We invite you to come along on a journey of history, family, culture and of course some amazing wine! Choose one of the wineries or breweries (or both) along the Beer, Wine and Shine Trail for this day trip of wineries, outlet shopping, and a touch of Hollywood glamor.
10am Ava Gardner Museum
Ava Gardner was born and raised in Johnston County, just seven miles east of Smithfield in the Brogden Community. Ava signed a contract with MGM at age 17 and went on to become a internationally acclaimed star appearing in 59 films. The museum showcases her life and career with memorabilia and personal belongings.
Admission charged. 1 hour.
Take a tour of the vineyards or enjoy a wine tasting at the largest muscadine vineyard in the state with 75 sprawling acres. This family vineyard sits atop picturesque fields and offers 19 different award winning wines for sale in the gift shop. Fee for wine tastings. 1 hour.
12N Lunch at Parkside Cafe
Stop by for some Southern cookin' at very affordable prices where hush puppies are FREE and the waitress might call you "hon". Remember the tea is sweet!!!! Located just one mile or less from the vineyard, it's the perfect place for a bite to eat before the afternoon shopping!
1pm Shopping at Carolina Premium Outlets
Carolina Premium Outlets, located off I-95, Exit 95, is the the largest outlet center in Eastern North Carolina only 30 minutes east of Raleigh. The outlet center features national brands like Coach, Brooks Brothers, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, The Gap, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and many others with savings of 25-65% every day. Shop as long as you dare!
Optional brewery tour: If you finish up your shopping or want to extend you stay a little longer, add on a brewery stop.
Taste a vast variety of craft beers such as crowd favorite, Wilma's Wandering EyePA. The rustic with modern twist this taproom is the perfect relaxed environment with a lounge area, patron bar, founders table and high top tables. Try hanging out in the beer garden under the sun sails and listening to some music...makes you want to stay all day!