Sylva, NC (September 26, 2019) — Balsam Mountain Preserve, a conservation-oriented residential community in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, has awarded Asheville-based interior design firm, Alchemy Design Studio, the contract to design the commercial components of the community’s upcoming Doubletop Village. This will include the Village’s restaurant and bar, the Summit House and Mine Tavern, and the General Store and Pro Shop. Set in a prime location within the 4,400-acre preserve, overlooking Balsam’s Arnold Palmer Signature golf course and Plott Balsam Mountain Range, Doubletop Village is a mountain hamlet of dining and recreational amenities currently under development and is scheduled to open in early 2020. 

Specializing in the creation of authentic and thoughtful design, Alchemy Design Studio was also responsible for the interiors of Balsam Mountain Preserve’s recently renovated Ruby Valley Fitness and Wellness Pavilion. The firm has also been privately contracted by multiple Balsam homeowners for a variety of residential projects. 

“The upcoming Doubletop Village will become the new heart of Balsam Mountain Preserve,” shared Joe Dellinger, Chief Operating Officer at Balsam Mountain Preserve. “Alchemy Design Studio’s extensive and varied portfolio, including previous Balsam Mountain Preserve projects, made them the natural choice to extend the Balsam vision into its next chapter with Doubletop Village.”

Under the guidance of Alchemy Design Studio’s owner and principal designer, Traci Kearns, the team is incorporating natural and organic materials to celebrate the area’s natural beauty, staying true to Balsam Mountain Preserve’s overarching commitment to nature. Many finishes, including furniture, lighting and accents will also be sourced from local artisans.

“We are thrilled to be part of Balsam Mountain Preserve’s continued enhancement and evolution,” shared Kearns. “Our design intention is to remain authentic to the Balsam ethos and bring the outdoors in through thoughtfully selected materials and accents that speak to the community’s aesthetic.”

The Mine Tavern will feature a 3,968-square-foot indoor and outdoor bar for day or evening gatherings. The décor will include a variety of seating vignettes and a darker color palate, making the space intimate, yet casual. The Summit House will feature a traditional dining space with 7,000-square-feet to accommodate 80 guests indoors and 50 guests outside on a picturesque patio. A large glass wall will separate the deck space from the restaurant’s interior providing spectacular mountain views for diners. The space will also feature a demonstration kitchen, a wine-tasting room and a private dining room that can seat 14 guests. The General Store and Pro Shop will serve as a convenient and charming one-stop shop for residents. Retail items will include everything from homewares, prepared and staple food items, wine and local goods to clothing and sporting goods. 

To learn more about homeownership at Balsam Mountain Preserve, call their sales office at (866) 452-3456 or visit 

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Balsam Mountain Preserve

Balsam Mountain Preserve is a low-density, conservation-orientated private residential community set on 4,400 acres in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville. Refined amenities of the community include an Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, Palmer Practice Park, Equestrian Center, Ruby Valley Fitness & Wellness Pavilion, junior Olympic heated pool, Nature Center, tennis courts, guided hiking, fishing and camping opportunities, the Boarding House and Outpost for gathering and food & beverage offerings. The new Doubletop Village, currently under construction, will consist of a grouping of stunning club facilities featuring a new grille, the Summit House, with a private dining room and an expansive terrace for outdoor dining. The Summit House will overlook the Palmer Practice Park, the Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, as well as the valleys and mountains beyond. Across the courtyard, the Mine Tavern will offer casual indoor and outdoor restaurant service. The Village will also include a General Store and Pro Shop in the main building, as well as the organic Ruby City Farm, two great lawns for bocce, croquet, badminton, putting green and other sports. For more information or to inquire about homes, homesites or membership opportunities, visit or follow us @BalsamMountainPreserve on Facebook, Instagram or @BMPCommunity on Twitter. 


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