Author: Allen Tate Companies

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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10 Jul 2018

5 home inspiration projects we love from local interior designers

In our humble opinion, we live in one of the most gorgeous regions in the country. The Carolinas are filled with lush forests, breathtaking mountains, winding rivers and a marvelous coastline, so it’s only fitting that our homes have the same level of wow factor! Luckily, there is an abundance of incredibly talented interior designers in our region who are more than equipped to help make your design goals a reality. Whether you’re looking for a simple seasonal refresh, a kitchen remodel or a complete renovation, these talented local designers are here to help. We gathered up a healthy dose of home inspiration to help you get started, featuring five awe-inspiring interior design projects we love. Of course, your home is...
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26 Jun 2018

The 19 best farmers’ markets in Charlotte and the surrounding areas [interactive map]

Charlotte Farmers Markets
When it comes to fresh produce, baked goods, meat — well, any food really — there’s no debating that locally sourced products just taste better! And in the Charlotte area, there are more than a few options for shopping local. Our region boasts an abundance of farmers’ markets, each one serving as a gathering place for friends and neighbors, a fun weekend activity, and a one-stop shop for your weekly groceries. Some markets focus solely on produce and baked goods from local vendors, but others offer clothing, flowers, art and more! You can even find international flavors and specialty items at almost all of the local markets — in short, all of the items you need to make your meals...
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8 Jun 2018

9 Fourth of July events and fireworks displays in the Triad, North Carolina

It’s almost time to celebrate America’s birthday! We look forward to this holiday every year because it presents the opportunities to gather with friends and family, host a community barbecue, and “ooh” or “ah” at the local fireworks display. There are so many fantastic local events and fireworks shows happening this year in Winston-Salem, Greensboro and the surrounding areas, so we rounded up a few of the best ones to help you plan your Independence Day celebration. Have fun out there and don’t forget your red, white and blue!   July 3rd in the Park | Burlington When: July 3, 5-9 pm Where: Burlington City Park You can kick off the Fourth of July festivities a bit early at this get-together in...
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31 May 2018

9 summer DIY projects from our favorite local bloggers

Summer is coming, which means that many of us are in the midst of our spring cleaning projects — clearing out the old to make room for colorful bright accents and seasonal decor. But no matter how excited we are to revamp our space, it’s hard to get over the hefty price tag that comes with it. Luckily, it’s easy to give your home a brand new look with just a few DIY touches! We turned to these talented local bloggers in North and South Carolina for inspiration. They cover everything from herb planters to headboards, each implementing their own creative point of view into the project. What will you tackle first?   DIY Copper Herb Planters | Forks & Folly Photo...
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24 May 2018

The top 10 summer date ideas in Greenville, South Carolina

When the time comes to plan your next date outing, it can sometimes be difficult to get out of your shell. After all, the dinner-and-a-movie routine is so familiar — and so easy! But there is much more to do in Greenville than sit in a crowded theater. We rounded up some of the best summertime date ideas in town, including something for every personality, taste and budget. So take advantage of the gorgeous weather and go explore Greenville with your sweetheart!   Go horseback riding at Black Horse Run Photo courtesy of Black Horse Run Located on the outskirts of Greenville County, Black Horse Run is a little piece of the Old West tucked away in a picturesque setting. You have the chance...
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11 May 2018

12 things to do over Memorial Day weekend in North Carolina’s Research Triangle

Memorial Day in the Triangle
Memorial Day Weekend is set aside for honoring our fallen heroes — those who gave their lives in service to our country. The holiday has been an American tradition for decades, and warrants a day off of work and school. Many consider the three-day weekend to be the unofficial start of summer (and the first respectable time to wear white pants, if you believe in that sort of thing). So naturally, there is typically an abundance of celebratory events held over the weekend! We gathered a list of 12 fun things to do in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill this Memorial Day. Have fun out there and don’t forget to pay your respects along the way.   You Are Here: Light,...
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