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Founded On a Love of Rum

Founded On a Love of Rum

As Seen In: Pg 16 Destination Magazine March 2017, Author: Kara Werts

Every now and then, most Americans will have a particularly frustrating or gloomy day, and wilst we stare longingly at the white sand beach on our screen saver, we think, "that's it. I'm done. I'm running away, I'm going to join some pirates and I'm going to spend my life burying gold coins in obscure places and drinking rum all day." It seems like a great plan until you realize how hard it is to procure a live parrot on Craigslist and you remember how diligent the US Coast Guard is about thwarting pillaging and plundering of any sort… However, I do not immediately assume your plans to be completely foiled. Change your heading from Tortuga to Belmont, and there you will find an actual pirate (of the East Carolina University variety), his lovely wife who commands her distillery with a faultless  pallet, and a whole lot of rum!

Major Events and Renovations at the Schiele

Major Events and Renovations at the Schiele

As Seen In: Page 20 Gaston Lifestyles March/April 2017, Author: Philip McGinnis, Photo Credit: Schiele Museum

The Schiele Museum of Natural History has major events coming, and it’s undergoing big renovations.

Hollywood Comes to Belmont

Hollywood Comes to Belmont

As Seen In: Gaston Gazette, Author: Eric Wildstein, Photo Credit: John Clark

Belmont served as the filming location of a new feature film Thursday.

Stowe Manor and American Legion Post 144 next to Davis Park were flanked by dozens of trailers, crew members and makeup artists who readied actors to film scenes at those locations for the new heist flick “American Animals.” Scenes were filmed inside both of those locations during the morning and afternoon.

Romantic Gaston

Romantic Gaston

As Seen In: Pg 18 Destination Magazine Feb 2017, Author: Roots Rated

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and the most of us are looking for a unique way to celebrate with that special someone. You know, that one of a kind activity that says I've been thinking about this for months and today it's all about us. We've got you covered in Gaston County. From a candlelit dinner two more unconventional activities, Gaston county offers just the right mix of romance and recreation. Choose from the outdoor in culinary adventures to win the heart and taste buds of your partner.

Crappie Fishing

Crappie Fishing

As Seen In: Outdoor Journal Feb 2017

Lake Wylie covering 13,443 acres on the Catawba River chain of man-made lakes stradding the border between North and South Carolina, has long been known as a highly productive crappie fishery. With fertile waters and visibility up to 10 feet, Wylie provides anglers with plenty of black crappie action, along with an occasional white crappie encounter. But the big news on Wylie this year is the record numbers of young this year, signifying a healthy fishery for years to come.

A Guide To Climbing and Bouldering Near Gaston

A Guide To Climbing and Bouldering Near Gaston

As Seen In: Pg 26 Destination Magazine Jan 2017

The south east facing Quartzsite walls of Crowder's mountain offer something for every level of climber, with route ratings ranging from 5.5 to 5.13. Climbers are required to register at the sparrow springs access for that or center. Park devices submitting the required special activity a permit request, available online at www.ncparks.gov, at least two weeks prior to your visit.

Orchid Conservatory | Belmont-Gaston County, NC

Orchid Conservatory | Belmont-Gaston County, NC

As Seen In: Carolina Living, Photo Credit: DSBG

A Crystal Palace

Very near Charlotte, in the charming town of Belmont, you’ll find the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.  The centerpiece is their Orchid Conservatory, a massive, 8,000 square-foot, five-story glass building that is the region’s only public conservatory dedicated to tropical plants.

In Praise of Barbeque

In Praise of Barbeque

As Seen In: Carolina Living January 2017

Vinegar, ketchup, mustard, or some combination. Depending on your location in the Carolinas, you can walk into a local restaurant that specializes in meat cooked long and slow and find one of these flavor-enhancers. (Don’t even talk about dry-rub BBQ. It’s tasty, but it’s not ours, if you know what I mean.)

Healthy Environment

Healthy Environment

As Seen In: Pg 32 Ultimate Magazine Jan/Feb 2017, Author: Ann Gibson, Photo Credit: USNWC

10 Reasons to Stay in Gaston County on Your Next Charlotte Business Trip.

FOR FREQUENT BUSINESS TRAVELERS, maintaining a healthy routine on the road is a challenge. Separation from familiar running routes, biking trails, and athletic facilities makes the thought of grabbing an a er-work jog a bit daunting. A promising trend among savvy travelers is to choose lodging near recreation amenities, making it easy to combine work with a bit of outdoor therapy.

Art and orchids Come Together at Stowe Garden

Art and orchids Come Together at Stowe Garden

As Seen In: Page 26 Gaston Lifestyles Magazine, Author: Jim Hoffman, Photo Credit: Jim Hoffman

This winter, art and orchids will come together at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont. The “Art and Orchids: Victorian Botanicals” exhibit will run Feb. 3-March 19. It features antique and collectible botanical illustrations of the Victorian Era. You’re invited to take a horticultural journey through that era with a selection of antique prints, complemented by a gorgeous, Victorian-inspired, living display celebrating the orchid mania of the 19th century.

Holidays in The Garden

Holidays in The Garden

As Seen In: Pg 16 Destination Magazine Dec 2017, Author: Kara Werts

As a wide eyed child, seeing the first wreaths being strapped to the light poles on Main Street in late November made us giddy with anticipation. It was the start of what we considered the best month of the year. Candy canes, gingerbread, putting your masterpiece macaroni ornament on the tree and, oh, bless those Toys-R-Us catalogs… It was all so magical. As adults, we became a little harder to impress. We want the holidays to have grandeur and elegance, like living in "A Miracle on 34th St." There should be twinkling lights in every direction, massive trees, hot cocoa, carols, a throne for Santa, and we don't want to have to park at the mall to get it, right?

Un-Crowded Mountain

Un-Crowded Mountain

As Seen In: Pg 25 Destination Magazine Nov 2016, Author: Kara Werts

It was very first day of October when the chili breezes came with sling across the Carolinas this year, starting autumn off with a running late. Now with November upon us, our dear neighbors in the Appalacian are reaching for their wool socks in the firewood. Here in Gaston County we still have plenty of time left to embrace the seasonably cold weather.

McAdenville Ready to Shine

McAdenville Ready to Shine

As Seen In: Pg 28 Gaston Lifestyles Nov/Dec 2016, Author: Chris Rodarte and Christy Gliddon, Photo Credit: Steve Rankin

The little town on the South Fork River is preparing for its annual transformation. Every December, McAdenville becomes Christmastown, USA, as countless red, green and white lights are turned on to twinkle and shine, and all the town’s homes get into the spirit of Christmas. Thanks to a special deal with Duke Energy, the town is able to create this dazzling display of lights and decorations that has for decades drawn visitors from around the world. French, German, Austrian and other foreign media news outlets have covered Christmastown, according to McAdenville historian and photographer Steve Rankin.

Horse Power Bit of Hope Ranch Helps Children and Adults Change Their Lives

Horse Power Bit of Hope Ranch Helps Children and Adults Change Their Lives

As Seen In: Pg 6 Ultimate Magazine Nov/Dec 2016

“SHE CHOSE ME!” With those words, an abused teenager welcomed the horse that ambled toward him. For the rst time in his life, moving from foster home to foster home, someone had accepted him. Bit of Hope Ranch, in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, is home to two programs that are linked by the power of horses to help humans understand their emotions and create healthy relationships. 

Gaston Outside

Gaston Outside

As Seen In: Pg 25 Destination Magazine Oct 2016, Author: Kara Werts

There are two kinds of people it seems; those who wait all year to start celebrating fall, and those who get teary-eyed at the idea of summer coming to a close. Which ever way we identify, we can all agree that the first few weeks of autumn are equally important to us both. It's the season when we step out into the first crisp cool morning, and the season when we are desperate to soak up the last of the warm sun rays. October can post some of the best weather in a North Carolina year and there is no better way to savor it then to spend it outdoors. In Gaston County, you can easily fill every weekend on your October calendar with events and experiences that all take place out in the fresh fall air.