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Welcome to Silver Creek Real Estate Group's blog!

Have you noticed our new office at The Shoppes at CreekSide? We are located just west of the crossroads in Cashiers, North Carolina. CreekSide is one of the premier new retail developments in Cashiers and soon to be a landmark in our little mountain escape.

Cashiers and Highlands NC maps

Are you looking for a map of Cashiers or Highlands, NC? Have you ever gotten lost on the way someone's home in the area and wished you had a street map? We can help! We have free maps available at our office, so please feel free to stop by and pick one up. If you would like one before you get to town, please email me at jlucke@ncliving.com or call the office at 828-743-1999 and we'll mail one to you.

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.

Annual Collective Spirits Wine Festival

The third annual event will be held at The Bascom art center in Highlands, NC. This will be the first major event held at The Bascom's newsix acre, three building facility, which features 23,000 square feet of space. This facility will be like no other art space in Western North Carolina. The new campus is located on Oak Street and Franklin Road (Highway 64).

The event will held on May 29-30, 2009. Some of the festivities for the event include a wine tasting, silent auction, symposium led by wine specialists, and a seated dinner on the new terrace. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit The Bascom.

Tickets are $100 for the wine tasting on Friday evening and $225 for Saturday evening's gala. A two day ticket may be purchased for $295. To purchase tickets, please log on www.collectivespirits.com or contact The Bascom at 828-526-4949.

What a great event to kick off the summer! Come and enjoy one of the many greatactivitieshere in Western North Carolina.

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.

Plans Underway for the First Ever Cashiers Mountain Music Festival

An undercurrent of excitement is running through the town of Cashiers in anticipation of the debut of The Cashiers Mountain Music Festival on July 4, 2009. Developed by the dedicated team at the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce, this inaugural Independence Day event will be hosted at the Village Green and will benefit local area Youth Musical Education.

Recently named as Festival Director, Mark Wise a local resident and veteran entertainment producer has long dreamed of a world-class music festival in Cashiers. Wise has produced shows for Walt Disney World Entertainment and Universal Studios Florida, and understands the careful planning required for such a special event. The festival will include performances by The Isaacs with their eclectic blend of bluegrass, gospel and country music and will culminate in a breathtaking fireworks display. Additional performers will be announced at a later date. Event parking and admission for children five and under will be free. Children aged 6 -12 will be admitted for $5, and general admission for adults will be $20.

Mark your calendars and plan to join your neighbors for a great day that promises music and fun for the whole family!

A little snow for Easter week

Light snow in WNC

Light snow in WNC

This past weekend felt like spring was in the air with temperatures in the low 70's. It was perfect weather to be out on the golf course, hiking or working in the yard. Then, a day later, we had some flurries. Just when it looks like spring has really arrived, one more quick snowfall always seems to sneak in and surprise us.

By mid week, we should be back in the 60's during the day and it should be a great Easter weekend to spend in the greater Cashiers and Highlands area.

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.