Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Winter Bucket List

 

                 Celebrate the Season

Beat the winter blues and build your bucket list to visit the Heart of North Carolina. Randolph County has a little bit of everything that makes winter a great season to visit. Did you know, November through February are our hibernation months? This means more places to explore with fewer people. Check out our suggestions below for your ultimate bucket list adventure, only in the Heart of NC! 
 
*** Note that COVID-19 is still affecting events and businesses so please plan accordingly. Many events require advance tickets. **   

Enjoy Winter Wonders 



Kersey Valley Christmas | Lights, Santa, Action 
 -  Archdale, NC


Take the family along to the inaugural celebrations of the season magic with  Kersey Valley Christmas – Lights, Santa, Action in Archdale, NC. An event that will surely delight the young and the young at heart. Expect visits from holiday favorites, train rides, and shopping at Santa’s workshop.

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 North Carolina Zoo | BELIEVE in the Magic of the Season -  Asheboro, NC 

Tour the North Carolina Zoo, decked out in holiday décor, plus meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus.This daytime family adventure is sure to delight all ages with seasonal dining options and a scavenger hunt.This is held the first two weekends in December – don’t miss out. 

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Linbrook Hall Christmas | Trinity, NC
 

Unique holiday experiences are being offered at Linbrook Heritage Estate in Trinity, NC throughout December. Take a holiday guided tour of Linbrook Hall - three stories of antiques from across the globe with special details for the holidays. You'll also be able to hear stories of the Neal Family adventures and the history of the founding of the estate. The self-guided tours are Thursday through Saturday during the month of December.

Winter Wonder at Linbrook Hall features holiday stories, dance performances, and carolers with special performers from RhinoLeap Productions delighting audiences with holiday cheer - limited availability on Saturday evenings in December. *Advanced tickets are required for the Winter Wonder event. 


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Millstone Creek Orchards | Christmas with the Kringles Market |
  Ramseur, NC 


The Kringles are visiting
 Millstone Creek Orchards this season for a magical Christmas adventure! Celebrate and enjoy a Christmas with the Kringles adventure - Christmas photos with professional photographers, Christmas hayride & light show, visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus, reindeer food creation station, Christmas cookie decorating, letters to Santa & hot cocoa! Reservations are required as space is limited. Part of the fun on the orchards also includes free outdoor Christmas movies, firepit roasting for hotdogs & s’mores.                                                                            Don't forget the apple cider donuts and hot                                                                                   apple cider!

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Cold Weather Fun Indoor Ideas!

 

 
Spend quality time with people that matter with family friendly activities found only in the Heart of North Carolina. Since 1990 the Family Sports Center (pictured left) in Asheboro, NC, has brought the fun with 32 bowling lanes, billiards, arcade and so much more.  The newest indoor attraction to the Heart of NC is Pitstop Raceway in Randleman, which includes an arcade, bar and grill. 

 

Wanting to learn about history this holiday season? Check out the American Classic Motorcycle Museum and the NC Aviation Museum and Hall of Fame in Asheboro. At American Classic Motorcycle Museum see one of the largest private collections of antique Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the country, including 45 bikes dating from 1936 to 1978. At the NC Aviation Museum and Hall of Fame see two large hangars full of military artifacts, planes and more from WWI to the present, be sure to plan ahead as they do offer holiday events.
 
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   Family-Friendly Entertainment

 

 

See a show, movie or holiday special in our inviting theaters. From our traditional movie experience at Cinemark VII  in Asheboro located in the Asheboro Mall, to our family-owned and operated Liberty Showcase Theater in Liberty, NC where performances include the Jerry Allison's Annual Christmas Show. Sunset Theatre (pictured left) located in downtown Asheboro will have a show or two for you this holiday season that can't be missed. 

 Wintertime Warmup at Local Eateries

 


  Enjoy local dining all season among our 50+ restaurants in Randolph County.
 Some of these restaurants have been in business for over 75 years! Explore our dining options that include award-winning fried chicken at Magnolia 23 Southern Kitchen in Asheboro, and historically known Main St. Grill in Staley.  Warm up with daily soup specials at David’s Restaurant in Asheboro. Enjoy a cup of coffee that gives back (*and you can bring your dog) at Pups and Mugs in Seagrove or try a new beverage at The Wet Whistle Co. in Archdale. Whatever the mood you are in this winter, Randolph County can delight the tastebuds. 
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'Tis the Season to Shop 'til You Drop

 


 Find your next favorite gift item in our charming shops, boutiques, downtown areas, and Asheboro Mall 

Find your next favorite thing at our charming shops, boutiques, and downtown. Each of our cities and towns in the Heart of NC offer excellent shopping experiences for finding the gift for every occasion, and this season is no exception. Brighten up the cabinets with one-of-a-kind pottery from the 50+ potters on the Pottery Highway (NC Hwy 705 ) in Seagrove, NC.  Find the perfect gift for her at one of our many downtown boutiques located in our cities of Asheboro, Archdale, Ramseur, and Randleman. These shops feature women’s clothing and accessories as well as home décor that brightens any room. Be sure to follow them on social media for special holiday shopping experiences and sales. Get the classic Black Friday shopping at Asheboro Mall where you can meet Santa as well as shop at Belk, ULTA, and Books-a-Million. It’s the only mall experience in Randolph County. Find that hard to get treasure at our antiques stores located throughout the county. From furniture to fixtures, there is something to surprise you when exploring antique shops in Randolph County. 
 
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Be sure to check out other seasonal bucket lists from the Heart of NC for your ultimate bucket list!


Monday, November 8, 2021

Seagrove, NC - Travel Tips and More!

 

How To “Do” Seagrove, the Pottery Capital of the USA 

Seagrove NC is known as the Pottery Capital of the United States has around 80 working potters can be found here at any one time with around 50 shops, studios and galleries open to the public. Some potters here are ninth generation potters. Others have relocated from across the United States or other countries for internships or to get off the “show circuit” and immerse themselves in this creative, pastoral community. Even the mayor of Seagrove is a potter! 

Read more about the history of Seagrove’s pottery tradition here 



Visitor tips:

    What is Seagrove, NC? It's  a rural crafts town located in #TheHeartOfNC, an hour and a half north of Charlotte and west of Raleigh. We’re 45 minutes south of Greensboro. Asheboro is the largest city near Seagrove, an easy 20-minute interstate drive. The nationally ranked golf community of Pinehurst sits 40 minutes southeast of Seagrove.

   What kind of pottery? Search on the #SeagrovePotters or #SeagrovePottery hashtag to get a feel for the diversity of shapes, styles, colors and selections online. 

     When to visit? Thursday, Friday and Saturday offer the easiest access for the public--and the most chance to drop by a working shop to see pottery made. If it’s convenient, ask the owner to go behind the scenes and see the kiln.

     Call ahead if you plan to visit on other days of the week as most shops are family-owned, operated, and staffed. Sometimes, the potters may step out of the shop and run a quick errand.

     Visit The NC Pottery Center start your pottery quest at the official State pottery museum that showcases the history and pottery from the mountains to the sea with rotating exhibitions and one area devoted specifically to Seagrove work. It’s especially helpful if you’re trying to decide what potters you’d like to see.

     Grab a Map - Pick up a Pottery Map at the I-73/I-74 Heart of NC Visitor Center in Seagrove, the NC Pottery Center or one of the pottery shops. Or download it here.



Lodging in Seagrove:

           ●     Duck Smith House Bed & Breakfast 

           ●     The Seagrove Stoneware Inn is a potter-owned AirBnb. 

      ●     variety of hotels are just 20 minutes away in Asheboro. 

          


        

       Wine And Dine in Seagrove:

     The General Wine & Brew is a wine and beer bar. Potter-owned, that is known for its trademark glass bar that showcases the family’s collection of political, humorous, and historic buttons. The bar offers light snack foods. Food trucks are often parked on the weekends.

     Fresh Cuts Butcher and Seafood Market is the place to grab sandwiches, pimento cheese, chicken salad and NC-made pickles for a picnic on a pottery shop’s front steps. This purveyor of wine, beer, and groceries offers a hot bar and deli. Known for their country breakfasts and weekend specials, the team here is known for their hospitality and friendly nature.

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     Consider spending a full day or afternoon at the North Carolina Zoo, the largest natural habitat zoo in the world in Asheboro, NC. An AZA-certified destination, the zoo leads animal and field conservation programs in more than 10 countries. Encounter 1,800 animals along a five-mile walking trail, take a spin on the endangered species carousel, tackle a ropes course, hop on the ZooFari tour or feed a giraffe. Walk through the seasonal butterfly garden and gardens made for kids. The outdoor art and sculpture collection is worth zoo admission alone.

     Carolina Bronze Sculpture and Garden in Seagrove offers tours by appointment. Established in 1990, the bronze foundry casts sculptures for a global list of clients. Tour the foundry, and visit their sculpture garden.

     Seagrove Orchids Seagrove Orchids is a working orchid nursery cultivating and offering nearly 220 different species of beautiful orchids. You can tour this working orchid nursery on Fridays and Saturday. All other days by appointment only. Seagrove Orchids has quickly established itself as "the orchid nursery" in North Carolina.


Call Heart of North Carolina  at 336-626-0364 for more information, Or visit https://www.heartofnorthcarolina.com/ for more information 

Monday, November 1, 2021

Gift the Experiences of the Heart of NC!

 Give the Gift of Experiences to Make Memories in the Heart of NC

Purchasing gifts for loved ones can often be a challenge. Consider giving the gift of experiences this upcoming season. We have compiled a perfect list of all ages of experiences that are unique to our area. When you think of a gift you may think about why you’d give someone a gift, it may be to show appreciation for their friendship, it could be an item they need, or it could be an activity that makes them happy. Make memories and by trying something new with your loved ones in the Heart of NC from this list of family-friendly adventures.


Family-Fun for all at North Carolina Zoo

More than 1,800 animals call the North Carolina Zoo home. These wild animals represent two continents, African and North America. The Sonora Desert and the tropical, free-flight Aviary invite you to warm up in their indoor habitats during chilly winter months in North Carolina.  At the world's largest natural habitat zoo, the animals have acres of room to roam, and so do you! With 5-miles of walking trails inside the park, nature play areas for children, a zoo animal-themed carousel, and an expansive collection of art exhibits located throughout the Zoo – make sure you lace up your walking shoes for this adventure. The North Carolina Zoo is open daily, excluding Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day. Start new traditions or continue old ones with your loved ones this winter season at the North Carolina Zoo. 

Purchase Ticket or Annual Memberships Here 


Thrill-seeking Fun at Kersey Valley Attractions

Kersey Valley Attractions will satisfy any adrenaline seeker on your gift list this season. Choose one or more experiences found on this 83-acre farm to check out your bucket list. Zipline along the tree lines on the aviation-themed flight path, take a shot at the state-of-the-art laser tag outdoor course, or go high in the sky on the three levels of high ropes challenges. If you want to stay at ground level, Bomb Bowling or Axe Throwing may pique your interest. The Piedmont Triad’s best real-world adventure game rooms offer family-friendly, creepy, and scary Escape Rooms. Seasonally experience award-winning Kersey Valley Spookywoods, an immersive haunted house attraction along with Sunflower Extravaganza, one of the largest display of sunflowers in the country. NEW in 2021, a Christmas experience like no other – Kersey Valley Christmas | Lights, Santa, Action!  

Purchase Tickets to Kersey Valley Christmas | Lights, Santa, Action!  Here 
Learn more about Kersey Valley 


Take a Scenic Drive and Explore the Pottery Highway 

Oftentimes the best memories can be made on a winding country road. One of our most beautiful back roads in Randolph County takes visitors to Seagrove, NC, nestled in the southern part of the Heart of NC. The true experience of the Seagrove Pottery community is meeting the makers of this craft, some that are 8th generational potters. Driving down NC Hwy 705, Pottery Highway, you will encounter historic areas of North Carolina which have been making and selling hand-thrown and hand-built pottery since the eighteenth century. Make sure to plan to explore the charming dining and unique shops throughout the Downtown Seagrove area as well to support these small businesses. 

Learn More about the Pottery Highway Here 
Shop Seagrove Pottery Here 



Off-Broadway Entertainment Comes to the Heart of NC

RhinoLeap Productions is a professional theater production company based out of Randolph County since 2015. The production season is filled with comedy, drama, tragedy, documentaries, podcasts, and seasonal entertainment. November kicks off with An Iliad being performed at Four Saints Brewing Company – the only brewery in Randolph County. Off-Broadway entertainment continues to at 1926 restored Historic Sunset Theatre with productions of Driving Miss Daisy and Unnecessary Farce. Production subscriptions include a ticket to each RhinoLeap performance for 2021 – 2022. 

Learn more and purchase ticket here 


Legendary Entertainment at the Liberty Showcase Theater

Live music and world-class entertainers perform in an intimate vintage movie theater in the downtown area of Liberty. Established in 1949 as The Curtis Movie Theater, this historic venue now hosts legendary artists from the music industry across several genres including bluegrass, country, and gospel. Theater owners, Dewey, and Leslie Brown are also known to entertain their guests with original music written and performed by the couple. Consider the gift of music for your loved one to make memories and check off bucket list items by visiting Liberty Show Theater.  

Learn More and Purchase Tickets Here 


Don’t Forget to Eat
Some of the fondest memories are made around the dining table. Delicious food has a way of bonding people together. Additional highlights of the entertainment and adventures mentioned above include having a meal, or two, among our extensive list of local award-winning dining establishments. From farm-to-table and tastes of comfort to pizzas made in a wood-fired oven or delicious burritos from an authentic taco stand; some of our dining options have been in business for over 75 years. Grab a drink at our brewery, wineries, and tasting room to sample beers and wines made right here in Randolph County.  

                                          Learn More about dining in Randolph County here 

                     

Winter Bucket List

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