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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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Tasty Culinary Events, Artist in Residence and Guest Lecture Series

Chef Corey Hooks

Back by popular demand, Chef Corey Hooks, Culinary Instructor at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (CCC&TI) returned to our Pisgah Mountain Lodge to demonstrate tasty ways to serve up authentic Shrimp Gumbo. The smells of garlic, paprika and sausage floating through the lodge were as savory as his dish. Upcoming cooking classes include popular food truck specialties, everything chocolate and international flavors.

Cooking demonstrations by award winning local chefs are some of the many culinary events that take place year round at The Coves Mountain River Club. Our residents have an appetite for good food and are quite competitive in the kitchen. 

Five times a year, we come together to compete for the first place title of The Coves Cook-off challenge and to listen to serenades by local musicians like Sarah Tucker. The four cooking competitions at the lodge:

  • March – Best International Dish
  • June – North Carolina BBQ Rib Challenge
  • August – Best Side Dish
  • October – Best Chowder
  • December – Chili & Apple Pie Cook-off

If you’re comparing the best retirement places in North Carolina, we’re confident you’ll be pleased with our social clubs and lifelong learning opportunities. In addition to cooking events, The Coves is the host of a seasonal Artist in Residence and monthly Guest Lecture series.

Charlie Frye is The Coves first Artist in Residence and is commissioned to create and paint two quilt blocks on our Round Mountain Ranch barn that will be unveiled in May. These meaningful masterpieces will be included on the Quilt Block Trail of North Carolina, a collection of more than 200 painted quilt blocks throughout the state of North Carolina.

Paint splattered jeans, rolled at the cuff. Doc Martin boots. Layers of bright colored shirts. Coffee mug and paint brush in hand, famous local artist Charlie Frye is the talk of Lenoir. During the summer season, Frye visits the lodge for a relaxed lecture about art, what inspires him and to showcase a private art exhibit. The Artist in Residence changes seasonally.

Our Guest Lecture series at the lodge includes educational presentations by local hiking guides, avid gardeners, wellness trainers, musicians and our equestrian director, Mona Houston. Whether folks want to learn about trout fishing, fauna and flowers or how to whisper to a horse, there’s always something to learn from our guest speakers.

Did we mention our residents enjoy friendly competition? During the first week of the month, our residents meet at the lodge for Coves Game Night. Whether it’s a game of cards, Chess or Scrabble, our residents know how to have a good time. If you’ve wanted a sense of belonging, you will find it and more at The Coves Mountain River Club.

We know we offer one of the best retirement places in 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 will provide more information about living in the foothills.

More about our guest speakers:

GUEST CULINARY CHEF – Executive Chef Corey Hooks

Born May 5, 1984 in Hickory, N.C.; Chef Hooks was raised in Lenoir where his passion for great food began. The youngest of a busy family, his father working two jobs and his mother running a small business, the family still made time to come together for a great home cooked meal. This relationship between food and family sparked his love for the culinary arts, and his passion of bringing people together with great food.

After graduating from West Caldwell High in 2002, he, his father, and brother had the opportunity of opening a small restaurant, Porky’s Bar-B-Q, in Taylorsville, N.C. Helping operate this restaurant for five years, he sought to further his knowledge of the industry by enrolling in Johnson and Wales University Charlotte in 2008. Landing a job at Youseff 242 restaurant in Hickory, while attending JWU helped strengthen and refine his skill set.

He apprenticed as Sous Chef under distinguished 5 Diamond Chef Cory Mattson at Youssef 242. Chef Mattson led the Fearrington House Inn, outside of Chapel Hill, N.C., for 10 years receiving the AAA 5 Diamond Award each year. Chef Hook’s drive led him to become Matton’s Sous Chef at Youssef 242 until May 2012.

In May 2012, Chef Hooks was hired as Executive Chef of Bistro 127 in Hickory N.C. to help bring creativity, refinement, passion, and his overall skillset to the kitchen. In September 2012, Bistro 127 was awarded Catawba Valley’s Best Chef.


Paint splattered jeans, rolled at the cuff. Doc Martin boots. Layers of bright colored shirts. Coffee mug and paint brush in hand. Conversations with passersby. Art lessons being taught to children ages 5 to 85.

This is what you’ll find on any given day at Frye Art Studio in downtown Lenoir, NC. The owner of the studio and artist at work ~ Charlie Frye ~ known by many as just “Frye”.

It wasn’t until the age of 25 that he first picked up a paintbrush. But don’t let the lack of years fool you. This self-taught, 35 year old artist is a native of western North Carolina and a full time creator of all things art. Aside from his painting, he carves block prints and creates unique sculptures. Recycling is a way of life for him, so he uses repurposed objects in his creations. His canvases include unusual items, such as old maps, projector screens and burlap sacks.

What he is most known for though, are his acrylic Americana paintings. These compositions depict life in rural Appalachia, including many of farmers and musicians with the Blue Ridge Mountains as the backdrop.

Charlie has participated in several group art shows throughout Western North Carolina and the Southeast. Frye is currently represented by Wickwire Gallery in Hendersonville, Taupe Gallery in North Wilkesboro, and 87 Ruffin Street Gallery in Linville.

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The Coves Certified as Firewise Community

The Coves Certified Firewise Community

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) established their Firewise Communities Program to encourage property owners to take individual responsibility for safeguarding their homes against the risk of wildfire.

We’re happy and proud to announce that The Coves Mountain River Club is the first and only community in Caldwell County to achieve official recognition as a North Carolina Certified Firewise Community. Many thanks to our residents, who have worked extremely hard to make this happen.

Owners of North Carolina mountain real estate understand the vital importance of fire stewardship, and the key to success is working together with others so that everyone reaps the benefits. Protecting lives and property has to be a community effort, and it’s far better to take action before a fire occurs.

Following the NFPA guidelines, property owners at The Coves analyzed their community’s wildfire risk and developed a plan to combat it. Then they educated their neighbors and encouraged 100 per cent participation. Here are the requirements The Coves had to meet in order to be certified:

Five Steps to Firewise Recognition

• Obtain a wildfire risk assessment in writing from the state forestry agency or fire department

• Form a board or committee, and create a detailed action plan

• Conduct a “Firewise Day” event

• Invest at least an annual $2.00 per capita in local Firewise actions

• Submit an application to the state Firewise liaison.

At The Coves, we’re served by two volunteer fire departments in Lenoir and Collettesville. That’s a total of 64 full-time, highly-qualified personnel working in the areas of fire suppression (24 hours a day), fire code enforcement, fire education and administration. Various individuals staffing the stations are state-certified as Firefighter Type II, Instructor, Rescue Technician, Fire Life Safety Educator and Hazmat Operations.

As we take advantage of the amazing lifestyle our wonderful Lenoir North Carolina weather provides, it’s comforting for our residents to know that if fires do occur we are well-prepared to handle them.

People looking at North Carolina mountain homes for sale in The Coves are surprised to discover that we get four distinct seasons, great for year-round outdoor living – with no major snow events, biting winds or sweltering summers. That’s because Lenoir is nestled in a valley, sheltered by the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west and the Brushy Mountains to the east.

Outdoor recreation facilities are available for our residents to enjoy year-round. And there’s great snow skiing just minutes away in Beech Mountain, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk.

Anyone who’s considering the purchase of North Carolina mountain real estate will instantly recognize that buying in The Coves offers tremendous value. Just compare the prices on custom-built homes, cottages, home sites and estate properties to those in the High Country. Consider the easy access to fishing, hiking, swimming, horseback riding and other outside activities. And living in The Coves Mountain River Club puts you just minutes away from both the Pisgah National Forest and Wilson Creek Gorge, a federally-designated wild and scenic river.

For all the natural beauty and splendor of its surroundings, The Coves isn’t so isolated that you can’t easily get to high-quality health care, shopping and entertainment whenever you want. You’re just ten minutes from downtown Lenoir and not far from the mountain village of Blowing Rock.

We just can’t say enough about Lenoir North Carolina weather. Whether you’ve endured the bitter cold of winters up north or the Deep South’s oppressive heat and humidity, imagine being able to be outside all year round, with more choices of things to do than you can take advantage of. The Coves is a social community, and there’s always something fun going on.

There are plenty of reasons that North Carolina mountain homes for sale are purchased by so many people. What everyone says is true. Retirement living in the Lenoir area really is the best of all possible worlds.

We hope you’ll plan a visit to the area and spend some time at The Coves Mountain River Club just to see how perfectly it matches the image of how you want the rest of your life to be.

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 living in the foothills.

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Reliable Medical Care within the Golden Hour

Reliable Medical Care within the Golden Hour

Words cannot express how important it is to receive high quality medical care within the ‘Golden Hour’. This is the first sixty minutes following a distressing and perhaps life-threatening experience. Receiving quality medical care during this time could mean the difference between life and death or permanent damage.

Caldwell County Medical Center less than 20 minutes from The Coves Mountain River Club, works hard to never compromise one’s health and has a track record to prove it. The mission has remained the same since it opened in 1951. For example, it’s one of the first 25 hospitals in North Carolina to be approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for carotid artery stenting. The 110 bed facility has an active staff of 200 members with an array of specialities.

Residents of the NC mountain communities in the foothills, in the towns of Lenoir, Hickory and Morganton, never have to worry about receiving quality and timely health care. The foothills region is the breathtaking mountain district below the High Country and boosts some of the best retirement places in North Carolina because of the high quality medical care, mild four season Lenoir weather (minimal snow) and low cost of living. The foothills are where an outdoor lifestyle is an every day way of life. Folks here enjoy America’s heritage and rich history as well as the scenic mountain atmosphere that surrounds us.

The foothills region has a plethora of quality medical care providers all around us. Here’s a brief overview of the quality medical care found in the foothills of North Carolina:

Caldwell Memorial Hospital – 321 Mulberry Street, Lenoir, NC

Built: 1951

Specialties: Vascular care, cardiology, orthopedics

Size: 110 beds

Awards: 2013 Top Performer

Part of the UNC Health Care System, the state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratory and staffing is one of the hospital’s most recent enhancements. Caldwell Memorial Hospital is also known for its progress spine center program.

Grace Hospital – 2201 S Sterling Street, Morganton, NC

Built: 1906

Specialties: Oncology, Urology, Pathology, Surgical Services, and Family Medicine

Size: 269 beds

This full service hospital provides emergency medical care, diagnostics and has a long list of medical specialties.

Frye Regional Medical Center – 420 N Center Street, Hickory, NC

Built: 1911

Specialties: Cancer treatment, heart and vascular services, emergency services, advanced orthopedics, neurosciences, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation

Size: 355 beds

Frye Regional Center is the only hospital within 48 miles of Hickory to offer 24/7 interventional cardiologist and open-heart surgery. It is also an American Heart Association Mission Lifeline STEMI Receiving Facility.

Mission Hospital – 509 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC

Built: 1971

Specialties: Bone and joint, cancer care, endoscopy, emergency, and heart care

Beds: 552

Awards: Mission Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems 2012-2015 by Truven Health Analytics. It’s hard to beat that.

Mission Health Center has numerous outpatient and surgery midpoints, post-acute care provider, long-term acute care provider, and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. Mission Hospital is about an hour and a half’s drive from Lenoir.

VA Medical Center Asheville – 1100 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC

Built: 1923

Specialties: Veterans health, rehab, rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, mental health, spinal cord injury

Beds: 119

The VA Medical Center Asheville acute care facility is an easy 1.5 hour highway drive to the west or Veterans medical care can be obtained at Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte in about the same distance.

Carolina Medical Center – 1000 Blythe Blvd, Charlotte, NC

Specialties: Orthopedics, surgery, trauma & surgical care, transplant and women’s services

Bed: 7,460

This medical center is one of the nation’s top and most inventive healthcare organizations that provide a complete spectrum of healthcare and wellness platforms in North and South Carolina.

Below is a list of nearby specialty clinics.

Blue Ridge Radiology

2134 14th Ave Cir NW, Hickory, NC

Blue Ridge Radiology has advanced imaging technology and able to diagnose and treat disease with new skill, equipment and knowledge.

Foothills Dialysis

1031 Morganton Blvd., SW, Suite C, Lenoir, NC

Foothills Dialysis provides 4-D ultrasound, Annual Physicals, Pathology, Cancer care, and cardiology.

Laurel Park Women’s Health

222 Morganton Blvd., SW Lenoir, NC

Laurel Park Women’s Health provides a complete range of obstetric and gynecologic care such as annual examinations, birth control, infertility evaluation and treatment, regular and high-risk obstetrics, vaginal and laparoscopic surgery, urinary services, menopause care, and elective 4D Ultrasound.

McCreary Cancer Center

212 Mulberry St SW, Lenoir, NC

Technologically advanced cancer care treatment such as pediatric therapy, pathology, gynecology, plastic surgery and radiology.

Folks who live at the ‘Crossroads of the best of North Carolina’ have peace of mind knowing that quality healthy care is available in the Golden Hour for them at Caldwell County Medical Center and more. Peace of mind is in knowing we will be taken care of in our time of need by compassionate and trained medical professionals.

Residents at The Coves Mountain River Club have no reasons to worry. The gated mountain community is one of the best retirement places in North Carolina and is not aged restricted. The rare combination of having hundred mile views at our mountaintop lodge and five miles of river frontage on the crystal clear Johns River is nothing you’ve ever experienced before in NC mountain communities. Amenities at The Coves include 39 miles of hiking and horse trails, four cascading waterfalls, a full service equestrian center and well equipped mountaintop lodge.

Buyers searching for mountain property without harsh winters, will find The Coves Mountain River Club a perfect match. Come take a tour and see what our mountain community can offer your family.

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 living in the foothills.

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Zacks Fork Mountain Bike Trail in North Carolina

Zacks Fork Mountain Bike Trail in NC

More and more people are finding the small-town ambience of Western NC mountain communities to be an attractive alternative to the hurried-up pace they’re used to in larger cities. And the town’s unspoiled natural surroundings and breathtaking views are a great incentive for those who plan to maintain and improve their health and physical fitness in the best retirement places in North Carolina.Read More »

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