In the News
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
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
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
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
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.
Go Gaston and Get Movin'!
As Seen In: Gaston Lifestyles, Author: Michael Applegate
Making the county a walkable bikeable community. Many American communities are striving to become more walkable and bikeable and thus more livable.
As Seen In: Ultimate Magazine Sept/Oct 2017
North Carolina's Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is hosting a festival of hundreds of larger-than-life Chinese lantens beginning September 7.
The Best Hikes in Gaston
As Seen In: Destination Magazine, Author: Roots Rated, Photo Credit: Ann Gibson
The USNWC's 37-mile trail network is pretty equally divided between novice, moderate and strenuous trails. The easy Lake Loop opens up for water views while the Channel Loop circumvents the man-made whitewater rivers for a front-row view of the class I-IV whitewater action.
Tourism spending increases in Gaston County for 7th year
As Seen In: Gaston Gazette, Author: Michael Barrett
Gaston County is coasting along with much of the rest of the state when it comes to boosting tourism, making incremental strides each year.
No one is complaining about the $251.7 million in tourism revenue that was reaped here in 2016, which marked a 4.2 percent increase from the year prior, according to new figures released by Visit North Carolina. Ninety-seven of North Carolina’s 100 counties saw at least some increase in tourism spending during that period. And Gaston’s tourism revenue has now increased for seven straight years since coming in at $177 million in 2009.
Photo Blogger Becomes County Tourism Partner
As Seen In: Gaston Gazette, Author: Eric Wildstein, Photo Credit: Alexandra Love
With the snap of a shutter, a novice photographer turned her hobby into a visual journey through Gaston. And the county’s Travel and Tourism Department wants in.
Alexandra Love is a Realtor by trade, spending most days working from her Belmont office and helping homebuyers purchase their new digs.
Road Rides and Rail Trails
As Seen In: Destination Magazine, Photo Credit: Shannon Irish
Let's say it is recovery day or maybe you're taking the family out for some bicycle bonding time. Consider peddling Gastonia's Avon & Catawba Creek Greenways. Three miles of paved trail connect Lineberger and Ferguson Parks for some creekside riding with loads of spots to view wildlife or stop for a picnic.
Hole in the Wall Joints Shake Shop in Cherryville
As Seen In: Our State August 2017, Author: Sheri Castle
Tried and true these love-worn restaurants are revered, not reviewed: We flock to them for everything they are – cash only, unfussy, hard-to-find – and aren't, because what matters most is always on the inside.
Gaston County Wildflower Walk, Whitewater Wonders, Top Shelf Cuisine
As Seen In: The Original Relocation Guide, Author: Lynn Brandon
About 10 miles southwest of Gastonia there stands a mountain. It rises 1,625 feet high and its name is Crowders. In 1974 the mountain was preserved as Crowders Mountain State Park. The popular mountain and park has made Gaston County a major outdoor destination. In 2016, more than 797,000 people visited Crowders Mountain State Park.
The Jailhouse: A Speak Easy-inspired Escape in Belmont, NC
As Seen In: Epicurean Charlotte June 2017, Author: Courtney Matinata
Upon passing through the discreet, iron-clad back entrance of historic Belmont’s old jailhouse, you’re immediately transported back to the 1960s, a time when this vintage landmark once held the town’s unruly. Adorned with its original barred windows, prison cell doors, and Edison bulb fixtures, the building’s past as a temporary holding site for the city remains unmistakably evident after its recent renovation.
Gaston County Looks to Boost Bike Use
As Seen In: Banner News, Author: Alan Hodge, Photo Credit: Alan Hodge
Bicycle use in our area has increased by leaps and bounds lately and a new program being promoted by Gaston Travel and Tourism hopes to expand two-wheel riding even more.
Dubbed “Zagster” the idea revolves around having racks of bikes strategically placed at various location across Gaston County and available for rental.