Blog :: 09-2009

October Plateau Pursuits

Oct. 1-7: 100 Years of Land Conservation ongoing exhibition at Summit One Gallery Artists have created new works inspired by the very special properties conserved by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. For more information, call 828.526.2673.

Oct. 1-10: Exhibition: Cat Chow: Beyond Fiber Art Must see exhibit at The Bascom Display of the highly touted work of Catharine (Cat) Chow. The New Yorker called this NYC artist one of the most interesting and compelling young talents to come along in years! For more information, visit www.cat-chow.com or call 828-526-4929.

Oct. 1-17: Southern Landscapes Exhibition Inspirational Beauty Featuring the works of Lamar Dodd and Will Henry Stevens at the Bascom in Highlands. For more information, call 828-526-4929 or visit www.thebascom.org.

Oct. 1-30: Dave Russell Exhibition Stacked Stone Sculpture/Outdoors at the Bascom in Highlands. For more information, call 828-526-4929 or visit www.thebascom.org.

Oct. 1-Dec. 16:Young Artists Program In order to help engender a continuing love of the arts and give birth to some budding artists, The Bascom offers fun and thoughtful art classes geared to the skills and interests of children from pre-school to pre-teen, during the school year. Mondays 3 to 4 p.m. (grades 2-5); Tuesdays 11 to 11:30 a.m. (preschoolers) and 3 to 4 p.m. (grades K-1); and Wednesdays 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (homeschoolers ages 4-7), 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. (homeschoolers ages 8-14), and 3 to 4 p.m. (grades K-2); Cost $15 for a 6-class session, preschool; $30 for a 6-class session, homeschoolers and grades 1-5. For more information, call 828-526-4929 or visit www.thebascom.org.

Fall Color

Fall Color in Cashiers North Carolina

Oct. 2 & 3: Autumn Leaves Festival The Bascom in Highlands, NC Annual fundraiser to support a very special mountaintop art gallery. Festivities to include an auction and gala dinner on Friday evening at 6 p.m. at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn (cocktail attire) and the Autumn Leaves Party at 5 to 8 p.m. featuring live bluegrass band, food & spirits, art demonstrations and silent auction (blue jeans casual). Tickets to Fridays Gala are $225, to Saturdays Autumn Leaves Party are $35 or Friday/Saturday Combination tickets are $250. Proceeds benefit The Bascom. For more information or to purchase your tickets to the best party in Highlands, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828-526-4949. To make reservations for accommodations, The Bascom recommends The Old Edwards Inn at 866-526-8008.

Oct. 3: Cashiers Community Annual Fish Fry Cashiers Community Center 5 to 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 5: Elk Excursion Eco Tour Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust A true adventure to learn about and witness firsthand the elk that are native to the area. Tour is free to HCLT members and just a $25 donation from new friends. Reservations are required. Please e-mail Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net or call 828-526-1111 to reserve your spot. Come see what youll discover

Oct. 5: Charity Golf Tournament Sapphire Valley Country Club Hosted by the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley, this fun event will help to benefit the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau community through the Rotary Clubs sponsorship of special organizations such as The American Cancer Society, Boys Scouts/Girl Scouts of America, Make A Wish Foundation, and Toys for Tots. Price to participate is just $200/player and includes greens fee, cart, box lunch, and goody bag. Tournament will feature a $25,000 prize for the hole-in-one contest. For more information or to reserve your spot in the Tournament, visit www.cashiersrotary.org or call Rotary Club President Ron Keller at 828-743-9920.

Oct. 8-10: Leaf Festival of Cashiers Valley Cashiers Village Green and Sapphire Valley Resort Hosted by the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association and sponsored in part by Coca-Cola, this fun-filled weekend is a celebration of nature and community. Event kicks off on Thursday evening at 8 p.m. with a live concert on the Village Green all are welcome to pack a picnic and dance to the music of the Rye Holler Boys. Friday and Saturday feature an Artisan Festival and Enchanted Village including the work of local artists, merchants market, more live music, and a special childrens section featuring face painting, clowns, and trolley rides. Weekend also includes an exciting Tour of Homes, showcasing some of the areas most stunning mountain homes. The Festival will end on a high note as Grammy Award Winner, BJ Thomas takes the stage on a Concert on the Slopes of Sapphire Valley Resort. Thomas is the man behind such memorable hits as Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head and Hooked on a Feeling. For more information, click here (link to Leaf Festival blog dated Sept. 10) or call the helpful crew at Silver Creek at 828-743-1999. We hope to see you there!

Oct. 9: An Evening with John Muir Highlands Playhouse Stirring portrayal of legendary conservationist, John Muir performed by actor Lee Stetson and presented by the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance. Play begins at 7 p.m., but come early to rub elbows with John Muir at the Patrons Party preceding the performance. Party includes wine, heavy hors doeuvres and reserved seating for just $80 ($75 for JMCA members). To attend the play only, tickets are $30 ($25 for JMCA members). For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.j-mca.org.

Oct. 10: Pumpkin Fest Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust An afternoon of old-fashioned fun for the whole family. Fest includes pumpkin carving contest, hayrides, BBQ, music by the Cashiers Music Company and cider press demonstrations. Hosted at the working farm of HCLT board member Linda David and her husband Kenton. For details and ticket prices, call 828-526-1111 or e-mail Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.

Oct. 10 & 11: Dont Count Your Chickens Folk Art Show Highlands Community Center 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-0299.

Oct. 17: 4th Annual Songwriters in the Round High Hampton Inn Pavilion Wonderful evening of music from some of Nashvilles premier songwriters. Food and beverages will be served. Benefits the Blue Ridge School Education Foundation.

Oct. 17: 3rd Annual Fall Ball to benefit the Summit School Black tie optional gala featuring a fabulous dinner, open bar and dancing. For more informatio, call (828) 743-5755.

Oct. 17 & 18: Fall Colors Show Highlands Civic Center & Recreational Park 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Art League of Highlands 2009. Show features fine art, pottery, jewelry, photography and childrens art market & activities.

Oct. 23: Star Gazing on the Mountain Eco Tour Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Join WCU astronomy professor Dr. Paul Heckert to learn about stars from a beautiful field near downtown Highlands. Tours are free to HCLT, and just $25 for new friends. Reservations are required. Please e-mail Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net or call 828-526-1111 to reserve your spot. Come see what youll discover

Oct. 31: Spooky Raku: A Halloween Pottery Firing The Bascom in Highlands free event that begins at sundown (@ 5:30 p.m.) All are welcome to come by the Studio Barn as red pots glow against the black nights sky setting the ideal mood for an unforgettable All Hallows Eve.

Oct. 31: Highlands Halloween Trick or Treat Main Street Highlands 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Don your costume and join your friends & neighbors in historic downtown Highlands.

Western North Carolina Residents Witness First Show of Fall Colors

Come Enjoy the SHOW! Western North Carolina Residents Witness First Show of Fall Colors (And Wish To Share the View)

September 22nd marked the first official day of Fall this year, and evidence of the change in seasons is just beginning to take place on the southern crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. A rolling sea of green trees is slowly transforming to a rainbow of color as the leaves on the hardwoods begin to change. Unlike years past, 2009s leaf season is expected to be one of the most beautiful to date thanks to all of the rain during this years spring and summer months. The rainfall should attribute to a more vibrant, longer lasting show of colors.

Fall Colors in Western North Carolina

Fall Colors in Western North Carolina

According to Dr. Gary Walker, a professor at Appalachian State University, Western North Carolina has the highest diversity of tree species in North America. He explains that this diversity of trees, hardwoods in particular, lends itself to an extended display of color lasting from early October through late November. Pair that with large tracts of protected land through our national forests and parks, as well as citizens, developers and builders dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of the region and spectators are afforded stunning unmarred colorful panoramas that stretch for miles and miles.

For more than one hundred years, residents of the Highlands-Cashier Plateau have been afforded front row seats to this colorful spectacle of Mother Nature. This year, they wish to share this very extraordinary time of year with their neighbors from near and far. The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association has taken great care in planning their first annual Leaf Festival of Cashiers Valley for the weekend of October 8-10. The weekends festivities will include live music, Artisan Festival, Tour of Homes, kid-friendly activities and so much more. For more information about this very special celebration of nature and community, click here. If you cant make it for that particular weekend, the historic villages of both Cashiers and Highlands offer dazzling scenery all season long, in addition to their unique brand of dining and shopping experiences. Its well worth the drive for an impromptu vacation weekend you wont soon forget! For more information about the Leaf Festival and area accommodations, contact the helpful staff at Silver Creek Real Estate Group at calling 828-743-1999 or via e-mail at info@ncliving.com.

* Cite: http://www.exploreasheville.com/what-to-do/seasonal-fun/fall-color-in-the-asheville-area/asheville-fall-color-report/index.aspx

Western North Carolina Becoming More of a Destination Than Ever Before

Asheville Regional Airport Increases its Flights

According to a recent report in Ashevilles Citizen Times, Asheville Regional Airport will be adding two nonstop daily flights between Asheville, North Carolina and Chicago, Illinois beginning December 17, 2009. The flights, courtesy of United Airlines, will be on a 50-passenger regional jet, departing Asheville at 6:30 a.m. and 5:20 p.m. and returning from Chicagos OHare International airport at 2:10 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Asheville Airport

Asheville Airport

In recent years, Asheville Regional Airport has learned that Chicago typically ranks second or third as a destination from Asheville even though there has never before been a non-stop flight between the two cities. This move should aid in easing the traffic flow and travel experience for commercial travelers from Asheville and surrounding towns to the Midwest and back. Hopes are high that this direct flight will also add to the appeal of Western North Carolina as a vacation destination for Northern and Mid-Western travelers. Between Ashevilles renowned Biltmore Estate, and the historic resort villages of Highlands and Cashiers theres an abundance of family-friendly recreation, unique dining and shopping experiences, colorful history and culture, and breathtaking natural splendor to be found in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina (and lets not forget those mild year-round temperatures)! For more information about this story, click on the link: http://www.citizen-times.com/article/200990921022.

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    Trillium at Lake Glenville Where Families Belong

    A distinctive private community perched high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Trillium touts itself as a special place where getting away from it all feels like finally coming home. Named for a lovely native flowering plant bearing clusters of three leaves and three-petaled flowers, Trillium offers its homeowners three very different and desirable living choices with panoramic mountain, pristine lakefront- or green as far as the eye can see golf course-home sites. A wide variety of homes are available for a myriad of homeowners from maintenance-free golf course condos or stately townhomes on the Village Green for empty nesters and couples, to a lovely cottage in the woods or a rustic mountain-top cabin for families. Lakefront, golf course and mountain home sites are available for future Trillium residents wishing to build their own unique mountain retreat in this sprawling family-friendly community on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.

    Trillium Entrance

    Trillium Entrance

    There is no shortage of fun for the whole family at Trillium. The communitys award-winning 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Morris Hatalsky, offers breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains along with its fair share of challenges. For a less taxing day at the links, the Garden Golf Course is as enjoyable as it is lovely. This par-three course winds through gardens and past waterfalls, combining a tranquil hike with the fun of putting the day away with your family. Located along the shores of stunning Lake Glenville, residents of Trillium also have full-access to water sports from their own personal watercraft or from rentals available from Trilliums fleet of boats, canoes, kayaks and more. Lakeside dining is available at The Landings or al fresco at Trilliums Pavilion. Apple Orchard Park is Trilliums full-service fitness facility with state-of-the-art exercise equipment, three indoor clay courts and spa offering relaxing massage treatments. And as if that werent enough Trillium also offers a stunning Clubhouse with gourmet dining, miles of hiking trails, creeks and Lake Glenville for fishing, and plenty of planned activities for adults and children. The community is located near the popular resort village of Cashiers, for additional dining, shopping and activities.

    To take a tour of Trillium and view mountain-, lake- and golf course-living at its best, call the team at Silver Creek Real Estate Group at (828) 743-1999. There is no better time to buy that dream home in the mountains than right now, and Silver Creek can help you realize your dreams. What are you waiting for? Click here to view homes for sale at Trillium. Call us TODAY!

    Captivating Cashiers!

    A Treasure of Historic Proportions in the Mountains of Western North Carolina

    For nearly two hundred years, the charming village of Cashiers, North Carolina has been captivating visitors from all over the Southeast and beyond. Brimming with history, the names of Cashiers early settlers can be found painted on street signs and engraved on buildings throughout the quaint historic community. Colonel John A. Zachary reportedly first explored the ancient forests and lush landscape of the mountains of Western North Carolina with his oldest son in 1832. They returned the following spring from their home over 200 miles away to become the first permanent homesteaders on the Plateau. Their ancestors still live here today (including Silver Creek Real Estate Groups very own Elaine Zachary!) One of Colonel Zacharys sons, Mordecai a skilled carpenter built what is now known as the Zachary-Tolbert house as a wedding gift for his young bride, Elvira Keener, in 1852. The Tolbert Family owned the home for most of the 20th century. The house still stands in the heart of Cashiers, and what once served as a summer retreat and inn now houses the Cashiers Historical Society. It opened as a public museum in 2001, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and showcases much of the original furniture crafted by Mordecai Zachary himself.

    Welcome to Cashiers North Carolina

    Welcome to Cashiers North Carolina

    Not long after the Zacharys arrival to the area, the McKinney Family of Pickens, South Carolina followed suit. James McKinney and his family bought 600 acres in a valley on The Plateau in 1835. They kept cattle and horses on their newly acquired land from spring to late fall, and then headed south to coastal South Carolina for the winter months. Anecdotal in nature, one story of how Cashiers got its name relates back to James McKinney and his prized stallion, Cash. As the story goes, Cash was lost during a drive south one winter. When the family returned to their valley the following spring, they found Cash alive and well. According to legend, they called their home, Cashs Valley from henceforth.

    One of Cashiers most prominent citizens, Brigadier General Wade Hampton III (1818-1902), was also enraptured by the beauty of the region. His family was very wealthy having built their fortune from cotton plantations in Charleston and Columbia and although he could choose to build a mountain lodge anywhere he wished, he chose The Plateau for his beloved summer retreat. He purchased land from Mordecai Zachary and built the Hampton Hunting Lodge. He gained a great deal of fame for his service and valor during the Civil War, and it is said that he received word that he had won the title of Governor of South Carolina while rocking on the front porch of his Cashiers mountain home. He went on to serve in the U.S. Senate for thirteen years, and was appointed US Railroad Commissioner by President Grover Cleveland in 1892. Another story of the origin of Cashiers name has become the stuff of local lore. According to the legend, the Hamptons owned two prized bulls named Brutus and Cashius. Cashius wandered away and became entangled in a thicket. He died in the valley, which was thereafter named Cashius Valley. Apparently, time and local dialect molded the name to Cashiers (Cashers) Valley. The land once owned by the Hampton Family is now home to two of Cashiers most affluent communities, High Hampton Inn & Country Club and Wade Hampton Golf Club.

    Prominent Pittsburg entrepreneur E.H. Jennings was drawn to the area in the late 19th century and felt it would serve as an amazing resort area to the affluent citizens of the South. He purchased 35,000 acres near what is known today as the town of Cashiers. Jennings was truly a visionary countless visitors have selected Cashiers as their vacation spot of choice and keep returning, year-after-year! More than a century later, Cashiers continues to draw families from all over the Southeast to its breathtaking landscape, relaxed pace, wide variety of leisure activities and amazing resort communities.

    For those who live here year-round awe-inspiring views of the Blue Ridge Mountains continue to astound, the scents of wildflowers and mountain laurel blended together on a cool mountain breeze continue to inspire, and the activities of a stroll through an ancient forest or the time-honored tradition of a day of fly fishing continue to delight. In fact, Cashiers was recently listed as one of Outside Magazines Best Towns in 2004. Since its inception, the Cashiers community has been based largely upon a foundation of Southern Hospitality in celebration of natures splendor.

    The Village Green in Cashiers NC

    Welcome to Cashiers North Carolina

    You are welcome to enjoy an outdoor concert on the Village Green, explore the gift shops that line the streets of Cashiers downtown area, or just sit back, relax and breathe in the unforgettable sights and sounds that surround you. Cashiers contains some of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Western North Carolina, representing some of the most distinctive architectural designs. We invite you to visit Cashiers and fall in love with this one-of-a-kind community as so many families have done before you. Silver Creek Real Estate Group welcomes the opportunity to introduce you and your family to some of Cashiers most exciting communities and subdivisions, including Arrowhead, Big Sheep Cliff, Cedar Creek Woods, Cedar Hill, Chattooga Club, Chinquapin, Cullasaja Club, High Meadow of Cashiers, Little Terrapin, Lonesome Valley, Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club, Pinchot, Sheep Cliff Crossing, Spring Forest, Wade Hampton Golf Club. To start laying the foundation for your very own mountain homestead, call the talented team at Silver Creek at 828-743-1999 or e-mail us at info@ncliving.com. Feel free to learn more about the communities listed above and the properties available for purchase by visiting our website at http://www.ncliving.com/ or pop by our offices located just west of Cashiers Crossroads in the Shoppes at CreekSide. We look forward to the opportunity to help you begin your quest for the perfect vacation home, real estate investment or your heirloom dream home a home that will be passed down from generation to generation, in the spirit of the pioneers who first settled here.

    Information courtesy of the Cashiers Historical Society http://www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org/ and The Chattooga Conservancy http://www.chattoogariver.org/.

    Home Sweet Highlands North Carolina!

    Many a visitor to this colorful historical village has come to call Highlands, North Carolina home. Whether they mean to or not once they breathe the crisp, clean mountain air and view the awe-inspiring panoramas of the mountains beyond and the valley below they become captive to her charms. Highlands, along with many of the other quaint towns and villages that dot the landscape of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau have been beckoning visitors far and near for centuries. Summer vacationers come in droves to escape the heat and rushed pace of the lower elevations, nature lovers visit year-round to witness the transformation of the mountains from season to season, families make the short drive up on weekends to enjoy one another along with a cornucopia of resort-quality amenities, restaurants and shopping, and couples make an escape for a romantic get-away where they might stroll through the woods to a seemingly magical waterfall or snuggle up close by the warmth of a fire on a cool evening. For many of these visitors, one visit simply isnt enough!

    Aerial view of Highlands North Carolina

    Aerial view of Highlands North Carolina

    The same was true for a couple of visionaries in the late 19th century. Founded in 1875 by Kansas developers, Samuel Truman Kelsey and Clinton Carter Hutchinson Highlands did not live up to original expectations. Legend has it the two men drew lines on a map from Chicago to Savannah and from New Orleans to New York, in the hopes that the area where the lines intersected would become a commercial crossroads and major trading center in the South. What the two did not realize was the rough terrain soaring to over 4,000 feet above sea level was virtually impassable for early steam engines and intimidating for heavily loaded mule- and horse-drawn carriages. Awe-struck by the beauty of the region, the two purchased 839 acres and named it Kelseys Plateau. Their dream evolved to the development of a health and summer resort which quickly grew in popularity with wealthy planters from coastal South Carolina and Atlanta as they sought to escape the oppressive heat of the low lands during the summer months. At some point along her journey through the ages, the quaint Southern villages name was changed to Highlands. Years later, Highlands became widely acclaimed among the golf community when famed golfer Bobby Jones frequented the Highlands Country Club during the 1930s.

    With more than 60 structures in and around Highlands listed on the National Register of Historic Places, its easy to see that this is a place as rich in history as it is in beauty. Central to it all is the historic downtown district home to The Highlands Inn (circa 1880), Central House The Old Edwards Inn (circa 1878), First Presbyterian Church (circa 1885) and Episcopal Church of the Incarnation (circa 1896) all located along Main Street. Main Street is also home to many upscale shops and exquisite restaurants that continue to draw visitors here. The very active Highlands Historical Society seeks to preserve more than 80 additional structures of historic significance. The Historical Society is housed within the Historic Village on North 4th Street in downtown Highlands in the House-Trapier-Wright Home (also known as The Prince House). Built in 1877, it is considered to be Highlands oldest existing structure and serves as a living history museum. The Historic Village also features Bug Hill Cottage an open-air cubicle that once housed patients ill with tuberculosis during the early 1900s. Under the care of renowned specialist, Dr. Mary E. Lapham whose TB sanatorium was one of the first in North Carolina many citizens of Highlands were saved from a fate suffered by many during the outbreak of a disease that ravaged North America during the early 20th Century. Early photographic and written records of life in Highlands are thanks to John Bundy who took stills of the region, its people and structures in 1883 and R. Henry Scadin who took photos and kept a meticulous diary of his experiences on the Plateau from 1889 to 1920. A true testament to the Appalachian culture, a charming series of historic log cabins can be found throughout Highlands. Constructed by builder Joe Webb during the 1920s and 1930s without the use of power tools or architectural plans, each structure is entirely unique.

    Aerial view of Highlands Country Club

    Aerial view of Highlands North Carolina

    Today, the collection of country clubs and upscale communities in the Highlands area is as widely varied as the collection of lush foliage. Thoughtfully-designed golf courses abound, coexisting beautifully with the natural splendor that is synonymous with the area. Many of Highlands luxury cottages and mountain estates complement the natural setting on which they are constructed featuring heavy timber and stone accents and offering breathtaking views of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Year-round residents of Highlands live at an easier pace they know when to pause and take a gander at a beautiful sunset or to stop and smell the wildflowers.

    We invite you to slow down long enough to experience the Highlands way of life. Contact Silver Creek Real Estate Group today for a personalized tour of some of the villages most exciting communities and subdivisions including Cullasaja Country Club, Old Edwards Club at Highlands Cove, Highlands Country Club, Highlands Falls Country Club, Lake Osseroga, Lake Sequoyah, and Wildcat Cliffs Country Club. Whether seeking your vacation home or forever home in the beautiful and historic Highlands area, you will find a local real estate expert in your Silver Creek broker. For more information about Highlands and the surrounding Plateau, we welcome you to visit our helpful website at http://www.ncliving.com/ which includes fine points about the individual communities, as well as photos and descriptions for available property and home sites therein. Call us at 828-743-1999 to schedule your special day in Highlands, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com or feel free todrop by Silver Creeks office located just west of the Cashiers Crossroads in the Shoppes at CreekSide. We look forward to the opportunity to introduce you and your family to this very special village community in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

    The Leaf Festival of Cashiers Valley 2009

    Silver Creek Invites YOU to Join Us for The Leaf Festival of Cashiers Valley This Fall in Western North Carolina - October 8-10, 2009

    There is no place on Earth quite like the mountains of North Carolina in the Fall. In the coming weeks as the sun sets in the West on yet another cool autumn day, the trees will be set ablaze with vibrant color fiery red, sunny yellow, pumpkin orange and chestnut brown. The air will suddenly seem crisper and cleaner, and the energy will be almost palpable. As locals, we realize that this incredible show lasts only a few precious weeks before the last leaf falls. Therefore, this year we wish to invite our neighbors from near and far to share in the amazing transformation of our mountain vistas from a rolling sea of green trees to a veritable artists palette of the most breathtaking hues imaginable.

    Fall at Lake Glenville in North Carolina

    Fall at Lake Glenville in North Carolina

    The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association has taken great care in planning The 2009 Leaf Festival of Cashiers Valley, sponsored in part by Coca-Cola. This very special event will kick off Thursday evening, October 8 at 7 p.m. on the Cashiers Village Green as The Rye Holler Boys take the stage for Groovin on the Green. Dont forget to bring your picnic blankets and dancing shoes! Friday & Saturday, October 9-10, will be packed full of fun for the whole family. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., The Village Green'stree-lined streets will be transformed for the Artisan Festival and Enchanted Village including the work of local artists, a merchants market, live music, and special childrens section featuring face painting, clowns, and trolley rides. The Leaf Festival will also feature an exciting Tour of Homes which will include a driving tour of some of our most breathtaking mountain homes. Boat tours of beautiful Lake Glenvilles 1,400 acres of aquatic splendor will also be featured throughout the weekend to provide a fish-eyes view of the changing leaves as they gently fall on the glasslike lake surface. The weekend will end on a high note with a Concert on the Slopes of Sapphire Valley Resort courtesy of headliner and Grammy Award winner B.J. Thomas. Thomas has sold more than 70 million albums, earned 2 Platinum and 11 Gold records, and topped the charts 15 times with memorable hits such as Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head, Hooked on a Feeling and I Just Cant Help Believing. Tickets for this fun-filled evening are just $30 or$50 for VIP tickets which include a reception with B.J. Thomasand are available through local merchants or through Sapphire Valley Resort. To reserve your seat on the lawn, call the resort at 828-743-7663.

    Silver Creek Real Estate Group invites you to turn a new leaf! Do something unique with your family this Fall. Make plans to attend The Leaf Festival of Cashiers Valley, but be prepared to fall in love with the area just as families have been doing for hundreds of years. By the Festivals close, we predict that many newcomers to the area will be so inspired by the natural beauty and the overwhelming feeling of community that they will begin making plans to buy or build their own dream mountain home here. Whether you decide to make Cashiers Valley your new vacation home or move here year-round, Silver Creeks experienced team of brokers is prepared to help you realize your dreams. To get started, simply contact Silver Creek by calling 828-743-1999, e-mail any questions you have to info@ncliving.com or drop by Silver Creeks offices conveniently located just west of Cashiers Crossroads in The Shoppes at CreekSide. For more information about Silver Creek Real Estate Group, we invite you to visit our website at www.ncliving.com. Check out our page devoted to local accommodations to learn more about places to stay when you come to The Leaf Festival. Book soon, before its too late!

    We look forward to seeing YOU at The 2009 Leaf Festival!

    Silver Creek Invites You To Climb Aboard at The Lake Club in Cashiers

    Nestled on 150 acres along the shoreline of Lake Glenville near the resort village of Cashiers, North Carolina The Lake Club is a private community offering the very best of mountain and lake-front living. Touted as a place where memories are created and traditions continue to grow, The Lake Club is a very special family-focused development featuring 36 estate-sized home sites and a quaint cottage division. Special attention and careful planning have been given to the architectural and environmental covenants within this exclusive gated community in order to not only preserve, but to celebrate the pristine natural setting.

    The Club House at the Lake Club on Lake Lake Glenville NC

    The Club House at the Lake Club on Lake Glenville NC

    One of the finest examples of this focus toward marrying architecture to the environment in which its set is found in The Lake Club Lodge. Reminiscent of an Adirondack camp from a bygone era, The Lodge has been exquisitely designed by renowned architect Tom Greene and Associates featuring native poplar bark, locust wood and stone accents. The Lodge is a well-appointed clubhouse where friends and neighbors can gather together near the stacked stone fireplace or enjoy breathtaking views from one of many covered porches. The lower level of the Lodge features a fitness center and Childrens Playroom complete with TV, DVD player, video games, books and more. Another popular community amenity, The Lake Clubs Marina is not just a place where homeowners candock their boats it also offers a generous sundeck to soak up the sun on large Adirondack chairs and an enclosed swimming area, safe from passing motor boats and jet skis. In addition, The Lake Club Meadow is a two-acre park set at the heart of the community where neighbors can play a game of horseshoes or warm themselves by a bonfire under a sea of stars on a cool Fall evening. The Meadow also offers many beautiful natural features, ideal for strolling or splashing including streams, three ponds and hiking trails along a cascading waterfall. There is no shortage of fun to be had nearby, as well beautiful Lake Glenville offers 1,400 acres for fishing, boating and watersports, and the village of Cashiers features fine dining and eclectic shops for exploring.

    The entrance to the Lake Club

    The Club House at the Lake Club on Lake Glenville NC

    The Lake Club Community has quickly become a shared dream for many newcomers to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. The Lake Clubprovides a unique retreat high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina andis the ideal location for a quaint vacation cottage or a dream home by the lake for you and your family. Several stunning cottage and home sites are still available for purchase. Silver Creek Real Estate Group invites you to climb aboard and begin building your own dreams at The Lake Club in North Carolina. To get started, simply contact the talented team at Silver Creek by calling 828-743-1999. You are also welcome to e-mail any questions you have to jlucke@ncliving.com or drop by Silver Creeks offices conveniently located just west of Cashiers Crossroads in The Shoppes at CreekSide. For more information about Silver Creek Real Estate Group, we invite you to visit our website at www.ncliving.com.

    Holly Forest in Sapphire Valley N.C. Country Club Living Minus the Country Club Price

    By far the largest master-planned community in Sapphire, North Carolina Holly Forest is a collection of thirteen subdivisions featuring affordable mountain homes, home sites, and condominiums. Boasting country club living minus the country club price, residents of Holly Forest are granted access to the many amenities of Wyndham Resort at Fairfields Sapphire Valley. 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 so much more.

    Fairfield Lake

    Fairfield Lake

    Holly Forest is nestled between Sapphire and the resort village of Cashiers providing residents with a short, yet picturesque drive to all the unique shops, excellent dining, and distinctive culture that the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau has to offer. To view the homes and home sites available in any one of Holly Forests distinctive subdivisions, contact the knowledgeable team at Silver Creek Real Estate Group today at 828-743-1999, email us at info@ncliving.com, ordrop by our offices located just west of Cashiers Crossroads or fill out our online contact form. We are eager to introduce you and your family to this extraordinary, vibrant single-family community located in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.

    The Old Edwards Club at Highland Cove in Highlands NC

    Old World Charm Meets State-of-the-Art Amenities at Old Edwards Club at Highland Cove

    An extension of the renowned Old Edwards Inn & Spa in Highlands, North Carolina Old Edwards Club at Highland Cove is a master-planned luxury community housing 440 acres of some of Western North Carolinas most stunning terrain. At a vantage point of 4,700 feet above sea level, homeowners at Old Edwards Club at Highlands Cove may very well feel as though theyre on top of the world. Old Edwards Club offers the easy maintenance of a luxury condominium, the opulence of an exquisite mountain estate, the serenity of a quaint mountain cottage or a wide variety of home sites featuring awe-inspiring long-range mountains vistas or views of the Clubs golf course on which to build the ideal dream home.

    The Old Edwards Club at Highlands Cove

    The Old Edwards Club at Highlands Cove

    Homeowners enjoy all the privileges available to guests and members of the highly acclaimed four-star resort Old Edwards Inn & Spa all within walking distance of Main Street in the historic village of Highlands. Old Edwards amenities include: an outdoor heated mineral pool; clay tennis courts; outdoor event terrace with stone fireplace; a newly renovated, full-service 15,000 square foot clubhouse with restaurant, bar, dining solarium and conversation lounge; Spa and Fitness Center featuring state-of-the-art fitness equipment and on-site trainers; fully stocked golf shop; and a newly constructed 7,000 square foot putting green with chipping green and bunker. During a recent $5 million renovation, many of the amenities were revamped to reflect the Old European-inspired charm of the Old Edwards Inn. Central to Old Edwards amenities is the superbly manicured and recently renovated 6,699-yard par 71 Tom Jackson-designed championship golf course. The course is offers up plenty of challenges to players of any level, and the panoramas are second to none.

    For a tour of available homes and/or home sites at Old Edwards Club at Highland Cove, contact the experienced team at Silver Creek Real Estate Group at 828-743-1999, email us at info@ncliving.com, or drop by our offices located just west of Cashiers Crossroads or fill out our online contact form. We welcome the opportunity to introduce you and your family to this extraordinary luxury community nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina.