Contemporary Haven with Incredible Views in Wade Hampton

Tour this contemporary masterpiece for an awe-inspiring experience! Filled with natural light, this luxurious home boasts a spacious gourmet kitchen, a family room, an office/den, two laundry rooms, a wine cellar, an elevator, and an inviting, three-season porch that can be enclosed or left open and screened, complete with stone fireplace.

Designed by Al Platt and sitting on over five acres, this home is perfectly sited for taking in the highly desirable eastern views of the Nantahala Forest. A wall of windows in the living room displays the panoramic mountain views while an impressive stacked stone fireplace provides a welcoming ambiance. The sumptuous master suite on the main level includes a sitting room, a private screened porch and bath with deep soaking tub, a separate shower, double sinks, and heated floors. The lower level offers three bedroom suites and a spacious family room with a beverage center. This home's opulent, high-end finishes will not disappoint and were designed to stand the test of time, such as the metal shingle roof (noted for at least a 50-year life).

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Simple Summer Recipes

4 Easy Steps to an Aperol Spritz

Fill a wine glass with ice.
Combine equal parts of Prosecco and Aperol.
Add a dash of soda.
Garnish with an orange slice.


Foil-Wrapped Baby Back Ribs


1 T. kosher salt
2 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. granulated garlic
2 tsp. dried thyme
1⁄2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper 
2 racks baby back ribs, each about 2 pounds 
1 cup prepared barbecue sauce 



Soak the wood chips in water for at least 30 minutes (wood chips are optional if you want a smokier flavor). 
Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F). 
In a small bowl mix the rub ingredients. 
Remove the membrane from the back of each rack of ribs. Cut each rack crosswise in the middle to create two smaller racks. 
Season each half rack evenly with the rub. Using eight 18-by-24-inch sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil, double wrap each half rack in its own packet. 
Brush the cooking grates clean. Place the ribs on the grill over direct medium heat and cook for 1 hour, with the lid closed, occasionally turning the packets over for even cooking, making sure not to pierce the foil. 
Remove the packets from the grill and let rest for about 10 minutes. Carefully open the foil packets, remove the ribs, and discard the rendered fat and foil. 
Drain and add the wood chips to the charcoal or to the smoker box of a gas grill, following manufacturer’s instructions, and close the lid. When the wood begins to smoke, return the ribs to the grill, bone side down. Grill over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until they are sizzling and lightly charred, 10 to 12 minutes, turning and basting once or twice with the sauce. Remove from the grill and let rest for about 5 minutes. Cut into individual ribs and serve warm with any remaining sauce. 

Recipe from Weber's Time to GrillTM by Jamie Purviance 


Grilled Peach, Onion & Bacon Salad with Buttermilk Dressing 

Total Time: 45 minutes | Serves 8



How to Make It 
Step 1 Preheat the oven to 325°. In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the sour cream, buttermilk, mint, parsley, chives and vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate. 
Step 2 Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the bacon slices on the sheet in a single layer and sprinkle with the brown sugar and cayenne. Bake for about 25 minutes, until caramelized (the bacon will crisp as it cools). Let cool, and then cut the bacon into bite-size pieces. For a vegetarian option, skip the bacon.
Step 3 Meanwhile, light the grill. Brush the onions with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until softened and browned, 10 minutes. Separate the onions into rings. Brush the peaches with olive oil and grill over moderately high heat until tender, 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate. 
Step 4 In a large bowl, toss the onions with the peaches and bacon.  If preparing ahead cover with foil and set aside. Add the buttermilk dressing and toss to coat. Serve right away. 




Community Update: Phase One of Easing Restrictions

On Friday, May 8 at 5 pm, North Carolina will move into Phase One of easing restrictions. The Stay-at-Home order stays in effect with some modifications:


- Retail stores can open with 50% capacity and customers standing 6 feet apart
- 10 person limit on general gatherings indoors
- Teleworking and face-covering are still encouraged
- Salons, spas, entertainment venues, gyms, playgrounds, and theaters are still closed
- State parks and trails are encouraged to re-open
- Restaurants will still only be able to serve food via take-out, drive-thrus, and delivery

Private Cabin with 7+ Acres

Conveniently located near the village of Cashiers, this private cabin in the woods is situated on seven acres of walkable land with a fish pond and a small creek with a waterfall. The cabin lives large with wonderful outdoor living space, including spacious decks and covered porches. Listen to the frogs and crickets as you rock away the hours on the porch after you've fished in the pond and hiked the trail down to the waterfall. Enjoy the splendor of nature only a five-minute drive away from boutique shopping and fine dining.


Community Update

Paws on the Mountain (828-743-7500) and Woof Gang Bakery (828-743-9663) are delivering pet supplies.


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    Living With Unparalleled Privacy

    Barbara Singleford is a freelance writer who finds respite hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her favorite activity is wildflower hunting during the spring. You’ll often catch her on a paddleboard during the early morning.

    Give me some space! How many times have you shouted that after dealing with crowded highways, restaurants, or theaters? The need for privacy and alone time is now more important than ever with the nation in the middle of a public health crisis.  Once this is all over, you'll find the perfect outdoor solace and unparalleled privacy in a Western North Carolina mountain town. The Highlands-Cashiers Plateau has fewer people, cool breezes, more space, and a small-town atmosphere. 

    The Highlands-Cashiers Plateau rests off the beaten path atop the Blue Ridge Mountains between Knoxville, Tenn., and Charlotte, N.C. The area includes the towns of Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville, and Lake Toxaway, to name a few. The popular recreation and brewery town of Asheville is just a 90-minute drive to the northeast. Western North Carolina has a literary history, as well. Its serenity inspired such famous writers as Thomas Wolf and Deanna Klingel. The unparalleled privacy still serves as an inspiration to writers, journalists, and novelists.



    You'll find attractive retirement communities for people wanting to escape the heat of the Eastern Seaboard. With an elevation of more than 4,000 feet above sea level, the Highlands-Cashier Plateau earned its nickname of the “Land of the Waterfalls.” With plenty of rainfall, geological spires, and mountains, the plateau creates spectacular cascades. You can duplicate the peaceful feeling of the waterfalls in your own backyard by installing a rain garden or fountain.

    You can already imagine sitting on your back porch in an evening breeze, enjoying your garden after an afternoon shower. Rain gardens are popular in Asheville and in the higher elevations to prevent your lawn from becoming a soggy mess. Combined with water-friendly plants, it works with nature instead of against it.


    Small Population

    With summer temperatures averaging 78 degrees, it's not surprising to see the population in towns such as Cashiers temporarily swell to 25,000. As for the rest of the year? These small towns are sparsely populated, leaving plenty of elbow room. Tourists come here to get away from the crowds and you’ll enjoy the same solace when you move here. You’ll have easy access to hiking and biking trails, and rock climbing. Head to Lake Glenville to fish for small and large-mouth bass, rainbow trout, and walleye. You’ll also enjoy the solitude of Lake Fairfield and Lake Chattooga.

    Finding privacy is essential right now, and Western North Carolina has plenty of it. So with interest rates at some of the lowest levels in the past decade, now's the time to consider ways to practice social distancing … but with a little more distance.