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SWAC Soccer makes a big tourism impact

SWAC Soccer makes a big tourism impact

As Seen In: Gaston Lifestyles Jan/Feb 2018, Author: Michael Applegate

It’s the world’s number-one sport. It’s what the rest of the world calls football, of course. But we call it soccer. And you might say Gaston County’s economy recently got a big kick out of soccer.

Girls Getaway Gaston County

Girls Getaway Gaston County

As Seen In: Destination Magazine February 2018

A girlfriend getaway in Gaston County is a heavy on fun and laughter, combined with the wine tasting, the joy of individualized service and personalized attention cannot be overstated.

Hilton Garden Inn to open this summer in Gastonia

Hilton Garden Inn to open this summer in Gastonia

As Seen In: Gaston Gazette, Author: Michael Barrett, Photo Credit: John Clark

Gaston County’s newest hotel is slated to open this summer, after a planning and construction process that has spanned nearly two years.

Star Struck This Planetarium Shows You More Than Celestial Bodies

Star Struck This Planetarium Shows You More Than Celestial Bodies

As Seen In: Destination Magazine January 2018

The James H. Lynn Planetarium is one of the most prized assets of The Schiele Museum. With advances in technology we've updated the projection equipment to provide an immersive, hi-definition experience to our visitors. Prepare to be transported to a world where you're surrounded by nature, spaces, the human circulatory system, and much more as our new SciDome XD system brings full-dome educational films to The Schiele Museum.

Giving Gaston County

Giving Gaston County

As Seen In: Charlotte Home Design, Dec 9, 2017, Author: Julie Cooper

Head west out of Uptown and cross the Catawba River for a place where neighbors still look out for each other and life's simple pleasures delight at every turn. Illustrated with charming cities and towns, mountains, lakes and that quintessential small town feel, buyers flock to Gaston County to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city while remaining just close enough to its excitememnt and opportunities.

Christmas Town USA

Christmas Town USA

As Seen In: Destination Magazine December 2017

The quiet little town of McAdenville, which lies along the South Fork River in Gaston County, NC, comes alive in spectacular fashion each year as Christmas draws near. Almost overnight, the little town is transformed into "Christmas Town, USA.

Holidays at the Garden

Holidays at the Garden

As Seen In: Destination Magazine December 2017

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden most-anticipated annual event in which the Garden glows with holiday spirit from the twinkling trees to the sparkling fountains and is transformed into a natural winter wonderland filled with unique festive décor including a towering tree of orchids, more than 600,000 lights and illuminated displays.

Leave the Mall, Shop Small

Leave the Mall, Shop Small

As Seen In: Destination Magazine, Nov 2017, Author: Alexandra Love

Call is you begin making and checking off does holiday wish list, you are going to want to be certain to check out the small town shops in Gaston County. Each not only have unique and beautiful products, but their owners are incredibly special, as well.

So much to do this Christmas season

So much to do this Christmas season

As Seen In: Gaston Lifestyle Nov/Dec 2017, Author: Michael Applegate

To say that there’s a lot to do in Gaston County this holiday season would be the understatement of the year.

Essay: A Charlotte Native Remembers Fish Camps

Essay: A Charlotte Native Remembers Fish Camps

As Seen In: Charlotte Magazine, Author: David Joy, Photo Credit: Ashley Evans

When I was a kid, I was friends with a pirate. He sat on a stool with a gold-rimmed tricorn propped on his head, a regal red justacorps open over a poet shirt, and a single cavalier boot on his right foot. He had no left foot, just an honest-to-god peg leg stretching from the knee down.

Gaston County Country Club as seen in GOLF Time.

Gaston County Country Club as seen in GOLF Time.

As Seen In: G.O.L.F.-TIME | October 2017, Author: Von Damian Bungart

The Gaston CC located west of Charlotte. Most famous "Son" of the club is Harold Varner III, who has been playing the PGA Tour since 2016.

GO Month: Celebrate Restaurants & Retail Week

GO Month: Celebrate Restaurants & Retail Week

As Seen In: Gaston Gazette, Author: Michael Applegate

As we begin this week of GO Month that will highlight many of the local dining and shopping opportunities in Gaston County, I would like to share some compelling information that may surprise you. According to research conducted by Visit North Carolina, visitors to Gaston County generated a $251.7 million spending impact in 2016. That’s a remarkable figure which ranks us 17th among North Carolina’s 100 counties.

Ride the Roots and Rocks

Ride the Roots and Rocks

As Seen In: Destination Magazine October 2017, Author: Roots Rated

Are the roots and the rocks your thing? No worries, the mountain biking scene runs every bit as deep as the road-biking culture in Gaston County. Novices and families can start out on the Seven Oaks Preserve Trail or the South Fork Trail.

Inconsistent funding for national parks could hurt Gaston

Inconsistent funding for national parks could hurt Gaston

As Seen In: Gaston Gazette, Author: Michael Applegate

North Carolina boasts 10 national parks that log more than 18 million visitors a year. Gaston County residents are also fortunate to enjoy a national park right in our backyard. Just down the road from Gastonia, on the border with South Carolina, is Kings Mountain National Military Park. As many of us learned from grade school field trips, this was the site of the 1780 Revolutionary War battle that Thomas Jefferson called the “turn of the tide of success” in our fight for independence.

Gaston Bike Share program gaining traction

Gaston Bike Share program gaining traction

As Seen In: Gaston Gazette, Author: Bill Poteat

In the four months since it was launched during Memorial Day weekend, the GO Gaston Bike Share program has seen a steady increase in users and in rides taken.