Monday, December 29, 2014

Find Out What's Happening in the Area Before You Come!

Coming to the area and want to know what's happening...make sure you go to our Calendar page on the web site!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Sapphire Valley TV Streaming the 40th Annual Cashiers Christmas Parade

Join us December 13th at Noon for Cashiers 40th annual Christmas Parade, featuring custom built floats and a visit from Santa Claus! This year they will be celebrating not only their 40th Anniversary but the 50th Anniversary of the Sapphire Valley Ski Resort as well.

Built in 1964 by Gene Howerdd Jr., the resort offered skiers an opportunity to snow ski and enjoy the Ski Sapphire Valley Lodge, which was operated in the one of the oldest homes in Sapphire Valley. To honor the resort, the theme for this year’s parade is “A White Christmas.”

But if you can't be here in person, we will be streaming it LIVE from the Crossroads!! Tune into Sapphire Valley TV at noon....Click here for the link!

*Image and some content courtesy of The Laurel Magazine!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Cashiers Christmas Tree Lighting at The Village Green

Join friends, family, neighbors and colleagues as we kick off the holiday season with the annual lighting of the Cashiers tree. The holiday tree lighting features hot apple cider, smores and more.

Visitors to The Village Green enjoy twinkling light displays and festive decorations from Thanksgiving Weekend until New Year's Day. The park becomes a winter wonderland! The Festival of Trees celebrates one of the area's greatest industries and showcases local businesses.  Friday Nov 28, 2014 6:00 pm

Content Courtesy of the Cashiers Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Eugene M. Howerdd Sr. was born in Vicksburg Mississippi
August 14, 1906. His early business career was as a Hardwood
Lumber expert. He was hired by Georgia Hardwood Lumber Co.
(later known as Georgia Pacific Corporation) and moved to
Augusta GA. in 1933.

He and his family began enjoying summers in the North Carolina
Mountains in the early 1940’s. They initially stayed at the Highlands
Country Club and then bought a home in Highlands overlooking
Horse Cove and Cashiers Valley. Click here for more

Friday, October 24, 2014

Know What's Happening Before You Visit Sapphire Valley!!

Planning a vacation to Sapphire Valley?? Make sure you visit our website to see all the many things in the area, there are to do. Hiking, Boating, Golfing, Tennis, ZipLining, name it, you can find it right here in Sapphire Valley, NC!!

For specific events at the Sapphire Valley Resort, follow this link to the Events page...

To find the perfect accommodations for your needs, follow this link...

Make the best of your vacation!! See you in Sapphire Valley!!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Vordach Zip Line at the Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes!!!

The Vordach Zip Line- First Run!!!! Are you ready!! Opening should be around the 1st of October....Stay tuned for updates!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

North Carolina Gold

Did you know North Carolina was the first state in which gold was found? Records indicate just before the gold rush in North Georgia, gold was found near Charlotte and later in Sapphire Valley itself!

Historical records show gold was being mined in Sapphire Valley as early as 1844.  The mine, called Georgetown, was located at the base of Bald Rock Mountain on what today is Camp Merrie Woode.

Gold was mined up until approximately 1900. In 1888, three men discovered about 50 pounds of sapphire gems in the valley...hence the name!!

After this, stories tell that the mine was also used for gem mining and companies like Tiffany’s out of New York set up operations and exported precious stones out of the area.

Click here for more Sapphire Valley history!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Groovin' Time Again!

This week's Groovin' on the Green, Friday Aug 15th features UNSPOKEN TRADITION, at the Village Green in Cashiers!!

In 2012, UT started work on its first legitimate release titled Simple Little Town.  After writing rigorously, the group started recording at Coyote Ridge Audio. Using both old and new ideas, the band compiled a mix of covers and originals that promise to keep music lovers from all genres begging for more.  The band strives to be anything but ordinary.  If you open your hearts and ears, Unspoken Tradition promises to provide a unique bluegrass experience.  The future of bluegrass is in good hands. Come on out...and the forecast is looking perfect!!

Monday, August 11, 2014


What a better way to end the day with, the a boat cruise on Lake Glenvillethe highest lake in elevation east of the Mississippi! $38.00 pp. Sign up by 5:00 pm Tuesday

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


This Saturday, August 9th & Sunday August10th
10:00 am-4:00 pm  A TWO DAY Event held on the SV Athletic Field. Featuring local, handmade mountain crafts, quality folk art, live music, food, fine jewelry, humane society adoptions and much more! 828.743.7663

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Groovin' on the Green August 1

This Friday's Groovin on the Green featuring the Matt Joiner Band!! We have "Fall Like" Weather, which is PERFECT for an outdoor concert, in a gorgeous atmosphere....AND IT'S FREE !!!

A little info about the Matt Joiner Band~~ Joiner’s music blends slick licks and gritty narratives, with familiar down-home cues. His influences spread through to the styles of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Eric Johnson, and before long he was playing everyday, challenging his ear, writing licks and melodies, all the while repairing broken cars from Japan, and learning the plight of the working artist.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Vacation Memories are made in Sapphire Valley

For 60 years, Sapphire Valley Resort has been a favorite destination to bring friends and family to enjoy this special place!

Today, more than ever, the Resort continues to add amenities that create value for your vacation experience.

Read more about what the resort has to offer and more, in our July Newsletter!

Friday, July 18, 2014

2014 Mountain Wildlife Days Sapphire Valley Resort

Friday and Saturday July 18th and 19th

This event is designed to provide a unique experience for all ages. Live animals, exceptional commentary, music and outstanding photography all contribute to helping develop a better appreciation and connection with nature and wildlife.

For the full schedule, click here!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Beautiful Fairfield Lake

One of the prettiest places in the Valley and one of the highlights of everyone's vacation here... Baldy and the Fairfield Lake!!! Make sure, if you are planning a visit to Sapphire Valley for the first time, you put this on your list of "things to do"! There''s boating, fishing, a beach and swimming area, picnic table, grills and a spectacular view!!!

Monday, July 7, 2014

It's Time for..... Concert on the Slopes!!!

Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and cold drink for Concert on the Slopes, tomorrow Tues July 8th, featuring Todd Allen Herendeen! The forecast is perfect for the evening, so get your tickets now!! Here is a sample of his performance...

Plan Today for Tomorrow1

If you are a guest at Sapphire Valley Resort, there is NO shortage of things to do!! All you have to do to "stay in the know" is check the Event Calendar here---> 

Plan now, for tomorrow!!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

4th of July

Come join in the fun this 4th of July!! Lots happening!!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Arts and Crafts Festival

Perfect weather for the 1st of 3 Arts and Crafts Festival this year!! Come join the fun...arts, crafts, food and music! A great way to spend the day!! Today and tomorrow!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

60th Anniversary Party of Modern Day Sapphire Valley

The 60 year anniversary party June 21st 5-9p!!! Come one, come all to this fun and festive event!!
Its a 1954 theme with hot dogs from around the United States. There is no cost to you, but we do need to know how many people are going to be here for it. So PLEASE spread the word and send in your RSVP ASAP to 
Thank you! 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Concert on the Slopes-First of the 2014 Season

Tuesday June 10th Featuring The Buddy-K Big Band

The story of The Buddy-K Band begins in 1983 when Bill Shipp of Hendersonville, NC, realized that there were many talented  musicians in the Hendersonville area that love the big band sound.  Bill organized the Buddy-K Band and under his leadership the band has performed throughout the Southeast.  Some of their appearances include the Hendersonville (NC) Apple Festival, First Night in Charlotte and Asheville, the Big Band Festival in Augusta, GA, the DeerPark in Asheville and the Bele Chere Festival in Asheville.  Bill has recently "retired" from directing the band.  Taking over as leader will be Richard Kitterman who has been playing drums with the band for the last ten years.  The band looks forward to many more years of dance and concert performances.  Keep checking this Website for scheduled activities and plan to come enjoy the music of the Buddy-K Band.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Groovin' on the Green June 6th- Featuring Hurricane Creek

Groovin’ On The Green has gleaned popularity as a Friday night destination in Cashiers.  The music is always good, the program varied.  The summer concert series for 2014 will be held every Friday at 6:30 pm at the Village Commons. (Frank Allen Road – Next to the Post Office  - No Parking at the Post Office please, they frown on it.)  Groovin’ on the Green events are free with...

This Friday features Hurricane Creek who has been performing together for over 14 years and continues to grow in popularity as a premiere live musical group. The six members in the band each have numerous years of professional performance experience and together they’ve crafted their sound to cater to a wide variety of live music venues large and small including weddings, private parties, concerts and festivals. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Hurricane Creek was originally formed in the Spring of 1996 by songwriters / musicians George Reeves and Lee Ladensack.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mountain Wildlife Days at the Sapphire Valley Resort Community Center

New, diverse programs for all ages will headline the 11th annual Mountain Wildlife Days on July 18 and 19 at the Sapphire Valley Resort, located near Cashiers, NC. DON'T MISS THIS EXCITING AND EDUCATIONAL EVENT! Learn more by clicking on this link---> Click here!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Stand-up Paddle Boarders on the Fairfield Lake

Stand-up Paddle Boarders enjoying this beautiful day in Sapphire Valley. Temps in the high 70's and not a cloud in the sky! What a day!!!

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Beautiful Day in Sapphire Valley: At the Fairfield Lake

What a day!!! Gorgeous Spring day in Sapphire Valley...great day for a hike around the Fairfield Lake!!

Watch what's going on at the Fairfield Lake LIVE on our WebCam

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Snowy Bald Rock Mountain

There is nothing like Bald Rock Mountain and Fairfield Lake under and blanket of snow!

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Snowy - and Icy - Lake Fairfield

With cold weather and two rounds of natural snow fall in as many weeks, Ski Sapphire Valley has the best conditions we have had in years!

With warmer weather in place - it is a great time to come ski, board, tube or just enjoy the mountains!

This image of Fairfield Lake, the Boat House and Bald Rock Mountain are just one of the many beautiful scenes here.

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Sapphire Valley Resort Turns 60!

Follow us on Facebook to learn more and plan for celebrations through out the year!

Free Gifts and Giveaways for Resort Guest and Residents Planned - don't miss out.

For more on our History <Go Here>

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Plane on the Red Bird Driving Range

Why is this plane and van on what is today the Red Bird  and CCSV driving range?

Bringing our own private plane directly to Sapphire Valley used to be THE way to arrive!

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Sapphire Valley's Wishing Well Mystery

It did not take long using the internet to find out what we THINK we have. Exact bowls like this have been carved in several other areas by Indians.

One in Fredericksburg, known as the “Indian Punch Bowl,” was discovered and given this specific name by Major Francis Thornton, who inscribed the stone in 1720. More information on the Sapphire Valley Wishing Well Mystery can be found on

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sapphire Valley Resort's Duck Pair

Many wondered if they could survive the winter here as Fairfield Lake did freeze over for a day or two.

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On a recent hike around the lake, we found the pair doing very well up near Camp Merrie Woode! We assume some of the camp staff looked after them over the winter and they will be back at the boat docks as soon as they open up!
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Cool Dawg at Groovin on the Green!

The popular summer concert series can bring out some Cool Dawgs!

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View the Schedule Here! [Groovin' on the Green]

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Sapphire Valley's Main Blog is Moving!

We are moving our main Resort Blog over to Blogger... our older site is being shuttered and we are happy to use the new, dynamic format of!

Much More To Come!
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