Blog :: 10-2010

November 2010 - Plateau Pursuits

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 whove 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 Our talented team of brokers also welcomes you to call us at <a href="tel:+18287431999">828-743-1999</a> to schedule a tour of the towns and villages that are peppered all over the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, e-mail us with questions at, 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, dont 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 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 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 Weekends Country Breakfast Brunch. Price: $10.95. For More Information call 828.526.2590.

November 12-14:Fresser's Eatery plays host to Highlands Culinary Weekends 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 Weekends 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 Weekends 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 Weekends 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 Cost: $135.00.

November 12:The Farm at Old Edwards hosts Highlands Culinary Weekends 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 evenings 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 Weekends Justin the Mood - Lakeside Restaurant is Justi 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 Weekends From Morningsides 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 Weekends 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 The event is FREE.

November 13: The Bascom hosts Highlands Culinary Weekends 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 Weekends 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 hosts Highlands Culinary Weekends Exclusive Darioush Wine Dinner - Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience a wine dinner hosted by Darioush Estate Attache. Madisons 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 Madisons. Cost: $165 plus tax and gratuity.

November 13:Cyprus International Cuisine hosts Highlands Culinary Weekends 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 Weekends 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 Time: 6:00 p.m.; Cost: $175.00.

November 13:Wolfgang's Restaurant & Wine Bistro hosts Highlands Culinary Weekends 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 Weekends 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 Weekends 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 Shacks 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 Wolfgangs 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, Noveber 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 Artists 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.

The Cliffs communities in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Carolinas

Country Club Living in one of The Carolinas Finest Luxury Mountain Community Collections

Peppered throughout the Carolina Preserve between Asheville, North Carolina and Glenville, South Carolina and surrounded by over one million acres of pristine protected parklands lies a collection of master-planned luxury communities known as The Cliffs. Founded on a combined theme of family togetherness, holistic wellness and the reverence of natures splendor, The Cliffs is quickly gaining favor as one of the Southeasts leading networks of mountain retreats. Comprised of eight distinctive communities, each Cliffs property offers a true taste of what luxury mountain living is all about:

The Cliffs at Walnut Cove Located near Asheville, NC and bordered by Americas Favorite Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest, The Cliffs at Walnut Cove features multi-million dollar homes and home sites encircled by picturesque meadows, ancient forests, and tranquil mountain streams. Perhaps one of the Carolinas most beautiful gated golf communities, Walnut Cove offers its residents a vibrant Club Village at the heart of the community, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, and 18,000-square-foot Wellness Center and a Nature Center. The Cliffs at High Carolina Nestled at the edge of the Pisgah National Forest, near Asheville, NC, The Cliffs at High Carolina boasts high mountain meadows as the staging area for their estates and estate-sized home sites and the first golf course to be designed by the renowned Tiger Woods. Wholly inspired by the natural setting in which it is placed, the developers of High Carolina are dedicated to the preservation of that delicate balance between their community and the pristine waterfalls, natural mountain streams and rolling landscapes that surround it. Offering the life youve always imagined for yourself and your family, High Carolina offers a wide-range of year-round activities and amenities. The Cliffs at Glassy Perched at the edge of the Greenville Watershed at Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway 11, The Cliffs at Glassy is high on a mountaintop at an elevation of 3,200 feet above sea level offering breath-taking vistas of the world below. The first Cliffs community, Glassy set the bar rather high for all subsequent Cliffs properties to follow. Surrounding by a dense forest of fragrant mountain laurel and Carolina hardwoods, Glassy features a Tom Jackson golf course that has been named the Fourth Most Scenic in the Nation by Golf Digest Magazine. Other amenities include a Wellness Center, Chapel, Covered Sunset Pavilion and 22,000 square foot clubhouse offering both formal and casual dining. The Cliffs at Mountain Park Situated near the North Carolina/South Carolina border at the crossroads of Scenic Highway 11 and Highway 25, The Cliffs at Mountain Park is nothing short of a true mountain classic. At the leading edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Mountain Park encompasses 5,000 acres of breath-taking terrain surrounded by thousands of acres of protected forests, including not one but 14 state parks, three national forests and a national park. Inside the gates, the community features a Gary Player Signature Course, a European-inspired Village, an extensive SuperTrail system, botanical gardens, an Organic Farm and Nature Center. The Cliffs Valley Tucked in a peaceful valley at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the exquisitely designed estates and amenities of The Cliffs Valley seem perfectly natural among gently rolling hills and lush forests. Featuring a Ben Wright-designed Parkland-style golf course that was named among the Best New Courses in the nation at its inception by Golf Digest, The Valley also boasts a gorgeous Old World European-style Clubhouse offering gourmet market and both formal and informal dining, and the Cliffs most expansive wellness facility where homeowners can enjoy everything from a challenging workout in the CardioTheater to a relaxing massage at the spa. The Cliffs at Keowee Pristinely placed in three phases surrounding beautiful Lake Keowee, The Cliffs at Keowee offers the best of both worlds mountain and lakeside living. Fed by hundreds of Appalachian clear-spring streams, the 18,500-acre lake at the heart of all three gated communities offers a full-service private marina, lakeside dining, and a lakeside wellness center. Members also receive access to the adjacent Lake Jocassee, featuring 7,500 additional acres for the exploring including a majestic 200-foot waterfall. The three communities that make up The Cliffs at Keowee include The Cliffs at Keowee Springs?, The Cliffs at Keowee Falls? and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards?. Keowee Springs will be home to Americas first luxury family Wellness Center The Keowee Springs Lodge and Spa. Springs also features a Tom Fazio-designed golf course, a state-of-the-art International Golf Institute and a full-service marina. Keowee Falls provides its residents with an array of either lakefront, golf course or mountain view homesites. The Falls features a Jack Nicklaus-designed course which was named by Golfweek Magazine as one of the Top 50 Best New Courses in 2008. The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards is also home to an 18-hole Tom Fazio golf course this one nominated as Best New Private Course in the Nation by Golf Digest. Homes and homesites in Keowee Vineyards offer stunning mountain-lake views.

Considered to be Americas Best Private Club Membership, membership at any one of the Cliffs communities affords their members access to the world-class amenities at all eight properties, as well as . Combined amenities include eight championship golf courses (including two Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses, two Tom Fazio designs, and Tiger Woods debut as a course designer), spectacular clubhouses and restaurants, standard-setting Wellness Programs, Spa Facilities, an Organic Farm, an Equestrian Center, Marinas, over 250- acres of parks and 25 miles of groomed trails inside the gates and more. No wonder Resort Living Magazine touted membership at the Cliffs as one of the most impressive, comprehensive private club memberships in the world! At The Cliffs, this isnt just living this is panoramic living.

With a solid reputation for excellence while representing multi-million dollar properties in exceptioal master-planned communities throughout Western North Carolina including Wade Hampton, Mountaintop, and Old Edwards Club at Highlands Cove, Silver Creek Real Estate Group has proven itself to be an excellent match as a real estate partner for The Cliffs. If you are interested in taking your familys life to entirely new heights and wish to take a peek at life behind the gates of any one of the Cliffs stellar communities, contact the dedicated team of real estate professionals and brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group. Getting started on this new pursuit towards panoramic living is as easy as calling 828.743.1999, e-mailing, or filling out Silver Creeks online contact form. If youre in the Cashiers area, please feel free tostop by Silver Creeks offices in the Shoppes at CreekSide, conveniently located next to Wendy's Restaurant in Cashiers. Silver Creek looks forward to introducing you and your family to The Cliffs!