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The new Sip & Stay Package has expanded county-wide to include all the offerings of the Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail -- plus more!  What a wonderful weekend itinerary for couples, girlfriends, craft beer & wine enthusiasts and visitors that enjoy spirits and local foods.  The Sip and Stay package can best be enjoyed over a weekend stay, and the following suggested itinerary will help you navigate and reach many exciting stops along the way.  Spa visits do need to be booked in advance, and all other coupons and offers will be waiting for you on arrival -- in the Sip & Stay Gift Bag!

Day One -- Check in on Friday night!

If you wish to stay in the western part of Johnston County (just 15 minutes east of Raleigh) in Clayton or at Exit 312 on I-40, the following accommodations are offering great deals.  Call directly and ask for the Sip and Stay Package to receive a discounted room rate.


Sleep Inn - 15% off rack rate
Morning Glory Inn - Special Rate Offer
Comfort Suites - 15% off rack rate

Right off the bat, we suggest dinner at the Clayton Steak House or Manning's in downtown Clayton.  Both offer outstanding dining experiences with local craft beer on tap.  If you are up for some nightlife, The Flip Side or   Wine on Main may be offering live music.

 

If you have a desire to be close to Carolina Premium Outlets for the weekend (who doesn't need to shop just a little on vacation?) the hotels in the Smithfield area have great deals too:


Best Western - 15% off rack rate
Fairfield Inn & Suites - 15% off rack rate
Holiday Inn & Suites - 15% off rack rate
Sleep Inn & Suites - 15% off rack rate
Super 8 - 15% off rack rate

Check in and get your Sip & Stay Gift Bag and head to Downtown Smithfield's Simple Twist for dinner, a local craft beer and chef-driven menu with locally sourced foods.  Yum!!

Day Two - Saturday....Explore, Taste, and Visit!

Visitors in the Clayton area may wish to follow this sample itinerary...

9am-10:30am Shopping Downtown Clayton
11am-1:30pm Gregory Vineyards Tour, Tasting & Lunch
2pm-3:30pm Visit Broadslab Distillery
3:45pm
Shopping in Downtown Benson

Return to Clayton, and rest up for dinner at Clayton Steakhouse and award-winning craft beer at Deep River Brewery.  Seasonal beers include use of local strawberries and white sweet potatoes!  

Visitors in the Smithfield area may choose to explore these venues...

9:30-10:30am Tour the Ava Gardner Museum
11am-1:30pm

Tasting at Hinnant Family Vineyards
with lunch at San Marcos Mexican Restaurant

2pm-3:30pm Visit Broadslab Distillery
3:45pm Shopping in Downtown Four Oaks

End the day with some retail therapy at Carolina Premium Outlet followed by dinner at SoDoSoPa then enjoy the evening at Double Barley Brewery in the Beer Garden, and tasty award-winning craft beers. The Lanes know how to pare chocolates, vanilla and bourbon with their beers! Don't miss it!

Sunday Morning -- Don't be in a hurry to hit the road!

We suggest you visit some local must see attractions....and if you can't fit it all in this trip, why not plan to visit us again!  Check out our Official Johnston County Visitors Guide for more things to do -- CLICK HERE to request a free copy or for a digital version!

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