5 Yadkin Valley Wineries to Visit this Summer

Summertime is the season of beach trips, amusement parks, and exploring new areas. For the wine lover, it is also a time to explore new vineyards. North Carolina is home to over 200 wineries and vineyards, making it one of the country’s leading largest wine producers. One of the most concentrated areas of wineries in the Tarheel State is the Yadkin Valley Wine Region. Tucked away in the Piedmont of North Carolina, the Yadkin Valley region is situated nicely between the mountains, the Triad of Winston-Salem, High Point, and Greensboro, and just north of Lake Norman. The Yadkin Valley wine region is home to close to 50 wineries and vineyards. Below are 5 of those 50 to visit this summer. Whether you are a local to North Carolina or visiting for a summer respite, these wineries will surely not disappoint.

1) Childress Vineyards – Lexington

Childress Vineyards is the product of legendary NASCAR owner Richard Childress. Since 2004, the winery has grown to over 70 acres and offers 30 wine varieties. Childress has been named by Wine Enthusiast as one of the Top 25 Tasting Rooms in America and the bistro on site has been named of the Top 100 Scenic Restaurants in America by OpenTable. Childress Vineyards is a must for the NASCAR fan-turn wine aficionado and a North Carolina wine staple. It is in Lexington, just north of Charlotte and a short drive south from Winston-Salem and Greensboro.

2) Medaloni Cellars – Lewisville

Medaloni Cellars is one of those small, local wineries wine lovers will enjoy! The 22-acre winery is located 10 minutes west of Winston-Salem and offers an intimate wine tasting room, a venue for weddings, and even cabins couples can book for the weekend. Weekends at Medaloni include live music and local food trucks that make for a casual yet intimate ambiance. Try any of their 13 wine varieties while relaxing in a wooden Adirondack chair while taking in the Yadkin Valley scenery.

3) Divine Llama Vineyards and Farm – East Bend

Just west of Winston-Salem on State Route 67 is a small 5-acre vineyard within a 22-acre farm called Divine Llama Vineyards. Creating 11 wines out of 4 grape varieties that have been winning awards since 2007, a visitor to Dive Llama Vineyards can sip a glass while watching the llamas that reside on the farm. There are even opportunities to go on a casual hike with a llama, known as llama trekking. The small vineyard mixed with the llamas make for a unique and personal experience at this winery.

4) Stonefield Cellars Winery – Stokesdale

Nestled just north of Greensboro, Stonefield Cellars offers a casual wine tasting experience even the most novice of wine lovers will enjoy. What makes Stonefield a unique winery is not the award-winning wines, but the specialization in wine-making education. Stonefield holds educational events for those who seek to learn more about the winemaking industry and the viticulture regarding wine. Stonefield also has venues on site to hold weddings, corporate events, birthdays, and other various events.

5) Old North State Winery – Mt. Airy

Many people take to Mt. Airy during the summer time to pop a Coke, rock on a porch, and think back to simpler times of Mayberry and visit sites associated with the Andy Griffith Show and Andy Griffith himself. After pretending to be taken to the jail by Barney Fife, visit Old North State Winery. The tasting room is unique in Mt. Airy style by being housed in a former hardware store built in 1890 on Main St. This winery will be sure to deliver quality on its wines and creating a feeling of old times. Old North State is a must in Mt. Airy and in the Yadkin Valley.

The Yadkin Valley wine region offers many varieties of wines and winery experiences. During your summer travels to the North Carolina Piedmont, visit a local Yadkin Valley winery, purchase a case or 2 of wine, and store them at your nearest Bee Safe Storage and Wine Cellar location!

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Self-Storage Tips For College Students

During the last weeks of April and the early weeks of May every year, college students are studying and taking final exams. Their minds battle between cramming the last bit of molecular biology information and images of beaches, traveling, and internships. One of the least thought-about topics for a college student during this is how he or she will be packing up the dorm room or apartment and store it away for the summer. For parents and students alike, Bee Safe offers 7 helpful tips to store dorm rooms and apartments efficiently in a self-storage unit for the summer.

1. Get the Right Size Unit

You do not want to rent a unit that is too small and cannot fit your items – or rent one too big and paying for unneeded space. The following guide is a helpful tool for the right size unit:

                Dorm Room – 5×5 unit

                Apartment Room Only – 5×10 – 5×15

                Apartment/House – 10×10

2. Find A Buddy

Rent a bigger unit and share the unit with a friend or the roommates you will have in the Fall. It will be cost efficient and easier to move everyone from 1 unit when you return at the end of summer.

3. Clean Dishes, Appliances, and Linens

Moving day can creep up a college student. Even if you wake up on moving day having not had packed at all, make sure to clean any dirty dishes, de-frost and wipe dry any mini fridges, and wash any bed sheets you will be storing. Mold can begin growing on dirty appliances and linens and dirty dishes can attract all kids of bugs and rodents. The last thing you need when you move into a new dorm or apartment is to have throw out everything you had stored.

4. Use Different Box sizes for Different Items

Use smaller boxes for heavier items, like the books you did not sell back or your Instapot. Use larger boxes for any pillows, blankets, and lampshades. Separate items and label the boxes so it will be easier to unpack in the Fall. Bee Safe sells various size boxes for all your needs.

5. Take Inventory

This will be key especially if you end up sharing a unit with friends. It is always a good idea to take inventory of what you are putting away in storage so you can double check it is there when you move things out of storage. This will also make unpacking easier as well.

6. Protect Mattresses, Couches, and Chairs

It is a good rule of thumb to protect your mattresses, couches, and chairs that you will be storing by covering them. Even in the best of climate-controlled storage facilities, dust can accumulate over time. You can cover furniture with bed linens and blankets. Moving blankets and plastic covers work well as well. Bee Safe locations sell covers for mattresses, couches, and chairs and moving blankets.

7. Give a Spare Key to a Trusted Individual

After you have moved everything into a storage unit, close the door, and lock it up, it is best to give a spare key to the lock to a parent or trusted friend. The chances of you losing the key over the next few months is high so make sure you do not lose both keys at the same time and give one to someone. It will save on having to cut the lock at the end of the summer.

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Holiday Decor Storing Tips

The Fall and Winter months bring pumpkin spice, flannel, family-friendly movies, and parades. They also bring about the most decorated holidays. As you are changing your house from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas and back again, here are a few tips on how to store all your decorations.


Use Plenty of Boxes and Totes – and Label Them!

Use boxes and totes of all sizes to store lights, costumes, exterior and interior decorations. If you lean more toward the plastic totes, many stores such as Walmart and Target have color coded totes for each season. Store Halloween decorations in orange and black totes and Christmas in red and green. Most important is to label each box and tote…and be specific. You do not want to unpack the blue Christmas lights during Halloween set up!

Pack Breakables and Ornaments Separately

There can be multiple breakable decorations used during these holidays: snow globes, ornaments, a porcelain pumpkin. It is recommended to store these breakables individually. Originally intended for glasses, a dish pack box is the perfect box to store individual breakables because the box has separators within. These boxes are sold at every Bee Safe Storage location.

Wrap Large and Tall Decorations and Trees

To save on storage space and boxes, instead of taking down your artificial tree every year, try wrapping the tree in plastic wrap and stand a rolling cart for easy transport. Plastic wrap can be bought from every Bee Safe Storage location.

Take Inventory Every Season

When taking decorations down, take inventory of what you have. How many plastic Halloween candy buckets? Do you need more white lights to complete the Clark Griswold look next Christmas? Throw out any light strands that do not work and any broken decorations. If you have not used the plush turkey your great aunt sent you 5 Thanksgivings ago, donate it.

Find a Safe and Secure Storage Area

Finally, find a safe, open, and secure storage area. Garages, attics, and backyard sheds fill up too quickly with other items during the year and it is always a hassle getting to the back corners to get the decorations out. Find a Bee Safe Storage location nearby and rent a small unit solely dedicated to your holiday decorations. Throw July 4th in there as well. For a list of all Bee Safe locations by clicking here.

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Bee Safe Storage and Wine Cellar Opens Two New Facilities in August

Upscale storage facility now has twenty-one locations

GREENSBORO, NC (September 1, 2020) – Bee Safe Storage and Wine Cellar, a subsidiary of The Carroll Companies, a leading real estate development firm, has officially opened two new facilities in the last two months. These new luxury self-storage facilities are in Charlotte, NC and Winston-Salem, NC. These two facilities are the first locations in each city for Bee Safe Storage.  Bee Safe Self Storage and Wine Cellar now operates twenty-one (21) locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

The new upscale facility in Charlotte, located at 2010 Rocky River Road, will serve the University of North Carolina at Charlotte area while the facility in Winston-Salem, located at 110 S. Broad Street, is just behind Truist Stadium, the home to the Winston-Salem Dash.  Each location also includes a state of the art wine cellar, a staple of Bee Safe Storage, that is equipped with a unique generator backup cooling system that helps to try ensure wine always stays at a precise temperature and humidity. Additionally, the knowledgeable and friendly staff can accept wine deliveries.

About Bee Safe Storage and Wine Cellar

Bee Safe Storage, a subsidiary of The Carroll Companies, is a premier self-storage facility leader with twenty-one (21) locations across North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. For more information about Bee Safe Storage and Wine Cellar, please visit www.beesafe.com or follow the company on Facebook and Linkedin.

About The Carroll Companies

The Carroll companies, with its subsidiaries, is a premier developer of luxury multifamily properties, visionary mixed-use lifestyle centers, and superior storage solutions. Founded and headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, The Carroll Companies specializes in land development, construction, ownership, management, and publication with an estimated value of over $2.5 billion. The Carroll Companies was founded by Roy Carroll II in 1983 with a commitment to surpassing industry expectations by providing innovative, cost-effective developments and services. For more information, please visit www.thecarrollcompanies.com or www.beesafe.com.

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Essentials to Starting A Wine Collection

Wine collecting has become a poplar hobby in the last several years. Statistics from Live-Ex show investment type wines, bottles that are listed at $25 and above, have aged better than most equity and fixed-income indexes. Some wine collectors get into the hobby purely for investment purposes while others love wine and want to hold onto bottles they pick up at various wineries. Why should you have a wine collection? If you call your self a vino enthusiast, love to frequent local wineries and wine bars, turning your interest into a hobby may be perfect for you. If you want to begin your vino collection, here are a few steps to begin with.

Begin Your Collection with What You Like.

Wine collecting sounds like it could get confusing fast. However, there is no need to jump into the wines and blends that you have no idea what they are or even how to pronounce the names. If you’re a Cabernet Sauvignon fan, start off your collection with various Cabs from different wineries and different vintages. If you enjoy a fruitier wine, get a collection started with Zinfandels, Pinot Grigio, and other fruity wines. You want your wine collection to reflect you, so you do you!

Set a Budget – You Don’t Have to Break the Bank!

Set a monthly or annual budget as you begin to collect your wines. You may want to start off with bottle coming only from your favorite wineries, or a local region even. Investment or collection- type wines are considered bottles that are $25 and up, which are easily found in local wine shops. There is no need to dive deep and purchase a $1,000 bottle on your first buy. Set a budget and ease into it.

Keep Track of Your Collection.

It is good practice to document your wines; where you purchased a bottle, when, from whom, and what was the price. It is also good practice to have your collection appraised annually by a certified wine appraiser, someone who can tell you the current value of your vintages.

Find a place to store your Collection.

Bee Safe has a wine cellar at every location.

You may want to begin a collection at your home initially, but if you want a collection worth having and showing off, you will need to find a good place to store your bottles. There are many wine cellar manufacturers who will retrofit your home with a custom-made wine cellar. Bee Safe also has a wine cellar at every location. For a list of our locations, you can click here.

Keep Learning.

Like any new hobby, the more you learn about it, the more fun you will have. Wine is one of the oldest drinks in the world, comes from may different areas of the world, and wine makers are still innovating new ways to create new blends. Become a wine club member at your local wine shop, engage in wine tastings, listen to podcasts, read books, and always be learning. Wine collecting can be one of the most fun hobbies you pick up!

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