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Caldwell County North Carolina – Where Public Art Reigns

Coves art scene in LenoirDid you know public arts reigns supreme in Caldwell County and in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina? Lenoir, established in 1791, is one of the first art infused mountain towns in North Carolina and continues to rise as a mecca for artists of all kinds. The Caldwell Arts Council has been promoting and presenting high quality arts in Caldwell County since 1976. In addition to gallery programs, the CAC offers large Artist-in-Schools program.

A glimpse at the calendar for the Caldwell Arts Council reveals an astonishing amount of art activities for a small town of its size. During the spring, events included:

  • Group Discussions – Caldwell County Stories and For The Love Of Art
  • Art Exhibits showcasing plein air painting
  • ArtMix Creative Women Making Art and Mountain Whimsy Exhibit
  • Shakespeare Monologue Competition
  • Middle School Poetry Recitation Competition.

One of the most beautiful jewels in the crown of Caldwell County is the outdoor sculpture collection in the heart of land for sale Caldwell County. The outdoor sculpture collection puts Lenoir in the top 3% of collections in the United States. In addition, the Caldwell Arts Council has the largest collection of permanent public outdoor sculpture of any community of its population in the United States.

Over the years, 80 sculptures have been purchased and placed on street corners, parks, public offices, schools, libraries and almost anywhere in Lenoir and Caldwell County. Stop by the visitor’s center to obtain the sculpture walking tour map.

Since the early 1980s, Caldwell County has been known for the annual Indoor/Outdoor Sculpture Celebration. One of Southeast’s largest and longest-running sculpture competitions, the celebration features between 75 and 80 national artists and their works. Co-sponsored by the Caldwell Arts Council and the Tri-State Sculptors Association, the event takes place the second Saturday of September at the J.E. Broyhill Park in downtown Lenoir. The park is transformed into an outdoor sculpture garden where visitors can stroll and look at the entries, talk with the artists, and buy sculptures.

The beautiful vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains continues to inspires artists of all genres. The clear fresh air and open space offers a healthy way of living in the NC mountain communities. To capture the beauty of such a place quickly becomes a lifelong endeavor as the scenic beauty changes by the season surrounding the land for sale Caldwell County.

The Coves Mountain River Club is the finest master planned community in Lenoir and offers the opportunity to live on place that inspires creativity. Whether it’s hiking on the 39 miles of trails, savoring a sunset at the community’s mountaintop lodge or enjoying a picnic on a warm summer’s day along the Johns River at one of four waterfalls within the community. Elevations range from 1,040 to 1,700 feet providing incredible diversity of the scenery and views of Pisgah National Forest.

Amenities at The Coves Mountain River Club include a full service equestrian center, two community gardens, a mountaintop lodge with an infinity view swimming pool, hot tub and state-of-the-art fitness center. Buyers can choose a large private wooded estate, riverfront property or homesites with long range views of the Blue Ridge Mountains to build a dream home. You won’t find any NC mountain communities like us in the foothills and our HOA fees are low at less than $1,000 a year. People love the foothills because of the mild four season Lenoir weather.

Come be inspired by one of the best mountain towns in North Carolina and see the diverse land for sale Caldwell County at The Coves Mountain River Club. We have a number of artists in residence who live within our community who will gladly share more about the art opportunities in the foothills.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our complimentary 84 page Complimentary Magazine which provides more information about living in the foothills.

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Tips on Building a Mountain Home in Western North Carolina

Mountain Home Building TipsHome building in the mountains can be tricky and sometimes, even the best of builders building in Caldwell County real estate developments overlook the principles of fundamental home design. To begin, it’s smart to choose carefully selected durable materials that are sourced and produced locally. The result is a design that is in harmony with the environment and cost effective to build.  Equally important is designing a home to fit the mountain terrain.

Time and again people select floor plans that are meant for a flat subdivision lot. It may work on paper but it doesn’t take into consideration the expense of excavation, foundation and retaining walls. Try not to change the topography of the lot to fit a design but rather plan a home that will fit the your Carolina mountain property.  By cooperating and harmonizing with the mountain, one can maximize views and avoid undue costs and headaches.

Historically, mountain homes evoke images of shelter, warmth and protection. The traditional thought was to create an indoor space that embraces the natural surroundings by utilizing them as primary building materials.  Too often this would translate into dark rooms with heavy textures. Today designers are bringing the outdoors into the home through the use of floor-to-ceiling windows allowing them to utilize more current, fashionable materials on the interior while still embracing the surrounding natural environment.

Increasingly the theme in the mountain construction is to focus on quality over quantity. People would rather build a smaller home in exchange for better quality. Floor plans have evolved from formal living rooms to larger kitchens that flow into great rooms which incorporate dining areas.   

Outdoor living spaces should merge seamlessly with indoor living space and are essential to complimenting the beauty and lure of mountain living. We find ultimately, people building a custom or semi-custom home in the mountains are looking to make their home unique and want it to express their own individuality.


These three simple steps will help you navigate through the process of building your home in the mountains at The Coves Mountain River Club Caldwell County real estate development:

Design your Carolina mountain property with the end in mind. Have your designer inspect your property and consider the direction of the view, where the sun will be shining when it is cold and when it is hot. How steep is the property is, where is the driveway access, utilities access, and which trees you want saved? These are questions to discuss with your designer before you go to contract with a builder. Planning ahead will cost you much less to build and maintain over the long run, and reduce your home energy costs. But most importantly, you and your family will be far more happy with the results.

What is your budget? Generally the cost to build a home can be broken down to the design fee, site excavation work, the construction of your home, utilities (well and septic), and landscaping. Make sure you discuss item by item with your designer upfront, to avoid the disheartening blow of a designing a dream house you can’t afford. Ask for a written estimate as soon as you’ve chosen the design to make sure you’re on the right track.

Your home should be designed to fit your lifestyle. All families have unique tastes and considerations.  Do you like to entertain? Is your home a primary residence or a vacation second home? Will it be a home for two or ten?  If your home is designed to satisfy your specific needs, more can be accomplished without going over-budget when building on your Carolina mountain property.

Planning carefully before you build is the key to a better, more energy efficient and affordable house. Remember the goal to building in the mountains is not to beat the mountain but to match your nature with Nature. 

We’re here to streamline the process and make your home building experience at The Coves Mountain River Club stress free. Learn more about our Caldwell County real estate development and mountain towns in the area by requesting our complimentary 84 page Coves Magazine.

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Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Return

Grandfather Mountain North CarolinaThe Scottish have a long history in mountain towns in NC and the North Carolina state at large. The first settlements began in 1746, after the end of Culloden battle that left most of the clans homeless and destitute. The local government attracted Scottish settlers through incentives such as land and tax holidays, making it the most famous destination of the time. Since then, their Scottish settlers kept their culture vibrant through numerous mountain festivals that highlighted their heritage.

Being part of the NC mountain communities celebrations, Grandfather Mountain Highland Games were founded by Agnes Morton and MacDonald in 1954. The two founded the games to replicate the Royal Braemar Gathering, which they had attended severally in Scotland. The 6000-foot Grandfather Mountain became the most favorite for the attendees as it resembled the highlands of Scotland where the gathering was held. The modern day celebrations aim at fostering the Scottish clan’s heritage through dances, drumming, music, Gaelic culture, and athletic contests all around the Blowing Rock real estate. Other than then highland games of Pleasanton, California, the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games remains one of the largest in the United States of America, attracting more than 30,000 participants.

The 2016 four day event kicks off on 7th-10th July 2016, with numerous games and activities organized by the NC mountain communities. The stunning mountain peaks surrounded by 170 colorful tents augments the Scottish tartan plaids while the tunes of bagpipes and kettledrums magnify their enthusiasm.

On Thursday afternoon, the event kicks off with the sheep and dog concert, Celtic entertainment and the bear festivals. About 800 people participate in the 5-mile race known as the bear. A torch light ceremony allows representatives of 16 societies and 100 clans to highlight their participation in the games, which is a sign of unity among the tribes. Another test of resilience, the 45th Grandfather Mountain Marathon occurs on Sunday.

If you are planning to attend the whole event or perhaps part of it, you need to know the day that carries the game that suits you. Often, Friday, Saturdays, and Sunday comes with numerous events such as bagpipe and parades, harp contests, Highland dancing concerts and Scottish athletic events. As if not enough, the sheep herding shows by the collies and Celtic music concerts keep the mountain towns in NC blissful.

Central to the athletic ceremonies are the old heavyweight contests namely the “Tossing the Sheaf” and “Turning the Caber”. Also, you cannot miss other olden tests of strength such as the highland wrestling, hammer throw, putting the stone and other forms of weight throws. On Friday night, visitors are treated to the ancient and modern Celtic music with Saturday night playing the Celtic rock genre. Additionally, the Scottish country dance Gala conducted on Friday evening between 8 p.m. and 12. A.m. keeps you engaged for the better part of the night. Dancers have to part with $30 with spectators paying $10 for admission.

Other than the concerts and contests, the popular open-air market next to the parade grounds allows you to buy tartan items, Gaelic gifts, and meat pies among others. In case you need to know much about the Scottish heritage, you need to visit a tent that offers comprehensive coverage about the same. You may consider taking a four-day ticket pass that costs $75 for adults and $20 for kids, or subscribe to daily tickets costing $15 on Thursday, $20 on Friday, $30 on Saturday and $ 15 on Sunday.

A visit to Grandfather Mountain brings close to the intermittent blend and natural wonders.  The state park in Blowing Rock is only 30 minutes from The Coves Mountain River Club, our 3,600 acre gated community bordering the Johns River connecting to Wilson Creek. Amenities at The Coves include 39 miles of hiking, biking and horse riding trails, four community parks, cascading waterfalls, an infinity-view saline swimming pool, fitness center and full service equestrian center. Folks searching for mountain property will find a diverse selection of property to chose from such as riverfront property, private wooded estates, equestrian land parcels or mountaintop homesites with stellar long range views. Approximately 100 homes are built to date to give you a variety of design ideas. HOA fees are low at less than $1,000 a year.

Make your way to The Coves Mountain River Club during the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and see why folks are choosing the foothills over Blowing Rock real estate.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which will provide more information about the foothills.

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Round Mountain Ranch 4-H Horse Camp

North Carolina Equestrian CommunitiesSummer is almost here and Caldwell County is excited to remind folks about its 4-H Nature camps for kids and youth. The North Carolina 4-H Horsemanship Camp is held every June. The camp teaches children and youth how to enhance their horseback riding skills and improve their riding technique. The camp is situated amongst North Carolina equestrian communities where North Carolina mountain homes and attractive horse property lay the perfect backdrop for riding lessons, trail rides, and western gaming styles alike.Read More »

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Lenoir NC Quest4Life Wellness Center

Western North Carolina Fitness Centers

Did you know the health care in Western NC rivals that of any other region and stretches beyond the hospital system? The state-of-the-art Quest4Life Wellness Center in Lenoir owned by Caldwell UNC Health Care is a health and wellness center we’re confident you’ll be impressed with.Read More »

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Cozy Places to Stay in the Foothills NC

Coves Stay and Play Information

When American poet T.S. Eliot wrote “home is where one starts from,” he may as well have been writing about The Coves Mountain River Club, one of Western North Carolina’s most talked about NC mountain communities. When you live at The Coves in your cozy mountain retreat nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, you are surrounded by so much living.Read More »

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