Author Archives: ryanicole

High Rock Outfitters Keeps Lexington Alive After Five

Asheville’s Underhill Rose perform at HRO last spring. Photo by Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch

Across the street from the Old Davidson County Courthouse in Uptown Lexington sits a hidden gem of a place that isn’t quite so hidden anymore.

In recent months, High Rock Outfitters has grown from a small upstart serving up canoes, kayaks and other outdoor equipment with a side of Marley Coffee, to a destination spot for after-five entertainment and the elusive (in Lexington, at least)  pint of craft beer.
Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Davidson County, Lexington, Nightlife, Reviews, Tourist Attractions, Uptown Lexington

Davidson County Agricultural Fair starts off with a bang

Prizes at the Fair

Prizes on display at a fair booth

The 65th annual Davidson County Agricultural Fair started off with a bang on Monday, Sept. 19 and has been rolling strong ever since. Now through Sept. 24, nightly fireworks will be audible for miles around and the faint smell of funnel cake will accompany all activity taking place in the vicinity of Lexington.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Davidson County, Nightlife, Reviews, Tourist Attractions

September Festival Preview

Around these parts, folks use just about any excuse to come together for a good time. This September is no exception with several unique festivals and events scheduled to help us transition into the cooler months without giving up that summer state of mind.


Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Butter Bean Delivers

Butter Bean, restaurant, buffet, welcome, north carolina, welcome nc

Butter Bean sign lights up.

I have to admit that whenever I hear the word “buffet” in relation to a meal I am about to eat, I get a little closed-minded.

I picture small children reaching unwashed hands into bins of nearly-congealed food, sneezing under the sneeze guards and running unaccompanied down narrow aisles with plates piled too high. I picture flies. Lots and lots of flies.

The Butter Bean Buffet was different.

Continue reading

3 Comments

Filed under Homestyle Cooking, Reviews, Welcome

A Smiley’s Experience

From the “Sound Horn for Service” sign on the oversized outdoor menu to the cleaver-wielding fiberglass pig beckoning from the doorway, Smiley’s on Winston Road is the quintessential Lexington barbecue restaurant.

Curbside service menu at Smiley's

Despite the clear instructions for curb service, my significant other and I chose to go inside and sit in the main dining room when we visited the well-known establishment for the very first time last week – we’re both native Lexingtonians but, as Cindia said in her post on Lexington Style Trimmings, everyone has their Q joint of choice and Lexington Barbecue is ours.
Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under BBQ, Lexington, Reviews