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2015 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Ride Announces Waynesville as the Starting Host Town

 

Bicyclists can also enjoy the fly fishing trail through N.C. too!
Bicyclists can also enjoy the fly fishing trail through N.C. too! Bob E. Photo

APtravelnews-News Release from Waynesville, N.C-3/12/15—When Anna Smathers, Communications Manager for beautiful Haywood County, N.C. to tell me about her joy in having, after months of behind the scenes planning and coordinating, the North Carolina Amateur Sports organization and Cycle North Carolina recently announced that the Town of Waynesville has been named as the starting host town for the 2015 “Mountains to Coast” Bicycle Tour in September.  The organization made the official announcement on Sunday, March 8 at the opening reception of the North Carolina Governors Conference on Tourism in Pinehurst, NC. All participating municipalities and communities were announced and Waynesville received the distinguished title as the starting host town for the ride. “We are honored and excited to be selected as the host/start city for the event this year.  The tour will allow the 1000+ participants and their families to enjoy the mountains and scenic beauty of the area, and while they are here, gives Waynesville the opportunity to showcase its hospitality and charm,” said Marcy O’Neil, Town Manager for Waynesville.

Waynesville will serve as base camp for the initial kick-off and starting point for the cross state ride.  Participants are planned to arrive Saturday, September 26 or even earlier and will have free time to enjoy the local area.  They will begin their journey on Sunday, September 27 and travel 55 miles to neighboring Hendersonville, where they will spend the night before continuing on to Shelby.The “Mountains to Coast” ride provides participants with just enough introductions to each community to entice them to bring their families back for longer visits including vacations.

This event will bring One to two-night stays from 900+ participants, plus more than 4.6 million media/print impressions. ($250,000 value) benefits to the many communities that this event will be an Introduction of communities to participants throughout North Carolina, the U.S. and other countries. Additional revenues from concessions, catering, hotel stays, dining, shopping, attraction visits, etc. will accrue to participating businesses in this area of N.C.

The “Mountains to Coast” tour is major step in the right direction to grow this specific tourism market in Haywood County,” said Lynn Collins, Executive Director of the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority. For more information on the event, visit  http://cnc.ncsports.org/.
 Along with its picturesque beauty, Haywood County and its five towns of Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Canton and Clyde offer year round activities and events centered around food, heritage, music, art and the outdoors. No matter what experience you choose, N.C. guarantees you will always experience Authentic Appalachian, Pure & Simple! For more information visit  www.visitncsmokies.com  or contact the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority at 800-334-9036. Note* Barb and I spent a week in this area and it was the best trip ever!!!!

To download a PDF click here: 2015 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Ride Announces Waynesville as the Starting Host Town

The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band returns to Cataloochee Ranch

APtravelnews–Penny Redfern, Marketing Director, Cataloochee Ranch in North Carolina said : “On Tuesday night, April 21, Grammy winner Peter Rowan and his Grammy-nominated bluegrass band will return to Cataloochee Ranch for a special one-night performance.

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band (credit: Photo by Maria Camillo)

This is the legendary singer-songwriter’s fifth appearance at the Ranch in the past five years, and the intimate fireside event is expected to be a sellout.

The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band’s first album, Legacy, with guest artists that included Ricky Skaggs, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings and Del McCoury, was nominated for a Grammy in 2010. The band’s second album, The Old School, was a 2013 nominee for IBMA Album of the Year. In addition to Rowan on guitar and lead vocals, current band members are banjo player Keith Little and bass player Paul Knight, both of whom have been with the band since its formation; mandolin player Chris Henry, who was featured on The Old School; and fiddle player Blaine Sprouse, the newest addition to the ensemble. The band has appeared in festival venues around the world, including Merlefest, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Grey Fox, Rothbury, Australia’s National Folk Festival and many others, and was featured in January 2015 on the PBS radio show A Prairie Home Companion.

Peter Rowan first burst onto the musical scene in the early 1960’s as a member of Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys and the co-writer, with Monroe, of the bluegrass classic “The Walls of Time.” He later became involved in an eclectic variety of rock, folk and bluegrass projects, including a memorable collaboration with Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Vassar Clements and John Kahn in the 1970’s bluegrass band Old & In The Way. He embarked on a solo career in the late 1970’s and still tours internationally as a solo singer-songwriter.

A limited number of tickets for the April 21 show are available, and reservations are required. The $60.00 ticket price also includes dinner before the show, with dinner at 6 pm and music beginning at 7:30. Special overnight package which includes dinner, show, lodging and breakfast is $140. For more information, please call Cataloochee Ranch at 828-926-1401. CONTACT: Penny Redfern Marketing Director, Cataloochee Ranch (828) 926-1919 pennyredfern@gmail.com

NOTE* Barb and I spent several days in Maggie Valley and enjoyed the area immensely.  We especially enjoyed our stay at Cataloochee Ranch! 

New Market Street Fusion Restaurant Already a “Hit” With MD. Police and Fire-fighters!

A proud mom enjoys the first breakfast dish from her sons kitchen!
A proud mom enjoys the first breakfast dish from her sons kitchen!

APtravelnews–January 29th,-Frederick, MD.–Bob and Barb “On The Road Again”–This time it was our turn to visit a true family restaurant-our family restaurant! Our son Dave, and our grandchildren, Josh, Bradley and Elihana have opened up a brand new restaurant serving American style foods with a French Cuisine twist; the Market Street Fusion Restaurant! With their new, experienced Chef Dave, hailing from Washington State, with a James Beard Honoree reputation, dishes are noteworthy for there tastes and presentations. Seafood’s from the Florida Keys and from the Northern West Coast will be featured in season, along with all manner of America’s favorite entree’s. MARKET STREET FUSION is located at 41 South Market St. Frederick, MD. phone 240-439-4452 marketstreetfusion@gmail.com

NOTE***look for updates as this new, family owned restaurant fully gets into gear!!

 

Some of the many members of the Frederick Police Dept. enjoying an Inaugural "Thank You" Breakfast prior to full opening of the Market Street Fusion Restaurant.
Some of the many members of the Frederick Police Dept. enjoying an Inaugural “Thank You” Breakfast prior to full opening of the Market Street Fusion Restaurant.
First egg dish from M.S. Fusion Restaurant-"delicious!
First egg dish from M.S. Fusion Restaurant-“delicious!

Florence, South Carolina Going North or South on I-95 A Travelers Terrific Stopover!

Love is in the air when Terry moves in!
Love is in the air when Terry moves in!

APtravelnews-January 25th, Frederick, MD.-“Bob and Barb on the Road Again-When we left our S. Florida home on the way to Frederick, MD to visit our sons new Market Street Fusion Restaurant, we again calculated that the half-way point for some rest, relaxation before heading another 500-miles was our favorite stopover; Florence, S. Carolina-this was not our first stopover there. Florence has one of the very best tourism representative in the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau   in the person of Holly Beaumier. She told us that the very new Home 2 Suites by Hilton would be a great place for us to visit as they are very pet friendly, and Terry our “Critter” who loves and is loved by everyone he meets along with us, would be comfortable there. And we were! Dinner was a wonderful experience as well! We ate at Victors in downtown Florence, an area totally being revitalized into all manner of shops and restaurant locations. Victors was in Hotel Florence and the fare was quite excellent-this was no off the highway fast food joint! Barb and I along with Holly and her associate enjoyed fish and various seafood and meat dishes. We topped our dinner off with wonderful desserts with a few excellent quite home-made cheesecake offerings-very memorable all the way around!

 

"Modern and pretty" was our reaction when first entering our dog friendly hotel. Our suite was "sweet" and very comfortable bed too!
“Modern and pretty” was our reaction when first entering our dog friendly hotel. Our suite was “sweet” and very comfortable bed too!
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Breakfast had egg sandwiches and whole grain delicious waffles. The coffee tasted like “coffee!”

 

 

 

 

Appetizing foreplay!  this scallop wrapped in bacon on grits from the Gods was spectacular!
Appetizing foreplay! Victors
scallops wrapped in bacon on “grits from the Gods” was spectacular!
The filet on a rice pillow surrounded by tasty grilled shrimp and scallops "gave me a "buzz." It was "Oh, so good!" Barb and our table mates also fared very nicely with fish, chicken and a N.Y.strip steak.
The filet on a rice pillow surrounded by tasty grilled shrimp and scallops “gave me a “buzz.” It was “Oh, so good!” Barb and our table mates also fared very nicely with fish, chicken and a N.Y.strip steak.

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A Victors cheesecake to remember!
A Victors cheesecake to remember!
Over dessert. Barb and the fine ladies from Florence relaxed with some of the best desserts in the South!
Over dessert. Barb and the fine ladies from Florence relaxed with some of the best desserts in the South!

Note***Look for upcoming articles on Florence, showcasing “dog-friendly kayaking, a museum for all ages, the Florence Hotel story, equestrian events and a whole lot more!!!!!