February 2011 – Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Monday, January 24, 2011

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Love is in the air – and it’s contagious!  Each year, a whole new round of couples and families discover our special little corner of the world on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau and fall in love.  Some feel a kinship to the people and places along the region that calls them back year-after-year, others are struck by a deep-seated passion that entices them to lay down roots here with a year-round or seasonal home of their own.  We invite you to come to the mountains of Western North Carolina and visit the quaint towns and villages of Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville, and Lake Toxaway. Discover for yourself why so many people have fallen in love with the area for nearly two centuries – but consider yourself warned.  You, too, might just fall in love! In the likelihood that it happens, you might want to keep our number so we can begin the search for the mountain property of your dreams.

While you’re in town, we welcome you to stop by Silver Creek Real Estate Group’s offices located at the Shoppes at CreekSide. Otherwise, please feel free to call us at 828.743.1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com, or fill out our convenient online contact form and one of our talented brokers will be in touch with you shortly to discuss your needs and fondest wishes.  In the meantime, here are a handful of wonderful events on and around the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau – one of them might provide you with the perfect excuse to pay us a visit:

February 1-28: Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes and Frozen Falls Tube Park are open for the Winter Season! Enjoy two exciting hills – a fun “bunny” hill for beginners/intermediate skiers and a main run of 1,600 feet in length featuring vertical drops of up to 200 feet that is ideal for the brave at heart. Grab inflatable tubes and go sledding with the entire family on a thrilling 500 foot run.

Hours**:  Monday 5-9pm
Friday Noon-9pm
Saturday 9am-9pm
Sunday 9am-6pm
Weather Permitting

Lift / Equipment Rental Rates for ski and snowboard
Adults Public 
Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm) $52.00 
Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm) $36.00 
Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm) $30.00 
Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm) $18.00 

Children ( 12 & under ) Public 
Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm) $26.00 
Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm) $16.00 
Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm) $24.00 
Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm) $14.00 
  
Ski’s & Poles Rental Only $21.00 
Snowboard Rental Only $30.00 
Helmet Rental $9.00 
Boot Rental $9.00 
Ski and Snowboard Lessons
Group (min. 3 people, max. 10) $15.00 per Hour
Private (w/ Advanced Reservation) $25.00 per Hour

Frozen Falls Tube Rental
$22.00 for 1.75-hour session

* Discounts available for guests of Wyndham at Fairfield’s Sapphire Valley Resort.
** Check website for special holiday hours. Hours vary slightly for Frozen Falls.

February 4-6: Gametime for the Girls at the Old Edwards Inn in historic Highlands – Grab a bunch of girlfriends and head to the mountains of Western North Carolina for this fun “Anti-Super Bowl Weekend” that includes pajama party complete with popcorn, games and chick flicks. Two night minimum stay to take part in the activities. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 6, 13, 20 & 27: Headwaters Outfitters to host Fly Fishing Clinics each Sunday in February. Students will learn the basics of executing a roll cast, sidearm cast, overhead cast and bow-and-arrow cast, using 4- and 5-weight fly rods and reels provided by Headwaters. Waders and boots will be provided as well. Classes will take place on the banks of the North Fork of the French Broad River, adjacent to Headwaters Outfitters Fly Shop at the intersection of Hwy. 215 and Hwy. 64, 20 miles east of Highlands. Reservations are required. You can reserve a spot in the casting clinic by calling (828) 877-3106. $30.00 per person activity fee.

February 8-10: Executive and Entrepreneur Coach, Susie DeVille Schiffli hosts her “Thinking with a Whole New Mind” workshop at the Old Edwards Inn in Highlands. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 10 & 24: Old Edwards Inn welcomes you to join them for their popular “Best Sellers in the Wine Cellar” event – Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m. Hummingbird, followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. in the Wine Cellar. Cost: $180 Author TBD. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 11-14: Bring the one you love to the Highlands hotel who was voted winner of the Traveler’s Choice Award for 2010 and named Conde Nast Traveler’s #1 Hotel Spa in North America in 2010 – the historic Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, NC this Valentine’s Day Weekend. Special romantic dinners served nightly at Madison’s Restaurant from 6 to 9 p.m. Stop by the front desk to pick up a romantic movie and popcorn to enjoy in the privacy of your own luxury room. Guests can also arrange to have flowers, champagne, cheese trays, beautiful handmade chocolate arrangements or other surprises waiting for their sweetheart when they enter their room or suite.  Two-night minimum (Friday and Saturday) with a special add on rate at $150. Live music in Hummingbird 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 11-13: Whisk the one you love away for a weekend in the mountains of Western North Carolina to enjoy a very special Valentine’s Package at the Half Mile Inn Farm. Saturday evening includes the Farm’s annual Valentine’s Day dinner… 5 courses, each perfectly paired with an exquisite wine. Packages include a hot country gourmet breakfast each morning, wine and hors d’oeurves each evening, 5-course wine dinner Saturday night, champagne and chocolate turn-down service. Call today as seating is limited to the first 11 couples.  800-946-6822.

February 12: Martin Lipscomb Performing Center in Highlands to host the juggling and fire-eating Moldavian trio, Thimblerig Circus. More Details to come soon!

February 18-19: Cheer on your favorite school during Highlands Jeopardy at Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center!  Cost is just  $35 per person, which includes ticket for Friday mixer and dance, and Saturday Highlands Jeopardy (includes one drink). The Alumni of University of Georgia and Georgia Tech go head to head for bragging rights in this inaugural Jeopardy-inspired competition. Competition begins at 3 p.m. Join the winning team for celebratory dinners hosted at two of Highlands’ finest restaurants. For more information, call 828-526-9047.

February 19: 4th Annual Sapphire Valley Outhouse Race – that’s right, we said Outhouse Race. This fun annual event benefits the Tamassee DAR School Ski scholarship, and features four ways to participate- build your own outhouse, rent an existing outhouse, sponsor an outhouse (GREAT FOR BUSINESSES) or volunteer for a race team.  Of course, everyone is welcome to come cheer the teams on! Hosted at the Sapphire Ski Slopes in Sapphire Valley Resort from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 828- 743-7100.

February 19: Fly Fishing Guide Mac Marett of Headwaters Outfitters will demonstrate how to tie a muskie size “Double Bunny Leech” during this free fly-tying clinic in Rosman on Saturday 2-5 p.m. Bring your own vise and tie along with Mac – or just come, drink some freshly brewed Brown Bean coffee and watch. All materials necessary to tie these patterns will be available for sale. To register, please call (828) 877-3106.

February 21-23: The Old Edwards Inn in Highlands hosts the Comfort Living Spa Retreat featuring Christine Eisner of Lifestyle Design. Learn how to lead a more balanced and meaningful life by transforming your surroundings. Christine will help you translate your inner priorities to enrich your home or work environment. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 24-27:  Highlands-Cashiers Players present “You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running” by Robert Anderson at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Evening Performances begin at 7:30 pm and the Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 pm. Seats are just $20.00/person.  For more information or to reserve your seats, call 828-526-8084.

February 25-27: The Inn at Half Mile Farm hosts “Winterscapes – Picture Perfect Weekend” featuring special guest, award-winning photographer Joseph Aczel. This photography workshop is perfect for beginners to advanced photographers and kicks off Friday 5:30 p.m. with wine, hors d’oeuvres and supper. Evening an opportunity for photographers to meet Mr. Aczel and get acquainted with one another. Saturday class is from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm and includes lunch. Sunday morning, photographers will gather for a sunrise photo shoot and breakfast. Cost is $175.00 per person. Space is limited and advanced reservations are required. Call 800-946-6822 for more information.

February 25-27: Writers – pack your pencils and head to the Old Edwards Inn for a very special Literary Writers Workshop Weekend. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 26: Rekindle an old Highlands Tradition! Helen’s Barn Dances provides a community gathering for full-time residents and visitors alike at The Bascom’s Winter Dance. February’s Winter Dance celebrates the Police Officers, Firefighters and EMT’s that serve the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Admission is just $5/person and the dance lasts from 7 to 10:00 pm.

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January 2011 – Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Saturday, January 1, 2011

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The New Year represents many things to many people. For some, it is a time of renewal – a time to focus on family and the things that are most important in one’s life. For some, it is a time to tackle some goals – lose weight, get more organized, or start on a new career path. For others, the New Year represents a time of new beginnings, a time of discovery. Maybe they’ll try a wealth of new experiences in 2011 – try Indian food for the first time, go to the opera, or jump out of an airplane. Maybe they’ll travel and discover new places. What will the New Year hold for you? At Silver Creek Real Estate Group, we believe we’ve discovered something pretty special and unique high atop the mountains of Western North Carolina. We invite you and your family to visit the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, and discover for yourself what has been drawing families to our little corner of the world for over a century. Whether you plan your visit for January around the following list of things to do on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau throughout the month, or you just add a visit to Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville and Lake Toxaway to your “To Do” list for 2011 – we look forward to seeing YOU up on the mountain!  Silver Creek wishes you and yours all of the best in the New Year!

January 1: New Year’s Day at the Old Edwards Inn in Highlands includes Brunch at Madison’s from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa Bar; and Live Music at the Hummingbird Lounge.  For more information, call 828.787.2625.

January 1-31: Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes and Frozen Falls Tube Park are open for the Winter Season! Enjoy two exciting hills – a fun “bunny” hill for beginner/intermediate skiers and a 1,600-foot long main run featuring vertical drops of up to 200 feet that is ideal for the brave at heart. Grab inflatable tubes and go sledding with the entire family on a thrilling 500-foot run.

Hours**: 
Monday 5-9pm
Friday Noon-9pm
Saturday 9am-9pm
Sunday 9am-6pm
Weather Permitting

Lift / Equipment Rental Rates for ski and snowboard
Adults Public 
Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm) $52.00 
Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm) $36.00 
Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm) $30.00 
Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm) $18.00 

Children ( 12 & under ) Public 
Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm) $26.00 
Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm) $16.00 
Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm) $24.00 
Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm) $14.00 
  
Skis and Poles Rental Only $21.00 
Snowboard Rental Only $30.00 
Helmet Rental $9.00 
Boot rental $9.00 
Ski and Snowboard Lessons
Group (min. 3 people, max. 10) $15.00 per Hour
Private (w/ Advanced Reservation) $25.00 per Hour

Frozen Falls Tube Rental
$22.00 for 1.75-hour session

* Discounts available for guests of Wyndham at Fairfield’s Sapphire Valley Resort.
** Check website for special holiday hours. Hours vary slightly for Frozen Falls.

January 11-13: “Navigating Risk: From Crisis to Innovation” John A. Wheeler and Susie DeVille Schiffli Workshop at the Old Edwards Inn, geared toward business teams on the leading edge who wish to harness new modes of thinking and awareness in order to thrive in turbulent times. For more information, please call 828-526-8008.

January 13: Best Sellers in the Wine Cellar at the Hummingbird Lounge at Old Edwards Inn. Cocktails start at 6:30 p.m.; Dinner served in the Wine Cellar at 7 p.m. Author TBD. Cost: $180. For more information, please call 828-526-8008.

January 21-23: Viva La France Weekend at the Old Edwards Inn – Immerse yourself in French food, wine, art instruction, phrases and music. Wine education events, art lessons with Jane Smithers, and St. Germain Cocktails. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

January 24- 26: Mind and Body Detox Retreat – Spend 3 nights at Old Edwards Inn and Spa in beautiful Highlands, North Carolina surrounded by nature’s splendor. “Shed your Skin” and prepare to have your mind and body cleared, refreshed and rejuvenated with two and a half days of guided instruction, music, movement, recipes, healthy foods and interactive sessions to discover where you are relative to where you desire to be for a well-balanced mind and body. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

January 29-30: Romance Weekend – spotlighting many of the hotels and restaurants of Highlands. Friday will feature a welcome wine reception, dinner, and late night at Hummingbird Lounge, Saturday will be jam-packed with romance including breakfast in bed, dance lessons, tour of Highlands, escorted Whiteside Mountain hike, dinner, play, wine tasting, and evening bonfire.

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December 2010 – Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Wednesday, December 1, 2010

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With the arrival of December to the mountains of Western North Carolina often comes a slew of Christmas traditionalists on the hunt for this year’s perfect Christmas tree. Cars topped with carefully strapped Fraser Firs pass through the festively adorned Crossroads on their way home as shoppers scurry past from one unique shop to the next – the village of Cashiers appearing like something from a classic Norman Rockwell scene. Add to that the possibility of a light dusting of snow, and the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau becomes a popular spot for visitors – particularly for nearby Atlantans who rarely get to catch more than a glimpse of the white stuff. Sneak a peek at the following list of events and happenings in the village of Cashiers and the towns of Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville and Lake Toxaway for even more reasons to climb the mountains in search of holiday spirit in December. We’ve got plenty to go around!

December 1-10:  Gingerbread House Creation Display and Popular Vote at The Bascom – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Cost: FREE. The public is invited to cast their votes on imaginative gingerbread designs submitted to The Bascom. The winners will be announced at 10 am on Saturday, December 10.

December 1-24: Highlands Christmas at the Inn at Half Mile Farm – The Inn has partnered with many of the quaint shops in town to offer special shopping discounts to their guests. Call 1-800-946-6822 for more information.

December 4: Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade in Downtown Highlands – begins at 11:00 a.m.  For more information, call 828-526-2112.                    

December 4:Winter Wonderland at Wolfgang’s Wine and Bistro in Highlands. Immediately following the Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, from 1 to 3 p.m., Wolfgang’s invites you to wander through their Winter Wonderland as they bring suggestions to your holiday parties from Ty-Lyn Plantation, The Christmas Tree, Cyrano’s Bookshop and – of course – Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro. For more details please call 828-526-3807.

December 4: Santa Claus Arrives at the Highlands Visitor Center immediately following the Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade. For more information please call 828-526-2112.

December 4-18: A Stitch in Time Quilts Exhibition at The Bascom begins – a terrific opportunity to examine quilts on loan from local collectors and appreciate functional objects as works of art. Cost – FREE! Open to view 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Tuesdays thru Saturdays in December.  For more information, please call 828.526.4949 x 100.

December 4: Tis the Season Highlands Alternative Gift Market at the Presbyterian Church in Highlands from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information please call 828-526-2754.

December 4, 11, 18: Winter Wonderland at “The Galleries” – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Admission is FREE. For more information please call 828-526-2673.

December 8: Create a Holiday Wreath Workshop at The Bascom – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Students will create a 12-inch boxwood wreath embellished with native color. Cost: $20.00 members/$25.00 non-members (materials included). For information or to register, call 828.526.4949.

December 8: Wreath Seminar by Oakleaf Flower and Garden with Lunch at Madison’s – hosted by the Old Edwards Inn from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost: $70. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

December 9: Chocolate Making & Gingerbread House Decorating in the Main Lobby of Old Edwards Inn from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

December 9: Highlands-Cashiers Players Holiday Reading at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. For More Details please call 828-526-8084.

December 10 & 11: Grand Holiday Wine Tasting at Paoletti’s Restaurant in Highlands at 1:00 p.m. $20 per person, refundable with wine purchase. For more information, please call 828-526-4906.

December 10: Gingerbread Pig Ornament Decorating at the Rib Shack in Highlands from 3 to 5 p.m. Cookies and Milk will be provided for the children.  For more details, call 828-526-8008.

December 11: 36th Annual Christmas Parade in the historic village of Cashiers from 1 to 3 p.m.  For more information, call 828-743-5191. 

December 11: Community Christmas Chorale at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Highlands.

December 11: Complimentary Wine Tasting in Madison’s Lobby in Highlands from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

December 11: Ceramic Ornaments Workshop at the Bascom’s Studio Barn from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. –  for children and adults. Student’s will make up to a baker’s dozen ornaments by rolling out clay, cutting out seasonal shapes or symbols, then carving and embossing the surface to personalize their ornaments. Family activity, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. $25 Bascom members/$30 non-members (materials and firings included). For information, call 828-526-4949.

December 11: La Noche Navidena at the Highlands Civic Center from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Christmas Holiday Dinner and Santa Visit. Admission is free. For more information call 828-526-0890 ext. 290/252

December 11, 18: Santa Claus at the Highlands Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For More information please call 828-526-2112.

December 11, 18: Christmas Crafts Around the World Workshop at The Bascom from 10 am to noon. Young aspiring artisits will learn about other cultures and make crafts that can hang on the tree or be given as gifts. Each class will cover the art and culture of two different countries. To register or for more information – call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.

December 12: Community Christmas Chorale at 5 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Highlands. Reception following concert.

December 15 & 16:Comfort Living with Guests at the Old Edwards Inn with Christine Eisner  and Debbie Maugans Nakos – includes Garden Walk, Small Batch Baking, Samples and Book Signing from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

December 17: Opening Day at the Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes. For more information and an updated snow report, call 828-743-1162.

December 17 & 18: Grand Holiday Wine Tasting at Paoletti’s Restaurant in Highlands at 1:00 p.m. $20 per person, refundable with wine purchase. For more information, please call 828-526-4906.

December 17: Christmas Bird Count with the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society beginning at 7:30 a.m. Call Brock Hutchins at 770-486-3715 to volunteer. 

December 17: Gingerbread Pig Ornament Decorating at the Rib Shack in Highlands from 3 to 5 p.m. Cookies and Milk will be provided for the children.  For more details, call 828-526-8008.

December 19: Highlands Community Bible Church hosts “The Stories of Christmas” – an evening of music, drama, and dance celebrating the stories that make Christmas a season of wonder and inspiration. 6:30 p.m. Carol Singing; 7:00 p.m. Production. For more information, call 828-526-4685.

December 24: Highlands Community Bible Church hosts Christmas Eve Service at 5:00 p.m.
Traditional and contemporary candle lighting service celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. For more information, call 828-526-4685.

December 25: Annual Christmas Dinner at the Hudson House at Highlands Country Club
 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Approximately 95% of the proceeds will be distributed to 3 local non-profits. Cost: Adults $35; Children $25. For more information or to make reservations, please call 828-526-4464.

December 25: Christmas at Old Edwards Inn hosted at Madison’s from 12 to 5 p.m. Cost: $65 Plus Tax and Gratuity. Live Piano Music in Hummingbird from 11:00 to 3:00 p.m. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

December 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration at Old Edwards Inn hosted at Madison’s. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres in Hummingbird from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Dinner from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. Evening features live entertainment, a champagne toast at midnight, and “12 Grapes at Midnight” for guests. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

December 31: New Year’s Eve Dinner at Wolfgang’s Wine & Bistro.  For more information, call 828-526-3807.

December 31: New Year’s Eve Party Inn Style at The Inn at Half Mile Farm – featuring a special New Year’s dinner at 7:00 pm. – exquisite wines, perfectly paired with each course. The party starts at 9:00 pm with a champagne toast at midnight! Call 1-800-946-6822 to reserve a room. New Year’s Packages (2-night’s accommodations, dinner for 2, and the party) start at just $615.00 per couple! (Plus tax)

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“Buying a Home Now is a No-Brainer” in December Issue of Money Magazine

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Monday, November 29, 2010

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Great Advice for Homebuyers from CNN’s Ali Velshi
Popular CNN Anchor Writes That “Buying a Home Now is a No-Brainer” in December Issue of Money Magazine

Host of CNN Newsroom and Chief Business Correspondent for one of the nation’s most respected news outlets, CNN’s Ali Velshi recently loaned his expertise and talents to the December Issue of Money Magazine. His article “Buying a Home Now is a No-Brainer” is featured in the Mastering Your Money Segment and outlines the reasons why NOW is the perhaps the best time to invest in a new home. By looking at the trends over recent months, even years – it appears that we may be on the backend of the housing bargain bonanza. Velshi claims that while housing prices seem to be slowly ticking upward, loan rates remain at historically low levels. He writes that “if you have 20% to put down and good credit, now is a great time to buy.” The journalist even took his own advice and invested in a New York City apartment earlier this year.

The key point of Velshi’s article in its simplest form – “Buying a fairly priced home at today’s rates may be the best deal you will ever get.” SO – why wait any longer? If you’ve been on the fence about purchasing that dream home in the mountains, it’s high time you turned those dreams into a stunning 4 bedroom-4 bathroom reality. Regardless of the number of bedrooms and bathrooms in your particular dream home, Silver Creek Real Estate Group may very well hold the key that will get you in the front door. We represent a number of luxury estates in some of the finest communities along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. There is also a treasure trove of home sites to choose from if you wish to build your dream home from the ground up. Take advantage of awesome house and land prices at historically low interest rates before it’s too late! To take a virtual tour of some of the wonderful homes and property available in the historic mountain village of Cashiers, or the popular resort towns of Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville and Lake Toxaway – visit Silver Creek Real Estate Group online at www.ncliving.com. To schedule a personalized tour of some of the incredible homes and communities that make up our unique corner of the world, call Silver Creek’s talented team of brokers at 828.743.1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com, fill out our helpful online contact form, or drop by our offices in the Shoppes at CreekSide next to Wendys Restaurant and near the Cashiers Crossroads. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

SOURCE:  Velshi, Ali. “Buying a Home Now is a No-Brainer.” Pg. 44. Money Magazine. December 2010 Issue.

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Western North Carolina Golf Courses Recognized Among Best in the World

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Real Estate News | Posted on Monday, November 29, 2010

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Cashiers’ Own Wade Hampton and Mountaintop Golf Courses Make the Lists of Top 100 Golf Courses in the World 2011 and Golfweek’s Best Residential Courses 2011

The word is out – the world is finally discovering that Cashiers, North Carolina is filled with all sorts of hidden gems! Already well-known for our temperate year-round climates, breath-taking mountain views, eclectic collection of shops and restaurants, and unique brand of Southern Hospitality – what many are now learning is that our golf courses rank up there with some of the finest in the nation!

Just last week, a ranking site out of the United Kingdom – Top 100 Golf Courses of the World –  released their list for 2011. Their original shortlist consisted of 216 courses from countries all over the world, including The United States of America, Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, Canada, France and more. In the end, New Jersey’s famed Pine Valley Golf Club walked away with top honors, the renowned Augusta National in Georgia ranked #3, and Cashiers’ own Wade Hampton Golf Club was recognized among the best courses in the world at a highly respectable #52.

Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers NC

Wade Hampton has been honored once again by the recent release of Golfweek Magazine’s Best Residential Courses earlier this month. Wade Hampton Golf Club was listed as #3 in a list consisting of 100 national courses stretching from Kiawah Island, South Carolina in the East all the way to Carmel Valley, California in the West. Topping the list is another highly esteemed Cashiers golf course – Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club – at #1!

Whether you’re a scratch golfer or an avid hacker, Silver Creek Real Estate Group welcomes the opportunity to introduce you to these two fine communities in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Celebrating a quarter of a century as one of Western North Carolina’s most sought after luxury communities, Wade Hampton Golf Club features an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Tom Fazio. The Wade Hampton Course has received accolades since its inception. In keeping with a Club of such high stature, the Wade Hampton clubhouse offers beautiful views of the golf course and Chimneytop Mountain, as well as world-class dining. Tennis, swimming, fishing and hiking throughout the beautiful natural setting that surrounds the course are just a few of the other activities available to residents and club members at Wade Hampton. Membership to this exclusive club is by invitation only. The residences that line the narrow lanes of Wade Hampton Golf Club under a canopy of trees rest on lots ranging from one quarter to over five acres in size, and vary from quaint mountain cottages to palatial estates.

General Store at Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club in Cashiers NC

On the other hand, a relatively new kid on the block – Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club – is quickly growing in popularity and reputation as one of the most superb communities the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau has to offer.  Perched high atop a beautiful expanse of the Blue Ridge Mountains at 4,000 feet above sea level, Mountaintop offers its residents some of the most stunning views in the region. Set upon a sprawling 731 acres, the developer – Discovery Land Company – has designed a luxury mountain retreat community of just 251 estate lots and 75 cabins and lodges peppered about the property. Lots range in size from one-half acre to five acres, providing residents with the peace and quiet that has become a trademark of luxury mountain living. Mountaintop also offers a Tom Fazio-designed golf course that is every bit as challenging as it is breathtaking. Other activities available to residents of Mountaintop include water sports at the private Lake Club on nearby Lake Glenville, horseback riding, fly fishing,hiking or simply relaxing while being pampered at Mountaintop’s world-class spa.

To schedule a personalized tour of one or both of these wonderful mountain golf course communities, call the experienced team of brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group TODAY at 828.743.1999. We can also be reached by e-mailing us at info@ncliving.com or by filling out our helpful online contact form. As always, we welcome the chance to meet you and your family in person – and invite you to drop by our offices the next time you are in Cashiers.  We’re located in the Shoppes at CreekSide, near the Cashiers Crossroads. If you’d like to learn more about Silver Creek Real Estate Group, Wade Hampton Golf Club, and/or Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club, please visit the Silver Creek website at www.ncliving.com.

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Five Incredible Homes Available in Breathtaking Cedar Hill

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Sunday, November 14, 2010

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The Holidays Could Come Early for Your Family Once You Discover Cedar Hill

The holidays may come early for a handful of lucky families! Nestled on 500 acres between the popular resort hotspot of Sapphire Valley and the charming historic village of Cashiers, the established and naturally stunning community of Cedar Hill offers easy year-round access, as well as a rich blend of the very latest elegant new construction homes and one-of-a-kind estate-sized lots providing spectacular panoramas of Whiteside, Hogback, and Bald Rock Mountains. From magnificent sprawling multi-million dollar estates with extraordinary luxury appointments to meet the standards of the most discerning resident to a painter’s canvas of excellently priced home sites where the view and your imagination will determine the size and scope of your dream home. This is luxury mountain living at its finest, and Silver Creek Real Estate Group is honored to represent some of the most superb homes available in this one-of-a-kind development.

392 East Ridge Road
: Offered at $2,675,000, this exquisite 4 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom estate is situated on 2 lots, encompassing 4.7+ sprawling acres offers sweeping panoramas of Sapphire Valley and beyond. Beautifully landscaped with a “magazine cover” interior featuring chef’s kitchen, wet bar, wine cellar, guest suite with fireplace, loft area with kitchenette, master suite with dressing room – simply too many features to list. Must see to believe!

597 Parsons View: Priced at $2,150,000, this extraordinary 6 bedroom, 6.5 bath estate offers it all – style, sophistication, & spaciousness at The Summit in Cedar Hill. Loaded with luxury elements such as library, gourmet kitchen, wine room, wet bar, screened porch with fireplace, full apartment over garage and so much more, the new homeowners will enjoy long-range views and a lifetime of sunsets from two sprawling decks and nearly every room.

558 Parsons View: Representing “The Pinnacle of Perfection” in prestigious Cedar Hill, this superb 4 bedroom, 6.5 bathroom home was designed with entertaining in mind and features family room, den, game room with bath, bonus room, and more. Interior features great room with stone fireplace & soaring ceilings, gourmet kitchen, granite countertops, butler’s pantry, wet bar & wine cellar. Home offer stunning views of Bald Rock and beyond. Home’s beautiful furnishings are available with purchase. Priced at an incredible $1,950,000.

895 West Rochester Drive:  This stunning entertainer’s dream of a home offers 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, library, and bonus room over the garage – making it ideal for entertaining guests or accommodating family gatherings. Stacked stone and timber accents enhance the feeling of a true mountain get-away. Enjoy long-range mountain views and al fresco dining on the expansive rear deck that runs the length of the home. Offered for the amazing price of just $1,350,000.

410 Rockytop Drive:  Lowest priced Cedar Hill property in our inventory! Offered at just $1,149,000 and situated in a very private and quiet setting – this beautiful estate sized 5 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom home provides excellent long-range views of Big Sheepcliff. Gorgeous interior features vaulted wood ceilings and an open floor plan with loads of glass. Gourmet kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Entertain with ease from the full bar in family room with fireplace.

No matter which home you choose, Cedar Hill represents an abundance of adventures your family could experience and memories you could make together. Enjoy access to all of the amenities of nearby Wyndham Resort at Fairfield’s Sapphire Valley, including the 50-acre Sapphire Lake, 18-hole PGA Sapphire National Golf Course, 9-hole golf course, one indoor and two outdoor swimming pools, ten tennis courts, health club with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, boating and fishing on the lake, horseback riding, game room, massage services, miniature golf and more. Membership to the nearby prestigious Country Club of Sapphire Valley is by invitation only, and presents the member with exclusive access to their newly renovated valley golf course, the beautiful new clubhouse, state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis center, and swimming pool. Directly across the street from Cedar Hill lies the Cedar Creek Racquet Club – THE premier tennis club of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau offering even more opportunities for fun for the whole family. Cedar Hill residents also enjoy easy hikes from their very own backdoors along tranquil mountain trails that meander throughout the community, leading them to the unsurpassed vision of mystic waterfalls set amongst a backdrop of Carolina hardwoods and towering pines throughout a seemingly ancient forest. A short drive leads residents to all of the exciting shopping, dining, and culture of the popular neighboring village of Cashiers.

A nature lover’s paradise combined with the modern convenience of underground utilities and easy access to an abundance of resort-quality amenities, Cedar Hill signifies an exceptional mountain retreat for you and your family. Even though Fall’s chill provides a hint of the Winter that lies before us, many Southerners can still recall the unrelenting heat of the Summer of 2010. Aside from the natural splendor, awe-inspiring views, and small town charm that are synonymous with this region, part of the draw of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau for visiting families over nearly two centuries has been our signature pleasant year-round climate courtesy of life at this high elevation. Why not make plans to escape the heat next summer? What better way to do that than in your very own summer vacation home or primary home in the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina? What better time to buy than RIGHT NOW? Discover Cedar Hill and – no matter what holiday you celebrate this season – it could be the happiest holiday in recent memory. At Silver Creek Real Estate Group, we truly believe that a home in the mountains is the gift that keeps giving.

To schedule a personalized tour of Cedar Hill and any or all of the properties listed above, contact Silver Creek Real Estate Group TODAY! Our talented team of brokers can be easily reached by calling 828.743.1999, e-mailing info@ncliving.com, filling out our convenient online contact form, or dropping by our offices in the heart of Cashiers at the Shoppes at CreekSide. We look forward to hearing from you soon and welcome the chance to bring the holidays home early to your family this year.

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November 2010 – Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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During a month most commonly associated with Thanksgiving, those of us who live and work on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau have much for which to be thankful. We are truly blessed to call such a beautiful and unique part of the world home, with its glorious sunrises over the mountains and breathtaking sunsets over the mountain lakes. Our days are filled with an abundance of wonderful things to see and do… from a leisurely day of fly fishing in a spring-fed stream near a waterfall to a challenging day on the links at one of many gracefully rolling mountain golf courses. You might find us touring the shops and galleries that line the main thoroughfares in Highlands and Cashiers, hiking a mountain trail through an ancient forest, or strolling around the shores of Lakes Glenville, Toxaway or Sapphire. The homes that dot the mountains here are every bit as lovely as the nature that surrounds them, and the gifted merchants who’ve chosen to hang their shingles here are devoted to making every visitor feel like a local. We offer Southern Hospitality that you can see, hear, feel, taste and smell – and we hope you will join us this month to learn firsthand why we give thanks. Who knows? Next Thanksgiving – you might actually BE one of us – a Western North Carolina resident of Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville or Lake Toxaway. To find out more about our distinctive corner of the world and start dreaming of a home in the mountains, visit the Silver Creek Real Estate Group website at ncliving.com. Our talented team of brokers also welcomes you to call us at 828-743-1999 to schedule a tour of the towns and villages that are peppered all over the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, e-mail us with questions at info@ncliving.com, fill out our convenient online contact form, or drop by our offices in the heart of Cashiers at the Shoppes at CreekSide. For a true “taste” of the good life, don’t miss the Highlands Culinary Weekend – November 11-14. As we tip-toe toward the “off-season”, there are still a treasure trove of other great happenings on our November Calendar of Events, and we look forward to seeing you and your family up on the mountain this month!

November 4-7: Life With Father presented by the Highlands-Cashiers Players at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. This timeless family drama revolves around the Day family:  father, mother , their four red-headed sons and an assortment of friends and relatives.  All are involved in the epic struggle between Father and Mother who is determined to have Father properly baptized. Directed by Ronnie Spilton. Tickets $20/person. For more information, call 828-526-8084. Performances: evenings @ 7:30 p.m., Sundays @ 2:30 p.m.

November 5-7: Tiger Mountain Wine Weekend at The Inn at Half Mile Farm – special weekend centered around a culinary extravaganza – the Tiger Mountain Wine Dinner on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Tiger Mountain Vineyards offers international award winning wines, each perfectly paired with five delectable courses. Prepare to have your tastebuds tantalized. $75.00 per person, plus tax. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 1-800-946-6822 today or visit www.halfmilefarm.com for more details.

November 7: Nantahala Hiking Club will be meeting at the Macon County Health Center parking lot at 2 p.m. for an easy 1.2 mile hike on Lakeside Drive Trail, to walk through woods and fields. This short hike is one of Franklin’s little treasures. For more information please call leader Kay Coriell at 828-369-8620. Visitors are welcome, but no pets please.

November 11-14: The Highlands 4th Annual Culinary Weekend – Participating restaurants, chefs and wineries will kick the weekend off at The Bascom for an amazing night of food, wine and fun by presenting a small sampling of what the weekend will behold. Every foodies’ dream amidst the splendor of Fall in the Highlands. 7-10 p.m. – cost $75/person. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com or call 866-526-5841

November 12-13: The Bascom, Children’s Studio hosts Christmas Crafts from Around the World from 10 a.m. to noon. Children can learn about other cultures and make crafts that can hang on the tree or be given as gifts. Each class will cover the art and culture of two different countries. Cost: $40 Bascom members/$45 non-members. For more information, call 828.526.4949 x 100.

November 12-14: Main Street Inn plays host to Highlands Culinary Weekend’s Country Breakfast Brunch. Price: $10.95. For More Information call 828.526.2590.

November 12-14: Fresser’s Eatery plays host to Highlands Culinary Weekend’s Bubbly Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come enjoy an array of champagne and sparkling wines from around the world. They will be perfectly paired with Fresser’s fabulous brunch items that will have you craving more bubbles for a long time to come. Priced Ala Carte. For more information or to make reservations, call 828.526.4188.

November 12: Fresser’s Eatery hosts Highlands Culinary Weekend’s Cooking with Chocolate, Sweet, & Savory at 11 a.m. – Join Fresser’s Eatery as they present, cooking with chocolate, sweet & savory. Event includes wine & lunch. Price: $35.00 plus tax & gratuity. For more information or to make reservations, call 828.526.4188.

November 12: Wolfgangs Restaurant and Wine Bistro hosts Highlands Culinary Weekend’s Domaine Serene Flavor Spectrum at 7:00 p.m. – Chef Wolfgang will create small pairings of delectable food and Domaine Serene Wine that will compliment & contrast, leaving you thinking outside of the box. Each participant will be poured a taste of four different Domaine Serene wines to compliment the four different dishes. Cost – $75 plus tax and gratuity.

November 12: …on the Verandah Restaurant hosts Highlands Culinary Weekend’s Chateau Montelena Wine Dinner with Winemaker Cameron Parry at 6 p.m. The famous winery that won the Paris tasting of 1976 presents a five-course meal from the …on the Verandah culinary team. The tasting will include the highly rated 2006 Estate Cabernet Souvignon (92 pts.), 2006 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (87 pts.), 2008 Napa Chardonnay (90 pts.). Seating is limited and reservations are required. Preview menu online at www.ontheverandah.com. Cost: $135.00.

November 12: The Farm at Old Edwards hosts Highlands Culinary Weekend’s Fall Harvest Beringer Wine Dinner – A Beringer, Bluegrass and Blue Jeans Fall Fest featuring Curtis Blackwell and the Dixie Bluegrass Boys Live. Executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr will pull out all the stops for this annual Culinary Weekend event. This is a one-of-a-kind gathering in celebration of great wines and seasonal harvests from local sustainable farms, including Old Edwards own organic garden. Enjoy a family style dinner at the Old Edwards turn-of-the-century period Farm with gorgeous renovated Barn as the backdrop. Share bottles of Beringer Vineyards wines with your neighbor as dusk settles over The Farm at Old Edwards. Relax into the evening with the soothing sounds of live music lending the perfect ambiance to this magical setting. Presentations during the evening by Beringer Vineyards and discussions with farmers who grew the bounty of the evening’s fare. This event books fast, so please make your reservations now. Call 828-787-2625. Cocktails: 6:30pm in the Barn. Dinner: 7:00pm on the Terrace. Cost: $150 plus tax and gratuity.

November 12: Lakeside Restaurant hosts Highlands Culinary Weekend’s Justin the Mood – Lakeside Restaurant is “Justin” the mood for Paso Robles Winery, Justin Vineyards! Join Chef Marty, as he creates a five-course menu paired with Justin’s world class Bordeaux style blends. A delicious evening celebrating the joys of food & wine! Cost: $140 plus tax & gratuity. Phone: 828-526-9419

November 13-30: A Stitch in Time – Quilt Exhibition at The Bascom in Highlands – an excellent opportunity to examine quilts on loan from local collectors and appriciate functional objects as works of art. 10 am-5pm, Tuesdays-Saturdays. Free admission. For more information, call 828.526.4949 x 100

November 13: Highlands Culinary Weekend’s “From Morningside’s Kitchen” hosted at the Morningside Bed & Breakfast – Part of the appeal of this custom built bed and breakfast home is the freshly baked breakfast breads and the luscious evening desserts. This popular baking class reveals some baking secrets and recipes which not only insure success but make it easy. Within the space of five hours, which includes a delicious lunch where you get to eat the results of the lessons, you will learn to make delicate cream scones, crisp shortbread cookies, a basic yeast bread, and a foolproof carrot cake. Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Price: $50.00, or $35 if you are staying at Morningside; For more information, call 828.787.1463.

November 13: Fresser’s Eatery presents Highlands Culinary Weekend’s “Gourmet Cooking When the Power Goes Out” – Join Fresser’s Eatery as they present, gourmet cooking when the power goes out. Demonstration includes lunch & beverages. Time: 10:30 a.m.; Cost: $30 plus tax & gratuity; For more information, call 828.526.4188

November 13: Saucy Sisters at The Christmas Tree “…on the Hill” – Celebrate Highlands’ Culinary weekend with the Saucy Sisters, Nashville’s Fine Wine and Food Reviewers from noon to 4:00 PM. The Saucies, Beverly and Barbara, will be dispensing bubbly and providing wine and holiday tips, signing their books and debuting their new Saucy Sister and Get Sauced T-Shirts. Follow the sound of Highlands Bagpipes beginning at noon to The Christmas Tree “…on the Hill”, 212 South Fourth Street, Highlands. For information call (828) 526-3687 or visit www.saucysisters.com. The event is FREE.

November 13: The Bascom hosts Highlands Culinary Weekend’s “Nog Off and Table-Scape
Competition” from 5-7 pm. An artistic, culinary celebration of a favorite holiday drink featuring some delicious and unique family eggnog recipes. Come taste for yourself! Admission is free. For information, call 828.526.4949.

November 13: Lakeside Restaurant hosts Highlands Culinary Weekend’s Cakebread & Cashmere – Lakeside Restaurant, Cakebread Cellars and McCulley’s Cashmere, partner to showcase an exciting evening of food, wine and style. Join us as we pair five varietals of Napa Valley Winery, Cakebread Cellars with Lakeside’s fresh, fun cuisine. Savor the evening’s fashion show of luxurious fine cashmere offered by Highlands own, McCulley’s Cashmere. Cost: $140.00 plus tax and gratuity. For more information, call 828-526-9419.

November 13: Madison’s Restaurant host’s Highlands Culinary Weekend’s Exclusive Darioush Wine Dinner – Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience a wine dinner hosted by Darioush Estate Attache. Madison’s Restaurant at Old Edwards provides the perfect ambiance for this unforgettable evening of sumptuous food, fine wine and relaxed conversation. Old Edwards’ Sommelier Curt Christiansen will pair a special selection of Darioush Wines with five extraordinary courses by Executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr. Cocktails served at 6:30pm in Hummingbird with passed Hors and Champagne Reception; Dinner served at 7:00pm in Madison’s. Cost: $165 plus tax and gratuity.

November 13: Cyprus International Cuisine hosts Highlands Culinary Weekend’s Spanish Food & Wine Party – Multi-course family style food and wine fiesta in the authentic style of easy going, laid back Madrid, featuring jamon lberico, rack-fired monkfish and many more authentic tastes of Spain. Please call for reservations – 828.526.4429. Time: 7:00 p.m.; Cost: $100.00.

November 13: …on the Verandah Restaurant hosts Highlands Culinary Weekend’s Pahlmeyer Wine Dinner – Five-course dinner featuring the rare and highly acclaimed wines of Pahlmeyer Winery. Host Camille Cox, East Coast Sales Manager, will guide you through the wines expertly paired by the culinary team of …on the Verandah. Including: 2008 Chardonnay (95 pts.R.P.), 2007 Pinot Noir (93 pts.W.S.), 2007 Merlot (96 pts.R.P.) and 2006 Proprietary Red (95 pts.R.P.). Reservations required. Seating is limited. Preview menu online at www.ontheverandah.com. Time: 6:00 p.m.; Cost: $175.00.

November 13: Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro hosts Highlands Culinary Weekend’s Silver Oak Cellars & Twomey Wine Dinner with Tom Johnson, “Life is a Cabernet!” – Wolfgang’s Restaurant has always had a very special place in our hearts for Silver Oak Cellars, this is probably because of the wonderful friendship between tom Johnson, Ambassador of Silver Oak Cellars and Mindy and Wolfgang Green. We started the tradition of hosting this elegant wine dinner during the Culinary Weekend last year and we are proud to do it again. We will be featuring Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars. Join us for a night of culinary memories and divine libations. It will be a night to remember! Champagne and Appetizers will be served at 7:00 p.m., followed by Dinner at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $160 plus tax & gratuity. For more information or to make reservations, call 828.526.3807.

November 13: The Inn at Half Mile Farm hosts Highlands Culinary Weekend’s A Taste of Spain – The Inn at Half Mile Farm and Rosewood Market invite you to join us for A Taste of Spain. Come celebrate traditional Spanish cuisine with a 5-course Tapas Dinner, each course paired with an exquisite Spanish Wine. $65.00 per person, plus tax & gratuity. This event is open to all… Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 1-800-946-6822.

November 13: Rib Shack hosts Highlands Culinary Weekend’s Late Night Shack Attack: Singing and Suds from 10 pm to 1 am. For $10, you can regale guests with your Karaoke skills and enjoy delicious Rib Shack fare. Purchase cocktails or whet your singing whistle with a wide selection of draft and bottled beers from the Rib Shack’s full bar.

November 19-20: The Bascom, Children’s Studio hosts Christmas Crafts from Around the World from 10 a.m. to noon. Children can learn about other cultures and make crafts that can hang on the tree or be given as gifts. Each class will cover the art and culture of two different countries. Cost: $40 Bascom members/$45 non-members. For more information, call 828.526.4949 x 100.

November 23: Highlands Civic Center plays host to the Community Thanksgiving Dinner at 6 p.m. For more information, please call 828-526-0542.

November 25:  Happy Thanksgiving from the Silver Creek Family to Yours!

November 25: Madison’s hosts a Thanksgiving to Remember. $65 Plus Tax and Gratuity. For more information, please call 828-526-8008.

November 25: Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro invites you and your family to be a part of Chef Wolfgang’s 17th Annual Thanksgiving Tradition. Adults: $39.00; Children (10 and under) $17.00. Please call for reservations at 828-526-3807.

November 26-27: The Bascom hosts a Gingerbread House Workshop for all ages from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Gingerbread designers will be given all the sweets and confections they need to create their own imaginative gingerbread house. Participants are invited to enter their creations in a contest, to be judged by popular vote. $40 Bascom members/$45 non-members. The public is invited to cast their votes Tuesday-Saturday, November 30-December 10, 10 am-5pm. The winners will be announced at 10 am, Saturday, December 11, the public is invited. For information, call 828.526.4949.

November 26-27: Western Carolina University Ramsey Center hosts Hard Candy Christmas – an Arts & Craft Show – admission $3.00 – Children under 12 are FREE.  For more information, call 828-524-3405.

November 26-27: Santa Claus comes to the Highlands – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Highlands Visitors Center. For more information please call 828-526-2112.

November 26-27: Paoletti’s Restaurant hosts a Grand Holiday Wine Tasting at 1:00 p.m. $20 per person, refundable/wine purchase. For more information please call 828-526-4906.

November 26-27: The Artist’s Marketplace at the Bascom – from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Featuring a gathering of artist in the Studio Barn, the marketplace is the ideal place to find unique, affordable, one-of-a-kind artists’ works for Christmas, hostess and New Year’s gifts. For information, call 828.526.4949.

November 27: Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Tree Lighting in Downtown Highlands at 6:30 p.m. – FREE!

November 27: Winter Wonderland at Wolfgang’s Wine & Bistro – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wander into our Winter Wonderland as we bring suggestions to your holiday parties from Ty-Lyn Plantation, The Christmas Tree, Cyrano’s Bookshop and Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro. For more details please call 828-526-3807.

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October 2010 – Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Sunday, September 26, 2010

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As the leaves on the trees begin to change, our excitement grows! Fall is an exhilarating time in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina – not just because the natural beauty of the area seems heightened with the addition of brilliant shades of green, red, amber and gold, but because Fall is a time of celebration, of festivals, of community.  We know that some people will hear about a local festival or the changing leaves, and make the drive up the mountain to our very special corner of the world for the very first time.  They will discover our little slice of Heaven along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, and from that point on – they will be forever changed.  Some may be so moved by their visit that they will choose to put down roots of their own here, while others may simply elect to make us part of an annual family tradition of Fall in the Mountains. Whether this is YOUR first time or you’ve been here before, we invite you and your family to come and see firsthand what makes the village of Cashiers and the neighboring towns of Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville and Lake Toxaway so unique. Meander through our shops, pick the perfect bunch of tree-ripened apples at our Farmer’s Market, stroll through a festival on the Village Green, take in a breathtaking sunset over a mountain lake – however you choose to spend your Fall, we hope you will make Western North Carolina a part of it.

October 1: Groovin’ on the Green at The Village Commons in Cashiers – Live Music performed by Brian Ashley Jones. Performance begins at 6:30 p.m.  Pack a picnic and join us for this FREE family-friendly event under the stars.

October 1: Friday Night LIVE in Downtown Highlands – 7:00pm to 9:00pm in Town Square. Friday Nite Live is a fun, family friendly evening featuring live music and is organized by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce.

October 1: ART, DESIGN, CRAFT CELEBRATION – Seated Dinner Gala & Live Auction at The Farm at Old Edwards in Highlands – 6 p.m.  Call 828-526-4949 to purchase tickets.

October 1-3: Highlands Community Players present a Small Stage Production of “Signs and Wonder”  at the Highlands Performing Arts Center – a Gary Carden Premiere Performance.  Alec Fenton, an American by adoption and his wife, Marjorie, an American of Greek origin, live with their two children in Athens. Both Alec’s business life and his tender relationships with his daughter are guided by a playful but deeply felt need to interpret the smallest details of the world as significant. Under the influence of powerful signs and premonitions, Alec allows himself to veer in and out of a love affair with a colleague, Katherine, eventually leaving his family and returning to America with his lover. Once there, however, the same belief system urges him back home for one final attempt to win back his family. But his new quest is endangered by the presence of a political activist, Andreas, in his family’s life. Andreas becomes the victim of a series of incidents, each one more threatening than the last. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. all three evenings. Call 828-526-9047 for more information.

October 2: ART, DESIGN, CRAFT CELEBRATION at The Bascom in Highlands – 5 to 8 p.m.
An evening of Bluegrass, BBQ and Microbrews. View and purchase works from the special juried exhibition, American Craft Today (on exhibit October 2 thru December 18), with most works for sale. For more information/tickets, call 828-526-4949

October 2: FREE Annual Community Fish Fry at the Cashiers Community Center at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dessert donations welcome. Sponsored by the Cashiers Valley Community Council.

October 6 & 7: Oktoberfest – Old Edwards-Style. The Farm at Old Edwards will be transformed into a mini-Munich for guests of “Oktoberfest Old Edwards Style” to experience the culinary prowess of German Executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr as he prepares a traditional German feast with an Old Edwards twist. Enjoy perfectly paired wines and beers of Germany in the rustically intimate setting of The Farm on Thursday evening – cocktails at 6:30, dinner at 7 p.m.
It all starts with an hors d’oeuvre reception followed by a four-course family-style Bavarian Feast. Bottles of German wines will be passed at the table, and a Bier Sellar will be set up in The Barn. Live music from the Gootman Sauerkraut Band will set the stage for a memorable event. Guests of the dinner at The Farm will take home a commemorative Old Edwards glass stein.
Festivities also include a FestHaus Celebration at Wolfgang’s Restaurant on Wednesday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. and FREE “Tasty Bites” of Food and Wine by two German Chefs at Wolfgang’s on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additional Oktoberfest fun all month long at the Rib Shack. Special accommodation package available at the Old Edwards Inn – space is limited, so call 828-787-2625 TODAY.

October 7: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents its “Sundown at Sunset” celebration; for more information, call 828-526-1111.

October 8-10: The Second Annual Leaf Festival of Cashiers Valley – Three day festival featuring Fall Home Tour, Pumpkin Carving Contest, KidsFest, Boat Tours of Lake Glenville, Live Music, Arts and Crafts Show, and so much more.  Promises to be the event of the season – so you won’t want to miss it!  Please drop by the Silver Creek Real Estate Group tent on the Village Green and say “hello!”

October 8: The Highlands Playhouse presents “The Tramp and the Roughrider” – John Muir meets Teddy Roosevelt in this inspired production that benefits the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance. Production begins at 7 p.m. Tickets $35 ($30 members). Refreshments, music and silent auction begin at 6:30. For more information, call (828) 526-0890 ext. 320.

October 9: Women’s Craft Show at the Highlands Civic Center. For more information, call 828-787-1010

October 15: Lonesome Road Band with Charles Wood performs at the Highlands Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20/person. “Great acoustic music” is the statement that best describes the music of The Lonesome Road Band. Using the traditional tools of bluegrass in creating their music, to categorize them strictly as bluegrass would be a misrepresentation. Their repertoire consists of everything from Bill Monroe’s “My Sweet Blue Eyed Darlin'” to the Moody Blues’ “Nights In White Satin”. The group’s haunting, bluegrass inspired harmonies stir the souls of even the most mundane listeners. Their approach to the music they perform is undeniably top shelf. The vocals are up front with lead and supporting harmonies weaving effortlessly. Their vocals blend so well that it is difficult to tell who is singing each part. Call 828-526-9047 for more information.

October 16 & 17: Sapphire Valley Arts & Crafts Festival at Wyndham Resort at Fairfield’s Sapphire Valley Resort from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (828)743-1163.

October 28-31: “Life With Father” presented by the Highlands-Cashiers Players at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. This timeless family drama revolves around the Day family:  father, mother Vinnie, their four red-headed sons and an assortment of friends and relatives.  All are involved in the epic struggle between Father and Mother who is determined to have Father properly baptized. Directed by Ronnie Spilton. Tickets $20/person. For more information, call 828-526-8084. Performances: evenings @ 7:30 p.m., Sundays @ 2:30 p.m.

October 30: Downtown Highlands hosts Halloween in Highlands from 6 to 8 p.m

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