Lonesome Valley In Sapphire NC

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.

Lonesome Valleys Chef John Fleer Receives Nomination

Popular Sapphire Valley Chef Nominated for Prestigious National Culinary Award Chef John Fleer of Lonesome Valleys Canyon Kitchen Receives Nod from James Beard Foundation

After just two outstanding seasons at Lonesome Valleys Canyon Kitchen in Western North Carolina, locally celebrated chef, John Fleer has garnered the attention of the nomination committee of the highly revered James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards. The committee placed Fleer in the running for their esteemed Best Chef: Southeast award against such well-regarded Southern chefs as Hugh Acheson of the Athens, GA restaurant Five and Ten; Craig Deihl of the Charleston, SC restaurant Cypress; Linton Hopkins of Atlanta, GAs Restaurant Eugene; Edward Lee of Louisville, KY restaurant 610 Magnolia; and Andrea Reusing of Chapel Hill, NC restaurant Lantern. Considered by many to be the Oscars of the food world, the winners of this years James Beard Awards will be announced on May 6. Regardless of the outcome, the nomination itself is quite an honor.

Armed with an impressive resume that includes his role as a private chef for beloved celebrity icon, Mary Tyler Moore and a 15-year stint as the executive chef at the famed Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN Chef Fleer has created quite a buzz in a relatively short amount of time on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. It was likely Fleers unique culinary style combined with his use of farm fresh ingredients and the sublime atmosphere of his restaurant, Canyon Kitchen that drew the interest of the James Beard Foundation nomination committee. Nestled at the heart of the lovely Lonesome Valley master-planned development in the Sapphire Valley region of Western North Carolina in an expansive box canyon shadowed by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Canyon Kitchen offers its patrons stunning views and an experience that is so much more than just a meal, its a gastronomic event. Open seasonally to Lonesome Valley members and the public by reservation only, Canyon Kitchens 2011 season will kick off on Memorial Day weekend and run through Labor Day weekend.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to Chef Fleer for his nomination, and we wish him the best of luck leading up to the announcement of the winner the first week in May. We are so looking forward to the start of the season at Canyon Kitchen, and highly recommend our readers add a memorable visit to the Kitchen to their itinerary during a spring or summer stay on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. If youd like to learn more about Canyon Kitchen, we invite you to read our August 2010 blog Ambience and Incomparable Cuisine are Always on the Menu at Cashiers Canyon Kitchen. To make a reservation, call 828.743.7967 or e-mail your request to canyonkitchen@lonesomevalley.com.