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Andy, Aunt Bea, Wine & Dine (Half-Day Wine Trip)

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This trip itinerary is designed for those looking to visit a few Yadkin Valley vineyards while getting in a few Mount Airy Attractions, all in one day! We hope you enjoy this Mayberry NC and Yadkin Valley Wine day trip.

Morning

Sample wines and beers at Round Peak Vineyards and Skull Camp Brewing (open Sunday through Thursday), a Yadkin Valley vineyard just minutes from Interstate 77.

Head to Downtown Mount Airy to Wally’s Service Station for a tour of Mount Airy in a vintage 1960s Ford Galaxy squad car.

Drive to The Andy Griffith Museum for a look at the world’s largest collection of Andy Griffith memorabilia. Tip: Make sure to pay a few extra dollars for the audio tour!

Lunch

Walk to Old North State Winery to this urban winery and deli to taste of several wines and beers produced on site. Don’t forget to ask for a menu from the deli! Tip: Ask about the skeletal remains found in this old mercantile building and about the mysterious events that occur inside the building.

Afternoon

Drive to Shelton Vineyards, a Yadkin Valley vineyard, located off of Interstate 77 in Dobson. Take a one-hour, behind-the-scenes tour of the operations and spend time in the gift shop. Tip: Don’t miss an opportunity to take a stroll of the grounds of this estate vineyard, spotting the nearby pond and beautiful landscape.

Lunch

Eat lunch at Harvest Grill on the Shelton Vineyards’ property while enjoying your favorite Shelton wine from the tasting room. Tip: Ask to sit in the air conditioned patio that overlooks the scenic property.

Very Surry Wine Excursion (Two-Day Wine Trip)

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Mount Airy is a great stepping stone to touring many of the Yadkin Valley wineries, and it is within 30 minutes of 20 Yadkin Valley wineries. The itinerary below includes attractions in Mount Airy along with a sipping trip through the Yadkin Valley wine country. We hope you enjoy this Mount Airy, NC Very Surry Wine Trip.

Day One

Morning

Start at Round Peak Vineyards and Skull Camp Brewing (open Sunday through Thursday), just minutes from Interstate 77. This winery and brewing company has eight French and Italian varietals along with Skull Camp wines blended from Round Peak and other local vineyards. The company also brews beer under the label Skull Camp.

Head to Downtown Mount Airy for a tour through Mount Airy by Mayberry Squad Car Tours, and then park your car at the Surry Arts Council for a visit through The Andy Griffith Museum.

Lunch

Walk to Old North State Winery for food in the deli and a tasting of several wines and beers produced at this urban, downtown winery. Tip: Ask about the skeletal remains found in this old mercantile building and about the mysterious events that occur inside the building.

Afternoon

Stroll down Main Street in downtown Mount Airy and visit one of the antique stores, candy shops, soda fountain shop, retail outlet, or toy store. Tip: Before you depart, make sure to stop in the Visitor Information Center for suggested places to eat for dinner.

Check into your Mount Airy hotel for a nap before dinner.

For dinner, choose from Southern, mouthwatering cooking to upscale dining and hit the sack for an exciting next day through Yadkin Valley wine country.

Day 2

Morning

Continue your tour of Yakdin Valley wineries by driving to Shelton Vineyards in Dobson for a one-hour, behind-the-scenes tour of the operations of the largest estate winery in North Carolina. Sample Shelton wines afterwards and spend time in the gift shop. Tip: Make sure to take time to walk through the grounds, spotting the nearby pond and beautiful grounds.

Lunch

Eat lunch at Harvest Grill on the Shelton Vineyards’ property while enjoying more Shelton wines while gazing over the gardens and vines of Shelton Vineyards. Tip: Ask to sit in the air conditioned patio that overlooks the scenic property.

Afternoon

Continue your tasting tour through the Upper Yadkin Valley Wine Trail by starting in historic downtown Elkin. Stop by any of four wineries within 10 minutes of each other—Brushy Mountain Winery, Elkin Creek Vineyards, Grassy Creek Vineyards, and MicRitchie Winery and Ciderworks.

Tip: For folks looking for an overnight stay, try the Cabins at Elkin Creek Vineyards.

Landmarks & Museums (One-Day History Trip)

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Are you history buff that also loves Mayberry-related stuff? This Mt. Airy Mayberry tour is a great itinerary for you.

Morning

Start with the Andy Griffith Museum for a tour of all-things Andy Griffith related, from the courthouse keys to the iconic “Sherriff” and “Justice of the Peace” signs from the courthouse doors on The Andy Griffith Show. Tip: Pay a few extra dollars for the audio tour to hear Andy Griffith speeches and personal stories from Emmett Forrest, a childhood friend of Andy Griffith.

View the Siamese Twins Exhibit in the downstairs space of the Surry Arts Council, adjacent to The Andy Griffith Museum. There are displays and exhibits on Eng and Chang, the world’s most-famous connected twins

Walk to the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History to tour four floors of historic exhibits and displays. There’s an impressive 360-degree panoramic photograph on display along with exhibits on early life, Andy Griffith, Simaese Twins, fiddler Tommy Jarrell, and the story of Mt. Airy largest open-surface granite quarry.

Lunch

Find a downtown restaurant and take a moment to rest before your next journey. Save room for dessert at one of the Mt. Airy Mayberry downtown ice cream or dessert shops.

Afternoon

Shop in downtown Mount Airy for special souvenirs and finds for back home. You’ll find antique stores, retail outlets, toy stores, soda shops, and more. Tip: Stop by the Visitor Information Center first if you’re in a hurry for the must-see shops and attractions in Mt. Airy Mayberry.

Get back in your car and head to Horne Creek Living History Farm, a 30-minute drive from downtown Mt. Airy. Tour this early 1900s farm house, tobacco curing barn, and corn crib. Tip: Check out the heirloom garden and field crops during the summer.


Bluegrass Pickin’ and Pork Chops (One-day Bluegrass and Mayberry Trip)

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If you love those Blue Ridge-bluegrass sounds and want to see the Mayberry sites too, this itinerary is right for you, especially if you only have one day to spend in Mount Airy.

Morning

First, visit the Andy Griffith Museum where you’ll see Andy Griffith memorabilia and items from Andy’s musical career. Tip: Pay the extra $2 to get the audio guide. It’s well worth it.

Say Cheese! Take Pictures in front of the Andy and Opie TV Land Statue in front of the Andy Griffith Museum.

Stroll down to the Old-Time Music Heritage Hall inside the Earle Theatre to watch the UNC-TV Folkways documentary titled, “Folkways: Music of Surry County.” This documentary reveals the history behind the Blue Ridge-bluegrass sound of Surry County that is known worldwide. Tip: Try to visit on a Saturday morning at 9 a.m. for a Saturday jam along with the live radio broadcast of Merry-Go-Round at 11 a.m.

Lunch

Order a Pork Chop Sandwich from Snappy Lunch, a boneless, tenderized fried pork chop topped with tomato slices, chopped onions, coleslaw, and mustard. Andy Griffith frequented Snappy Lunch as a young boy, and he mentioned it on several episodes of The Andy Griffith Show.

Afternoon

Tour the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History where you’ll find more Blue Ridge-bluegrass history information, such as exhibits on old-time music legend Tommy Jarrell.

Walk down Main Street to browse the downtown shops, antique stores, and retail outlets, and don’t forget to take time out for an old-fashioned milk shake or a fried apple pie!

Tip: If time permits in the afternoon, head over Mayberry Squad Car Tours at Wally’s Service Station for a one-hour tour of Mount Airy. This is best seen first to get a great overview of the sights and sounds of Mount Airy. Enjoy your Andy Griffith Mayberry tour.

Bluegrass, Blue Ridge & Barney (Two-day Bluegrass and Mayberry Trip)

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It’s hard to visit Mount airy and not notice the bluegrass influences, from the Round Peak style of old-time mountain music to the live radio broadcasts from WPAQ’s Merry-Gro-Round, the second-longest live radio broadcast in the nation.  Below, we’ve listed all the must-see attractions for Mount Airy regarding Mayberry, bluegrass, and a few Blue Ridge attractions.

Day 1

Morning

Tour the Andy Griffith Museum where you’ll notice the musical roots of Andy Griffith. Andy’s background as a singer and guitarist was obvious during The Andy Griffith Show. Also, check out all the memorabilia from The Andy Griffith Show. Tip: Tickets to the Andy Griffith Museum also includes a trip through the Old-Time Music Heritage Hall.

Walk to downtown Mount Airy to tour the Old-Time Music Heritage Hall inside the Earle Theatre. The old-timey theatre presents daily showings of the UNC-TV Folkways documentary, “Folkways: Music of Surry County,” which reveals why the intense, bluesy, bluegrass Blue Ridge sound of Surry County has become known from around the world. You’ll also want to pay extra for the audio tour through the exhibits. Tip: Try to visit on a Saturday morning at 9 a.m. for a Saturday jam along with the live radio broadcast of Merry-Go-Round at 11 a.m.

Lunch

Order a Pork Chop Sandwich from Snappy Lunch, a boneless, tenderized fried pork chop. Snappy Lunch was referenced on several episodes of The Andy Griffith Show and Andy ate there as a young boy. Tip: Ask for extra napkins.

Afternoon

Walk down Main Street to the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History and check out the bluegrass in the Blue Ridge exhibits, including the history of old-time music legend Tommy Jarrell and memorabilia from country music star Donna Fargo.

Shop Main Street through the antique stores, candy stores, retail outlets, and gift shops—making sure take some extra sweet treats for the road trip back home. Tip: Stop by the Mount Airy Visitor Information Center first before heading through Main Street.

Check in to a Mount Airy hotel for a quick nap and then head over to a downtown restaurant or a Mount Airy restaurant for some Southern hospitality and cuisine.

Day 2

Morning

Head 20 minutes North to the Blue Ridge Parkway at exit 8 off U.S. 77. Head through the town of Fancy Gap, and take the exit north on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Mabry Mill, a 1910 operating grist mill, located a milepost 176.

Lunch

Dine at the Mabry Mill Restaurant, and afterwards, stop by the gift shop and pick up your own pack of grits, cornmeal and buckwheat flour.

Afternoon

Head south to the Blue Ridge Music Center at milepost 213 to tour the museum and hear old-time and bluegrass music jams daily during the summer months, from noon until 4 p.m. Tip: Make sure to visit www.blueridgemusiccenter.org for their schedule of outdoor performances.

Andy of Mayberry in a Day (One-Day Mayberry-Mount Airy Trip)

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Looking to spend a day in Andy’s hometown? Below we’ve gathered all the must-do activities for your real Mayberry Andy Griffith day trip.

Morning

Drive to Wally’s Service Station for a fun experience taking pictures and visiting a replica of Andy Taylor’s jailhouse and courtroom. Sit behind Andy of Mayberry’s desk or pose behind the jail bars for pictures.

Take a ride around Mount Airy in a replica squad car and tour the Mount Airy and Mayberry sites.

Drive to the Andy Griffith Museum for a look at Andy Griffith memorabilia, like the jailhouse keys, Andy Tyalor’s sheriff shirt, Goober Pyle’s beanie, and many more items from The Andy Griffith Show. Tip: Walk next door to the Surry Arts Council lower-level exhibit to view the Eng and Chang Siamese Twins display, adjacent to the museum.

Pose for pictures at the TV Land Statue of Opie and Andy of Mayberry.

Lunch

Walk to Snappy Lunch for a famous boneless pork chop sandwich fried in sweet milk and egg batter until golden crispy and finished with incredible toppings! Make sure to ask for extra napkins!

Afternoon

Stroll through Main Street, making sure to stop first at the Mount Airy Visitor Center. You’ll want to plan a few hours touring downtown Mount Airy. There’s a lot of stores to browse, such as boutique stores, toy stores, bakeries, a soda foundation, eateries, antique stores, and more. Don’t forget to add dessert after you’ve burned off a few of those calories from the pork chop sandwich!

Drive 15 minutes to the top of Pilot Mountain State Park and hike the Jomeokee Trail, a .9-mile loop for beginners that takes you around the base of the large pinnacle. Afterwards, if time permits, head to downtown Pilot Mountain (i.e., Mount Pilot as known on The Andy Griffith Show) for more retail therapy and dinner.

Mayberry Sights and Sounds (Half-Day Mayberry-Mount Airy Trip)

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So, you only have a few hours to visit Mount Airy, NC and see the Opie Andy Griffith sites? We’ve got you covered with the must-see highlights while you tour Mayberry and Mount Airy, NC.

I Only Have One Hour | Option 1

Head over to Wally’s Service Station for pictures in front of the jail cells inside of the replica Mayberry courthouse.

Ride in Andy Taylor’s replica Ford Galaxy car by Mayberry Squad Car Tours and see all the major Opie and Andy Griffith sites, like Blue Bird Diner, Andy Grffith Playhouse, Main Street in downtown Mount Airy, Snappy’s Lunch, and the childhood home of Andy Griffith.

I Only Have One Hour | Option 2

Drive to the Andy Griffith Museum for a tour of Mayberry and Andy Griffith memorabilia, like Barney’s salt-and-pepper suit, Andy’s “Madlock” suit, the jailhouse keys, and the iconic signs from The Andy Griffith show’s courthouse doors that read: “Sheriff” and “Justice of the Peace” (to name only a few memorabilia items).

Pose for Pictures in front of the Opie Andy Griffith TV Land Statue before heading to downtown Mount Airy for shopping (and maybe some sweet treats).

I Only Have Two Hours

Walk down Main Street in downtown Mount Airy for a stroll through antique stores, candy stores, toy stores, soda shop, bakeries, gift shops, retail outlets, and restaurants. Don’t forget to pick up your Mayberry souvenir and a little chocolate or ice cream to go!

From Griffith to Grand Views (Two-Day Mayberry-Mount Airy Trip)

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View sights and sounds mentioned on The Andy Griffith Show. From the Andy Griffith Museum to Wally’s Service Station, take in the sights and sounds of Mount Airy, along with side trips to scenic destinations near Mount Airy during your Blue Ridge Parkway weekend.

Day 1

Morning

Head to the Andy Griffith Museum, the world’s largest collection of Andy Griffith memorabilia. Look for the iconic signs from the show’s courthouse doors that read: “Sheriff” and “Justice of the Peace.” Tip: Check out the Eng and Chang Siamese Twins exhibit in the lower level of the Surry Arts Council, adjacent to the Andy Griffith Museum.

Pose for pictures at the TV Land Statue of Andy and Opie in front of the Andy Griffith Museum.

Stroll down to Main Street, making sure to stop fist at the Mount Airy Visitor Center.

Lunch

Dine at Snappy Lunch, a place Andy Griffith frequented as a young boy that was mentioned on episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. Make sure to order the famous pork chop sandwich and ask for extra napkins.

Afternoon

Drive to Wally’s Service Station for pictures in front of the jail cells inside Mayberry’s replica courthouse.

Ride in Sherriff Taylor’s replica police car by Mayberry Squad Car Tours and tour all the Mayberry sites, like the Blue Bird Diner, Floyds Barber shop, the TV Land statue, Snappy Lunch, Andy Griffith Playhouse, and the childhood home of Andy Griffith.

Drive to the top of Pilot Mountain State Park and hike to the little pinnacle where you’ll see the 1,400-foot-high Big Pinnacle.

Hike the Jomeokee Trail, a .9-mile trail around the base of the large pinnacle with unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape.

Evening

Head to Mount Airy to check into your hotel or bed and breakfast.

For dinner, choose from Southern, mouthwatering cooking to upscale dining.

Day 2

Morning

Head North to the Blue Ridge Parkway at exit 8 off U.S. 77. Head through Fancy Gap and north on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Mabry Mill, a 1910 operating grist mill, located a milepost 176.

Lunch

Dine at the Mabry Mill Restaurant, and afterwards, stop by the gift shop and pick up your own pack of grits, cornmeal and buckwheat flour.

Afternoon

Head south to the Blue Ridge Music Center at milepost 213 to hear bluegrass and old-time performances during the summer and tour the museum.

From Equestrian to Pedestrian (Two-Day Outdoor Trip)

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For the equestrian lover, we’ve assembled an excursion for you. If you’re looking for Mt Airy NC horseback riding trails, take a trip down Sauratown Trails and tour Pilot Mount State Park. Afterwards, you can enjoy the charming downtown Mount Airy.

Day 1

Morning

Ride your horse down Sauratown Trail at Pilot Mountain State Park with Bregman Pleasure Horses while weaving down wooded paths and crossing over shallow streams.

Lunch

Have a picnic on the trail while you make your way back to the shuttle back to Bregman Pleasure Horses.

Afternoon

Hike the Corridor Trail at Pilot Mountain State Park, 6 miles that connect the upper and lower sections of Pilot Mountain State Park with views of the Yadkin River. Tip: For beginners, try the Jomeokee Trail, a .9-mile trail around the base of the large pinnacle with unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape.

Evening

Head to Mount Airy to check into your hotel or bed and breakfast.

Day 2

Morning

Stroll down Main Street in downtown Mount Airy while touring the Andy Griffith sites and take off from Wally’s Service Station in a 1964 Ford Galaxy squad car.

Lunch

Dive into a Famous pork chop sandwich at Snappy Lunch, a boneless, tenderized loin chop fried until golden crisp and bronze and topped with tomato slices, chopped onions, cole slaw, and tomato paste. Snappy Lunch was mentioned in episodes of The Andy Griffith Show and was the same diner Andy Griffith ate at as a young boy.

Afternoon

Walk off the pork chop sandwich on the Ararat River Greenway, a paved 2.2-mile greenway along sections of the Ararat River.

Evening

For dinner, choose from Southern, mouthwatering cooking to upscale dining and hit the sack back at your hotel.

Parks, Paddling, & Pork Chops (Two-Day Outdoor and Mayberry Trip)

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From paddling the Yadkin River to Ararat River tubing and touring Pilot Mountain to chomping down on some scrumptious pork chop sandwiches, this trip will have you enjoying the sights and sounds of Mayberry and Mother Nature.

Day 1

Morning

Take a trip back to Mayberry in Mount Airy with visits to the Andy Griffith Museum and a cruise in the town squad car (with your own tour guide). Stroll down Main Street by the shops and sites in downtown Mount Airy.

Lunch

Order the famous pork chop sandwich at Snappy Lunch, a boneless, tenderized loin chop dipped in sweet batter and fried until golden crisp. Snappy Lunch was mentioned in episodes of The Andy Griffith Show and was the same diner Andy Griffith ate at as a young boy.

Afternoon

Tube down the Ararat River with a put-in at Riverside Park and take-out at Tharrington School Park at the south end of the river.

Evening

Stay overnight at Sobotta Manor House Bed and Breakfast, routinely voted as one of the top ten bed and breakfasts in the U.S. by BedandBreakfast.com

Day 2

Morning

Hike the Corridor Trail at Pilot Mountain State Park, 6 miles that connect the upper and lower sections of Pilot Mountain State Park with views of the Yadkin River. Tip: For beginners, try the Jomeokee Trail, a .9-mile trail around the base of the large pinnacle with unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape.

Lunch

Head over to downtown Pilot Mountain for lunch in the town referred to as “Mount Pilot” in The Andy Griffith Show.

Afternoon

Raft down the Yadkin River with rentals and shuttle provided by Yadkin River Adventures.

Evening

Spend the night in one of several cabins at Pilot Knob Bed and Breakfast with a stone fireplace, whirlpool, and lake with rowboats.