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Another amazing holiday weekend on the mountain is in the books. Thank you to everyone who joined us for all of our 4th of July festivities from our fun-filled Festival at the Amphitheater to our Golf and Pickleball Tournaments. Let's reminisce a little as we look forward to even more upcoming summer fun in this week's Bear Prints.

It has been an active bear season this summer, and we'd like to thank everyone for diligently following our bear safety precautions. Please continue to stay vigilant, lock your trash bins, and refrain from leaving any food outside or in your vehicles unattended. As we settle into a new month, read more about what bears are up to in July in this article from BearWise.

4th of July Recap

4th of July Festival

What a fantastic evening of food, fun, and fireworks at our 4th of July Festival. Power 2 Party had the Amphitheater rocking before a breathtaking fireworks display lit up the night sky and echoed throughout the mountains. Thank you to everyone who joined us for one of our favorite events of the year.

Red, White, and Blue Golf Tournament Winners

The competition was fierce at our sold-out Red, White, and Blue Golf Tournament. Thank you to all who came out to participate, and congratulations to our winners:

Men's Flight

Noah & Eli Clanahan - 23.5

Mixed Regular Flight

 Sharon & Larry Son Hing - 25

Mixed Forward Flight

Patty & Michael Hess - 24.5

4th of July Pickleball Tournament Winners

Our 3rd annual 4th of July Pickleball Tournament was a huge success and tons of fun. Thank you to everyone who came out to play, and congratulations to our winners:

Lake Flight (Beginners)

1st place - John Sylvester

2nd place - Graham Gillespie

3rd place - Paulette Clanahan

4th Place - Debby Gillespie

Mountain Flight (Experienced)

1st place - Brock Kehoe

2nd Place - John Flagg

Keep an eye out for our video recap, coming next week.

June Pickleball & Tennis League Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Pickleball and Tennis Leagues last month. We had a very fun and active June season, and we're anticipating even more exciting competition in July. Congratulations to our June winners:

Pickleball Lake Division

1st place - John Matheny (147 points out of 230 played, 63.91%)

2nd place - Erin Flagg (82 points out of 146 played, 56.16%)

3rd place - Paula Culbreth  (143 points out of 282 played, 50.71%)

Pickleball Mountain Division

1st place - Chris McGreevy (280 points out of 459 played, 61.00%)

2nd place - Tom Pace (182 points out of 321 played, 56.70%)

3rd place - Kristin Heath (279 points out of 518 played, 53.86%)


1st place - Larry Son Hing (35 games out of 54 played, 64.81%)

2nd place - Alanna Stubblebine (44 games out of 72 played, 61.11%)

3rd place - Lisa Klaire (46 games out of 90 played, 51.11%)

Castle Sessions - July 21st

 Ever heard the song Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off? Gary J Hannan and John Wiggins, the two songwriters behind that legendary Country Music hit, are headlining Castle Sessions on Thursday, July 21st. You won't want to miss this one! Head to to secure tickets, and use promo code HOMEOWNER for $50 off each ticket.  Need transportation? We’ll pick you up! Email to be picked up at the Lake Club or Greeter’s Cottage. Be sure to like the Castle Sessions Facebook page for updates, videos, and more great content from our artists.

Kid's Camp

Nearly a month of summer fun at our Kids Camp is in the books, and just a few spots are available for the next few sessions. Email to sign your kid(s) up before the summer ends. Exploration, new friends, and priceless memories await.

Astronomy Night at The Overlook

Whether you're a constellation connoisseur or still learning about the night sky, the top of the mountain is the perfect place to look to the stars. Join us at The Overlook on July 9th for an evening of stargazing with Dr. Paul A. Heckert, a professor of physics and astronomy at Western Carolina University. RSVP for free on Simpletix.

Member's Exclusive Potluck

Bring your favorite homemade dish and an empty stomach to our Member's Exclusive Potluck at The Point on July 10th. Chef Santiago has us covered with some delicious roasted lamb as our main course, so bring your best sides and desserts. Email to RSVP and let her know what you're preparing!

Cooking with Fire 

Looking to enjoy a beautiful meal in an exciting new way? Join our executive Chef Santiago Guzzetti at Bear Creek Park on July 27th as he prepares an exquisite dinner by cooking with fire. Enjoy the show before partaking in some amazing food and drink.  We encourage carpooling for this event as parking space is limited. Click here to RSVP on Simpletix.

Weddings at Castle Ladyhawke


We have weddings scheduled for this evening, July 7th and Saturday, July 9th at Castle Ladyhawke with numerous guests expected to make their way to our community in the coming days. Please be aware of increased traffic throughout the property and, if you cross paths, give them a warm Bear Lake welcome! Interested in hosting a wedding or private event of your own at the Castle? Email for more information.

Special Shoutout to Homeowner Steve Curtis

We'd like to extend our heartfelt thanks to homeowner Steve Curtis for his continued dedication to Bear Lake Reserve. Steve regularly volunteers his time to ensure the Lake Club pools, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems are working properly for all of our owners and guests to enjoy. Our community and the Lake Club wouldn't be the same without him!

Internet Issues

Experiencing problems with your internet connection? Let us take a look before you deal with hassle of calling customer service. Email with details about the issues you're experiencing, and one of our tech savvy team members will be there to assist.


Checkout Faster on Simpletix with Autofill

With Simpletix, RSVPing to activities and events at Bear Lake Reserve has never been easier. However, pulling out your credit or debit card and typing all those numbers in every time you checkout can be a bit tedious. That's why we recommend turning on your smartphone's autofill feature. It makes checkout faster and more secure than ever, even if you don't have your card on hand. Here's how to enable autofill on iPhone and Android devices:


  1. Open settings
  2. Scroll down and tap on "Safari"
  3. Tap on "Autofill" under the "General" section
  4. Tap on "Saved Credit Cards"
  5. Enter your card info and authenticate using Touch ID, Face ID, and/or your iPhone passcode


  1. Open settings
  2. Scroll down and tap on "Privacy"
  3. Tap on "Autofill Service from Google"
  4. Tap on "Payment Methods"
  5. Enter your card information and tap "save"
  6. Go back and tap "Preferences" to turn on authentication features (biometrics, face unlock, etc.)
Alternatively, you can type "autofill" in the search bar at the top of the main settings page.

On The Horizon

Bear Lake Olympics: August 5th - 7th

Labor Day Weekend: September 3rd - 5th

Real Estate

 To add your home to the rental program, contact our new Lodging Director, Cindy Flagler 

Thinking about listing your home or touring real estate this weekend?

Please contact our agent on call, April Bryant at (828)508-4067.

Vacation Home of the Week – 77 Rolling Meadow Lane

Welcome to 77 Rolling Meadow Lane. This pet-friendly 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom cottage is located conveniently near the front of property and features a private path leading to “Lover’s Leap”: a large boulder outcropping which hangs majestically above the nearby creek. Enjoy a romantic picnic from this unique location, or savor drinks by the fireplace as you take in the sights and sounds of nature from the screened back porch. Inside, you’ll find a spacious great room with a timed gas log fireplace, flat screen TV, and plenty of seating. With room to accommodate up to 6 people, this home is perfect for family getaways and romantic couple’s retreats.

BLR Realty, LLC

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