Tennis Great Andy Roddick in Cashiers

Cedar Creek Racquet Club in Cashiers, North Carolina near the mountain properties of the Preserve at Rock Creek

Following on last year's success the second annual Andy Roddick Mountain Challenge is taking place at the Cedar Creek Racquet Club this weekend in Cashiers. The Mountain Challenge is the major fund raising event for Mountain Youth Charities and the Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau. The event begins this Friday, June 25, with the Summer Soiree at Lake Fairfield featuring cocktails and a gourmet dinner, a live auction, and live musical performances by The Carolina Chocolate Drops and The … [Read more...]

Fly fishing the Horsepasture River

Overhead view of a pool in the Horsepasture River near the Preserve at Rock Creek and Cashiers, NC.

Although the Horsepasture River flowing through the Sapphire and Cashiers, NC area is known first for its 5 waterfalls and great hiking,  the fishing is also very good with plenty of Brown and Rainbow Trout. In fact, a state record Rainbow Trout was caught on a private section of the river in 2006. The river is 4 miles long and approximately 30 feet wide and its 5 falls, Drift Falls, Second Falls, Rainbow Falls, Stairstep Falls and Windy Falls are all within two miles of each other. It is … [Read more...]

To Do Near the Preserve: DuPont State Forest in Western NC

Hooker Falls in DuPont State Forest in Western North Carolina

Overview: Attracting more than 200,000 visitors a year, DuPont State Forest in Western North Carolina is a great place to spend a day and a short drive from the Preserve. Most of the forest's 10,400 acres are in Transylvania County, with access to the forest located only 12 miles southeast of Brevard. What to Do: There are over 80 miles of forest roads and trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. It also has some of the best fly-fishing in WNC. Situated squarely … [Read more...]

The Must-Visit Market in Cashiers

Cashiers Farmers Market in Cashiers, NC

Located just before the crossroads on Highway 64, Cashiers Farmers Market has been a mainstay for local foodies since 1995. If you're looking for locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, locally made artisanal jams and jellies, native flowers and plants, or gourmet foods you will find them all here. Fresh, local produce arrives daily and is complemented with a selection of seafood and farm-raised poultry and beef. You will also find fresh-baked breads and locally canned jams, jellies and … [Read more...]

Biltmore Estate Summer Concert Series

Overhead view of the Biltmore Estate showing the beautiful gardens and French Chateau inspired house.

To visit the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina is to step back in time to America’s Gilded Age. Built by George Vanderbilt as his country summer home over the course of 6 years, the 250-room Biltmore House was modeled after a French Renaissance Chateau and was completed in 1895. It remained a private residence until it was opened to the public during The Great Depression and since then expanded to include The Biltmore Estate Wine Company in 1983 and the Inn on Biltmore Estate in … [Read more...]

An Unexpected Reason to Live at Preserve at Rock Creek

Empty nesters are choosing to relocate near college towns.

With its stunning views, abundance of waterfalls, and perfect summertime weather (just to name a few of the things that make this area so great) the Highlands/Cashiers/Toxaway Plateau is considered by many to be the perfect family destination to relax and play and get away from the heat and stress of urban summers. But for everything that makes this beautiful mountain property such a great summer playground it also has numerous features, often overlooked, that make it a great place to put a … [Read more...]

Three Great Restaurants You Need To Visit

Lamb chop at Gamekeeper's Tavern in Sapphire, North Carolina

With so many excellent restaurants on the Highlands/Cashiers/Toxaway Plateau it is difficult to limit this list to only three. However, we find ourselves returning to the restaurants featured below again and again. So, without further ado, here are our top 3 restaurants in the area: Osteria del Monte is known for its authentic Northern Italian cuisine using fresh ingredients and a gourmet touch. Be sure to check out the daily specials and their excellent wine list. It’s a popular spot so … [Read more...]

2014 Brevard Music Center Festival Underway

Brevard Music Center

Founded in 1936 by James Christian Pfohl as Davidson Music School for Boys, the Brevard Music Center is a world-renowned musical institute and festival and, like all of the residents of the surrounding communities here in Western NC, we consider ourselves fortunate to have such a prestigious musical venue so close by.   Keith Lockhart, music director and principal conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, is current Artistic Director of the Brevard Music Center and he, along with BMC … [Read more...]

Natural Retreats Takes Over Operation of Greystone Inn

Overhead view of Lake Toxaway in Western North Carolina

Natural Retreats and Lake Toxaway Company recently announced that Natural Retreats will assume management of operations at the historic Greystone Inn as well as embark on a renovation of the property over the next two years. This is exciting news for the Highlands/Cashiers/Toxaway Plateau because Natural Retreats already has an exceptional international portfolio of luxury coastal, countryside, and wilderness vacation properties. Originally built in 1915 and withstanding the Lake Toxaway dam … [Read more...]

Western NC Summer Camps in Full Swing

Summer camps hold a cherished spot in our memories as a special place of adventures, learning about nature, and developing life skills that we still carry with us today. We are proud to say that Western North Carolina is home to some of the finest summer camps in the country with long traditions of excellence and most, if not all, of these camps have begun their first sessions. Today's campers can still find the activities that made summer camps so much fun for their parents; theme days, … [Read more...]