Pilot Cove celebrated its official grand opening June 22. The resort is the product of five friends’ ambition to create the ultimate outdoor destination for Western North Carolina. The setup provides luxury getaway living for people who love to go outside and play in the bugs and mud day after day. Located at the US 276 entrance to Pisgah National Forest, Pilot Cove offers not only access to everything the park has to offer; it has its own picnic areas with grills and campfire rings plus exclusive trails for hikers and mountain bikes winding through the forest and often hugging mountainsides. Guests stay in any of ten cabins, each sporting contemporary architecture, with a lot of glass and extensive balconies for viewing the natural environment. Studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom rentals showcase local art and luxury, custom-made furnishings. Each rental includes a full kitchen slick enough for the end of a house-hunting show, a mudroom, a washer and dryer, over 200 cable channels for a 48-inch flatscreen, and WiFi. Each unit has its own private car parking, and secure bicycle storage and a bike washing station are on premises. Future plans include constructing more cabins and developing campgrounds and a natural amphitheater with a stage for outdoor concerts and weddings.