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North Carolina welcomes you to Mount Airy and Mayberry, NC where you'll experience grace and hospitality. Make sure to visit the Yadkin Valley Wine Trail - The Heart of North Carolina Wine Country

Take advantage of all that the Yadkin Valley has to offer, from wine tasting and antique shopping, to motorcycle rides and Limousine tours. There's something for everyone in Mount Airy, NC...

After a day of North Carolina wine tasting or sightseeing adventures, you may wish to unwind in the parlor or take a leisurely stroll through the gardens of the Sobotta Manor. Whatever your needs, our concierge service is eager to assist you. Whether you wish to arrange for wine tasting tours, shopping, dining, motorcycle rides, bicycle or canoeing or transportation we are happy to facilitate the process.

Mount Airy has recently been featured in the press and we even had the honor of hosting Sonya Crawford and Tom Gusto with ABC news when they stayed here while doing a story on the Yadkin Valley Wines. Download that story (in MS Word format) and others by clicking on the links below.

ABC News - North Carolina Wines Rise as Tobacco Declines
WSJ Online - Top Retirement Spots
New York Times - by Dana Bowen

Keep reading to learn more about all there is to do in Mount Airy, NC and the surrounding area!


Activities in Mount Airy

Mount Airy Bowling Lanes

930 West Lebanon Street
Mount Airy, NC 27030
Riverside Park

Riverside Drive
Mount Airy, North Carolina 27030
Phone: 336-786-8313
Westwood Park

Nice fitness walk trail, playground, ball field, and picnic areas
1297 Galax Trail
Mount Airy, North Carolina 27030
Phone: 336-786-8313
Bright Leaf Drive Inn Movie Theatre

One of only a few drive-ins in the state. It's a pretty neat experience
Highway 52 North
Mount Airy, North Carolina 27030
Phone: 336-786-5494
Scenic Gifts

Nice furniture, collectibles, and unique gifts – not a touristy store
123 Scenic Outlet Lane
Mount Airy, NC 27030-7017
Phone: (336) 352-4098
Goobers

Fun restaurant on US 52 North just past Mayberry Mall. It has a 60's-70's theme and great salads.
Christmas tour of homes is offered every year

Information is always available in the Mount Airy paper closer to the event.

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Farm Fest

Fun for the whole family. With petting zoos and home made fried apple pies, this is a tradition that should not be missed. If you are a tractor collector or appreciate old restored equipment then join the fun each May in downtown Mount Airy

Performing Arts

Andy Griffith Playhouse   [ Website ]

Host too many plays, concerts' and local music. Includes tickets to Amphitheatre. Phone 800-286-6193 or visit www.surryarts.org.
Local Music   [ Website ]

Mount Airy is the home to many concerts and jam sessions. Saturday Morning Jam at the Historic downtown cinema, located at 142 North Main Street, walking distance from Sobotta Manor Bed and Breakfast. Blue Ridge Jamboree and Thursday Night Jams – Each Thursday and the Third Saturday of each month at the Andy Griffith Playhouse, contact the Surry Art Council at www.surryarts.org. Tom Fry’s Pickin on the Creek, call (336)786-5039 for details and dates. See the schedule at www.visitmayberry.com/
North Carolina School of the Arts – Stevens Center   [ Website ]

Musical and theatrical performance
Mailing Address:
Stevens Center
405 West 4th Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Administrative staff can be reached at:
Phone: (336) 723-6320
FAX: (336) 722-7240
Blue Ridge Music Center   [ Website ]



Miscellaneous

Wally Service Station and Squad Car Tour   [ Website ]

Offers a fun and nostalgic way to tour Mayberry. See a replica of the old jail, many photo opportunities. This is an innkeeper favorite. I take this tour every chance I get, phone 336-719-0181.
Bright Leaf Drive In

One of a handful of drive-in theaters still operational. For movie listings, times and pricing call 336-786-5494
Blue Ridge Parkway   [ Website ]

Known as “America's Favorite Drive”. (Only 15 minutes away). Outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most popular scenic drives" winds its way 469 miles through mountain meadows and past seemingly endless vistas. Split-rail fences, old farmsteads and historic structures. Great for motorcycle rides as well as a popular spot for mountain biking.
Horne Creek Farm   [ Website ]

Free admission. Bring your family and reconstruct a day of life on the farm. See all kinds of farm animals, savor the taste of old fashioned variety of apples or just sit and enjoy the scenery. Phone 336-325-2298.
Historic Rockford Village   [ Website ]

Placed on the National Registry in 1976, Rockford is becoming a destination for those looking to the past. Visit the Rockford General Store website at www.rockfordgeneralstore.com/
Stone Mountain State Park   [ Website ]

Camping, educational events, picnicking, rock climbing, and hiking trails from beginner to expert, horseback riding. Phone 336-957-8185.
Hanging Rock Outdoor Center   [ Website ]

Offers half and full day canoe or kayak trips on the Dan river and around the Hanging Rock State Park as well as over night trips around the Dan River, phone 336-593-8283.
Old Salem

Visit a Moravian Community and choose from the following museum options, 888-653-7253.

The Historic Town of Salem
The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA)
The Old Salem Toy Museum
The Old Salem Children's Museum

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Levering Orchard   [ Website ]

Every June, Levering Orchard welcomes more than 20,000 visitors from the Blue Ridge and beyond. Off-season, Levering Orchard owner-operators Frank Levering and Wanda Urbanska stay busy writing, as the authors of “Simple Living” and “Moving to a Small Town”. To order books: orchardgappress@advi.net Phone: 276-755-3593
Yadkin Valley Balloon Adventures   [ Website ]

For the adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy the scenery and the total solitude. Phone. 336-922-7207
Korner’s Folly   [ Website ]

Korner's Folly (413 South Main Street, Kernersville, 336-996-7922; $6 for adults), 15 minutes outside Winston-Salem on the way to the airport, is the 22-room former home of Jule Körner, an artist and architect who painted Bull Durham cigarette ads on buildings throughout the South. It is a dizzying amalgam spread over three stories and seven levels; ceilings range from 5 to 25 feet. There are intricate mosaic tile on the floors, murals, trap doors and pivoting windows. Open for walk-in tours year-round. 10-3 Thursday, Friday & Saturdays. 1-5 Sundays. Call (336) 996-7922 to discuss arrangements, contracts and applicable discounts.
Levering Orchard   [ Website ]

163 Levering Lane
Ararat, VA 24053
Packhouse Office: 276.755.3593
Cherry Hotline: 276.755.4837
Email Us at: franklevering@simplelivingtv.net
Pick Strawberries

Wall Greenhouse and Nursery
2670 Zephyr Road
Dobson, NC 27017
Phone: 336-366-2645
(Numerous other places offer strawberry picking, but this is the one I usually go to).

Wineries & Winery Tours

Yadkin Valley Wines Trail   [ Website ]

There are currently sixteen operating wineries and vineyards along the Yadkin Valley Wine Trai®, open to the public for winery or vineyard tours, tasting and sales.
North Carolina State Wineries   [ Website ]

Today North Carolina is home to more than 50 wineries and now ranks 10th nationally for grape production.
Winery Tours

Booked for our guest thru Sobotta Manor Bed and Breakfast 336-786-2777. Cost is $80.00 per person. Six person minimum.
Panos Old North State Winery and Restaurant   [ Website ]

38Vines start out as luscious wine grapes on our North Carolina family farms. We are the Old North State Winegrowers Cooperative Association. Phone 336-719-0003.

Downtown Mount Airy

Main Oak Emporium   [ Website ]

Fantastic place to find all kinds o goodies. There is something for everyone in this three story restored building located on Main Street in downtown Mt. Airy. Don't forget to get a great cup of coffee at the good life cafe.

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Scarlet Begonias Boutique   [ Website ]

A wonderful and eclectic mix of goodies! You will not want to miss the opportunity to see their wonderful clothes, jewelry and specialty items. This is a must visit while in Mt, Airy

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Floyds Barber Shop   [ Website ]

Floyd’s City Barber Shop and the "Wall of Fame" are a must see in Mount Airy. Owner Russell Hiatt has been cutting hair for more than 50 years, and he boasts "2 chairs-no waiting."

While you are visiting Mr. Hiatt, he might snap a picture of you sitting in his barber chair. He has a collection of more than 20,000 pictures, which make up his "Wall of Fame." Celebrities, such as Oprah Winfrey and "The Incredible Hulk" Lou Ferrigno, have visited Mr. Hiatt. During a past Mayberry Days, George Lindsey--better know as Goober--showed up for a trim. Their pictures are among the many of thousands of tourists that come through the barbershop each year. Tour buses are welcome. Admission is free, but a hair cut will cost you.
Snappy Lunch   [ Website ]

Made famous by the howntown star Andy Griffith and the only spot in Mount Airy that was mentioned by name in one of the early episodes of his long running TV show.Since the 1960’s The Snappy Lunch has been the subject of numerous news articles, television stories and national reviews. Celebrities are regularly seen visiting The Snappy Lunch to have their picture taken with Charles, share in the ambiance of the busy diner and/or just to enjoy a “World Famous Pork Chop Sandwich” of their own.

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Mount Airy Museum of Regional History   [ Website ]

Best little Museum ever! Thats what our guest say, so be sure you don't miss this rich fascinating experience.

For many years there has been a fascination with the history and tradition of this back country region at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

So the development of a museum to collect, preserve, and interpret the natural, historic and artistic heritage of this region was inevitable. Your visit to The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History will be a memorable occasion.




Fishing


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Tri-State Angler Guide Service   [ Website ]

Welcome to Tri-State Angler guide service. Our guides specialize in fly fishing float and wade trips for trout and smallmouth bass. We guide on the Watauga, South Holston and New rivers as well as numerous smaller wild trout streams in east Tennessee, western North Carolina and southwest Virginia. We have also added Lake Erie tributary steelhead trips that must be experienced to be believed! Our fly fishing guides are seasoned veterans with many years experience guiding in these waters; we cater to seasoned anglers as well as providing patient, understanding instruction to beginners. Come join us for an unforgettable day on the water.

Golfing


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Primland Golfing   [ Website ]

THE HIGHLAND COURSE AT PRIMLAND
There is a remoteness about Primland, a sense of escape, that is special. Golf courses have been built in every landscape imaginable, but only rarely on mountain peaks. Once I strode over the plateau at Primland, with views which reminded me of the highlands of Scotland, I knew this was the perfect spot for a truly exceptional course.

The sharp contrasts between valleys and peaks allowed me to achieve invigorating variety throughout all 18 holes. And by stipulating close cutting around greens, using fast surface bent and fescue grasses, and designing bunkers that really are bunkers, I made this course one that will seriously challenge not only low handicap players, but the world’s top professionals as well. With course length from the black tees measuring slightly over 7,000 yards, you either drive well on The Highland Course or you perish!

Historic Sites

Mabry Mill   [ Website ]

One of the most photographed and popular destinations on the Parkway, Mabry Mill is a wonderfully landscaped grist mill. The interpretive trail with other outdoor exhibits is located in Virginia near Rocky Knob at milepost 176. Restaurant on location, phone 276-952-2947

Additional web links:
http://freespace.virgin.net/john.cletheroe/usa_can/pictures/00108.htm
http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/living/travel/13878320.htm
Reynolda House Museum of Art   [ Website ]

Located in the center of Reynolda's Historic District in Winston-Salem, explore the restored 1917 mansion of Katherine and RJ Reynolds. Audio and guided tour available 336-725-5325.
Old Salem – Moravian Village   [ Website ]

Other fun events include the Moravian Candle Tea and caroling at Christmas.
Guided tours are also available on a daily basis.

Biking

Mount Rogers National Recreation Area - Mtn Biking   [ Website ]

Central North Carolina Piedmont Road Biking   [ Website ]

Appalachian Mountains Road Biking   [ Website ]

Virginia's Southern Appalachians   [ Website ]

Winston-Salem-Greensboro Region Road Biking   [ Website ]

The Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia   [ Website ]

The Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina   [ Website ]


Parks & Campgrounds

Pilot Mountain State Park   [ Website ]

Made famous as “Mount Pilot” on the Andy Griffith show.
Approach from any direction and see Pilot Mountain rising more than 1,400 feet above the rolling countryside of the upper Piedmont plateau. Dedicated as a National Natural Landmark in 1976, this solitary peak is the centerpiece of Pilot Mountain State Park.

Hiking & picnics…you can also schedule other activities with a park ranger guide).

Additional web links:
http://www.stateparks.com/pilot_mountain.html
Hanging Rock State Park (near King, NC)   [ Website ]

Not far from the cities of the Triad area, off the four-lane highways there's another North Carolina to be discovered—sheer cliffs and peaks of bare rock, quiet forests and cascading waterfalls, views of the piedmont plateau that stretch for miles, phone 336-593-8480.

Hiking, swimming, canoeing, boating, picnics, etc.

Additional web links:
http://www.northcarolinaoutdoors.com/places/piedmont/hangingrock.html
http://www.stateparks.com/hanging_rock.html
Tanglewood State Park   [ Website ]

Guided Trail Rides are given along the Yadkin River for riders 6 years and over. Open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Cost for 45 to 60 minute ride is $16.00. All trail rides are by reservation only. Please call (336) 766-9540 for availability. Concert events, golf, Christmas festival of lights, etc.

4061 Clemmons Rd
Clemmons, NC 27012
(336) 778-6300
North Carolina Piedmont - Campground   [ Website ]

Fisher River Park

Nice mountain bike trail, picnicking, and playground.

381 County Home Road
Dobson North Carolina 27017
Phone: 336-401-8235
Homeplace Recreational Park

Large swimming pool open to the public and campground.

136 Homeplace Park Road
Ararat, North Carolina
Local: 336-374-5173

On the Water

Appalachian Mountains of NC - Whitewater Paddling   [ Website ]


Piedmont Region - Whitewater Paddling   [ Website ]


Piedmont Region Flat-water Paddling & Canoeing   [ Website ]


Hiking

Blue Ridge Parkway Region of Virginia Hiking   [ Website ]

Winston-Salem-Greensboro Area Hiking   [ Website ]

Mount Rogers National Recreation Area Region - Hiking   [ Website ]

Blue Ridge Parkway (Cumberland Knob & Stone Mountain)   [ Website ]

Additional web links:
http://ncnatural.com/Parkway/NC-Trails.html
http://www.nps.gov/blri/ncmap.htm