has five sets of tee markers to accommodate all levels of play and offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.  There’s also an excellent practice facility, with two practice tees, a chipping, pitching, bunker area and a large putting green. 

Located at 2065 Cedar Rock Estates Drive in Lenoir, the Clubhouse is a popular gathering place.  For meals, The Grill is open Tuesday through Sunday, with breakfast on weekends and lunch and dinner six days a week.  Upscale dining is available year-round in the Lounge, Main Dining Room and Fireplace Room.  Members can enjoy dinner each Thursday night, and food and beverage service is provided for local organizations, civic groups, weddings and parties.  Culinary Institute of America graduate and long-time chef John Deschler oversees the operation.

With its breathtaking mountain views and spacious meeting rooms that can accommodate more than three hundred guests, Cedar Rock Country Club provides a setting like no other for weddings and receptions.  And their dedicated, experienced staff works hard to meet and exceed your expectations.

From the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, Cedar Rock offers swimmers a large pool with racing lanes and a diving board.  A kiddie pool is also available. The deck has lounge chairs and tables with umbrellas and a 20′ x 20′ covered cabana.  You can play tennis on four lighted composition courts, and tennis pro Adam Smith offers clinics and private lessons.

Cedar Rock Country Club expands your list of things to do in Lenoir NC with events such as February’s Red Dress Dance, a popular fundraiser for the Wig Bank of Caldwell County.  Chef John creates a special Valentine’s Buffet menu each year.  There’s a Birthday Night every other month, with half-price meals and complimentary desserts for anyone who celebrated a birthday during the previous sixty days.  They also host Ladies’ Wine Nights, bridge groups, garden clubs, a brush and palette club, a book club, an investment club, and local organizations.

It’s easy to see why our homeowners at The Coves see Cedar Rock Country Club as a local treasure.  You can learn more about the many advantages of becoming a member by visiting their website.

Of course, there’s a wealth of things to do in Lenoir NC – many more than you might imagine.  Moving here can be the start of a whole new life, with options you’ve never had or never had time to pursue.  And our natural surroundings promote a healthy new lifestyle.  You can enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, bike riding, photography, exploring, and of course plenty of golf.

Visit us soon at The Coves Mountain River Club.  We’d love to show you around, answer your questions and tell you more about Cedar Rock Country Club and other opportunities to make living here in the Blue Ridge Mountains the very best years of your life.

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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NC Gravity Games Return to Lenoir NC

NC Gravity Games Lenoir

Now in its ninth year, the North Carolina Gravity Games continues to be one of the more popular things to do in Lenoir NC.  On Saturday, April 13, enthusiastic crowds will be downtown cheering on the racers and checking out the science booths, tech demos, food vendors and more.  It all begins at eight-thirty in the morning and lasts until about three in the afternoon.

This is the signature event of the North Carolina Science Festival, a multi-day celebration that highlights educational, cultural and financial impact of science in the State.  Sponsors include Google, Appalachian State University, the University of North Carolina and the City of Lenoir.  Teams from schools, Scout Troops, and Boys and Girls Clubs across the state use their hands-on skills to build the fastest and coolest gravity-powered cars and then race them through the downtown streets.

The 2019 North Carolina Gravity Games foster community engagement through sponsorship and will award prizes to the winning teams. The competition focuses on the design, construction, and operation of a potential energy-powered vehicle on a downhill course.

The goal is to provide an opportunity for our local students to apply the principles of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in a practical and fun way.  Previous competitions

have drawn more than thirty teams of middle and high school students.  Teams from colleges and universities and corporate entities are welcome to enter as well.  There’s even an “open” category for adults who want to participate.  For more information regarding entry requirements and other rules, see the Frequently Asked Questions tab at http://www.ncgravitygames.com

Downhill derby-type racing events have a long history in this country, beginning to take shape in the very early twentieth century and first appearing on a national scale in 1934.  We’re fortunate to have the strong community interest and organizational support that have made the Gravity Games another of the great things to do in Lenoir NC.

Drivers must from seven to fourteen years old.  They’re required to have a parent or legal guardian sign a Participation Agreement on their behalf.  An ANSI-certified helmet is required, and protective clothing is recommended.  And of course there are standards that must be met for the weight and construction of the cars.  The Judging Committee will be responsible for inspecting all entries and the race track for adequate safety and security.  The deadline to register is Midnight EDT on March 13, 2019.

If you’re coming to town for the Gravity Games, why not stop by The Coves Mountain River Club and get a feel for how great living in the Blue Ridge Mountains can be?  It’s a great place to retire, surrounded by all the options for fun, adventure, culture, exploration and exercise you could want.

We’ve become a popular choice for people looking for the perfect combination of pristine natural surroundings and state-of-the-art modern convenience and energy efficiency.  With the help of our expert design team, they’re creating their ideal living environment and settling in to enjoy the many things to do in Lenoir NC and the surrounding area.

If you’re a golfer or plan to become one, you’ll love playing the golf courses.  They offer some of the most spectacular views you’ll find anywhere, with picture-perfect scenes at every turn.  Even on days when you’re not playing your best, Nature makes it all okay!

And, of course, the annual changing of the leaves is a show in itself – one that draws viewers from all over the country.  We have a guaranteed front row seat and the added advantage of being able to hike up and watch it develop in foliage at various elevations.

These are all things that make Lenoir a wonderful place to live, and we’d love to show you how building a home at The Coves Mountain River Club can make your retirement dreams a reality.

Call 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour!

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Second Annual Brew-N-Brawl Crawl (It’s Not What You Think)

Lenoir NC fitness


Living in the gated communities near Asheville NC, we know that fun things to do are never hard to find.  And that applies no matter what your interests, skills, level of fitness or age may be.  In Lenoir North Carolina, home of The Coves Mountain River Club, the calendar’s chock full of activities all year round.

Last year, for the first time, CrossFit Lenoir organized its “Brew-N-Brawl” event, featuring two-person teams competing in the Workout Of The Day, or “WOD”.  It was so well-received that they’re doing it again in 2019, on April 6th.

In case you’re not familiar with CrossFit, here’s a brief rundown.  Essentially, it’s a lifestyle discipline characterized by a combination of safe, effective exercise and sound nutrition.  Advocates emphasize that it can be used to accomplish any goal, from improved health to weight loss to better performance.  And, it can be adapted to work for anyone, whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been training for years.

As the date approaches for “Brew-N-Brawl”, specifics for the WOD will be released.  Possibilities include rowing, 15-foot rope climbs, pull-ups, heavy deadlifts, dumbbell snatches, box jump-overs, thruster ladder and beer keg carries and holds.  (And now you know where the “brew” comes in.)

Whether or not we’re participating, it’s great to have events like this in Lenoir that promote healthy living.  They go hand-in-hand with the clear, clean mountain air we enjoy and the opportunities for outdoor activities that abound in the gated communities near Asheville NC.  We’re just more energetic overall and always enthusiastic to get out and do something.

We’ll be out there cheering when the second annual “Brew-N-Brawl” gets underway, and after it’s over, participants and spectators alike will head for Fercott Fermentables, our local tap room and bottle shop in downtown Lenoir for…maybe a brew or two?

Often, we find that people thinking of moving here expected Lenoir to be a sleepy little town that rolls up its sidewalks at sundown.  They’re surprised to learn how closely the events and celebrations here in the foothills mirror those they enjoyed back where they came from.   

One of the things that makes this area so attractive is that it holds onto what’s important – the traditions and the other positive elements of the mountain lifestyle – but also absorbs the best of what’s new and blends it in just perfectly.  We’ve never lost the simple charm that sets us apart from the crowded, hyperactive, stressful big city environment.  At the same time, you never have to travel far to find pretty much anything you need.  It’s really the ideal place to be.

At The Coves Mountain River Club, we have a strong affinity for the people and town of Lenoir.  There’s a strong sense of community here.  Like in other gated communities near Asheville NC, many of our residents involve themselves with whatever’s going on locally and contribute their own perspective and expertise.

And now, supporting our neighbors who put so much effort into “Brew-N-Brawl” is one more thing we can do each year to help make Lenoir the best it can be.

If you want to get a feel for why so many retirees decide to build their dream homes at The Coves Mountain River Club, all you have to do is stop by for a while and let us give you a tour.

Then, just before the end of the day, head for our Pisgah Mountain Lodge, order your choice of beverage, and settle into a chair outside to watch the sun set over the mountains.

It’s a free show – one of the best you’ll ever see – and it truly says more about this very special place than mere words could ever express.

Come tour The Coves during this beautiful spring month of the year.

Call 828.754.0700 to coordinate your visit!

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