Burlington Courtyard Marriott Upgrades

January 20, 2014 10:19 AM

Burlington Courtyard Marriott Upgrades Guest Rooms, Suites as Part of a Total $1.4 Million Makeover

The Courtyard’s recent transformation includes new carpet, drapes, lighting, furnishings, and linens; remodeled lobby added The Bistro, media pods and GoBoard back in 2010

The Burlington Courtyard’s final phase of a $1.4 million remodel turned its guest rooms and suites upside down to ensure maximum relaxation in true sophistication. The first phase of the project in 2010 brought the addition of The Bistro – Eat. Drink. Connect. and a transformative lobby along with major upgrades to the hotel’s fitness center and meeting rooms.

Visitors will see and feel a difference the second they step foot into one of 118 rooms or 4 suites with fresh carpets, draperies, light fixtures and wall vinyls. Comfy, thick mattresses with custom comforters, cotton-rich linens and plenty of fluffy pillows will ease guests into a sound night’s sleep, Up-to-date spacious desks and ergonomic chairs allow business travelers to finish jobs quickly and on time. In the separate seating areas, new oversized chairs and ottomans help guests relax while they watch their favorite shows on HDTVs or surf the Internet thanks to complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi access. Other amenities include coffeemakers, ironing boards and mini-refrigerators. The renovation also includes the bathrooms, where Paul Mitchell products help visitors get ready for a new day or night on the town.

The Burlington Courtyard’s total refreshing makeover is part of Marriott’s commitment to provide comfortable and flexible areas for guests to eat, drink, work, socialize and sleep. That included the complete overhaul of the lobby, where welcome pods replaced the traditional front desk so staff members can provide one-on-one attention during the check-in and check-out processes. The addition of media pods along the perimeter of the new welcome center gives guests cozy areas to watch flat-screen TVs with personal remotes and enjoy complimentary high-speed Internet access. A Boarding Pass Station houses computers and printers to help ease transportation worries. The high-tech lobby also features a 52-inch interactive GoBoard where travelers can find current weather conditions, get directions to the Tanger Outlet or Elon University, seek the latest flight information and statuses at either RDU  or PTI Airport and check out the day’s news and sports scores, all with the touch of a finger.

The centerpiece of the remodeled lobby, The Bistro, helped raise the standard for dining with menus featuring seasonal fruits, burgers, pizzas, salads and sandwiches made from the freshest ingredients. The casual, café-style restaurant sports a large communal table, where families or small groups of business travelers can gather for a hearty breakfast or dinner, and comfortable bar seating so guests can sip on freshly brewed Starbucks drinks, a number of craft, domestic and imported beers and custom-ordered cocktails prepared by a friendly bartender.

Other highlights of the renovation include new carpets, vinyl surfaces and upgrades to the state-of-the-art fitness center with Life Fitness equipment featuring individual TV monitors.

For business travelers, the hotel is a short drive to the numerous LabCorp facilities and also to Glen Raven Mills. Guests also can take advantage of the over 2200 square feet of event space for all types of meetings. Whatever the reason for travelers to visit Burlington, NC, the complete renovation of the hotel in the heart of the Triad of the state will keep business travelers ready to go as well as offer vacationers updated comfort, style and technology.

About The Burlington Courtyard
The Burlington Courtyard has completely renovated its 118 rooms and 4 suites. The state-of-the-art lobby features The Bistro serving American fare. Other amenities include a fitness center, outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi.  The hotel is near Elon University and other attractions and has over 2,200 square feet of meeting space for business or social gatherings. For information, visit For meetings and sales,; 336-585-1888 x 501.

About Courtyard by Marriott
Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ needs for choice and control. With more than 860 locations in 30 countries, Courtyard is Marriott’s largest brand. All Courtyard by Marriott hotels participate in the award-winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For reservations, go to or contact a travel professional.


Country Suites by Carlson, Burlington, NC Announces Veteran’s Day Free Night Stay

August 19, 2013 1:00 PM

Burlington, North Carolina (August 19, 2013)—The Country Suites by Carlson, Burlington, NC located at 3211 Wilson Dr., today announced its Veteran’s Day Free Night Stay.  The free night stay is for the evening of November 10th, 2013.  All Veterans, along with spouse and children, can enjoy a complimentary night at the hotel.  Included in the stay:  Evening reception with appetizers provided by several local restaurants, a gift bag for each suite and complimentary Be Our Guest hot breakfast.

Reservations can be made by visiting  or by calling the hotel directly, 336-584-1115.

Proper ID required at check in:   Military ID, DD-214


The City of Burlington Joins Nourishing North Carolina to Provide Fresh Produce, Physical Activity for the Community

April 18, 2013 3:41 PM

Burlington, N.C. – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has awarded the Celo Faucette Community Garden at North Park a $3,000 grant through Nourishing North Carolina, a statewide community garden effort making local, healthy food more accessible to people across the state. In June 2011, BCBSNC launched the program in partnership with the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association (NCRPA) to create or enhance community gardens in all 100 North Carolina counties.

“This grant will allow us to expand our garden so we can provide fresh, local produce for more people in our community and encourage healthy eating habits,” said William Gattis, Director of the Mayco Bigelow Center at North Park. “We are proud to be part of the Nourishing North Carolina network. Our garden not only provides healthy food, it also provides a safe area for our neighbors to work together, share a public green space and be physically active through gardening.”

North Carolinians continue to face serious health issues, and the state’s obesity rates remain at alarming levels. In fact, nearly two-thirds of adults in North Carolina are overweight or obese due to unhealthy eating and physical inactivity, which is above the national average[1]. Community gardens are just one targeted but impactful way to address health issues across North Carolina.

“Communities across North Carolina are embracing this initiative and rolling up their sleeves to help North Carolinians eat better and live healthier lives. This is important work that reaches far beyond the growing season,” said Brad Wilson, BCBSNC president and CEO.

Located in North Park at 849 Sharpe Road in Burlington, the Celo Faucette Community Garden began in 2012 with only five plots. After a successful community building day, held on April 6, 2013, 15 more plots were constructed. Planned additions to the garden include fencing, a storage shed, a children’s play garden and an information board for gardening tips. This garden brings low-cost “farm fresh” vegetables to the tables of our community members, some of whom may not otherwise be able to afford the luxury.

By 2014, Nourishing North Carolina is expected to ultimately provide North Carolina communities with 190,000 pounds of produce, which will enhance the nutritional value of nearly 150,000 meals. Just in its first year, the program donated more than two tons of produce to food shelter and rescue organizations across the state. North Park In Motion (NPIM), Elon University volunteers and the City of Burlington have worked together to create this functional and nourishing space for the Celo Faucette Community Garden and the community members for whom it will benefit.

For a complete list of participating gardens, visit NCRPA’s Nourishing North Carolina webpage at Also, like Nourishing North Carolina on Facebook.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is a leader in delivering innovative health care products, services and information to more than 3.6 million members, including approximately 900,000 served on behalf of other Blue Plans. For 78 years, the company has served its customers by offering health insurance at a competitive price and has served the people of North Carolina through support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina was named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute in 2012. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Visit BCBSNC online at

About NCRPA:
Founded in 1944, the North Carolina Recreation & Park Association (NCRPA) is a nonprofit education and advocacy organization, dedicated to the advancement of the park, recreation and leisure professions in our state. NCRPA empowers park and recreation professionals and citizen board members through educational opportunities that enhance their ability to change lives and impact communities on a daily basis for the citizens of North Carolina. For an overview of the programs and services offered by the organization, visit .



Alamance County Volunteers Sought To Clean Up Bowden Branch Creek

April 1, 2013 11:42 AM

Burlington, NC – In an effort to prepare for Earth Day, Monday April 22nd two consecutive Saturday stream cleanups of Bowden Branch Creek a tributary of Little Alamance Creek will be held April 13, 2013 & April 20, 2013. This event is organized by the City of Burlington & the City of Graham to promote the protection of water quality, riparian ecosystems, and recreational uses within Alamance County.

Participants will meet for the cleanup at 8:00 am on either date at the Old Moose Lodge parking lot located at 624 Interstate Service Road, Burlington NC 27215. If you would like to participate as a volunteer, sponsor, or another method of support you can contact the City of Burlington at or call (336) 222-5140 to register as a participant. For more details on either event follow the included links for these two events:


New Promotional Tool for your Event

April 1, 2013 10:49 AM

The Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is implementing a new program to allow hotels and businesses in the area advertise to a larger audience. Beginning Monday, March 18, 2013, any news worthy events wanting to be promoted can be sent to Events will be posted on our social media and website.

Questions? Email


Country Suites by Carlson, Burlington, NC Announces Veteran’s Day Free Night Stay

October 11, 2012 10:57 AM

Burlington, North Carolina (October 10, 2012)—The Country Suites by Carlson, Burlington, NC located at 3211 Wilson Dr., today announced its Veteran’s Day Free Night Stay.  The free night stay is for the evening of November 11th, 2012.  All Veterans, along with spouse and children, can enjoy a complimentary night at the hotel.  Included in the stay:  Evening reception with appetizers provided by several local restaurants, a gift bag for each suite and complimentary Be Our Guest hot breakfast.

Reservations can be made by visiting  or by calling the hotel directly, 336-584-1115.

Proper ID required at check in:   Military ID, DD-214


The Burke Manor Inn Bed & Breakfast thanks military with free night stay

October 11, 2012 10:49 AM

The Burke Manor Inn, in Gibsonville, North Carolina is participating in BETTER WAY TO STAY’s B&Bs for Vets program.

The Burke Manor Inn is saying “thank you” to current and past military personnel by offering a free night stay on Sunday, November 11th. The B&B has 3 rooms available and will be having a lottery, winners announced October 28th. Please call the B&B at (336) 449-6266 to sign up. Valid Until November 12, 2012.

ABOUT THE BURKE MANOR INN The Burke Manor Inn Bed and Breakfast is a prestigious, historical, full-service inn offering nine luxurious guest rooms, each with a private bath. The ambiance of the home, combined with food and service that is second to none, sets us apart from the rest. The Inn was designed to offer privacy as well as modern amenities demanded by today’s traveler. Even locals say “it’s not how far away you go, it’s how far away you feel!”

ABOUT BETTER WAY TO STAY A grassroots campaign to help travelers discover today’s inns and B&B experience. Brought to you by the Professional Association of Innkeepers International and hundreds of B&B associations, directories, vendors and innkeepers, the Better Way To Stay campaign seeks to bust myths and build confidence in the B&B brand.

ABOUT B&BS FOR VETS B&Bs for Vets is an industry-wide effort to thank active and retired military and vets for their service to our country.  Hundreds of inns and B&Bs will open their doors on November 11, 2012 so veterans can spend a day to honor them at a B&B and receive a smile and thank you from an innkeeper.



State Grant Will Help HRT Partnership Create Paddle Access at Greensboro-Chapel Hill Road

June 14, 2012 2:52 PM

The stretch of the Haw between Saxapahaw and Greensboro-Chapel Hill Road has always been one of the most popular for Haw River Trail paddlers. Unfortunately, a great trip has always ended with a difficult ascent up a muddy river bank, over private property and to a car parked on the shoulder of the road. A new grant awarded to Haw River Trail Partnership will help change that experience, creating a new public paddle access at the intersection of the Haw River and Greensboro-Chapel Hill Road. The $40,000 Recreational Trail Program grant will help fund the cooperative effort between Alamance County, Orange County and the NC Department of Transportation, which is allowing the paddle access on the site of the old bridge over the Haw River. The new paddle access will extend the Haw River Paddle Trail by nearly six miles, and will serve as the final paddle access needed on the Haw in Alamance and Orange counties. The new Greensboro-Chapel Hill Road access is slated to open in 2013.

For More Information about the Haw River Trail:


Carousel Festival Selects Headliner

May 17, 2012 1:26 PM

Singer-songwriter Mac McAnally, part of the Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, will headline the 25th annual Burlington Carousel Festival at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Burlington City Park, 1333 Overbrook Road, Burlington.

The two-time reigning Country Music Association’s Musician of the Year, also a solo artist, has penned songs with country music superstars such as Kenny Chesney. According to Mary Faucette of the Burlington Recreation and Parks Department, “they (Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band) are taking a break during that time so he was able to be here.”

Admission to the two-day festival is free and hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 15 and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 16. For more information on the festival, visit or call (336) 222-5030.




USA South Readies for 2012 Spring Championships

April 4, 2012 4:33 PM

(FAYETTEVILLE,N.C.) – The USA South Conference Tournaments for baseball, softball, women’s lacrosse, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and men’s golf all begin next week. With the exception of women’s tennis, all sports will be played exclusively in Burlington, North Carolina for the seventh consecutive year. The women’s tennis tournament will get underway with first round action on-campus before heading to Burlington.

Each tournament has its own official tournament website. These websites, found below, contain facility directions, brackets, schedules, results and links to any live stats, audio and/or video broadcasts that are available.

The baseball tournament will take place from Thursday, April 12 through Sunday, April 15 at the Burlington Athletic Stadium, home of the Minor League Burlington Royals. The tournament will feature a double-elimination format and include all seven USA South teams. The tournament’s championship game(s) on Sunday are scheduled to be available via video webcast, at no charge. Click HERE for the official baseball tournament website.

Across town, at Springwood Park, the softball and women’s lacrosse tournaments will begin on Friday, April 13. The softball tournament is a double-elimination three-day event which includes all ten Conference teams, while the women’s lacrosse competition will conclude in two days and feature the league’s top four teams. As is the case with baseball, both the women’s lacrosse championship game on Saturday, April 14 and the softball championship game(s) on Sunday, April 15 are scheduled to be video webcast, at no charge. Click HERE for the official softball tournament website. Click HERE for the official women’s lacrosse tournament website.

Stoney Creek Golf Club will play host to the men’s golf championship, which begins on Friday, April 13. The championship will include all seven USA South teams competing in a three-day, 54-hole, event with the final round taking place on Sunday, April 15. Click HERE for the official men’s golf tournament website.

Finally, the men’s and women’s tennis tournaments will begin at Burlington Tennis Center on Friday, April 13 and continue through Sunday, April 15. All seven Conference men’s teams will meet in Burlington while the league’s top-seven women’s teams will welcome the winner of one play-in match. The women will open play on each of the first two days, followed by the men. Both the men and women will begin their championship round at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 15. The championship is scheduled to be audio broadcasted. Click HERE for the official men’s tennis tournament website and click HERE for the official women’s tennis tournament website.

For more information on the city of Burlington, North Carolina please click HERE.

As always, continue to visit the official website of the USA South Athletic Conference,, for any information on the Conference tournaments and teams.


Mike Christie

Assistant Commissioner

USA South Athletic Conference

P: 910-630-7326

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