HOMEGROWN, AND ABSOLUTELY WILD CRITERIA
Our teams of residents-- farmers, artists, tourism and
cultural leaders, merchants, and educators, developed guiding
principles for sites in these trails to assure their quality.
Days of Operation
Our goal is to ensure that Sites are available to the
traveling public for a minimum of 20-hours a week and a
minimum of two consecutive days each week (preferably
including one weekend day). Exceptions are for operations with
very short life spans, such as festivals, annual events,
tours, etc., that may be considered on an individual basis;
and for other sites, such as an artist's or craftsperson's
home studio/gallery, that may be available by appointment or
Our goal is to ensure that Sites feature appropriate and
interpretative, easy to understand signage, brochures,
recorded presentations, and/or other instructional aides
sufficiently effective to enhance the visitor’s experience.
Sites may be staffed or not.
Authentic and Unique Site Content
Our goal is to be certain that Sites reflect a feature(s)
that is authentic and unique to North Carolina or the region
in which it is
located. What makes a Site unique?
Restaurants A restaurant should meet five or more of the
art on the walls/display cases and/or uses handcrafted items
interpretive materials that tells all about the arts
on premises and/or the history of the place.
has live music.
locally grown produce.
selection of North Carolina indigenous food.
North Carolina indigenous recipes.
offerings authentic to the establishment.
Is in an
architecturally significant building.
unique, authentic regional claim to fame, such as "NC's
will be considered as a Trail Site if it features a
current Health Inspection of less than “A”.
Our goal is to highlight those that combine agriculture and
the arts. A “pick-your-own” fruit farm may be unique to the
region or County. Or, there may be many such farms in any
given area. There may be craft items offered for sale or such
a farm may feature photography classes. In addition, the farm
may feature hayrides, a ”learn-how-to-grow” program, an
on-site bed & breakfast, or some other value attractive to
Galleries Our goal is to feature galleries and other art
locations that display regularly the original works of North
Carolina artists and/or produce exciting, interesting,
exhibits and/or events that are authentic to North Carolina
Stores We want to ensure that the retail stores on our
Trails offer a significant proportion of North Carolina
products. Conversely, shops that feature imports would not be
e) Bed and Breakfasts/Inns We want to ensure that B&Bs/Inns
have a connection to Arts and authentic NC Culture and
High Appeal Sites
Our goal is to promote what makes living in North Carolina a
unique experience. As such, our Sites will reflect a flavor of
homegrown, handmade, and absolutely wild products, events, and
sites unique and authentic to our State. In addition, there
will be an element of high quality and a sense of heritage and
history in our Trails.
Cleanliness, Safety, Accessibility and Signage
All sites must be clean and free of threats to human health
physically challenged visitors, all indoor Sites must be ADA
compliant. Sites providing outdoor experiences should show
attention has been given to handicapped individuals even if it
involves giving notice that a particular activity is not
conducive to their safety. This is similar to an amusement
ride that requires riders to meet or exceed a minimal height
requirement. Another example involves white water rafting
firms that must deny services to individuals with disability
so great that their participation would pose an unacceptable
threat their life or the safety of fellow rafters. Conversely,
if the Site has paved (not gravel) walks that make it easier
for wheelchairs or walkers then it should indicate that
feature to visitors.
important for tourists to see unobstructed, easy to read
signage that directs them to Sites. It is expected that this
will be the case for a majority of Sites. However, for Sites
in development, some allowance should be made to these
criteria. In any event, developing Sites must share their
plans to meet signage requirements with project
Ours is a new
project and as we continue we expect there will be
modifications as we hear from you!
your comment and feedback. Contact David Potorti, Arts Tourism