Posts Tagged ‘Lakeside Cottage’

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 /

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.

Waterfalls by the Dozen – Cashiers, North Carolina and Jackson County Are Known for Them

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Cashiers, North Carolina is America’s waterfall country. This gentle valley at 3,500 feet nestled in the southwest corner of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains is where you will find the natural beauty of nature and a dozen scenic waterfalls to visit.

A few miles just north of Cashiers is Lake Glenville and the American Continental Divide. Water from this elevation flows either southeast to the Atlantic Ocean or southwest to the Gulf of Mexico. Part of the water scene in the Cashiers area is the tallest waterfall in the eastern United States, Whitewater Falls, a short drive south of the village. Whitewater Falls has a drop of 411 feet which is 244 feet more than Niagra Falls and approximately equal to the drop at Victoria Falls in Africa. When you visit Cashiers, you will want to stay a while. For information about staying at Lakeside Cottage contact Helen Cook at 904-321-2210 or

Fishing the Great Smoky Mountains – Jackson County Fly Fishing Trail

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

One of the many great adventures when you visit Jackson County  (Cashiers-Lake Glenville) in the North Carolina Mountains is a wide range of Great Smoky Mountain fishing opportunities. From dropping a line ‘right off the dock’ at Lakeside Cottage to the numerous other lakes, rivers and streams in the area, angles find plenty to suit them here.

The Tuckasegee River is the largest body of water in Jackson County, and has been called “Western North Carolina’s best trout stream for fly anglers“. The North Carolina Mountains also offer scores of small streams that make for great mountain fishing locations. Fishing is also available in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, on the Cherokee Indian Reservation and on many North Carolina Mountain lakes in Jackson County including Lake Glenville – a 1,500 acre pure-water lake with 26 miles of shoreline habitat.

Fishermen visiting the Great Smoky Mountains have good success in their search for rainbow, brown and native brook trout, bass, bream, walley and crappie. Keep in mind that fishing regulations may apply and vare depending on where you choose to fish. Go to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission website for information about trout regulations, licensing information, Jackson County stream stocking information and directions to handicapped-accessible fishing spots.

Visit WNC Fly Fishing Trail for information about 15 prime spots to catch brook, brown and rainbow trout in Jackson County. Detailed trail maps are available free of charge on the site and at the Cashiers Chamber of Commerce and outfitters throughout Jackson County.

Legendary Shadow of the Bear – Cashiers, North Carolina

Monday, September 26th, 2011

On crisp autumn afternoons at just around 5-o’clock, a small crowd begins to gather on the side of  Highway 64 at the Jackson/Macon county line just west of Cashiers.

Tripods, supporting expensive cameras are anchored in place, hand-held digital cameras and camera phones are clutched expectantly – all waiting to capture on film one image: the legendary “Shadow of the Bear” – one of the most unique leaf-looking experiences in the country.

The half-hour show begins when a small dark spot appears at the bottom of the valley. As the crowd on the side of the road marvels, the shadow grows, seemingly evolving from a turtle to a cat to a long-eared dog and finally into The Bear,

A naturally occurring phenomenon that is visible for just a few weeks in the fall and spring, the bear-like shadow makes its appearance on sunny days between 5:30 and 6:00 pm from mid-October through early November as the sun sets behind Whiteside Mountain.

Whiteside Mountain, with an elevation of 4,930 feet, boasts sheer rock cliffs that are among the highest in the eastern United States. It provides a spectacular setting for viewing leaves throughout the autumn, especially during the emergence of the Bear. Adventurous visitors may choose to hike Whiteside (2 miles, strenuous).

The best viewing spot for observing The Bear is right off of Highwy 64 in a place called “Rhodes Big View Overlook”. If yiou are coming from the Lakeside Cottage, the spot is on your left 4.3 miles west (toward Highlands) of the traffic light at the crossroads in Cashiers.

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.

Main Streets – Mountain Style, Bryson City

Friday, August 26th, 2011

There’s no better time to explore the hamlets and villages tucked among North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains than in the Fall when the mornings are crisp, leaves are brightly colored and festivals and fairs celebrate the harvest. The next several blog posts will feature some of my favorite towns and villages that surround Lakeside Cottage and Lake Glenville.

A stop in Bryson City is a great way to begin. Train buffs should stop a the model railroading museum, Smoky Mountain Trains. More than 7,000 Lionel locomotives and cars, some dating back as far as 1918, are on display. There’s more than a mile of track where six trains run simultaneously post a five-foot waterfall and animated scenes.

A short walk to the Bryson City depot is where you will find the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, a full sized train that offers daily excursions through some of the most scenic country of Western North Carolina. The 10th annual RailFest will be held September 16 – 18th. The weekend event offers guests a taste of railroad food, memorabilia, storytelling, music and special train excursions and events that happen only once a year.

Frank Stella – American Master

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Works of one of the world’s most influential artists is on display at The Bascom, July 8 – September 25, 2011. It includes works on loan from private collectors, the Albright-Knox Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Florida; and Jacksonville University, Florida. Works on display include monumental printmaking, mixed media and sculptural pieces from the artist who dominated modern and contemporary art for five decades.

The Bascom is a nonprofit visual arts center occupying a six-acres, $13,000,000 campus in the mountain resort community of Highlands, North Carolina. Highlands is a short drive along Bright Mountain Road from Lakeside Cottage. Combine a visit to The Bascom and al fresco lunch at Madison’s on Main Street in Highlands for a perfect punch of mountain culture.

For more information, contact The Bascom at 828.526.4949 or visit

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.

Shoot the Chattooga – A North Carolina Mountains White-water Thrill Ride?

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

The Chattooga, a nationally designated Wild and Scenic River, has its origins at the base of Whiteside Mountain in Jackson County, NC giving rise to the argument that the Chattooga is really a North Carolina river. The first white water doesn’t appear until the Chatttooga begins to mark the border between Georgia and South Carolina. It is here that the tumultuous river quickly becomes a class III-IV white water paradise flanked by the Chattahoochee National Forest and Sumter National Forest –  one of the most picturesque white-water experiences in the Eastern United States. Free of roads, train tracks and buildings, the pristine setting inspired Hollywood to film scenes from Deliverance on the river. The primitive setting is so treasured that the U.S. Forest Service limits the number of rafting companies allowed to operate trips on the river and spaces rafting trips apart so that you are guaranteed not to see another group while on the water. A rafting trip on the Chattooga isn’t your grandmother’s idea of a leisurely cruise in a rubber raft while enjoying the scenery. This is a participatory adventure, following orders from a guide to helping paddle into the right channels and plunge down waterfall drops of fourteen feet.

Two USFS approved outfitters are Wildwater Ltd. ( and Nantahala Outdoor Center ( From Lakeside Cottage outfitters are located outside of Clayton, GA. Total distance is approximately 45 miles, a 70 – 90 minute drive.