Turner South Spends 'Weekend' in Gate City
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by Joe Killian, News & Record, Greensboro, November 12, 2005
GREENSBORO -- Atlanta. Charleston. Nashville. Greensboro?
Turner South is betting the Gate City belongs among the South's best vacation spots -- and this weekend they're out to prove it.
The network's popular travel show, "3 Day Weekend," is filming in the Triad -- and finding plenty to keep them busy.
"We just think it's great they recognized Greensboro would make a great vacation spot," says Mark File, marketing director for Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants & Hotels.
File's company was responsible for wooing show producers, who will be hitting a number of Quaintance-Weaver holdings, including the O. Henry Hotel, while in town. He says the network became interested when one of its employees stayed at the O. Henry more than a year ago and was so impressed that the seeds of a show were planted. After talking with Quaintance-Weaver, the network was convinced Greensboro has the makings of a great vacation destination.
The show features small towns and large cities all over the South, from Myrtle Beach to San Antonio. Hosted by Miss Georgia Erin Haney, the episodes concentrate on local color, natural resources, regional history and interesting night life.
In Greensboro, it will take viewers to Friday afternoon tea at the O.Henry. That night, it will be dinner at Green Valley Grill hitting downtown nightspots Much and Heaven.
Saturday morning will take the show's couple to the Greensboro Farmers' Curb Market before rock climbing, a tour of the Red Oak Brewery and shopping at Mack and Mack. Then it's on to Lucky 32 for dinner and a wine tasting.
Sunday morning will begin with massages back at the O. Henry before soaking up some local history at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park and sampling local wines at Childress Vineyards.
The episode is scheduled to run in 2006 and will air at least 10 times.
"It is sort of amazing for me to see them doing all of these great Greensboro things that maybe they couldn't have done five or 10 years ago," File says.