Holiday decorations at The Biltmore House

The Biltmore House in Asheville, NC, is getting in the spirit of the holidays. In addition to visiting this wonderful historic estate during the day, you can also see the holiday decorations in the evening. The program is called Candlelight Christmas Evenings and runs thru January 3, 2009. It's a wonderful escape from daily life and just a short drive from the Cashiers/Highlands area. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit their website at

Western North Carolina Becoming More of a Destination Than Ever Before

Asheville Regional Airport Increases its Flights

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


Asheville Airport

Asheville Airport


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


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    United Airlines Starts Jet Service Between Asheville and Chicago

    Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) Celebrates United Inaugural Flight to the Windy City

    Flying into Asheville Regional AirportToday marked the inaugural United Airlines flight between Chicagos OHare International Airport (ORD) and Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) in Asheville, North Carolina. The new service runs twice daily on a 50-seat CRJ200 regional jet aircraft operated by SkyWest Airlines.

    Since AVL is the closest regional airport to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, we're excited about this new flight and the opportunities it gives to residents and area businesses, as well as to leisure travelers looking to explore our beautiful area. Not only that, it also opens the door for tourism from Chicago -- the third largest city in the United States. You can book your trip now at and

    Silver Creek Spotlight: Midnight Farms in Cashiers, North Carolina

    At Midnight Farms in Cashiers, art doesnt just imitate life art is a WAY of life. This extraordinary home furnishings store in the heart of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau promises to excite your creative senses and meet all of your home furnishing needs. The masterminds behind Midnight Farms Jim and Pat Grady offer a unique approach to rustic elegance and traditional dcor with their vast inventory of distinctive home furnishings, Adirondack-inspired furniture and unusual accessories. First debuted to seasonal visitors and locals in the Blue Ridge Mountains in 1997, the Cashiers location is a landmark and the first of two stores. The Cashiers store offers 4,500 square feet of high-end furniture, artwork, accessories and more. The Gradys daughter, Rhesa serves as co-owner, manager and buyer of Midnight Farms second location a 100-year-old cabin that is listed on the National Historic Register near Biltmore Estate in Asheville which opened in 2006. Rhesa and her mother share the same innate ability to merchandise their stores in such a way that gives shoppers a true taste of how Midnight Farms goods and design services can transform any home into a cozy retreat.

    Midnight FarmsHusband, father and owner Jim Grady is a consummate artisan and professional woodworker who designs and builds a complete line of elegant rustic furniture on the premises of the Cashiers store. His inspiration comes from the root of rustic style originating in the Adirondacks. Natural elements like roots, burls, bark, antlers and organics that abound in the Southern Appalachians are incorporated into each piece. Exciting paint colors and glazes are often added to enhance the beauty of his works of art. No two pieces are exactly alike, and Jim enjoys taking each piece to a new dimension. Visitors to the Cashiers store are invited to see Jims creations in the making his workshop is located behind the cottage showroom. Jim will gladly accept custom orders to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece for your home to your specifications with exceptional detail and fine craftsmanship.

    Midnight Farms and their design team have often participated in the Cashiers Designer Showhouse, and their work has been featured in several publications including Views Magazine and the book Rustic Revisited: Innovative Design for Cabin, Camp and Lodge by Ann Stillman OLeary (2006).

    In addition to Interior Design services and Jims complete line of custom rustic furniture, Midnight Farms also presents European antiques, accent furniture, upholstered furniture, cypress and willow porch & patio furniture, lighting, bedding and linens, accessories, window treatments, cabinets, media consoles, tables, and more. Their website at features an online catalog where visitors can view photos of some of the Gradys unique stock. Please call them at 828-743-5858 or send them an e-mail at for pricing or to place an order. Midnight Farms now ships nationwide! If youd rather visit the store and see their incredible inventory firsthand, Midnight Farms in Cashiers is located at 336 Highway 107 North simply travel 3/10 of a mile north on Highway 107 from the Cashiers Crossroads, and the barn and showrooms will be on the right. Jim, Pat and Rhesa look forward to the opportunity to help you transform YOUR house into a home.

    Asheville Regional Airport Adds New Tampa, Florida Flight to its Growing Roster

    The Word Is Out Western North Carolina Has Become a Major Destination for More Florida Travelers

    As more and more Florida families discover the wonderful mild climates and beautiful scenery that Western North Carolina has to offer, airlines are beginning to herald their request for direct flights from the Sunshine State to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether these travelers seek to escape the throngs of vacationers arriving daily to Floridas shorelines and amusement parks, or they simply want to catch a glimpse of the sun setting over a peaceful mountain lake whatever the reason, AirTran has added two major flights out of Florida to nearby Asheville Regional Airport in as many years.


    Asheville Regional Airport

    Asheville Airport


    AirTran launched an Orlando-Asheville flight to its regular schedule in 2009, and based on its popularity and demand for more flights to/from other Florida cities has recently debuted a direct flight from Tampa International Airport to Asheville Regional. Flights from Tampa arrive once daily Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday and depart on the same days. Asheville Regional Airport has added three other flights from major destinations in the last year alone including Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth and New York City. To book YOUR flight into or out of Asheville Regional Airport TODAY, visit their website at Asheville Regional Airport is just a quick and picturesque one-hour drive to Sapphire Valley and Cashiers. In less than short three hours, you could trade Floridas unbearable summer heat for a crisp mountain breeze as you relax in a rocking chair overlooking some of the worlds most scenic vistas tall glass of sweet tea in hand.

    We feel we should warn you once youve discovered all of the charm and grace that Western North Carolina and more specifically the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau has to offer, you may never want to leave. If thats the case, Silver Creek Real Estate Group is here to help! Our talented team of experienced brokers is dedicated to helping you and your family find the perfect primary residence or vacation retreat to fit both your needs and your dreams. To begin your quest for the ideal mountain home for your family, we invite you to view our listings online at To schedule a personalized tour of the area and available homes/properties, call us at 828-743-1999, e-mail us at, fill out our online contact form or pop by our offices, conveniently located near the Cashiers Crossroads in the Shoppes at CreekSide. Have a safe flight!

    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 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 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 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, 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!

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

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

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

    NC Living Magazine: Spring 2011Publisher of NC Living Magazine and owner of the Cashiers-based Silver Creek Real Estate Group, Jochen Lucke feels the magazine serves a number of purposes. First and foremost, NC Living Magazine shines a light on this one-of-a-kind corner of the world nestled high atop the Mountains of Western North Carolina, explains Jochen. It provides a sneak peek to people who havent discovered us yet, and serves as a reminder to those who may have been here before and are looking for a reason to return. Between the natural beauty of the region and the world-class amenities, restaurants, shopping and resorts theres no shortage of great topics to highlight each issue. Secondly, the Magazine is a terrific platform to showcase some of the finest homes and land available on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau from a rolling hillside overlooking the 10th hole of one of the best mountain golf courses in the world to an exquisite estate on 65-acres along the shores of beautiful Lake Glenville. NC Living seeks to give folks a reason to come visit, as well as a reason to STAY. Were big believers in the magic and distinctiveness that can only be found in our little slice of Heaven. Lastly, NC Living Magazine serves as an incredibly valuable tool for both my company, Silver Creek Real Estate Group and the clients we serve who may be looking to buy or sell a home in the area.

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

    Vero Beach to Asheville

    AirplaneThe airline originated to enhance the flying experience. With a goal to make your time flying more personal and hassle free, Elite Airways is bringing Western North Carolina and Florida travelers good news. With a new nonstop flight between Vero Beach Regional Airport (VRB) in Florida to Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) in North Carolina, residents and visitors now have the ability to travel between the two destinations Thursdays and Sundays.

    Elite airways prides itself on customer service. As a pet-friendly airline, they never charge change fees, and the first bag always flies free. Their goal is to provide a quality and memorable travel experience. The airline headquartered in Portland, Maine also offers service between the following cities:

    Asheville, NC - Vero Beach, FL

    Bimini, Bahamas - Melbourne, FL

    Bimini, Bahamas - Newark, NJ

    Halifax, Canada - Portland, ME

    Melbourne, FL - Bimini, Bahamas

    Melbourne, FL - Newark, NJ

    Melbourne, FL - Portland, ME

    Melbourne, FL - Sarasota/Bradenton, FL

    Newark, NJ - Bimini, Bahamas

    Newark, NJ - Melbourne, FL

    Portland, ME - Halifax, Canada

    Portland, ME - Melbourne, FL

    Portland, ME - Sarasota/Bradenton, FL

    Sarasota/Bradenton, FL - Melbourne, FL

    Sarasota/Bradenton, FL - Portland, ME

    Vero Beach, FL - Asheville, NC

    Vero Beach, FL - Newark, NJ

    President of Elite Airways John Pearsall stated, We look forward to providing the service in Asheville and sincerely thank airport and community leaders for their support.

    Elite Airways operates CRJ 200s with 50 seats and CRJ 700s with 70 seats, which have an impeccable safety record. Early booking one-way flights start at $179 each way, but can go as high as $229. Round trip fares start at $358.

    Nonstop jet service to Asheville is a unique addition at VRB, and one that has been highly sought after by passengers who would rather take a nonstop flight versus a ten hour drive. The airport is pleased to see new markets and travel opportunities open up to the area, and we thank Elite Airways for expanding its service at Vero Beach Regional Airport, said Airport Executive Director, Eric Menger.

    Highlights of Vero Beach: The small coastal town is quite charming and offers a quaint main street with boutique shopping, the beach, ceviche at Gloria Estefans Costa dEste Beach Resort & Spa, and dinner at Ocean Grill.

    Highlights of Asheville: The impromptu mountain city offers restaurants, craft breweries, and a variety of outdoor activities.

    **Elite Airways also charters planes throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America.

    Vero Beach to Asheville

    Heart Shaped United States MapMeet Elite Airways, the airline bringing weekend flight service between East Coast Central Florida and Western North Carolina. The airline originated to enhance the flying experience. With a goal to make your time flying more personal and hassle free, Elite Airways is bringing Western North Carolina and Florida travelers good news. With a new nonstop flight between Vero Beach Regional Airport (VRB) in Florida to Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) in North Carolina, residents and visitors now have the ability to travel between the two destinations Thursdays and Sundays. 
    Elite airways prides itself on customer service. As a pet-friendly airline, they never charge change fees, and the first bag always flies free. Their goal is to provide a quality and memorable travel experience. 

    The airline headquartered in Portland, Maine also offers service between the following cities:

    Asheville, NC and Vero Beach, FL

    Bimini, Bahamas and Melbourne, FL

    Bimini, Bahamas and Newark, NJ

    Halifax, Canada and Portland, ME

    Melbourne, FL and Bimini, Bahamas

    Melbourne, FL and Newark, NJ

    Melbourne, FL and Portland, ME

    Melbourne, FL and Sarasota/Bradenton, FL

    Newark, NJ and Bimini, Bahamas

    Newark, NJ and Melbourne, FL

    Portland, ME and Halifax, Canada

    Portland, ME and Melbourne, FL

    Portland, ME and Sarasota/Bradenton, FL

    Sarasota/Bradenton, FL and Melbourne, FL

    Sarasota/Bradenton, FL and Portland, ME 

    Vero Beach, FL - Asheville, NC

    Vero Beach, FL - Newark, NJ

    The Craft Beer Revolution

    Craft Beers

    The godfather of Asheville craft beer, Oscar Wong, opened Highland Brewery in 1994 in the basement of Barley’s taproom. Passion for his hobby led to the tourism and craft that has earned Asheville national accolades of “Beer City USA” many times since 2009. Today, with more breweries per capita than any other city, this area is a craft beer lover’s paradise. From hoppy IPAs to dark stouts and every taste you can imagine, where can you find craft beer to taste and enjoy on an afternoon in Asheville? Everywhere, but we’ve got the guide to match both your palate and style. 


    1 Sierra Nevada - Located near the Asheville airport, it is the perfect stop—pre or post flight. With a Jackson Hole style lodge look, this national brewery is coming onto the scene big time in Mills River, NC. With 23 beers on tap, their selection of craft brew is a force to be reckoned with, and their small plates and farm-to-table culinary menu options include the sinfully engaging duck fat fries. Don’t miss a chance to do some sitting by the fire outdoors, listen to live music at the amphitheater, or stroll the Mills River Estate Garden.


    Burial Beer - This local favorite in the South Slope of Asheville has a mysterious vibe. Its name suggests something morbid, yet the art surrounding their selection of beer is a celebration of life, the harvest, and what is to come. The name matches their taproom, the low lighting and unfelt dampness of the earth inside leads to a sunny patio to toast your friends. It is one of the “it” spots, and the brew is good.


    Wicked Weed - This is a tourist trap, yet well worth a visit. Since opening in 2015 with their West Coast style of brewing, it has become known for labels such as Pernicious IPA, Lunatic Belgian Blonde, and a portfolio of barrel-aged sour and farmhouse ales. The hot spot was recently purchased by Anheuser-Busch in an effort to tap into the increasing popularity of craft beer. The brewery also offers a small, tasty menu, which can be helpful when indulging in some of their high gravity beers.


    New Belgium - The Colorado-based brewery opened its Asheville location in 2015 with a conscious, sustainable craft beer business model. The space has a California industrial feel paired with a grass-roots vibe. Nestled next to the French Broad River off of Craven Street, the tasting room offers an outdoor park for kids, dogs, and outdoor games. Register online for the 90-minute tour of the facility prior to visiting if you want to learn more about their process. Food trucks are on location, as the taproom serves beer only.


    Highland Brewing Company - The first craft brewer of Asheville, is also the largest family-owned brewery in the Southeast. Named after the Scots Irish who settled in these Appalachian Mountains in the 18th and 19th century, the brewery is a legend in North Carolina. Located approximately ten minutes from downtown Asheville, the brewery offers a rooftop, outdoor venue location and large taproom that is used to host many non-profit events. I recommend the Highland Gaelic Ale, and Cold Mountain (winter seasonal) on tap.


    Oskar Blues - Close to the plateau, you’ll find Oskar Blues in Brevard. Its funky atmosphere accompanies its most recognized label, Dale’s Pale Ale. Located 10 minutes away from Pisgah National Forest, it is a popular stop for bikers and hikers. Hungry? The CHUBwagon serves tacos and CHUBburgers.


    Satulah Mountains - Of course, we can’t go without mentioning our neighborhood brewer - Satulah. East of downtown Highlands, this quaint spot offers great live music and a down to earth atmosphere.


    It used to be that only the sophisticated, geek beer drinker enjoyed and explored the crafts. Now more favored by the average beer consumer and tourist, the craft beer industry is on the rise across the nation. Here in Western North Carolina, there is an app for that. Dedicated to all things craft beer in Western North Carolina, the Asheville Ale Trail is your guide for craft beer destinations and current happenings. Download the Ale Trail App here -

    Raise a glass, because our region’s beer is some of the best!