Reynolds Lake Oconee in Georgia, one of only 11 resorts to earn a GOLF Magazine Platinum Medal, is once again offering its popular "First Round's on Us" package for the rest of the summer 2018.  The limited time only package, available through August ...


Reynolds Lake Oconee Offers Popular First Round ‘On the House’ Golf Package and more...

Reynolds Lake Oconee Offers Popular First Round ‘On the House’ Golf Package

Reynolds Lake Oconee Golf Cottages Georgia

Reynolds Lake Oconee in Georgia, one of only 11 resorts to earn a GOLF Magazine Platinum Medal, is once again offering its popular "First Round's on Us" package for the rest of the summer 2018.  The limited time only package, available through August 31, features a complimentary afternoon round upon the guests' arrival, which can be played at one of four courses at the prestigious Georgia master-planned golf resort.  The impressive Reynolds Lake Oconee golf course collection includes the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, Great Waters (currently under renovation); the Tom Fazio design - The National; The Oconee by Rees Jones; and The Landing and the Preserve courses, both by Bob Cupp.

The amenity-rich 10,000-acre lakefront resort of Reynolds Lake Oconee, located between Augusta and Atlanta, Georgia, has been one of the nation's most celebrated golf resorts for nearly 30 years.  The "First Round's on Us" package offers eager golfers immediate access to four of its six award-winning golf courses, spacious accommodations in a choice of two to four-bedroom cottages or condominiums, plus credits to use for dining and pro shops.

While at Reynolds Lake Oconee, golfers can also peruse and experience the latest equipment from TaylorMade as well as improve their skills at the recently expanded Reynolds Kingdom of Golf, presented by TaylorMade.  The exceptional golf experiential center at Reynolds Kingdom of Golf features the TaylorMade Gears Golf system, two fully enclosed hitting bays, three covered and heated hitting areas, TrackMan 4 launch monitors, and high-speed Ximea cameras.  Players also can have custom clubs built right onsite at the TaylorMade Tour Trailer.

Reynolds Lake Oconee National Cottages in Georgia All three lodging choices feature fully-equipped resort residential style accommodations.  The Landing Cottages surround The Village at The Landing, home to the award-winning clubhouse and a golf shop at the original Bob Cupp-designed golf course.  The Village at Lake Club Pointe condominiums provide spectacular golf, lake and woodland views.  The AAA Five Diamond Ritz-Carlton, Lake Club Marina, and Tennis Center are nearby, as are the plentiful scenic walking trails of Reynolds Lake Oconee.  For a larger group, the luxury four-bedroom, four-bath National Club Cottages are just a short walk from the National golf shop and the very popular restaurant, The National Tavern.

The "First Round's on Us" stay and play package through August 31, 2018 includes:

  • Complimentary round of golf* on day of arrival (after 1 p.m. EDT)
  • $25 credit good for golf shop or dining purchases for each night you stay
  • Luxury accommodations in your choices of a private cottage or condominium
  • Daily Southern-style breakfast at Eighty8 Kitchen+Cocktails
  • Special rates for same day replay

"First Round's on Us" package pricing starts from $249 per person, per night (minimum two people per cottage/condominium)

*A signature course fee applies to play The Oconee

Reynolds Lake Oconee Golf Course Hole 15 Georgia Reynolds Lake Oconee offers 374 miles of shoreline along the 19,000-acre lake providing an abundance of outdoor recreational activities including the Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds, an award-winning tennis facility, full-service marinas for water sports such as boating, water-skiing and fishing.   The outdoor enthusiasts' paradise also includes swimming pools, as well as camping or picnicking along its shores.  Reynolds Lake Oconee is located 90 miles east of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia.

If you are interested in more information about owning a retirement or vacation home at Reynolds Lake Oconee, contact us at Southeast Discovery at or call 877.886.8388.  Feel free to also reach out to our onsite colleague at Reynolds, Jere Mills who knows the property and area very well.  Jere can be reached at 706.817.9828 or


Wettest May On Record Left Impact On Western North Carolina


Western North Carolina (WNC) was already experiencing flooding and mudslides by the time the wet remnants of tropical storm Alberto arrived over the Memorial Day weekend.  Residents on the south side of Marion, North Carolina were evacuated because of threats of flash flooding on May 17.  The National Weather Service also issued flash flood warnings in Buncombe, Transylvania and Henderson Counties on the same date.

The following day, May 18, a mudslide near Tryon, NC claimed the life of one resident.  And the approach of Alberto just exacerbated things.  North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency for mountain counties across Western North Carolina on Wednesday May 30.  Asheville recorded 14.09 inches of rain for the month of May, surpassing the old record of 13.75 inches recorded in May 1940.  But because Asheville resides in a rain shadow created by the Black Balsam Mountains, that record, which caused flooding in Biltmore Village and other locations, pales in comparison to the nearly two feet of rain recorded across much of Western North Carolina.

Some impacts from this past soggy May include:

  • Interstate 40 at Old Fort closed due to mudslides.  Interstate 26 closed due to flooding.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway closed from Asheville (near Folk Art Center to Mount Mitchell) due to trees falling across roadway.
  • More than 50 roads across 13 counties of Western NC were closed at some point due to flooding and/or mudslides.
  • Multiple water rescues were reported from McDowell and other counties.
  • Two Department of Transportation workers had to be rescued from the Catawba River when a dump truck fitted with a snow plough they were using to clear roads of mud and debris was shoved into the river by more slides.
  • Chimney Rock State Park in Rutherford County was closed on May 27 when a retaining wall in a parking lot collapsed.
  • Some May 31 power outages included 3,446 customers in Buncombe County; 1,874 in Henderson; 278 in McDowell and 153 in Rutherford.
  • Two thousand residents were evacuated below Lake Tahoma dam in McDowell County when heavy rains triggered landslides at the dam.  Later examinations by engineers deemed the dam safe and evacuees returned to their homes.
  • Many businesses and residences flooded in and around Biltmore Village May 29 - 30 in Asheville.
  • Deaths attributed to the storms include:

-- One resident in Tryon, NC on May 18 when a mudslide engulfed the property.

--Two residents near Boone, NC on May 30 when a mudslide triggered a gas leak that destroyed their home.

--Two journalists from WYFF in Greenville, SC were killed May 28 while reporting on hazardous weather conditions in Polk County, NC when a tree toppled onto their vehicle.

The mudslides raised issues from the past.  According to reports, North Carolina lawmakers approved a budget, after three people died due to mudslides in May, including $3.6 million to reinstate a landslide-mapping program, which the same lawmakers, cut in 2011.  The Charlotte Observer reported, "The state directed the North Carolina Geological Survey to create landslide hazard maps in 19 of the mountain counties, but only four were mapped before the state ceased funding for the project in 2011."

Repercussions from this past stormy May are still being felt.  According to Asheville Citizens-Times, local produce will either be late or non-existent as local farmers deal with the flooding from May.  According to the report, "Randy Edmundson of Edmundson Produce Farm figures he's only seen Shaws Creek jump its banks 10 times in close to three decades.  This year, it flooded three times in a month, the wettest May on record."  Edmundson said he lost more than 45 acres of sweet corn plus strawberries, squash, cucumbers and tomatoes.  Jason Davis of North River Farms told the Citizens-Times that much of his 1,500 acres was flooded when Boylston Creek and the French Broad River both overran their banks.

But life in Western North Carolina is returning to (mostly) normal after the soggiest May on record.  Canoes, kayaks, rafts and inner tubes are filling area rivers and creeks; hiking trails, biking trails and equestrian trails are filling with adventure seekers.  The Blue Ridge Parkway and other scenic highways and byways are open and inviting.

There are no guarantees when it comes to weather.  But the Southeast - with its milder winters and longer summers - is certainly in the forefront when it comes to second and/or retirement homes.  And Western North Carolina offers a wonderful mix of everything the Southeast has to offer from snow skiing to parasailing within five hours of each other and four beautiful and distinct seasons.  Let Southeast Discovery match your wants and desires with the possibilities.

If  you're interested in the Western North Carolina area to relocate to - contact us at or call 877.886.8388.  We'd be happy to give you a hand with your search.  Better yet, fill out our online Questionnaire.  We'll review your answers and then send you information on specific areas and communities you should know about, based on your interests.

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Wilmington International Airport (ILM) Adds New Flights to Major Destinations

Wilmington North Carolina Airport Expanded Flights

Typically, one of the most important requirements when looking for the ideal place to relocate or retire is easy access to an airport that offers flights back to the place you're moving away from.  You likely still have friends and family you'd like to visit in that locale, who would also like to visit you in your new chosen city.  And if you're still employed and travel for work, a nearby airport becomes even more important.

That's why the new flights recently added to Wilmington International Airport (ILM) are so exciting.  Wilmington, on North Carolina's southeastern coast, boasts a charming and quaint 300-block historic district, easy access to several nearby beaches, and an abundance of cultural, culinary and entertainment options.  It's no wonder the area has become increasingly popular among those looking to retire or relocate to the Southeast region.

New Flights Added
According to a recent article in the Wilmington Business Journal, new flights were recently added at ILM through United Airlines, one of the airport's three major carriers.

On April 9, United Airlines began non-stop flights between ILM and Chicago O'Hare (ORD) and ILM and Dulles/Washington D.C. (IAD).  The airline offers two flights a day for each destination using 50-seat regional jets.  United has added a ticket counter and gate at the airport.

On May 31, American Airlines announced non-stop flights to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), set to begin December 19.  American currently offers Saturday-only service to DFW through Aug. 18, 2018.

American also began offering non-stop flights to Reagan National Airport (DCA) in May; its daily nonstop service to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) will run June 7 through Sept. 4 as a summer seasonal service.

In addition to United and American, Delta also offers flights out of Wilmington.

Other destinations available from ILM include Atlanta, GA (ATL), Charlotte, NC (CLT), New York City (LGA), and Philadelphia (PHL).  Each of these flights departs daily.

For more information on Wilmington, North Carolina developments and neighborhoods, send your inquiries to or call 877.886.8388. We'll be happy to email you a short list of communities you'll want to know about if looking in this area.


Reynolds Lake Oconee Kingdom Of Golf – Names New Lead Instructor

Reynolds Lake Oconee Golf Kingdom-Georgia-Community

Sean Cain has been named lead instructor of The Reynolds Kingdom of Golf presented by TaylorMade at Reynolds Lake Oconee.  Cain comes to The Reynolds Kingdom of Golf from the Legends at Chateau Elan in Braselton, Georgia where he spent seven years as an instructor before being promoted to head golf professional in 2006.

The Reynolds Kingdom of Golf is located on a 16-acre campus adjacent to the AAA Five Diamond Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee.   The golf academy at The Reynolds Kingdom of Golf combines an innovative, comprehensive program adaptable to all golfers, using the latest technology as well as the acclaimed TaylorMade custom golf club fitting experience.

Reynolds Lake Oconee is among the "25 Best Golf Communities in North America" according to GOLF Magazine.  Located between Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia, Reynolds Reynolds Lake Oconee Kingdom of Golf Georgia Lake Oconee features six highly acclaimed golf courses designed by top golf architects including Jack Nicklaus, Rees Jones, and Tom Fazio.  Cain, who earned a bachelor's degree in business management and marketing from Shorter University in Rome, Georgia, will be responsible for the instructional curriculum for members, resort guests, and juniors at The Reynolds Kingdom of Golf.

The instructional programming at Reynolds Lake Oconee, which integrates Reynolds Kingdom of Golf teaching as well as their coaching staff, features an elite menu of training, body analysis and golf swing analysis.  The state-of-the-art facility at The Reynolds Kingdom of Golf includes two fully enclosed studios which are equipped with the latest technology and innovations for improving one's fitness and golf game.

Sean Cain Reynolds Kingdom of Golf Instructor Cain built an impressive junior program from the ground up among during his tenure at the Legends at Chateau Elan - and Chateau Elan "thrived with his accomplishments", according to Wes Forester, PGA Director of Golf, Reynolds Lake Oconee.  "He will have a positive impact at the Kingdom of Golf and will build strong relationships with those who rely on us to help improve their playing techniques."

Reynolds Lake Oconee is an outdoor recreational paradise that boasts access to more than 350 miles of Lake Oconee shoreline.  The Georgia master-planned community includes the Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds, an award-winning tennis center, swimming pools, pedestrian trails, the Lake Club wellness center, and four marinas to facilitate water sports.  Reynolds Lake Oconee is approximately 90 miles from Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

For more information on owning a retirement or second home at Reynolds Lake Oconee, contact us at Southeast Discovery - or call 877.886.8388. Or, feel free to reach out directly to our colleague onsite at Reynolds Lake Oconee.  Jere Mills, who has both worked, and lived at Reynolds for over twenty years.  He's a great real estate resource and can be reached at 706.817.9828 or email him at 

photos courtesy of Reynolds Lake Oconee


Balsam Mountain Preserve Is Preparing For Its Newest Amenity – Doubletop Village

Balsam Mountain Preserve Doubletop Village

Balsam Mountain Preserve (BMP) announced earlier this month that Vannoy Construction had been selected to construct the commercial component of its Doubletop Village.  BMP noted in a press release, "The upcoming Doubletop Village will become the new heart of Balsam Mountain Preserve…"  And the core of that heart will include -

Members’ Grille - The grille will offer indoor and outdoor dining; a demonstration kitchen; a private dining room and a wine tasting room.  Members' Grille will feature an open, dramatic cantilevered terrace overlooking the signature Arnold Palmer designed 18-hole championship golf course.  The grille promises the freshest creative fare with a commitment to natural and organic options.

Club Tavern - The tavern's laid-back ambiance will create the perfect setting for grabbing a quick bite and cool beverage with friends and/or the perfect place to meet fellow Balsam Mountain neighbors.  There will be indoor and outdoor seating, regional craft beer and a delicious and inventive grill menu.  Club Tavern will be located across the terrace from the Members' Grille and provide the ideal venue for a little R&R after a day on the links - or a trail ride or hike in the more than 3,000 acres of BMP wilderness, protected in perpetuity through conservation easements; or maybe after a fierce bocce or croquet tournament on one of Double Top Village's nearby activity lawns.

General Store and Golf House - The General Store and Golf House will be the gathering spot for Balsam Mountain Preserve friends and neighbors.  A place to pick up mail, grab your cup o' morning Joe and/or get a lunch or snack for those 18 holes; that trout fishing excursion; or a hike to your favorite picnic location.  The General Store and Golf House will also provide everyday provisions; the basics for your home kitchen and a full selection of golf, fitness and hiking apparel.

Balsam Mountain Preserve Chief Operating Officer, Joe Dellinger said, "Vannoy Construction is a leader in their industry and a member of the North Carolina community.  We are thrilled to welcome such a talented team who supports our commitment to the land and our residents."  BMP's development team reviewed five leading commercial construction firms and settled on Vannoy because of its experience, quality building practices and its founding principles of Honor, Humility, Hospitality and Hustle.

Jim Vannoy founded Vannoy Construction in Jefferson, NC in 1952.  Vannoy's sons Eddie and Mark joined the family business after college in the 1970's and began expanding the business.  Vannoy Construction quickly became one of Ashe County's leading employers. Vannoy Construction has remained faithful to its founding 4H's - Honor, Humility, Hospitality and Hustle and over the course of the past 25 years, with the addition of John Montgomery and Bill Banks, the company has become a leader in commercial construction across the Southeast and beyond.  It is now licensed in 48 states and has five offices across North and South Carolina.  Its annual revenue of more than $430 million puts Vannoy in the top 30 of private companies of North Carolina where it is annually recognized as one of the 'Best/Top Work Places' in the state.

Balsam Mountain Preserve Doubletop Village Doubletop Village is the brainchild of Balsam Mountain Preserve owners and residents, Ken and Bobbye Bowden.  The guiding philosophy of BMP since its creation has been "a community within a park."  Nearly 75% of the preserve's 4,400 acres is in a permanent conservation easement managed by Balsam Mountain Trust making it the lowest density development in the Western Carolina Mountains.  The Bowden's honor that philosophy by clustering Doubletop's 23 luxury cottages in a beautiful setting with its namesake Double Top Mountain as a backdrop and in proximity to already established amenities like the Arnold Palmer golf course and the Sports and Wellness Center.

The cottages will be designed by Harrison Design and create a modern interpretation of classic farmhouse architecture.  They will feature broad porches, white oak flooring, stone hearths with abundant light and open kitchens.  The cottages come in 2,3 and 4 bedroom floor plans and can be purchased turnkey ready, fully furnished by one of the region's celebrated interior design firms.  New owners can also take advantage of Balsam Mountain Preserve's property management services, which will oversee rental and/or property maintenance while they are away.

But they may not want to be away much.  This location, offering long-range mountain vistas including a new Arnold Palmer designed practice range, Sports and Wellness Center plus the new Members' Grille, Club Tavern, General Store and Golf House and Community Garden & Activity Lawns may just be too inviting to leave.  And, remember to enjoy great outdoor adventure that Western North Carolina is noted for all you have to do is walk or pedal out your door to enjoy more than 3,000 protected acres.  Plus, Balsam Mountain Trust and the Nature Center on property, are constantly offering guided hikes and/or programs - and are happy to assist with recreational opportunities.

Doubletop cottages are currently under construction and the date for completion of the commercial amenities is early 2020.  If you'd like to receive an informational packet on Balsam Mountain Preserve, contact or call 877.886.8388.

photo credit - Balsam Mountain Preserve