We think this might be the decade of the dog! Little by little, dog-friendly amenities are becoming the driving force behind many consumers’ decisions to buy or rent a home in North Carolina. Landmark Realty Group is a pet-friendly company and dogs are welcome in our offices and in many of our vacation rentals. Our real estate agents would also love to help you find a home both you and your pup will love. And we completely understand your desire to bring your pup with you on all of your adventures, and your desire to live in a dog-friendly community. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of dog-friendly activities in North Carolina so you know what you can do with your pet when you move to the Tar Heel State.

Wanting to bring your furry family member…

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One of the many appealing realities of living in the North Carolina communities of Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville and Lake Toxaway is the abundant and vibrant array of flowers native to North Carolina that decorate the mountain terrain during the spring, summer, and fall months. Add a handful of flowering trees along with a wide variety of non-indigenous blooming plants, and you might believe you are living amongst a botanical garden in your own backyard of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Why Do Flowers Grow So Well in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina?

 It seems that a good majority of the year, a multitude of flowers bloom in succession from one to the next. From spring’s bright and dazzling yellow hues of…

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When it comes to profitability, market exposure, and cost-effectiveness, where is the best place to buy a vacation rental? The vacation rental property market can differ quite wildly from area to area, and finding the right spot is crucial for growing your portfolio. Even within individual cities, the differences from zip code to zip code and neighborhood to neighborhood can be surprising.

When it comes to finding the best place to buy a vacation rental, we would argue that Western North Carolina might just be one of the places you should look first. Best places to buy a vacation rental in Western North Carolina include:

  • Cashiers
  • Highlands
  • Sapphire Valley
  • Lake Glenville
  • Lake Toxaway

Whether you’re buying a vacation…

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If you're wondering whether you should buy investment property in North Carolina, you're not alone. Property is the largest asset class by value – bigger than stocks – and it's also one of the most predictable. While there are economic events that cause rental income and sale prices to fluctuate, they're rare. People who buy investment property in North Carolina typically experience low volatility and stable returns over time.

Buying investment property in North Carolina is a worthwhile venture. This is due to high occupancy rates, steady demand for rentals, and historically stable performance. However, there are important details that should be considered before investing. These details include where in North Carolina to buy, the best way to…

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For those seeking fashionable and functional gear for all things mountain living, look no further than the Highland Hiker in Cashiers and Highlands, NC. Founded in 1982 by David and Carol Wilkes, the original Happy Hiker was a small hiking shop offering everything the rugged mountain man or woman needed to venture out into the great outdoors of Highlands hiking and camping. Walking sticks, hiking boots and fishing gear were just a sampling of offerings in the original Highlands, NC, store.

Flash forward almost a decade and the Highland Hiker was re-born and relocated to the highly coveted Main Street location in Highlands. This move was significant, not only because of the increased visibility on Main Street, but also because of the new building,…

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It’s November; which means everyone in the country is gearing up for good food and good times with family. In Cashiers, NC, people are gearing up for another year of Gobble on the Green, and a fun Turkey Trot 5k that gets participants up and active on a day that most people commit to eating and napping. This year, the event will be held on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, and will begin at 10 a.m.

History of The Event

This was the first year in many years that there was a Thanksgiving Day 5k in Cashiers, NC. In 2018, The Village Green of Cashiers decided to start up the 5k again. Last Thanksgiving, around 450 people in the community came out to celebrate Thanksgiving and run in the 5k. This was a bigger turnout than expected, but brought…

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The Highlands Food and Wine Festival, now celebrating its fourth year, is the area’s premier culinary event. Highlands, North Carolina is known to many as the crown jewel of the Western North Carolina mountains. A prestigious and picturesque town, Highlands sits on the edge of the Smoky Mountains at an elevation of 4,118 feet. It’s easy to see how the town got its name. During the summer months, many flock to this mountain sanctuary seeking cooler temperatures, breathtaking views from hiking trails, world class fly-fishing and magical waterfalls, but one of Highlands’ main attractions is the Highlands Food and Wine Festival. Events abound as everyone, visitors and locals alike, head for the outdoors. This town isn’t just for outdoor enthusiasts.…

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best place to experience all four seasons western north carolina mountains landmark realty group

As part of the Appalachian Mountain chain, the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina undoubtedly make it the best place to live to experience all four seasons. From the urban hub of Asheville to the ski resorts in the High Country and watersports in the Tennessee Valley, Western North Carolina has everything to offer. 

Thanks to the mild climate and exquisite scenery everywhere you look, Western North Carolina is the best place to live experience all four seasons. Whether you want to lead an active lifestyle or simply relax and watch the scenery change throughout the year, Western North Carolina has it all. As well as having thriving commercial centers, the region offers an unrivaled view of some of the best…

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landmark realty group annual chili cook off

Why did we create the Landmark Realty Group’s Annual Chili Cook-Off? Besides the opportunity to eat delicious offerings of chili, this flavor-filled event is our way of saying “thank you” to our clients and community for another great year. At Landmark Realty Group, we are grateful for our clients, neighbors and families. With the annual Chili Cook-Off Business After Hours Season Finale with Landmark Realty Group, we share an evening of fun and food tastings against the gorgeous backdrop of Cashiers, North Carolina.  

Get in the Fall Spirit with a Western North Carolina Chili Cook-Off 

Why chili? There’s just something about that first hint of coolness in the air that instantly makes you want to throw on an oversized cozy sweater and eat one…

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best spots for fly fishing in north carolina landmark realty group

It’s widely known that fly fishing in North Carolina boasts some of the best angling opportunities in the country. In fact, in 2016, local and state elected officials dubbed Jackson County, NC as the NC Trout Capital. With trout-filled waters, surrounded by mountain majesty and cooler temperatures, everyday fishing becomes an elevated experience for all skill levels. And whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned and salty angler, the rivers and streams of the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail are bountifully awaiting your visit. Waters are full of almost any breed of wild trout you may want to catch. These include rainbow, brook, brown, golden or the elusive Donaldson, sometimes referred to as the “Super Trout.” One doesn’t have to look far amongst…

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