Those treasures only locals know about!

Heck, even the locals probably don't know about some of these hidden gems in the area! Here you'll find the list of really awesome stuff that you might not run across for years!

The Holly and Ivy Inn
603 N Main Ave,
Newton, NC 28658
(828) 238-3370
When you need to get away but don't want to go away, or you want your guests close but not too close. Kevin and Kristen Albright have created a gem in this beautiful house that was built in 1936.  Stroll their lovely grounds, enjoy tea on the veranda, or sit out by the firepit and soak it all in.  They want you to come as guests and leave as friends. 

Carolina Movie Theater
222 First Ave. NW
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 322-7210
Built in 1934 and family-owned, The Carolina Theater is located downtown, and you can feel the history. It's a throwback to days gone by where the first date was always here. It has been renovated over the last 20 years to increase comforts and the quality of the movies. Specializing in second-run movies, it is known as a great value with both ticket and concession prices. I remember many Rocky Horror Picture shows and many rainy-day kid movies with my kids at the Carolina Theater. Hey, tickets are only three bucks, and the popcorn is to die for!

Hickory Motor Speedway
3130 Hwy 70 SE.
Newton, NC 28658
(828) 464-3655
Located in Newton since 1951 and known as "The World's most famous short track" and "The birthplace of the NASCAR stars," the history here is palpable.  Starting in February and running until November, there is a full schedule of exciting racing events for young and old alike. Food and beverages are allowed in for NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and regular events, but not during special events. Check the website for the policy before you go.  The track is also available for practice sessions, commercial photography, and private gatherings.  Experience the excitement of stock car racing in a family-oriented atmosphere!

Hart Square Village
5055 Hope Rd.
Vale, NC 28168
(828) 528-5029
Boasting the nation's largest collection of authentic historic log structures on a 200-acre preserve. While it is not open to the public, memberships are available along with periodic opportunities for the public to visit such as before Christmas, Easter and an annual festival that occurs each October.  

Aviation Museum
3101 Ninth Ave. Dr. NW
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 323-1963
Located at the Hickory Regional Airport, the Aviation Museum has artifacts and memorabilia ranging from WWII to the present day. Models are on display that show how aircraft design changed from the Wright Flyer to The F/A-18 Hornet.   Numerous aircraft are on display outside of the building.  

The Southeastern Narrow Gauge and Shortline Museum
1123 N. Main Ave.
Newton, NC 28658
(980) 858-4266
Located at the former junction of the Southern and Carolina and North-Western Railway. In the Newton Depot with a Welcome Center next door (at 1111 N. Main Ave.) and a Pavilion across the railroad tracks from the Depot. They have a wide spectrum of railroad-related displays including model trains, artifacts, and real trains located in the pavilion. Perfect for kids from 4 to 104!

The Hickory Crawdads
LP Frans Stadium
2500 Clement Blvd.
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 322-3000
They are not hidden, but they are a gem. The Hickory Crawdads were brought to LP Frans Stadium in 1993 by former baseball player Don Beaver, and they are part of the fabric of the community. Tickets are available at an affordable price during the season, with numerous themes depending on the night. Friday night games are widely known for fireworks after the game. Suites can be rented for parties with catering available. During the off-season, numerous events are held at the stadium, and areas/suites can be rented for parties. When you go, try a craft beer, which is known to be cold, or a fantastic hot dog, which is served piping hot.