Nearby Travel Notes

NEXT WEEKEND Hilton Head, S.C.

Celebs swing at golf fundraiser

You can mix a Labor Day weekend getaway with a bit of star watching at South Carolina's Hilton Head Island. Model Kim Alexis, retired Carolina Panthers wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad, comedian Henry Cho, and basketball coach Bobby Cremins - formerly at Georgia Tech and currently at College of Charleston - are among celebrities scheduled to play in the Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament. The competition this year will be at three golf courses Friday through next Sunday. It is a fundraiser that benefits a number of nonprofit children's organizations in the area.

Also scheduled to play: the Food Network's Robert Irvine, Fox News correspondent John Roberts and "David Letterman" announcer Alan Kalter

The event is free; visitors are asked to make a donation at the golf courses. Organizers offer a number of family packages that include lodging and meals.

Details: 843-384-4035;


Summer ends with beach event at Grove Park

For Labor Day weekend, Asheville's Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is offering a two-night end-of-summer package wrapped around beach music concerts headlined by The Tams ("Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy," "What Kind of Fool," and "I've Been Hurt") that Saturday and the Legends of Beach (which includes former members of The Embers) next Sunday.

Other weekend highlights include a coastal seafood buffet, shag dance lessons, a grilling demo, pool games, crafts and live music throughout the resort, and much more.

The two-night Labor Day Beach Music Weekend Package - starting at $165 per person per night/double - includes accommodations, breakfast, one evening buffet, admission to the concerts and many weekend events.

Details/reservations: 800-438-0050; www.grove .


Food & Wine Festival at resort

Labor Day weekend at Pinehurst means the Food & Wine Festival, with more than 40 international wineries and award-winning guest chefs. You can purchase tickets to individual seminars or choose a nightly package that includes two full days of activities, a significant value.

It begins Friday with a wine tasting and competition where you judge wines in 10 categories; there are afternoon seminars and an evening wine-and-dine reception at the Clubhouse Veranda followed by a dessert reception and tasting. Saturday brings a culinary demo and luncheon, seminars and the Grand Gala Dinner with live music and dancing.

Final-day highlights include the Ultimate Champagne Brunch, plus a Culinary Showcase with 16 area restaurants competing.

Overnight packages - $280 per person - include access to all events on your day of arrival as well as events the next day through the afternoon. Tickets to individual seminars and events can be purchased online at Event details: 800-486-4653; and

NEXT WEEKEND Hendersonville

Fun at fruit festival

Friday through Labor Day Monday, Hendersonville celebrates its area's best-loved cash crop at the North Carolina Apple Festival. The free-admission, three-block Apple Festival Street Fair will offer displays and vendors. Live entertainment is offered Friday through Sept. 4 at the old/historic Henderson County courthouse. Labor Day brings the King Apple Parade on Main Street, and an antique aircraft flyover.

Details, including schedule: 828-697-4557;

NEXT WEEKEND Edisto Beach, S.C.

Time to fish - and/or dance

Edisto Beach, S.C. - just southwest of Charleston - says goodbye to summer with an array of events Friday and Saturday. The Edisto Beach King Mackerel Tournament will be Saturday. Details: Wrapping around it is the Edisto Fish & Shag Fest, staged at Bay Creek Park, next to the marina. The music starts at 3 p.m. Friday; the headliners - Second Nature - take the stage at 8 p.m. with a shag contest. The festival resumes at 10 a.m. Saturday with arts and crafts and activities for children. Live music resumes at 3 p.m. The famed Catalinas beach band will play at 7 p.m. (a shag contest kicks in at 8). Festival admission: $2; younger than 10, free. Details: 888-333-2781;

SEPT. 9-10 Morganton

Downtown festival offers varied attractions

The Historic Morganton Festival - Sept. 9-10 in the Burke County seat's downtown. The free event features two country headliners (David Nail performs at 8:30 p.m. that Friday; Rodney Atkins at 8:30 p.m. the following day), four stages, games and food, activities for kids, plus more than a mile and a half of arts/crafts vendors. Details/schedule: 828-438-5252;