Blog :: 03-2011

Silver Creek Real Estate Group is Proud to Announce the Launch of NC Living Magazine

Cashiers-based Company Shines a Bright Spotlight on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau With the Debut of a New Lifestyle Publication

The month of March, already synonymous with the celebration of one of the worlds most beloved holidays and the advent of springtime, now has another exciting event to add to its roster the debut of NC Living Magazine. Designed to serve as a lifestyle publication, this magazine highlights properties available in the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau region of Western North Carolinas Blue Ridge Mountains while outlining many of the people, places and things that make life in this area so unique. The premiere issue includes articles about featured retailer Rusticks Furniture & Accessories, featured communities such as Chattooga Club, Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club, and Wade Hampton Golf Club. The magazine also includes tips for increasing the marketability of your home, spotlight on Western North Carolinas Waterfalls, calendar of events, highlights about some of the areas finest communities and available properties, and so much more.

Publisher of NC Living Magazine and owner of the Cashiers-based Silver Creek Real Estate Group, Jochen Lucke feels the magazine serves a number of purposes. First and foremost, NC Living Magazine shines a light on this one-of-a-kind corner of the world nestled high atop the Mountains of Western North Carolina, explains Jochen. It provides a sneak peek to people who havent discovered us yet, and serves as a reminder to those who may have been here before and are looking for a reason to return. Between the natural beauty of the region and the world-class amenities, restaurants, shopping and resorts theres no shortage of great topics to highlight each issue. Secondly, the Magazine is a terrific platform to showcase some of the finest homes and land available on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau from a rolling hillside overlooking the 10th hole of one of the best mountain golf courses in the world to an exquisite estate on 65-acres along the shores of beautiful Lake Glenville. NC Living seeks to give folks a reason to come visit, as well as a reason to STAY. Were big believers in the magic and distinctiveness that can only be found in our little slice of Heaven. Lastly, NC Living Magazine serves as an incredibly valuable tool for both my company, Silver Creek Real Estate Group and the clients we serve who may be looking to buy or sell a home in the area.

Future issues of NC Living Magazine will continue to illustrate the exceptional quality of life on the mountain, while unveiling some of the areas most stunning properties. To subscribe to future issues of NC Living Magazine, visit If you are considering buying or selling a home in Highlands, Cashiers, Sapphire Valley or Lakes Toxaway or Glenville Silver Creeks talented and experienced brokers invite you to contact them TODAY. Jochen and his team can be reached by calling <a href="tel:+18287431999">828.743.1999</a>, by e-mailing, or by filling out a helpful online contact form and someone will be in touch with you shortly. You are also welcome to drop by Silver Creeks offices in the heart of the historic village of Cashiers in the Shoppes at CreekSide. The brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group look forward to meeting you and your family, and are eager to introduce you to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.

Silver Creek Partners with duPont Registry

Luxury Brokerage Firm Targets Customers Through the Worlds Premier Luxury Marketplace

duPont Registry a name synonymous with the worlds finest inventory of luxury automobiles, opulent yachts, and lavish estates is the ideal match for Cashiers-based brokerage firm Silver Creek Real Estate Group. duPont Registry serves as an intermediary between luxury home sellers and buyers with combined virtual and print classifieds including luxury homes and real estate from all over the planet, drawing the most discerning viewers and readership. Visitors to their site are able to search the world over for the perfect home or home site from mountain top to coastal shoreline and everywhere in between.

Silver Creeks talented team of real estate professionals takes pride in our proven skill of matching buyers with sellers and dreamers with dream properties. We accomplish this by marketing our clients' properties to the appropriate target audiences a focused approach that attracts serious, qualified buyers to properties that fit their needs and fulfill their wishes. Known as the Worlds Premier Luxury Marketplace, duPont Registry is the perfect showcase for some of the most superb homes and land the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau has to offer. From an exquisite private estate situated on 65 acres along the shores of beautiful Lake Glenville to a golf lovers paradise on .8 acres overlooking the 10th hole of the highly esteemed Wade Hampton Golf Club, Silver Creeks luxury listings are a superlative fit for this international marketing platform. Paired with our use of social media marketing, collateral materials, knowledge of the area, professional demeanor, and copious amounts of southern hospitality, Silver Creek Real Estate Group proves an excellent partner for both buyers and sellers in Western North Carolina.

If you are considering selling your home in Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville or Lake Toxaway areas, we encourage you to call Silver Creek Real Estate Group. In the event that you are currently listed with another local real estate firm, ask yourself if your property is getting the exposure it deserves. If you are in the market for a luxury estate in North Carolinas Blue Ridge Mountains or in search of the ideal lot on which to build the home of your dreams, your first call should be to the experienced team of brokers at Silver Creek. We can be easily reached by calling <a href="tel:+18287431999">828.743.1999</a>, by e-mailing us at, or by filling out our convenient online contact form one of our brokers will be in touch with you shortly to discuss your most pressing needs and fondest wishes. To learn more about Silver Creek Real Estate Group and our team members, visit us online at or drop by our offices in the Shoppes at CreekSide, just west of the Cashiers Crossroads.

We look forward to the opportunity to help you and your family move on to that next exciting chapter in your lives!

April 2011 Plateau Pursuits

With the arrival of April comes the return of our much-anticipated seasonal friends to the mountains of Western North Carolina the daffodils, tulips, trillium, dogwoods, azaleas, and so much more. The early spring breezes carry the heavenly floral fragrance as they stir the surface on our lovely mountain lakes and streams, giving the sense of an awakening conveying that something special is about to happen. In a dance it has performed for centuries, the valley floor takes on the appearance of a sea of green once more and the sky above is a thick blanket of azure and white. As the temperatures start to rise, so does the level of excitement. During this month, in this very year a number of entirely new families will come to discover our unique corner of the world for the very first time. Some of them will add us to their list of favorite seasonal haunts, while others will find themselves so captivated by the area they will choose to lay down roots here, just as countless families before them have done for nearly two centuries. Whether they are drawn to the breathtaking sunsets over Lakes Glenville and Toxaway, the community spirit and world-class amenities of Sapphire Valley, or the history and Appalachian charm of Highlands and Cashiers there is something to treasure about every nook and cranny of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. We invite you to join us up on the mountain this Spring and discover exactly what it is that will call YOU back here, year after year

April 1 Happy April Fools Day from your friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group!

April 1The Inn at Half Mile Farm plays host to a special April Fools Day Wine Dinner with the talented Chef Todd Ginsberg. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will begin at 6:00 pm, with dinner to follow at 7:00 pm. Each tantalizing course will be perfectly paired with an exquisite wine. Cost is $120 per person. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information please call 800-946-6822

April 1-May 24Each Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 pm, The Bascom will host a workshop titled Ceramics - Beginner and Beyond" which is an introduction to hand building and wheel throwing techniques for beginners and an opportunity for intermediates to refine and develop their skills further. Tuition is $350 for members and $375 for non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit

April 2-30Each Saturday in April, Headwaters Outfitters will take guests on a very special journey their Signs of Spring Guided Canoe Trip on the French Broad River. This peaceful eight-mile guided canoe trip will take about four hours to complete. You, your friends or family, paddle downstream through perhaps the most beautiful section of the entire river. Join one of our experienced river guides and encounter the beauty and tranquility of this ancient river as it springs to life with the melodic chatter of wildlife and the colorful burst of new foliage. The cost is $55 per person. To reserve a spot, call Headwaters at (828) 877-3106.

April 8-10Inn at Half Mile Farm plays host to an Artist Retreat with special guest Mary Ann Edens for a weekend of creativity and camaraderie. The event will begin Friday afternoon at 5:30 pm for wine & hors d'oeuvres and supper, with an opportunity for artists to get acquainted with each other and meet Ms. Edens. Saturday includes a workshop from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and with lunch. Sunday morning, artists will gather at 8:30 am to present their artwork and enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast. Cost is $175.00 per person. Space is limited and advanced reservations are required. Call 800-946-6822 for more information.

April 9The Bascom hosts an opening reception from 5 to 7 pm for The American Still Life. A competition which will include a combination of works by contemporary American artists selected by our juror and historical still life examples borrowed from museums. Still life derives from the Dutch word stilleven, coined in the 17th century when paintings of objects enjoyed immense popularity throughout Europe. This exhibition explores the historical precedent and the evolution of the practice in the work of portraying inanimate objects, and presents some of the innovative ways artists today are exploring this traditional genre. Admission is free. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit

April 10Join Fly Fishing Guide Mac Marett of Headwaters Outfitters for a free fly-tying clinic in Rosman from 2 to 5 pm. Mac will demonstrate how to tie his very own foam-bodied yellow jacket imitation, The Bee, and Whitewater Golden Stone both irresistible to trout in local streams. 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 in pre-proportioned packets. To register, please call (828) 877-3106.

April 13-May 18 On Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 pm The Bascom will host a workshop geared toward children aged 8-12 called Clay for Youth. Taught by Pat Taylor, students will have a variety of creative experiences and learn lots of clay techniques from coiling, building with slabs, pinching and sculpting. Everyone will get the chance to use the potter's wheel, see their pieces get bisque fired and glazed, and have an assortment of work to be proud of when they are finished. Tuition is $95 for members and $120 for non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit

April 13-14Headwaters Outfitters invites you to join them on a Chattooga River Canoe Camping Adventure! They will be paddling on Section I & II of this magnificent river which is perfect for introducing (or reacquainting) paddlers to the river. This part of the Chattooga is not as heavily used by the local whitewater outfitters that focus more on the adrenaline rush of Sections III and IV but still offers just as stunning scenery as other sections. For more information on how to take part in this wonderful wild and scenic retreat, call 828-877-3106.

April 14-17Escape to the Old Edwards Inn for the Comfort Living Re-Balance Retreat facilitated by interior designer Christine Eisner of Comfort Living by Christine. This back to basics approach to a more balanced lifestyle will provide you with the tools to lead a more meaningful life by transforming your surroundings. Christine will help you translate your inner priorities to enrich your home or work environment. Join her for this 3-day full immersion retreat featuring workshops, hands-on activities, nature walks, spa treatments, and a collection of lovely chef-prepared meals. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

April 22-23The Bascom hosts "Relief Printmaking" - a workshop taught by Nancy Darrell from 10 am to 4 pm. Learn the simple skill of relief printmaking using linoleum. Students will create relief prints from found objects and quickly advance to cutting linoleum blocks. Small prints will be printed on paper for greeting cards. Larger prints will be explored using an intaglio press and other printing options. Tuition is $145 for members and $170 for non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit

April 22-23The Bascom hosts "Play in the Clay" a Youth Art Program taught from 10 am to 1 pm to beginners and intermediate young potters ages 10-16. Instruction will cover basic techniques, coil and pinch pots. Lunch is included. Class size is limited, pre-registration is required. $50 fora two-day workshop. To register or for more information, visit or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.

April 23-24The Old Edwards Inn & Spa welcomes guests for a very special Easter weekend. Saturdays activities include Easter egg decorating and bonnet making, and Sunday features Easter brunch in Madisons Restaurant from 11:30 am to 3 pm for $45 per person. Be on the lookout for a visit from the Easter Bunny from 1 pm to 2 pm, and gather on the Lodge Lawn at 1:30 pm for a classic Easter egg hunt. A professional photographer will be on-site for family portraits and Old Edwards Easter egg baskets for the kids with special add-ins available at Oakleaf Flower and Garden. Easter weekend spa specials include mini manicures or pedicures for little girls at The Spa for $25 and 20% off services when booking 2 or more services per person (Valid April 22 to 24, 2011 based on availability. Not valid with any other discounts or specials. Discount must be confirmed at the time of scheduling to ensure that the discount applies. Gratuities based on regular prices of services.) For more information or to book reservations for this fun annual event, call 828-526-8008.

April 24 Happy Easter from the Silver Creek Family to Yours!

April 29-May 1Wine and Dine on the Mountain at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa! This sensational event kicks off the 2011 culinary season in Highlands, NC by pulling together a sizzling line-up of fine wines, superb food and fine art. Guests of all events will watch the wines come to life, as gifted artist Thomas Arvid paints LIVE for each occasion. Friday features a Spring Harvest Barn Dinner at The Farm at Old Edwards showcasing live entertainment and Whitehall Lane Winery and Vineyards. Cocktails are served at 6:30 pm, with dinner to follow at 7:00 pm for $95 per person. Saturday features the W.H. Smith Winery Dinner at Wolfgang's Restaurant. Cocktails are served at 7:00 pm with dinner to follow at 7:30 pm for $135 per person. Sunday features a Jazz, Wine, Art & Brunch from 11:30 am to 3 pm at Madisons Restaurant at Old Edwards, also showcasing Whitehall Lane Winery and Vineyards for just $55 per person. For more information, please call 828-526-8008.

April 29The Bascom hosts "Beginner Basket Weaving" taught be Barbara Chatham from 9 am to3 pm. During this workshop students will learn the basic basket weaves and make a square basket (8x 8x 4) utilizing reed. Students will also learn the history of basket weaving and the types of materials, weaves and tools utilized in weaving. Students will develop a knowledge of weaving as an art form using their creativity to make each item unique. Tuition is $85 for members and $110 for non-members and $30 materials kit. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit

April 30The Bascom hosts Beginner or Intermediate Weaving" taught by Barbara Chatham from 9 am to 3 pm. In this workshop, beginning students will learn the basic basket weaves and make a square basket (8 x 8 x 4) utilizing reed. They will also learn the history of basket weaving and the types of materials, weaves and tools utilized in weaving. Students will develop a knowledge of weaving as an art form using their creativity to make each item unique. Intermediate students will use advanced weaves to make a basket with a Herringbone base, a woven handle, and use dyed rows of reed, using color of choice. Tuition is $85 for members and $110 for non-members and $30 beginner materials kit or $40 intermediate materials kit. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit

March 2011 Plateau Pursuits

During a month commonly associated with St. Patricks Day and the pursuit of good fortune, folks who live along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau will tell you that they have already found the end of the rainbow. Comprised of a collection of unique mountain communities that are plentiful in Carolina charm and southern hospitality, this little slice of heaven has been beckoning families back year after year with its eclectic shopping and dining experiences, breathtaking natural splendor, award-winning country clubs and amenities, and community-focused seasonal festivals. With spring falling near the end of the month, the leaves will be returning to the trees and the redbuds will be in bloom. We invite you to come join us up on the mountain this month. Were certain youll feel lucky that you did!

March 4-6:Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands hosts the Highlands-Cashiers Players production of You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running by Robert Anderson. Evening performances begin at 7:30 pm; the Sunday matinee begins at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $20.00. To reserve your seats, call 828-526-8084.

March 5:Take part in an exciting Chefs Challenge at Cyprus Restaurant in Highlands to determine who will be the next King of the Mountain. Four of the top local chefs will face off in a "Iron Chef" style competition. Chef Nick Figel of Cyprus Restaurant will defend his "King of the Mountain" title against last year's runner up, Johannes Klapdor of Madisons Restaurant at Old Edwards Inn, as well as Jonathan Reid of The Gamekeepers Tavern and Mitch Shepard of Rukas Table. Champagne arrival, competition, and dinner with live entertainment will run from 3 to 10 pm. The cost to attend and enjoy the fruits of their labor is $118 for the Chefs Competition & Dinner or $159 for Counter Seats & Dinner. For more information, call 828-526-4429.

March 5-April 9: School is in session for budding artists wishing to take part in The Bascoms "Saturday Art School" hosted from 10 am to 12 pm by instructor Rosie Smith. Kindergartners through sixth graders are welcome for fun, skill building art classes using a variety of materials. Just $40 for a six-week session. To register or for more information, visit or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.

March 7-April 25:On Mondays and Wednesdays, aspiring artists are welcome to attend the Bascoms "Ceramics Open Studio", designed for ceramic students who are versed in the basics of ceramics but need time and space to work. During open studio sessions, there will be a knowledgeable attendant present. Various classes are scheduled throughout the year. Tuition is $225 for members and $250 for non-members (includes one bag of clay). For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit

March 7:Enjoy the Harlem Ambassadors Basketball Show at the Highlands Civic Center. Doors open for concessions at 6:00 pm and for the show at 7:00 pm. Advanced tickets are just $5 for students (K-12) and seniors, but will be $7 at the door. General admission prices are $7 for advance purchase and $10 at the door. Admission for children under 5 is FREE.

March 8-April 12:Budding artists are invited to take part in The Bascoms "Tuesday After School Art" Youth Program with instructor Melody Germain from 3:15 to 4:30 pm. Designed for elementary aged students, lessons during this special after-school program include painting, modeling and collage. Kindergarten through sixth grade. $30 for a six-week session. To register or for more information, visit or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100

March 10 13:Julia Rogers Hamrick the author of Choosing Easy World and Recreating Eden joins forces with Certified Life Coach, Yoga Instructor, and Manager of the Spa at Old Edward Inn, Kyra Russell, and Executive Chef for the Inn, Johannes Klapdor, to host a full-immersion three-day Mind and Body Detox at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa. They encourage you to throw out "The Rules" and follow your inner wisdom to wellness and joy. This life changing experience will teach you how to tap your inner wisdom for guidance on health, wellbeing and happiness. Learn to let go of preconceived notions, rules and techniques for living your life, and create a space where you can flow with your natural rhythms. Through educational sessions, meditative time and movement for self awareness, Julia and Kyra will help you transform the way you view your life. Executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr and the Old Edwards culinary team will provide nourishing menus and recipes designed to detox and rejuvenate your body and set you on a new direction in your health and wellness. Package price of $1075/person includes three-nights stay in deluxe accommodations at the Old Edwards Inn, all meals, and participation in the Mind & Body Detox Retreat.

March 11-April 15:The Bascom hosts "Pre School Creativity Classes" on Fridays from 9 to 10 am with Instructor Katy Calloway. Joined by a parent, these youngsters will learn basic art skills to support personal creativity. Lessons will include scribbling, cutting, joining, modeling and painting. Ages 2.5 to 5. Class size is limited, pre-registration is required. $30 for a six-week session. To register or for more information, visit or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.

March 12-April 30:"Ceramics - Beyond Beginner" workshops take place at The Bascom on Saturdays. This class will serve to teach additional skills beyond the basics with opportunities to focus on specific projects. Tuition is $225 for members; $250 for non-members (includes 1st bag of clay). For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit

March 12:Head down to the Highlands Community Center for the Annual Chili Cook Off. For more information, please call 828-526-2112.

March 12:Join the folks at Headwaters Outfitters for Spinning Deer Hair With Guide Mac Marett. Fly Fishing Guide Mac Marett of Headwaters Outfitters will facilitate this free fly-tying clinic in Rosman from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. All materials necessary to tie this pattern will be available for sale in pre-proportioned packets. To register, please call (828) 877-3106.

March 15-May 3:The Bascom offers "The Art of Centering" the basis of all wheel turned pottery to beginner to intermediate artists. Centering helps one to learn focus, pay attention, relax and so becomes metaphoric for a balanced life. Students will explore how breathing, posture and calmness of mind all play part in centering on the wheel, as well as centering the self. Tuition is $195 members; $220 for non-members (includes 1st bag of clay). For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit

March 17:Happy St. Patricks Day from your friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group!

March 18-20:Old Edwards Inn hosts a St. Patrick's Day Weekend Celebration Old Edwards style. Theyll be serving up special Irish cocktails and beers in the Hummingbird Lounge and Madison's, in addition to special Irish dishes in Madison's throughout the weekend. Cy Timmons will perform live on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the Hummingbird Lounge, singing Irish favorites. Guests of Old Edwards will also enjoy an authentic Irish whiskey tasting on Friday and Saturday from 4 to -5 pm in the Hummingbird Lounge, an Irish Coffee Making Experience on Saturday, complimentary Irish hors doeuvres inthe Hummingbird Lounge Friday and Saturday evening from 6 pm to 7 pm , Complimentary Irish after party hors doeuvres in the Hummingbird Lounge Friday and Saturday evening from 10 pm to 11 pm plus a Pot O Goldincluding an overnight stay at Old Edwardsawaits a very lucky guest. Special turndown amenities will be available throughout the weekend. To make reservations, call 828.787.2625.

March 18:Relay for Life Kickoff Event hosted in the Sapphire Community Center from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 828-743-3295.

March 19: Headwaters Outfitters hosts a FREE Cold Water Paddling Clinic instructed By David Whitmire, a lifelong canoeist and river safety instructor . "If you fall out of your boat into the French Broad or the Chattooga in April and the water temperatures are in the 50s, its only a matter of minutes before your body begins to shut down, insists Whitmire, a river guide at Headwaters Outfitters in Rosman. Its really important that before you go out this spring, you know how to deal with cold water immersion. The class will focus on avoiding potential risks, preparing fully for spring paddling adventures and what to do in the event you capsize. Reservations are required for the class, which has a maximum of 20 participants. To grab a spot, call Headwaters Outfitters at (828) 877-3106.

March 20:First official day of SPRING!!!

March 24-27:Old Edwards Inn host In Your Own Skin - A Complimentary, Hands-On Wellness Weekend teaching the Art, Science and Inner Wisdom of Skin, Beauty and Confidence. Includes Two Days of Intriguing Demonstrations, Expert Roundtables, Tastings and Free Consultations. Make plans to attend any single event or every event each day. So we can plan for your food and beverage samples and seating space for discussions, please call 828.787.2625 to express your intent to attend this free event. Pre-callers will be eligible for prizes at the event. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

March 26:Winter Barn Dance at The Bascom to honor our veterans Admission for honorees is free; tickets for all other attendees is just $5/person. Music sponsored by Ray McPhail, and event runs from 7 to 10 pm. Guest performances by Helen's Barn Era musicians and dancers. Event sponsors include The Bascom, The Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, Mountain Fresh Grocery, Ugly Dog Pub and Sam Call Productions. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit

March 26: Cashiers Historical Society presents Heritage Apple Day. The event is being held as the Cashiers Community Center from 10am to 2pm.

March 29:Old Edwards Inn hosts the In Your Own Skin Event encouraging Luminous wellness from the inside out. Cosmetic acupuncture demonstrations. Cosmetic surgery consultations. Skin analysis, skin cancer screenings, and sun damage screenings. Hydration for the skin and body products, food beverages and beyond. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

March 30:Free Art Days Youth Art Program at the Bascom - 10 am-12 pm. School is out, come and create! Susan Nastasic will lead students on a creative adventure using a variety of materials. All ages. Free. To register or for more information, visit or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.