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Giving Gaston County

Giving Gaston County

As Seen In: Charlotte Home Design, Dec 9, 2017, Author: Julie Cooper

Head west out of Uptown and cross the Catawba River for a place where neighbors still look out for each other and life's simple pleasures delight at every turn. Illustrated with charming cities and towns, mountains, lakes and that quintessential small town feel, buyers flock to Gaston County to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city while remaining just close enough to its excitememnt and opportunities.

Christmas Town USA

Christmas Town USA

As Seen In: Destination Magazine December 2017

The quiet little town of McAdenville, which lies along the South Fork River in Gaston County, NC, comes alive in spectacular fashion each year as Christmas draws near. Almost overnight, the little town is transformed into "Christmas Town, USA.

Be Bold, Tread Lightly, Make It Happen.

Be Bold, Tread Lightly, Make It Happen.

As Seen In: Destination Magazine December 2017

The story of Bold Rock Hard Cider starts with an unlikely partnership between two guys from different sides of the World. These two salt-of-the-earth characters – one a southern gentlemen, the other an affable bloke – founded Bold Rock in June of 2012 and since that time it has become the nation's largest independently-owned cider company.

Leave the Mall, Shop Small

Leave the Mall, Shop Small

As Seen In: Destination Magazine, Nov 2017, Author: Alexandra Love

Call is you begin making and checking off does holiday wish list, you are going to want to be certain to check out the small town shops in Gaston County. Each not only have unique and beautiful products, but their owners are incredibly special, as well.

So much to do this Christmas season

So much to do this Christmas season

As Seen In: Gaston Lifestyle Nov/Dec 2017, Author: Michael Applegate

To say that there’s a lot to do in Gaston County this holiday season would be the understatement of the year.

Essay: A Charlotte Native Remembers Fish Camps

Essay: A Charlotte Native Remembers Fish Camps

As Seen In: Charlotte Magazine, Author: David Joy, Photo Credit: Ashley Evans

When I was a kid, I was friends with a pirate. He sat on a stool with a gold-rimmed tricorn propped on his head, a regal red justacorps open over a poet shirt, and a single cavalier boot on his right foot. He had no left foot, just an honest-to-god peg leg stretching from the knee down.

Gaston County Country Club as seen in GOLF Time.

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

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

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

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

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'!

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.

Enlightening Exhibition

Enlightening Exhibition

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

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

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.