Blog :: 03-2010

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

Plateau Pursuits April 2010 Calendar of Events for the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in Western North Carolina

Spring is FINALLY in the air up here in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The last bit of snow is melting away, the birds are singing in the trees, and the dogwoods are slowly but surely showing signs of new growth. Wont be long now before the rolling hills and valley floor are ablaze with color green leaves on the trees, white dogwood blossoms and a carpet of wildflowers as far as the eye can see. Its been a long and beautiful white winter, but we are ready for the return of warmer weather and lots of fun outdoor activities! With Spring comes the return of many of our seasonal residents and vacationing families we cant wait to see everybody!

To help you plan YOUR visit to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, Silver Creek Real Estate Group has compiled the following list of happenings for the month of April 2010. We also welcome you to visit our website to find local accommodations, dining options, golf courses, and the latest listings of available homes & land in Highlands, Cashiers, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville, and Lake Toxaway, North Carolina. We look forward to seeing you and your family up on the mountain this Spring!

April 2-4: Easter Celebration at the Inn at Half Mile Farm in Highlands. For more information or to make reservations, call 828-526-8170. April 3: Easter Egg Decorating and Bonnet Making at The Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands. For more information or to make reservations, call 828-526-8008.

April 4: Happy Easter From Your Friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group!

April 4: Easter Brunch at Madison's Restaurant The Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands 11:30 am to 3 pm, Menu Price is $45/guest. For more information or to make reservations, call 828-526-8008. April 4: Family Style Easter Brunch at The Old Edwards Conference Center in Highlands - 12 pm and 2 pm, Menu Price is $45/guest (Minimum of 6 Guests per Reservation). For more information or to make reservations, call 828-526-8008. April 4: Easter Sunday at The Old Edwards Inn The fun doesnt stop at just brunch! The Easter Bunny will be on hand to visit with little ones from 1-2 p.m. and an Easter Egg Hunt will take place on the Lodge Lawn at 1:30 p.m. (Old Edwards Easter Egg Baskets for the Kids with Special Add-ins Will be Available at Oakleaf Flower and Garden.) There will also be a Cotton Candy Machine and Fun Games for the Children, as well as Mini Manicures and Pedicures for Little Girls at The Spa. A Professional Photographer will be On-Site for Family Portraits. For more information or to make reservations, call 828-526-8008.

April 9 & 10: Destination Highlands Murder A Dinner Theatre Fund Raiser at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands at 6:30 p.m. Come Wine, Dine and Solve the Crime with the Highlands Cashiers Players. Fressers Eatery at Helens Barn will cater the event. Proceeds will help Highlands Cashiers Players stage performances throughout the year. The cost of the affair is $55 per person, or $225 for a table of eight, and tickets are on sale now. For information or reservations, call (828) 526-8084.

April 9-11: The Renewal Experience with Patrice Dickey Hosted by The Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands. Join the Author and Guide to the Life You Love as she takes women on a journey of self discovery and personal development. The Inn is offering a special rate for accommodations, breakfast, dinner, champagne reception, and spa services for attendees of this special event. Lunch is included in conference price. Space is limited so call today to reserve your spot 828-526-8008

April 10 May 10: Desert Sojourn Exhibition at Summit One Gallery in Highlands. Summit One Gallerys 2010 Exhibition Season starts early this year with an exhibition by Brian Sullivan. Brian was an art major at the University of Georgia before going to seminary. He is currently the priest at The Episcopal Church of Incarnation here in Highlands. The exhibition chronicles Brians travels to the Middle East Egypt, Palestine, and Israel and will open Saturday, April 10th, with a reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and continues through May 10th. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this exhibition will be donated to Kids 4 Peace.

April 12-16: Great Starts, Great Finishes at The Bascom 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artist Pat Dews will teach a 5-day studio watermedia workshop for all levels. Cost is $525 Bascom members, $550 non-members. Registration is going on now. To register, call 828-526-4949 ext. 100 or visit

April 16-18: Wine Weekend The Inn at Half Mile Farm in Highlands. The Inn has partnered with The Highlands Wine and Cheese Shop to celebrate spring in Highlands and the delectable wines of Napa Valley. Friday evening -a special Napa Valley wine flight at The Highlands Wine and Cheese Shop. Unique opportunity to add to your wine collection (or start one) while also pleasing your palate with fine wines, artisan cheeses and specialty food. Saturday, The Inns Chef Jason will present an elegant five course dinner served in the dining room. Each course will be accompanied by perfectly paired wines presented by sommelier Scott Roddy of The Highlands Wine and Cheese Shop. The Inns famous breakfast is included each morning of your stay and wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served every evening. This special event is limited to twelve couples. Two night package is $600 per couple in the Farmhouse and Rustic rooms or $650 per couple in the luxury rooms. Prices do not include tax. This special Spring Wine Package cannot be booked on line. For more information or to reserve your spot, call 828-526-8170.

April 17: 6th Annual Celebrate Earth Day in the Mountains 12 p.m. Sponsored by The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, Highlands Prominent Committee, Jackson Macon Conservation Alliance & the Upper Cullasaja Watershed Association. This special day will be hosted at the Ball Field on Hwy 64 in Highlands. Everyone is welcome to this free public event, which will feature live music, educational workshops, interactive demonstrations, and food. There will be games and crafts for both the young and the young at heart. The event is an opportunity for local organizations and businesses to showcase their environmental interests and preservation efforts. Rain or shine. For more information, call 828-526-1111.

April 22: PAC Youth Theatre Spring Play Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands 1 p.m. For information or reservations, call (828) 526-8084.

April 24: Highlands- Cashiers Land Trust Eco Tour Rough Run Wildflower Hike (moderate hike) - Free to HCLT members, $35 for new friends includes lunch and membership! Call 828-526-1111 or email for details.

April 24: Relay for Life Highlands Kick Off - 10:00 am to 12:00 p.m. - Highlands Conference Center - Gather your friends and family and come out for a good time and a GREAT cause.

April 24-25: Observing Natures Details A 2-day Eye Opening Event Highlands Biological Station 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break both days. Part one: Drawing From Nature (Saturday April 24) Illustrator Nancy Lowe will teach drawing as a means to becoming a better observer of natures details. Part two: Digital Camera Safari: Zooming In On Natures Details (Sunday April 25) Dr. John Pickering and Nancy Lowe will teach macro photography of insects, plants and other interesting details of natural history. Bring your digital camera! For ore information, call 828-526-2602.

April 23-25: Inspiration From Within at The Inn at Half Mile Farm in Highlands. The Inn is offering a weekend designed to awaken artistic talent or hone in on creativity. Join artist in residence and internationally acclaimed painter of acrylics and watercolors, Wayland Moore ( for a reawakening. Moore is a graduate of the Ringling College of Art and Design, has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and was selected as the official and exclusive sports painter for the Winter & Summer Olympics, as well as the PGA Masters. Single Occupancy $535 for two nights including art workshop Double Occupancy $660.00 (Rate does not include art supplies for class nor taxes on room.) Workshop Price includes: - Accommodations for two nights (Friday & Saturday) - Gourmet breakfast daily - Evening wine & hors d'oeuvre (Friday & Saturday) - Lunch Saturday - Friday dinner at the Inn &Saturday dinner at The Log Cabin - Art instruction with Wayland Moore

April 30 - May 2: Wine and Dine on the Mountain Hosted by Old Edwards Inn and Spa & Wolfgangs On Main and Wine Bar Restaurant. Friday night includes an exquisite Dinner paired with a Chilean Portfolio at the Farm at Old Edwards and live music. Cost: $95. To make reservations, call 828-526-8008. Saturday night includes The Quintessas California Expressions Four Course Wine Dinner at Wolfgangs to make reservations, call 828-526-3807. Sunday includes Bloody Marys, Mimosas and Bellinis during this Champagne Brunch at Madisons at The Old Edwards Inn and Spa from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $68. To make reservations, call 828-526-8008.

Silver Creek Spotlight: Bald Rock Community in Sapphire, North Carolina

Real Estate Opportunities Abound in This Civilized Wilderness

People are drawn to the Blue Ridge Mountains and, more specifically, Western North Carolina for a wide variety of reasons. Some come for the beautiful change of seasons and the temperate year-round climates. Some come for the majestic views and awesome display of natural splendor. Some come for the peace and quiet that only a mountain retreat can provide. Still others come with a sense of adventure, ready to take on all of the fun and exciting challenges that Mother Nature has to dish out. Residents of Sapphire, North Carolinas Bald Rock Community are afforded front-row seats to each of these elements no matter what may have first drawn them here.


Silver Creek Real Estate Group featured community

Silver Creek Real Estate Group featured community


A self-described civilized wilderness, this 776-acre private gated community prides itself in combining luxury mountain living on estate-sized lots with the magnificence of a beautiful and unspoiled natural setting. Bald Rock is located adjacent to the U.S. Forest Services' Panthertown Valley, providing 6,700 acres of preserved forests, a rare Appalachian bog, 20 miles of trout streams, waterfalls, and miles of walking trails offering plenty of opportunities for hiking and exploring. The brainchild of Westmark Development, Bald Rock's home sites in vary in size from three to an astounding twelve acres, and offer incredible views of the valley, the forest and the mountains beyond. The community features an equestrian center, stables, riding arena and a network of trails for sightseeing by horseback. In addition, residents of Bald Rock have access to all of the resort-quality amenities available through Wyndham at Fairfields Sapphire Valley Resort. These amenities include the 50-acre Sapphire Lake, the 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.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group is proud to represent several incredible properties in this unique mountain community. Our crown jewel is the epitome of rustic refinement. This 3 bedroom, 3 bath home represents the perfect marriage of nature and luxury. The exterior features authentic log and stone accents, expansive front porch plus several levels of rear decks for lots of al fresco entertaining possibilities, patio with outdoor gas log fire pit and striking long-range mountain views. The interior has all the bells and whistles, and showcases a stacked stone hearth, spiral staircase, soaring ceilings, walls of windows, and a beautifully designed gourmet kitchen. Tucked away on nearly 7 private acres and offered at an incredible price of just $1,395,000 you must see this home to believe it! To learn more about this exquisite luxury log cabin, click here. Hoping to build your dream home from the ground up? Silver Creek can help! We currently have six Bald Rock home sites in our inventory ranging in price from $139,000 for 3+ acres on a pond to $595,000 for 6.5+ acres with spectacular views of Chimneytop and Whiteside Mountains. To view all Bald Creek properties in our inventory, click here. Silver Creek is also aware of some rare but incredible foreclosure properties available within the Bald Creek community. Take a peek at the hidden treasures weve found by clicking here.

Bald RockYou could say that Silver Creeks talented and experienced brokers are all local experts. Not only do we understand the intricacies of buying and selling real estate on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, we know every nook and cranny of this little slice of Heaven nestled high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains. We welcome the chance to learn your specific needs and wishes as they relate to the mountain retreat of your dreams, and we pledge to search high and low to find the home or property that best fits with your vision. Whether that ideal property lies within the gates of Bald Rock or any one of Western North Carolinas distinctive communities, we will work tirelessly to see that your dreams and the dreams of your family are realized. We believe this is a pretty amazing place to live, and we look forward to the opportunity to call you neighbor. To begin the quest for your ideal mountain retreat or home site, call us TODAY at <a href="tel:+18287431999">828-743-1999</a> or e-mail us at We also invite you to drop by our offices located in the heart of Cashiers in the Shoppes at CreekSide. We look forward to the opportunity to introduce you and your family to Bald Rock and other fine communities along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.