A Soothing Mountain Retreat-Cashiers, NC

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A Soothing Mountain Retreat A bounty of ideas on this porch, from easy autumn decorations to cozy furnishings.

By Edwin Marty / Photography Joseph De Sciose / Styling Katherine Eckert

displayed above: Print out step-by-step instructions for making a fall forest wreath.

Nestled deep within the Appalachian Mountains, Beverly and Hix Green's home seamlessly blends the outside with the interior. A picturesque outdoor living room flows from the kitchen and revolves around a towering stone fireplace. It begs you to curl up by the hearth and spend fall afternoons contemplating the kaleidoscope of colors swirling in the trees. "This area is so beautiful throughout the year," says Beverly. "It just seemed foolish not to take advantage of it as much as possible."

Unfolding for Fall The Greens talked with the home's original architect, Al Platt, about adding a wing on to the Cashiers, North Carolina, house that would let them enjoy the mountain air. "They knew they wanted more outdoor living area," notes Al, "and this space fit in perfectly with the mature landscape the Greens had cultivated for years." The towering maples on either side of the house allowed just enough space for Al to design a room off the kitchen. He simply extended the existing roofline and repeated the wood beams from inside the house.
Colorful pumpkins and oak leaves are simple ways to add a touch of the harvest to a centerpiece.
Beautiful New Porch The Greens anchored their outdoor room with a stacked-stone fireplace that lengthens the season in which they can use the space. Beverly found rustic furniture to accent the natural surroundings. Wicker chairs and rough-hewn tables surround the fireplace. "Our children come up and enjoy this room on the weekends," says Beverly. "It's really perfect for the entire family."

Simple seasonal decorations grace the table, giving an instant touch of fall. Leaves gathered from the yard and pumpkins from a farm down the road complement the roaring fire. ‘Purple Majesty' ornamental millet and green sorghum in a vase lend another autumn accent. With just a few easy additions, the outdoor living room is ready for friends and family and becomes a soothing mountain retreat.

"A Soothing Mountain Retreat" is from the October 2005 issue of Southern Living.

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Last Minute Labor Day Getaways-North Carolina Mountains




Don't know what to do when you arrive?
Visit 21 Great things to do in the Mountains

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Lake Glenville Log Home for Sale, North Carolina

Lake Glenville Log Home for Sale
3 bedrooms w/loft
3 baths
2,200 sf, Central Heat & Air,
Built 2004

Lot Size: 1.10 acres
Expansive Balconies on 1st and 2nd floors
Small community of only 9 homesites.

View of Lake from Deck

Easy access to Lake Glenville Public Boat Docks only 200 yards away.
Bring your boat and be on the lake in minutes!

By Owner. Call for pricing

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Lake Glenville has 1,462 acres of surface area and approximately 26 miles of shoreline. This beautiful mountain lake has hidden coves, 5 waterfalls and 4 islands.
Why people are moving to the Lake Glenville, NC area.....

From Photo Gallery Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Lake Glenville North Carolina
This is an excerpt from Jim Getzen's site who talks about his summer on Lake Glenville, NC

by Jim Getzen
My family, friends, and I have been up on Lake Glenville in North Carolina. We all seem to enter a type of dream state up there. I don't know if it's the cool weather (highs mostly in the 70's), the lake view, the crisp lake water, the remote location (relatively speaking), something else, or all those things put together, but it feels like we're a million miles from the world of worries. Perhaps it's the lack of a daily paper, or cell phone calls, or the constant drum beat of typically negative news on television that keeps the spirits high. .....more
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Hello Everyone,

The Green Expo is this weekend. They asked me to post their information on the site. Hope this will be helpful to you.

If I may, please do consider attending and email/contacting your professional associates to do the same (please include a link to our site).

A number of the programs included with the Green Home Show agenda are targeted to the home builders/buyers, and may well provide you some appropriate information in this changing market we see.

Admission is only $8 a day, and this includes all presentations that day (3 day event). http://www.seeexpo.com/ has the descriptions & times for presentations for more detail.

Plus, you'll get to meet in person many of the best Green Builders in the region, learn techniques and become more familiar with what's happening right now in the regional market.

For Directions to the Green Home Expo click here.

*Stay tuned for our own Green Home Open House coming soon in Cashiers, NC

Here's the Energy Survey!

WNC RESIDENTIAL ENERGY SURVEY! Our Southern Community has created a survey designed to answer some of the critical questions about our energy usage, sources and their economic impacts. The survey takes about 15 minutes and the goal is to have 10,000 responses!

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Rustic Home Styles & Decorating Ideas-Cashiers, NC

If you are thinking of looking at homes for sale or a nice waterfall lot to build your vacation home, I found a great book on rustic modern cabins. Many of the designs reflect the homes that you'll see in the Cashiers, Highlands and Lake Glenville NC areas.
The book is unique and focuses on Innovative Design for Cabin, Camp, and Lodge

Looking for a Rustic Cabin, Timber Frame Home, or Moutain Retreat?

Rustic Revisited

Innovative Design for Cabin, Camp, and Lodge
Ann Stillman O'Leary and Andrew Wellman ISBN: 0-8230-4623-0
Watson-Guptill Book (Hardcover)$39.95
pages 300 color illustrations
July 2006

Rich, warm, relaxed, natural Adirondack camps, Western lodges, much more
Glowing photos of dozens of unique rustic homes from across North America
Spotlights craftspeople and creative forces in construction and decor

Great idea book for anyone looking to design or decorate a primary or second home. Used to be that rustic meant a dusty, dumpy cabin in the woods. No more! Rustic Revisited reveals today's rustic modern and contemporary design that celebrates the honesty of all-natural, local materials such as wood, twig, stone, and bark.

Rustic structures often have the same finish on the exterior and the interior, for example, rough-hewn timber on the outside and rough-hewn timber on the inside. The projects in Rustic Revisited embrace the hand-crafted philosophy of rustic and show how to take that philosophy to new heights in a variety of styles, from the Adirondack camp to the Western lodge to the classic log cabin.

Thirty unique homes, most planned by architects or interior designers, are showcased here, each lavishly photographed to allow readers exclusive access to interiors, exteriors, and noteworthy details in unusual rustic houses from New York to California, from Montana to Ontario, from North Carolina to Minnesota.

These spotlighted projects, plus photos of dozens of additional homes, cover the full spectrum of rustic renovations and new construction, traditional and cutting edge. A bonus chapter on decoration spotlights the craftspeople who are the creative forces of the movement.

Ann Stillman O'Leary, the principal designer of Evergreen House Interiors in Lake Placid, New York, is the country's preeminent designer specializing in Adirondack-style interiors; her client list includes many prominent VIPs. Her previous book, Adirondack Style, was featured in House and Garden, the New York Times, Vogue, and Country Home, and she appeared on HGTV as well. She lives in Lake Placid, New York.

Andrew Wellman specializes in architecture and interiors photography, and works nationally with architects, builders, and interior designers. His images have appeared in national publications such as Yankee, AAA magazine, and Hooked on the Outdoors. He lives in Berlin, Vermont.


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Designer Showhouse 2008-Cashiers, NC

Cashiers Designer Showhouse, Cashiers, NC - August 16-31, 2008

The Eleventh Annual Showhouse to benefit The Cashiers Historical Society, with a grant to The Cashiers Community Council. Seventeen designers have collaborated on Mountain Top Farm, this unique, all but unchanged 1920’s mountain lodge.

The home, used as a summer retreat, is still a gathering spot for the descendants of the long time owners. The creativity of the designers, the home’s unique setting, the Showhouse Shop and daily luncheon, all promise to delight visitors.

Mark your calendar for this opportunity to get a glimpse of the past blended with today’s mountain style living.

Hours: Monday -Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
General Admission $25

Presented by The Cashiers Historical Society
For tickets and more information about the Showhouse and Special Events call 828-743-7710


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Lake Glenville: Highest Lake East of Mississippi River

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Golfing greats building in WNC


Golfing greats building in WNC

August 8, 2007 12:15 am

ASHEVILLE — Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Phil Mickelson and Tom Kite.
A dream foursome? A collection of golfing greats? A reunion of major championship winners?
Yes to all of the above, but that quartet of links legends — along with famed architect Tom Fazio — also are designing new golf course developments in Western North Carolina.

And perhaps you can now add the most famous name in golf and perhaps in all of sports - Tiger Woods, who according to published reports is going to design a course at The Cliffs at High Carolina in Fairview.

In an area already covered with quality mountain golf at more than 50 courses, a suddenly booming market includes some of the greatest names in the game and nearly a dozen projects either recently completed, under construction or in the planning process.

“This is a beautiful area of the country with incredible scenery,” said Nicklaus, who has two highly regarded WNC courses open (The Cliffs at Walnut Cove just south of Asheville and Elk River in Banner Elk) and is currently working on Bear Lake Reserve in Cashiers and Queens Gap near Lake Lure.

“When you get this kind of land that is just so natural for a golf course, your chief mission is to just not mess it up,” said Nicklaus, winner of a record 18 major championships.
Woods is currently working on his first course in Dubai; High Carolina would be his first U.S. design.

The legendary Palmer built his first WNC course — Cullasaja Club in Highlands — about 20 years ago, but is now entrenched in this area.

The scenic Balsam Mountain Preserve near Waynesville opened for play this summer, and work has begun on White Oak in Polk County and Seven Falls Golf & River Club in Etowah, which will feature a 60-foot waterfall and gorgeous rolling farmland.

Fazio so fell in love with this area while designing Wade Hampton CC in Cashiers in the 1980s that he made his home in Hendersonville.

He is the architect of such highly acclaimed local layouts as Champion Hills Country Club in Hendersonville, Diamond Creek in the Linville area and the recently opened Mountaintop in Cashiers.

Fazio also recently unveiled the first 18 holes at Bright’s Creek in Polk County. Another 36 holes are planned on the 4,000-acre property near Mill Spring.

Mickelson’s first foray into golf course design is River Rock Golf Club, part of a 3,500-acre development planned near Lake Glenville in Cashiers. Plans also include a nine-hole course (King’s Grant) designed by noted golf coach Rick Smith.

Kite is designing Ginn Laurelmor, scheduled to open in 2009, on 6,000 acres between Boone and Blowing Rock.

“We think this is a great market for golf,” Palmer said during a recent visit to Seven Falls. “People are flocking to this area because it is such a wonderful place to live, and we want to give them some great golf courses to play.”

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Let's talk about the Weather!- Cashiers, NC

My friend from Atlanta came up for a few days.

Horseback riding at Arrowmont, Lake Glenville

She was quite disappointed in the weather in Atlanta...............

"When I left your house Sat morning, it was 71, I got home, it was 93!!! Well, guess how hot its going to be today????? Ready for this 101! What is that about?"

If you live here you already know this. This is for the Floridians....The town of Cashiers, NC is 3,500 ft above sea level and the high elevation causes a 10-15 degree drop in temperature.

People who have lived here in Cashiers/Highlands NC area a while are used to the "always nice" weather. In fact, its the topic of conversation at most local markets and antique shops. Nice weather! Isn't it just gorgeous today? Why, Yes. Life is good.

Today was the hottest day of the summer and it was a scorching 86 degrees! I heard some complaints about it at the grocery. I actually noticed the humidity in the air for the first time. My hair was about an inch longer today because of it. 86 degrees! That's comparable to November in Florida.

All the heat just pours out and hits you in the face.

The norm here is 70-80 degrees on a summer day. What? my hair looks good? That's exciting for a woman in her late 30's.
"I just tell them they don't know what hot is until you've lived in Florida."If you've lived there your whole life like I did, then you know you never get used to the heat and humidity. I would always say that "when you open the door to your car in August it's like opening your oven door."

Being in the mountains is a whole different experience. If you haven't been here, I promise you won't be disappointed!

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Helpful Tips for Building a Log & Timber Home

Log and Timber Home Magazine.

Great Magazine if you are looking to build a home in the mountains of Western North Carolina and need some ideas of designs.

They have 3 different magazines
Log Home Design
Log Home Living
Timber Home Living

You can search all three magazines on their website at one time, which I especially thought was handy if you are looking for something specific.

Here's a poll they took from their readers on essentials for building a log home.

“Front porches—log home essential or a feature that’s had its day in the sun?”

A feature that neither helps or hurts the log home look

A fad that’s past its prime

An absolute essential

In planning your log home’s budget, what room is the number one priority?

Outdoor living space

Master bedroom

Great room


What type of roofing looks best on a timber frame home?
Wood (shake) shingles

Metal roofing

Asphalt or fiberglass shingles


What wood is best for building?



What is the ideal square footage for a log home?
2,501-3,500 sq. ft.

1,501-2,500 sq. ft.

Under 1,500 sq. ft.

3,501+ sq. ft.

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Whisper Lake Lot for Sale,Cashiers/Sapphire NC

View of Whisper Lake-Residential Community

FOR SALE BY OWNER Lot of the month - Whisper Lake

Located in the Whisper Lake resort community of Sapphire Valley Resort. All of Wyndham Sapphire Valley amenities are included. The great Sapphire Mountain Golf Club golf course with views, waterfalls, undulated greens and scenic tees is just a short drive with deep discounts. Other Sapphire Valley amenities include... tennis, golf & miniature golf, massage therapy, indoor & outdoor swimming pools, sauna, steam room, game and fitness centers, and downhill skiing.

A diamond in the rough. Great cul-de-sac lot with privacy and at the top and lots of road frontage. Borders the Lupton Ranch.

Available for 65K

View Map of Whisper Lake

Enjoy the beauty of rhododendrons, mountain laurels, and the waterfowl activities, waterfalls close by, great hiking trails, fishing lakes/streams, national forest abound and all the other great mountain living at your fingertips.

Approximately 1 Acre lot at one of the highest elevations in Whisper Lake. Great building sites and preferred builders have been chosen.

There are only a handful of lots to be purchased in the area for 65K and under. This lot already has approved Septic and Community Water in place.

Thinking of building a summer home? Rent out when you are not using it and make a profit!
Want to build? At this price you can afford to build a custom home and still make a nice profit.

There are currently 15 single family homes listed in the MLS for sale in
Whisper Lake.

Pricing ranges depending on size of home and views.

HI: $872,000
LO: $399,900
MEDIAN: $499,000
AVG: $532,547

If you are thinking of investing in Real Estate and buying a starter lot in the mountains of North Carolina, check out Whisper Lake.
There are no for sale signs allowed in the community. Scheduling in advance is always recommended.

For details on lots for sale contact
Rae Shatto, Realtor-
Keller Williams Realty
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Lake Glenville, NC Elevation & Statistics

View our Featured Lake Glenville Home For Sale with over 40 acres

Before you start looking for homes for sale on Lake Glenville we thought you would enjoy reading about what our town has to offer. We have many clients looking to invest in Real Estate in our beautiful mountain community.

To receive a current list of homes or land for sale please feel free to send us an email with your request.

Beautiful Lake Glenville and the town of Glenville, NC. 1,400 acres of mountain lake and 26 miles of shoreline are just about the only limitations.

The town of Glenville, on Highway 107 (North of Cashiers) is centrally located to provide you access to shore services. Breakfast, fuel, supplies, boat rentals and even a great dinner are available to you in Glenville.

Once geared up, Lake Glenville will offer you every opportunity to rest and relax. Fishing, skiing, or touring are just some of the possibilities of a day well spent on a large pool of water at 3492 feet above sea level. The fishing is great. Smallmouth and largemouth bass, walleye, crappie, bream, and rainbow, brook and brown trout, bullheads and channel catfish are resident species of the lake.

Clarity of the body of water makes fishing here a challenge yet is sporty enough to wish to return the next day. Signal Ridge Marina is your source for boat rentals and supplies and if you own your own equipment, Mountain View Marine can store and service your mountain-lake toys.

Lake Glenville is a great used of a relaxing day of fun for the family. Get up early and go fishing. Come back in the late morning and gather the family for some skiing or a leisurely pontoon stroll across the lake with a lunch. Go back later for late afternoon fishing and catch the evening's feast of fresh fish.

No matter your level of experience, Glenville has something for all. A must see and do experience.

Click Here for Map of Lake Glenville, NC.

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Lake Access Communities (2)
Land and Lots for sale Sapphire Valley-Highlands-Cashiers-Lake Glenville NC (18)

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