Three Murphy, NC Fitness and Exercise Centers Beckon to Workout Fans

2ac037_6665c38d8fc090b4dad77bda96ae0a82.png_srz_980_710_85_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srzIf your New Year’s resolutions include dragging yourself off the couch and getting in better shape, you’ve got plenty of company. In fact, thousands of folks across the country are flooding into their local gyms right now to exercise and get in shape. Here in Murphy, NC, you’ll find three convenient workout facilities that can help you get healthier during any time of year.

First, check out the Peachtree Athletic and Rehabilitation Center, or PARC, operated by Murphy Medical Center. When you enter this nicely equipped facility, near the hospital in Peachtree, you’ll meet knowledgeable staff who can kick-start your fitness program. Whether you’re a casual exerciser who wants to step up the pace, or you haven’t been to a gym in 20 years, your PARC membership includes free targeted personal training sessions.

PARC provides impressive weight training equipment, plus an outdoor track where you can rack up some laps and get some cardio benefits. And speaking of vigorous exercise, regular racquetball sessions will tone your muscles and help reduce stress. If you’re a high-energy dance class fan, or a confirmed yoga enthusiast, you’ll find opportunities to indulge your favorite exercise. Afterward, reward yourself with some sauna time. Finally, remember that PARC also serves as Murphy Medical Center’s outpatient rehabilitation facility, offering several therapies under one roof.

Next, head to downtown Murphy, home of the Hiwassee Valley Pool and Wellness Center. If you’re heading down Valley River Avenue past the Post Office, the huge white pool dome makes a great winter landmark, allowing members to swim when it’s freezing outside. During the summer, the dome comes down, and the pool becomes a magnet for families and sun worshippers. The pool frequently hosts water aerobics and water arthritis classes, along with plenty of lap-swimming sessions. In fact, some lap swimmers begin or end their workday with an invigorating workout.

If you prefer land-based exercise, visit the weight training room, equipped with some serious resistance training equipment. Maybe you’d rather burn up some miles on the treadmill, or sweat it out on the elliptical machine, while listening to tunes via your headphones. Or, glue yourself to one of several big-screen TVs while you stride or climb away.

Finally, sample some of the Wellness Center’s diverse classes. If you’re an exercise newbie, try a cardio & toning, Tai Chi, or senior fit class. Intermediate exercisers enjoy the step, fit ball, Pilates, and yoga workouts. The high-intensity Tabata, Zumba, and Marine fitness classes will really target those holiday calories. Senior exercisers love the Silver Sneakers workouts, guaranteed to build camaraderie while you keep your body moving.

If you’re an exercise purist, you might find CrossFit a good match. CrossFit is a relatively new core strength and conditioning program, designed to help your body conquer demanding physical challenges. Whether you’re a firefighter, ski racer, ballet dancer, service member, or just serious about being fit, CrossFit can give you that extra edge.

If this exercise philosophy intrigues you, check out Murphy CrossFit, located in the Valley Village shopping center near the DMV Tag Office. Behind this no-frills Murphy, NC storefront, you’ll find a roomy facility that’s big on serious workouts.

Although each CrossFit gym has its own equipment mix, look for Olympic weights and benches, specialized rowing machine, parallel bars and rings, rope climbing gear, kettlebells, medicine balls, and good old-fashioned jump ropes. Used properly, this unlikely combination of equipment can give you impressive results. Like any intensive workout, though, you’ll increase your chances of success (and decrease your odds of ending up in the hospital’s Rehab Program) by working with a CrossFit trainer. It’s a great locally owned business with some wonderful people there.

Get fit and let us know what we can do to help you with your real estate needs right here in Murphy NC.

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

Murphy NC Non-Profit Thrift Stores Offer a “Win Win” for Everybody

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Shopping at a non-profit thrift store is like embarking on a gigantic treasure hunt. You might find furniture, household items, clothes, toys, a new dog bed, or a secondhand working computer. You could even snag a piece of vintage glassware or an entire set of china. With terrific prices, and the knowledge that your purchase helps further the non-profit group’s mission, that’s a “win win” for everybody. Best of all, Murphy, NC features several tempting thrift stores within a stone’s throw of each other. Stores are generally open Monday through Saturday, but specific hours may vary.

First, check out the Friendship House ReSeller Thrift Store on Highway 64 heading into Murphy. This nicely stocked shop features lots of household items and clothing, and pick-up service is available. All store proceeds benefit the Friendship House, the region’s only year-round emergency homeless shelter for men, women, and children.

Next, visit the Valley River Humane Society Thrift Store, also on Highway 64 just past the ReSeller Thrift Store. This value-packed shop is overflowing with good clothing and household item bargains, and new merchandise is always coming in the door. The Thrift Shop funds an amazing 40% of the Humane Society’s work, enabling the organization to reduce Cherokee County’s homeless animal population and actively promote spay/neuter activities.

After a tasty lunch in downtown Murphy, head to Christian Love Ministries’ Thrift Store on Alternate Highway 64 (Old 64) in Peachtree. This worthy group operates two thrift shops, selling a good selection of donated items along with handcrafted woodwork. Store proceeds support this Christian-based residential addiction treatment center’s operations. In Murphy since 1996, the Center uses biblical teachings to help residents understand addiction and progress toward recovery.

After stashing your bargains in the car, continue on Alternate 64 toward Murphy, and turn right at the Highway 64 Bypass stoplight. Make an immediate left onto Highway 64 West, and travel past the fast food outlets. Turn into the REACH of Cherokee County Thrift Store parking lot. This spacious store is literally bursting with quality clothing, furniture, housewares, and collectibles – all just looking for a new home. Donation pick-up service is available for large items. All Thrift Store proceeds fund REACH’s vital programs, offering support to domestic violence and sexual assault victims and their children.

Several miles further on Highway 64 West, visit the Logan’s Run Rescue Thrift Store, conveniently located in the Lakeside Plaza. The shop offers an expansive collection of gently used clothing, along with china, dishware and glassware, home furnishings, and artwork. You’ll even find an enticing book section filled with diverse books and magazines. Donation pickup service is available. The store’s proceeds enable Logan’s Run Rescue to continue its successful Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program; along with the humane care, rescue, and transport of needy animals.

After your productive thrift store shopping trip, consider rummaging through your own closets for donation-worthy items. After all, our Murphy, NC non-profit thrift stores can use your support, and other eager shoppers are just waiting to buy them.

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

Murphy, NC is Your Christmas Shopping Headquarters

Christmas in Murphy NC‘Tis the holiday shopping season, and it’s immensely satisfying to find those special gifts right here in Murphy, NC. Take advantage of two special shopping events in early December, and visit our downtown stores right up until Christmas. Bring along a shopping buddy, and fortify yourselves with a tasty lunch. The Daily Grind, Shoebooties, and the Red Brick Deli come highly recommended and are all on the top of my favorites list.

Begin your Christmas shopping adventure on Saturday December 5, when downtown Murphy will overflow with holiday cheer. While we don’t have large shopping malls and the typical Christmas shops, we certainly have unique gifts that’ll be the favorite. The town’s outdoor decorations, along with merchants’ colorful storefronts, will get you in a festive mood for finding that perfect gift. Jolly old Santa Claus might also make an appearance, visiting with shoppers as he finalizes his gift list. Inside the shops, enjoy special holiday pricing and other purchase incentives. Chances are, you’ll find some memorable presents while supporting local merchants.

On Sunday December 6 from 10-5, visit the John C. Campbell Folk School‘s annual Fireside Sale. The School’s Brasstown campus is just a stone’s throw from Murphy, and you’ll find plenty of parking near Keith House and Davidson Hall. Inside both roomy venues, you’ll see countless fine crafts from regional artisans. If you’re looking for basketry, forged iron, handwovens, jewelry, pottery, or wood, you’ll find them all – plus much more. You can even pick up some handcrafted Christmas ornaments that you won’t see anywhere else.

Of course, Murphy’s tempting specialty shops can satisfy giftees with particular tastes. For a nicely rounded collection of books, children’s toys and activity kits, and regional keepsakes, visit the Curiosity Shop Bookstore on Valley River Avenue. On the same block, Blue Moon Elise carries lots of enticing natural body care products that make highly desirable gifts. Style-conscious ladies will be thrilled with fashion and accessory goodies from Sassy’s, or a dazzling piece of jewelry from Paula’s Pawn and Jewelry.

Right next door, keep that special guy happy with some fishing gear, hunting equipment, or stocking stuffers from H&H Sports. Or, maybe he’d appreciate a Murphy’s Chophouse gift certificate, great for a tasty steak dinner. Maybe you’d like to enjoy one, too.

Just around the corner on Tennessee Street, you’ll find Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company’s delicious olive oils and flavored balsamic vinegars, ideal for the gourmet cook in your life. It’s a unique find that is unlike any we’ve seen elsewhere! If you’re looking for more fishing gear, check out Appalachian Outfitters. You’ll find a great selection of hand-tied flies and fun supplies.

Finally, satisfy your favorite seamstress or quilter with a gift from Bless My Stitches Quilt Shop. Just a short car ride away on Hill Street, this highly addictive store offers a huge collection of fabrics, patterns, and accessories. Basically, it’s a quilter’s candy store. Best of all, you can visit this store and other Murphy, NC shops all year ’round – and find a special gift for yourself.

And if you want to buy the ultimate Christmas gift, buy yourself or that significant someone a piece of real estate right here in Murphy NC! There’s nothing better and you can start shopping using our online MLS search tool or contact us to let us do the work for you. We’d love to have you as a neighbor!

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

Art Galleries in Murphy NC Offer Perfect Mountain Keepsakes

Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 7.59.44 PMIf our super-gorgeous scenery has you maxing out your camera’s memory card, you’ve definitely got mountain fever. I know we do! 🙂 Whether you’re vacationing in Murphy, NC, or you already live here (or want to move here), you’re always looking for ways to capture a piece of paradise. Fortunately, our downtown Murphy NC art galleries have you covered, as they’re full of knock-your-socks-off artwork just waiting to spice up your home or serve as terrific gifts. Even better, the galleries are just a stone’s throw away from each other, making it easy to browse them all.

First, let’s visit the Valley River Arts Guild Artists’ Gallery and Store, located at 33 Valley River Avenue. Besides sponsoring the Murphy Art Walks, these super-talented local artisans bring our mountains to life with their amazing artwork. Inside this inviting gallery, you’ll find photography and watercolors that literally jump off the page. You’ll be equally tempted by the wire jewelry, woodturnings, fiber arts, and fine furniture accent pieces. Don’t miss the doll exhibit – each lifelike character has their own distinctive personality, and you’ll find at least one you just can’t live without.

Next, hop across the hall to the Highlander Gallery, home to a huge selection of gallery-quality giclee prints. But wait – there’s much more! Check out the striking sculpture, leather, glass art, marquetry, basketry, and felted pieces. The colorful paintings and photographs showcase some of our favorite mountain landscapes. Look for the “old man of the woods” walking sticks, wood-turned cowboy hats, and fragrant handmade soaps that will be a welcome addition to your powder room.

Just across the street, you’ll find Gallery 26, a family-owned gallery that also displays talented local guest artists’ work. Located at 26 Valley River Avenue, this shop features a show-stopping collection of wooden artwork. Besides beautiful Southern Appalachian domestic woods, you’ll find exotic hardwoods from Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. Before creating a piece, the artist examines each wood’s grain patterns, colors, and textures – and chooses a species that will make that finished work shine. You’ll also enjoy the finely crafted jewelry and wall art. The pocket mirrors, buttons, and magnets make nice keepsakes for family and friends.

Next, head around the corner to the Artists Common Gallery at 81 Tennessee Street. This oldie-but-goodie Murphy, NC gallery has been around since 1996, and is a one-stop shop for art lovers. Besides featuring numerous local artists’ work, the gallery hosts artist Betsy Henn Bailey, who teaches classes in several media. For the icing on the cake, you can get your favorite photographs, paintings, or keepsakes framed here. That’s right – Artists Common includes a full framing shop.

Last but certainly not least, drive a few short miles to Brasstown, and visit the John C. Campbell Folk School Craft Shop. You could literally spend all afternoon here, browsing through traditional and contemporary Appalachian crafts from over 300 juried craftspeople. You’ll find turned-wood bowls, forged fireplace poker sets, marquetry earrings, colorful scarves and table linens, and the list goes on. It’s the perfect place to find a special gift – or a gift for yourself.

And naturally, if you find yourself searching for real estate in Murphy NC, we’re here to help you find your home in the mountains! That way, you can enjoy these and all the great things to do in wonderful Murphy!

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

Fine Tune Your Golf Skills While You Soak Up the Mountain Scenery all Within 20 Minutes of Murphy NC

IS-m943gaqsbdjxIf you’re a golf fanatic who can’t shake that uncontrollable urge to hit the greens, prepare to indulge your passion during your upcoming trip to Murphy, NC. In fact, with five courses within 20 miles, you’ll need a calendar to keep track of the tee times. So throw your golf gear in the car, set the GPS and cruise control, and get ready to swing and putt yourself silly.

First, book yourself a cozy mountain rental cabin in Murphy NC, available from the helpful folks at Mountain Country Cabin Rentals if you’re not in or from the area. When you arrive, get a good night’s sleep and enjoy a hearty breakfast at Blue Mountain Grill in Peachtree. Next, work off those tasty pancakes on the 18-hole Cherokee Hills Course at the Cherokee Hills Country Club, less than five miles from downtown Murphy. With rolling hills and mountains for scenery, you’re bound to knock out a good score.

For your next golf outing, choose the 18-hole Chatuge Shores Course at the Chatuge Shores Golf Course in nearby Hayesville, North Carolina. You’ll enjoy the scenic 15-mile drive from Murphy to Hayesville, and the forest backdrop beckons golfers all year ’round. If you like a good challenge, the course’s changing elevations will put you through your paces.

If you prefer golf games with an upscale twist, head to Young Harris, Georgia for 18 holes at the Brasstown Valley Resort Golf Course. Just 15 miles from Murphy, this property has been ranked as one of the top Georgia courses. You’ll wind through ponds, streams, and wildlife preserves while you try not to be distracted by the gorgeous mountain scenery. Best of all, the course is part of the Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa. What does that mean? Well, you can cap your round with a trip to the resort’s spa or a mouth-watering dinner at the fine-dining restaurant or less-formal Brassies Grill.

Next, head to nearby Blairsville, Georgia for a spin around the Butternut Creek Course at the Butternut Creek Golf Course. The Union County Recreation Department operates this historic course, which will challenge your water hazard escape skills on 13 of the 18 holes. After your round concludes, visit The View Grill for a tasty meal while you soak up views of the spectacular North Georgia mountains.

Finally, hop over the state line to Tennessee, just 16 miles from downtown Murphy. If you’re short on time, try the 9-hole Copper Basin Course at the historic Copper Basin Golf Club. Take in some impressive scenery while you try to outsmart those crafty golf course developers.

Of course, every golfer deserves a visit to the candy store, also known as The Club Shoppe on Highway 64 west of Murphy, NC. Besides stocking up on the latest “must have” golf accessories, you can order a set of custom-fitted golf clubs that match your golfing goals and swing habits. And who knows – your new irons and putters might really kick-start your game.

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

Tips for Tracking Down a Furnished Rental Cabin in Murphy NC

oMaybe you’re coming to Murphy, NC for a short vacation, and you’d like to stay somewhere more comfortable than a sterile hotel room. Maybe you’re building your dream home, and you need somewhere to live until it’s move-in ready. Or, maybe your company has transferred you here, and you haven’t had time to buy your ideal mountain home yet. Fortunately, a nicely furnished rental cabin will meet your needs. You’ll also get a real feel for our special corner of the Appalachian Mountains.

Dream about your cabin’s warm wood interior and comfortable couches and chairs – maybe even some rustic. Each morning, stroll on the deck with your coffee, and enjoy the gorgeous view. You might even see some deer or wild turkeys walking up the driveway. It just doesn’t get any better!

Let’s face it: you’re hooked on our beautiful mountains just like we are. You want to find that knock-your-socks-off rental cabin right now. That’s a smart move, as a nicely furnished cabin represents an excellent value, compared to a similarly priced hotel room. After all, your cabin provides all the comforts of home. Besides bedroom furniture, you’ll have a living room and dining area – furnished down to the lamps and knick-knacks. You won’t have to eat with plastic plates and utensils, because your kitchen cabinets will contain dishes and silverware.

So how do you find your dream rental cabin? Well, finding a needle in a haystack would probably be easier than locating it yourself. Cherokee County has hundreds of hills and hollows, and houses are often tucked back into the woods. Also, privately owned rental cabins won’t have “For Rent” signs plastered on them. Rather than wasting time on a wild goose chase, contact the folks at Mountain Country Cabin Rentals. Visit their website, and view rental cabin photos before contacting MCCR for details.

When you call, specify the dates of your stay, plus your preferred number of bedrooms and other amenities. Also, remember that some rental cabin owners have their places up for sale. If that’s the case, a potential buyer might want to see the home while you’re staying there. Get the details on that arrangement before finalizing your rental.

After you get the rental agreement in place, start making your packing list and counting down the days. You’ll get the keys to that Murphy, NC cabin sooner than you think! While you’re here, you may want to purchase your own cabin in the mountains. That won’t be a problem! See all the properties for sale in Murphy NC and contact us or call to let us know what we can do to help. We’re here for you!

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

Chaco Footwear is a Comfortable Way to Enjoy the Mountains of Murphy NC

Whether you are hitting the trail, enjoying Hiawassee Lake or one of the three rivers in the area, something as simple as the shoes on your feet make a major difference. It’s not always about real estate in the mountains for us – comfort is paramount. If I had the choice, I would wear flip flops daily! It’s not uncommon to see me walking around RE/MAX in flip flops when I don’t have meetings 😀 And there’s no doubt about it – Chaco is my first choice. This is kind of funny for a real estate posting, however, I had a great experience with Chaco and wanted to share.

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My New Flips from Chaco

I have have multiple pairs of Chacos:

  • Z1 sandals which are the tough sandals with boot-like Vibram soles that are perfect for hiking, kayaking, and all the awesome things to do in Murphy NC. They’re great because they float in water so if you accidentally loose a shoe canoeing down the lake, no worries – it’ll be there waiting on you to retrieve it.
  • Flips which is their version of a flip-flop that does “flop” when you walk. I have both the leather and rubber styles.

Chaco just replaced my Flips which the toe strap separated from the shoe. It was a great experience where the representative called me, asked me what I wanted, and gave it to me!

It’s a interesting world – at my office, we strive to provide our customer and clients with exactly what they want. However, it seems that is no longer the norm when it comes to customer service! I was pleasantly surprised to have a great experience with the folks at Chaco. I highly recommend them so check them out at Chacos.com. And when it comes to real estate, contact the Poltrock Team  😉

John Poltrock – REMAX of Murphy NC – www.MyMurphy.comJohnPoltrock@gmail.com – Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team

Established Shopping Center for Sale in Murphy NC – Investment Opportunity

Established shopping center for sale makes a great investment opportunity! Located in the Ranger Community of Murphy NC, the two stripFoster (23) MAIN shopping center buildings with one being 2,400+/- sq. ft and the other 5,600+/- sq ft. Great rental history and income producing property in a prime location! Lots of parking for the businesses. Revenue amounts available upon request. Contact us today for more details and to see this property.

Click HERE for more Pictures and Information on this home for sale in Murphy, NC.

 Call The Poltrock Team – REMAX of Murphy NC – www.MyMurphy.comJohnPoltrock@gmail.comCall us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team

 

Mountain View Marina at Bear Paw Resort in Murphy NC on Lake Hiwassee

I must admit that we absolutely LOVE Lake Hiwassee in Murphy NC, and the four marinas that service lake goers are an absolute asset. Mountain View Marina is located right in the heart of Bear Paw Resort. Even though its located within a gated resort, it’s open to the public. Just tell the guard at the gate you’re headed the marina.

Mountain View Marina is approximately 30 minutes from downtown Murphy and close to the Hiwassee Dam. Certainly don’t let the distance deter you! It’s the nicest, most modern marina on the lake. It offers many things like:

  • Boat rentals of well maintained boats
  • Boat slips for on-the-water storage. It is the only marina you can leave your boat on the water year around. All others end up on the bank as the lake is lowered.
  • Boat lifts to keep your boat out of the water in your slip
  • Gas (what good marina doesn’t have gas? 🙂 )
  • A well stocked store with snacks, goodies, gear, ice cream, and everything you’ll need on the lake
  • NC Fishing Licenses
  • and lots more

You can call them at 828-644-5451 or visit their website at mountainviewmarina.com

We keep our boat there and have rented pontoon boats from them in the past. They always have great service, hospitality, and their boats are very nice. They even maintain a great site on Facebook and you can visit their website with more information at www.mountainviewmarina.com

Looking for real estate on the lake? Let The Poltrock Team help you! You can search all the Lakefront Homes and Homes in Bear Paw available here or let us do the work for you by using our dream home finder. See all the lakefront homes on Hiwassee and other surrounding lakes by clicking here. And don’t hesitate to call us on the phone! We’re here for YOU!

Here is a photo gallery of the marina in 2021. You can even see where they are adding additional slips.

Potts and Pebbles & Spring Meadows Lawn and Landscape Business in Murphy NC

One of the best things about homes and real estate in Murphy, North Carolina is the beautification of them to make them yours! Here’s a great company to help bring your property to life! They can meet all yours needs from sales to installation. Here’s a write-up from the owner himself!

Spring Meadows Lawn & Landscape began in April of 1991 with just mowing lawns and blowing leaves.  A small humble start, but always offering great service and reliable work.  Over the last 18 years or so, we have grown with acquiring our NC pesticide license in 1998 and NCMA certification in 2007 as well as a lot of lawn and landscape equipment.  Spring Meadows can do simple maintenance jobs like pruning, mulching, mowing and pressure washing; but can also do not so simple jobs like tree injection and pesticide spraying.  We like to say we are a full service landscape provider offering just about every service you would need to care for your residential or commercial real estate.  Spring Meadows Lawn & Landscape can be reached at springmeadowslandscape@gmail.com or by calling 828-361-4238


Pott’s and Pebbles is a small garden center and display area offering customers a variety of plants, trees, shrubs, bagged materials, water features and pots. Our goal is simple – whether we are selling you a small plant or landscaping your entire yard, quality work with reliable service.  We hope that through our efforts on your project, whether small or large, you will be treated with a friendly smile, great products and always at a fair price.

Potts and Pebbles is currently relocating to the front corner of the Cornerstone Building where REMAX is, so look for us to be open by Fall of 2009.  Pott’s and Pebbles can be reached by email at pottsandpebbles@gmail.com or by calling 828-361-4238.