Blog :: 08-2010

September 2010 - Plateau Pursuits

As the last days of Summer give way to Fall later this month, and our heads start to fill with happy thoughts of Fall Festivals, the seasonal change of leaves and the first hints of falls chill the focus of event calendars all along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau turn to art, antiques and the quiet celebration of nature. With school back in full swing, this may be the perfect time to steal away for a leisurely weekend in the mountains featuring fun at your own pace touring the shops, dining at one of dozens of fine restaurants, attending an arts & crafts show, learning about the creatures we share this planet with, or discovering all of the wonderful things that make this little corner of the world so unique. If peace and relaxation are what you seek, this is the place to be. The friendly folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group look forward to seeing YOU up on the mountain in September!

September 1- 5: 13th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse Whisper Fade at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, NC. Proceeds benefit Cashiers Historical Society. CHS Museum will be open daily for tours, and the event will include the exquisite work of a number of local and regional designers, Showhouse Shops, Merchants Tent and Lunch from Caf� 107 will be served daily at the Dowden Pavilion. Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. General admission is $25/person. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Showhouse or in advance by calling (828) 743-7710. For further information, visit cashiershistoricalsociety.org.

September 1: Final days of Highlands Gala of the Arts at Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center Artist Presentation Milburn Riley 10-10:30 a.m. & 2-2:30 p.m. in the Williams Executive Board Room. Art Displays will be available for viewing in the Trillium, Hemlock & Laurel Rooms. For more information, please call 404.542.2773.

September 1: Final days of Highlands Gala of the Arts at Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center Benefit Auction of Art 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Literacy Council of Highlands. For more information, please call 404.542.2773.

September 4: Mountain Tail Waggers Walk & Pet Fest at Pine Street in Highlands - 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. hosted by the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society. Silver Creek Real Estate Group is a proud sponsor of this event. Our own Dan Allen is a member of the Board of Directors for the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society.

September 4: The Highlands Performing Arts Center presents Robert Ray's Big Band Show 1 Night Only! Turn back the clock to the fabulous 40's and enjoy the authentic sounds of a 10- piece Swing Band. 7:30 p.m. - All Seats just $30. For more information visit www.highlandspac.com or call 828-526-9047.

September 4-Oct. 5: Summit One Gallery presents Betty Foy Botts New Abstracts Exhibition Narratives. For more information, call 828-526-2673.

September 4 & 5: Village Square Art & Craft Show at Pine Street Park in Highlands 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. Featuring some of the most talented regional artisans around selling fine art, folk art, jewelry, rustic furniture and birdhouses, pottery, fabric art and clothing, baskets and more. For more information, contact show organizer Cynthia Strain at Mill Creek Gallery & Framing at 828)787-2021.

September 4 & 5: Cashiers Rotary Club Arts & Crafts Festival Village Green in Cashiers 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain or Shine.

September 5: Sapphire Valley Concert on the Slopes 7 p.m. featuring Tuxedo Junction. Tickets are available now at the SV Community Center. $20.00 when purchased in advance, $25.00 at the gate. Kids 14 & under are $10.00. For more information, call 828.743.7663.

September 7-9: Fall Style Week at Old Edwards Inn & Spa Fall Garden Party & Entertaining Seminar at The Farm 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 9/7 - $75 Per Person - Begin with a champagne welcome and culinary presentation by Old Edwards own Chef Johannes Klapdohr. Enjoy a delicious garden-party luncheon surrounded by the stunning beauty of The Farm. Kirk Moore of Oakleaf will join Joe Extine of Acorns Boutique for a demonstration of how to make your fall parties beautiful, colorful and magical with the right tablescapes and creative florals. Special samples, recipes and garden-party gift packs will be available. Call 828-787-2625 for tickets and information. Complimentary Fall Wellness Expo at the Spa Courtyard 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 9/8 - Learn the benefits of cosmetic acupuncture with Kim Bonsteel. Get a free personal demonstration of ear acupuncture, which is helpful in: Stimulating the para sympathetic nervous system to create the relaxation response and reinforcing will power and decision making. Get a free scalp analysis with a scope which magnifies the scalp and hair follicle 400% and reveals what your hair really needs or does not need. Richard Brown from Phyto Botanical Hair Products will conduct the analysis and share samples of Phyto products. Enjoy a free Franche makeover by a professional make up artists and free 10 minute chair massages to promote relaxation and circulation as well as releave tension in the back, neck and shoulders. All participants will receive a 10% discount on all retail products purchased and on spa services booked during the Wellness Expo. Fall Fashion Show with Lunch by Executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr at the Rooftop Terrace 1 pm to 3 pm Tickets are $35 for fashion show, lunch and a champagne arrival. Acorns Boutique debuts its spectacular array of fall designer fashions for women of all ages and body types. View this seasons hottest styles from designers like Covelo Clothing, Planet Clothing and Marissa Baratelli. Also featured will be beautiful fall accessories by Bijouz deMer Jewelry and Elizabeth Locke Jewelry, including the new stylish selection of handbags. Cash Bar. Limited Seating. Call 828-787-2625 for tickets and information.

September 10: Groovin on the Green Free Outdoor Concert Series at the Village Green in Cashiers.

September 11: Old Edwards Inn & Spa PAR 5K and Pancake Breakfast 8 to 11 a.m. benefits the Literacy Council of Highlands.

September 11: 3rd Annual Highlands Motoring Festival This fun, family oriented event is a must for the vintage car enthusiast who wants to show or just to browse great cars from the past. Come for the day or the weekend youll be glad you did! Featuring the Bridgestone Tire F-1 Racing Simulator see if you have what it takes to be a pro race driver. Public admission is FREE! Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and event ends at 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.highlandsmotoringfestival.com/page1.php.

September 11: 5th Annual Songwriters in the Round Concert High Hampton Inn Pavilion 6 to 9:30 p.m. Heavy appetizers, wine and beer served from 6 to 7:30, with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Blue Ridge School Education Foundation. Tickets are $65/person. For more information, contact 828-399-0651.

September 12: Bel Canto This once a year grand opera event is celebrating 18 years with a recital at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Theater at 4 p.m., followed by an elegant dinner at the Highlands Country Club. Proceeds from the Gala are used to purchase works of art for The Bascom's permanent collection and to enhance the music programs at the Highlands School and the Highlands Community Child Development Center. For more information about the eent, call Bel Canto's organizers directly at 828.526.1947

September 13: BEARS Presented by the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society at the Highlands Civic Center. Program featuring a presentation by Appalachian Bear Rescue from Townsend, Tennessee. Light refreshments will begin at 7 p.m. followed by the program at 7:30. No charge to participate but donations to Appalachian Bear Rescue are invited.

September 17: Groovin on the Green Free Outdoor Concert Series at the Village Green in Cashiers.

September 18: Fall Migrants Presented by the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society at the Highlands Biological Station. Field Trip to Highlands Biological Station and Sunset Rocks to study fall migrants. Meet at the public parking area next to the town hall at 7:30 a.m. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387. No charge to participate.

September 22: First official day of FALL!!!!

September 22: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust Village Nature Series at the Village Green in Cashiers. A presentation by Michael Skinner regarding Hunters of the Sky. FREE admission. 6 p.m. No reservations required all are welcome.

September 23: Highlands Audobon Society presents the Blue Ridge Parkway Field Trip to study fall migrants. We will return mid-afternoon so bring a light picnic lunch. Meet at the public parking area next to the town hall at 7:00 a.m. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387. There is no charge to participate.

September 24: Groovin on the Green Free Outdoor Concert Series at the Village Green in Cashiers, featuring The Honeycutters.

September 24-26: 6th Annual Highlands Playhouse Antique Show at the Highlands Recreation Center Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday Noon to 5 p.m. High quality antiques presented by vendors from all around the world. Advance tickets available by calling 828-526-2695

September 28: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents their latest Eco Tour Elk Excursion - Free to HCLT members, $35 for new friends includes lunch and a membership! Call 828-526-1111 or email julie.hitrust@earthlink.net for details.

Lonesome Valley Preserving So Much More Than a Family Legacy

In the late 1800s, an entrepreneur from Pennsylvania first gazed out over the largest box canyon this side of the Rocky Mountains. He was so inspired by the beauty of Western North Carolina that he elected to purchase more than 30,000 acres to carefully develop and preserve for others to enjoy. E.H. Jennings is perhaps best remembered for his creation of lovely Lake Toxaway at the heart of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau a destination enjoyed by local residents and families from all over the Southeast to this day. To his descendents, more than a century after he first stepped foot in these mountains E.H. Jennings legacy lives on in peaceful Lonesome Valley near the historic village of Cashiers.

In the midst of development, Jennings set aside 800 breathtaking acres of his land purchase to be enjoyed solely by his family and friends. He selected a quiet valley, with soaring mountains to the North and East, and a tranquil lake to the West. In the years since, his children and grandchildren enjoyed exploring the forests, fishing in the streams, and running through the meadows. So strong is the draw of the land in this family that Jennings grandson, Richard II, returned after graduating from Yale University with a degree in engineering to launch Cashiers Valley Trout Farm a tradition his daughter Sally still carries on today at Sunburst Trout Farm in Waynesville. Life in Lonesome Valley has always been simple, with nature forever playing a central theme. Wishing to share the beauty of this valley with others while remaining true to their stewardship of the land, E.H. Jennings great grandchildren have painstakingly developed this exquisite valley into a unique and visually stunning family-centered community.

Home sites in Lonesome Valley offer awe-inspiring views of rolling hills, towering trees, green meadows, serene creek beds, the still waters of Trout Pond, the rocky faces of the mountains, and/or the glasslike surface of Long Lake. Lots are sized anywhere from 1 acre to accommodate a quaint Southern Appalachian farmhouse-inspired cottage to 8 acres for a palatial Arts & Crafts-inspired estate. All amenities serve as a celebration of the natural splendor. Lonesome Valleys Long Lake offers 5 pristine surface acres for the exploring the glass-like waters stirred by the occasional passing canoe, kayak, swimmer or skipping stone. The Lakeside Pavilion serves as the social center of the community with a grill and fitness center. The Trout Pond is the ideal escape for the fly fisherman fully stocked with Rainbow Trout, and for avid kite fliers the Great Meadow offers lots of room to enjoy a picnic lunch under blue skies as your kite takes flight. There are 12 miles of scenic community hiking trails, rock climbing up the 1000-foot rock face of Laurel Knob and so much more. Even dining within Lonesome Valley finds Mother Nature as the starring attraction. The Canyon Kitchen open seasonally showcases Southern fare made from made with fresh produce grown in the Valley. The massive doors to The Jennings Barn which houses The Canyon Kitchen are often left open to let fresh mountain breezes in as the guests delight in the spectacular vistas that are synonymous with Lonesome Valley.

The combination of special conservation areas, dedicated common spaces, responsible deed restrictions, and thoughtful architectural guidelines serve to ensure that the Jennings legacy will be protected for future generations. The Jennings Family invites you to come and experience Lonesome Valley for yourself. To schedule a tour of available homes, properties and the surrounding community contact the dedicated team of brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group. Call us at 828.743.1999, e-mail your request to info@ncliving.com, or fill out our convenient online contact form. To learn more about Silver Creek and view available Lonesome Valley listings online, visit our website at www.ncliving.com. We also welcome you to drop by our offices, located at the heart of Cashiers in the Shoppes at CreekSide.

Cashiers Dining: Chef John Fleer and Lonesome Valleys Canyon Kitchen

Ambience and Incomparable Cuisine are Always on the Menu at Cashiers Canyon Kitchen

Designed to be far more than just another meal out, guests of Lonesome Valleys Canyon Kitchen can expect to be treated to nothing short of a dining experience. By thoughtfully combining his garden-to-table inspired fare with the natural beauty of the largest box canyon east of the Rockies, John Fleer is as much a master showman as he is master chef. Housed within the charmingly handsome Jennings Barn overlooking the community garden at the epicenter of the Lonesome Valley community, the doors of the Canyon Kitchen are often open to let the crisp mountain breezes in as guests delight in the aromas and flavors of freshly prepared dishes, many of which contain ingredients gathered from the garden that very morning. This one-of-a-kind dining establishment is the ideal fit for the unique community that surrounds it a celebration of time-honored tradition, family and nature. The Kitchen truly is the heart of this home.

After gaining a following and glowing reputation as the celebrated chef of Tennessees Blackberry Farm for fourteen years, the talented Chef John Fleer has created something very special in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. With his belief in the Irish proverb the laughter is brightest where the food is best, he never disappoints guests of the Canyon Kitchen as he blends good old fashioned Southern hospitality and traditional Southern food with a creative culinary twist. The laughter and conversation flow as easily as the wine at this distinctive Cashiers eatery. Menus rotate regularly, based on both the availability of seasonal products and the occasional whim of the chef. One day the menu might feature distinctively different dishes like Roulade of Rib Eye with Mushroom Ketchup accompanied by Lyonnaise Potatoes and Tuscan Kale Braised with Local Mushrooms, or Quinoa Crusted Sunburst Trout accompanied by Fabinas Verdes and Gremolata Shoestring Potatoes with Green Tomato Ketchup. Only to be followed the next day by a more conventional South of the Mason-Dixon Line dish of Ashley Farms Chicken and Waffles with Maple-Sorghum Syrup polished off with a Lemon Buttermilk Pudding Cake topped with Local Berries. Are your taste buds tingling? If so, you wont want to wait much longer. Canyon Kitchen is only open Thursday through Sunday seasonally, and with mere weeks left before the seasons end the reservation books are filling up quickly! To bookyou reservation at one of the most distinctive restaurants on the mountain, call 828.743.7967 or e-mail your request to canyonkitchen@lonesomevalley.com. To learn more about homes and land available for purchase in Lonesome Valley, contact Silver Creek Real Estate Group by calling 828-743-1999, e-mailing us at info@ncliving.com or filling out our convenient online contact form.

Enter for Chance to Win a FREE Tour of the Cashiers Designer Showhouse 2010

Enter for Chance to Win a FREE Tour of the Cashiers Designer Showhouse 2010 Compliments of Silver Creek Real Estate GroupFirst drawing to be held Friday August 27,2010!

What is considered by many to be one of the finest showcases of talent from some of the Southeasts most gifted interior designers, the 2010 Cashiers Designer Showhouse promises to trump the stunning designs of years past. With this years theme of Designed With a View and the exquisite location of Whisper Fade in Wade Hampton Golf Club as the backdrop, this is clearly the must-see event of the season if not the year! Silver Creek Real Estate Group is a proud supporter of the Cashiers Designer Showhouse, and we are pleased to announce the launch of our drawing for two FREE tickets each week to tour the masterfully adorned rooms of this years Showhouse. What a terrific excuse to plan an impromptu escape to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina!

To enter for your chance to win two FREE tickets to the 2010 Cashiers Designer Showhouse, simply fill out our online contact form. Be sure to write Free Showhouse Tickets in the forms comment section. While youre on our website, please feel free to take a peek around at all of the magnificent homes and land available on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. If your name is selected, one of the friendly folks at Silver Creek will either contact you via phone or via e-mail so please be sure to include your valid contact information. In the event that your name is not drawn, we encourage you to plan a trip to see the Showhouse anyway. Tickets are just $25/person and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Cashiers Historical Society. The 2010 Cashiers Designer Showhouse will be open from August 21 through September 5. If youd like to learn more about the 2010 Cashiers Designer Showhouse and the other activities surrounding the event, please read our blog The Cashiers Designer Showhouse is Just Around the Corner! GOOD LUCK! We hope to see you there!

The Legacy of Lonesome Valley located between Cashiers and Sapphire, NC

Lonesome Valley Developers Partner with Cashiers Silver Creek Real Estate Group

Just below a swath of blue skies and billowy white clouds lies a very special valley in Western North Carolina a spot many claim to be the place where Heaven and Earth meet. E.H. Jennings first discovered it in the late 1800s. The Pittsburgh entrepreneur was so awed by the beauty of the region that he purchased 30,000 acres to develop unique vacation destinations for families, with 800 acres reserved for use solely by his own family and friends. This land became known as Lonesome Valley and has been enjoyed by descendants of Mr. Jennings for over a century. Gracefully spanning the valley floor of the largest box canyon east of the Rockies, Lonesome Valley has long drawn the attention of visitors, with its striking walls of granite, rolling green pastures, lush forest and bountiful gardens. Wishing to maintain their great-grandfathers original vision, a new generation of Jennings has taken special care to develop the land themselves with conservation as a major focus.

Cow Rock at Lonesome ValleyWith Mother Nature as the starring attraction, the canyon serves as a backdrop for a truly unique family-centric community, where all homes and amenities are designed to be in harmony with the scenery that envelopes them. Lonesome Valleys Long Lake offers five acres of pristine waters, occasionally stirred by a passing canoe, kayak, swimmer or skipping stone. The Lakeside Pavilion serves as the social center of the community with a grill and fitness center. Fully stocked with Rainbow Trout, the Trout Pond is the ideal escape for the fly fisherman; for avid kite fliers, the Great Meadow offers lots of room to enjoy a picnic lunch among the wildflowers as your kite takes flight. There are 12 miles of scenic community hiking trails, rock climbing up the 1,000-foot face of Cow Rock and so much more. Perhaps creating the most buzz in the three years since Lonesome Valley's inception is the wildly popular, seasonal Canyon Kitchen, featuring the remarkable culinary talents of Chef John Fleer. A meal at Chef Fleers table is so much more than a fine dinner out its a full sensory experience you wont soon forget.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group is pleased to announce a very special collaboration with Lonesome Valley. As a Cashiers resident and business owner, I have always admired the beauty, elegance and back-to-basics simplicity of the Lonesome Valley community, says Silver Creek owner, Jochen Lucke. My brokers and I are delighted to be affiliated with a distinctive mountain treasure of this caliber, and we look forward to introducing new families from all over the Southeast to this extraordinary slice of Heaven. Thanks to this relationship, Silver Creek is in a position to offer special pricing to their clients on a select few Lonesome Valley home sites through the remainder of 2010. Silver Creek encourages you to schedule a personalized tour of Lonesome Valley homes, home sites and amenities by calling their experienced team of brokers at 828-743-1999, or e-mailing your request to info@ncliving.com.

The 2010 Cashiers Designer Showhouse is just around the corner

Just a scenic three-hour drive north from the hustle and bustle of metro Atlantas busy streets, the historic resort mountain village of Cashiers, North Carolina offers its Southern city neighbors an abundance of natural splendor at every turn, a welcome & leisurely pace, delightfully mild climates, and a wealth of world-class amenities, shops & restaurants. What many residents from other nearby metropolises of Knoxville, Charlotte, and Greenville may not realize is that Cashiers has been a mecca for some of the Southeasts leading interior designers for more than a decade. As this sleepy village prepares to host its 13th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse, the excitement is quickly mounting!

Last years Designer Showhouse bore witness to record numbers in terms of attendance and fund-raising. Proceeds from the Designer Showhouse benefit the Cashiers Historical Society, including the care and maintenance of the historic Zachary-Tolbert House and grounds. Last years proceeds were so plentiful that the Society was able to turn around and donate a $28,000 grant to the Cashiers Valley Community Council. This years numbers are expected to be even higher. With a theme of Designed with a View, the 2010 Designer Showhouse is located at Whisper Fade in Cashiers prestigious golf community of Wade Hampton. In a neighborhood boasting breathtaking vistas of the beautiful and highly touted Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole championship golf course and sweeping panoramas of the Blue Ridge Mountains, its no wonder why the view was the subject for this years theme.

With corporate sponsors such as Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, Mountainworks Custom Home Design, Hennessy Automobile Companies, and Macon Bank among others the 2010 Cashiers Designer Showhouse promises to be bigger and better than ever. Showcasing their talents in the individual rooms of the Cashiers Designer Showhouse are local designers Eddie Alvarez and George Oliver of A Country Home, Cheryl Benitez and Audrey Wood of Mountain House, Shannon Berrey of Shannon Berrey Designs, Nora Butler of Nora & Co., Dianne Estes of DEstes Antiques, Debra Green of English-Green Interiors, Linda Hall of Vivace & Vivace Women, Francie Hargrove of Francie Hargrove Interior Design, Sandy Linebaugh of Fiddlehead Designs, Edwin Lusk and David Paterson of Fletcher & Lee, Lynn Monday of Mondays House of Design, Kirk Moore & Don Fry of Oakleaf Flower & Garden, Ann Sherrill of Rusticks, and Matthew Ward of Into the Woods Interiors. Visiting designers from nearby Atlanta and Birmingham are Carole Weaks of C. Weaks Interiors, William Peace of Peace Design, Suzanne Kasler of Suzanne Kasler Interiors, Bob Brown of Robert Brown Interior Design, and Majorie Johnston and Wendy Barze of Marjorie Johnston & Co. Atlanta Designer, Suzanne Kasler was named among Elle D�cors Top 25 Designers this year, and she will be featured during a Talk, Lunch & Book Signing at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley on Saturday, August 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tickets to tour the rooms of this exquisitely designed luxury mountain estate are just $25 per person and can be purchased at the Showhouse. If you wish to order your tickets in advance, please call 828.743.7710. The hours of the Showhouse are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event kicks off with a Patrons Party & Auction on the evening of Friday, August 20 at the Wade Hampton Golf Clubhouse, which will feature the culinary artistry of Wade Hampton Chef Doug Sampey and live entertainment from Anita Brown and her Band. Throughout the Showhouse Event, the Cashiers Historical Society Museum in the Zachary-Tolbert House & Grounds will be open daily for tours, and the venues surrounding the Showhouse will include the Showhouse Shops and Merchants Tent. A delicious lunch from Caf� 107 will be served daily at the Dowden Pavilion. Shuttles to the Cashiers Designer Showhouse will leave regularly from the parking lot of the Cashiers United Methodist Church.

The friendly folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group invite you to join us for this wonderful annual event in support of a very good cause. Take a daytrip or plan an entire weekend in the mountains and catch a glimpse into the luxury lifestyle that is synonymous with the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. When youre not touring the Showhouse, relaxing days of boating our mountains lakes, fly fishing in our abundant streams, shooting a perfect game on our golf courses, or kicking back and doing nothing at all await you. Visit the Silver Creek website to check out our list of shops, restaurants and accommodation options. We also encourage you to take a look around at some of the incredible homes for sale all along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. After youve had a chance to tour the Showhouse and fall madly in love with the area wed love to take you on a tour of some of the available homes and land around Highlands, Cashiers, Sapphire Valley, and Lake Toxaway and Glenville. Silver Creek welcomes your call at 828-743-1999 or please feel free to drop by our offices located near the Cashiers Crossroads in the Shoppes at Creekside. We look forward to seeing YOU up on the mountain!

To learn more about the 2010 Cashiers Designer Showhouse, visit the Cashiers Historical Society website or Atlanta Homes & Leisure Magazine online.

Things To See and Do During Your Trip to The Highlands-Cashiers Plateau

Silver Creek Spotlight: The Waterfalls of Western North Carolina

Florida has its sandy beaches and swaying palms, Georgia has its gently rolling hills and meandering rivers, South Carolina has its palmettos and oak trees draped with Spanish Moss, and North Carolina has its sweeping mountain panoramas and unparalleled Autumns bursting with color. Many would argue that the Southeastern United States is one of the most beautiful regions of the world some for the sights that are laid out right before your eyes, and some for the hidden treasures tucked away from the world down a winding, tree-lined hiking trail. Western North Carolina is the source for a veritable bounty of majestic waterfalls concealed in seemingly ancient forests, swathed in both mist and mysticism. The sound of a cascading waterfall immediately puts all within earshot at ease, while the sight of one of these incredible riches fills one with the notion that they are experiencing something that very few people have shared. They are a part of our history, flowing from a place in time, cut through the rocky surface of a mountain face powerful and enchanting all at once. Silver Creek Real Estate Group wants to shine the spotlight on a handful of these hidden gems if you have an opportunity to visit our unique slice of Heaven, we highly recommend you add one or more of these amazing sights to your list of things to see and do during your next trip to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.

Whitewater Falls

1.Rainbow Falls: Known as the Niagara of North Carolina, this spectacular nine-story waterfall with a 125-foot drop is located in the Nantahala National Forest along the Horsepasture River. It is accessible by way of a strenuous 1.5 mile hike from adjacent Gorges State Park on Highway 64, which encompasses more than 7,000 acres of forest, more than 20 miles of rivers and creeks, more than 45 rare plant and animals species, and over a dozen waterfalls. Hikers should be prepared to park in the Grassy Ridge parking area and cross two streams to get there.

2.Turtleback Falls: An easy five-minute walk upstream from Rainbow Falls leads you to this wide and exciting 10-foot drop. A popular ride for locals and visitors alike, waterfall jumpers should always exercise extreme caution as the river currents have been known to pull swimmers downstream toward the treacherous drop at Rainbow Falls. Tragically, three lives have been lost here since 2003. Regardless of whether you view these falls from the shoreline or from the water, it is a beautiful sight to behold.

3.Dry Falls: Located 3.2 miles north of Highlands along Highway 64, this aptly titled 75-foot cascade provides plenty of space for people to walk behind it without getting wet. The United States Forestry Service provides parking and a paved trail leading to the falls.

4.Bridal Veil Falls: A little over .5 miles south of Dry Falls, Bridal Veil provides an impressive graceful 120-foot drop that falls over an old portion of U.S. 64. Travelers can actually drive BEHIND the falls making for an incredible photo op. Bridal Veil Falls enjoyed its fifteen minutes of fame when it was featured in the 1992 film Last of the Mohicans.

5.Toxaway Falls: This winding 250-foot cascade is easy to view from several angles on Highway 64 East near Lake Toxaway where the river passes under a bridge and over a cliff.

6.Whitewater Falls: Perhaps the most famous waterfall in the area, this dramatic cascade drops over 400 feet making it the highest waterfall east of the Rockies. Located 15 minutes from Cashiers, Whitewater Falls can be accessed by way of N.C. 281 South 8 miles beyond the Gorges State Park entrance. Visitors should be prepared to pay a $2 vehicle fee, but its well-worth the price of admission to view this natural wonder. A paved walkway leads to the falls, and a 12-story climb down leads to an observation platform for the most striking view of the waterfall.

With more than 300 known waterfalls across the state, it would be impossible to name them all here. We invite you to come discover a few of your own! While youre here, Silver Creek Real Estate Group can even help you find a one-of-a-kind property with a waterfall in your very own backyard. To begin your quest for the ideal lot complete with cascading falls, contact the dedicated team of Silver Creek brokers by calling us TODAY at 828-743-1999, emailing us at info@ncliving.com, or filling out our online contact form. If youre in the neighborhood and need us to point you in the direction of some of the regions most remarkable waterfalls,stop by our offices in the heart of Cashiers in The Shoppes at CreekSide, next to Wendy's Restaurant. We look forward to meeting YOU!

August 2010 - Plateau Pursuits

As the inevitable Back to School sale signs begin to appear in store windows throughout the South, summer is still in full-swing in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Plan your last-minute Summer escape to a place well-known for its unique culture, family-friendly festivals, mild climate and relaxed pace. Over the course of a week or a long weekend spent on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, youre sure to feel a kinship to the warm and welcoming folk who reside here year-round as you find a sense of belonging in one of the Souths most distinctive mountain communities. The unsurpassed natural beauty, a wealth of world-class amenities and that unusual sense of belonging will call you back here year after year. This months calendar of events for the towns of Highlands, Sapphire, Lake Toxaway and Glenville and the village of Cashiers is jam-packed with fun a perfect excuse to come back OR to visit us for the very first time. Youll soon discover why families have returned here annually for well over a century. If, after your visit, you find that you just dont want to leave we invite you to call on the friendly folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group. We can help you find the home of your dreams. August is National What Will Your Legacy Be Month just think of it, you can begin building your familys legacy high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains! We look forward to seeing you around town soon!

August 1-8: The Andrews Brothers at the Highlands Playhouse - Andrews Brothers opens at an afternoon rehearsal for a USO show in the South Pacific. Max, Lawrence and Patrick Andrews are rehearsing with pin-up girl Peggy Jones for the big showthat night. What Peggydoesnt know is that the brothers are really just the stagehands for the show her back-up singers didntarrive in time, and the boys were recruited by the Major in charge to fill in where needed. Just as they assumeall will work out well, a radiogram arrives with the news that the headliners for tonights show, The Andrews Sisters, have been held in quarantine in Hawaii. The show must be cancelled. Unless, of course,theres a way for the Andrews Sisters to appear...Mistaken identities and madcap adventures(imagine Bing Crosby & Bob Hope in a road movie of Some Like It Hot)along with the musicof an entire generation highlight this wonderful valentine to the heroes of World War II. For more information, call 828-526-2695 or visit www.highlandsplayhouse.org.

August 1: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Mozart Violin/Viola Duo, Chopin Cello Sonata, Schumann Piano Quartet Performed by William Preucil on violin, Charae Krueger on cello, Yinzi Kong on viola, and Victor Asuncion on piano at the Highlands Performing Arts Center at 5 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 2: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Mozart Violin/Viola Duo, Chopin Cello Sonata, Schumann Piano Quartet Performed by William Preucil on violin, Charae Krueger on cello, Yinzi Kong on viola, and Victor Asuncion on piano at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers at 5 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 5: The Marriage of Figaro Center for Life Enrichment presents a Musical Evening at Brevard Music Center. Mozarts opera The Marriage of Figaro is a witty, profound tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness, set in CountAlmavivas castle in Seville in the late 18th Century. It is based on a play by Beaumarchais and is a sequel to The Barber of Seville. As the opera opens, the marriage of the Count and Rosina has gone sour because of his philandering. Figaro hasquit barbering and is now the Counts major-domo. He is engaged to Suzanna, who is the Countess maid and theCounts intended conquest. Old Bartolo is back to seek revenge on Figaro for thwarting his claim on the youngRosina, with the help of the slimy music-master, Don Basilio. Adding to the fun are an amorous eenager, ascheming old maid, a drunken gardener, and a silly young girl. Much happens on a single crazy day. This program will include a leisurely bus trip to the Brevard Music Center with a boxed supper before theperformance. (The performance will be the final dress rehearsal.) Deadline for reservations is Monday, June 19. Bus leaves Brysons lower parking lot in Highlands at 4:15 p.m. Cost: $80 CLE members, $90 non-members. Limit: 45 openings. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.

August 5: Blue Ridge Perspectives The Natural World thru Words and Images with Author George Ellison and Painter Elizabeth Ellison at Highlands Nature Center at 7 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-2623 or visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm.

August 6: Groovin on The Green Rafe Hollister Band performs at the Village Commons at The Village Green in Cashiers Bring your lawn chairs and your favorite dancing partners to this fun and FREE open air concert. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information about the Groovin on the Green outdoor concert series, please visit www.visitcashiersvalley.com or call 828-743-1630.

August 6: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival The Eroica Trio performs Beethoven Trio Op.11, Turina Op. 35, and Schumann F Major at the Highlands Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.clehighlands.org.

August 7: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival The Eroica Trio performs Beethoven Trio Op.11, Turina Op. 35, and Schumann F Major at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers at 5:00 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 8: Highlands Plateau Audubon Society Picnic at the Village Green in Cashiers at 5 p.m.Bring a covered dish and $5 for hamburgers. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387.

August 8:Up, Up and away Gala at the Highlands Country Club Benefiting the Highlands Community Child Development Center.Tickets are $125 and can be reserved by calling (828) 526-1505 or emailing HCCDCres@aol.com. This fun-filled evening includes cocktails, dinner and dancing to the Class Act Band. A silent auction will feature a hot air balloon ride for four, a Herbert Creecy oil painting, a Rob Stern glass vessel, a Cherry Brewer painting, a gourmet dinner and more. All gala proceeds go this licensed, nonprofit center which provides a safe haven and excellent foundation fo the children of working parents. If you are unable to attend the Gala, donations are gratefully appreciated and can be mailed to HCCDC, P.O.Box 648, Highands, NC 28741.

August 8: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Anton Nel on piano, Brice Andrus on horn, Laura Ardan on clarinet and Christopher Rex on cello for performances of Schumann: Fantasie Pieces with Clarinet, Adagio and Allegro with Horn, Folk Pieces with Cello; Chopin: Barcarolle, Ab Ballade, 3 Waltzes, Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise at the Highlands Performing Arts Center at 5 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 9: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Anton Nel on piano, Brice Andrus on horn, Laura Ardan on clarinet and Christopher Rex on cello for performances of Schumann: Fantasie Pieces with Clarinet, Adagio and Allegro with Horn, Folk Pieces with Cello; Chopin: Barcarolle, Ab Ballade, 3 Waltzes, Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers at 5 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit http://www.h-cmusicfestival.org/.

August 11: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Vega String Quartet performs Bach at Bucks Coffee Caf� on Main Street in Highlands at 8 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 12-22: Lettice & Lovage - a comedic play by Peter Shaffer, author of Equus and Amadeus. The play was written specifically for Dame Maggie Smith, who originated the title role of Lettice Douffet in both the English and American runs of the production.The play was originally produced in London in 1987. Its two-year run of 768 performances at the Gielgud Theatre counts as one of the longer runs in London theatrical history. The play was revised by Shaffer in 1988, and it was that revised version that later ran in New York. Lettice and Lovages first American production opened with a preview performance in New York, New York at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on March 13, 1990. It ran from March 25, 1990 to December 23, 1990 with a total of 286 performances. See it now onstage at the Highlands Playhouse. For more information or to reserve your seats, visit www.highlandsplayhouse.org.

August 13: Relay for Life in Highlands Benefitting the American Cancer Society Hosted at the Highlands Recreation Center. To learn more about this event, visit the Relay for Life of Highlands, NC home page.

August 13:Groovin on The Green Rye Holler Boys performs at the Village Commons at The Village Green in Cashiers Bring your lawn chairs and your favorite dancing partners to this fun and FREE open air concert. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information about the Groovin on the Green outdoor concert series, please visit www.visitcashiersvalley.com or call 828-743-1630.

August 13: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Vega String Quartet featuring Eric Pritchard on Violin performs Mozart K. 80, David Kirkland Garner: i aint broke (but i am badly bent): thirteen fiddle tunes for string quartet and Beethoven Op. 132 String Quartets at the Highlands Performing Arts Center at 5 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 14: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Vega String Quartet featuring Eric Pritchard on Violin performs Mozart K. 80, David Kirkland Garner: i aint broke (but i am badly bent): thirteen fiddle tunes for string quartet and Beethoven Op. 132 String Quartets at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers at 5 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 14: Center For Life Enrichment presents Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festivals Charles Wadworth: My Life with Chamber Music at the Highlands Performing Arts Center from 10 a.m. to Noon. During this spirited interview between the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festivals Artistic Director WilliamRansom and Charles Wadsworth, you will catch a glimpse into the extraordinary life of Charles Wadsworth, from hisearly days in Newnan, Georgia, to studies at Juilliard and his friendships with reknowned composers and performersof the last fifty years. Mr. Wadsworth is a legend in the field of Chamber Music in America. Founder of the ChamberMusic Society of Lincoln Center in 1969, he led it as Artistic Director and pianist for twenty years. From 1977-2009,Mr. Wadsworth has been one of the Artistic Directors of the Spoleto USA Festival in Charleston, SC. Cost: $25 for CLE Members; $35 for non-members. For more information, visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 15: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Final Gala Concert & Dinner at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Concert features Charles Wadsworth and William Ransom on piano, Eric Pritchard on violin and the Vega String Quartet. Program includes Handel-Halvorsen Duo, Debussy Petite Suite for piano four-hands, Schumann Piano Quartet, Beethoven String Quartet Op. 59, #3 at 5 p.m. Dinner to follow at Wildcat Cliff Country Club. Tickets are $125/person. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 15: The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society Annual Picnic 5 p.m. at the Village Green in Cashiers. Bring $5 for barbeque and a covered dish. For more information or to make reservations, call Pat at (828) 743-7421.

August 18: Loving Literacy: A Premier Gala at the Highlands Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9938 ext. 240 or visit www.hcliteracy.org/index.html.

August 20: Cashiers Designer Showhouse Patrons Party & Auction at the Wade Hampton Golf Club Clubhouse Catering by Lee Epting of Athens, Georgia. Featuring the culinary artistry of Chef Doug Sampey of Wade Hampton Golf Club and live entertainment from Anita Brown and her Band. For more information, please visit theCashiers Showhouse event website.

Aug. 21-Sept. 5: 13th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse Whisper Fade at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, NC. Proceeds benefit Cashiers Historical Society. CHS Museum will be open daily for tours, and the event will include the exquisite work of a number of local and regional designers, Showhouse Shops, Merchants Tent and Lunch from Caf� 107 will be served daily at the Dowden Pavilion. Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. General admission is $25/person. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Showhouse or in advance by calling (828) 743-7710. For further information, visitcashiershistoricalsociety.org.

August 21: Talk, Lunch, & Book Signing at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley with Elle Decor's Top 25 designer this year, Suzanne Kasler from 11a.m.-1p.m.

August 25: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents their Village Nature Series at The Village Green in Cashiers. This months lecture is Landslides of WNC hosted by Rick Wooten. Begins at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Come learn something new at these free and fun educational lectures. Call 828-526-1111 or visit www.hicashlt.org for details.

Aug. 26-Sept. 2: Gala of The Arts A Gala Art Sale! at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center in Highlands. 9 to 6 p.m. Featuring works by Bukovnik, Polites, Dali, Erte and more as well as 150 Audubon prints. Come see 900 works of art by 200 artists from the four Galleries of Ann Jacob, including items from her personal collection. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 26: Grand Opening Event for Gala of The Arts Pahlmeyer Wine Dinner: The Art of Sustainable Wine Growing at The Farm at Old Edwards. Nestled into a lavish landscape of florals and greenery, the rustic restored barn provides ambiance, acoustics and rustic comfort for sitting back for a scrumptious evening offine wines and perfectly paired courses. Join the Pahlmeyer representative, Camille Cox for this memorable evening, as Peter Polities mingles with you over cocktails and then paints live as you enjoy a stunning setting, sustainably produced wines and a sumptuous feast by Executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr and the Old Edwards Culinary Team. Reception begins at 6:30, dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.oldedwardsinn.com or www.samcallproductions.com.

August 27:Groovin on The Green Chris ONeill performs at the Village Commons at The Village Green in Cashiers Bring your lawn chairs and your favorite dancing partners to this fun and FREE open air concert. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information about the Groovin on the Green outdoor concert series, please visit www.visitcashiersvalley.com or call 828-743-1630.

August 27: Gala of The Arts Gala Opening Wine Reception at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center in Highlands open to the public. Featuring the music of Cy Timmons. 6-7 p.m. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 27: Gala of The Arts Dinner with Art Collector and Dealer Ann Jacob in the exclusive wine room at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center. 7-9:30 p.m. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 27: Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Eco Tour of Peaks Creek. Guided hikes and day trips. Cost: $5 members, $35 new friends. Reservations are required, please call 828-526-1111.

August 28: Gala of The Arts A Presentation of Art Work by Artist G. Newington at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center from 2-2:30 pm. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 28: Gala of the Arts Wine Reception at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center Open to the public from 5 to 6:30 pm. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 29: 102nd Annual Zachary Family Reunion Hosted by the Cashiers Historical Society in honor of one of Cashiers founding families.

August 29: Gala of The Arts A Presentation of Art Work by Artist Alexie at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center from 10-10:30 a.m. and 2-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 30: Gala of The Arts A Presentation of Art Work by Artist Ed Hofer at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center from 10-10:30 a.m. and 2-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 31:Gala of The Arts A Presentation of Art Work by Artist M. Riley at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center from 10-10:30 a.m. and 2-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.