Drawing from the more frightening pages of the area's history, Carolina History & Haunts? guides lead lantern-lit tours of eerie and haunted locales. The ?Nightmares Around Elm Street? tour sends groups through the specter-laden streets of Greensboro, while the Beyond the Grave tour braves uptown Charlotte?s paranormal avenues to learn the fates of the less fortunate and possibly even witness a prankster ghost grabbing a dog's tail as it's chased.
Carolina History & Haunts partners with local businesses to give tour goers discounts on accommodations and food, and large groups are eligible for discounted pricing and private tours.
While in Sonoma on business in 1992, tech entrepreneur Max Lloyd fell in love with the fermented grape. Though his father and grandfather had been in the business of winemaking, it wasn't until his encounter with California-grown, European-style varietals that he resolved to dabble in the family trade himself. Launched as a part-time project in Virginia and transplanted to its current location in 2001, Grove Winery and Vineyards culls its grapes from two estate vineyards that span more than 70 acres in addition to a handful of local vineyards. The staff meticulously handpicks the grapes and gently presses them with a basket press to yield their fresh milk.
Creeping across a 5-acre swath of the Haw River Valley, 16 varieties of grapevines sprout from fertile, sandy soil, twisting their leafy arms around trellises and soaking in the lush, grape-growing climate. Benjamin's artisan enophiles hand pluck each of the muscadine, french, and hybrid grapes that blanket this vineyard. The grapes are escorted into the afterlife inside fermenting barrels where they live on as red and white wines for every taste—from dry dinner varietals and sweet country classics to seasonal bouquets. The whole creative process is observed by spectating visitors who wind through the idyllic facilities on self-guided tours—often including picnics on the winery’s covered porch, or perusals of of local art at the gift shop.
As an ecofriendly facility, Benjamin Vineyards & Winery employs sustainable practices, such as composting agricultural products, recycling bottles and other reusables, and growing plants with nightly bedtime reading instead of pesticides.
Travels In Wine Tours' co-founders, Kimberlee Young and Derek Schuler, share their love of wine, food, and travel with curious tourists through tours designed and led by certified sommeliers. Epicurean scenic tours of boutique wineries, personalized luxury Napa vacations, and custom weekend getaways marry viticultural education with flavorful indulgence as guests take in picturesque panoramas of vineyards that stretch to the horizon before curving upward and forming bridges to the moon.
Sometimes it's tempting to just mix all your favorite foods together in one dish, and The Vines Winery & Mediterranean-Mongolian Fuzion Grill lets you do just that. The dinner experience starts with a personal wine tasting, after which palettes are tantalized as customers choose from a wide variety of meats, vegetables, and unique sauces and sides made from scratch. All of the ingredients are freshly sliced and diced, then passed along to a chef who cooks it in an open kitchen on a huge grill right before the eyes of diners. Patrons can also opt for an array of Mediterranean specialty options such as steak, seafood, and pastas, with vegetarian, vegan, children's, and allergy-friendly options available as well. All of the dishes complement the large selection of wine, champagne, craft beer, and exotic cocktails.
If customers happen to notice that Royal Limousine operates with military-level precision, it's for good reason. A team of former armed-services personnel run the company, bringing to the limo business the same attention-to-detail and punctuality that they picked up in the service. The courteous chauffers arrive promptly at their appointed destinations at the helm of a stretch limousine, party bus, or even a double-decker bus, whom they've taught to say, "Yes, sir!" Once the human cargo is safely and snugly on board, the drivers navigate traffic en route to any number of destinations around the city, from wedding chapel to wine country.