Blog :: 2010

Happy New Year from the Team at Silver Creek

Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year. This greeting comes to wish you a New Year thatll bring a happy assortment of lifes finest things; Health, happiness, joy and good luck! Have a wonderful year!

Jochen, Annetta, Dan, Elaine, Jim and Lesley

Your premier source for real estate in Cashiers, Lake Glenville, Lake Toxaway, Highlands, and Sapphire

December 2010 - Plateau Pursuits

With the arrival of December to the mountains of Western North Carolina often comes a slew of Christmas traditionalists on the hunt for this years perfect Christmas tree. Cars topped with carefully strapped Fraser Firs pass through the festively adorned Crossroads on their way home as shoppers scurry past from one unique shop to the next the village of Cashiers appearing like something from a classic Norman Rockwell scene. Add to that the possibility of a light dusting of snow, and the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau becomes a popular spot for visitors particularly for nearby Atlantans who rarely get to catch more than a glimpse of the white stuff. Sneak a peek at the following list of events and happenings in the village of Cashiers and the towns of Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville and Lake Toxaway for even more reasons to climb the mountains in search of holiday spirit in December. Weve got plenty to go around!

December 1-10: Gingerbread House Creation Display and Popular Vote at The Bascom 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: FREE. The public is invited to cast their votes on imaginative gingerbread designs submitted to The Bascom. The winners will be announced at 10 am on Saturday, December 10.

December 1-24:Highlands Christmas at the Inn at Half Mile Farm The Inn has partnered with many of the quaint shops in town to offer special shopping discounts to their guests. Call 1-800-946-6822 for more information.

December 4:Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade in Downtown Highlands begins at 11:00 a.m. For more information, call 828-526-2112.

December 4:Winter Wonderland at Wolfgang's Wine and Bistro in Highlands. Immediately following the Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, from 1 to 3 p.m., Wolfgangs invites you to wander through their Winter Wonderland as they bring suggestions to your holiday parties from Ty-Lyn Plantation, The Christmas Tree, Cyrano's Bookshop and of course Wolfgang's Restaurant and Wine Bistro. For more details please call 828-526-3807.

December 4:Santa Claus Arrives at the Highlands Visitor Center immediately following the Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade. For more information please call828-526-2112.

December 4-18: A Stitch in Time Quilts Exhibition at The Bascom begins a terrific opportunity to examine quilts on loan from local collectors and appreciate functional objects as works of art.Cost FREE! Open to view 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays thru Saturdays in December. For more information, please call 828.526.4949 x 100.

December 4:Tis the Season Highlands Alternative Gift Market at the Presbyterian Church in Highlands from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information please call 828-526-2754.

December 4, 11, 18:Winter Wonderland at The Galleries 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is FREE. For more information please call 828-526-2673.

December 8:Create a Holiday Wreath Workshop at The Bascom 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Students will create a 12-inch boxwood wreath embellished with native color.Cost: $20.00 members/$25.00 non-members (materials included). For information or to register, call 828.526.4949.

December 8:Wreath Seminar by Oakleaf Flower and Garden with Lunch at Madison's hosted by the Old Edwards Inn from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost: $70. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

December 9:Chocolate Making & Gingerbread House Decorating in the Main Lobby of Old Edwards Inn from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

December 9:Highlands-Cashiers Players Holiday Reading at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. For More Details please call 828-526-8084.

December 10 & 11:Grand Holiday Wine Tasting at Paoletti's Restaurant in Highlands at 1:00 p.m. $20 per person, refundable with wine purchase. For more information, please call 828-526-4906.

December 10: Gingerbread Pig Ornament Decorating at the Rib Shack in Highlands from 3 to 5 p.m. Cookies and Milk will be provided for the children. For more details, call 828-526-8008.

December 11:36th Annual Christmas Parade in the historic village of Cashiers from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 828-743-5191.

December 11:Community Christmas Chorale at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Highlands.

December 11:Complimentary Wine Tasting in Madisons Lobby in Highlands from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

December 11:Ceramic Ornaments Workshop at the Bascoms Studio Barn from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for children and adults. Student's will make up to a baker's dozen ornaments by rolling out clay, cutting out seasonal shapes or symbols, then carving and embossing the surface to personalize their ornaments. Family activity, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. $25 Bascom members/$30 non-members (materials and firings included). For information, call 828-526-4949.

December 11: La Noche Navidena at the Highlands Civic Center from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Christmas Holiday Dinner and Santa Visit. Admission is free. For more information call 828-526-0890 ext. 290/252

December 11, 18:Santa Claus at the Highlands Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For More information please call 828-526-2112.

December 11, 18:Christmas Crafts Around the World Workshop at The Bascom from 10 am to noon. Young aspiring artisits will 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. To register or for more information call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.

December 12:Community Christmas Chorale at 5 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Highlands. Reception following concert.

December 15 & 16:Comfort Living with Guests at the Old Edwards Inn with Christine Eisner and Debbie Maugans Nakos includes Garden Walk, Small Batch Baking, Samples and Book Signing from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

December 17:Opening Day at the Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes. For more information and an updated snow report, call 828-743-1162.

December 17 & 18: Grand Holiday Wine Tasting at Paoletti's Restaurant in Highlands at 1:00 p.m. $20 per person, refundable with wine purchase. For more information, please call 828-526-4906.

December 17:Christmas Bird Count with the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society beginning at 7:30 a.m. Call Brock Hutchins at 770-486-3715 to volunteer.

December 17:Gingerbread Pig Ornament Decorating at the Rib Shack in Highlands from 3 to 5 p.m. Cookies and Milk will be provided for the children. For more details, call 828-526-8008.

December 19: Highlands Community Bible Church hosts "The Stories of Christmas" - an evening of music, drama, and dance celebrating the stories that make Christmas a season of wonder and inspiration. 6:30 p.m. Carol Singing; 7:00 p.m. Production. For more information, call 828-526-4685.

December 24:Highlands Community Bible Church hosts Christmas Eve Service at 5:00 p.m. Traditional and contemporary candle lighting service celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. For more information, call 828-526-4685.

December 25:Annual Christmas Dinner at the Hudson House at Highlands Country Club from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Approximately 95% of the proceeds will be distributed to 3 local non-profits. Cost: Adults $35; Children $25. For more information or to make reservations, please call 828-526-4464.

December 25:Christmas at Old Edwards Inn hosted at Madisons from 12 to 5 p.m. Cost: $65 Plus Tax and Gratuity. Live Piano Music n Hummingbird from 11:00 to 3:00 p.m. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

December 31:New Year's Eve Celebration at Old Edwards Inn hosted at Madison's. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres in Hummingbird from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Dinner from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. Evening features live entertainment, a champagne toast at midnight, and "12 Grapes at Midnight" for guests. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

December 31:New Years Eve Dinner at Wolfgangs Wine & Bistro. For more information, call 828-526-3807.

December 31:New Years Eve Party Inn Style at The Inn at Half Mile Farm featuring a special New Year's dinner at 7:00 pm. exquisite wines, perfectly paired with each course. The party starts at 9:00 pm with a champagne toast at midnight! Call 1-800-946-6822 to reserve a room. New Year's Packages (2-night's accommodations, dinner for 2, and the party) start at just $615.00 per couple! (Plus tax)

Silver Creek Real Estate Group Represents Buyer in Purchase of Former Cashiers Designer ShowHouse

Cashiers-Based Brokerage Firm Offers So Much More Than a Slogan

In a competitive industry where its often believed that youre only as good as your tagline, the emerging Silver Creek Real Estate Group offers their clients far more than just a slogan. Founded upon a solid belief in their credo of matching buyers with sellers, and dreamers with dream homes, the talented team of brokers at Silver Creek has a proven record of doing just that. Most recently, the premier Western North Carolina luxury real estate agency represented the buyer in the purchase of their dream home Chestnut Pond, the 2006 Cashiers Designer Showhouse. Nestled at the edge of a crystal-clear mountain pond on 4 acres in the privatecommunity ofGolf Club Estates, this exquisite four bedroom, four and two half bathroom home was also recently honored with its inclusion in the prestigious Joy Garden Tour.The estate was offered at $3,950,000.

The proud new homeowners will delight in priceless days spent strolling across a covered bridge over the stream that cuts playfully through the property to a majestic waterfall, countless evenings spent entertaining on stone terraces around the lovely low-maintenance garden, and a lifetime spent gazing at breath-taking views of Chimneytop Mountain and Chestnut Pond. Their new picture-perfect home constructed of vintage hand-hewn logs, stone, and bark is complemented by an equally charming guest house featuring a full kitchen and spacious stone-covered terrace. The interior of the main home boasts soaring cathedral ceilings with exposed beams, walls of windows overlooking tranquil vistas, gourmet kitchen paired with formal dining room, and special luxury touches throughout such as coffered ceilings, hardwood floors, and floor-to-ceiling stone fireplaces. Close proximity to the popular resort town of Highlands and the historic village of Cashiers means that they will be able to enjoy all of the unique shops, fine dining, eclectic culture, and family-friendly community events whenever they wish. Sounds like a dream come true! Silver Creek Real Estate Group is honored to have had a hand in helping them achieve their dream of owning a one-of-a-kind estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, and we welcome the opportunity to help you, too! Whether buying or selling a home on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, Silver Creek clients can expect honesty, integrity and professionalism from our experienced team of brokers. We will be with you every step along the way from initial phone call to the closing table. We will work tirelessly to ensure that your needs and wants are met, and that your expectations are exceeded. Getting started is easy! Simply call us at 828-743-1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com, fill out our convenient online contact form, or pop by our offices at the heart of Cashiers in the Shoppes at CreekSide next to Wendy's Restaurant. To learn more about Silver Creek Real Estate Group and sneak a peek at our current listings, please visit us online. We look forward to meeting you and your family, and are eager to set you on the path to your dream home!

Buying a Home Now is a No-Brainer in December Issue of Money Magazine

Great Advice for Homebuyers from CNNs Ali Velshi Popular CNN Anchor Writes That Buying a Home Now is a No-Brainer in December Issue of Money Magazine

Host of CNN Newsroom and Chief Business Correspondent for one of the nations most respected news outlets, CNNs Ali Velshi recently loaned his expertise and talents to the December Issue of Money Magazine. His article Buying a Home Now is a No-Brainer is featured in the Mastering Your Money Segment and outlines the reasons why NOW is the perhaps the best time to invest in a new home. By looking at the trends over recent months, even years it appears that we may be on the backend of the housing bargain bonanza. Velshi claims that while housing prices seem to be slowly ticking upward, loan rates remain at historically low levels. He writes that if you have 20% to put down and good credit, now is a great time to buy. The journalist even took his own advice and invested in a New York City apartment earlier this year.

The key point of Velshis article in its simplest form Buying a fairly priced home at todays rates may be the best deal you will ever get. SO - why wait any longer? If youve been on the fence about purchasing that dream home in the mountains, its high time you turned those dreams into a stunning4 bedroom-4 bathroom reality. Regardless of the number of bedrooms and bathrooms in your particular dream home, Silver Creek Real Estate Group may very well hold the key that will get you in the front door. We represent a number of luxury estates in some of the finest communities along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. There is also a treasure trove of home sites to choose from if you wish to build your dream home from the ground up. Take advantage of awesome house and land prices at historically low interest rates before its too late! To take a virtual tour of some of the wonderful homes and property available in the historic mountain village of Cashiers, or the popular resort towns of Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville and Lake Toxaway visit Silver Creek Real Estate Group online at www.ncliving.com. To schedule a personalized tour of some of the incredible homes and communities that make up our unique corner of the world, call Silver Creeks talented team of brokers at 828.743.1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com, fill out our helpful online contact form, or drop by our offices in the Shoppes at CreekSide next to Wendys Restaurant andnear the Cashiers Crossroads. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

SOURCE: Velshi, Ali. Buying a Home Now is a No-Brainer. Pg. 44. Money Magazine. December 2010 Issue.

Western North Carolina Golf Courses Recognized Among Best in the World

Cashiers Own Wade Hampton and Mountaintop Golf Courses Make the Lists of Top 100 Golf Courses in the World 2011 and Golfweeks Best Residential Courses 2011

The word is out the world is finally discovering that Cashiers, North Carolina is filled with all sorts of hidden gems! Already well-known for our temperate year-round climates, breath-taking mountain views, eclectic collection of shops and restaurants, and unique brand of Southern Hospitality what many are now learning is that our golf courses rank up there with some of the finest in the nation!

Just last week, a ranking site out of the United Kingdom Top 100 Golf Courses of the World released their list for 2011. Their original shortlist consisted of 216 courses from countries all over the world, including The United States of America, Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, Canada, France and more. In the end, New Jerseys famed Pine Valley Golf Club walked away with top honors, the renowned Augusta National in Georgia ranked #3, and Cashiers own Wade Hampton Golf Club was recognized among the best courses in the world at a highly respectable #52.

Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers NC

Wade Hampton has been honored once again by the recent release of Golfweek Magazines Best Residential Courses earlier this month. Wade Hampton Golf Club was listed as #3 in a list consisting of 100 national courses stretching from Kiawah Island, South Carolina in the East all the way to Carmel Valley, California in the West. Topping the list is another highly esteemed Cashiers golf course Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club at #1!

Whether youre a scratch golfer or an avid hacker, Silver Creek Real Estate Group welcomes the opportunity to introduce you to these two fine communities in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Celebrating a quarter of a century as one of Western North Carolina's most sought after luxury communities, Wade Hampton Golf Club features an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Tom Fazio. The Wade Hampton Course has received accolades since its inception. In keeping with a Club of such high stature, the Wade Hampton clubhouse offers beautiful views of the golf course and Chimneytop Mountain, as well as world-class dining. Tennis, swimming, fishing and hiking throughout the beautiful natural setting that surrounds the course are just a few of the other activities available to residents and club members at Wade Hampton. Membership to this exclusive club is by invitation only. The residences that line the narrow lanes of Wade Hampton Golf Club under a canopy of trees rest on lots ranging from one quarter to over five acres in size, and vary from quaint mountain cottages to palatial estates.

Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers NC

On the other hand, a relatively new kid on the block Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club is quickly growing in popularity and reputation as one of the most superb communities the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau has to offer. Perched high atop a beautiful expanse of the Blue Ridge Mountains at 4,000 feet above sea level, Mountaintop offers its residents some of the most stunning views in the region. Set upon a sprawling 731 acres, the developer Discovery Land Company has designed a luxury mountain retreat community of just 251 estate lots and 75 cabins and lodges peppered about the property. Lots range in size from one-half acre to five acres, providing residents with the peace and quiet that has become a trademark of luxury mountain living. Mountaintop also offers a Tom Fazio-designed golf course that is every bit as challenging as it is breathtaking. Other activities available to residents of Mountaintop include water sports at the private Lake Club on nearby Lake Glenville, horseback riding, fly fishing,hiking or simply relaxing while being pampered at Mountaintop's world-class spa.

To schedule a personalized tour of one or both of these wonderful mountain golf course communities, call the experienced team of brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group TODAY at 828.743.1999. We can also be reached by e-mailing us at info@ncliving.com or by filling out our helpful online contact form. As always, we welcome the chance to meet you and your family in person and invite you to drop by our offices the next time you are in Cashiers. Were located in the Shoppes at CreekSide, near the Cashiers Crossroads. If youd like to learn more about Silver Creek Real Estate Group, Wade Hampton Golf Club, and/or Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club, please visit the Silver Creek website at www.ncliving.com.

Lake Toxway water level lowered for maintenance

Lake Toxaway News: What Goes Down Will Come Up

On November 29, the water levels of Lake Toxaway will be lowered for the first time since 1990. An estimated drop of 6 to 7 feet will allow community property owners to perform repairs to seawalls, docks, and boathouses. During this time, the Lake Toxaway Community Association will also dredge out silt that has collected in parts of the popular man-made Appalachian lake. Other goals of the scheduled drawdown include:

Gaining insight into the effectiveness of prior silt dredging efforts Studying the sources of silting to possibly prevent a repeat performance in the future Improving fish habitats Removal of weeds growing in shallow areas of the lake Turning the lake to improve the water quality Documentation of exposed lake bed, lake lowering procedures and environmental conditions throughout the drawdown Removal of tree stumps and rocks to increase safety of the lake Create work for local contractors

The Association will begin restoring water to the lake in February 2011, with the intention of having lake levels return to normal sometime in March to prepare for the busy Spring and Summer seasons in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Situated at around 3,000 feet above sea level, Lake Toxaway offers 14 miles of shoreline and a wealth of opportunities for water-themed activities. The beautiful 614-acre mountain lake offers the best of both worlds with amazing views of the mountains and lakefront living, and is home to some of the areas most sought after communities. First established as an elite lakeside retreat in the early 1900s by Pittsburgh entrepreneur E.H. Jennings, Lake Toxaway continues to draw visitors year after year. Its status as the largest privately held lake in North Carolina makes it a peaceful and serene sanctuary high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains.

To learn more about Lake Toxaway and the communities that surround her, contact the talented team of brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group. We welcome the opportunity to introduce you and your family to one of the crown jewels of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, and can be reached by calling 828-743-1999, by e-mailing info@ncliving.com, by filling out our convenient online form, or by dropping by our offices conveniently located in the heart of Cashiers, in the Shoppes at CreekSide. We invite you to sneak a peek at some of the communities which feature listings for available homes and properties on our comprehensive website, www.ncliving.com.

Source: Todd, Mark. The Transylvania Times Lakes Level to Fall to Allow for Repairs Online. November 16, 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 ncliving.com. Our talented team of brokers also welcomes you to call us at 828-743-1999 to schedule a tour of the towns and villages that are peppered all over the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, e-mail us with questions at info@ncliving.com, 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 www.halfmilefarm.com 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 www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com 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 www.ontheverandah.com. 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 www.saucysisters.com. 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 www.ontheverandah.com. 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 info@ncliving.com, 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!

October 2010 - Plateau Pursuits

As the leaves on the trees begin to change, our excitement grows! Fall is an exhilarating time in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina not just because the natural beauty of the area seems heightened with the addition of brilliant shades of green, red, amber and gold, but because Fall is a time of celebration, of festivals, of community. We know that some people will hear about a local festival or the changing leaves, and make the drive up the mountain to our very special corner of the world for the very first time. They will discover our little slice of Heaven along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, and from that point on they will be forever changed. Some may be so moved by their visit that they will choose to put down roots of their own here, while others may simply elect to make us part of an annual family tradition of Fall in the Mountains. Whether this is YOUR first time or youve been here before, we invite you and your family to come and see firsthand what makes the village of Cashiers and the neighboring towns of Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville and Lake Toxaway so unique. Meander through our shops, pick the perfect bunch of tree-ripened apples at our Farmers Market, stroll through a festival on the Village Green, take in a breathtaking sunset over a mountain lake however you choose to spend your Fall, we hope you will make Western North Carolina a part of it.

October 1: Groovin on the Green at The Village Commons in Cashiers Live Music performed by Brian Ashley Jones. Performance begins at 6:30 p.m. Pack a picnic and join us for this FREE family-friendly event under the stars.

October 1: Friday Night LIVE in Downtown Highlands - 7:00pm to 9:00pm in Town Square. Friday Nite Live is a fun, family friendly evening featuring live music and is organized by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce.

October 1: ART, DESIGN, CRAFT CELEBRATION Seated Dinner Gala & Live Auction at The Farm at Old Edwards in Highlands 6 p.m. Call 828-526-4949 to purchase tickets.

October 1-3: Highlands Community Players present a Small Stage Production of Signs and Wonder at the Highlands Performing Arts Center a Gary Carden Premiere Performance. Alec Fenton, an American by adoption and his wife, Marjorie, an American of Greek origin, live with their two children in Athens. Both Alec's business life and his tender relationships with his daughter are guided by a playful but deeply felt need to interpret the smallest details of the world as significant. Under the influence of powerful signs and premonitions, Alec allows himself to veer in and out of a love affair with a colleague, Katherine, eventually leaving his family and returning to America with his lover. Once there, however, the same belief system urges him back home for one final attempt to win back his family. But his new quest is endangered by the presence of a political activist, Andreas, in his family's life. Andreas becomes the victim of a series of incidents, each one more threatening than the last. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. all three evenings. Call 828-526-9047 for more information.

October 2: ART, DESIGN, CRAFT CELEBRATION at The Bascom in Highlands 5 to 8 p.m. An evening of Bluegrass, BBQ and Microbrews. View and purchase works from the special juried exhibition, American Craft Today (on exhibit October 2 thru December 18), with most works for sale. For more information/tickets, call 828-526-4949

October 2: FREE Annual Community Fish Fry at the Cashiers Community Center at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dessert donations welcome. Sponsored by the Cashiers Valley Community Council.

October 6 & 7: Oktoberfest Old Edwards-Style. The Farm at Old Edwards will be transformed into a mini-Munich for guests of Oktoberfest Old Edwards Style to experience the culinary prowess of German Executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr as he prepares a traditional German feast with an Old Edwards twist. Enjoy perfectly paired wines and beers of Germany in the rustically intimate setting of The Farm on Thursday evening cocktails at 6:30, dinner at 7 p.m. It all starts with an hors doeuvre reception followed by a four-course family-style Bavarian Feast. Bottles of German wines will be passed at the table, and a Bier Sellar will be set up in The Barn. Live music from the Gootman Sauerkraut Band will set the stage for a memorable event. Guests of the dinner at The Farm will take home a commemorative Old Edwards glass stein. Festivities also include a FestHaus Celebration at Wolfgangs Restaurant on Wednesday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. and FREE Tasty Bites of Food and Wine by two German Chefs at Wolfgangs on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additional Oktoberfest fun all month long at the Rib Shack. Special accommodation package available at the Old Edwards Inn space is limited, so call 828-787-2625 TODAY.

October 7: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents its "Sundown at Sunset" celebration; for more information, call 828-526-1111.

October 8-10: The Second Annual Leaf Festival of Cashiers Valley Three day festival featuring Fall Home Tour, Pumpkin Carving Contest, KidsFest, Boat Tours of Lake Glenville, Live Music, Arts and Crafts Show, and so much more. Promises to be the event of the season so you wont want to miss it! Please drop by the Silver Creek Real Estate Group tent on the Village Green and say hello!

October 8: The Highlands Playhouse presents The Tramp and the Roughrider John Muir meets Teddy Roosevelt in this inspired production that benefits the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance. Production begins at 7 p.m. Tickets $35 ($30 members). Refreshments, music and silent auction begin at 6:30. For more information, call (828) 526-0890 ext. 320.

October 9: Womens Craft Show at the Highlands Civic Center. For more information, call 828-787-1010

October 15: Lonesome Road Band with Charles Wood performs at the Highlands Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20/person. "Great acoustic music" is the statement that best describes the music of The Lonesome Road Band. Using the traditional tools of bluegrass in creating their music, to categorize them strictly as bluegrass would be a misrepresentation. Their repertoire consists of everything from Bill Monroe's "My Sweet Blue Eyed Darlin'" to the Moody Blues' "Nights In White Satin". The group's haunting, bluegrass inspired harmonies stir the souls of even the most mundane listeners. Their approach to the music they perform is undeniably top shelf. The vocals are up front with lead and supporting harmonies weaving effortlessly. Their vocals blend so well that it is difficult to tell who is singing each part. Call 828-526-9047 for more information.

October 16 & 17: Sapphire Valley Arts & Crafts Festival at Wyndham Resort at Fairfields Sapphire Valley Resort from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (828)743-1163.

October 28-31: 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 Vinnie, 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.

October 30: Downtown Highlands hosts Halloween in Highlands from 6 to 8 p.m