Chamber member Biz Well Corp. produced our Welcome Guide. Thank you, Debbie Cole.
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The Chamber's "Welcome Guide" is available for visitors, newcomers and potential future residents and businesses. The full-color 48-page publication is packed with useful information about eastern Gaston County and its cities and towns. It's available free at the Chamber office in the Stowe Building at 100 N. Main Street in Belmont, at the Gaston County Visitor Center in Belmont, at City Halls and at the offices of advertisers.
ON THE COVER: The cover of the "Welcome Guide" 5th edition features a spectacular aerial photo of eastern Gaston County showing the Catawba River at the Interstate 85 bridge. The photo was taken by Brett Osborne of Clear Sky Images. The statement the image makes is important because growth from Charlotte spilling across the Catawba has been and will continue to be a catalyst for economic development in the Montcross area cities and towns of eastern Gaston County.
Gaston County Dept. of Travel and Tourism Visitor Center ... 620 N. Main. St., Belmont, NC ... Phone: 1-800-849-9994 or 704-825-4044
Welcome: Visitor Center Your First Stop
The best place for first-time visitors to begin learning about Gaston County is the Visitor Center operated by Gaston County Travel and Tourism at 620 North Main Street in Belmont. That's at I-85 Exit 26 (Belmont Abbey College.) There you'll find friendly folks to answer your questions and supply all the maps and brochures you need. Be sure to ask for the Moncross Area Chamber Welcome Magazine for visitors and newcomers, with information and photos about a wide variety of interesting places to see and things to do in Gaston County.
Don't fail to ask about the spectacular Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, named one of the nation's 20 great gardens. Also not to be missed is the U.S. National Whitewater Center, the world's largest multi-channel, recirculating whitewater river, and an official U.S.Olympic Training Facility. The Whitewater Center is across the Catawba River in Mecklenburg County, but only a few minutes from the Visitor Center.
From the parking lot at the Visitor Center, you can see just across the Interstate the spires of Belmont Abbey College and the beautiful and historic basilica. Founded in 1876, Belmont Abbey is both a Benedictine monastery and a Catholic co-educational liberal arts college. Stroll the lovely 650-acre campus and drop in at Holy Grounds for a cup of Starbucks coffee with the students and the monks.
All of the towns of eastern Gaston (Belmont, Cramerton, Lowell, McAdenville, Mount Holly and Stanley) are within a short drive from the Visitor Center. Gastonia, the county seat, is less than 10 minutes south on I-85, and the skyscrapers of Charlotte about 15 minutes north.
While traveling in Gaston County, take time to stop for a spell in any of our small towns. You'll find each community has it's own distinct charm and proud heritage. Learn about our past in historical museums, sip a cup of gourmet coffee, relax in a spa, walk on a greenway, cruise the lake, attack the whitewater, inhale the gardens, make great discoveries in our antique shops, sample our barbecue or enjoy a fine dining experience at one of many excellent restaurants.
You'll discover the quality all of our communities have in common is friendly people. Don't rush. Take time to talk with people you meet. You'll find we're as eager to get to know you as you are to know us.
Thanks for stopping by.
Visitors to Gaston County will find a vast array of lodging options within a short drive from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and along major highways such as Interstate 85 and Highway 74. Please give special consideration to the following members of the Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce:
Holiday Inn Express - Belmont & Mount Holly
(I-85 Exit 27)
250 Beaty Drive
Belmont, NC 28012
Hampton Inn Charlotte-Belmont @ Montcross
(I-85 Exit 26)
820 Cecilia Alexander Dr.
Belmont, NC 28012
Robin's Nest Bed & Breakfast
156 N. Main St.
Mount Holly, NC 28120
Wisteria Inn at Stowe Manor
217 South Central Ave.
Belmont, NC 28012
Charlotte Sheraton Hotel
3315 Scott Futrell Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28208
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