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Hickory Highlights

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     It's pretty, quiet, filled with good people! And there is a CHICO'S! 

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     I both welcome & struggle with the growth & changes... 

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     everyone should visit here. 

Hickory Things to Do


    High in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina BLOWING ROCK has been a destination for travellers seeking a place to rest and rejuvenate since the 1800's. Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, the village offers an array of shops, restaurants and lodging.Hans and I certainly enjoyed our afternoon in this charming village. As it was a warm...


    Saturday, October 30, 2010It was a lovely sunny day, so we decided to take a drive up the Hwy 321 to Blowing Rock, which is about an hour's drive north of Hickory. The drive up was beautiful especially with the mountains showing off their fall foliage. We got to THE BLOWING ROCK, parked the van and walked to the Visitor Center/Gift shop/...


    In 1997 OLDE HICKORY BREWERY began the renovation of an 1880 Historic landmark building in downtown Hickory, which now houses its brewing facilities.


    A wonderful group of talented people provide quality comedies, musicals and dramas, performed in the beautiful Charles E. Jeffers Theatre.

  • Great Theatre Lives in Hickory

    Hickory Community Theatre, located in Downtown Hickory has been named Community Theatre of the Year for 2009 by the North Carolina Theatre conference.Consistently providing a broad mix of entertainment from family shows to the latest broadway hits to cutting edge comedy and drama, the Hickory Community Theatre is now celebrating its 60th...

  • Feed a cow

    I could watch cows all day long. They don't do much. Eat, roam around, and moo. That's about it. Still, as someone who grew up in the city I find them fascinating. Turns out they will eat just about anything vegeterian.

  • Get Your Historical Groove On!

    History has always fascinated me. No doubt that it repeats itself mainly in the unkind, obtrusive way in wars, oppression, and all the worst characteristics that mankind can conceive. That part is not my fascination. I'm fascinated (more like perturbed) that we can't seem to learn from the past, can't seem to get beyond the brutal, sadistic and...

  • SALT

    Hickory Museum of Art and the Catawba Science Center and the Hickory Coral Society and the Western Piedmont Symphony and the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library

  • Hey! Look What We Got!

    Yippers! Located in the heart of Hickory is the perfect example of our Southern Sophistication... the SALT Block! This complex houses the Hickory Museum of Art and the Catawba Science Center and the Hickory Coral Society and the Western Piedmont Symphony and the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library (rated as the #2 Best Library in the State of North...


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Hickory Restaurants

  • An Uninspiring Dining Experience

    The Peddler in Hickory is closed.My wife and I have 3 children under 3 years old and it had been almost a year since we had gone out just the two of us. I had a gift certificate to the Peddler so we decided to give it a try. We were seated quickly and the ambiance was acceptable. Maybe a little loud for an upscale steak house.The chef rolled the...

  • Wow! Jamaican Food in Hickory

    Restaurant is closed :(Island Style is tucked into Union Square in downtown Hickory. You can't miss the green, yellow and black awning outside. The owners are very nice and the atmosphere is completely laid back as you might expect for a Jamaican Restaurant.I would highly recommend trying this place for it is truly an oasis of uniqueness in a...


    Friday night, we got together with Steve and Patty, friends and family at the BROWN SUGAR CAFE'. It was a perfect place for a get-together. Quiet, spacious and casual. I guess you could say they offer Soul Food - real down-home NC cooking.Their plates vary daily and the menu was posted on a chalk board.I chose the down-home plate of chicken and...

  • Good Food / Fun Service!

    We sat at the bar because it was a Saturday evening and the place was packed at the tables. But the bar worked for us. We could eat, drink and smoke. Service was a holler away. We also got to people watch. People watching is an ART form in Hickory, as well as interactive because folks WILL talk to you. Even folks with BUG EYES that eat with their...

  • Damn Good BBQ on the Cheap

    Looks like a Jersey Diner but has Carolina BBQ Soul inside. Good, cheap and TO GO! Call them and they will have the order waiting for you... The BBQ Sandwich w/ Slaw & pickles on it. Burgers are pretty decent too. (Order it: "all the way" and you'll get chili and slaw on it. Crazy good!) And the fries.Yeah - no one said ANYTHING was HEALTHY for...


    It's Thursday night in Hickory and we are going out for dinner. Well, there just happens to be a Chinese Buffet right across the street from the Red Roof Inn. Actually, we walked to MAMATOWN BUFFET. We were not disappointed. It was awesome - started off with my usual Wonton Soup (there was also egg drop soup) and then had a nice plate full of peel...

  • Fine Dining in Hickory

    Fresh ingrediants, thoughtfully prepared, good prices and trained staff. Youssef is the "go to" place if I have to entertain folks from out of town that don't want Homespun, folksy BBQ or themed restaurants. There are maybe a handful of other 'fine dining' experiences here in Hickory, but I like Youssef's. The owner is Moroccan and occaisionaly...

  • Taylorsville-Area...

    Burgers, BBQ, fries and Onion rings. Fried pies and sweet tea... friendly family service and all in the middle of Absolutely NO WHERE.But it's my very favorite. Local following like you wouldn't believe... and you can't tell folk how to get there easily. It really is in the middle of a valley near Lake Hickory, between Bethleham, Taylorsville and...

  • Worth the Visit To Hickory Alone!

    If you visit Hickory and the Greater Hickory region, you will want to make sure you come so that your stay extends over a weekend. It's the only way you will be able to experience the Sim's Experience. "SIMS COUNTRY BBQ" offers food and clogging but it is only open on FRI and SAT evenings. Some might describe it as Backwoods, Redneck,...


Hickory Nightlife

  • Dive Bar Extraordinaire!

    I won't really call this a nightclub, although it has certain night club elements: live music, dancing, willing adults to converse with and a full bar, naturally. It could be called a sports bar because it has lots of pool tables (hence, "Side Pocket" in the name... ) I like to call it a People Watching place where you can interact if you are in...

  • Find a Local

    You hang out with the locals. They are friendly lot and likely to have you cooking while drinking, and singing & dancing before you know it! And after you eat, you go on the porch and burn one while watching the night stars. Cats may come and lick your toes. That's a sign of GOOD LUCK in Hickory! Then you go to bed kinda early cuz they tucker out...

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Hickory Transportation

  • The Hickory Hop

    The Hickory Hop is by far the best way to get to Hickory from Charlotte and return, or the other way around. It's inespensive, professional, clean, safe. 828/327-2340

  • Ride a tractor

    Need to feed hay to the livestock? Load up a 1941 traffic and away you go. Please see my warning and danger tips for hints on what not to do on a tractor.

  • Charlotte to Hickory or Hickory to...

    To get TO/FROM Hickory (presuming you are flying in/out of Charlotte!) Rent from AVIS or HERTZ or ENTERPRISE. Avis and Hertz are the only car rentals that have an "okay" ONE WAY drop off rate (presuming you are visiting a local that will drive you back to the airport.) Actually those two are the only Big Name car rentals there, besides Enterprise....


Hickory Shopping


    Located in beautiful and historic downtown Hickory UNION SQUARE has many shops to choose from. Lots of parking available.

  • Furniture Road

    A lot of people come to Hickory to shop for furniture. It's a great place to do so...but here's a tip -- don't go to the Furniture Mart! It's ok to go for ideas, but you will pay too much. If you have a little bit of time, check out Highway 321...this road up to the North Carolina mountains features a several-mile stretch of land with wall-to-wall...

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Hickory Warnings and Dangers

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    by shohman Written Aug 21, 2007

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    if you happen to be a junebug flying around on a lazy Sunday be careful not to impale yourself on barbed wire. This unfortunate guy had a bad day.

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Hickory Off The Beaten Path


    A small town in the heart of the beautiful Catawba Valley in the western Piedmont of North Carolina CATAWBA is one of only two municipalities in Catawba County that borders the Catawba River. The town is located on Old Highway 70, approximately 20 minutes drive from Hickory and one hour from Charlotte.We drove through Catawba as I wanted to find a...


    Heading west on the I-40, Hans and I thought we would get off and go on to Old US Highway 70 to check out the BUNKER HILL COVERED BRIDGE near Claremont.At first we passed the sign, but turned around and then parked where the sign was. We followed the arrows along the dirt path, which eventually led to the Bridge - this really is "Off the Beaten...

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    As we were driving along Springs Road in Hickory, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. It was a flash from the past - a Drive-In Theatre. SPRINGS ROAD DRIVE-IN THEATRE is now a Flea Market venue, but the old movie screen is still there and the Old Snack Bar too. Even the posts to hold the sound speakers are still there - Cool or what!Located at...


    The city of HICKORY is located in Catawba County North Carolina. In the 1850's Henry Robinson built t tavern of logs under a huge Hickory tree. "Hickory Tavern" was established in 1863. The name was changed to Hickory in 1873.The first train operated in "Hickory Tavern" in 1859. Hickory is also home to one of the oldest furniture manufacturers...

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