Sapphire's Newest Restaurant

Library Kitchen + Bar's the most colorful place to eat and drink in Sapphire Valley.  Our historic restaurant has a new vibe to it since its 2016 complete renovation with thought provoking art installations by co-founder and artist Marvin Gralnick and bright and playful culinary treats dreamed up by Chef Johannes Klapdohr, you're sure to find our restaurant easy to visit and hard to leave. View our complete menu here.

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rooted in western north carolina history

In the early 1950s as the Highlands area grew in popularity, it became apparent that if you did not own property on the environs of the clubs there, that play on their golf courses would not continue to be available. Gene Howerdd Sr. was retiring from Georgia Pacific and decided to look for property to build a golf course community nearby.

In 1954, the Howerdd family acquired 12,000 plus or minus acres of land in Sapphire. The property included approximately 8,500 acres of land, an inn (originally known as Fairfield Inn) and a 200-acre lake (known as Lake Fairfield) on the North side of Highway 64, together with approximately 3,500 acres of land, some of which had been farmland, on the south side of Highway 64. This area was perfect for a mountain course as the terrain varied by no more than 12 feet across the valley floor!... Read more here. 

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The Kitchen

Our delectable dishes are friendly to all palates. Each menu item is designed by Michelin-star trained chef, Chef Johannes, to reflect what is available in season and will provide the most inspiration to each guest.

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the bar

Come take a seat at the bar and watch the world unfold as you sip Brian's Sangria, or have our craft-cocktail team whip up a concoction based on your tastes. Our signature drinks rotate per season, so make sure you taste them all.