Tryon International Film Festival – 2017

Image may contain: textNot just a quaint country town anymore, Tryon, NC has put its mark on the map in more than one way.  It’s always been a favorite spot for the equine enthusiast, but this year’s equestrian theme at the 3rd Annual Tryon International Film Festival had a surprising addition when EQUUS joined and brought some very prominent and skilled filmmakers and stars to the show. For those that may not know, EQUUS is based out of New York City and highlights and rewards the diverse and creative efforts of those in indie film, music, and advertising, who artistically pay homage to the horse through media. Some of this years winners include Best Feature: “Three Days in August” by Jonathan Brownlee and Best Tryon’s Overall: “Bound” by Daljit Kalsi.

This year’s judges include some very well known names in the film industry- Producer/Director Frank M Calo whose film “The Believer,” starring Ryan Gosling and Billy Zane, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Festival, and photographer/cinematographer Elma Garcia, who has beautifully directed many brand name    commercials and worked with some of the best cinematographers in the world. She is also an Amateur Dressage rider and lives in Mill Spring, North Carolina.

Festivities included a Red Carpet Gala with a horse parade, producer/director and screenwriting workshops, cocktail party and awards ceremony.  Films played throughout the weekend and consisted of equestrian films, documentaries, human rights and dignity films, short films and student films.

Tom and Carole McKay speaking with Drea Dnur about her first short film, ” The Spirit of Nina in Buffalo”, a film about Tryon’s own international star Nina Simone.



This was the first year Pinnacle Sotheby’s International Realty became a prominent sponsor for the festival and it was an honor to be able to support our community and all the people that were involved to produce such an amazing event. 




Pinnacle SIR owners and staff. Left to Right – Bill McKay, Debbie Hughes-Broker Associate, Tom McKay-Owner/Broker , Rebecca Melton – Administrative Assistant, Carole McKay – Owner/ Broker, Andrea Stewart- Marketing, Ashley Hannon – Luxury Rentals






Click below for links to highlights of TFF.


1926 Memorial Highway Lake Lure, NC $695,000 MLS# 3196825

Reminisce about the good ole days while rocking in a warm gentle breeze overlooking the calm Lake Lure water. This cozy vintage style cabin is perfect for a vacation, second home and/or rental. Tongue and groove pine walls, real wood burning fireplace and screen porch add to the traditional feel of vintage Lake Lure.

A fire pit surrounded by lush greenery overlooks the lake.

A full length deck adds extra entertainment on one of the two boathouses on the property. Only 5 minutes to downtown Lake Lure!! 


131 Jonadel Court Lake Lure, NC $329,000 MLS#3194912


A golfer’s paradise awaits in this incredible home on the 17th green in Apple Valley Golf Course. The private wooded setting opens to the lush greens awaiting your hole in one!

Inside you will find the kitchen has a gourmet layout with lots of cabinets, a butcher block island and built-in gas grill. Professional appliances can be easily added for a more updated style.  A private hot tub just off of the master bath completes the dream of a golfer’s retreat. Who could ask for a better deal? Affordable, well-built and unique! This home is also part of Rumbling Bald Resort. 


231 Tatanka Trail Lake Lure, NC $1,100,000 MLS# 558419

                                                                WHAT A VIEW!!                                               This inspiring home built high above the trees has gorgeous panoramic views as far as the eye can see. Home has impeccable detail including large stone fireplace, a masterful open floor plan and guest suite. Tatanka is Lake Lure’s hidden gem in the mountains with some of the best homes and sites around!


  103 LAKEVIEW ROAD LAKE LURE, NC – $829,000   MLS#3190402

A rare lakefront find on a private mini estate. Newly updated with vintage style. Gorgeous views of Lake Lure and surrounding mountains. Enchanting sunroom brings natural light into home. Large sundeck  perfect for entertaining or relaxing. Multiple garden spaces and long private drive with lots of parking.


Extraordinary Homes Extraordinary Views will feature some of our favorite homes around the lake. Each home (of course) has to have an extraordinary view which makes living at the lake an even greater experience. And as you know, Pinnacle Sotheby’s International Realty is not just about finding a home, it’s about finding the experience.


103 Lakeview Rd.

 Lake Lure, NC 28746



Our featured Extraordinary Home ♦ Extraordinary View this week is a vintage lakeside estate in one of the original neighborhoods in Lake Lure, Timbercove, which still holds some of the oldest homes around the lake! In fact this home was built on the original foundation and closely resembles the very first house on the lot!

Sit at your own private deck and let the morning sun kiss your cheeks as the birds chirp in the distance and the gentle breeze sweeps across the hillside. A gorgeous scene of Rumbling Bald Mountain is the backdrop for the lake. No matter the season you’ll always have a stunning view! 

The lower deck offers an even closer view of the water and the rare opportunity to own a unique waterside deck that can be used for fishing, duck feeding or just lounging close to the water’s edge. The charming sunroom perfectly lets in the morning sun and is the most treasured room in the house. Enjoy the lake from inside during the cold weather or watch a summer storm safely. Make future memories in this traditional style, family lakefront home.  

This home is offered by Thomas M. McKay 828.625.9600 x210  828.243.3811


Extraordinary Homes Extraordinary Views will feature some of our favorite homes around the lake. Each home (of course) has to have an extraordinary view which makes living at the lake an even greater experience. And as you know Pinnacle Sotheby’s International Realty is not just about finding a home it’s about finding the experience.

231 Tatanka Trail  Lake Lure, NC 28746

Price- $1,100,000


This weeks Extraordinary ♦ Home Extraordinary View is located in TATANKA high above the mountains in the Buffalo Cliffs community. With panoramic views of the gorgeous Rumbling Bald Mountains and serene Lake Lure, the expanse of this homesite is not only picturesque but ethereal.

Authentic Mountain Living

Take in the enrapturing scenes as you breathe the fresh mountain air. A private escape deep in the heart of Hickory Nut Gorge.

Wake up to an awe-inspiring sunrise over the mountain tops!

This home was developed (along with all homes in TATANKA) to highlight the natural scenery at every view. This special home is fortunate to have some of the best views around highlighting tall cliffs, natural boulders and mountain peaks as far as the eye can see.

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Embrace the simple things in life. Sit by a warm fire. Watch the stars come out at night. Reminisce as you rock on the porch swing. The developers of TATANKA  quote the saying “to enjoy the process you must embrace the simplicity.”   Embrace it for yourself in this extraordinary home, extraordinary view!

See how majestic this home can make you feel. Your kingdom in the sky awaits!

    This home is offered by Thomas M. McKay                                                   828.625.9600 x210 828.243.3811                   


The Ultimate Entertainment Home

Spectacular mountain home constructed with outdoor entertaining in mind. From the stone walls surrounding the paver driveway to the meticulously landscaped grounds with cascading waterfalls to the porte-cochere and stone foot bridge that leads to the artisan-crafted outdoor kitchen with authentic Italian pizza oven and outdoor living room all surrounding a beautifully constructed 3 bed, 3.5 bath residence with screen porch,views and guest quarters.
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