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!


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.


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.


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.


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!


The 5 Essential Must-Haves for Your Move This Summer

Summer is upon us and millions of Americans will be packing up houses and apartments and making a move. Whether you are downsizing, purchasing your first house, moving out on your own for the first time, or you finally found your dream home, there are a few things to make sure you have to make your move the easiest and less stressful as possible. We have listed the 5 must-have essentials for your move. If it is your 1st move or your 100th move, check to make sure you have these.

Moving Help

Every Bee Safe Storage location has a moving truck for rent.

Packing your room or house can be a daunting task in of itself. It is even more work to make a move on your own. For big moves, hiring a moving company to load and drive a truck for you may be necessary. For smaller and more local moves, grabbing a few family members and friends to assist is a smart way of making the move less stressful. Pick up cold drinks and a pizza for your help, they will greatly appreciate it! Are you renting a unit from a Bee Safe Storage and Wine Cellar location? Our customers can rent our 12-ft moving trucks for free with a new move in. Take advantage of the moving help that is around you.


All Bee Safe Storage locations offer a variety of boxes.

Before the moving help arrives, it is essential to have packed what you are moving. Although many people use plastic storage totes today to move, boxes are the best choice if you plan on unpacking most of what you have once you get to your new residence. Boxes are easier to carry on their own and are easier to load onto a hand truck. Finished unpacking? You can easily break down and recycle boxes instead of filling your brand-new attic or storage unit with empty plastic totes. Every Bee Safe Storage location sells various sizes of boxes.

Moving Blankets and Padding

Bee Safe Storage locations have moving blankets and other moving and packing supplies.

It is typical to find knicks in furniture or a cracked frame or two while moving. To avoid dents, knicks, cracked glass, or worse, use moving blankets or other padding on wooden furniture, appliances, and framed pictures, paintings, and mirrors. Personal blankets, towels, or other padding is okay. However, depending on how used they are, they could scratch certain surfaces. Moving blankets are sold at every Bee Safe Storage location.

Permanent Marker

Using a permanent marker to label moving boxes is essential to unpacking efficiently.

A quite useful tool while packing up a house, an apartment, or even a dorm room is a permanent marker for labeling boxes, cords, and other items. Labeling each item and box where it goes in your new residence will make unpacking that much easier. Bee Safe Storage locations all have permanent markers on sale.

The Camera on Your Phone

Take pictures of every box and item you move before it goes on the truck just in case your boxes end up looking like this when they come off the truck.

The most important essential item for your move today is your phone’s camera. Why? Because your camera can document the condition of your belongings before you pack and move. It is highly recommended to take a photo of every box and every piece of furniture especially if you have hired a moving company. Moving DIY style? Make sure to document the condition of the moving truck you have rented by taking photos of its condition prior to use as well as after you are done. Taking photos of your items and the rented moving truck with help if you are missing items, items have been broken, or someone says you have caused damage to a truck.


Moving to Greensboro? 10 Things to Know

Drone Aerial of Downtown Greensboro North Carolina NC Skyline

Nestled in the Piedmont of North Carolina, Greensboro is a bustling and growing city. Here are some interesting facts to know if you are planning on relocating to the “Gate City.”

Woolworth’s in Downtown Greensboro

1- Greensboro is Steeped in Civil Rights History.

On February 1st, 1960, four African American students sat down at the lunch counter at Woolworth’s department store in downtown Greensboro and did not leave until the store closed that evening. The students kept coming back and the sit-in grew. Eventually the sit-in inspired at much larger sit-in campaign nationwide as the Civil Rights Movement began to grow. Today, Woolworth’s is the site of the International Civil Rights Museum.

Greensboro is host to numerous championships

2 – Greensboro is Big on Sports.

Greensboro is home to the NBA G-League team the Swarm, minor league baseball team the Grasshoppers, and the headquarters of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The Greensboro Coliseum consistently hosts ACC championship events and NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournament games. The Greensboro Aquatic Center has hosted national championships and Olympic qualifiers.

Guilford Courthouse is a National Military Park Open to the Public.

3 – Revolutionary War History is in Greensboro.

The Battle of Guilford Courthouse took place on March 15th, 1781 when Nathaniel Greene and the Americans triumphed over Cornwallis and the British. The defeat led the British to Yorktown where Cornwallis eventually surrendered to George Washington. Today, Guilford Courthouse is a National Military Park with miles of walking trails.

Greensboro is right in the middle of North Carolina.

4 – Mountains or the Beach? Greensboro does both!

Greensboro is situated in the Piedmont of North Carolina and is in the half-way point of the state where there are mountains and beaches equally distant from the city. So it is perfectly acceptable to invest in a snowboard and a surfboard.

Sculptures of jeans can be found throughout downtown Greensboro.

5 – Greensboro aka “Jeansboro.”

Greensboro is the home of Wrangler and Lee Jeans, which gives the city the nickname “Jeansboro.” Throughout downtown, visitors can see several jean sculptures and artwork. A denim suit is perfectly acceptable here, if it says Wrangler.

Mellow Mushroom in downtown Greensboro is a resident favorite.

6 – Greensboro’s Cuisine is Award-Winning.

Greensboro offers countless delicious restaurants and cuisine from all over the world. The city’s own Hops Burger Bar was even awarded America’s Best Burger in 2015.

The Greensboro Science Center is popular among families.

7 – There is Fun for Adults, Children, and the Whole Family.

Families can enjoy time together on any number of the greenways (paved pathways) that connect much of the city. Children will be amazed at what the Greensboro Science Center has to offer. Mom and dad can enjoy an evening out with a Broadway show at the newly opened Tanger Center, a local show at the Triad Stage, or have a drink at one of Greenboro’s eight breweries.

Boxcar Bar + Arcade is Millenial favorite in Greensboro.

8 – Millennials are Moving to Greensboro.

In a 2019 Smart Asset study, Greensboro ranked #18 on cities where Millennials are moving to. And it is not surprising as the job market in Greensboro is one of the strongest in the state of North Carolina.

UNC – Greensboro is just one of several colleges and universities in Greensboro.

9 – Greensboro is a College Town.

Greensboro is home to five (5) 4-year colleges and universities and one (1) 2-year college: North Carolina A&T; UNC-Greensboro; Greensboro College; Guilford College; Bennett College; and Guilford Technical Community College. Greensboro is also close to many other colleges in Winston-Salem, High Point, and the Tobacco Road universities in Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh.

Despite being the 3rd biggest city in North Carolina, Greensboro has a small town feel.

10 – Greensboro May Be Big, But it Has a Small Town Feel.

With a population of over 270,000, Greensboro does have a small town flavor. Many neighborhoods in the city have their own parks and “main streets.” Neighborhood areas like Irving Park, Lindley Park, Historic Fisher Park, Lake Jeanette, Adams Farm, and Sedgefield all have their own flavors. Greensboro loves its festivals and parades and much like small towns, everyone comes out and enjoys the festivities. Greensboro is the perfect combination of a big city and small town feel.


Tips to Bee Safe While Moving During a Pandemic

Packing and moving has always been a stressful process. Trying to move during the COVID-19 pandemic when much of the country is still on lock down? That is problematic to say the least. If you have to pack up and move during the pandemic, we have a few tips that may help you and your things stay safe and clean.

Make sure moving is allowed in your area, building, and town.

Moving and storage has been deemed an essential business during the pandemic but always check the local guidelines and any HOA or apartment guidelines. If you are moving to a different state, check into the state’s guidelines regarding any self-quarantine and what phase of reopening the state may currently be in.

Carefully choose your movers.

If you are hiring a moving company, ask them what their process is to keep your items clean during the move. If you are moving on your own, do not involve more people than necessary and remember to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people during the move.

All Bee Safe locations sell boxes and various moving and packing supplies.

Use new boxes.

Typically when someone moves, he or she can find used boxes at liquor stores, grocery stores, and even Craigslist. Others will use plastic bins bought at Walmart, Target, or Home Depot. In the age of the COVID pandemic however, it is better to purchase brand new boxes you can pack yourself and then discard after unpacking. You can purchase new boxes, tape, and other moving supplies at any of the 19 Bee Safe locations.

Wipe Down Your moving boxes and furniture post-move in.

After you have moved in, take the necessary steps to wipe down your boxes and furniture, especially if you have had outside help with your move.

Have patience.

It may take longer than normal for your realtor, landlord, or property manager to be on-site to deliver the keys to you. The internet technician may be backed up with customers or may not be working as many hours he typically would be. This pandemic calls for patience, especially when moving.

Use self-storage.

Do not attempt to overload your new house or apartment with your things. We all need more space and less clutter during this pandemic, even in our own residences. You can find the right size self-storage at any Bee Safe Storage and Wine Cellar location.


Bee Safe Storage and Wine Cellar Opens Newest Facility in Greensboro

Upscale storage facility adds drive-through to list of amenities at new Martinsville Rd. location

GREENSBORO, NC (April 22, 2020) – Bee Safe Storage and Wine Cellar, a subsidiary of The Carroll Companies, a leading luxury real estate development firm, has officially opened its fifth Greensboro location. The new facility is located at 3005 Martinsville Rd at the corner of Lawndale Ave. The four other Greensboro locations are at 4435 Jessup Grove Rd., 1016 Battleground Ave., 704 Sunshine Way, and 5803 W. Gate City Blvd.

The 96,000 square foot luxury self-storage facility boasts 28 wine storage units, over 470 climate-controlled storage units ranging from 5’x5 to 10’x30’, and 45 outdoor units. The upscale facility introduces a new drive-through concept for Bee Safe Storage. The coded-entry drive-through loading area emphasizes the company’s belief in safety and convenience with customers able to load and unload in a dry, conditioned area. The luxury wine cellar is equipped with a unique generator backup cooling system to 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 eighteen (18) 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.

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.