Old Stone Winery – Salisbury NC


Old stone winery

If you’re in or around the Charlotte NC area wanting to find a great winery, here’s one of the best, Old Stone Winery located in the city of Salisbury is only about a mile or two from the city. This winery is a great place for wines and wine tasting and also offers a calendar of events worth checking out.

Maybe you are unfamiliar with this winery and want to know more? There are many online reviews Old Stone Winery and the vast majority are very positive. You can search these for yourself or while your here, read ours.

Below is a box that you can tab through and learn about the different features of the winery. Or visit our page that lists other wineries near Charlotte.

First, I would say I do agree with the positive online reviews, “Old Stone Winery is one of the best wineries in the Charlotte area”. 

Old Stone Winery

Winery in Salisbury NC Also, if you decide you want to visit this winery, at the end of the page you will find a map, which will provide you directions to the winery from your current location.


Old Stone Winery has excellent sweet and semi-sweet wines

The other wines are excellent also. But I always find myself taking home a bottle or too off their sweeter variety.

At the time this review was written, the winery offered 16 different wines: Reds, Whites, Fruits and a handful of specialty wines.

The wines range from light, medium and full bodied wines. And from sweet, to semi and also dry wines.

A couple of the wines I find great at Old stone winery and you need to include these suggestions if you do the wine tasting:

Velvet Red - I believe this is the sweetest red wine they offer. And is a blended wine. Blend of muscadine and Cabernet Sauvignon. Absolute heaven!!!

Another one of my favorites here.

Cherry - I love cherry wine!!! And Old Stone winery makes one of my favorite Cherry wines. Made from 50% sweet and 50% sour cherries. If you have never tried a cherry wine you need to at least give this one a chance when you do the wine tasting.

As for the prices, most of the bottles are in the $12 price range some go for $20 and above. Overall I would say their prices are reasonable.

Wine Tasting

The winery has a very nicely decorated tasting room and I believe their rates for tasting are $5 for 5 tastes and I believe their pours are fairly generous.

If you describe the type of wine you are looking for for, the owners and staff are very knowledgeable and will help you find the wine that best matches your tastes.

But just trust me, the two wines I described in the win tab before this are awesome and you need to try these out.

Winery Events

There’s a lot of events going on at Old Stone Winery each and every year. Last year was a great year but I have no idea what they have in store event wise for this coming year.

I you are interested in learn more about their events its probably best to visit their events page.

Are you wanting to visit Old Stone Winery in Salisbury NC? Below is a map to this winery, just click the red marker and enter your current location for your directions.

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The Historical Dunhill Hotel Charlotte NC

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Historical and luxurious are both great words to describe the Dunhill Hotel in the heart of Uptown Charlotte NC. Sure, there are many choice hotels to choose from in this great city but if you’re a person who wants to experience the roaring 1920′s, with all the modern amenities included and a touch of southern charm, then the Dunhill hotel would be your perfect accommodations.

I have to agree.

The online reviews of this hotel are both many and extremely positive, as a person who has stayed at Dunhill during the Great Grapes! Wine and Art Festival, I have to completely agree with all the positive online reviews this hotel has received.

If you’re unsure if this is the right hotel for you, then I would suggest taking the time to read other online reviews on Dunhill Hotel. But also feel free to read and tab through the box below that will address more specific information on this Uptown Charlotte hotel.

And if the hotel is a little out of your price range there are places where you can receive nice little discounts. I plan on finding the places that offer the best discounts and listing them for you. Furthermore, if you need directions to this hotel there is map below where you can receive driving directions from your current location.


The Dunhill Hotel offers many different styles of rooms.

In total there are six different styles of rooms: Ranging from the Vintage Queen to the Penthouse. And of course there is a price difference, the Vintage Queen being the least expensive, the Penthouse being the most. And 4 different levels of room accommodations in between.  All the rooms  are very nice.

In the rooms you will find triple sheeted beds, marble bathrooms, coffee makers, wireless internet, ipod docking stations, flat screen TVs, lavish robes and more.

A list of the different styles of rooms found at the Dunhill Hotel:

  • Queen Vintage
  • Vintage Queen Queen
  • Queen Deluxe
  • Premiere Queen
  • Executive King
  • Penthouse

All are nice but as you step up from Queen Vintage to Penthouse there is an increased price.


The uptown area of Charlotte is full of great dining opportunities and being at the Dunhill Hotel will put you very close to all these great restaurants.

There is even a great place to eat adjacent to the hotel, the Harvest Moon Grill. This is a local favorite open 7 days a week and even has a bar inside. The Harvest Grill is a great place to eat, the menu is great and they use only the freshest local ingredients.

Also, if you want breakfast. Inside the Dunhill the offer a great complimentary breakfast form 7 am to 11 pm. Grilled Pancakes, Omelets, fruits, oatmeal, sausage, toast just about anything you would think of.


I am still searching for the best Dunhill Hotel discounts…

Need directions to the hotel, just click the red marker on the map and enter your starting location.

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Must visit the Shoji spa in Asheville


Woman Getting a Massage


Day spas are great places to unwind and relax. In Asheville NC, you will find a number of great spas to visit, each with their own style and personality. One of the most unique, Shoji spa, located just minutes away from downtown Asheville.

Shoji is an outdoor Japanese style hot tub and massage spa, nestled in the blue-ridge mountains. The view is magnificent.

Your private outdoor hot tub area will be enclosed on three sides by cedar walls but the fourth side is left open, allowing a great of the blue-ridge mountain range and the cityscape. A great place to enjoy the night time sky. The view provides a very powerful feeling. A great place to smoke a cigar if your a man. The view is a one of a kind experience.

There’s not another day spa in Asheville or in the entire state of North Carolina that can come close to matching the breath-taking views at Shoji spa.

But how should you behave when you are at this spa?

Just FYI, in case your planning something crazy!!!  You must wear your robe as you meander through the public areas at the spa but in your private area you’re free to even lose your bath suit in the hot tub.

But Shoji spa in Asheville is not only about the view.

This is a professional spa with great customer service. Winning many awards in the state for outstanding service.

On hand at the spa you will find over 25 licensed massage therapists, who specialize in an array of different massages: From deep tissue to french to stone massages. The Thai massage offered at Shoji is currently very popular.

I definitely am not an expert in massage, I just enjoy receiving. But from what I saw these therapist working at Shoji can provide you with pretty much any type of massage you desire. They even have herbal body wraps. There’s a lot of interesting aspects of this spa.

They are located at:

96 Avondale Heights Road

Asheville, NC 28803

(828) 299-0999

If you need more detailed information, visit their website here.



Great places to visit in Asheville NC


Asheville, North Carolina nestled in the mountains is such a great and vibrant town to visit. Since there are so many fun and interesting places to visit, visitors to Asheville, would really have try extremely hard not to have a fun day. The town is full of great food, art and entertainment and many other stops. Visiting Asheville will really will have an effect on your spirit and is likely to bring out something that has been hidden inside of you for so long.

For first time visiting to this great North Carolina city, I would like to make a few suggestions on great places to visit while your here. These definitely are not the only fun places to visit during your stay in Asheville, NC but they come highly recommended form many past visitors.

1. Biltmore Estates

places to visit in Asheville NC This estate is definitely one of the biggest draws. This is the largest home in North Carolina. So much to do here. Experience the breathtaking beauty, discover and explore the gardens. Lots of shopping and great restaurants. A trip to that doesn’t include visiting Biltmore is incomplete. There’s also lodging onsite.



2. Chimney Rock

chimney rock This is an absolutely awesome place to visit. Being on top of Chimney rock and glazing out on a 75-mile view is truly exhilarating. BUT NO IT’S NOT JUST A ROCK. This is an area of Asheville that also includes hiking, waterfalls, animals and many different events throughout the year. A great place to visit and take in the beauty of nature. Chimney Rock is a wonderful place to take your family.


3. The Town of Black Mountain

asheville nc attractions

Only 15 miles east of Asheville is the town of Black Mountain NC. I love the name. This is a charming and friendly town you need to visit. You will find all sorts of unique shops, tons of great restaurants and pubs and great music venues. If you want to stay in Black Mountain there’s also a wide range of lodging.


4. Brew and View in Asheville

brew and view asheville NC There are two locations of Brew and View in Asheville and this restaurant has been voted the best pizza in North Carolina.  But this place has more to offer than just pizza. This is a place for the best handcraft beer and also very cheap movies.

Asheville NC is a great and entertaining city to visit, by no means are the places listed above the only great attractions.

Second Empire Raleigh – Elegant and Delicious Restaurant

 330 Hillsborough St.
 Raleigh, NC 27603



The dining experience at the Second Empire in Raleigh is as good as it gets in the triangle!!! The dining experience is guaranteed to be one of the most incredible fine dining experiences of your life and Second Empire restaurant is also a great choice for virtually any occasion!!! This is a fairly pricey restaurant in Raleigh but if you have the extra dollars or looking to splurge on a special occasion this is Second Empire in Raleigh is an excellent choice that will not leave you disappoint you.

The Second Empire restaurant is located in the historic Dodd-Hinsdale House in downtown Raleigh, NC. This is both a restaurant upstairs and a tavern to hang out in downstairs, upstairs and downstairs have separate and distinct menus.

Come experience  a combination of eloquence in a classical setting and a unique and exquisite food menu prepared by professional chefs. The food is delicious, the service is outstanding.

If you’re planning a special dinner, Google, Second Empire restaurant in Raleigh North Carolina, there are tons of reviews. It’s hard to find a negative review of this restaurant, in fact, most of the review you find gleam with satisfaction. Watch this video below to get a better understanding of what this restaurant is and has to offer, hopefully it will help you decide if this is the right restaurant for you in Raleigh.

 Second Empire Raleigh Menu

Find a bad online review on this Raleigh restaurant is almost impossible. If you have read a few reviews you have probably read rave reviews about both the service and atmosphere. But what about the food menu at Second Empire?

There are two different menus at Second Empire:

  • Upstairs in the main restaurant.
  • Downstairs in the Tavern (this is a great hangout).
What’s special about the food menu is that’s seasonal. The expert chef here changes it with the changing of the seasons so this makes it hard to describe exactly what is on the menu. But the chef makes sure the food matches the overall taste of the season. If you’re interested in the menu it’s better for you to visit the main website instead of trying to explain all of the naunces here.
If you’re interested in dining at this great restaurant, you may want to schedule reservation early, since they fill up pretty quick:  (919) 829-3663.
Maybe you want more dining choices? There are many different wineries located near Raleigh that also provide great dining experiences.