North Carolina has wineries all throughout the state. From the coast to the mountains to everything in between, NC boasts over 100 wineries that offer a full sensory experience for the taste buds. This state industry has two focuses – the native muscadine grapes and European-style vinifera grapes. A visit to any of NC’s fine wineries ensures that you will leave with a better knowledge of and appreciation for wine. If you’re interested in starting your own winery, you can find out everything you need to know from planting grape vines to permits and marketing. Along with tours and tastings, NC wineries also host a slew of events all year long. For the upcoming long weekend you can experience Jazz Fridays at Cypress Bend Vineyards; or the 11th Annual Wine Festival at Tanglewood Park featuring arts and craft displays, music and food; or even a Corvette Auto Show at Shelton Vineyards.
The funky little mountain town of Asheville, NC offers so many attractions and activities that you may have a hard time narrowing down your options. Although it’s only a couple hours drive from Charlotte, Asheville will feel like a completely different place. With lots of adventure and natural wonders, you’ll be amazed that you’re still in NC. The Biltmore Estate alone offers segway tours, fly fishing, horseback riding, and floating down the Broad River. If you’re looking for more daring activities, head on over to Sliding Rock, Asheville’s own 60 foot natural water slide. For more relaxing days, you can simply walk down the streets and explore the shops. Whether you’re looking for clothes, music, or art this bohemian town has plenty of unique shopping opportunities. Asheville is the perfect weekend getaway for anyone looking for adventure in a naturally beautiful setting.
Cape Fear Coast
With a choice of beaches including Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach, or the river-front city of Wilmington, the Cape Fear Coast offers sun-filled adventures for the whole family or a romantic weekend for two. Historic Wilmington is a picturesque city with cobblestone streets, WWII battleships, horse-drawn carriages, river walks, ghost walks, gardens and countless restaurants. You’re sure to find plenty of entertainment with museums, art galleries, craft shops, music festivals, theatre performances and much more. As for the beaches in Cape Fear, you can find fishing piers, arcades, gazebos, ice cream shops, miniature golf, paddleboats, and more. Get plenty of relaxing sun while enjoying the attractions of the NC coastline.