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A Regal Night's Sleep: A Peek inside a Trio of High Country Luxury Lodgings

 

Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Cashiers-Highlands Plateau holds as many allures as there are stars in the sky high above Whiteside Mountain. From a romantic escape to a weekend adventure, what often draws visitors to the Cashiers-Highlands Plateau are the picturesque views, enchanting waterfalls, temperate climate, charming collection of shops and restaurants, and incredible array of exciting events and outdoor activities. Of course, once they arrive, these sightseers are often pleasantly surprised by the caliber of our accommodations and the fact that Southern Hospitality is still alive and well. Whether seeking rustic refinement in a rental lodge or a posh place along Main Street to rest one’s head for the night, our lodgings serve as a sophisticated sneak peek into what life might be like as a regular high country homeowner. To that end, NC Living Magazine is proud to shine the spotlight on three of our finest proprietors of repose to aid you in planning your next visit to our beautiful little corner of the world…

 

Old Edwards Inn & Spa
This five-star oasis at the heart of Highlands’ renowned Main Street has garnered the attention Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes Magazine, Southern Living and TripAdvisor, among others – making its mark as one of the best hotels in the state, the South, the nation and the world. Boasting Old World-inspired architecture, Old Edwards Inn touts itself as a “casually elegant” resort. At center stage lies the historic inn with its individually appointed guest rooms featuring period antiques, fine European bedding and Italian linens alongside thoroughly modern conveniences such as free WIFI, heated floors in the bathroom and flat-screen TVs. Radiating out from there is the award-winning Spa with a number of sophisticated Spa Suites, a variety of quaint Cottages and an awe-inspiring assortment of Guest Estates. Not far away, the Old Edwards Club showcases 18 holes of golf that are as scenic as they are challenging, as well as an outdoor heated mineral pool, clay tennis courts and state-of-the-art fitness center. In perfect balance with the stylishness of the surroundings and the superiority of the guest experience is the diversity of the culinary encounters. Presenting farm fresh local cuisine crafted using ingredients harvested as close as Old Edwards own gardens and a number of regional farmers, Old Edwards showcases seven sophisticated restaurants, eateries and watering holes, including the highly-touted farm-to-table Madison’s Restaurant, The Wine Garden, Hummingbird Lounge, Arts at the Lodge, The Spa Café, The Grill Room at Old Edwards Club and seasonal opportunities for poolside dining. Eat, Drink, Play, Sleep and Repeat.

 

200 Main
A sister property to Old Edwards Inn, this rustically refined mountain retreat currently features 40 guest rooms and one chic suite – some of which boast private balconies overlooking Main Street. In order to keep up with growing demand, 200 Main will throw back the curtain this summer on two additional buildings to include 20 new guest rooms and a state-of-the-art fitness room. The new guest rooms will comprise two queen beds, a fireplace and a choice of either patio or balcony. In keeping with the tranquility of its setting, 200 Main offers an overwhelming sense of leisure with its heated outdoor mineral pool, fire pit on the terrace, friendly cornhole competitions on the lawn, and so much more. Adventure abounds within mere miles of 200 Main, including hiking trails, waterfalls, zip lining, boating at Lake Glenville and an active arts scene – not to mention the unique boutiques and excellent eateries of Highlands and the neighboring village of Cashiers.

 

Half Mile Farm
This self-proclaimed “country inn” is also owned by Old Edwards Hospitality. Like its sister property at 200 Main, Half-Mile Farm has undergone significant property enhancements – all of which will be revealed June 2017. Imbued with the sense of an authentic Bed & Breakfast experience, Half-Mile Farm provides complimentary chef-prepared breakfasts and afternoon social hours featuring delectable wine and hors d’oeuvres on the house. In addition to a spectacular collection of rooms and suites in the historic main inn, Half-Mile Farm also boasts a number of surprisingly sophisticated cabins. As a member of Old Edwards Hospitality, Half-Mile Farm guests are afforded room signing privileges at each of the restaurants at Old Edwards Inn, as well as access to the amenities at Old Edwards Club. However, with 14 acres of fields, forests, streams and lakes for the exploring, there’s rarely a reason to leave the Farm in search of distractions. While here, guests can take a dip in the heated outdoor mineral pool, wander along a creek side trail, go fishing or canoeing on the 6-acre Apple Lake or simply relax and soak up the serenity of their scenic surroundings. 

One-of-a-Kind Reclaimed Lodge in a Sylvan Setting

Featured in Garden & Gun and Southern Accents magazines, Woodland Cottage was decorated by acclaimed designer Kathleen Rivers of Charleston, South Carolina, and designed by Jack Davis of Atlanta, Georgia. Blending into a forest of old-growth maple, hickory, oak, and evergreen trees, the beautiful property is pure serenity.

The home was assembled from reclaimed nineteenth-century log buildings from Tennessee and Kentucky and sited on nearly an acre overlooking Chimney Top and Rock mountains. With its patina of over 150 years of weathering, the log home feels as if it was passed down through many generations. With all the sophisticated charm of a British hunting lodge, there are historic details everywhere you look, such as dovetail notches and hash marks created by the broadaxes of Appalachian pioneers.

The sumptuous great hall offers 30-foot ceilings and an imposing fireplace crafted by third-generation stonemason Leland Huey. Reclaimed heart-pine floors are throughout the home and custom touches such as lighting fashioned from found objects and custom cast-concrete sinks in the master bath. The screened porch is the epitome of southern hospitality with a fieldstone fireplace and a porch swing perfect for reading the Sunday newspaper.

Take an after-dinner stroll through the garden paths after an evening of entertaining and relaxation. Rarely does a property with such unique architecture and welcoming Appalachian aesthetic as this come on the market.

 


 

 

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Whimsical Journey: Painting the Paint with Colorist Karen Weihs

When in the mountains, it’s easy to find yourself staring into the majestic vistas that surround you. You will feel something similar when viewing the abstract, contemporary oil paintings of Karen Weihs. 
Picasso once said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” For Karen, art is about creating imagery that allows the onlooker to formulate their own story, their own connection. Alluding to the familiar without giving the pieces away, she captures the essence of personal experience and reality to shape what the eyes see. 
In a magical blend of technique and tool, she paints a million stories of human experience on one canvas. Her skill is honed by palette knives and a selection of brushes that produce the glimmer of day by evening light. 
Weihs’ canvases are illuminated by intuition. Her mind may visualize a deer prancing deep within the forest while sun rays gently kiss the morning dew, yet it is the dance of her hand anticipating the next jab, carve, or smoothing technique that brings the deer to life. The impromptu maneuvers are the platform for the viewer to continue the journey of the story they see, perhaps recalling a past memory or looking toward a dream. 
“The magic happens and draws me in, and I find myself driven to capture and paint those responses over and over again,” says Karen. “It’s deeply gratifying. This erudition has earned me a confidence in looking for the cutting edge of paint technique, ever evolving to a higher standard. Usually the viewer can find something of the subject matter to relate to. This process allows me to tackle a subject that may or may not appear as my eyes see, painting the paint.” 
Her works radiate from the inside out, without attachment, separating her visualization from the journey another will take at its sight. Masterpieces meant to inspire, encourage, stimulate, or spark something from within another, whether that be dew on the earth, floating clouds, sunlight, leaves swaying in the treetops, or the piercing blank stare of a deer.
Karen and her husband moved to Cashiers from Charleston, South Carolina, where she was born and raised. Her private mountain home studio, Sunny Point Cottage, is both a working and teaching studio, offering half and full day retreats (private critiques and workshops) to encourage confidence and craft. The artist desires to help others find the best from within themselves, advising others to trust the process and their instincts.

Where can you view the art of Karen Weihs?

ALLISON SPROCK FINE ART
600 Queens Road
Charlotte, NC 
704-705-2000

B GALLERY AT THE BASCOM
Franklin Road
Highlands, NC 28778
828-526-4949

ELLA RICHARDSON FINE ART
58 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-722-3660

GRAND BOHEMIAN HOTEL GALLERY
11 Boston Way, The Village at Biltmore
Asheville, NC 28805
828-398-5555

SUNNY POINT STUDIO, KAREN’S HOME, BY APPOINTMENT
889 Laurel Knob Road
Cashiers, NC 28717
828-226-4024

Elegant Mountaintop Estate with Endless Panoramic Views in Big Sheepcliff

With exceptional architectural details and luxury finishes throughout, this elegant and inviting home is a must-see for those with discriminating taste and an appreciation for quality. Centrally located just minutes from the Cashiers Crossroads in the beautiful and private gated community of Big Sheepcliff, Aerie Manor was featured in Veranda magazine as one of the most astounding properties in the Western North Carolina mountains.

Sitting at approximately 4,600 feet in a secluded setting, this estate is set amidst jaw-dropping panoramas of Cashiers, Cashiers Lake, and the multi-layered mountain ranges beyond. Soaring 29-foot ceilings greet you at the entry and continue into the stately living area and sitting room. Filled with natural light, the living room floor-to-ceiling windows frame breathtaking views that go on seemingly forever. This stately home features two large master suites on the main level, and a pair of spacious guest suites on the upper level, each with its own private staircase. The expansive kitchen is a marvel unto itself, with two of every major appliance and plenty of counter space. Dine al fresco or in the formal dining room with its striking sandstone fireplace, just one of the several fireplaces throughout the home.

Offered fully furnished, Aerie Manor is ready for its next owners to begin enjoying mountain living immediately. The quiet gated community of Big Sheepcliff is just a short drive from the Crossroads. Enjoy shopping, dining, golf, hiking and much more in Cashiers and Sapphire, plus boating, fishing, waterskiing and swimming on beautiful Lake Glenville. Several country clubs are close by as well.

 

Panoramic Views from Hickory Ridge

Enjoy panoramic views of Whiteside and Chimneytop Mountains from this spacious four bedroom, four and a half bath home in Hickory Ridge, a picturesque enclave located just minutes from town. Vaulted ceilings and skylights bring in lots of natural light to the open floor plan. The master suite, one guest room and an office are located on the main level. Two additional guest rooms are located on the lower level, along with an indoor pool with glass doors opening onto a stone patio. The covered decks expand the living area and let you enjoy cool summer breezes along with the amazing views. This is a great home for both year round and seasonal use, with plenty of room for family and friends. Many recent upgrades have been made including the installation of a generator.

 

Finely Crafted Luxury Mountain Retreat in Gated Cedar Crest

Boasting tons of curb appeal, this impeccably maintained mountain cottage is located in a private gated enclave just minutes from the shopping and dining of Cashiers and Sapphire.

The stone walkway leading to the covered front porch welcomes you to this special mountain getaway. Highlighted by fine craftsmanship, the softly elegant interiors are welcoming and comfortable. The blend of wood and stone throughout the home provide a warm and inviting feel. The great room features wood-covered, cathedral ceilings, a two-story stone fireplace, shiplap wall coverings, and a wet bar so guests can serve themselves while the host is busy preparing dinner. The living area opens to the dining room and chef's kitchen, which offers stainless steel appliances and granite countertops with a breakfast bar. The divine screened-in porch with its own fireplace opens to an uncovered grilling porch. The lower level family room with wood wainscoting adds to the living space.

Conveniently located, the property is easily accessible year round and just a few minutes from the many amenities of Cashiers and Sapphire, including dining, shopping, golf, hiking and more. Several country clubs are close by. This like-new getaway is ready for its next owners to move in and begin enjoying the mountain lifestyle immediately!

 

Cashiers, North Carolina

Cashiers, North Carolina is one of the Southeast's premier resort destinations. Widely known for its amazing atmosphere, unique culture, upscale shopping and world-class dining, the historic village of Cashiers has been a haven for vacationing families for well over a century. Drawn to the natural beauty of the area and mild temperatures that accompany elevations of over 3,500 feet above sea level, countless visitors have selected Cashiers as their vacation spot of choice and keep returning, year after year.

For those who live here year-round, breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains continue to astound, the scents of wildflowers and mountain laurel blended together on a cool mountain breeze continue to inspire, and the activities of a stroll through an ancient forest or the time-honored tradition of a day of fly fishing continue to delight. Since its inception, the Cashiers community has been based largely upon a foundation of Southern Hospitality in celebration of nature's splendor. You are welcome to enjoy an outdoor concert on the Village Green, explore the gift shops that line the streets of Cashiers' downtown area, or just sit back, relax and breathe in the unforgettable sights and sounds that surround you.

One more thing ... if you want to blend in with the locals, make sure you pronounce Cashiers correctly! Although it looks like the word for a person who rings up your purchase at a store, it is actually pronounced KASH-erz.

 


 

 

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