I would rate their service as a “10”

We learned about The Poltrock Team by viewing a property online. After a conversation with Donna Srabian, we decided to work with the team. During our real estate transaction, Donna was the most accommodating and pleasant agent I’ve ever dealt with. Anyone who wants a hard-working, pleasant, knowledgeable agent should call Donna Srabian! She is the best – she will find what you want.

Overall, I had a wonderful experience with The Poltrock Team, and I would rate their service as a “10.” I would absolutely work with them again.

— Elaine & Jim Fuller

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Cherokee County Wedding Venues Offer Scenic Mountain Beauty and Rustic Charm

Screen Shot 2016-07-08 at 7.05.11 PMPlanning the perfect wedding is like organizing a bigger, fancier birthday party. For the wedding, you’ll probably have a longer guest list, along with more extravagant decorations and nicer party favors. And instead of a sheet cake from the supermarket’s bakery, you’ll spring for a three-tiered masterpiece from a specialty baker. Before you can make your wedding plans a reality, though, you must select a site for the festivities. Here in Cherokee County, choose from three scenic ceremony and/or reception locations, along with one vintage rustic venue right in downtown Murphy, NC.

Hawkesdene Estate (Andrews, NC)
First, check out the beautiful Hawkesdene Estate, located at 381 Phillips Creek Road in Andrews. Just a short drive from Murphy, this 36-acre private estate offers gorgeous gardens, fruit trees, pastures, woodlands, and nicely manicured grounds. Nearby nature trails lead to a cooling waterfall and to the Hawkesnest Pavilion, which offers sweeping views of the lush countryside.

If this sounds like a great wedding and reception location, the news gets even better. Whether you want a small, low-key wedding or a grand affair with all the bells and whistles, the Hawkesdene Estate wedding coordinator will gladly honor your wishes.

First, you’ll have exclusive use of the estate on that memorable day. Choose from indoor venues including the main house, cottages, covered bridge, or llama barn. Outdoors, hold the festivities at the open air pavilion, arbor, lawns, or gardens. If you like, switch your onsite ceremony location on your wedding day. In other words, Hawkesdene Estate is a terrific wedding venue, regardless of the weather or season.

McGuire’s Millrace Farm (Murphy, NC)
Next, head over to historic McGuire’s Millrace Farm at 600 Hendrix Road in the Peachtree community. This late 1800s-era farm, nestled among lush green fields and surrounded by dramatic mountains, offers several appealing wedding venues.

For your ceremony, consider the arched foot bridge within the gardens or gather among the sweeping river birches. Or, maybe you’d prefer the scenic arbor backed by rolling pastures and mountains. If you encounter some last-minute bad weather, you can move the entire wedding indoors at no extra cost.

And speaking of indoor venues, McGuire’s Millrace Farm sets the standard for elegant rustic barn weddings. The farm’s 6,600-square-foot barn has polished concrete floors, high ceilings with wrought-iron chandeliers, and nicely built hardwood tables and chairs. For your wedding décor, select antique furnishings such as vintage church pews, oak whiskey barrels, and many more historic accent pieces.

Regardless of your venue choice, you’ll have exclusive use of the farm on your special day. For your reception, the farm’s award-winning chef can prepare a tasty Southern barbeque or produce a lavish five-course dinner – it’s your choice. Finally, your dedicated Event Planner will help you execute the entire event, leaving you free to celebrate the occasion with your guests.

Hackney Warehouse (Murphy, NC)
This downtown Murphy venue is easy to find, as it’s next to the L&N Depot on Hiwassee Street (although the Warehouse’s official address is 11 Railroad Street). Built in 1911, this expansive brick building has been fully renovated, and is available for weddings and receptions.

The Hackney Warehouse features more than 4,000 square feet of indoor space and 3,200 square feet of courtyard space. With a fully equipped kitchen, reclaimed timber banquet tables, and performance stages, this rustic-themed venue is a popular wedding reception choice. Two Certified Wedding Planners and two Certified Venue Professionals are onsite, helping you to plan and execute your dream wedding.

Payne Meadows (west of Murphy, NC)
Just a short drive from Murphy on US Highway 64 (also called the four-lane), you’ll find Payne Meadows, 38 acres of hilly pasture land that sits alongside a briskly running stream. Ideal for rustic barn weddings and destination weddings, this popular venue offers three distinctive event packages, each with a few more perks.

Payne Meadows’ basic Package 1 includes single-day use of the farmhouse, barn, fields, and creek, with an onsite reception. Package 2 includes all Package 1 amenities, along with lodging on the night before and night after the wedding, plus an onsite reception. Package 3 includes use of the above spaces for two full days: the full day of the wedding and an additional full day before or after the big event, plus two nights of lodging and an onsite reception. Visit the venue’s website for complete details and pricing information.

With several appealing wedding ceremony and reception venues, all convenient to Murphy, NC, you might enjoy the selection process almost as much as the actual event. So grab your camera and notepad, and kick-start your wedding plans today.

The Poltrock Team – REMAX Mountain Properties – Murphy NC – www.ilovemurphy.com – Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team

John Poltrock was more then just a Real Estate Agent

My husband told me about The Poltrock Team. John Poltrock was more than a real estate agent. He took the time to call to see if I needed help or consoling. He also provided lots of good information on where to turn. During our real estate transaction, the team was most helpful in getting the checks to the bank when I had more pressing business. I would absolutely work with The Poltrock Team again.

–Samantha Davis


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Murphy’s River Walk Offers Riverfront Views and Relaxation

fd3c9b017b902d574fbfb61a3a9c9b99There’s nothing quite like traveling the Murphy River Walk. Whether you’re embarking on a morning wakeup jaunt, shaking off the stress from your workday, or helping your canine companion to burn off some steam, you’re almost guaranteed to enjoy the trip.

This three-mile walking trail is located smack in the middle of Murphy, NC, and meanders from Konehete Park all the way to the historic L&N Depot. Along the route, you’ll see lots of native plants, and maybe a few birds and fish. You might even encounter your friends, neighbors, or coworkers. In other words, you never know who (or what) you’ll find along the River Walk.

Explore the River Walk by Land and Water
The Murphy River Walk came on the scene in 2003, with organizers launching the first of several trail sections. In 2016, the now-completed trail follows the Valley and Hiwassee Rivers as they converge into part of Lake Hiwassee. With three convenient trailheads, you can pick up the walkway at one of several in-town locations. Choose Konehete Park’s ball fields or the nearby Pool/Wellness Center, the Cherokee County Health Department on Hilton Street, or the L&N Depot at the river bridge.

If you’d rather travel the trail by water, you’ll find canoe and kayak put-ins on nearby Payne Street, along with Hiwassee Street just past the River Walk trail. In fact, paddling the river route completely changes your perspective, so we recommend trying it at least once.

Enjoy the River Walk’s Many Surprises
As you might expect, the River Walk’s scenery includes native trees, shrubs, and plants that you’d see throughout Cherokee County. As seasons change, so do the trail’s colors, eventually giving way to winter’s browns and grays. The river and lake water levels also vary with the seasons, as the Tennessee Valley Authority (or TVA) manages its power generation and recreation priorities.

Besides the naturally occurring greenery, the Murphy River Walk offers visitors a few more pleasant surprises. For example, you’ll see native landscaping courtesy of a local nursery, plus directional signs crafted of reclaimed cedar from a tree lost in Murphy’s 2012 tornado.

In 2015, River Walk fans cheered the addition of an outdoor performance pavilion behind the L&N Depot and Old Hackney Warehouse. Also during 2015, the TVA completed a sturdy covered bridge connecting the main trail with the Fisherman’s Loop. After the bridge was finished, the River Walk’s many volunteers stepped in to maintain it.

The Secret of the River Walk’s Success
Believe it or not, the Murphy River Walk is the result of a wildly successful public/private partnership. Managed by the non-profit Heritage Partners, the River Walk gets ongoing support from the Town of Murphy, Cherokee County Tourism Development Authority, the TVA, several non-profit and educational groups, and many private contributors.

Of course, the River Walk’s volunteer project managers and onsite volunteers keep the effort running like a well-oiled machine. In fact, don’t be surprised to encounter a trail maintenance crew somewhere along the route, during any time of year. Thanks to these energetic folks, and the River Walk’s many supporters, getting “back to nature” in Murphy, NC just got a whole lot easier.

The Poltrock Team – REMAX Mountain Properties – Murphy NC – www.ilovemurphy.com – Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team

October Festivals Showcase Our Mountains at Their Best

12144917_10204943336533151_2109561467051670827_nOur mountains’ gorgeous fall weather and colorful leaves make a picture-perfect setting for outdoor get-togethers. Throughout our tri-state region, community groups of all stripes have cooked up their own fall-themed festivals throughout the month of October. In fact, you’ll find several of these popular events just a stone’s throw from Murphy, NC. So pile your family into the car and head out for some classic October weekend fun.

Folk School Fall Festival: October 1 and 2
The John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival is the granddaddy of all fall celebrations, marking its 42nd anniversary in 2016. Always held on the first weekend in October, this year’s Fall Festival takes place on October 1 and 2 from 10-5. To get there, take a short ride to the school’s Brasstown, North Carolina campus, and find a parking spot in the gently rolling pasture near the school’s entrance.

Inside the Fall Festival, you’ll find over 240 fine craftspeople who have created enticing items for you to purchase. Think colorful woven scarves, handcrafted goat’s milk soaps, and recycled metal yard art, for starters. Many vendors are located along the school’s tree-lined paths, while others set up shop in nearby buildings.

For a change of pace, watch more than 40 artisans showcase traditional and contemporary crafts, including blacksmithing and quilting. Listen to the full range of live music on two stages, and satisfy your taste buds with sandwiches, snacks, and desserts. Kids will head toward the pony rides and alpaca petting zoo, and the entire family will enjoy the Humane Society’s pet adoption booth. In other words, the Fall Festival has something for everybody.

Oktoberfest in Andrews: October 8
If you’ve never visited Andrews, North Carolina, the town’s first Oktoberfest provides the perfect reason to check out this little mountain town. Located just a few minutes’ drive from Murphy along the four-lane (also known as US Highway 19/74), Andrews is smack in the middle of the most gorgeous mountain scenery around.

This year, Andrews is throwing its first Oktoberfest, set for Saturday October 8 from 2-8 p.m. in Hall Park on First Street. Andrews’ Oktoberfest is sponsored by three notable town businesses that specialize in fine libations. The Andrews Brewing Co., Calaboose Cellars, and Hoppy Trout Brewing Company have banded together to offer this appealing event.

As you might expect, the Oktoberfest offers lots of tasty food, along with beer and wine on tap. As you listen to live music, browse local crafters’ tables while keeping your holiday gift list in mind. Chances are, you’ll enjoy yourself so much that Andrews’ Oktoberfest will be on your “must do” list for next year.

Punkin Chunkin Weekend: October 14-16
If you’ve never been to a Punkin Chunkin, you’re in for an experience you won’t forget. This landmark fall event, sponsored by the Clay County Chamber of Commerce, is spread throughout an entire weekend. The festivities are set in and around Hayesville, North Carolina, not far from Murphy.

The fun begins on Friday October 14 at 6:00 p.m., when the “Anything Pumpkin or Chili Cooking Contest” gets underway on Hayesville’s historic town square. Contestants can submit entries in categories such as appetizers, entrees, soups and stews, sweets, breads, sauces, and beverages. Chances are, you can snag some samples before casting your vote for the winning recipes.

Of course, you don’t want to miss the actual Punkin Chunkin, which takes place on October 15 and 16. To attend this iconic competition, head out to the Payne property on Settawig Road in nearby Brasstown. The grounds are open on Saturday from 10 to 6 and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Plenty of parking is available.

Once you get there, enjoy live music and games, and browse the craft vendors and exhibits. If you’re feeling adventurous, take on the rock climbing wall, zip line, or mechanical bull. To get a bird’s eye view of the festivities, take an airplane ride from the onsite flying field.

Finally, the famous Punkin Chunkin gets underway, with the first heats on Saturday and the final rounds on Sunday. Teams compete in the youth, teen, and adult categories. The highly energetic contestants hurl pumpkins for maximum distance, with coveted bragging rights for the winners.

As a spectator (watching from a safe distance), you might see pumpkins propelled by catapults, torsion catapults, trebuchets, compressed air devices, or human-powered launchers. As you might expect, the rules are rather loose: The pumpkin must stay intact until it slams on the ground, and combustibles are completely off limits. When the competition concludes, and the winners receive their awards, you can head back to Murphy, NC to compare notes over a tasty meal.

So, what are you waiting for? Put one (or all) of these enticing seasonal events on your calendar, and get ready to enjoy our beautiful North Carolina mountains in their fall finery. We might see you out there!

The Poltrock Team – REMAX Mountain Properties – Murphy NC – www.ilovemurphy.com – Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team

Our Mountains Provide a Great Backdrop for World-Class Motorcycle Touring

54cb169ef423b_-_dragon-tail-01-0713-deOur mountains’ spectacular scenery offers more than just a great background for pictures. In fact, motorcycle riders have discovered that our region’s twisting mountain roads, lined by green forests and occasional waterfalls, make terrific touring territory. From spring through fall, you’ll see a steady flow of motorcyclists powering through Murphy, NC on their way to higher-elevation destinations. Two of these attractions have achieved legendary status, with riders often roaring in from other states to experience the once-in-a-lifetime rides.

Cherohala Skyway
This 41-mile-long scenic highway winds though the Nantahala National Forest and Cherokee National Forest. You’ll begin the memorable climb in Robbinsville, North Carolina, trekking up and over 18 miles of 5,400-foot-high peaks. Next, you’ll travel downward for 23 miles, passing through thickly forested Tennessee mountains before arriving in Tellico Plains, where you can get some gas and fortify your stomach. During the ride, take time to pull over and enjoy the spectacular views. The landscape’s spring greens and fall colors are especially photo-worthy.

Before you tackle the Cherohala Skyway, however, be forewarned: Except for a couple of restrooms, you won’t find any facilities along the route, so plan accordingly. Even during the summer, the high-elevation air can be chilly, so dress in layers to keep yourself comfortable. Finally, stay off the Cherohala Skyway during the winter, as you could suddenly encounter snow and/or ice that can create life-threatening conditions.

Tail of the Dragon (Deal’s Gap)
Believe it or not, we’ve got the United States’ Number 1 motorcycle road right in our backyard. With 318 curves in 11 miles, the Tail of the Dragon at Deal’s Gap is the stuff of motorcycle legend – and it’s all true.

Officially designated US 129, this high-octane stretch of road begins in North Carolina, adjacent to Cheoh Dam (or Fugitive Dam from The Fugitive movie). Bordered by the Cherokee National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains, this remote region contains multiple 5,000-foot-high peaks. Even more impressive, 16 mountains are over 6,000 feet high. In other words, living (and riding) here has many built-in challenges.

During the ride, you won’t find any intersecting roads, businesses, or homes with driveways. Instead, you’ll encounter curves – lots and lots of curves. Each curve is different, and some are actually banked like a race track. You’ll also find super-tight turns, switchbacks, and dramatic drop-offs – one after another. Taken as a whole, this road resembles the tail of a rather agitated dragon – hence the name. Fortunately, the road is generally in good shape, as maintaining this well-known tourist attraction has become a high priority. When you finally escape the dragon’s tail at Tennessee’s Tabcat Creek Bridge, you’ll be ready for a cold drink and some lunch.

Of course, every road contains a few extra surprises for those who travel it. First, you might encounter deer, turkeys, bears, and even wild boars at any time. Fallen trees can also present a serious danger. Although North Carolina and Tennessee have banned 18-wheelers from this hazardous road, you could meet one on a curve – driving in your lane. Finally, stay off the Tail of the Dragon in winter, as it’s highly unpredictable and not worth the risk.

Cherokee County Loop
For a 50-mile round trip that’s entirely within Cherokee County, head out of Murphy, NC on Joe Brown Highway. As you cruise through scenic forests and lowlands, you’ll pass the Hanging Dog, Unaka, and Hiwassee Dam communities. You’ll also travel along beautiful Hiwassee Lake, eventually arriving at the TVA’s impressive Hiwassee Dam. Take time to relax and soak up the view. Then, hop back on your bike and return to downtown Murphy.

Get Yourself Home Safe and Sound
To increase the chances of getting yourself home in one piece, leave the daredevil tricks at home (especially on the Tail of the Dragon). Don’t attempt to ride beyond your skill level, and keep a sharp lookout for road hazards and other drivers’ antics. In other words, be ready for anything. Finally, wear heavy-duty protective gear (including a full-face helmet), just to stack the odds in your favor.

The Poltrock Team – REMAX Mountain Properties – Murphy NC – www.ilovemurphy.com – Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team

We Couldn’t Be Happier!

We used ReMax in Florida, and we found out about The Poltrock Team when we passed by their office. We are very pleased with John and his staff. Our cabin was sold within the first week! We live in Florida, and John took care of everything for us. We couldn’t be happier! It was a great experience working with you, and we would absolutely work with The Poltrock Team again.

–Dale Rushing

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I would absolutely work with The Poltrock Team again

I received a referral to The Poltrock Team, and I decided to work with them because they came highly recommended. Donna could not have been nicer and more accommodating. She is excellent at her job. It was most helpful to receive introductions to local craftsmen for future projects. I would absolutely work with The Poltrock Team again.

— Terry A. Yanez

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Friendly and Helpful!

We were familiar with ReMax, and found out about The Poltrock Team through the Internet. The whole team was friendly and helpful. Wayne Cofer helped us with everything from showing through closing. Throughout the transaction, we had the feeling that we could trust Wayne and the people he helped us utilize to make our long-distance closing work smoothly.

–Tom & Patty Gogoel

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I Highly Recommend The Poltrock Team

We purchased our home using The Poltrock Team, as they were the listing agent as well. John was always there to ensure our questions were answered, and he was always very positive and encouraging whenever we came upon obstacles. John’s ability to listen to our wants and needs helped us to find the right house when we were buyers. His knowledge of the real estate market helped us sell our home when we were sellers.

I highly recommend John Poltrock and The Poltrock Team for any real estate need you may have. He is genuine and honest, and his dedication to serving his clients is second to none. If given the opportunity, we will certainly use John and The Poltrock Team again for any of our Western North Carolina real estate needs. They do a great job taking care of their customers, and their customers become long-time friends. Thank you, John, for all you do!

–Steven Gardner

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