Blog :: 01-2010

Plateau Pursuits

February 2010 Calendar of Events

Nestled atop the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, love is always in the air on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau! It could be our breathtaking vistas, our pristine natural beauty, the warm and inviting nature of our locals, or our wide variety of fun things to see and do. No matter the reason, it is no wonder why families keep falling in love with this unique corner of the world. The friendly folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group have compiled an entirely new list of reasons for YOU to fall in love with the Plateau this February. We invite you to visit us with your whole family, or break away with the one you love for a romantic weekend you wont soon forget. Please visit our helpful website for a list of local accommodations and restaurants. Once youve been smitten by any one of our distinctive communities found in Highlands, Cashiers, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville or Lake Toxaway the talented team of brokers at Silver Creek welcomes the opportunity to assist you in your quest for your dream home in the mountains. Simply give us a call at 828-743-1999, send us an e-mail at info@ncliving.com or drop by our offices located just west of the Cashiers Crossroads in the Shoppes at CreekSide. We hope to see you and your sweetheart up on the mountain SOON!

February 1-28:Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes and Frozen Falls Tube Park are open for the Winter Season! Enjoy two exciting hills a fun bunny hill for beginners/intermediate skiers and a main run of 1,600 feet in length featuring vertical drops of up to 200 feet that is ideal for the brave at heart. Grab inflatable tubes and go sledding with the entire family on a thrilling 500 foot run.

Lift / Equipment Rental Rates for ski and snowboard AdultsPublic Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm)$52.00 Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm)$36.00 Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm)$30.00 Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm)$18.00

Children ( 12 & under )Public Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm)$26.00 Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm)$16.00 Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm)$24.00 Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm)$14.00

Ski's & Poles Rental Only$21.00 Snowboard Rental Only$30.00 Helmet Rental$9.00 Boot rental$9.00 Ski and Snowboard Lessons Group (min. 3 people, max. 10)$15.00 per Hour Private (w/ Advanced Reservation)$25.00 per Hour

Frozen Falls Tube Rental $22.00 for two-hour session Weather Permitting Hours: Monday 5-9pm Friday Noon-8pm Saturday 10am-8pm Sunday 10am-6pm

* Discounts available for guests of Wyndham at Fairfields Sapphire Valley Resort.

February 5:Highlands Hop for Haiti Highlands School Old Gym 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Dance the night away sock hop-style to raise money for the people of Haiti. No charge for admission or for snack foods and drinks, but monetary donations will be accepted. Song requests will be $1/request. Donations of items are also requested i.e. toiletry items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc. Authentic Haitian items will be on display for purchase. For more information, please call 828-526-1841.

February 6:Wipe Out the Winter Blues Workshop at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa 12 to 4 p.m. Cost $55, includes one-course lunch and glass of wine in Madisons plus creative event co-sponsored by Oakleaf in the Conference Center. Favorite projects by local designers Kirk Moore and Don Fry will be shared with guests including creating soothing bath herb blends, making birdseed bisquits to share with your finest feathered friends, blending grilling spices as you dream of warm summer days around the grill and MORE. For more information, call 828-526-8008.

February 7:Super Bowl at the Rib Shack and Sports Corner Old Edwards Inn & Spa 6 p.m. Featuring special game day appetizers and other fun activities.

February 13:The Great Sapphire Outhouse Race Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes 12 p.m. Free admission! Fun day that benefits the Tamassee DAR School Ski Scholarship Fund. To learn more about this unique race down the slopes or to find out how to enter YOUR outhouse, call 828-421-7348 or 828-507-8455.

February 14:Valentines Day at the Old Edwards Inn and Spa Highlands, NC The renowned spa will offer Rainforest Rejuvenation, Strengthen Your Relationship and Bliss Couples Massages. Guests receive a special welcome amenity, champagne arrival, and rose petal showdown. Special menu offered both Saturday (2/13) and Sunday (2/14) evenings. Relax, Rejuvenate and Enjoy a romantic weekend at this landmark inn! To make reservations and reserve your spot on the massage table, call 828-526-8008.

February 19-21:Adventures in Art Weekend Old Edwards Inn & Spa Explore The Artist in You, Art Appreciation and The Artists Eye during this one-of-a-kind weekend event. Artists receptions, exhibitions and special group activities with some of Highlands local art galleries. For more information, call 828-526-8008

February 20:Cajun Cook-off Highlands Community Center You wont want to miss this delicious competition featuring some of Louisianas finest cuisine. For more information, call 828-526-2112.

February 25-28: The Dixie Swim Club Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center The Highlands-Cashiers Players are proud to present this funny and touching comedy that celebrates enduring friendships among five unforgettable women. Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, Directed by Rick Siegal. Tickets are $20. Matinees at 2:30 p.m. Evenings at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 828-526-8084.

Highlands and Cashiers Score Big on Recent Poll of Prettiest Small Towns

Highlands Ranks #6 while Cashiers Scores #11 In North Carolina Towns With Populations of 15,000 or less

You need only catch sight of a sea of wildflowers carpeting the valley floor under a canopy of bright blue skies, or witness the sun setting over the Blue Ridge Mountains against a palette of orange, pink and fiery red. Stumble across a cascading waterfall in a seemingly ancient wood, or peer out at the glasslike surface of one of our mountain lakes under a blanket of stars. Gaze upon an elegant mountain retreat perfectly framed by lovely stone and timber accents, while surrounded by gently swaying Carolina hardwoods and the scent of native mountain laurel. Visit the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, and you will soon understand why residents have long believed that this is one of the most beautiful corners of North Carolina (and - dare we say - the WORLD!). It wont take long before you recognize why vacationing families return here year-after-year, generation-after-generation.

Thanks to a recent poll conducted by Bill Hensley, a writer from Charlotte and former state director of travel and tourism, we now know our suspicions are correct. Hensley called upon 32 instate journalists to rank North Carolinas top small towns. The journalists were asked to select from among towns, from the coast to the piedmont to the mountains, each with populations of 15,000 or less. Highlands placed in the Top Ten at # 6 of Prettiest Small Towns in North Carolina, and Cashiers was not far behind at # 11.

Its just another great reason to add the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau to your list of places to visit! We invite you to plan a trip to see us, and judge for yourself if we make the cut of prettiest small towns in North Carolina or anywhere else, for that matter. Once youve fallen in love, like so many before you the dedicated team of brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group will be honored to help you and your family find the mountain retreat of your dreams in any one of our incredible communities. We welcome you to visit our website for a list of accommodations in the area or call us at 828-743-1999 with any additional questions you may have.

The brokers and staff at Silver Creek Real Estate Group wish to congratulate Cashiers and Highlands for achieving this great distinction!

* Special Thanks to David Joy and the rest of our Friends at the Crossroads Chronicle for providing the details surrounding the rankings!

Tranquility Now

Enjoy a Lifetime of Sunsets from the Wraparound Porches of this Mill Creek Home

This well priced at just $585,000, this spacious 3 bedroom, 3 � bathroom home has all the makings of a great family mountain retreat both inside and out. The exterior of the home is ideal for true nature lovers with two stories of wrap-around covered outdoor living spaces, an expansive level lot of 1.82 beautifully landscaped acres, and 320? of serene Mill Creek frontage. Step foot inside the front door, and you can virtually feel your cares and woes drift away. Boasting not one but TWO master suites, this home was clearly designed for the comfort and relaxation of all its guests. A third bedroom offers another full bathroom and convenient access to the porch. The light and airy interior of the home features a stunning custom stone fireplace as centerpiece to the family room, wood flooring throughout, soaring cathedral ceilings and lovely French doors to let in the peaceful sounds of the creek and those wonderful mountain breezes. The cheerful kitchen and open dining area offers plenty of room for an intimate gathering or a large get-together with family and friends. An upstairs loft provides flexible space for an office, media room, playroom or additional guest quarters.

Located in Cullowhee, North Carolina home to Western Carolina University this terrific mountain retreat is situated just north of the historic resort village of Cashiers. Enjoy the peace and quiet of your new year-round or vacation home, and make the short drive down Hwy 107 for a day of fine dining and shopping. If you seek tranquility NOW, click here to view photos and more details about this quintessential North Carolina mountain home. You could be in your new home before the leaves return to the trees! To schedule a tour of this incredible real estate opportunity, call Lesley Howard of Silver Creek Real Estate Group at 828.743.1999 TODAY!