The Yadkin Valley Wine Tours travel among the vineyard rows and through the dark cool of barrel cellars, letting guests get up close and personal with the wineries of the Blue Ridge Mountains foothills. Chauffeured excursions by van or bus roll along back-country roads and scenic highways and make stops at wineries along Swan Creek, Shallowford Trail, Yadkin River Trail, and others.
At each winery, the guide unveils a little piece of North Carolina's winemaking heritage, explaining why the area's grape-growing climate is considered similar to that of Burgundy and the Italian Piedmont, just with much, much more distant views of the Alps. Afterward, a wine tasting lets everyone drink in the local flavor and learn proper tasting technique. Tours often follow the themes of the season, combining wine tasting with mining for gems in the summer, taking in the changing foliage in the fall, and stops at toasty fireplaces in the winter.
At Remington Grill, guests dine on Texas-sized portions while surrounded by scenes from the Old West, including hand-painted wall murals depicting cowboys and their noble steeds, horses and velociraptors. In keeping with the casual theme, patrons order and pick up their meals at the counter. They then head to the tables balancing plates loaded with half-pound ground-chuck burgers, hickory-smoked ribs, beans and slaw, and massive fries hand cut from Idaho potatoes. They can also stop at the free fixin's bar to pile on the toppings.
Phillips Farms cultivates more than just crops of strawberries and corn. During seasonal events, the farm reaps all-ages fun for families with a variety of attractions and activities. Strawberry season brings about picking sessions where visitors can pluck their own fruit, and as autumn descends on the farm, so to do 40-foot bounce pillows, pedal carts, and a winding corn maze. Guests can make their way through a labyrinthine path that changes every year and celebrate a successful trip with kettle corn baked fresh to order or by high-fiving a pygmy goat in the petting area. October also brings about frightening chills from a two-story Gore House filled with zombies and ghouls around every corner.
Trees sway on the shoreline. A bald eagle arcs across the sky. The lake ripples as a pontoon boat calmly cuts through its surface. The captains of Jordan Lake Pontoon Cruises, who are licensed for guiding on inland lakes, usher their passengers across the lake on various excursions from morning to night. On the seasonal Fall Leaf Cruise, they showcase the area's colorful fall foliage, and on Eagle-Viewing Cruises they help passengers catch glimpses of the lake's large bald-eagle population. They also lead guided fishing trips and charter the boat for swimming and fishing excursions. On select tours, captains provide breakfast and coffee or snacks, and invite passengers to board with their own drinks.
The guides from New Bern Segway Tours & Fun Center showcase their city's best sights. Perched atop segways, they lead groups down scenic streets and to historic locations. They tailor each excursion to their guests. Depending on what groups want to see, they might deliver interesting commentary about the city's history or simply point out the best spots for a photo op.
The mobile historians at Triangle Glides lead tours through the most exciting locations in Raleigh's past and present. They spin tales as groups glide past modern and historic landmarks on the Downtown Discovery tour or learn of riots, duels, and public hangings during the more macabre Raleigh's Darkest Secrets tour. In other tours, groups travel into the 19th-century neighborhood of Oakwood and enjoy the lush grounds of Oakwood Cemetery, the final resting place of nearly 1,500 Confederate soldiers.
This sort of exploration is the foundation of Triangle Glides, but its Segways are only part of the adventure. To explore the area's waters, the company sells standup paddleboards. Resident instructors can help newbies master these watercraft during seasonal paddleboard lessons on nearby Lake Wheeler, where paddlers find calm waters surrounded by leafy forests. Triangle Glides also sells electric bikes, fitness Trikkes, and bootless skates, and leads photography workshops.