Part of the North Carolina Railway Museum, the New Hope Valley Railway shepherds passengers through pine forest aboard vintage diesel and steam-engine trains. Covered cars protect riders from the elements, while a historic open-air caboose allows them to recline in locomotive fashion as they enjoy the shade of the woods, the breeze of the wind, and the harmonious serenade of local wildlife choirs. Trains depart from and return to Bonsal Depot, where a gift shop awaits filled with keepsake merchandise and a display track showcases vintage railroad equipment.
Free to the public, the North Carolina Railway Museum houses historic railway artifacts including vintage trains from builders such as Vulcan Iron Works and General Electric. On select Saturdays and Sundays, the Railway lets passengers take control of diesel-electric or steam-engine trains to experience firsthand life as a conductor.
A fishing bobber quivers atop the water's surface and plunges swiftly downward to indicate a fish has taken the bait. At the other end of the line, a young girl takes hold of the rod as her family cheers her on. Greggofish Guide Service owner Greg Griffin forges memories like these, leading lighthearted family trips or aquatic excursions to catch specific species such as largemouth bass.
The captain welcomes groups aboard his Carolina Skiff?a 24-foot vessel with a T-top that offers shade and cover from fishes' spy satellites. Though an accomplished fisherman, Greg doesn't cast his own line during charters. Instead, he gives full attention to his passengers, helping them use provided supplies such as rods, reels, and bait. Greg also maintains an online tutorial page, where fledgling fishers can go for tips or to send fish e-vites to their next barbecue.
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Cary Yoga and Kickboxing challenges both body and mind. During high-intensity kickboxing sessions, groups of students jab, hook, and roundhouse kick their way to a healthier existence. A combination of martial arts, boxing, and other fighting forms, kickboxing classes aim to build strength and increase self-awareness, as well. Meanwhile, the facility divides its yoga offerings into two different programs: power Vinyasa and sweat and detox. The latter program revolves around poses that improve the body’s circulatory and lymphatic systems, helping to expel toxins.
Bass Lake Draft House offers an array of tempting American cuisine.
Keep your diet in check at Bass Lake Draft House, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — Bass Lake Draft House has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at Bass Lake Draft House.
Bass Lake Draft House is the place to be for a celebratory happy hour.
At Bass Lake Draft House, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Hop online in no time using Bass Lake Draft House's free wifi.
Warm weather brings out Bass Lake Draft House's highly coveted patio seating.
The restaurant can get thronged with crowds on Fridays and Saturdays, so book your table ahead of time through their reservation system.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Bass Lake Draft House is ultra casual.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Catering services are also available.
Drivers can make use of the parking lots near Bass Lake Draft House.
Bass Lake Draft House makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Your bill at Bass Lake Draft House will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
All major credit cards are accepted.
Bass Lake Draft House serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
Though it's largely a male-dominated industry, the origins of beer-brewing suggest it was women who were behind the original barley pop?and the ladies behind Bombshell Beer Company are quick to remind anyone who asks. Co-founder and co-owner Ellen Joyner had been home brewing for more than a decade when she joined forces with co-brewers Michelle Miniutti and Jackie Hudspeth, and together, they started Bombshell. There, they employ careful and exacting brewing practices to brew great beer, from their Lost My Way IPA to specialty seasonal beers that include a ?Dunkelweizen and a Dirty Secret Coconut Stout. Visitors can take tours of the brewery to learn more about the process, and head to the 1,400 square foot tasting room afterward to taste the beers of their labor.