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Croquet Anyone? Come Visit Cashiers Chattooga Club

Nestled upon 200 beautiful acres in Western North Carolina, Chattooga Club was founded as a family-friendly mountain retreat near the historic village of Cashiers in 1988 by Charleston executive, John Rivers. An enclave of just under 70 home sites and specialized amenities, this extraordinary gated community is carefully designed down to the last detail to coexist in harmony with the pristine natural setting on which it is built. A broad offering of homes, from quaint cottages to luxury custom estates, paired with a unique blend of amenities Chattooga Club seeks to offer something for everyone. Amenities at The Club include the highly revered Life Enhancement Center, which offers state-of-the-art fitness equipment, high-energy aerobics classes, personal trainers, and a world-class spa featuring relaxing body massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. Additional Club amenities consist of three Har-Tru tennis courts, heated swimming pool, fully stocked trout lake, active childrens programs, hiking trails, and five-star dining at The Chattooga Club Lodge. At the heart of the community and setting Chattooga apart from other communities in the area are two meticulously landscaped croquet lawns considered to be among the finest in the world. Invitational tournaments are held here biannually each year drawing croquet enthusiasts from all across the nation in the summer and the fall. Between the sight of families playing croquet on the lawn and the native Appalachian-themed architectural design of the homes and Chattooga Club Lodge, visitors may feel as though theyve taken a step back to another era a simpler time.

 

Chattooga Club's Crocket Field

Chattooga Club's Croquet Field

 

The mission of this distinctive community is to maintain a tradition as the family mountain retreat in the North Carolina Mountains, a place where families come to renew their spirit and create memories together in a natural setting surrounded by subtle elegance and superior level of service. To experience Chattooga Clubs subtle elegance and superior level of service firsthand, Silver Creek Real Estate Group cordially invites you for a personalized tour of this very special community. Feel free to visit our website to view Finwood Lodge one of Chatooga Clubs newest additions and simply stunning with its lakefront view, hand-hewn timber and stone accents, and lodge-inspired design.

What are you waiting for? Now is the ideal time to buy property in Western North Carolina. Simply contact one of the talented brokers at Silver Creek by calling us at (828) 742-1999, dropping by our offices located just west of the Cashiers Crossroads in The Shoppes at CreekSide, or by filling out our online contact form. We welcome the opportunity to introduce you to what could become the site of your future dream home in one of Cashiers most exclusive mountain communities, The Chattooga Club.

Rancho La Puerta

Rancho La Puerta is a magical place where people escape from the mundane to revive their souls and gain a fresh outlook on life. 

Year after year, the Ranch is voted a top spa destination by both Condé Nast Traveler and Travel and Leisure magazines. As for what sets the Ranch apart from other spas and resorts, it’s difficult to narrow down just one thing … as it is, according to one guest, “something that must be experienced to be explained.” 
     “We provide the true luxury of time and space,” says founder Deborah Szekely, “that which is most lacking in today’s life. Space to breathe freely, to relax and enjoy what will be ‘the longer-living, younger life.’” This unique element at the Ranch, along with its unparalleled staff, vast amenities and healing environment, is what keeps the Ranch’s guests coming back. 
     Often touted as the original “fitness resort” and spa, the fitness program is truly unmatched. Presided over by a staff of more than 20 full-time instructors in-residence, the daily offerings include everything from pilates, cardio-cycling, volleyball, weight training, and most of the expected fitness classes, as well as guided hikes, Feldenkrais, Qi Gong, NIA (Neuromuscular Integrative Action), meditation, and many more. Additionally, the Ranch offers world-renowned cuisine prepared from organic gardens, sublime spa treatments, and plenty of opportunities to recharge your mind and spirit.

The Philosophy
Family-owned and operated, the Ranch has provided guests with unparalleled luxury amidst a natural, environmentally-sound setting for nearly 80 years. Founders Edmond and Deborah Szekely started the ranch as a sort of “health camp” where people paid $17.50 to pitch a tent and bathe in the year-round near-perfect climate while learning to live a more holistic life—all without any electricity or running water. And nowadays, as it was from their opening day in June 1940, guest comfort is the staff’s first priority, and they continue to ensure that while taking care of individual needs, it’s done so in a safe, eco-friendly manner that reduces the spa’s environmental impact.
     But the approach to sustainability at the Ranch goes further than the basics, such as simply using refillable water bottles or chemical-free cleaners, as they’ve incorporated technology and installed composting toilets among other things.
     The Ranch’s motto, siempre mejor, means “always better,” and Deborah Szekely believes it also means “always changing;” a philosophy the Ranch reflects from the ground up. 

The Program
Typically, guests come to the Ranch for a Saturday to Saturday stay, but shorter stays are available. Throughout the year, there are specialty-themed weeks like family week, chamber music week, detox and cleansing week, yoga week, and more, including educational workshops and executive wellness programs. During the week, there can be up to five different classes at one hour, so there’s truly something for everyone, all day long, and many are sequential in developing a student’s expertise, assuring guests become stronger and more skilled in several disciplines by the end of the week. A typical day could include:
6 a.m. Meet in the main lounge for one of many hikes which can range from two to seven miles, then head to the dining hall for breakfast. 
9 a.m. to noon Take a class or two or three: pilates, tennis, H2O, yarn painting, volleyball, sound healing, postural therapy, or TRX before stopping for lunch. 
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Take a few more classes—perhaps one on cooking, meditation, drumming, or join a scheduled discussion on mastering your metabolism, brush up on your Spanish skills, or maybe lay by the pool and nap.
5:30 p.m. Enjoy dinner and conversations with fellow Ranchers, then, if you’re not too tired, watch a movie, learn the art of self-hypnotic techniques, or relax in one of the many lounges with a book.

The Grounds
Nestled under the watchful eye of Mt. Kuchumma, Rancho La Puerta offers 4,000 acres of peaceful tranquility, including hiking trails, an organic farm, 32 acres of gardens, several pools, an exquisite spa, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, a salon, dining hall, an intimate library and more. Throughout the Ranch, you’ll find colorful Mexican folk art along with sculptures, paintings, and outdoor areas designed for rest and personal reflection. Take at least one of the morning hikes as the sunrise is unlike anything you have ever seen. Some are more advanced than others, but the Ranch has guides for those who want to fly up the mountainside as well as for those who want to take a more laid back, leisurely stroll. Be sure to pack some warmer clothes you can layer as mornings can prove chilly. 

The Food
Mealtimes at the ranch are community-centered and designed to bring people together. Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style and offered during a generous window of time so you can come and go as you please. A sit-down dinner is served at a set time each night and guests are encouraged to meet new people by joining different tables. The cuisine is semi-vegetarian, featuring an abundance of organic fruits and vegetables. Additionally, the freshest-of-the-fresh seafood from the port of Ensenada, Baja California, is brought in daily, allowing Ranch chefs to prepare spectacular seafood dishes five times a week. Many recipe ingredients come fresh-picked, only-hours-old from the Tres Estrellas organic garden, a six-acre working farm located north of the main Ranch area. •

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