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Jul 17,2013

Why Brooklyn Decker and Andy Roddick chose to live the high life in Cashiers

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Why Brooklyn Decker and Andy Roddick chose to live the high life in Cashiers

By Sam Boykin

Cedar Creek Racquet Club is on a private estate in Cashiers and features six clay courts, including a 2,000-seat stadium court, pro shop, and clubhouse with a three-level main dining room and pub. Reserved tickets are $100. Fans can also choose from an array of luxury box tickets, VIP tickets and group packages;
When former world No. 1 tennis player Andy Roddick retired last year, he could have chosen anywhere in the world to kick back and relax with his wife, model/actress and former Matthews resident Brooklyn Decker.

But instead of Florida, California, or some more exotic location, the couple are putting down roots in tiny Cashiers (pop. 1,974), situated in western North Carolina on the highest plateau of the Blue Ridge Mountains at 3,487 feet.

To help give back to their new seasonal home, they’re hosting the UCB Mountain Challenge at Cedar Creek Racquet Club July 27. The event, during which Roddick will take on another former No. 1 tennis player, Jim Courier, benefits the Mountain Youth Charities, which helps needy kids in the area.

At first glance, the Roddick’s decision to purchase a home in Cashiers might seem a little eccentric, until you consider the luxurious and scenic beauty of the area, about 150 miles west of Charlotte.

The vibe is on full display at destinations like High Hampton Inn & Country Club. The rustic stone-and-wood mountain inn is situated on 1,400 acres overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. It boasts 116 guest rooms and suites in the main lodge and 17 one- to four-bedroom cottages. Accommodations are woodsy but elegant, with hand-hewn twig and mountain-crafted furnishings; many of the cottages have fireplaces and screened porches.

Originally a summer retreat for Civil War General Wade Hampton and his family in the mid-1800s, High Hampton opened as an inn in 1922. Here it’s all about unplugging – there are no televisions or telephones in the guest rooms – and settling into the area’s relaxed pace of life.

The property features tennis courts, a 35-acre lake for swimming, boating and fishing, and an 18-hole George W. Cobb-designed golf course where you can even rent a llama to be your caddy. The dining room serves Southern favorites like fried chicken and rainbow trout, along with local vegetables and produce. A European spa offers a plethora of body treatments.

Other popular accommodations in Cashiers include Laurelwood Mountain Inn, with its contemporary cabin motif in the heart of downtown. Another big draw in Cashiers is Panthertown Valley, which has been dubbed the “Yosemite of the East.” This unspoiled, 6,700-acre stretch of land in the Nantahala National Forest has a network of primitive hiking trails that wind past waterfalls, granite domes, and creeks.

Cashiers’charming downtown Village Green has a number of quaint antique shops, boutiques, and art galleries. There are also several excellent restaurants in the area. At Canyon Kitchen, located in the private, 800-acre Lonesome Valley community, noted chef John Fleer uses fresh, local ingredients. And the Cornucopia has been one of Cashier’s most popular restaurants since 1979. Summer rates at the High Hampton start at $150 a night.



About 10 miles southwest of Cashiers in Highlands is Old Edwards Inn and Spa, another upscale retreat.

Selected by the readers of Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler as one of the world’s best hotels, Old Edwards Inn and Spa has undergone nearly $100 million in renovations over the past decade.

Situated at 4,118 feet above sea level, the inn has a variety of plush rooms and suites, some of which have private terraces and rooftop views of downtown Highlands. For a more rustic and private setting, there are lodges and cottages, including the new Falls Cottages. The multi-bedroom wood-and-stone cottages surround a heated outdoor pool and are just steps away from a café, theater room and bar.

There are five restaurants, and guests can also enjoy the Tom Jackson–designed golf course and the elegant, 25,000-square-foot spa, which features a full lineup of body treatments and massages.

Nearby attractions include downtown Highlands, which is bustling with boutiques, shops, restaurants, and art galleries. There are also several scenic hiking trails nearby, including one that winds through Nantahala National Forest to the stunning 70-foot Glen Falls. Old Edwards Inn and Spa summer rates start at $280 a night.


Lake Toxaway

Located on the shores of North Carolina’s largest private lake, the elegant Greystone Inn is less than 15 miles east of Cashiers at Lake Toxaway, a premier resort and residential community. This AAA Four-Diamond property has 28 guest rooms and several lakeside suites.

The property dates back to the late 1800s, when Pittsburgh entrepreneur E.H. Jennings founded the Toxaway Company in 1896 – toxaway is the Cherokee word for “red bird,” a nod to the many cardinals in the area – and carved into the remote and rugged land a 640-acre lake.

Jennings built the 250-room The Toxaway Inn in 1903, and for years the luxury resort attracted the rich and powerful, including Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone and John D. Rockefeller. But the good times came to an abrupt end in 1916 when Lake Toxaway’s dam broke and the lake emptied overnight. The Depression further hastened its demise, and after sitting empty for more than 30 years, the inn was torn down in 1948 after a fire.

It wasn’t until the late 1950s that South Carolina developer Reg Heinitsh and his son, Reg Heinitsh Jr., started rebuilding the abandoned community, including refilling the lake in 1961. They later developed homes around the property and opened The Greystone Inn in 1985.

Today, the property has a full lineup of amenities, including the Lake Toxaway Country Club, Kris Spence-designed championship golf course, tennis courts, spa, fitness center, and lakeside dining room that serves seven-course gourmet meals. Nightly rates start at $380 and include breakfast, afternoon tea, hors d’oeuvres, six-course dinner and champagne cruise.




Dec 17,2011

Brooklyn Decker is now the official ambassador for Magic Millions

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NOT content with sitting in the grandstands to watch husband Andy Roddick during Australian Open time, American sweetheart Brooklyn Decker has scored a Down Under gig of her own as official ambassador for the 2012 Magic Millions Carnival in January.

“I am so excited,” said the 24-year-old, who is looking forward to all the “sunshine, glamour and horse racing” of the annual Gold Coast event.

Decker follows in the footsteps of former carnival ambassadors such as Aussie models Jess Hart and Kristy Hinze, plus Olympic gold medallist Giaan Rooney and Aussie trainer Gai Waterhouse.

“I was actually named after a horse and I grew up around them in North Carolina, so seeing these majestic animals race, and the yearling sales, will be a thrill for me,” Decker said.

The Magic Millions carnival kicks off on January 10, followed by the BMW Magic Millions Race Day on January 14.

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Aug 26,2011

The Winston-Salem Open – Semifinals

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Brooklyn Decker during the semifinals of the Winston-Salem Open at the Wake Forest University Tennis Complex on August 26 in North Carolina.

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Aug 24,2011

The Winston-Salem Open

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Brooklyn Decker watches her husband Andy Roddick play a match during the Winston-Salem Open at the Wake Forest University Tennis Complex on August 23, 2011 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Andy Roddick won his second round match, defeating Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-2, 6-4.


(08/23) The Winston-Salem Open at the Wake Forest University Tennis Complex

Aug 04,2011

Brooklyn Decker: I’m not any good … yet

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Brooklyn Decker FansMore famous as a Sports Illustrated swimwear model, or as Mrs Andy Roddick, than as an actress, Brooklyn Decker was thrust into the Hollywood limelight earlier this year in Just Go With It where she had to match quips with Adam Sandler and out-sexy Jennifer Aniston.

Decker is candidly honest in describing how she felt. “I was terrified, completely terrified, so nervous… Jen [Jennifer Aniston] and Adam [Sandler] are my idols and I grew up watching both of them, so suddenly to be working alongside them was a very intimidating task. But I think it was the best way to learn, for this to be my first film with the two of them.”

It is clear the 24 year old, Ohio-born daughter of a pacemaker seller is still more of a star-gazer than star in the Hollywood spectrum.

“Oh I was so star-struck. I wish I wasn’t but I was. The first day I met Jen I think I maybe said two words to her because every time I tried to say something I would nervously ramble on” she admits.

While for many Hollywood is a calling, for Decker growing up it wasn’t even a fantasy.

“To be honest I grew up in such small towns [in Ohio and North Carolina] that being an actor wasn’t even a remote possibility. No one from North Carolina was in movies, you know? I actually wanted to be a veterinarian, I wanted to take care of animals” she recalls.

It was her rapid rise through the modeling world, after being discovered in a Charlotte mall, that inadvertently inspired her acting ambitions.

“I got really lucky with the modeling and I started studying acting as a way to get some education because I wasn’t going to college or university. That’s when I fell in love with it. Now that I’m acting I’m working so hard to get better because I know I have a lot of room for improvement.”

“I’m not any good yet, but I’m trying to learn. I’m studying and trying to get better, and I feel I’m at a very early stage in my career. I hope to grow with each role.

Decker’s self-deprecation seems genuine, if tied to a healthy dose of ambition. She has clear career goals and her sights are set on another comedy big shot. “I started with comedy and the second movie I’ve done [Battleship] is an action war film. I want to do something smaller next, something indie.”

“I like anything Judd Apatow does. I don’t know if you’d call those romantic comedies, they’re more straight comedies, but there’s a lot of heart to them. He finds a way to make the characters very funny and sometimes crass but still with a lot of heart. I’d love to work with Judd, actually. I’ve met him and again I could barely get a word out because he’s so smart.”

Decker was widely linked with the “Megan Fox replacement” part in Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, a role that ultimately went to fellow model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Yet those sort of seen-but-not-heard roles don’t really appeal.

“There are more female-driven movies coming out, but it is more difficult for women. I’ve gotten a few offers where you play the wife of a really great character or the girlfriend of a great character, and while it’s nice to be part of a great movie you want to play someone of substance even if it’s a small role. In a lot of movies women play accessories and that doesn’t interest me so much” she said.

Yet she is under no delusions about her role in Just Go With It, including multiple bikini-clad sequences in the Hawaii-based second half of the film. “Seeing my half-naked body up on that giant screen… I knew I was going to have to see myself in slow-mo over and over again.”

Though she’s graced magazine covers and is the subject of admiring gazes from many, watching herself on the big screen is no source of enjoyment. “I can’t. It’s awful. It’s a horrible experience. Everything annoys you from your mannerisms to your voice. With dailies I’m like, ‘I’m not going to continue watching this because I know I’m going to be so upset’.”

Staring at Jennifer Aniston on set was a different matter entirely however, with Decker finding herself gazing too avidly. “She’s tiny! She’s so little, but then I’m like 5ft 9ins so I’m a giant compared to most people, but she’s so little and petite and the cutest thing. She has these giant eyes. They’re like big pools of blue, so beautiful, and I caught myself drooling a few times staring at her.”

The stares are what Decker believes inspired the reports of rivalry between the two on set, “I think it’s been written about that there was, but there really wasn’t. I was staring at her with envy because she looks so darn good and her abs are ripped and she just looks beautiful.”

While she might feel she hasn’t mastered acting or comedy yet, the swimsuit model who catches herself gawking at women has at least got a firm grasp of irony.

Jun 23,2011

Brooklyn Decker Heads to Special Olympics World Games in Greece

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Heart of gold!

As a body that’s graced countless magazine covers including the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, Brooklyn Decker is one of Hollywood’s hottest stunners. And proving that she’s beautiful both inside and out, the star recently opened up to Us Weekly about her post as Special Olympics Ambassador.

For the past year and a half, the 24-year-old model and actress has been involved with the Special Olympics, which will kick off its World Summer Games in Athens, Greece June 25.

“[My aunt] is a Special Olympics athlete, so I grew up around the organization,” she told Us in a June 16 interview. “I would go to her practices and play with all the athletes and hang out and it was a really kind of fun way to spend my weekend. When I started working in this business, I wanted to get involved on the official, national level. So about a year and a half ago, I got officially involved in the Special Olympics.”

And just like Decker’s tennis-star hubby Andy Roddick, her aunt still plays tennis and basketball in the games. Roddick, 28, also has a role in helping out the organization.

“He sends the team tennis shoes, T-shirts, and a lot of Lacoste clothes,” Decker said. “All the extra stuff he gets he tries to send out to North Carolina so all the athletes are decked out in Lacoste.”

This will be Decker’s first World Games — she emceed the Special Olympics National Games last year in Nebraska.

“It’s really special, and I know all the athletes are really excited and they are all getting their passports,” she said. “There are 3.7 million Special Olympics athletes around the world and it’s actually very cool because this year at the World Games they have 180 countries attending. I think this represents unity and tolerance of all races, nationalities, and ability. I think there is something really special about that.”