gt;gt;gt; hot springs is a quaint little mountain community, and FOR DECADES IT WAS A VACATION SPOT FOR TRAVELERS WANTING TO SOOTHE THEIR BONES IN THE WARM WATERS OF THE GEOTHERMAL SPRINGS IN THE AREA. WELL, THE CROWDS MAY HAVE DIED DOWN A BIT IN THE PAST FEW YEARS, BUT THERE ARE STILL INTERESTING PLACES TO VISIT IN.

This little spot in madison county. gt;gt; WELL, HOT SPRINGS IS A SMALL TOWN ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL WITH NORTH CAROLINA’S ONLY NATURAL HOT MINERAL WATER. gt;gt; NATIVE AMERICANS INHABITED THE AREA FOR A VERY LONG TIME. THE FIRST RECORDED HISTORY DATES BACK TO 1778, WHEN SETTLERS FIRST DISCOVERED THE SPRINGS.

Over the years, the area has been a destination where many LARGE HOTELS USED THE HOT SPRINGS FOR HEALING PURPOSES. BUT DURING WORLD WAR I, THE FAMOUS MOUNTAIN PARK HOTEL FELL INTO DECLINE AND WAS USED FOR A DIFFERENT PURPOSE. gt;gt; THE MOUNTAIN PARK HOTEL WAS LEASED TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR A GERMAN INTERNMENT CAMP DURING WORLD WAR I.

The germans were here and built a german village and took over THE PROPERTY DURING WORLD WAR I. gt;gt; AFTER THE WAR WAS OVER, HOT SPRINGS RETURNED TO BEING A RESORT DESTINATION, EXPERIENCING SEVERAL ECONOMIC UPS AND DOWNS. MAGNIFICENT HOTELS AND BATH HOUSES WERE BUILT, EVENTUALLY BURNING TO THE GROUND, AND THE PROPERTY FELL INTO DISREPAIR.

Then a little over 20 years ago, a man with a simple vision PURCHASED THE ONCEFAMOUS RESORT PROPERTY AND THE MYSTICAL HOT SPRINGS THAT CAME WITH IT. gt;gt; THE PROPERTY LAID DORMANT UNTIL THE 1990s, WHEN GENE HICKS BOUGHT THE PROPERTY AND MADE IT HOT SPRINGS RESORT AND SPA. HE DECIDED THAT THE SPA WOULD BE FOR EVERY MAN, THAT HE WOULD.

Make a place where anybody on any income could come and EXPERIENCE THE MINERAL WATER, AND THAT’S WHERE WE ARE TODAY. gt;gt; ONCE A GUEST ARRIVES AT THE RESORT, WHAT’S A TYPICAL AGENDA? gt;gt; PERFECT DAY AT THE SPA TO ME IS CHECKING IN FOR A TUB, AND WE RENT THOSE BY THE HOUR. THE TUBS SIT OUTSIDE ALONG THE RIVER AND THE CREEK, AND IT’S.

Your private tub for one hour. AND THEN YOU CAN COME INSIDE AND HAVE AN HOURLONG BASIC MASSAGE, AN HOURLONG HOT STONE MASSAGE, OR DELVE INTO 105 MINUTES OF THE ULTIMATE TREATMENT, WHICH IS EVERYTHING WE OFFER ON A MASSAGE TABLE, AND IT’S FABULOUS. gt;gt; YES, I’VE TRAVELED ALL OVER THE WORLD AND THE SEVEN SEAS.

I’ve never found a place like this in my in all of my TRAVELS. THIS IS A MAGICAL SPOT. IT’S PARADISE. gt;gt; I FEEL VERY NATURAL. EVEN THOUGH I’M SITTING IN A HOT TUB, I KNOW THE WATER’S COMING.

Outer Banks Distilling NC Weekend UNCTV

gt;gt; deborah: welcome to north carolina weekend. I’M DEBORAH HOLT NOEL. NORTH CAROLINA HAS QUICKLY BECOME ONE OF AMERICA’S TOP STATES FOR CRAFT BEER PRODUCTION WITH AN ECONOMIC IMPACT OF MORE THAN ONE BILLION DOLLARS IN 2015. AND CRAFT BEER IS WHAT BROUGHT FOUR ENTREPRENEURS FROM MANTEO.

Together to make rum. HERE’S RICK SULLIVAN AT OUTER BANKS DISTILLING. gt;gt; WHEN YOU THINK THE OUTER BANKS, YOU AUTOMATICALLY THINK RUM. THE TOWN OF KILL DEVIL HILLS GETS ITS NAME FROM SHIPWRECKS COMING ALONG OUR COAST CARRYING BARRELS OF RUM, AND THEY WOULD.

Wreck, and the barrels of rum would wash ashore. gt;gt; Rick: BACK IN THE DAY, THAT RUM WAS STRONG ENOUGH TO KILL THE DEVIL, YOU MIGHT SAY. BUT HERE AT OUTER BANKS DISTILLING, THE MODERN KILL DEVIL RUMS HAVE THE TOTAL RECIPE. gt;gt; EVERYONE KIND OF WAITS FOR THE BURN, AND IT NEVER COMES.

So we’re very proud of our silver rum. WE’VE KIND OF GOTTEN IT DIALED IN, PERFECTING OUR CRAFT WITH EACH BATCH. gt;gt; Rick: OUTER BANKS DISTILLING OPENED FOR BUSINESS WITH BATCH NUMBER 1 IN MAY OF 2015. FOUR FRIENDS WHO MET WHILE WORKING AT A LOCAL BREWERY BROKE.

Ranks with beer, gutted and repurposed an historic manteo BUILDING, AND BUSTED OUT THEIR NEW AND TASTY IDEA. gt;gt; IT IS FAIRLY NEW. THE WHOLE DISTILLATION INDUSTRY IN NORTH CAROLINA IS STARTING TO REALLY PICK UP. I THINK THERE’S ABOUT 35 OR 40 OF US RIGHT NOW.

And that’s great. THERE’S MORE POWER IN NUMBERS. BUT PEOPLE ARE REALLY EMBRACING THIS. PEOPLE WHO GO AFTER THE CRAFTIER WINE, CRAFTIER BEER, ARE NOW GOING AFTER THAT WITH THEIR SPIRITS, AND WE’VE REALLY SEEN THAT WITH ALL THE LOCAL RESTAURANTS REALLY CARRYING US,.

Supporting us. gt;gt; Rick: AND SPREADING THE NEWS. BUT THESE FOUR BUDDIES, ADAM BALL, SCOTT SMITH, MATT NEWSOME AND KELLY BRAY, DID NOT ANTICIPATE JUST HOW QUICKLY THEIR KILL DEVIL RUM WOULD SELL. OUTOFTOWNERS CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF IT.

gt;gt; we’re only available in north carolina right now. WE HAVE NOT GOTTEN OUT OF THE STATE, BECAUSE AS MUCH AS WE MAKE, IT’S SELLING IN NORTH CAROLINA. SO WE NEED IT’S A GREAT PROBLEM TO HAVE, BUT WE’RE GOING TO BE DOING AN EXPANSION PROJECT THIS FALL SO WE CAN GET INTO VIRGINIA, PENNSYLVANIA, OHIO, MARYLAND, ALL THOSE STATES.

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