Category Archives: Behind The Scenes

Saturday Snapshot

There’s nothing like Fall in the mountains of Western North Carolina!  Earlier this week, we took a drive around our property so we could share some of the beauty with you.

First, we’d like to share the drive up to our beautiful chapel and visitor’s center.

Did you know we give free tours of The Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitor’s Center?  Come on by!  We’d love to see you.  For more information and hours of operation, click here.

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Next, we’d like to share the scenery starting up by the Shepherd’s Inn and The Training Center and on down the mountain.   It feels a bit like you’re on a roller coaster, so hang on!

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Saturday Snapshot

Are you on Twitter?   We are!  Connect with us “@TheCoveNC” if you haven’t already.

If you’re not on Twitter, that’s ok, we’ve got you covered today.  Check out the snapshot a guest shared with us on Twitter this week.

Hospitality is a ministry, y’all!  We love lovin’ on our guests!

inn room mint smiley face on twitter

Where else can you find us?
The Cove website: Register for your next getaway with a purpose today.

We look forward to connecting with you at The Cove in Asheville, NC, in person, or right here, on the Internet.

Blessings to you!

Saturday Snapshot

It’s leaf peeping season here in Asheville, NC, and the colors are really beginning to  show off!

Today we’d like to share the view from our webcam.  The camera looks out a window from the top floor of the Training Center.

The image below was captured on Friday, October 2 at 4:30pm.  It’s been raining most of the day, but that only adds to the beautiful glistening effect on all the changing foliage.

God is good!

Cove webcam on October 2 2015 at 4 20 pm

Click here to see what the view from the Training Center looks like right now.  Bookmark our site so you can join us virtually any time of the year.

Have a blessed weekend!

We’d love to see you in person.  If you’d like to see us too, click here to see our full schedule of events.

Take a free tour of our chapel and visitor’s center.  Click here for hours and directions.

Saturday Snapshot

Fall has arrived! We do hope you’ll have a chance to visit us during this beautiful season.

Foggy morning trail to the overlook:

Trail at The Cove on Sept 22 2015

Foggy morning view from the overlook:

a walk in the clouds the overlook Sept 22 2015

If you’ve been here, you’ve seen the beautiful seasonal decor that one of our gifted employees, Angie, creates. She’s done it again! Look at the beautiful Fall display here on our John Deere hay loader. Where does she get her vision and gifts from? She will always tell you, “It’s all Him,” as she points heavenward.

John Deere Fall Decor by Angie September 23 2015

John Deere Fall Decor by Angie September 23 2015 2

Click here for information on a free tour at The Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center.

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God bless you!

Saturday Snapshot

Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!  Psalm 47:6

What a week we’ve had!  Two amazingly gifted songbirds, Michael W. Smith and Guy Penrod, spent time on our mountain singing unto the Lord.

Here, Guy Penrod sings to the packed Senior Celebration crowd.

Guy Penrod 2015

Below, Michael W. Smith holds a casual concert on the Training Center deck for a private event he hosted here at The Cove.

Michael W Smith doing an casual concert on TC deck on September 12 2015

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Saturday Snapshot

Billy and Ruth Graham prayed The Cove would be a place where people could step away from the daily distractions of life and draw closer to God.

There are many places around our property, inside and out,  where our guests slip away to enjoy quiet time with Him.  Our photos today are ones that guests have shared with us capturing their quiet time spots.

A pastor from South Carolina attending a seminar found this quiet spot on the deck of one of our inns.  The caption he shared: “A state of serenity at The Cove … Speak Lord!”

Deck at Inn Sept 2015

A young woman from the Chicago, IL area shared this photo of her quiet time with the Lord while on a Personal Spiritual Retreat.  If you like colored pens and sticky notes, we know you’ll love this photo!
Photo:  Rear deck at the Training Center.

Table filled with devotion time materials at TC September 2015 Guest photo Philmar Mendoza

Click here for a listing of all upcoming events at The Cove.

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Saturday Snapshot

Technical difficulties yesterday, so our Saturday snapshot is coming to you on Sunday.

What a weekend we’ve had.  125 military couples from 17 states attended a military marriage retreat led by Dr. Gary Chapman.

We captured this sweet moment during a time of worship on Friday night.

God moved mightily in the marriages of these brave couples this weekend.   Praise Him!

military marriage hand holding Sept 2015 2 small


Saturday Snapshot

We couldn’t close the month of August out before sharing something that has been in the works for the last few months…

Here’s a hint…

♪♪ Joy to the world!  The Lord is come.  Let earth receive her King! ♪

We know, summer is still here, and Fall is knocking on the door, but we’ve been busy working on Christmas decorations at The Cove!

Why so soon?  Because our handcrafted decorations take hours and hours to create.  We have a very talented woman on our staff named Angie, that is visionary, creator, and team leader for all our Christmas (and other) decorations.  Angie doesn’t just go out and buy decorations and ornaments, as you will see, she uses her God-given gifts to design and create beautiful things.

Here is one of the pieces that she dreamed up and created for Christmas 2015…

Cross made by Angie with vines May 2015

This 12-foot handcrafted cross is made from grape and wisteria vines that Angie and another Cove employee, Susie, harvested off our mountain.  It took them 2.5 hours to gather all the vines!  We’ve included a picture of Angie wrangling the vines below.

At the time this picture of the cross was taken, there were still more lights to be added and a couple other final tweaks.

During the Christmas season, the cross will adorn the large stone wall in the Training Center dining room.

Here’s a picture of Angie gathering vines:

Angie pulling vines for Christmas cross 2 May 2015

Want to see the cross, as well as the other amazing handcrafted decorations and ornaments that Angie and her team are working on?   Join us for one of our Christmas events in December and see them in person.

Click here for a listing of our Christmas at The Cove dinner and concert events.
Click here for a listing of our SeniorSalt Carol Sings.

Have you handcrafted any Christmas ornaments or decorations over the years?  We’d love to hear what you’ve created.  Tell us in the comments below.

Saturday Snapshot

“When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place…” Psalm 8:3

Have we got something special for you today!

The moon was full when, a guest here at The Cove, took these amazing  photos from the rear Training Center deck.

Moon off the TC deck from guest

Moon off the TC deck from guest 2

Colleen, an amateur photographer, said she mainly shoots for fun.  This was her first attempt at getting a photograph of the moon.  We would never have guessed!  Well done, Colleen!

Colleen, who was shooting with a Tamron 150-600mm lens on her Nikon D7200, shares the following tips for this kind of photography:
1. Always use a tripod
2. Use a wired or remote shutter release
3. Use a good telephoto lens
4. Darkness helps a lot (Colleen extended thanks to Cove staff member Bill, who turned off the Training Center deck lights for her).

Thank you for sharing with us Colleen!  We hope you’ll come back again and capture more of God’s awesome creation.

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