North Carolina

Elaine Zachary interviewed for NCAR magazine

When the North Carolina Association of Realtors wanted to interview a Realtor with over 30 years experience and find out what insight they may have, they called Elaine Zachary withSilver Creek Real Estate Group. Elaine pointed out that her "best tactic in this market revolves around great customer service that always puts the client first." This attitude, combined with resources and professionalism, sets us apart from other companies and brokers. For further information about the great people at Silver Creek Real Estate Group, feel free to contact Jochen Lucke at jlucke@ncliving.com or call 828-743-1999.

Plan your visit to WNC

Are you planning a visit to the Cashiers/Highlands area? Whether you are coming just to sightsee or plan to take advantage of opportunities in the real estate market, let us help you reserve your accommodations. We have special arrangements with some of the area's best resorts for discounted room rates and packages. Please call our office at (828) 743-1999 or email us at info@ncliving.com for more information.

Flyfishing trail map is now available in WNC

New Jackson County Fly Fishing Map

Fly Fishing Map

The Jackson County Tourism Board has produced the first fly fishing map for Western North Carolina. The map details 15 of the best locations for fly fishing andreeling inBrook Trout, Brown Trout, and Rainbow Trout in our area. The map covers all of Jackson County from Balsam, Dillsboro, Webster, along Cullowhee, Tuckasegee, down to Cashiers and Panthertown. The four major rivers included in the map are the Tuckaseigee, Chattooga, Whitewater, and the Horsepasture.

You can get this map mailed to you for free by calling 1-800-962-1911 or you can download it by clicking on the map to the left. For additional information you may also log onto www. flyfishingtrail.com. We will have these maps availableat our office within the next week or so stop by and pick one up.

Wade Hampton Golf Club tops Golf Digest list

Golf Digest magazine just published their annual list of top golf courses in the country. They list the top 100 private and public courses as judged by a panel of 900 men and women. Each course was rated on seven different criteria on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being absolutely perfect). The seven criteria and Wade Hampton's ratings areshot value (8.12), resistance to scoring (8.01), design variety (8.16), memorability (8.31), aesthetics (8.62), conditioning (8.26), and ambiance (8.45), for a total score of 66.05. This ranking positions Wade Hampton Golf Club as number 17 of the top 100 private courses in the country. A tribute to a lasting course design by Tom Fazio, the dedication of the members, and the natural beauty of Cashiers, NC. Congratulations!

Zachary-Tolbert House tours resume

Tours of Cashiers historic Zachary-Tolbert House Resume May 15

As visitors and summer residents of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau return to the area for the season, the Cashiers Historical Society is proud to announce the return of their tours of The Zachary-Tolbert House on May 15. Guided tours of the lovely 157-year-old Greek revival home, considered the crown jewel of Cashiers historic homes, will run Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October 17. The last tour begins at 2 p.m. and tours last approximately 30-45 minutes. Admission to the home and grounds is just $5.00, and is FREE to Cashiers Historical Society Members. Set in the heart of Cashiers, at 1940 Hwy 107, the Zachary-Tolbert House serves as a lasting tribute to some of the earliest pioneers along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.

In 1832, Colonel John A. Zachary first travelled here from his home in Surry County over 200 miles away to explore the ancient forests and lush landscape of Western North Carolina. He returned with his family the following spring to become the first permanent homesteaders in the area. Their ancestors still live and work here today (including Silver Creeks very own broker, Elaine Zachary!) Colonel Zacharys son, Mordecai a skilled carpenter built what is now known as the Zachary-Tolbert house as a wedding gift for his young bride, Elvira Keener, in 1852. The Tolbert Family owned the home for most of the 20th century. Beyond a family home, the house also served as a summer retreat and inn and now houses the Cashiers Historical Society. It opened as a public museum in 2001 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Lovingly restored to its original glory, The Zachary-Tolbert House showcases much of the original furniture crafted by Mordecai Zachary himself. For more information, to book a group tour or to schedule your special event at this very special historic home call 828-743-7710.

Plateau Pursuits May Edition

Calendar of Events for the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau

Ever since early settlers and developers first arrived on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau over a century ago family and community have been at the heart of events and gatherings in the area. The same holds true today, and theres always something happening in any one of our villages, townships and master-planned communities! Aside from the awe-inspiring beauty and majesty of our mountains, lakes, waterfalls and forests - below are a few additional reasons you should join us for a Party on the Plateau in May:

May 14-17Highlands Cashiers Players present Neil Simons Rumors at The Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Showtimes Thursday thru Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 2:30 p.m. Tickets: Adults - $20; Students - $8 may be purchased one hour before the performance on an as available basis. Reservations can also be made by calling the box office at 828-526-8084. May 15Historic Zachary-Tolbert House tours resume in Cashiers on Fridays and Saturdays thru October 17, 2009 (click here for more information). May 23Summit Memorial Day 5K Race in Cashiers. For more information, call 828-743-5755. May 23-27Annual Plant Sale at Highlands Ball Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Featuring hundreds of locally grown hostas and perennials. Proceeds help local scholarship students and local projects. Come early for best selection! Rain date is Sunday, May 24. May 23-24The Village Square Art & Craft Show at Pine Street Park in Highlands. Featuring regional artisans showcasing fine art, pottery, baskets, folk art, jewelry, furniture and more. Face painting for the kids. For more information, call 828-787-2021. May 27Snakes & Ice Cream at the Village Green Pavillion in Cashiers at 6 p.m. Childrens program that is presented by Patrick Brannon and is part of the Village Nature Series. Co-hosted by Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and Village Green. FREE admission! Call 828-526-1111 for more details. May 29Collective Spirits Wine Festival at The Bascom in Highlands. Featuring wine tastings from premier North Carolina distributors, as well as silent auctions, artistic demonstrations, a symposium and gala seated dinner under a tent on The Bascoms new terrace. For more information or to order event tickets, call 828-526-4949. May 29-30Cashiers Historical Society Hosts 2009 Appalachian Music Symposium at the Albert C. Carlton Library in Cashiers and Lombards Lodge in Whiteside Cove. Symposium features presentations by renowned historians and performances by David Holt, Sheila Kay Adams, Lee Knight, The Queen Family and Jacob Jones. Daily tickets are $80, and Two-Day tickets are $145. Seating is reserved and limited so order your tickets today! For more information or to place your ticket order, call 828-743-7710 or send an e-mail to zacharytolbert@aol.com. May 30Blues, Brews & BBQ on the grounds of the Rib Shack Restaurant at The Old Edwards Inn & Spa in Highlands from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fun-filled, family-friendly outdoor bash featuring live music from Hurricane Creek, mouth-watering ribs and southern sides from the Rib Shack and ice-cold brews from Highland Brewing Company. Tickets available for purchase at the Rib Shack Restaurant or by calling 828-526-8008

Gorges State Park Now Open

Some things are well worth the wait! After more than a year and a half and an estimated $6 million in renovation costs Gorges State Park reopens its gates to the North Carolina public. Situated on 7,520 pristine acres in the Sapphire/Lake Toxaway region of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, Gorges is the only state park found west of Asheville. The newest additions to the park include 350 new parking spaces in four parking lots; four miles of paved roads; new trailheads and trails; and improvements to the parks infrastructure including water, electricity and phone lines. And thats just the beginning! Construction of the next phase in the transformation of Gorges State Park is slated for the winter of 2010. Plans include a visitor center and two sheltered picnic areas, as well as new restroom facilities and a maintenance area.

Gorges State Park now features six hiking trails anywhere from one to over 14 miles in length for a total trail system of 28 moderate to strenuous miles. Horses and mountain bikes are allowed on the 14 � mile Auger Hole trail, and campers are welcome to pitch their tents on one of six campsites along the nearly 7 mile Foothills trail. Nature lovers will appreciate the fact that close to 125 rare plant and animal species native to the Western North Carolina mountain region can be found within the park, 12 of which are either threatened or endangered.

The park is currently open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors should be mindful of the fact that the gates are secured at closing. To access the park from Cashiers, travel east on Highway 64 to Highway 281. Travel approximately 7 miles south on 281 to the entrance of Gorges State Park. Upper Bearwallow Falls, the Bearwallow Falls Overlook and a new picnic area are scheduled to open on Monday, May 18. The Gorges Overlook is lined up to open on Monday, May 25.

Park Hours:

March May 8 a.m. 8 p.m. June August 8 a.m. 9 p.m. September October 8 a.m. 8 p.m. November February8 a.m. 6 p.m.

Ranger Presentation/Education Series:

Talking Turkey May 16 at 2 p.m. Box Turtles and Timber RattlersMay 17 at 2 p.m. Trailhead and Trailside WildflowersMay 20 at 9 a.m.

For more information about these and future programs, call the Gorges office at (828) 966-9099.

May Flowers Bring June Buyers

Increasing The Curb Appeal of your Home

The rainy days of April have made the ground a perfect medium for a colorful palette of May flowers. As visitors descend upon the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in the coming weeks, its a given that many either wont want to leave at all or will choose to buy a vacation home here and return year-after-year. At Silver Creek Real Estate Group, its both our job and our passion to find a perfect match between buyer and seller, and help turn dreams into reality. In this article, we will focus on the exterior of the home what the buyer will see when they first arrive at their potential new residence. Keep in mind, you never get a second chance to make a first impression! Weve compiled a few easy, economical steps you can take to increase the curb appeal of your home making it simpler for buyers to envision themselves living within the four walls behind that pretty picture youve created. Not planning to go anywhere anytime soon? The tips below are still great ways to beautify the exterior of your home.

1. According to the experts at HGTV, the first thing you should do is look at your home from the buyers perspective. Take a big step back so you can see the front of your home completely. Pay particular attention to what draws your eye the good and the bad. Oftentimes, its your front door. Does it look appealing? Does it say Come on in!? If not, a tasteful wreath may do the trick, you may want to paint your door a new color or it may be worth investing in a beautiful new door. At times, a bench and some pretty potted flowers might augment the front of your home giving the feel of an outdoor foyer. At the very least, consider putting out an attractive new doormat that says (figuratively or literally) Welcome. 2. Develop a landscape plan. If your thumb is not particularly green, you may want to consult with a landscape expert. You may be able to find one through friends or even through the phone book (or call Silver Creek, and well point you in the right direction). Ask their price to develop a landscape concept for you BEFORE you have them come out to the house. Once you are happy with their estimate, invite them to create a plan for you. If you feel comfortable going it alone, the advice at your local nursery is FREE. Find out which plants and flowers will work best based on the amount of sun or shade your yard receives, and which will have the most impact. Be sure to check out the Tailgate Farmers Market at the Cashiers Community Center on Wednesdays (1 p.m. to 6 p.m.) and Saturdays (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) throughout the summer and support local growers. 3. Pay attention to details. Beyond the front door and the landscaping, you should concentrate on even the minutest elements of the front of your home. Remember, the point is to get the buyer from the car to the interior of your home. Are your windows clean (would window boxes add a nice touch)? When was the last time you power washed your driveway (if you have one)? Hows the paint holding up trim and siding? Does everything look neat and tidy? Sometimes, something as simple as a clean, crisp edge to your lawn and landscaping can speak volumes to a potential buyer.

Still not sure how to get started? As a full-service brokerage firm, we are more than happy to help you figure out the very best ways to position yourself in the market, as well as stage your home from inside to outside to expedite the sale of your property. To set an appointment for a walk-through by one of Silver Creeks talented brokers, contact us at jlucke@ncliving.com or by phone at (828) 743-1999. Happy Planting!

Bare Boards Party on the Village Green Scheduled for June 14th

Join your friends, family, and neighbors on June 14 for the Bare Boards Party on Cashiers Village Green. This very special event is designed to celebrate the upcoming transformation of the former Summit Charter School location on Frank Allen Road into a multi-purpose open-air community facility, The Village Square on The Village Green. Having served as the site of Summit for the past ten years, the recent move of the school to a new campus leaves four viable turrets, a restroom facility, parking area and a series of covered walkways. The original courtyard provides an excellent location for a Great Lawn that will serve as the ideal setting for large private tented parties, outdoor concerts and open air community events. Following a renovation, the buildings turrets will function as facilities for meetings and lectures. Rental of the Great Lawn for private parties and the turrets for meetings will help fund The Village Green a conservancy project created to preserve, protect and enhance land for our communitys civic, spiritual, educational, cultural and recreational activities to maintain the quality of life for all citizens and visitors in the greater Cashiers area. Lucke, Silver Creek Real Estate Groups owner and broker, is a proponent of the projects mission and a proud member of The Village Greens Board of Directors.

Renderings of the future community facility designed by local architect and Village Green Board Member, Dan Duckham will be on display throughout the Bare Boards Party. The family-friendly event will also feature hot air balloon rides, a pot painting station for the kids, strolling blue grass musicians, delicious food and more. The party gets underway at 4 p.m. and lasts until 7 p.m. Consider showing your support for the community-funded Village Green Centre at the heart of the Cashiers community by donating to the building fund through the Adopt a Turret program, purchasing a Bare Board with your name on it or becoming a Village Greenie. All donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. For more information, visit www.villagegreencashiersnc.com, email me at jlucke@ncliving.com, or call 828-743-1999.