Community Life

Embrace an active and natural lifestyle

Ideally situated on 75 acres in the Swannanoa Valley, Givens Highland Farms is just a few minutes from the quaint Main Street shops, restaurants, and breweries of downtown Black Mountain, as well as just a short car ride away from the charming city of Asheville. This region consistently ranks in national publications as an ideal location for retirement and between these two locations, you’ll discover plentiful opportunities for dining and cultural events.

Known as a strong community partner in the Western North Carolina area for more than 50 years, Givens Highland Farms boasts a long tradition of providing relaxed community living with the assurance of future healthcare. This naturally beautiful and welcoming campus with abundant green space and more than 16 walking trails is the perfect setting for pursuing an active, fulfilling lifestyle.

Life Enrichment

Living at Givens Highland Farms frees our residents to pursue the interests and passions that make up the essence of who they are as individuals and provides a necessary connection for coming together as friends. Continue to expand your knowledge and expertise of current interests or take up fresh hobbies and develop new activities. You have the opportunity to reach the optimal well-being of mind, body, and spirit.

Arts & Culture

Many Givens Highland Farms artisans display their talents at Black Mountain’s numerous local galleries and art studios. A few of our residents are acclaimed musicians and dramatists in their own right and are key contributors to a flourishing local arts community. Musical venues host entertainment ranging from classical to popular to bluegrass. Just a short 15-mile drive away, the Asheville area offers a flourishing cultural scene. Theater lovers can attend national touring and local performances at the Asheville Arts Center, North Carolina Stage Company, and the Asheville Community Theater.

Fitness

Physical fitness comes naturally to our residents. A few steps outside your front door provides a variety of recreation opportunities. You can start your day with a leisurely loop around the pond with your pet. Or you can enjoy more social group activities such as yoga, Tai Chi, line dancing, and strength and stretching classes. Just being outside in the fresh air and enjoying the scenic vista of the Black Mountains can help you breathe a little deeper and provide motivation to improve your well-being.

Learning

Our campus hosts local community leaders, experts, and university professors, who lead thoughtful and informative discussions. Some recent topics include health, fitness, history, and social issues. In addition, our residents take the initiative in serving the community with more than 36 resident-led interest groups offering even more opportunities for growth and socializing.

Volunteering

Our residents lead active lives within their families and communities. Community engagement has always been part of the mountain lifestyle. There are many volunteer opportunities, both on the campus and in the surrounding area, where civic organizations, churches, and schools welcome our residents’ skill sets and experience.

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Social Opportunities

Our residents’ needs inspire our social programming. Givens Highland Farms takes a “come as you are and everyone is welcome” approach to events and programming. There is always a fun way to engage and connect, from simple game nights with trivia or board games to community-wide holiday events or local community festivals. Each week there are “drop-in” morning coffees or pop-up picnics, or outdoor movies where you can gather and catch up with neighbors. Arts and crafts workshops, travel and hiking clubs, and poetry and book club discussions provide opportunities to connect with people who share similar interests.

Spiritual

Spirituality is a valuable dimension of wellness. Our community cultivates programming, including weekly Bible Studies, Vespers services, daily inspirations, and other programming developed and led by our community Chaplain. Our Meditation Room provides a quiet space for reflection or prayer and is accessible to everyone in the community at any time.

Dining

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Givens Highland Farms understands that our residents have experienced various local and regional foods and are knowledgeable about menu and drink choices. Our chef-created menus combine the comfort of home-cooked favorites with the innovation of restaurant-style entrees.

You can experience a full menu in our dining room as you visit with friends and neighbors over a filling breakfast or leisurely lunch. Or select from our grab-and-go deli with prepared lunch or breakfast selections when you head into town or enjoy some quiet time in your private residence. You can even pick up frozen entrees of campus favorites and prepare them at your leisure in your kitchen. Our flexible dining plans make it easy for you to experience delicious dining. Savor traditional and international food crafted by our talented culinary team while catching up with other residents in our dining room for a complete experience.

Off-campus, Black Mountain and Asheville offer various eateries and dining venues to satisfy even the most discerning palate.

Outdoor Life

Choose your own adventure

From biking, hiking, walking, canoeing, kayaking, or camping, you’ll find it close to your new home at Givens Highland Farms. A simple step outside your front door offers beautiful views of the Western Carolina mountains. Breathe in deep for a healthy dose of the clean mountain air.

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