It’s almost here, you can feel the temperature dropping just a bit every day. I swear, any minute now, the air around us will be crisp, the leaves will start changing and snap, fall color will be everywhere.

Fall is such a beautiful time of year to explore Western North Carolina, with the leaves in full blaze and the air cool and bracing. From hiking and mountain biking to roasting s’mores and lounging around a campfire with a glass of good wine or craft beer, a trip to Western North Carolina is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the QC.

Fall color at Lake James. Details of Expedition Center at Camp Lake James. Signage at various communities. Stonework around Expedition Center. Dock at Expedition Center.

But what if you don’t want your annual fall weekend retreat to the mountains to end?  Consider a second home at Lake James – Crescent Communities.

Lake James is nestled among some of NC’s amazing recreational spots, like Lake James State Park and the 500,000-acre Pisgah National Forest. It’s also just a short drive to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Nantahala National Forest and dozens of waterfalls. And area amenities are not far away, with dozens of charming mountain towns such as Black Mountain, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone and Blowing Rock, with noteworthy restaurants, world-class art galleries and plenty of shopping nearby.

Lake James – Crescent Communities is tucked in to the natural surroundings of Lake James, with private homes and interior and waterfront homesites with protected views of undisturbed shoreline. You may choose one of the unique homes available now on-site, or you may partner with your own builder to create a custom-quality home. At Lake James, you’ll find water access homesites, which are available from the $70s, waterfront homesites, which are available from the $200s, and homes starting in the $400s. Many homesites offer incredible views of Pisgah National Forest, Linville Gorge Wilderness and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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With a home at Lake James, owners enjoy all of the amenities of the community, including a waterfront club with resort-style swimming pools, a fitness club, kayaking, fishing, campfires and a full-time activities director on-site who organizes events throughout the year including wine tastings, camping and ski trips, holiday parties, bonfires on the beach, movies under the stars, volleyball games, crafts for kids and adult cooking classes. In addition to planned activities, residents also have access to an array of activities at the Lakeside Adventure Center. The Lakeside Adventure Center is like a rustic resort. You can relax, lounge by the pool or slip into the hot tub. Or stop by if you want to socialize, have a party in the grand pavilion, play shuffleboard in the game room or roast marshmallows at the amphitheater fire pit.

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And Lake James is the ideal destination for boating and fishing fans. Just this past summer, Lake James was named one of the top 10 family fishing and boating spots in America by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Association.

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Because they want the natural beauty of Lake James to endure for generations, Crescent Communities has taken steps to ensure that the community’s shoreline is protected. They feel that protects homeowners, as well.

It seems to us that this fall is a perfect time to visit Lake James and check out all that the community has to offer. Whether your dream mountain house is a small, intimate retreat or a big, sprawling home for the extended family, you can have it all at Lake James. There’s so much to do: relax at the resort-style pool, kayak on the lake, go hiking or enjoy the nearby mountains and quaint small towns.

Even if you aren’t sure about a second home or mountain house, you can always experience all that Lake James has to offer by spending some time in one of their rental cabins. There are three different rental cabins available this season ~ to sleep between 8 and 12 with rates between $350 and $700 a night. Seems like the ideal way to spend some quality autumn time in the mountains and see what Lake James – Crescent Communities is all about.

Call 828-584-2863 now to schedule your visit or contact us for more information online at www.lakejames.com.