Saturday, October 30th 30 minute horseback and pony rides all day
Sunday, October 31st
Green Building At Balsam Mountain Preserve: An Interview with Homeowners Dave and Jean Walters
BMP: What does it mean to build a certified green home? Walters: All green homebuilding programs are in essence Rating Systems. Each system [Energy Star Qualified Homes, NC HealthyBuilt Homes, LEED-H] has its respective organization to administer program requirements and performance criteria. I like to use the following analogy in explaining program differences: Energy Star is akin to earning a high school diploma (takes time and certainly effort), NC HealthyBuilt requires more time, rigorous study, and additional budget (undergraduate degree), and LEED-H, well, anyone with a graduate degree realizes what this achievement entails! Each certification program has a particular framework designed to implement practical and measurable building elements to enhance performance in areas such as site stewardship, energy savings, water efficiency, and indoor air quality- i.e. LEED-H, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
BMP: What's your inspiration behind bringing environmentalism and architecture together? Walters: Having spent 35 years in the residential interior design and home furnishings fields I grew an appreciation for healthy and sustainable structures. Throughout my career, I researched not only the pragmatic long term price/value/length of life benefits instilled with green building practices but the joy and extraordinary beauty of working with reclaimed and recycled materials. In my mind, there is nothing more dynamic in home dÃ©cor than walking into a finely designed timber frame crafted residence and experiencing the 'wow' factor, of this unique art form, for the first time.
BMP: Why did you choose Balsam Mountain Preserve over other communities to build your green home? Walters: At first it was the place. A conservation minded community located in one of the most beautiful places on the east coast. But now, it's definitely the people. Oh yeah, did I mention Arnold Palmer's masterpiece?
To read more of this interview in our new bi-monthly publication RidgeLines, click here.
|Attention Wine Lovers, here's an event you don't want to miss!|
Balsam Mountain Preserve Welcomes
Siduri Vineyards Owner
- Adam Lee -
Friday, September 24th
The Boarding House
Social Hour Wine Tasting from 6:00pm-7:00pm
Followed by five course meal paired
with fine Siduri Wine.
"To taste Siduri is to taste some of the best
Pinot Noir made in America today."
- Wine Spectator
Attendance will be limited to 60 people. Please call 866.452.3456 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about participating in this special event.
|Labor Day at Balsam Mountain Preserve|
Balsam Mountain Preserve celebrated Labor Day with a five-star farewell to summertime. It was a last-blast of summer fun for all ages, and the last week of freedom before "Back to School" for Balsam's kids and grandchildren.
Kids enjoyed a day at Camp Balsam, where they competed in the 2010 Raft Race, horseshoes, cornhole, and ladderball games. Throughout the weekend, pony rides and nature crafts for the kids, as well as Birds of Prey, Horse Basics and Fly Fishing programs were offered. Our Labor Day Cookout was attended by over 90 people. Family and friends gathered on the mountain for a low country boil, London broil steak, Southern fried chicken and apple pie. A Labor day cookout Balsam Style!
Lisa Guerriero, Melony Osterhout, Claire Parker & Louise Sparks
catch up after the Town Hall meeting at the pavilion.
Grace Nichols, Davis Nichols, Grant Nichols, and McKinley Libby enjoy Kids' Club at the stables.
The Zimlich family poses for a photo during the 2010 Labor Day Road Rally.
|"Experience Balsam" This Fall With Our Very Special Offer|
Balsam Mountain Preserve is truly like no other private community you will ever experience. In just a few short years, 235 of the 354 homesites that will be offered here have been purchased, and 70 homes are already completed, under construction, or in design reivew. This very special place, just 40 minutes from Asheville, is resonating with families craving an authentic, low density mountain retreat with completed ammenities and an existing sense of community.
The only way to truly know if Balsam Mountain Preserve is the right place for your family is to experience it for yourself.
We invite your family to enjoy the wonders of Balsam this fall with our special "Experience Balsam" package.
For $199 per night, you will enjoy accommodations in a private mountaintop cabin with the opportunity to explore Balsam and the surrounding area.
The beautifully decorated cabins are part of our Private Residence Club fractional ownership offering, and feature antique wood walls and floors, luxury bedding, and indoor and outdoor fireplaces.
Discovering the real estate opportunities here is just one part of the agenda. You will also have the opportunity to golf the award winning Balsam Mountain course, named best new course in the state in 2009 by the N.C. Golf Writers Panel, experience a guided horseback ride on one of our private trails, meet with a staff naturalist to explore one of the most ecologically diverse mountains in the Blue Ridge, enjoy the company of our residents at the Boarding House restaurant, explore the nearby "main street" mountain towns of Waynesville and Sylva, or just kick back in front of a roaring fire on the porch of your cabin, and feel the stresses of the outside world melt away.
This offer is based on availability with a two night maximum stay. CLICK HERE to request more information, or call us at 828-926-5200.