Calendar of Events for the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in Western North Carolina

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Living in WNC, Things to Do | Posted on Friday, May 28, 2010

Tagged Under : , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Plateau Pursuits – June 2010

As spring gives way to summer in late June and the scent of mountain laurel blends perfectly with the heavenly aroma of hundreds of charcoal grills on a mountain breeze – it’s easy to see (and smell) why the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau has served as a favorite retreat for families for well over a hundred years.  Between the rolling hills and scenic views from our many award-winning golf courses, the crystal blue waters of our mountain lakes and streams teeming with trout, the miles upon miles of hiking trails promising endless days of adventure, and our treasure trove of eclectic shops and dining establishments – the towns and villages of Western North Carolina offer a welcome haven from the hustle and bustle of life off the mountain. Aside from our many amenities and wealth of natural beauty, there is always a long list of events in and around the area for you and your family to enjoy.  They serve as an excellent introduction to this one-of-a-kind corner of the world and the wonderful people who make this community great.  Silver Creek Real Estate Group invites YOU to join us up on the mountain this June. For a list of great places to stay and fun things to do here, we welcome you to take a leisurely tour of our website at www.ncliving.com. In the event that you happen across a listing or two that catches your eye, we invite you to call us at 828-743-1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com or drop by our offices in the heart of Cashiers in the Shoppes at CreekSide and we’ll take you on a customized tour of this unique slice of Heaven! Mark your calendars for the following June events and happenings:

June 1- 2: Center for Life Enrichment presents “Digging in the Dirt” – If you have ever wanted to dig in the dirt and search for artifacts, hoping to uncover a piece of history, this is your chance. Dr. Jane Eastman is taking a group of Western Carolina University students to Spikebuck Mound in Hayesville and has offered a few spaces to CLE. The excavations will focus on a small Cherokee settlement dating from the 1200s. Participants will join this group for two days to assist with the documentation, excavation, and processing of archaeological evidence from the site. Field equipment will be provided, but participants should bring their own work gloves, sunscreen, and bug repellent. Close-toed shoes are required. 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Carpool departs from PAC back parking lot promptly at 8, and returns to Highlands at approximately 5. It is recommended that you either bring a bag lunch or plan to purchase one in Hayesville. Cost:$100 (CLE will donate proceeds to the WCU Archaeology Fund)  HURRY!  There are only 5 slots available!  For more information, visit the CLE website at www.clehighlands.org or e-mail your request to clehighlands@yahoo.com.
June 1: Highlands Audobon Society presents a Field Trip to Hale Ridge Road and the Rabun Bald area to look for breeding birds. Meet at the public parking area next to the town hall at 7:30 a.m. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387. There is no charge to participate
June 2: Center for Life Enrichment presents the Southern Highlands Reserve near Toxaway – a private native plant garden and research center dedicated to the preservation, cultivation and display of plants native to the Southern Appalachian Highlands. The Reserve is open to academic and horticulture professionals on an invitation only basis and is graciously offering this special session to the Center for Life Enrichment. Located at an elevation of 4500 ft, the Reserve is divided into two distinct areas, the Core Park and the Natural Woodlands. The Core Park is home to destination gardens such as The Wildflower Labyrinth and Vaseyi Pond and is surrounded by 100 acres of natural woodland that features waterfall and cliff communities. Presenter: John Turner. 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Carpool departs promptly at 10 and returns approximately at 1:30. Bring a Bag Lunch and walking shoes. Cost: $30 members, $45 non-members. Only 20 slots available. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.
June 3: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents Birding with the Audubon – an HCLT Eco Tour. Free to HCLT members, $35 for new friends includes lunch and a membership! Call 828-526-1111 or email julie.hitrust@earthlink.net for details.
June 3: Highlands Nature Center presents “Why am I Concerned about Climate Change (and think you should be to!) by Lenny Bernstein of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Time: 7:00 p.m. Phone: 828-526-2623. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu.
June 4, 11: Celebrating the Performing Arts Center Tenth Anniversary – PAC’s Small Stages presents the Highlands-Cashiers Player’s production of “Parallel Lives” by Mo Cafney and Kathy Najimy. The play is a series of vignettes addressing women’s issues, young and old. All of the parts are played by women – male and female parts! The hilarity ensues as you meet Mad & Syvie, Candida & Mrs. Kenny Rogers, Hank & Karen Sue, the Disney Moms, and more. Variety Magazine called it “A smart, provocative show.” With Broadway World announced that it is “Uproariously funny!” Parallel Lives contains adult language and situations. Similar in structure to “Saturday Night Live,” it parodies life as we know it. For more information, visit www.highlandsperformingartscenter.org.
June 4: Center for Life Enrichment presents BONSAI: The Mini Tree in the Performing Arts Center (downstairs) – Bonsai conjures up images of tranquility and patience. It is a unique living art form enjoyed and practiced by diverse cultures, utilizing the lessons of nature to improve the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of humankind and our relationship to the environment. This presentation will cover the history and horticultural art form of bonsai and will include a demonstration and display of several examples. Presenter: Hubert Jones.  Time:10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost: $25 members , $35 non-members. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.
June 5: Kids Fishing Day at Cliffside Recreation Park sponsored by the US Forest Service – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Open to kids aged 15 and younger. Bring your own rod, reel and bait! Kid’s must be accompanied by an adult!
June 5: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents the 4th Annual Land Trust Day – Treat yourself while supporting local business and your land. Visit our website at www.hicashlt.org for a list of participating Conservation Business Partners. For more information, call 828-526-1111.
June 5: Heritage Workshops: Woodworking with Skip Taylor – The first in a series of six one-day Saturday workshops at the Cashiers Historical Society; each workshop is $75 per person. Participants can attend one or all; the class sizes are limited to ten people. 9:00 am until early afternoon – please bring your own lunch and snacks. Class subjects include techniques that may have been employed by Mordecai Zachary himself such as edge sharpening basics, hand plane basics, and 18th-19th century hand planning. For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.
June 6: Center for Life Enrichment Annual Preview Party at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Entertainment featuring Nancy Avera, Storyteller portraying Fannie Rollins in the humorous story of a town gossip (as written by John Henry Faulk), as well as a performance by Local Cloggers, Anne Brissey and Pauline Marr. Time: 4:00 till 6:00 p.m. Cost: Open to the public Please R.S.V.P. 828-526-8811. Immediately following the performance will be CLE’s 2010 Preview Party for all members and those wishing to join for 2010. Many of our presenters will be in attendance. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.
June 7: SOAR Golf Tournament at Burlingame Country Club.  For more information, visit www.soarhighlands.org. Proceeds benefit the Special Operations Warrior Fund.
June 8: Heritage Weaving Demonstration: “Sheep to Shawl” with Debbie Bryant at the Cashiers Historical Society.  For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.
June 8-11: Highlands Nature Center presents “WOW!- a World of Wonder” for kids ages 4 to 6.
Time: 10:00 a.m. – noon daily. Cost: $35 per child. The natural world is an amazing place! Come and have fun as we play nature games, hike through the woods,search for critters, and explore the pond and stream. Who knows what interesting things we may discover!?!? For more information, visit www.wcu.edu.
June 10: Highlands Nature Center presents “A Wilderness of Possibility And the Possibility of Wilderness” with Brent Martin of The Wilderness Society. Time: 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-2623. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm.
June 10: Spring History Ramble with local historian Jane Nardy at the Cashiers Historical Society. For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.
June 10: Pinnacle Party at the Cashiers Historical Society. For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.
June 10: SOAR Auction at the Highlands Community Center. Proceeds benefit the Special Operations Warrior Fund. Begins at 5:30 p.m. .  For more information, visit www.soarhighlands.org.
June 11-13: Need a break from stress? Time to yourself to simply think? Join us for a short weekend retreat by yourself or with family and friends. During the self-guided retreat, you decide how to spend your time at The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center. Staff will lead an optional hike and host a campfire with s’mores, but we want you spend your time doing what you need to do to – relax, rejuvenate, or get energized. Call (828) 526-5838 ext 0 or visit www.mountaincenters.org for additional information and pricing.
June 12: Arts & Crafts Festival on the Village Green in Cashiers – begins at 10 a.m.
June 12: Special Operations Adventure Race (SOAR) in Highlands. Includes Sprint Race of 5 – 7 hours including running, rappelling, orienteering, water event, and mountain biking; and Elite Race of 10-12 hours including running, mountain biking, water event, rappelling, and orienteering. For more information please call 828-526-0224 or visit www.soarhighlands.org.
June 12:  Heritage Workshops: Woodworking with Skip Taylor – The second in a series of six one-day Saturday workshops at the Cashiers Historical Society; each workshop is $75 per person. Participants can attend one or all; the class sizes are limited to ten people. 9:00 am until early afternoon – please bring your own lunch and snacks. Class subjects include techniques that may have been employed by Mordecai Zachary himself such as edge sharpening basics, hand plane basics, and 18th-19th century hand planning. For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.
June 13-July 3: Highlands Playhouse presents “Smokey Joe’s Café” A musical theatrical revue by songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller – two men who are credited in the invention of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Their timeless songs provide the basis for this electrifying show that had critics raving and audiences stampeding the box office during its record-breaking Broadway run. Smokey Joe’s Café features nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded including  hits such as “On Broadway,” “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,”“Stand By Me,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Love Potion #9”and “I’m A Woman.” With each song becoming a trip down the corridors of American culture, Smokey Joe’s Café transforms classic pop music into compelling musical theatre. Smokey Joe’s Café was nominated for seven Tony Awards and the Original Broadway cast soundtrack, Smokey Joe’s Café. Their music won a Grammy Award in 1995. Tickets are $30/person. For more information, call please call 828-526-2695 or visit the Highlands Playhouse online at www.highlandsplayhouse.org.
June 14: Highlands Plateau Audubon Society presents “Birding Hot Spots” – A program featuring members’ nature pictures and adventure stories beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Highlands Civic Center. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387. There is no charge to participate.
June 15-18: Highlands Nature Center presents “Amazing Animals” for kids ages: 7-10. Time:10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily. Cost: $45 Per Child. How do birds fly? What is a mammal? Can a turtle come out of its shell? Are spiders insects? Come and find out as we study different animal groups through hands-on activities and field observations. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm.
June 15: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents “Birding with the Audubon” as part of their eco tours series, including guided hikes and day trips. $5 members, $35 new friends. Reservations required: 828-526-1111
June 15: Center for Life Enrichment presents “Creative Stenciling” at the Morningside Bed & Breakfast. Can’t draw? Can’t paint? Love color and feel creative? Transform a plain shirt or jacket, customize napkins, accent a wall, monogram your stationary, turn a cast off lamp into a striking accent – all this is possible when you explore the many applications of stencils. You will learn how to do a trial board and then plan and execute a project. Stencils and paint supplies for the sample project will be supplied. Bring a shirt, a napkin, notecards – and start stenciling. Instructor: Martha Porter
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Cost: $40 members; $50 non members Supplies Included (other than listed above) Only 12 slots available. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.
June 16: Center for Life Enrichment presents “Showcasing the Chef” at Cyprus Restaurant. Join Chef Nick Figel on a river journey starting in China, traveling on the Mekong River, through Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and ending in the Gulf of Thailand. As we pass rice paddies, jungles and the abundant foliage on the river banks from the highlands to the delta, we will explore Southeast Asian cuisine as an expression of Chinese culture. You will help prepare and then, more importantly, dine on delectable dishes from five countries. Time: 12:00 – 2:30 (lunch included). Cost: $45 members, $55 non members. Only 24 slots available. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.
June 17: Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society Patron’s Party at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley @ 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Dust off your pearls and dancing shoes for the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society’s “Pawsitively Purrfect Evening”. There will be cocktails, dinner, dancing, and a live auction with some pawsitively purrfect items. Auction highlights include resort travel, golf packages, a dinner party in your own home by “Two Men and a Grill”, jewelry, and artworks. Tickets are $375 per couple and $185.50 per individual  – proceeds benefit the CHHS.  For more information, call 828-743-5752 or visit www.chhumanesociety.org.
June 17: Highlands Nature Center presents “Water, Water Everywhere, But is it as Clean as You Think?” with Jenny Sanders and Bill McLarney of the Little Tennessee Watershed Association. Time: 7:00 p.m. Phone: 828-526-2623. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm.
June 19: Highlands Plateau Audubon Society presents “Birding Hot Spots” – A field trip to birding hot spots around Highlands to look for summer resident birds. Meet at the public parking area next to the town hall at 7:30 a.m. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387. There is no charge to participate.
June 19:  Heritage Workshops: Woodworking with Skip Taylor – The third in a series of six one-day Saturday workshops at the Cashiers Historical Society (last three to occur in July); each workshop is $75 per person. Participants can attend one or all; the class sizes are limited to ten people. 9:00 am until early afternoon – please bring your own lunch and snacks. Class subjects include techniques that may have been employed by Mordecai Zachary himself such as edge sharpening basics, hand plane basics, and 18th-19th century hand planning. For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.
June 21: Town of Highlands Scholarship Golf Tournament at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club. Registration deadline is June 9th. Send your tax-deductible donation and sign-up information to the Town of Highlands Scholarship Fund, PO Box 460, Highlands, NC 28741; or Wildcat Cliffs Country Club, 770 Country Club Drive, Highlands, NC 28741, attn: Kevin Gabbard, Golf Pro.
June 22: Center for Life Enrichment presents “Acting Up – How to Enrich Your Theater Experience” at the Highlands Performing Arts Center (upstairs). Have you ever wondered what it is like to be on the stage? What it takes to be an actor? What goes on behind the scenes? Come join us for a fun filled, informative morning with Ronnie Spilton. We can’t promise to make you a star, but we assure you that your play-going experience will be enhanced. Participants will receive one complimentary ticket to one production of the 2010-2011 Highlands Cashiers Players Theater. Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost: $20 members; $30 non-members. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.
June 22-25: Highlands Nature Center presents “ Junior Ecologists” for kids ages: 11-14. Time: 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 pm daily. Cost: $55 per child. Discover what field biologists do as we conduct real science both at the Biological Station and at off-site locations in the Nantahala National Forest. have Fun measuring the forest, mapping stream salamander communities, studying pond life, collecting insects, performing bird counts, and inventorying small mammal species. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm.
June 23: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents their “Village Nature Series” in Cashiers. Come learn something new at these free and fun educaional lectures. This lecture features the “Wonders of Life” with Bill Lea. Time: 6:00 pm. Cost: Free. No reservations required.Call 828-526-1111 or visit www.hicashlt.org for more information.
June 24: An Evening in Monte Carlo at the High Hampton Inn – Enjoy an evening on the French Riviera (in Cashiers) that will have you saying “C’est Magnifique!” REACH of Jackson County presents their seventh annual fundraiser, An Evening In Monte Carlo. The event begins at 6:30 PM, and ends around 10:30 PM. An Evening In Monte Carlo will be filled with music and dancing to the sounds of Hurricane Creek, which has played at several REACH benefits in the past. The evening will also include a buffet dinner, drinks, no-stakes casino-style games and a silent auction featuring many unique items from the area as well as high-adventures experiences. Tickets are $75 and are available by contacting REACH of Jackson County at 631-4466 ext 207, or by visiting United Community Bank in Cashiers.
June 24: Highlands Nature Center presents “Let’s do it: The Sordid Secrets of Avian Sex” with Rob Bierregaard of The University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Time: 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-2623 or visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm.
June 25: “Green Living Fair” at the Cashiers Village Green – featuring green home tours, hikes, eco-fashion show, food, and music. Hosted by Jackson – Macon Conservation Alliance – call (828) 526-9938 ext. 320 for more information. $5 ticket is good for all Friday events in Cashiers and Saturday events in Highlands.
June 25-27: “A Walk in the Park” at Memorial Park Cemetery – Shuttles will depart from the Community Center. Throughout the years, attendees of the Highlands Historical Society’s “Walk in the Park” have learned about the lives of early Highlanders. This year’s event will focus on the lives of seven talented, energetic women, who were ahead of their time. For more information about the HHS “Walk in the Park” visit ww.highlandshistory.com.
June 26: Music on the Grounds of the Cashiers Historical Society. For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.
June 26: “Green Living Fair” at Highlands Recreation Park – Vendors, artisans, green home tours, classes, cooking demos, food, and fun kids projects. Hosted by Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance – call (828) 526-9938 ext. 320 for more information. $5 ticket is good for all Friday events in Cashiers and Saturday events in Highlands.
June 26: Franc D’Ambrosio performs at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Critically acclaimed one man show featureing BROADWAY Songs of the Great White Way. Best known as the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award winning musical The Phantom of the Opera, D’Ambrosio’s resume includes playing Anthony Corleone, the opera singing son of Al Pacino in the Godfather III and performing as guest artist with many major American orchestras and symphonies. Recognized for his vibrant voice and legato singing, D’Ambrosio is at his best performing on stage for a live audience. Handsome and engaging, he will delight you with his memorable renditions of many of the best loved songs from the Broadway classics. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40/person. For more information, visit www.highlandsperformingartscenter.org.
June 29: Center for Life Enrichment presents “Beginning Drawing” at the Highlands Civic Center. Drawing is a learned skill and anyone can do it. With a minimum of supplies you can record your travels visually, represent the things which matter in your environment and have a lifelong relaxing hobby. Drawing is a necessary prerequisite to painting and other art classes. In this class you will learn about contour, negative space, perspective and use of value to create dimension and depth. Supply List: Artist Pencils: 2B, H, and Ebony, a gum eraser, kneaded eraser, pencil sharpener, and drawing pad 11″x14″ or 14″x17″. Presenter: Mary Judernatz. Time: 9:30 – 12:00 p.m. Cost:$75 members; $85 non-members. Only 10 slots available. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.

Share

Asheville Regional Airport Adds New Tampa, Florida Flight to its Growing Roster

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC | Posted on Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tagged Under : , , , ,

The Word Is Out – Western North Carolina Has Become a Major Destination for More Florida Travelers

As more and more Florida families discover the wonderful mild climates and beautiful scenery that Western North Carolina has to offer, airlines are beginning to herald their request for direct flights from the Sunshine State to the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Whether these travelers seek to escape the throngs of vacationers arriving daily to Florida’s shorelines and amusement parks, or they simply want to catch a glimpse of the sun setting over a peaceful mountain lake – whatever the reason, AirTran has added two major flights out of Florida to nearby Asheville Regional Airport in as many years.

Asheville Airport

AirTran launched an Orlando-Asheville flight to its regular schedule in 2009, and – based on its popularity and demand for more flights to/from other Florida cities – has recently debuted a direct flight from Tampa International Airport to Asheville Regional.  Flights from Tampa arrive once daily Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday – and depart on the same days. Asheville Regional Airport has added three other flights from major destinations in the last year alone – including Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth and New York City. To book YOUR flight into or out of Asheville Regional Airport TODAY, visit their website at  www.flyavl.com. Asheville Regional Airport is just a quick and picturesque one-hour drive to Sapphire Valley and Cashiers. In less than short three hours, you could trade Florida’s unbearable summer heat for a crisp mountain breeze as you relax in a rocking chair overlooking some of the world’s most scenic vistas – tall glass of sweet tea in hand.

We feel we should warn you – once you’ve discovered all of the charm and grace that Western North Carolina and – more specifically – the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau has to offer, you may never want to leave.  If that’s the case, Silver Creek Real Estate Group is here to help!  Our talented team of experienced brokers is dedicated to helping you and your family find the perfect primary residence or vacation retreat to fit both your needs and your dreams.  To begin your quest for the ideal mountain home for your family, we invite you to view our listings online at www.ncliving.com.  To schedule a personalized tour of the area and available homes/properties, call us at 828-743-1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com, fill out our online contact form or pop by our offices, conveniently located near the Cashiers Crossroads in the Shoppes at CreekSide. Have a safe flight!

Share

Weekly Real Estate Sales Update for the Cashiers, Sapphire, and Highlands Plateau in North Carolina

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Weekly Real Estate Sales Update | Posted on Monday, May 24, 2010

Tagged Under : , , , , , , , ,

Why wait any longer to reach for the home of your dreams? Silver Creek Real Estate Group invites you to join the growing number of families and investors who have discovered the natural beauty of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, as well as the lasting value of homes and property in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. If you currently own a home in Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville or Lake Toxaway – and are considering making a move to another corner of the world – we encourage you to select Silver Creek as your listing partner. We take great pride in successfully matching buyers with sellers and dreamers with dream homes.

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of this week’s home and land sales. Property sales for the week of May 17, 2010:

A 3 bedroom/3.5 bath home in River Rock sold for $291,000
A 2 bedroom/3 bath home in Bullpen sold for $285,000
A home on Old Farm Road sold for $100,000
Two lots in Lonesome Valley sold for $521,563
A lot in High Hampton sold for $495,000
A lot in Falcon Ridge sold for $122,500

** Please note that we have included links to subdivisions with additional property and homes for sale within the communities of Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville and Lake Toxaway.

Whether you are looking for your family’s vacation home or primary residence, Silver Creek Real Estate Group welcomes the opportunity to help you find the ideal home to fit your vision. If you wish to place your Highlands-Cashiers Plateau property on the market, we invite you to contact Silver Creek and speak with one of our talented and experienced brokers. To get started as quickly as TODAY, simply call us at 828-743-1999, drop by our offices at the Shoppes at CreekSide near the Cashiers Crossroads, fill out an online contact form at www.ncliving.com or e-mail your questions directly to us at info@ncliving.com We look forward to discussing how Silver Creek Real Estate Group might best serve you and your family!

Share

Possibilities abound at Bear Lake Reserve near Cashiers NC

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Monday, May 24, 2010

Tagged Under : , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Incredible Real Estate Opportunity – Mountain Lake Community in Western North Carolina

Nestled in Western North Carolina’s beautiful Tuckasegee Valley and situated along the shoreline of pristine Bear Creek Lake,  the secluded 2,100 acre community of Bear Lake Reserve is a true vacationer’s paradise.  Bear Lake Reserve successfully combines the concepts of community, luxury, leisure and nature together with amazing results.   Whether seeking a mountain vacation home or a primary residence, Bear Lake Reserve has many options for the discerning homebuyer.  Custom home sites are available on the shores of Bear Creek Lake or tucked away within the ancient forest that surrounds her.  The 2- to 4-bedroom Craftsman-style cottages are offered in a variety of floor plans in a number of neighborhoods throughout the community – ideal for the adventurous growing family or peace-seeking empty nesters.  The 2- and 3-bedroom condominiums found at the Mountain Lodge offer awe-inspiring views of the Lake and easy access to the Lake Club.  The Lake Club – considered to be the crown jewel of Bear Lake Reserve – includes a lakefront pool, outdoor community hearth, theater room, fitness center, restaurant and tavern.  For a list of some of the homes for sale in Bear Lake Reserve, please click here. If you are interested in purchasing a lot and building your own mountain retreat, please click here. For a complete list of homes and lots for sale in Bear Lake Reserve, please contact one the agents at Silver Creek Real Estate Group.

The Bear Lake Golf Club features a 9-hole, 29 par course by Nicklaus Design ? with sweeping 40 mile views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and valley below. While the course provides golfers with its own set of challenges, perhaps the biggest challenge may be to tear your eyes away from the stirring panoramic vistas and keep your eye on the ball. The Amphitheatre at Golden Farm proves a picturesque spot for a wedding or summer concert.  Bear Lake’s Mill Pond Pavilion is a peaceful outdoor retreat framed by tall white pines, overlooking a mountain stream, trout ponds and the charming ruins of an old springhouse. Family-friendly Bear Creek Park features open hearths for cooking or telling ghost stories in the firelight, babbling brooks for splashing, and a teepee and tree houses for exploring. There is no shortage of things to do at Bear Lake Reserve, but residents are always welcome to enjoy their time at the Lake “doing absolutely nothing at all.” At the heart and soul of this unique mountain lake community, Bear Creek Lake was constructed by Nantahala Power and Light Company in the mid-1950’s to provide hydroelectric power to the area, and has been enjoyed by families in the area ever since. Her 476 acres of crystal blue waters are teeming with trout, bass AND adventure.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group is proud to announce their listing of a fabulous large tract of land– an astounding 1,571 acres at the North side of Bear Creek Lake, situated across the lake from Bear Lake Reserve. This incredible tract of land encompasses 4.5 miles of beautiful lake frontage, 2 miles of trout stream and the awe-inspiring 120-foot drop from the Sol Creek Waterfall.  Land like this is what has been drawing people to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina since the early 1800’s! Developers – just imagine the possibilities!!!  To learn more about this incredible real estate opportunity or schedule a tour of the matchless Bear Lake Reserve, contact the talented team of brokers at Silver Creek TODAY! We can be reached by calling 828-743-1999, by e-mailing your request to info@ncliving.com, by filling out our online contact form or by dropping by our offices – conveniently located near the Cashiers Crossroads in the Shoppes at CreekSide.  We look forward to the opportunity to introduce you to this one-of-a-kind prospect in this one-of-a-kind community.

Share

Silver Creek Spotlight: Cashiers Historical Society

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Monday, May 24, 2010

Tagged Under : , , ,

Climb the Mountains of Western North Carolina and Take a Step into the Past

Settlers to Western North Carolina first discovered the Cashiers area in the early 1800’s as they sought to set up homesteads upon the rich and rolling landscape.  Over the next century, as word spread of the natural beauty of the region and mild year-round climate courtesy of the high elevations, more and more people descended upon Cashiers Village and the surrounding province –defining it as a prestigious mountain resort community. In 1996, a group of concerned citizens felt it their duty to preserve and protect Cashiers long and colorful history – they held a kick-off fundraiser, formed an affiliation with a 501(c)3 organization – the Village Conservancy, and officially launched the Cashiers Historical Society. Their first vital act was to save a historic landmark – The Zachary-Tolbert House. Mordecai Zachary – son of one of the village’s founding fathers, Colonel John Zachary – first constructed the home in the mid-1800’s. By the mid-1990’s, the Society was approached by Robert Red “Bubba” Tolbert to help save the home – which had become a part of his family’s property.  Now, at nearly 160 years old, the home not only stands proudly at the center of Cashiers Village – it serves as a Museum and headquarters for the Cashiers Historical Society.  A fine example of Greek Revival architectural style with the world’s largest collection of plain-style furniture crafted by one person in one location (all built by Mordecai Zachary), the Zachary-Tolbert House is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and is open  for guided tours on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May through October.  Normally, tours last approximately 45 minutes although the Historical Society encourages visitors to allow time to enjoy the surrounding grounds, adjacent meadows, nature trails, and scenic woodlands. Imagine what it was like to live here 150 years ago with no electricity, indoor plumbing or central heat. They invite you to bring your lunch or a snack and spend several hours at this historic, educational, and restorative landmark. There is no charge for guided tours, though a donation of $5 is suggested. For more information, or to arrange a group tour, phone 828-743-7710. The House Museum is located at 1940 NC Highway 107 South, two miles south of the Cashiers Crossroads.

Since its launch in 1996, the Cashiers Historical Society has grown to become one of the most successful preservation, civic and interpretive organizations in Western North Carolina. With a membership of over 400 strong, members and the surrounding community are able to enjoy Cashiers proud heritage and a variety of activities throughout the year – many of which help raise funds to support continued efforts by the Society. This summer, the Cashiers Historical Society has several fun events planned and they invite YOU to be a part of them.

Cashiers Historical Society Spring/Summer 2010 Events

June 5, 12, & 19: Heritage Workshops: Woodworking with Skip Taylor – The first three in a series of six one-day, Saturday workshops; each workshop is $75 per person. Participants can attend one or all; the class sizes are limited to ten people. 9:00 am until early afternoon – please bring your own lunch and snacks. Class subjects include techniques that may have been employed by Mordecai Zachary himself such as edge sharpening basics, hand plane basics, and 18th-19th century hand planning.
June 8: Heritage Weaving Demonstration: “Sheep to Shawl” with Debbie Bryant
June 10: Spring History Ramble with local historian Jane Nardy
June 10: Pinnacle Party
June 26: Music on the Grounds
July 3, 10 & 17: Heritage Workshops: Woodworking with Skip Taylor – the last three in a series of six one-day, Saturday workshops; each workshop is $75 per person. Participants can attend one or all; the class sizes are limited to ten people. 9:00 am until early afternoon – please bring your own lunch and snacks. Class subjects include that may have been employed by Mordecai Zachary himself such as mastering hand scrapers, sawing wood by hand and dovetail drawer joinery by hand.
July 23 & 24: Heritage Workshop: Blacksmithing with Matthew Shirey – a two-day workshop 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Bring a light lunch and any snacks, $195.00/person. Maximum 10 people per class. Students will spend two days learning the basics of blacksmithing.  Class time will be spent learning to draw a taper, flatten, bend, twist, scroll, and upset hot iron.  Students should each walk away with one or more small functional items such as hooks, spoons, forks, spatulas, bottle openers, etc.
July 27, Aug. 3 & 10: Heritage Workshop: Wildflower Painting with Kathie Wyatt Blozan – a series of one-day workshops in drawing and painting wildflowers in watercolor.
10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Students may attend one workshop or all. Please bring a lunch; $75 per person; all supplies will be provided. Maximum 15 people per class. What better way to get to know wildflowers than by drawing and painting them? Folks will draw on the grounds of the Zachary Tolbert House, & have access to shelter for painting their own sketches. Participants will produce one or more small finished paintings and will meet rain or shine.
August 20: Cashiers Designer ShowHouse Patron Party & Auction – The Clubhouse at Wade Hampton Golf Club
August 21-Sept. 5: Cashiers Designer ShowHouse – Whisper Fade at Wade Hampton Golf Club on Highway 107 South. This very special annual event will include Showhouse Shops @ the Designer Showhouse, The Zachary-Tolbert House Museum & Grounds open for Daily Tours, a Merchants Tent @ the Zachary-Tolbert House and Lunch served daily. Showhouse hours are Monday – Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Sundays, 1:00-4:00. Tickets just $25, and may be purchased on-site! For more information on the Designer ShowHouse and the Patron Party, please call the Cashiers Historical Society at 828.743.7710 or e-mail your questions to  zacharytolbert@aol.com.
August 29: 102nd Zachary Reunion Sunday

For more information about The Cashiers Historical Society and to learn more about upcoming events, please visit them online at http://www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org/.

Share

Silver Creek Spotlight: Midnight Farms in Cashiers, North Carolina

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Saturday, May 22, 2010

Tagged Under : , , ,

At Midnight Farms in Cashiers, art doesn’t just imitate life – art is a WAY of life. This extraordinary home furnishings store in the heart of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau promises to “excite your creative senses and meet all of your home furnishing needs”.  The masterminds behind Midnight Farms – Jim and Pat Grady offer a unique approach to rustic elegance and traditional décor with their vast inventory of distinctive home furnishings, Adirondack-inspired furniture and unusual accessories. First debuted to seasonal visitors and locals in the Blue Ridge Mountains in 1997, the Cashiers location is a landmark and the first of two stores. The Cashiers store offers 4,500 square feet of high-end furniture, artwork, accessories and more.  The Grady’s daughter, Rhesa serves as co-owner, manager and buyer of Midnight Farms’ second location – a 100-year-old cabin that is listed on the National Historic Register near Biltmore Estate in Asheville – which opened in 2006. Rhesa and her mother share the same innate ability to merchandise their stores in such a way that gives shoppers a true taste of how Midnight Farms’ goods and design services can transform any home into a cozy retreat.

Husband, father and owner Jim Grady is a consummate artisan and professional woodworker who designs and builds a complete line of elegant rustic furniture on the premises of the Cashiers store.  His inspiration comes from “the root of rustic style originating in the Adirondacks”.  Natural elements like roots, burls, bark, antlers and organics that abound in the Southern Appalachians are incorporated into each piece.  Exciting paint colors and glazes are often added to enhance the beauty of his works of art.  No two pieces are exactly alike, and Jim enjoys taking each piece to a new dimension.  Visitors to the Cashiers store are invited to see Jim’s creations in the making – his workshop is located behind the cottage showroom.  Jim will gladly accept custom orders to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece for your home to your specifications with exceptional detail and fine craftsmanship.

Midnight Farms and their design team have often participated in the Cashiers Designer Showhouse, and their work has been featured in several publications including Views Magazine and the book “Rustic Revisited: Innovative Design for Cabin, Camp and Lodge” by Ann Stillman O’Leary (2006). 
 
In addition to Interior Design services and Jim’s complete line of custom rustic furniture, Midnight Farms also presents European antiques, accent furniture, upholstered furniture, cypress and willow porch & patio furniture, lighting, bedding and linens, accessories, window treatments, cabinets, media consoles, tables, and more. Their website at www.midnightfarms.com features an online catalog where visitors can view photos of some of the Grady’s unique stock. Please call them at 828-743-5858 or send them an e-mail at info@midnightfarms.com for pricing or to place an order.  Midnight Farms now ships nationwide! If you’d rather visit the store and see their incredible inventory firsthand, Midnight Farms in Cashiers is located at 336 Highway 107 North – simply travel 3/10 of a mile north on Highway 107 from the Cashiers Crossroads, and the barn and showrooms will be on the right. Jim, Pat and Rhesa look forward to the opportunity to help you transform YOUR house into a home.

Share

Silver Creek Spotlight: The Decorative Touch in Cashiers, North Carolina

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Friday, May 21, 2010

Tagged Under : , ,

Priscilla Wodehouse isn’t one of your average, everyday resort village shopkeepers (not that there’s any such thing as “average” or “everyday” in Cashiers, NC). Between her popular Highlands-Cashiers Plateau store – The Decorative Touch, and her highly revered home decor services – Mountain View Interior Designs, she offers her clients a real “design experience”. As an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers with more than 40 years of design experience under her belt, Priscilla is one of Western North Carolina’s foremost authorities on the subject of tasteful home décor.

The Decorative Touch and Mountain View Interior Designs both found their origins in Greenville, Mississippi in 1970. With the humble beginnings of an accessory shop, The Decorative Touch soon evolved into an antique and interior design hub for the entire city of Greenville and most of the surrounding area. When Priscilla moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, The Decorative Touch moved with her and reopened to rave reviews from the locals. For many years, Priscilla served both commercial and residential clients near the beaches and greater Jacksonville area.

In 2005, Priscilla sold the Ponte Vedra branch and moved to the historic mountain village of Cashiers North Carolina. It was here that she again found the ideal match for her taste and talent. In addition to her interior design work, she opened a marvelous shop near the Cashiers Crossroads and filled it with fabulous art, tasteful furniture, designer rugs, custom made window treatments, precious china, decorative pillows, and great accessories to finish any home – from the mountains to the city to the shoreline and beyond.  Priscilla brings years of experience and a discriminating eye to the rustic approach of design. She offers a unique sense of casual elegance and sophistication to each and every one of her clients. Since becoming a treasured member of the Cashiers Community, Priscilla and The Decorative Touch have taken part in such popular area events as The Chinquapin Designer Showcase and The Cashiers Designer Showhouse.

The Decorative Touch’s Philosophy and Mission Statement perhaps explains Priscilla’s approach to her work best: “We are a creative service company and desire to make the homes our clients dwell in be the warmest and most inviting our collective talents can produce. Our aim is to create a space for families to live and love in,  be it on vacation or for our ever-growing year-round couples who enjoy the peace and quiet of the winter after our busy social season has subsided. We want to use the colors and styles that you, our customers, feel best living with, but with our suggested ideas and concepts based on years of experience. With our knowledge encompassing hours of research from antique shops to design centers all over the world and our endless library and list of contacts, we can help you to achieve the rooms you’ve been enviously dreaming about.  We can create and design ‘from scratch’ spaces that take all of your needs and desires into a completed space of your own. If you can think it, we can do it. We can design furniture, window treatments, re-design spaces, and accessorize with our outstanding vendors of art, objects d’art, rugs, lamps, anything you need. We offer sophisticated cabin as well as traditional, casual and everything in-between. Working with your “vacation” furniture or starting from a bare room, we will work with you to produce a fabulous finished space that is uniquely your own.”

The Decorative Touch in located at 121 Highway 107 North in Cashiers. For more information and store hours, call 828-743-7787 or visit their website at www.thedecorativetouch.com. Priscilla looks forward to the opportunity to work with you to “create a space that’s uniquely your own!”

Share

Silver Creek Spotlight: Brookings Outfitters

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tagged Under : , , , , ,

Silver Creek Spotlight: Men’s Retail and Sporting Gear in Western North Carolina
Brookings Outfitters Says “Go Outside and PLAY!”

Perfectly perched in the popular resort village of Cashiers (a little slice of Heaven seemingly custom designed for any outdoor enthusiast), Brookings is proud to be Western North Carolina’s premier outfitter.  This shop offers just about everything a sportsman might need – from clothing, to footwear, to fishing and hunting supplies – heck, they even have everything man’s best friend might need, as well. An Orvis-endorsed outfitter, Brookings is owned and operated by true “outdoorsy” types – all experienced hunters, fishermen, outfitters and guides. In addition to their retail services, Brookings offers fly fishing schools and lessons, as well as guided day trips to the Davidson and Tuckasegee Rivers – two of Western North Carolina’s best known trout rivers. Brookings’ guides can also advise the would-be fisherman and hunter on the very best places in the area to fish and hunt (trust us, they’ve done their research), as well as the basics like where to get a fishing permit, outline the dates of local hunting seasons, and check out the current river levels & conditions.

Newly opened, the Brookings Lodge offers the ideal get-away for a group of fly fishermen, hunters or those who just wish to enjoy the natural splendor of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.  The Lodge is a beautifully restored historic cabin in a private, hillside setting mere steps from the eclectic shops and fine dining of Cashiers Village.  Lodge amenities include 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, full kitchen, dining room, a wood burning fireplace, game room, and outdoor fireplace.  Special accommodation packages are available with all inclusive guide services and combined discounted lodging rates for a terrific “base camp” at the heart of any outdoor expedition.

To book your reservations at the Brookings Lodge, learn more about Brookings Outfitters and their fly fishing schools, or to shop their wares online – please visit their website at www.brookingsonline.com.  Brookings is located behind Tommy’s Coffee Shop on 107 South. They look forward to helping you suit up to go outside and PLAY!

Share

Silver Creek Spotlight: Victoria’s Closet

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tagged Under : , ,

Silver Creek Spotlight: Western North Carolina Business & Retail
GREEN is the new Black at Popular Cashiers Shop, Victoria’s Closet

Recycle, Reduce and Reuse has always been in vogue at Victoria’s Closet! This trendy consignment shop located at the heart of Cashiers, North Carolina has been clothing the people of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau and beyond since they first opened their doors in 1991. The brainchild of Vicki “Victoria” Fray of Ft. Myers, Florida, Victoria’s Closet is now owned and operated by local fashionistas, Ballard Rogan and Kerry Stranger.  These three ladies have worked hard to create the perfect shopping environment for the earth-friendly, yet chic bargain hunter.

Located in Alexander Gardens at the heart of Cashiers on Highway 64 East (1/4 mile east of the Cashiers Crossroads), Victoria’s Closet is comprised of three stores – Victoria’s Closet, VC For Men and the NEW Victoria’s Sportswear – for over 7,000 square feet of fine fashion, boutique clothing, estate jewelry, furs, everyday wear and overstock items from other retailers.   They offer the largest selection of upscale consignment clothing in the Southeast, as well as designer frocks and exciting new seasonal arrivals.

The Men’s Store – VC for Men – is located just down the hill, 100 yards from Victoria’s Closet in a charming log cabin, circa 1920’s. Men can peruse the fine selection of suits, slacks, dress shirts, shoes, golf wear and everyday wear – or sit back and relax in a rocker on the front porch while their female shopping companions take their time exploring more than 6,000 square feet of showroom floor between Victoria’s Closet and Victoria’s Sportswear right next door.

Victoria’s Closet is open year-round, with current in-season hours (now through October) of Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Ballard and Kerry welcome you to pop by the store and discover what all the buzz is about. Tell them the friendly folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group sent you!  To learn more about Victoria’s Closet, please call the store directly at 828.743.9575 or visit them online at www.victoriasclosetnc.com.

Share

Burlingame Country Club Membership Incentives and Real Estate Opportunities

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tagged Under : , , , , , , , ,

Country Club Membership Incentives and Real Estate Opportunities in Sapphire Valley Community Near Cashiers, NC – “Discover” What Sets Burlingame at Sapphire Lakes Apart

In a brilliant attempt to introduce seasonal visitors and locals alike to the many things that set Burlingame at Sapphire Lakes apart from other developments in the area, this distinctive community has chosen to launch its “Discovery Program”. Established in 1983, Burlingame at Sapphire Lakes is an equity club and master-planned community nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina near the popular resort village of Cashiers. Burlingame Country Club lies at the heart of the development and features an exquisitely appointed Clubhouse with three dining rooms and two lounges, as well as a 24-hour fitness center, top-ranked championship 18-hole golf course, four Har-Tru tennis courts and one hard court, heated swimming pool and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation.  With the debut of the three-tiered “Discovery Program”, potential new club members can get a taste of what Burlingame has to offer before electing to become actual members. The “Discovery Clubhouse Program” allows the use of the clubhouse facility, including all dining venues, card room and all special club events for the participant and his or her spouse.  The “Discovery Golf Program” allows the full use of all Burlingame Country Club facilities including the golf course, tennis courts, fitness center, pool, croquet, and all dining venues for participant and his or her spouse. The “Discovery Social Program” allows the full use of all Burlingame Country Club facilities EXCEPT the golf course for the participant and his or her spouse. Each program level requires payment of annual dues upon application approval, as well as a dining room minimum and administrative fee. The Golf and Social Programs are both 12-month programs, and – in the event that a participant chooses to become a member during that time – the cost of the program would be applied to any initiation fees and dues for the membership level of their choosing. The “Discovery Program” is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and open to persons who have either never been affiliated with Burlingame Country Club (or its predecessor, Sapphire Lakes Country Club) or those who have not been on the membership rosters for three years or more.

Once you’ve become a part of Burlingame’s exciting Country Club scene, you may just find yourself wanting more. Real estate opportunities in Burlingame range from scenic riverfront home sites and luxury mountain view homes to rustic lodge-inspired condos that line the golf course. Whether you’re an avid fisherman who prefers to build their dream home on a riverfront home site, a nature lover who enjoys long-range mountain views from the rear deck of their luxury home, a boat enthusiast who seeks a unique lakefront estate complete with boat dock, or an empty nester who appreciates the comfort and low-maintenance of the rustic lodge-inspired condominiums that line the development’s 18-hole championship golf course – there’s something for everyone at Burlingame.  Silver Creek Real Estate is proud to feature several wonderful homes and homesites in Burlingame at Sapphire Lakes. Among those, we wish to shine a light on what many consider to be the best catch on the Horsepasture River. Designed by local architect C. Allen Brown, this secluded 3 BD/4BA home at 205 River Bend Road features several walls of windows throughout the interior, each offering stunning views of the golf course and the beautiful natural setting that is Burlingame at Sapphire Lakes. With two-and-a-half levels of flexible living space and over 200 feet of tranquil river frontage, this is the ideal home for the fly fisherman or the family who enjoys waking up to the peaceful sound of rushing water. Priced so reasonably at just $850,000, your friends will think you’re telling fish tales. Don’t let it be “the one that got away!” To learn more about this very special property, CLICK HERE.

Do you prefer lakefront views to river frontage? You could enjoy a lifetime of leisurely strolls to the lake from your home at 95 Lakeshore Drive. This fabulous 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom lakefront home offers the best of both worlds – lakehouse and mountain retreat all-in-one. They say you never know how many friends you have until you buy a lake house.  Fortunately, the home’s spacious split floor plan offers an abundance of privacy for the “masters of the house “and stunning lake views for their guests to enjoy from most of the rooms. Interior features also include soaring cathedral ceilings, loads of closet space and a terrific game room with wet bar for entertaining. The double garage provides plenty of space for you to store your golf cart until you’re ready to take lazy rides around your beautiful neighborhood.  Imagine endless days of sauntering down to your very own dock along the shores of Lake Soquilla to stir the glassy surface of the water with your toes as you watch the sun setting in the distance.  Relaxation is the key to life on a mountain lake, even though adventure lurks at every turn. This fantastic lakefront home high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina is offered at an amazing $1,100,000. To learn whether or not this is the home you’ve been dreaming of owning, CLICK HERE.

To take an online tour of other Burlingame homes for sale, CLICK HERE.

To view land for sale in Burlingame at Sapphire Lakes, CLICK HERE.

If you wish to learn more about Burlingame and their “Discovery Program,” or you would like to schedule a tour of this unique community and its real estate offerings, we invite you to call Silver Creek’s experienced team of real estate professionals and brokers at 828-743-1999. You can also e-mail any questions you may have to us at info@ncliving.com, fill out our online contact form, or drop by our offices near the Cashiers Crossroads in the Shoppes at CreekSide.  We look forward to helping you “discover” all that makes Burlingame at Sapphire Lakes such a special place to live and play.

Share