Cataloochee Escape

first_imgWe’ve found the ideal winter getaway combo—days spent challenging snow covered hills on skis and snowboards and nights snuggled up by the fire in a cozy cabin at an adjacent dude ranch.At one time Cataloochee Ski Area and Cataloochee Ranch were under the same ownership, but the family who continues to own the ranch concentrates now on welcoming lodging guests while the ski slopes are under different management. The two work closely together, however, to make sure everyone has a great mountaintop experience in Maggie Valley, N.C.Getting Ready for the Season Beginning November 1 Cataloochee Ski Area staff are primed to begin snowmaking as soon as the temperature dips low enough. Check out the schedule for when the slopes will be open for the 2013-2014 season here.  If you’re just starting out, they can set you up with lessons. And get this: those beginner lessons are free every non-holiday Monday through Thursday if you rent your equipment there.A Little Piece of HeavenAfter a day on the slopes, head next door to Cataloochee Ranch to warm up by the fire and recharge your batteries. A hearty dinner and breakfast are included in your stay. We predict you’ll want to kiss the cook when you chow down on homemade favorites. Lunch is offered as well, but you’ll need to pay as you go for this meal.The original owners of the ranch, Tom and Judy Alexander, converted a stone and log cattle barn into the main ranch house where they raised their family. Today, the ranch is in the hands of second and third generations of the family and the six bedrooms in the rustic ranch house provide cozy comfort to visitors. There are also 12 rental cabins on this 900+ acre property as well as the Silverbell Lodge, perfect for groups who want to travel together. It can hold up to 24 people.Mix and Mingle While you can retreat into the comfort of your cabin without any disturbance from the outside world, you can also enjoy feeling like you’re part of the Cataloochee Ranch family. You might be seated at dinner next to one of the family members or enjoy getting to know guests from other parts of the country. They have a social hour before dinner, and even offer live entertainment on select evenings. If the crowd is lively enough, watch for them to slide back sofas to create a dance floor.Rev up the next morning with a big breakfast—platters of bacon, eggs, homemade biscuits and jellies, grits, oatmeal and more—and hit the slopes again. Perfect getaway, right? Yes, we think so too.Cataloochee Ranch, 119 Ranch Drive, Maggie Valley, N.C. 28751 | 800-868-1401  info@cataloocheeranch.comCataloochee Ski Area, 1080 Ski Lodge Road, Maggie Valley, N.C. 28751 | 800-768-0285  ski2@cataloochee.com 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Best Small-Space Furniture for Living Tiny The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing last_img read more

Greek elections high government borrowing costs confront traders this week

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 17, 2012 5:10 pm MDT TORONTO – The eurozone will be in focus this week as traders hope for more clarity as to whether Greece remains in the 17-nation eurozone and also look to moves by officials in the monetary union that could ease the growing pressure on borrowing rates for Spain and Italy.Investors also looked to the U.S. Federal Reserve to provide an indication that it is willing to provide another round of stimulus to help a slowing economy.In Greece, the conservative party that backs keeping the country in the eurozone won the national election Sunday and immediately proposed forming a pro-euro coalition government — a development that eased, at least briefly, deep fears that the vote would unleash an economic tsunami.The outcome of the election was seen as crucial as it will determine whether the country sticks to its highly unpopular austerity program of tax hikes and spending cuts that a previous government accepted in order to receive billions of euros in bailouts that are keeping the country afloat.There was fear that if political parties were elected that favour reneging on the austerity program, the international bailout and Greece’s membership in the euro currency union would be at risk.It was considered doubtful that traders will wake up Monday morning with a clear idea of whether Greece is, in fact, in or out of the eurozone.“There are still going to be a lot of ifs there, even when you get an answer as to who won the election,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Global Investment.He says there could be a boost to markets if parties backing austerity win, but it won’t last.On Friday, traders showed some confidence about the impact of the election on the European economy after the president of the European Central Bank said it would continue its “crucial role” of making sure the financial system has sufficient cash.Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index ended 58.48 points higher to 11,524.90 last week, rising 0.2 per cent over the week.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average was ahead 115.26 points at 12,767.17, up 1.7 per cent for the week. The Nasdaq composite index rose 36.47 points to 2,872.80.Equally important to traders is how the eurozone government debt crisis contagion has spread to Spain and Italy and what officials will do about it.Spain’s borrowing costs jumped close to the unsustainable seven per cent mark last week, despite fellow eurozone countries making available up to €100 billion to bail out banks crushed by the weight of bad loans, a legacy of the collapsed real estate market.But Moody’s downgraded Spain’s government debt last Wednesday. It sees the bailout funds adding considerably to the country’s debt burden.And Italy’s 10-year borrowing rate rose to 6.07 per cent from 6.02 per cent, and the interest rate on its one-year bonds also rose sharply. Italy is seen as the next most likely eurozone country to seek a bailout.“(Eurozone officials) know what to do, they probably have the instruments to do it,” said John Johnston, chief strategist at Davis Rea Ltd.“But they need to be creative and forceful and the Germans are the ones who need to do it. They don’t seem to be willing.”He said the eurozone can survive but it must move to greater integration.In particular, Johnston said the banking crisis is the critical focus in the short run.“You have to have a central bank that’s dedicated to financial stability,” he said.“The European Central Bank hasn’t been given that mandate, it must be given that. This means they pump more money into the system, cut interest rates, regardless of their views on inflation.”The U.S. Federal Reserve will also be in focus as it makes its next interest rate announcement Tuesday.There is no mystery insofar as rates are concerned since the Fed is committed to keeping rates near zero for the foreseeable future.But slowing economic conditions around the globe, partly because of worsening economic conditions in Europe, have encouraged traders to believe that the central bank will embark on another round of stimulus.“Certainly, there’s a growing recognition at the Fed that it probably needs to do another round of something,” said Johnston.“I guess the question is whether the case is strong enough just yet. The things we’re all doing our hand wringing about are all offshore. And the Fed can’t do a whole lot on that front.”A couple of problems confront Fed chairman Ben Bernanke.It’s an election year and further stimulus measures could attract huge criticism from the Republicans.But it’s also a question of how much support Bernanke would have for further stimulus.“Bernanke may not have enough support, he may have to say, well, we will keep monitoring it and by the time August rolls around, things should be clear enough where maybe they have to do it.” Greek elections, high government borrowing costs confront traders this week read more