Author: Allen Tate Companies

16 Oct 2018

10 pumpkin patches near Charlotte you can visit this fall

Pumpkin Patches Near Charlotte
The woods and farmlands of the Carolinas are already the perfect setting for a farm getaway, but when you add the attractions of fall, things get even better. These include everything from you-pick pumpkin patches and wagon rides to corn mazes and even apple cider slushies. We rounded up ten local farms and markets in and around Charlotte where you can join in the fun. From pumpkin lots in the heart of town to secluded family farms just a few minutes out, we think there’s a spot on this list that could become your new favorite family tradition!   Anne Springs Close Greenway Fort Mill, South Carolina During last three weekends in October, Anne Springs Close Greenway transforms into a fall harvest paradise. Complete...
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9 Oct 2018

The 9 best haunted houses near Raleigh-Durham to scare you this Halloween

North Carolina Haunted Houses near Raleigh Durham
Halloween is the holiday of haunts and North Carolina’s historic farms and backwoods are the perfect setting to transform your nightmares into real scares. The cities, farms and woods around Raleigh-Durham, in particular, are home to everything from haunted forest trails and monster-filled corn mazes to immersive theatrical experiences and even one terrifying Halloween escape room. So, if you’re looking for scares this season, you’ve come to the right place. Explore the haunted houses and experiences below and see if you can make it through the more than 40 attractions available at these bone-chilling destinations.   Haunted Forest at Panic Point Get directions | Buy tickets Labeled North Carolina’s best haunted house, Haunted Forest at Panic Point offers six individual haunted attractions which...
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27 Sep 2018

Explore this eclectic artist retreat in Winston-Salem designed by Catherine French Design

Catherine French Design Chapel Hill, NC
When traditional meets unconventional and eclectic — that’s where the excitement begins. This traditional two-story Colonial in the Buena Vista neighborhood of Winston-Salem was completely transformed into an eclectic artist retreat by the talented team at Catherine French Design. This full-service interior design firm is based in Chapel Hill, but maintains active projects all along the East Coast, ranging from luxury new construction homes to relaxing condos by the sea. The team of five at Catherine French Design offers a diverse range of experiences, talents and areas of expertise. Catherine “Cat” French launched the company after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture. Cat’s enthusiasm for her work and years of experience...
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25 Sep 2018

The 12 best coffee shops in the Charlotte area

Best Coffee Shops in Charlotte, NC
In conjunction with the creative and forward-thinking culture of Charlotte, the city’s craft coffee scene has taken off significantly in recent years. New coffee shops are popping up on a regular basis throughout the city, each dedicated to preserving this age-old artisan craft. Let’s embark on a caffeinated tour of the best coffee shops in the Charlotte area, whether you prefer your coffee black or mixed with exotic flavors like lavender, rosemary and the like.     Enderly Coffee Co. 2620 Tuckaseegee Road Enderly Coffee Co. is the result of the love story between former teachers Becky and Tony Santoro, who fell in love over coffee and relied on it to get them through their years as teachers and raising their daughters. We have seen...
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18 Sep 2018

The 13 best pumpkin patches in the Triad area, mapped

Best Pumpkin Patches in the Triad Area NC
Fall is upon us! This magical time of the year is often filled with bonfires, apple cider, beautiful fall foliage, cozy sweaters, and of course — pumpkin-themed everything. Maximize the season with a visit to a nearby pumpkin patch, teeming with fall activities like corn mazes, hayrides, petting zoos, bounce houses, and much more. Take a look at the many pumpkin patches in the Triad area, located not far from Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point. Consult our interactive map to find the pumpkin patch nearest you so you can spend less time searching for a farm and more time selecting the perfect pumpkin!   Alpha & Omega Corn Maze Hamptonville, NC Opens September 8 | Friday 4–9 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m. + Sunday 1–6 p.m. Photo...
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21 Aug 2018

How to add warmth to your home this fall: Tips from a local interior designer

We can hardly believe it, but summer is quickly coming to a close. The kids are back in school, apple-picking is on the weekend agenda, and pumpkin is starting to show up again in the local grocery stores! While the world around you is transforming for the new season, it’s also important to make your home look the part. We love fall because it gives us the opportunity to really make our homes feel cozy with throws, wreaths, autumn-scented candles and warm decor. In our opinion, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. We spoke to Lauren Nicole Designs — a talented interior designer based in Charlotte, North Carolina — to get the inside scoop on current design trends...
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14 Aug 2018

The 10 best places to get BBQ in Charlotte, mapped

Charlotte is undoubtedly a foodie haven! It seems like every month there is another acclaimed eatery opening its doors. Regardless of what you’re craving — Southern, Asian or hearty brunch cuisine — you’ll be able to find a restaurant that does it well in the area. But it’s barbecue that really put Charlotte on the food map in the first place. North Carolina actually boasts two different styles of barbecue. Firstly, Lexington (sometimes referred to as Western) includes a red sauce seasoned with ketchup, pepper, vinegar and other spices doused over a hearty chunk of slow-roasted pork shoulder. Eastern, on the other hand, features every part of the pig, and the sauce is made with just vinegar and pepper to...
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7 Aug 2018

The top 16 things to do in Greenville, South Carolina

Things to do in Greenville
Greenville — with its bustling art scene, bike-friendly attitude, colorful architecture and Southern hospitality — is rising the charts as one of the most desirable places to visit in the country. It’s also one of America’s fastest-growing cities, drawing thousands of people every year who are eager to call this thriving town home. Whether you live here or you’re just visiting, there is so much to keep you entertained. So much, in fact, that it can be tough to decide what to do first. We rounded up a list of the top 16 things to do in the area, from wineries to outdoor activities and everything in between. How many can you check off this list?   Take in the views at...
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24 Jul 2018

10 spectacular weekend getaways within 3 hours of Charlotte, North Carolina

Getaways Near Charlotte
Even though we love living in Charlotte, a charming town between the coast and the mountains, it’s nice to get out of town and explore every now and then. Fortunately, we have access to so many incredible destinations within a three hour drive! From bustling cities to natural hot springs and picturesque small towns to national parks, there are plenty of opportunities for travel. Make it your goal this summer to visit one or two of these spectacular road trip destinations close to Charlotte and experience our area’s natural beauty, historic architecture and cultural attractions. Adventure awaits!   Lake Lure, North Carolina Photo courtesy of Liza Goodlett via The Lodge on Lake Lure Driving time from Charlotte: 2 hours Why we love it: This famous Lake...
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19 Jul 2018

11 restaurant patios you’ll want to enjoy this summer in Raleigh-Durham

Restaurant Patios in Raleigh-Durham
Regardless of what you’re craving — seafood, tapas, burgers or barbecue — you can likely find an excellent version at a nearby restaurant in Raleigh-Durham. Our area boasts a rapidly growing culinary scene, with new and exciting eateries popping up every month! Since we are lucky to have such a lengthy patio season in North Carolina, we try to seek out great restaurants with outdoor seating areas whenever we can. After all, what’s better than enjoying an excellent meal and soaking in the sunshine at the same time? Next time you’re looking to enjoy a meal al fresco, make sure to check out one of these incredible local patios. Featuring lush greenery, great views and sun-splashed settings, they should all...
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