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Gaston County Wildflower Walk, Whitewater Wonders, Top Shelf Cuisine

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

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

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. 

The Best Hikes in Gaston

The Best Hikes in Gaston

As Seen In: Pg 20 Destination Magazine July 2017, Author: Roots Rated

Plant your hiking boot atop the rocky outcroppings on Crowders Mountain and scan the horizon for a bird’s eye view of the Charlotte skyline to savor Gaston County’s premier hiking spot, a semi-urban park that is currently ranked as the third most visited state park in North Carolina. Crowders 25-plus mile looping trail network makes it possible to tackle strenuous climbs and rocky scrambles for as much distance as you can take.

“GO” to Gaston County!

“GO” to Gaston County!

As Seen In: Page 20 of Gaston Lifestyles Magazine, Author: Michael Applegate

The “Gaston Outside” or “GO” marketing campaign is proving to be a runaway success.

Through leadership and funding, provided in large part by Gaston County Travel and Tourism, we recently collaborated with a multitude of community stakeholders, including the Gaston County Economic Development Commission (or EDC), our many municipal partners, local businesses, the Greater Gaston Development Corporation and the Ferebee-Lane Advertising Agency to develop and implement an image and branding campaign to promote our area’s strengths in an inspiring, compelling way. “Gaston Outside” was the result of nearly two years’ worth of research, input, discussion and feedback, all leveraged to spur local pride as well as business and tourism development.

Gaston County Road Trip

Gaston County Road Trip

As Seen In: Carolina Living

In the past, Gaston County was known for its idyllic rural setting, small towns and proximity to Charlotte (a good area to live and raise children, while being close to the Queen City). Today, there’s so much to offer folks who enjoy a variety of experiences. Plan to spend several days enjoying the attractions and sites – at your own speed.

Gaston County, NC

Gaston County, NC

As Seen In: Carolina Living, Photo Credit: DSBG

Just a few short miles from Charlotte, Gaston County has abundant lifestyle amenities including recreation, museums, small-town charm and so much more that are available to visitors and residents. You’ll have choices here and they’re all good ones.

Gaston County Destinations To Fuel Your Outdoor Adventures

Gaston County Destinations To Fuel Your Outdoor Adventures

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

Who hasn’t bonked on the trail or during a race at one point or another due to packing too light or throwing together the wrong combination of carbs, protein, and hydration? It’s time to put those days of poor planning behind you with a stop at nine locally owned Gaston County shops ready to amp up your performance—and enjoyment—with food and beverage options for everything from your most nutritious to your most decadent day in the outdoors.

Regional Report: Gaston County

As Seen In: Special Section of Business NC

In Gaston County, businesses believe in the big ideas. In thinking outside the box. In creating a community that thrives on the big stage without compromising the small town feel we know and love.

It’s why companies like Pharr have been able to start, grow and thrive in Gaston County throughout the years. Having set our roots here in 1939, the Pharr family of companies has witnessed revitalization within McAdenville and success within the organization for many reasons, but one has always been because this county is focused on fostering growth, for its businesses and the communities that are built around them. 

On the Water in Gaston County

On the Water in Gaston County

As Seen In: Pg 18 Destination Magazine May 2017, Author: Roots Rated, Photo Credit: Alen Cressler

With everything from mirror-like flatwater to Class III rapids, Gaston County, N.C., features a place to paddle for everyone from novice to expert. Spring has arrived and summer’s not far behind, so stock your dry bag, strap down the kayaks and SUP boards, and head to the launch for a day on the water. Here are some of our favorite destinations.

A Mindset of Service

A Mindset of Service

As Seen In: Page 20 Gaston Lifestyles May/June 2017, Author: Dr. Rixon Campbell

It is well documented that customer service, as a strategic resource, has yet to be fully tapped into in many economies. This article is intended to add to the body of work of hotel, tourism and hospitality management, with a critical focus on customer service or customer relations management as a tool to satisfying service industry participants.

Eclectic Fusion Fair, Here?

Eclectic Fusion Fair, Here?

As Seen In: Pg 22 Destination Magazine April 2017

On the other side of the Catawba River, lies the untapped outdoor adventure and eclectic fusion fair just waiting for you. It's easy to overlook Charlotte's western neighbors when you have an urge to explore outside. With a bit of knowledge, however, you can find a weekends worth of activities to keep you busy and entertained.

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.