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An All-American SUMMER Celebration in Mayberry – Fourth of July, Motorcycles, and More


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Spend an All-American Fourth of July in Mount Airy, NC! We have many events and festivities planned all weekend, as well as on the 4th of July, and plenty of great places to stay, including hotels, bed & breakfasts, camping, cabins, vacation rental homes, and more!

July 4, 2016
10:00 a.m. Declaration of Independence (Museum Courtyard)
11:00 a.m. Parade Immediately Following Annual Pie Eating Contest (Franklin Street)

6:30 p.m. Live Music and Food Vendors at Veteran’s Park on West Lebanon Street in Mount Airy
9:00 p.m. Fireworks at Veteran’s Park on West Lebanon Street in Mount Airy
Call 336.786.6116 or [email protected] for more information and/or to participate.

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Whether you love fresh-baked apple pies or chocolate cream pies, you can get your face full of them July 4 at the 4th Annual Pie Eating Contest for Charity sponsored by Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies in Downtown Mount Airy.

“This is our 4th year and it just keeps getting bigger and better said Angela Shur, owner of Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies. “It is a fun event for the whole family! It’s good old clean fun. We have kids from 1to 92 eating pies, laughing, enjoying the moment and helping out a great cause.”
The event will be held July 4 immediately following the Mount Airy Fourth of July parade. Tentative start time for the contest is 12 noon.

The contest will have five age divisions – ages 1 to 4; ages 5 to 7; ages 8 to 12; ages 13 to 17 and ages 18 and older. The youngest division will eat a turnover of their choice and will be allowed to use their hands. In the 5 to 7 age group, contestants will eat a larger turnover and the 8 to 12 will eat a smaller pie hands free. The top age group will devour full-sized nine-inch deep-dish pies of their choosing hands free.

“This is going to be such a fun event,” said Mary Boyles, executive director for The Shepherd’s House, the charity which will benefit from the event. “To see people of all ages putting their faces into pies is sure to bring laughs and smiles. It is a great Fourth of July celebration!”
This year we will welcome Lanie Pope, chief meteorologist at WXII, and her family to this event. She will also be our grand marshal for this year’s July 4th parade.

The cost for entry is $5.00 for the 1 to 4 age group and also for the 5 to 7 age group; and $10.00 for the remaining age groups. There will be trophies for first, second and third place in each division, as well as gift cards for the top winners.

No one ever goes home empty handed when it comes to an event with Miss Angel involved. There will be gift certificates from Miss Angels and gift bags for all participants.

Registration for the event is open now at Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies or the Shepherds House.
Last year, the event raised almost $10,000.00 for charity. Shur hopes this year will do even better. The contest will be held on Franklin Street where there will also be hot dogs, chips, drinks and popcorn for the crowd to enjoy. Never forget there is always live music by B-Dazzle Productions.
The Shepherds House will also be holding a raffle for a $1,000.00 Shopping spree and a gun package which includes a Double Tap 9mm pistol, Maverick 88 12guage shotgun and Ruger American 17HMR Bolt Action Rifle. Tickets for these two raffles are $20.00 each. You can get those tickets now by calling the Shepherds House.

What a better way to celebrate an American Tradition with your family than eating a pie that is just plain Heavenly.

For more information about the pie-eating contest or the raffle, call Miss Angels at 336-786-1537, or the Shepherds House at 336-786-1420.

Get Your Motor Running
The following rides all start at the parking lot for the Andy Griffith Playhouse/And Griffith Museum, at 218 Rockford Street, Mount Airy, NC 27030.

Turn left out of the parking lot of the Andy Griffith Playhouse. Turn on the 1st road to the left past the Playhouse. At the 1st stoplight, turn right onto Pine Street/Highway 89. Go to the 3rd stoplight and turn left. Travel the twisty road until it dead ends onto the Blue Ridge Parkway. Turn left onto the Blue Ridge Parkway traveling south. Exit at the Highway 52 south exit and travel back to Mount Airy. At the Highway 52/601 intersection, turn left onto Highway 601/Rockford Street and travel back to the Andy Griffith Playhouse.

SCENIC BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY RIDE (approximately 50 miles)
Turn right out of the Andy Griffith Playhouse parking lot. Travel to the intersection of Highway 601/52. Turn right onto 52 North to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Travel south on the Parkway to the Highway 89 intersection. Turn onto Highway 89 toward Mount Airy. Travel Highway 89 back to the Andy Griffith Playhouse parking lot on your left.

PILOT MOUNTAIN STATE PARK RIDE (approximately 35 miles)
Turn right out of the Andy Griffith Playhouse parking lot. Travel to the intersection of Highway 601 and Highway 52. Turn left onto Highway 52 South to the exit for the Pilot Mountain State Park. Travel up the twisty road tot he top for scenery second to none! Travel back to Mount Airy on Highway 52 North and take a right at the Highway 52/89 intersection onto Highway 89/Rockford Street and head back to the Andy Griffith Playhouse.

LOVER’S LEAP RIDE (approximately 75 miles)
Turn left out of the Andy Griffith Playhouse parking lot. Turn left at the first street, Graves Street. At the first stoplight, turn right onto Pine Street. Continue on this road past the Virginia state like to the stop sign (several miles). Turn left at the stop sign toward Stuart, Virginia. Go straight under the stoplight in Stuart to the next stop sign. Turn left onto Highway 58. Stay on Highway 58 for several miles. You will pass Lover’s Leap. Continue to the Blue Ridge Parkway intersection. Travel south on the parkway to the Highway 52 intersection to Mount Airy. Travel Highway 52 South to the 52/601 intersection. Take a left onto Highway 601/Rockford Street back to the Andy Griffith Playhouse.

This 50-mile route is one of the most popular rides to take a step back to a simpler time and enjoy a variety of roads, scenery and stops along the way.

Stop 1 – The Andy Griffith Playhouse
Directions to Stop 2 – Leaving the Andy Griffith Playhouse, take a right out of the parking lot on to South Rockford Street, travel 0.9 miles to Highway 52. Take a left onto Highway 52 South and go 10.5 miles to Exit 134 (Highway 268). Neighbors/Citgo will be on the right at Exit 134. Get yourself a bottle of pop and gas up!
– Distance to Stop 2: 11.4 miles

Stop 2 – Neighbors/Citgo (Pilot Mountain)
Directions to Stop 3 – Leaving Neighbors/Citgo, take a right on Highway 268 in front of Neighbors traveling 9.7 miles to Copeland School Road. Take a left on Copeland School Road traveling 2.8 miles to Old Rockford Road. Travel 3.2 miles on Rockford Road to the stop sign. Rockford General Store will be located across the street from the stop sign. Step inside and speak to Paul and Carolyn. Drink a root beer or Nehi Peach and enjoy a variety of old timey candies as well as their new grill.
– Distance to Stop 3: 15.7 miles

Stop 3 – Rockford General Store
Directions to Stop 4 – Leaving Rockford General Store, travel north on Rockford Road 5.7 miles to stop sign. Go straight through stop sign 3.4 miles to Highway 601. Take a right on Highway 601 traveling 9.1 miles to stop light at Highway 52. Take a left at the light onto Highway 52 North and travel 1.8 miles to Goobers-52 located on the right just past Mayberry Mall.

Stop 4 – Aunt Bea’s
Directions to Stop 5 (Final Destination) – Leaving Aunt Bea’s Restaurant, take a right Onto Hwy 52 North traveling 0.8 miles to Starlite Road. Take a right onto Starlite Road 0.2 miles to stop sign. Take a right at the stop sign onto West Lebanon Street traveling 1 mile to stop light. Take a right at the stop light onto North Main Street traveling 0.2 miles bearing right onto North Main Street. Continue traveling 0.5 miles through downtown until you see the Municipal Building on the right. Take a right into the driveway just past the Municipal Building to enter the parking lot located behind the Municipal Building.

Distance to Stop 5 is 2.9 Miles



Summer is great, but some days are just too hot. Never fear. There are some great ways to eat the heat in and around Mount Airy.

– Check out the Greenway trail, which follows the Ararat River and Lovill’s Creek, with the new expansion opening soon. River access all along the trails, and a great place for nature viewing, bird watching, walking, jogging, riding bikes, kayaking, tubing, wading, fishing, or just sitting and enjoying the beautiful riverside scenery! Riverside Park is a great place to start this trail and they have restrooms, picnic shelters, a playground, and a skateboard park!

– Cool off with some delicious ice-cream. We have several great options depending on where you are when your sweet tooth strikes. Try Scoops Ice Cream and Such, with a stroll in the sculpture garden/nature walk in the woods after you get your ice cream. Aunt Bea’s has great ice cream as well. Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies in Downtown Mount Airy has an ice cream parlor next door with 21+ ice cream case featuring ice cream made with local moonshine and whiskey, including an ice cream made with their own peaches from their orchard and Mayberry Spirits Moonshine!

– Make a splash! Many local hotels have great pools, including indoor pools at Comfort Inn, Hampton Inn, and Holiday Inn Express, and outdoor pools at Quality Inn, Knight’s Inn, and Mayberry Motor Inn. We also have the Homeplace Pool just outside of Mount Airy with a large waterslide, a sloped entry for children, a HUGE pool, rope swing, diving area, arcade, and snack bar as well as camping and miniature golf on Friday and Saturday nights. Beechnut Park just outside of Mount Airy has a large pool and camping. Reeves Community Center, just a couple of blocks away from downtown, has an outdoor and indoor pool and welcomes visitors.

Get out there and have some summer fun!

Ararat River Greenway Trail
350 Riverside Dr.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-8313

The Ararat River Greenway is a paved 2.2-mile paved Greenway Trail from Riverside Park to Tharrington Park )beside Tharrington Elementary School). This section of the Ararat River has been restored and is a great area for wildlife viewing, kayaking, canoeing, and trout fishing. The entire length of the Greenway Trail is stocked with trout. There are multiple canoe/kayak/tube launch stations along the trail as well as multiple areas for sitting by the river. A restroom is available halfway down the trail, off on a side trail to the environmental park. Restrooms are also available at Riverside Park.
When exploring, look for TRACK (Trails Ridges and Active Caring Kids) Trail Adventure guides along the trail or online at Created by the Blue Ridge Foundation, the guides offer educational opportunities for children.

Autumn Leaves Festival – October 9-11 in Downtown Mount Airy
Downtown Mount Airy - N. Main Street

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: 336-786-6116

Fall has arrived, and here in Mount Airy, NC we celebrate the changing of the leaves with our annual Autumn Leaves Festival, now in its 49th year! The festival showcases our rich heritage, with food for the soul, music for the heart, and heritage crafts and demonstrations. Admission to the festival is free! The hours of the festival are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 12 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
The entire downtown area is filled to the brim with arts and crafts vendors, delicious food, and plenty of local music, including a main bandstand on Independence Blvd featuring gospel, bluegrass, and old-time music, as well old-time musicians jamming under a tent on N. Main Street.

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The unique arts & crafts of more than 200 craftsmen line the streets with many demonstrating their talents and skills passed down through the generations. There is plenty of “Food for the Soul” – ham biscuits, collard green sandwiches & cornbread, barbecue, hamburgers, ground steak sandwiches, donuts, hot dogs, baked goods, homemade apple butter, candy apples, funnel cakes, and MUCH more, served with hospitality by our local civic and other community groups.



Check out the website at for the full bandstand schedule! We have a lot of great bands in the lineup, including The Nunn Brothers, Snow Creek Old Time Band, Mountain Park Old Time Band, The South Carolina Broadcasters, The Country Boys, The Buckstankle Boys, Slate Mountain Ramblers, Marshall Brothers & Highroad, The Zephyr Lightning Bolts, Rich in Tradition, Crossroad, Highway 52, and many more!

The Autumn Leaves Festival™ has been consistently ranked as one of the “Top 20 Events” in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

The festival began as a celebration of the end of the tobacco and apple harvesting season over 45 years ago. Now, we celebrate the breathtaking fall season! Through the years, hundreds of thousands of visitors (nearly 200,000 people will frequent the streets of Mount Airy over the three-day weekend) have enjoyed the true flavor of rural America and its distinctive character, rich heritage and scenic beauty.  This great community once again puts out the “WELCOME” mat and invites one and all to come and experience the true spirit of America’s Hometown!!

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Autumn Leaves Festival weekend is the PERFECT time to start your holiday season shopping! Vendors will have a vast array of handmade and unique items for purchase including handwoven baskets, quilts, floral displays, textiles, vintage re-purposed items, holiday decorations, jewelry, pottery, woodcarving, oil paintings, photography, children’s toys, handmade decorations, unique and one-of-a-kind items, and so much more!

Don’t forget out about Downtown Mount Airy businesses and restaurants while you are here! Stop by the Mount Airy Visitor Center at 200 N. Main Street for advice on the best things to see and do while you are in the area and pick up a map with the Mayberry attractions, including Andy Griffith Museum and Wally’s Service Station. The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History is also located in Downtown Mount Airy! Autumn Leaves Festival weekend is the PERFECT time to start your holiday season shopping!

Please take a look at our photo album and don’t forget to visit the website at Interested in becoming a vendor? Apply using the online form early next year before spots fill up!

**Please remember that ALL PETS are strictly prohibited inside of the festival boundaries.

Need lodging for Autumn Leaves Festival Weekend? Go to for a full list of accommodations. If you are having trouble finding lodging during this busy weekend, please call the Mount Airy Visitor Center for assistance – 336-786-6116.


Colt’s Hot Dog Shack
794 Old Highway 601

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: 336.786.8081

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Serving old fashioned toasted hot dogs, ground steak sandwiches, grilled chicken salad, fried bologna, ham and cheese, and pimento cheese sandwiches and more. Don’t forget to save room for dessert – homemade desserts and dipped ice cream, as well as milkshakes! Everything is home made! All orders are made to-go – no inside seating!

Hours are Tuesday-Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed on Sundays.

Down Home Restaurant
243 N. Main Street

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: 336-783-0007

Down Home Restaurant offers homemade breakfast, lunch, dinner, as well as daily specials. Enjoy the large, covered patio for dining! Every Tuesday night from 6 to 8 p.m., Down Home hosts a bluegrass and old-time jam session!

Down Home Restaurant also offers a FULL BREAKFAST all day long as well as many homemade desserts!

Locally owned and operated with the owners on site every day! Family run!

Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed on Sundays.

The restaurant is located in Downtown Mount Airy, at 243 Main Street, Mount Airy, North Carolina 27030

Downtown Mount Airy Eatery, Down Home Restaurant, Joins the Surry Sonker Trail
243 N. Main Street

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: 336-783-0007

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. – The Surry Sonker Trail has a new member as the Down Home Restaurant came on board in March. Down Home opened in the location formerly occupied by Granite City BBQ and replaced it on this confectionary trail in Surry County.

Sandra Johnson and Bonnie Reynolds run the casual eatery on Main Street in Mount Airy. Both grew up in the area and learned to make sonker from family recipes. Reynolds is the primary sonker maker and Johnson bakes the cakes. But they trade off.

“We’ve made sonker all of our lives at home,” Johnson says. “It’s just a traditional, quick dessert here.”

Similar to cobbler, sonker consists of cooked fruit and a crust. Some have a liquid batter poured on top of the fruit, others have a rolled dough for their crust, and others are prepared on the stove top with a dropped-dumpling crust. Each recipe depends upon family tradition.

Down Home Restaurant makes its sonker by cooking fruit — strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, apples or peaches — on the stove, transferring it to a pan, adding a crust made from a liquid batter and baking it.

“I took one bite of the Down Home Restaurant sonker and almost cried because it brought back so many memories of my granny’s sonker,” says Jessica Johnson, assistant marketing director at the Mount Airy Visitors Center.

The region’s sonker dates to the early 1800s. The dessert was a product of frugal home cooks who didn’t want to waste any over-ripe fruit.

In addition to Down Home Restaurant in Mount Airy, the Surry Sonker Trail includes The Living Room Coffeehouse and Winebar in Pilot Mountain, Putters Patio & Grill in Dobson, Old North State Winery in Mount Airy, Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies in Mount Airy, Rockford General Store in Dobson and Roxxi & Lulu’s Bakery in Elkin.

The trail was created in January 2015 by the Tourism Partnership of Surry County. Each of the seven stops on the Surry Sonker Trail offers a different style of the dessert.

“Trying the food is part of learning about the place where you’re living or visiting,” Sandra Johnson says. “Sonker is native to this region.”

To receive a Surry Sonker Trail brochure map, which has all the info needed to enjoy a day or two along the trail, call (800) 948-0949, or go online at:

Fly Fish Mayberry – Fishing Guide and Instruction Service

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Local Phone: 239-821-0239

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Welcome to Fly Fish Mayberry, headquartered in picturesque Surry County, North Carolina near historic Downtown Mt. Airy and just 25 minutes from Winston-Salem.

  • Fly Fishing Instruction and Education (Group and individual fly fishing lessons, clinics and seminars).
  • At Fly Fish Mayberry, we offer guided fly fishing trips for trout in the Northwest corner of North Carolina. From the Ararat River in downtown Mount Airy, to the wildest blue line headwaters along the Blue Ridge Parkway, we strive to custom design your trip based on current conditions, time of year and what you hope to get out of a day on the water.
  • Custom Rods & Handcrafted Tackle (We create personalized Tenkara rods and hand tie our own flies.)

Specializing in Tenkara fishing, a type of fly fishing that is easy to learn, relaxing and fun for the whole family to serious anglers, we also offer Western fly fishing and all fly fishing instruction, custom rods and handcrafted tackle.

Your customized fishing trip is based on current conditions, time of year, weather and productive areas. Within a short drive, we fish some of the most prolific trout waters in the Northwest Corner of the state: these are some of the most beautiful and untouched river systems in the world. Guided fishing charters to Virginia, Tennessee and internationally are also available with US Coast Guard Master Licensed Captain Kevin Merritt.

Private and group lessons are available for beginning and advanced anglers to brush up on skills or learn new techniques. Even if you’ve never held a fly rod, this is the fast track to getting on the water. Master classes and fishing trips also available.

To book a lesson, fishing charter or order a custom rod or tackle, call 239-821-0239 or email us at [email protected]

Visit the website at for more information and photos!

Laura’s Mayberry Home
122 West Wilson St.

Mount Airy NC

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Laura’s Mayberry Home is a beautiful, distinctive 2-bedroom, 1-bath older home that had been completely refurbished. Right around the corner from Wallys Service Station Center, two blocks from the Blackmon Amphitheater, and only three blocks from downtown and Snappy Lunch.

Mountain View Cottage
2337 Old Lowgap Rd

Lowgap NC

Local Phone: 336-972-2385 or 336-985-0853

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Mountain View Cottage is a unique getaway on a thirty five acre farm facing the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is a very quiet and peaceful place to relax and enjoy nature, with a great view from the front porch. The Cottage is convenient to historic Mount Airy, Blue Ridge Parkway, Pilot Mountain, and the Yadkin Valley Wine Trail.
The Cottage features three bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sitting area, living room, laundry room, and modern appliances.  The seventy-five-year-old farm house (cottage) has been totally remodeled with hardwood floors throughout the house.
Cottage is totally furnished – linens, cookware, and dinnerware are provided.
Additional amenities:
Gas Grill
40” Satellite TV in HD
Kerug Coffee Maker
Keyless Entry
The Cottage is conveniently located to several area attractions:
Blue Ridge Parkway 14 miles
Mount Airy 15 miles
Round Peak Vineyard 5 miles
Shelton Vineyard   21 miles
Pilot Knob State Park 32 miles
Approximately 1 hour to Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury
Approximately seven miles from  Interstate-77
Maximum Occupancy 4
Sun –Thurs $150
Fri – Sat $175
No Pets allowed.
Located at 2337 Old Lowgap Road; Lowgap, NC

Local Phone: 336-972-2385 or 336-985-0853

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The Rosa Lee Manor
385 Rosa Lee Ln.

Pilot Mountain NC

Local Phone: (704) 364-3917

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The Rosa Lee Manor is located in Pilot Mountain, 20 minutes from downtown Mount Airy. The colonial-style home is named for Rosa Lee Hunter, the paternal grandmother of the current owners. The family farm has been with the Hunter family for over 300 years. The Rosa Lee Manor is available for weddings, receptions and special events.

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