Have you ever tried miniature golf? Do you love it? Did you once love it but not so much any more? When I was younger, it was a very popular and inexpensive date but through the years it seemed to seriously decline in popularity. In recent times, however, it seems to be regaining popularity, perhaps because of the different, sometimes very extreme,...more
When you enter the pavilion of the DSBG, look up! The dome is actually very beautiful and there is an impressive plaque on the floor beneath this dome that marks the year that the garden pavilion opened.In here spare time, one of my coworkers works up at DSBG and she tells me that this dome is the oldest thing up there. It comes from a Baptist...more
Named a Minor Basilica in 1998 by the Vatican, Belmont Abbey is on the campus of Belmont Abbey College. The small, but lovely campus can be visited in about a half hour and offers some great photo opportunities. The architecture of the abbey is not overly impressive, but the stained glass windows are something to behold.more
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Belmont is an old fashioned town, so why not spend an old fashioned evening at the drive in? Belmont Drive In offers new releases in a cool setting. There's something nostalgic and fun about sitting in your car and watching a movie.
At the pavilion of the botanical garden, you can pick up souvenirs and garden related knick-knacks. Just outside the back door, you can even buy flowers and plants.
Along the paths of the DSBG, you'll come across this fountain that is on an unpredictable timer. Will you dare to walk underneath and risk getting wet? Or will you wimp out and walk around it? When I visited it was hot, so I walked underneath hoping to get wet.
At the DSBG you can venture off the main paths and take a hike through the small woods by the pavilion. There are markers along the way that point out some interesting things about the forest and the whole walk only takes about a half hour.
Daniel Stowe is a retired textile executive who decided to buy up 450 acres and build a world class botanical gardens. I guess money talks, because his initial 14 million dollar endowment has led to what we see today, which just opened in 1999 (his initial endowment was in 1991). Stowe is a life long nature lover and gardener and he and his wife...more
The variety of flower and plant types is really impressive. There is a model of the over 400 acres of land that is owned here, and it's amazing to think that only about a quarter of it is being used. There are future plans to expand the garden so that it will be much bigger that it currently is, but don't worry, you'll be impressed with what's here...more