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Gastonia makes for a great weekend getaway in Gaston County

The city of Gastonia, the largest metropolis located in the heart of Gaston County, is the perfect location for your next weekend adventure.

Things To Do

A three-time All-America City and recipient of the U.S. Conference of Mayors top Livability Award, Gastonia is recognized as one of the area’s best places to live and work with an ideal combination of location, size, and quality of life. The city’s slogan: Great Place, Great People, Great Promise.

Let's go out to the ball game

The Gastonia Honey Hunters are a professional baseball team located in the newly renovated FUSE district. They play 70 home games starting in the spring through early fall in the South Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, a "partner league" of Major League Baseball, and make for a fun night out on the town.


Discover – Schiele Museum

Located a little outside of the downtown but a "Must SEE" is the Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium. This museum is one of 70 museums in the U.S. designated as an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and features the largest collection of mounted land mammals in the Southeast. Experience galleries with vivid natural history exhibits, plus outdoor recreations of a Catawba Indian Village and an 18th Century Farm. Discover our planetarium, Stone Age site, nature trail, live animal enclosures and many other interactive exhibits.


Other museums include the Alfred C. Kessell Center and the African American Museum of History & Culture both located in the renovated Loray Mill as well as the American Military Museum.


The perfect place to stay – Esquire Hotel

The Esquire hotel in downtown Gastonia is a boutique hotel where past meets present. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was a bank in 1918 and later became known as The Lawyers Building. A six-year renovation transformed the Classic Revival-style building into a downtown luxury hotel, an architectural jewel featuring 35 guest rooms, an all-day restaurant aptly named Barrister’s, and a nostalgic coffee nook downstairs named the Notary. In the works is a rooftop venue giving you the most extraordinary views of your sunset. The esquire hotel is an experience with top-notch service, exquisite dining, and historic spaces. This is your downtown base camp.


Unique eats – Webb Custom Kitchen

While enjoying your stay in historic downtown Gastonia you must stop at Webb Custom Kitchen. This award-winning restaurant is in a theater that was built in the 1920s. Beautifully restored, and keeping the original charm of the venue, including the screen. Farm to table cuisine and a craft cocktail program second to none. When you walk in, you’ll be impressed. When your food arrives, you’ll be captivated!


Chill time – Cavendish Brewing Company

If you are into just relaxing, try some chill time at Cavendish Brewing. The beer is one of a kind in every way. From the ingredients they use, to the way the brew master monitors every step of the brewing process, their award winning beer is made to stand out from every other beer in the respective categories. They take pride in the idea that, in a sea of craft beers, people still swim towards the name Cavendish.


Other Places To Stay

Quick access hotels along interstate 85 in Gastonia. Just off the interstate with dozens of dining options available to you, These hotels will get you on the road without delay.