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Yadkin Valley Grape Festival – 2014 Date

If you are looking for information on when the Yadkin Valley Grape Festival is taking place in 2014.

We have the when, where and who you need to contact for more information on this page.

When does it begin:

  • Oct. 18, 2014 11:00 am (this is a Saturday)

When does the Festival end? The same day it begins:

  • At 5:00 pm

Where does the Festival Take Place:

Yadkin Valley Grape Festival
205 South Jackson Street
Yadkinville, NC 27055-1840

Who should you contact for more Information:

The person to contact is: Jamie Johnston
Phone:(336) 679-2200

Is the Festival Free?

No, this is not a free event. You can either purchase tickets for $15 before the event starts or pay $20 at the admissions table the day of the event.

If you do want to save $5 and purchase your tickets before the day of the Festival then our best advice is to contact Jamie Johnston at the email or phone number listed above.

What’s the Yadkin Valley Grape Festival About 

If you happen to be visiting the Yadkin Valley area looking for a wine event to attend in 2014, you might find it helpful to know exactly what this Festival entails before purchasing tickets.

Twenty different wineries from the area and some from different parts of the state will be in attendance. This is mainly a wine tasting event.

But you will also find food, crafts and musical entertainment at the festival.  This is the 11th annual Yadkin Valley Grape Festival. It’s been well received for over a decade. If you like wines, it’s worth checking out for $15 or $20 bucks.

For more detailed information and to see a list of the NC wineries participating in 2014, visit here.

Water Parks to Visit in NC

If visiting a water park in North Carolina is what you plan to do then here you will find a list of the different indoor and outdoor places to visit. Also, before visiting or reservations make sure you do a little research since there are lots of ways you can take advantage of discounts and specials offered.

These specials change week to week and month to month. Throughout this page you will find links to the most current offers.

Top Water Parks in NC 

We want to cover all the different parks but first we want to list the ones we believe are the best:

Outdoor Water Parks

  •  Carowinds Boomerang Bay – located in Charlotte
  • Jungle Rapids in Wilmington
  • Wet’n Wild Emerald Pointe in Greensboro, NC

The Best Indoor Water Parks

  • Great Wolf Lodge Resort in Concord
  • Ray’s Splash Planet – Charlotte

Review of the Different Parks 

Carowinds Boomerang Bay - This is an Australian theme park adjunct to Carowinds Amusement park in Charlotte, NC. Boomerang Bay is quite big and also quite unique in its slides and multiple wave pools. There’s kiddie areas and plenty of food options. If you want to stay over for more than one day there are many different options from campground and rv parks to luxurious lodges.

Reviewed and pricing information 

Boomerang Address and Phone:

14523 Carowinds Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28273
704.588.2600 (From NC) or 803.548.5300

Jungle Rapids in Wilmington -Has received a very good rating from the majority of people who have visited. Jungle Rapids is much more than only a water park. Your kids will also love the go-karts, laser tag, mini golf, rock climbing walls and more. You can buy season passes for a low price. This is also a place to consider if you are planning a birthday party or group functions.

More about Jungle Rapids Attractions and Pricing Information

Address and Phone:

5320 Oleander Dr.
Wilmington N.C. 28403
910-791-0666 or 910-791-0888

Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe –  Has received high ratings form hundreds of different visitors. If you are looking form the best water slides there are so many different ones to choose from at Wet N Wild in Emerald Pointe. You will find a 76 foot drop in there DareDevil Alley Drop or you can experience whate it feels like to go 40 miles per hour as you drop five stories in a tub on the Bonanza Pipeline. There’s a ton of other slides to choose from.

Read About All The Different Slides At Wet N Wild

Address and Phone:

3910 South Holden Road
Greensboro, NC 27406
Phone: 336 – 852 – 9721 or 800 – 555 – 5900

Get Discounts On NC Water Parks


Asheville – Brew and View locations

If you’re new to or visiting Asheville, N.C. on vacation, you may be looking for a great pizza or a selection of great handcrafted brews? Maybe you’re looking  for the cheapest place to see a blockbuster movie? Or maybe a combination of all three sounds like a good time? Maybe you have asked around and heard the name Brew and View a couple times? This is really a great place to visit in Asheville if you want a great pizza, brew and movies.

brew and view asheville NC

The pizza at Brew and View in Asheville has been voted the best pizza in North Carolina for numerous years in a row. Maybe you are a person from Chicago or San Francisco or a number of other cities in the USA that have a View and Brew franchise? So maybe you are already aware of how great this place is.

So the real reason I am writing this is not to explain how great this place is but rather to help you find the l0cations in Asheville.

There are actually two different Brew and View Locations in Asheville N.C.

One is located in downtown Asheville, the other is in north Asheville. The maps below will provide you with the locations and by clicking the markers on the maps you can also receive exact driving directions from your current location. Before locations are open till 2 am.

The first location is in downtown Asheville: 77 Coxe Avenue, Downtown Asheville. The phone number: 828-255-4077.

If you are near downtown looking for the best pizza this would be your best option. Also, don’t forget great brew and movies.

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The second location of Brew and View in Asheville is on the north side of the city. Address: 675 Merrimon Avenue, North Asheville.

Phone number: 828-254-1281.

If you’re currently a student at North Carolina in Asheville then this location is very close to you.

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Both Brew and View establishments in Asheville are equally great, your best bet is to choose the location nearest to you.

Trout Fishing in the Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina offers the perfect destination for trout fishing!!! Not kidding!!!!!!!!  Fishing in the Smoky mountains, there’s over 2,000 miles of public trout fishing waters here.  Great spots for both stream and lake trout fishing. Whether you want to fish on the shore, in waders or on the boat, there are many, hundreds of prime spots to match your preferences.

Fantastic big trout in these Smoky mountain waters are just waiting to bite.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has done a marvelous job in caring for these waters and also the wildlife both in and around the waters. Pristine fishing spots!!! Angler’s heaven!!!

And fishing in the smoky mountains, you will never get bored, the scenery you will be exposed to as you fish is like none other.

 More Important Information on Smoky Mountain Perch Fishing

Two of the most popular fishing spots for perch in the Smoky Mountains are: Nantahala and French Broad rivers. These are great spots but sometimes overcrowded, the good thing is there are hundreds of other great streams and lakes to fish for perch in the Smoky Mountains.

How do you find your perfect location to fish? Any angler should know just talk to the local baits shops. Or you can also visit this site to learn more about mountain fishing in North Carolina. This is a very nice informative site.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission take very good care of the fish life in the Smoky mountains. There are two differences in the types of waters you can fish here, based on Wildlife Commissions rules.

1. Hatchery Trout Waters – these type of waters are full of fish and less restricted rules. There’s no size limit or bait restrictions here. These types of waters are open from April to the end of February.

2. Delayed Harvest Waters – Fishing these types of waters is restricted to catch and release from October to early June.  After the first Saturday in June to the end of September there is a seven fish limit. There is no bait or size restrictions from June to Sept.

To learn more and the most current information the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has on mountain trout in North Carolina.

I spent a night in jail in my waders, trust me its good to be informed on the rules.

Brew and View Asheville – Pizza, Brew and Movies

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Brew and View Asheville



If you’re just visiting Asheville, please don’t go to Brew and View!!! I warn you, if you do decide to not listen to my advice and go, you will have a great time but you will also be left wishing you had one of these in the city you’re from. So stay away and save yourself the heart break :cry:.

What is Brew and View Asheville?

Ok maybe its a 4.8 or a 4.9 rating but I love this place, the inside is amazing, so I gave it a 5 out of 5 star rating!!

For one, this is a pizza heaven. Voted the best pizza in western North Carolina. Giant pizzas, with cheese and toppings dripping off the side, you will not be able to control this. After eating a pizza here you will never be able to eat a frozen pizza out of your freeze again, so save yourself.

But a visit here is about more than the best pizza in North Carolina!!!

The beers!!! Handcrafted. This place has some of the best beers you can get in the entire state of North Carolina!!! Great place for beer drinkers who also love pizza. Or just beer drinkers who like to drink beer :-P.

But what else is here?

Brew and View is also a great place to catch a movie, hence the word VIEW in its name. They showcase some of the most current and best movies. And guess what… The tickets are cheap!!! Like $3 to see a movie. This is a family friendly environment so you can take the kids.

Brew and View in Asheville has two different locations:

  1. 675 Merrimon Avenue, North Asheville
  2. 77 Coxe Avenue, Downtown Asheville

If you’re searching for “Brew and View” in Asheville, this was the original name of the establishment that’s now, Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company. You got it right, the locals still call it by the old name.

It doesn’t matter what you call it, this is the best place in Asheville and the state for pizza, beer and movies!!!

Visit the official Brew and View site.

The Lake Norman Festival

The third annual Lake Norman Festival takes place, Saturday, Oct 20th 2012. Lasting from noon to 6 pm. Volunteers from the  North Mecklenburg Rotary club will be working the event. The event has been both great fun and successful raising money for good causing the past two years, we expect nothing less this year.

The event will take place under tents on the lawn of the former Palace theater. But of course you will not be required to stay under the tents, you can also enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Lake Norman area.

Join the fun on Lake Norman this Saturday, should be a great way to spend your Saturday afternoon. There will be live music performed the father and son team of  The Mike Underwood Band.

Plenty of wine, beer and food to enjoy and also a great time with all those who will be attending.

Over 2000 people attended last years event. And it was a great success raising over $7,000, which was donated to places such as: The Hope House Foundation and Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen.

Both wineries and breweries from around the will be at the event.  As of right now 8 wineries and breweries will be at the event such as: Daveste Vineyards, West Bend Vineyards and Brewery, Round Peak Vineyard, Birdsong Brewery to name a few. And others are expected to be signing-up to participate.

There will also be plenty of food at this event. A wide variety of food to choose from, as different food vendors will be serving the hungry crowd. to name a few, Smoke & Go BBQ, Sahlen’s Hot Dogs & Sausages, La Pasadita Mexican Fare and Clover Joe’s will be there serving food.

Tickets for this event are $25 per person and $22 if you bring a canned food. For this admission price you will get unlimited tastings of the wine and beer and also a souvenir glass.

But you will have to purchase the food form the vendors. This is a great charitable event, hope to see you there.

If you are interested in learning about the different wineries in North Carolina, you can find information on our homepage.