Ready, Set, Summer! Introducing 1-page Trips

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Introducing 1-page trips! In just a few weeks, the summer 2024 print issue of Carolina Traveler will be arriving at mailboxes across the region! There were way too many interesting places, things to see, and new activities to try out across NC and SC that our publishing team decided, “Why not feature them all?” Thus, one-page trips were born!

In addition to the Events and Day Trips section we include with each digital and print issue, we're shining the spotlight on 10 hidden gem locations and food trails throughout NC and SC that are worth marking your calendar for! Each 1-page trip will include ample suggestions for the best things to do in summertime, recommendations for where to stay and eat, and extra information about the hottest 2024 summer events.

In this issue of the Carolina Traveler weekly newsletter, we're highlighting two 1-page trips guaranteed to get you outdoors (1) Rock Out Atop A Monadnock In Stokes County and (2) Summer In Rockingham County: Why Go Inside At All?

10 1-page trips not enough? Check out our three summer 2024 day trips — including your “high point” of the summer season…

We're also running two festival ticket giveaways for those who need a little extra “spice” to their summer calendar. Whether you're the type who wants to go wandering through secret gardens or wandering through food stands, we've got just the ticket for you.

Stay up to date with the best 1-page trips, festivals, and family-friendly itineraries in the Carolinas — follow us on Facebook where we regularly offer free tickets and other giveaways and become a 2024 subscriber to Carolina Traveler magazine!

Outdoor attractions in Stokes County NC

Top, from left: Hanging Rock State Park at sunset, Pilot Mountain State Park hiking trail, Moore's Knob at Hanging Rock
Bottom, from left: Pilot Mountain at sunset, Rock Dimensions climbing tower, Colonel Jack Martin Rock House

Have You Climbed One Of NC's Largest Monadnocks?

Rock-climbers, hikers, and thrill seekers, convene! Our 1-page trip through Stokes County NC includes all the outdoor fun you're looking fun on a perfect summer day or weekend excursion. Our Stokes County 1-page trip includes the best summer things to do in the area, including climbing one of NC's largest monadnocks.

Monadnocks are geological land formations characterized by a solitary hill, knob, or small mountain that rises abruptly from an otherwise flat or gently sloping surrounding landscape. These formations are usually composed of hard, erosion-resistant rock types, like granite, that endure while softer rock erodes over millions of years. Fun fact: Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson coined the term ‘monadnock' after witnessing an unusual mountain formation in New Hampshire. In addition to enjoying two of NC's most-visited state parks, including monadnocks Hanging Rock and Pilot Mountain, our Stokes County 1-page trip includes the following activities:

  • Witnessing the Colonel Jack Martin Rock House
  • Embarking on a rock-climbing expedition with Rock Dimensions
  • Learning about cheese-making and sampling farm-made goat cheese
  • Perusing unique finds at two local general stores
  • Meandering through The Arts Place of Stokes

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Can't get enough of Stokes County NC? Keep reading for fun fall suggestions

River Club Madison and Blue Octopus

Top: Good beer and good music at River Club Madison; Bottom: Bring home a piece of Rockingham County at Blue Octopus Antiques

Rockingham County NC 1-page trip

You won't find many reasons to stay indoors with this exciting 1-page trip to Rockingham County NC! In the summertime, a perfect trip to Rockingham County includes a downtown mural tour, paddle session through Lake Reidsville, and walks through wildflower fields. Rockingham County is also a prime location for bird-watching and fly-fishing. Whether you're traveling with an RV, looking for lakeside camping, or seeking more luxurious accommodations, our Rockingham County 1-page trip has you covered. Check out of the work week hustle and tune in to the good stuff in Rockingham County NC.

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All-A-Flutter Farms siblings with butterflies and crafts

Siblings by birth, butterfly buddies by choice | Photo: All-A-Flutter Farms (Facebook)

Here's Your “High Point” Of The 2024 Summer…

Sure, you may know High Point NC for its World's Largest Chest of Drawers, but have you experienced all the area has to offer? Summer is one of the best times to visit High Point NC, especially now that the High Point City Lake Park has just undergone some updates. Once home to the largest swimming pool in the southeastern US, High Point's 🚲City Lake Park 🛶 boasts the following amenities:

  • Arnold J. Koonce, Jr. City Lake and pedestrian bridge
  • High Point Greenway and Bicentennial Greenway
  • Piedmont Environmental Center
  • Aquatic Center
  • Marina
  • Rides and Amusements (train, carousel, miniature golf, boat rides)
  • Picnic Shelters

Honestly, we could probably pack all of City Lake Park's fun into a 1-page trip for the High Point area. High Point is a great place to take the kids — the 🦋 All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm 🦋 has been gaining traction as a surefire way to captivate the heart of any child and anyone young at heart.

Check out our two other summer 2024 day trips in Anderson SC and Kure Beach NC.

Mount Airy Blooms could be included on the list of NC scenic hikes.

Demo topics include gardening with native plants, therapeutic gardening, and the edible landscape.

Mount Airy Blooms: Free Tickets For VIP Subscribers

🌸🌿 Get ready to immerse yourself in one of the most beautiful summer 2024 events in the Carolinas: a floral paradise at Mount Airy Blooms on June 8! You could definitely include this entire event on your list of NC scenic hikes! Presented by Mount Airy's esteemed garden clubs — Garden Gate, Modern Gardeners, and Mountain View — Mount Airy Blooms promises a delightful tour of private gardens nestled just a stone's throw away from the charming downtown.

From cozy cottages to sprawling mini-estates, witness a tapestry of successful garden practices that will ignite your own green thumb. But the excitement doesn't end there! Dedicated Master Gardener volunteers will be on hand to share their expertise, answering all your burning gardening questions and offering captivating exhibits and demos.

Discover the wonders of the edible landscape, the beauty of gardening with native plants, and the secrets behind cultivating herbs. Plus, learn how to combat pesky invaders like the spotted lantern fly, and explore the therapeutic benefits of gardening.

What's more, Carolina Traveler is getting ready to offer FREE tickets to this enchanting event! 🌺🌱Read more about Mount Airy Blooms 2024

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival logo.

What's better than beer, bourbon, and barbecue? Having it all in the same place!

Last Chance! Beer Bourbon & BBQ Takes Place 5/18

You can still enter daily to win tickets to four of the hottest food festivals in Charlotte this year! The May 18 Beer Bourbon & BBQ Festival takes place soon, with the August 24 Tacos ‘N Taps fiesta on deck. While the Whiskey, Wine & Fire Festival doesn't belong on our list of summer 2024 events (it takes place November 2, 2024), it's still worth starting your salivating engines over!

Haven't read up on the details for Beer Bourbon & BBQ? Get ready for a day filled with beer sippin', bourbon tastin', and BBQ eatin'. With over 60 beers and 40 bourbons to sample, as well as mouthwatering BBQ delights, this festival is a true Southern extravaganza. Don't miss the Shrine of Swine, where whole hogs are smoked to perfection, or the VIP Lounge for an extra special experience. Plus, enjoy live music, seminars with master distillers and pit masters, and plenty of yard games to keep the fun going all day long. Early purchase general admission is $45. Carolina Traveler VIPs get FREE tickets. Sound like a perfect summer day? ENTER TO WIN FREE TICKETS! 

Mother and son ride a zipline in Stokes County, NC

Race through the canopy and across meadows at Carolina Ziplines in Westfield, NC.

Carolina Traveler Poll: The Best Thrill Seeking Adventures

If you've been a Carolina Traveler reader for a while, you know that we publish our annual Thrill Seekers issue in midsummer. We're elbows deep in pluff mud searching for the most physically and mentally thrilling adventures in NC and SC. From hiking to secret swimming holes to diving for buried treasure, we want to hear directly from Carolina thrill seekers themselves — what are the best places to get your thrill seeking fix in the Carolinas? Email our writer with your favorite places! Then, check out our thrill seeker destinations from 2023 and 2022.

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