In the News
100 Years Since Prohibition
As Seen In: Gaston Gazette, Author: Eric Wildstein
While it was a national legislative dagger to the alcohol industry -banning the legal manufacture, sale, or transportation of alcohol anywhere in the nation -"prohibition" began many years earlier in Gaston
County and the state of North Carolina.
Tourism Department Receives Accreditation
As Seen In: Gaston Gazette, Author: Dashiell Coleman
The county's Travel and Tourism Department has been accredited by Destinations International, which runs the DestinationMarketing Accredidation Program.
NBA All-Star weekend a slam dunk for Gaston hotels
As Seen In: Gaston Gazette, Author: Eric Wildstein
Gaston County hotels raked in an extra $178K in revenue from NBA All-Star Weekend earlier this month.
While the NBA All-Star festivities took place in Charlotte from Thursday, Feb. 14 to Sunday, Feb. 17, some fans opted to save some money by staying a short distance down the road across 18 hotels in Gastonia, Belmont and Mount Holly.
Belmont provides quieter alternative to Charlotte
As Seen In: Business NC, Jan 4, 2019, Author: Bryan Mims, Photo Credit: Business NC
Back in the day, textile mills dominated in Belmont, sewing and spinning and stitching together the livelihoods of people who went home with lint in their hair and ringing in their ears.
Onward and upward for Hilton Garden Inn Gastonia
As Seen In: Gaston Lifestyles Jan/Feb 2019, Author: Michael Applegate
With the recent opening of the Hilton Garden Inn Gastonia, Gaston County’s hospitality industry grows to a total of 19 hotels, with a combined 1,471 guestrooms. Although adding a property for the first time in nearly a decade is exciting news, the real benefit is that we broadened our destination appeal by incorporating a larger meetings venue into our profile that allows us to serve a previously untapped group meetings market.
Summer Tourism Climbs in Gaston County
As Seen In: Gaston Gazette Sep 22, 2018, Author: Michael Applegate
Fall is on the horizon, but in the Travel and Tourism office, we're still celebrating summer; This season, tourists couldn't get enough of Gaston County. In the past five years, over 1.7 million hotel rooms have booked in Gaston County, and, not surprisingly, summer is historically the strongest season.
Still trending upward
As Seen In: Gaston Gazette, Author: Michael Barrett
Gaston County has increasingly tried to market its outdoor amenities, such as kayaking on the South Fork River in Cramerton, to increase tourism and improve its image.
Gaston County Craft Beverage Trail
As Seen In: Destination Magazine Oct 2018
Gaston County Craft Beverage Trail is sponsoring a sweepstakes using the hashtags: #craftbev and #GoGaston during October. They are giving away two Yeti Coolers. To enter, use the hashtags to share photos from any of the participants mentioned here.
Sytz Trail System great addition to Warlick Y
As Seen In: Gaston Gazette, Author: Bill Poteat
The Warlick Family YMCA, which opened late last year, offers its members a host of amenities including two large indoor pools, a plethora of different exercise machines, fitness classes of all kinds, and an outstanding view of Robinwood Lake from just about anywhere in the building.
A great addition to all of that was made in late August, however, with the official opening of the Sytz Trail System in the woods just to the east of the sparkling new facility and its lake.
Whiskey Mill Bar and Grill serves up good times
As Seen In: Gaston Lifestyles Sept/Oct 2018, Author: Thomas Lark, Photo Credit: Thomas Lark
Life is good!” That’s how local restaurateur Mike Croft of Kings Mountain puts it. Croft, 51, is the owner-operator of the Whiskey Mill Bar an Grill in his hometown of Bessemer City.
Avon/Catawba Creek Greenway a Gastonia showplace
As Seen In: Gaston Gazette, Author: Bill Poteat, Photo Credit: Mike Hensdill
If you’re looking for a trail marked by punishing hills sure to help get you in shape for that push up Kilimanjaro, the Avon/Catawba Creek Greenway is probably not for you. It’s flat.
Baseball has big impact on local tourism
As Seen In: Gaston Lifestyles July/Aug 2018, Author: Michael Applegate
America’s favorite pastime hits a homerun with Gaston County And it’s a big hit with Gaston County, too. It’s baseball, and its impact on local tourism can’t be overstated. Countless folks come here to see local teams knock ’em down, to borrow Bruce Hornsby’s lyric.
An Insiders Guide to the Catawba River
As Seen In: Destination Magazine May 2018, Author: Ann Gibson
Ease your boat down the red clay riverbank and let the gentle current nudge you forward. You'll spot turtles sunning themselves on downed logs and herons gliding silently overhead. Pops of colorful azalea and mountain laurel break the thick forests on either side of the river. As day turns to dusk, owls hoot softly from the lengthening shadows. It's four seasons of serenity along the Catawba River in Gaston County, North Carolina, one the top paddling destination in the region.
Gaston is for Fat Tire Foodies
As Seen In: Destination Magazine June 2018
Food and fat tires are kind of a theme for us, we seek out moderate trails that are close enough to a community so we can break off the path and check out the local cuisine.
Belmont Abbey a big driver of local tourism
As Seen In: Gaston Lifestyles May/June 2018, Author: Michael Applegate, Photo Credit: Belmont Abbey College
You probably know Belmont Abbey as one of the nation’s premier four-year Catholic liberal arts colleges.
But did you know that it is also a huge generator of local tourism? That’s right; from such special events as graduations and athletic events to routine parental visits, alumni gatherings and more, Belmont Abbey College contributes to scads of hotel bookings in Belmont, Mount Holly and beyond.