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Enjoy the Spirit of the Season in the Mountains

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

From the comfort of our lakefront mountain retreat in Cashiers, North Carolina, explore America’s grandest home, the Biltmore Estate, during the holidays when rooms lit by fires create a warm glow accenting priceless treasures and special holiday decorations.

The serene lakeside setting of Lakeside Cottage near Highlands and Cashiers, North Carolina, presents a picture-perfect setting for enjoying a traditional, small town celebration. Main Street will be festooned with greenery, shop windows brightly decorated and the village green adorned with a majestic lighted tree.

Book your holiday mountain getaway today! 904-321-2210 / info@nclakecottage.com


Start a New Thanksgiving Holiday Tradition in the Smoky Mountains

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

There is something incredibly special about the holiday season that brings friends and families together like no other time of the year. This year, make your time together even more memorable by initiating a new ‘day after the feast’ family tradition – a family outing at one of the many Christmas Tree farms located in western North Carolina’s Jackson County to hand-select and harvest the perfect Live Christmas Tree. Two of our favorite tree farms, Ty-lyn Plantation Christmas Tree Farm and Tom Sawyer’s Christmas Tree Farm, offer rides on a vintage red fire truck or in a horse-drawn wagon, hot cider and chocolate, bonfires and even an elf village to engage young and old alike. Located on opposite sides of Lake Glenville, a short walk from the lake, both tree farms are an easy drive from our lakefront cabin. The Holiday season will be here before you know it – so start planning today!


Fall Dining in Cashiers, NC – A Favorite Restaurant Recommendation

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

On a crisp, fall evening in the heart of the Western North Carolina Mountains, one of our favorite places to dine is The Gamekeeper’s Tavern. The rustic mountain elegance and sophisticated casual style of the dining room, is enhanced by the warm glow from three large stone fireplaces and the cool musical notes of Bobby Sullivan at the piano. The menu, under the direction of Executive Chef Jonathan Reid, focuses on locally sourced, seasonal creations like the double-cut Cervenia Elk chop, sweet potato apple smash, and cherry demi pictured in this post. The Gamekeeper’s Tavern is open for dinner every night. Reservations are recommended. 828-743-GAME. 3646 Highway 64 East, Sapphire, NC. Drive time from our Cashiers vacation home, the Lakeside Cottage, is approximately 20-25 minutes.


Discover Cashiers, North Carolina and Escape the Usual

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

The scenic mountain village of Cashiers, North Carolina sits at 3,500 feet in the southwest corner of the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains. This is where you’ll find Lakeside Cottage at the Point. Here, you are truly away from it all – the city, the traffic, the noise. And yet, when you are at Lake Glenville and in Cashiers you will discover scenic vistas, colorful wildflowers, rippling waterfalls, beautiful golf courses, challenging hiking trails, mountain streams, eclectic shops, stunning sunsets and starry, starry night skies.

In Cashiers there are no man-made attractions – no no huge billboards – no shopping malls or big box stores – no rush hour traffic. The village is populated with eclectic and interesting one-of-a-kind shops and cafes. A local coffee shop, village flower vendor and open-air produce market occupy three corners of the town “square”. A Village Green is on the fourth corner of the square. This scenic park hosts special events and entertainments. Just beyond the Green is a children’s park, Village Play, that families love.


Golden Days of Autumn

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Autumn is arguably the most beautiful time of the year…

 Break out your favorite flannel shirt and jeans and enjoy experiencing the leaves change from the comfort ouf our vacation home on Lake Glenville. 904.321.2210


Every Great Adventure Requires the Perfect Setting

Friday, September 9th, 2011

How long has it been since you paddled a canoe? Fished in a clear mountain stream? Watched stars shoot across the night sky? At Lakeside Cottage at the Point on Lake Glenville in Cashiers, North Carolina, these are just some of the adventures that you and your family can share.

There are quaint mountain villages and resort towns nearby hosting Fall festivals September – November. And for pure enjoyment, there’s shimmering Lake Glenville offering excitement and relaxation.

For reservations, please contact us at 904.321.2210 or email us at info@nclakecottage.com. Rates from $625 nightly.


Main Street – Mountain Style, O. P. Taylor’s “The Coolest Toy Store on the Planet”, Brevard, NC

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Brevard is, in many ways, the quintessential Southern mountain town, its retail district populated with old-time soda shops, bicycles parked on sidewalks and colorful barrels of seasonal flowers at shop entrances. And like many small, southern towns, Brevard has a few oddities too including a large population of white squirrels and in a 110-year-old building that hasn’t changed on the outside since 1940, is the coolest toy store on the planetO. P. Taylor’s. The 6,000 square-foot interior is a maze of color and activity overseen by The Toy Man (owner John Taylor) wearing a rainbow beanie and sporting a salt-and-pepper beard. Almost nothing in the shop runs on batteries. Contents range from the familiar – pink rain boots with lime-green butterflies, bright yellow magnifying glass, a long, plush sneaky snake  and those that feed hobbyist fancies – model trains, slot cars, erector sets, to the slightly eccentric, such as ventriloquism gear. O. P. Taylor’s, 2 South Broad Street, hours Mon. – Sat.: 10 – 6; Sun.: 1 – 5. Brevard is a scenic drive from Lakeside Cottage.


Tiffany Lamps – Articles of Utility, Objects of Art

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Forty-five delicate stained-glass lamps, featuring dragonflies, moths, flowers and other scenes of nature are on display from the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass at Biltmore House in Asheville, a short drive from Lakeside Cottage. Guests viewing the lamps can stroll the estate grounds planted with Tiffany-inspired landscapes and flower arrangements.


Cashiers North Carolina Designer Showhouse

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Pick a sunny weekday for an outing to visit the 2011 Cashiers Designer Showhouse followed by an al fresco lunch at my favorite Cashier’s lunch spot, Cornucopia. (Try the Spinach Salad with honey pecans and plan to take half home for tomorrow’s lunch.)

The 14th annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse is open August 20th – September 4th, 2011. Proceeds from this event benefit the Cashiers Historical Society. For more information on lectures, events and times visit Cashiers Showhouse.

Cornucopia is open 7 days a week and is located on Highway 107, a mile south of the crossroads in Cashiers, about a 15 – 20 minute drive from Lakeside Cottage.

Take a YouTube preview tour of this year’s showhouse at Cashiers Designer Showhouse.


Table Rock – A Natural Wonderland Fit for the Family

Friday, August 12th, 2011

An idyllic destination for day-tripping families in search of a place to jump from a high dive, enjoy a bluegrass jam, sun on the beach, fish in a mountain pond or explore historic structures is Table Rock and Table Rock Park. Located less than an hour’s drive from Lakeside Cottage where scenic Highway 11 meanders parallel to the Blue Ridge Mountain range and South Carolina nudges up against Western North Carolina. The preserve has ten miles of trails for hikers, a small nature center with snake skin displays, an old-fashioned swimming hole complete with floating swim-platform and high and low dives, sandy beach, motor boats, canoes, kayaks and paddle boats for rent as well as fishing for bass, bream and catfish. (Anglers should bring a SC fishing license. Rental rods and reels are available at the park’s welcome center.)

History buffs can explore recently restored han-hewn chestnut log structures build by Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workers. During the restoration, project volunteers discovered dozens of locally quarried blue granite steps cut and land-laid by CCC workers in a serpentine pattern from the old lodge building (1930’s) through the woods and along the lake to the boathouse.

Park is open daily 7 am – 9 pm. Children are free, $2 admission for adults, additional fee to swim. Lakes are closed to swimmers on Mondays.