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Summer Tourism Climbs in Gaston County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Tourism Golf clubs tee up for tourism

Tourism Golf clubs tee up for tourism

As Seen In: Gaston Lifestyles March/April 2018, Author: Michael Applegate

Gaston County has become a premier destination for those who enjoy a good round of golf. Over the past two years, in partnership with two of Gaston County’s private golf clubs, the Gaston Country Club and Cramer Mountain Club, our county has hosted several golf events that have moved the tourism needle.

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.