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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.

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.

Holidays at the Garden

Holidays at the Garden

As Seen In: Destination Magazine December 2017

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden most-anticipated annual event in which the Garden glows with holiday spirit from the twinkling trees to the sparkling fountains and is transformed into a natural winter wonderland filled with unique festive décor including a towering tree of orchids, more than 600,000 lights and illuminated displays.

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.