You can feel it in the air. It’s starting to turn cool and crisp. There are hints of the great Fall weather to come. This is the season when owners of North Carolina mountain homes and visitors alike love to visit the High Country.
From the unmatched, far-reaching views to our world-renowned panorama of changing foliage colors, we treasure the benefits of living in one of the most magnificent parts of the state.
One of the only towns located directly on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the quaint storybook mountain village of Blowing Rock has been a popular shopping destination for many years. The area offers many family, cultural and experiential attractions, including Tweetsie Railroad, Grandfather Mountain, and Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, plus wineries, farms, performing arts venues, and popular festivals.
As you might expect, it’s also a great place to buy a sweater. Be sure to visit Loft Outlet, J Crew Factory, Fig Leaf, Monkee’s, Main Street Gallery, Footsloggers,Take Heart, the Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, JW Tweeds, Chico’s, and The Gilded Lily by Patra during your Blowing Rock shopping experience.
Downtown Blowing Rock boasts over a hundred unique shops and boutiques, featuring everything from antiques to mod decor, high-end fashion to creative gifts and everything in between. It’s also home to Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway, with nearly 30 outlets.
Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, canoeing, fly fishing, rock climbing or spelunking, our North Carolina mountain homes at The Coves Mountain River Club in the foothills are a paradise for the lover of outdoor activities. And for many homeowners, thoughts turn to skiing at this time of year.
In North Carolina’s High Country, the area near the town of Boone is known as “The Ski Capital of the South.” The town is less than an hour from several popular resorts that offer skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing. The most popular are Appalachian Ski Mountain, Beech Mountain Ski Resort and Sugar Mountain Resort. You’ll find access to the best slopes, plus lessons, pro shops and more.
Appalachian Ski Mountain has been a popular destination for over 50 years. Known as a family-friendly resort, it caters to skiers and snowboarders of every skill level. You’ll find 12 slopes, three terrain parks with over 60 rails, jumps, boxes and jibs, and a lighted outdoor ice skating rink. Beginner and novice skiers can take lessons at the on-site school. Relax at the 46,000 square foot lodge, with panoramic views of the mountain.
The highest resort in the East, Beech Mountain Ski Resort has a peak elevation of 5,506 feet. It offers skiers and snowboarders 17 trails on 95 acres, with eight lifts and one terrain park. There’s also ice skating, snowtubing and free sledding. Opening is scheduled for the last week of November. Beech Mountain offers ski lessons for children as young as three.
Sugar Mountain is the largest of the three, with 125 skiable acres and 21 slopes for various skill levels. Many of the slopes are lit, allowing nighttime skiing and snowboarding. It also offers ice skating on a 10,000-square-foot outdoor rink, tubing on 700-foot-long lanes and snowshoeing. Sugar Mountain is expected to open around the middle of November.
Whichever of the ski resorts you choose, you’re sure to have a one-of-a-kind experience.
Another sweater weather treat for owners of North Carolina mountain homes is the large number of annual Fall festivals held all over the foothills area. These are events the whole family can enjoy – rich with tradition and good old-fashioned fun.
When you visit Blowing Rock or come to watch the foliage change or take advantage of our great skiing, be sure to make time to stop by beautiful Lenoir and take a tour of The Coves Mountain River Club. You’ll soon see why so many others like you are making the choice to build their dream homes here.
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.