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Luna’s Trail Farm, Event Center, and Lodging

Posted on: May 4th, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

Luna’s Trail Farm & Event Center & Lodging

Located in the foothills of North Carolina, with gorgeous views of Pilot Mountain, Luna’s Trail is the perfect venue for a wedding, a relaxing weekend getaway, a business meeting, or a fun family reunion! It’s also a great place to buy fresh produce. Only minutes from Mount Airy and Winston-Salem!

Lodging

The Red Cabin

Located on 248 acres of farmland, this beautiful 3-bedroom cabin gives its renters access to 7-plus miles of hiking, a lake, creek, stand-up paddle board, canoe, excellent views of Pilot, Sauratown, and Hanging Rock Mountains. Great for viewing wildlife and perfect for bird watching! Also enjoy looking at the llamas, goats, cattle, hogs, and pasture raised chickens. Located about 300 yards from the wedding venue, this is an excellent place for people to prepare for their event.

This lodge sleeps eight in three private rooms, each with their own bathroom and shower. Our largest room sleeps up to 5 guests and has a king bed, small sitting area, and 2 twin beds with a trundle. The second bedroom has a queen bed with excellent views of the lake, and the third bedroom offers a king-sized bed with views of the surrounding meadow and lake. Each bedroom has satellite television. The facility has heat and air conditioning, as well as wireless internet access.

The Green Cabin

During most of our wedding venue tours, the brides usually lay claim to the Red Cabin, which is the original cabin down by the lake.  After that, there is an awkward pause during which there is a token effort to plan where the groomsmen will be able to get ready.  In an effort to make things flow more smoothly, we’ve made an area to accommodate the groomsmen, complete with pool table and large screen TV!  It’s called the Watch House, mostly because it’s located right at the entrance of the same property so you can see who’s coming in.   It’s got a large parking area, and the view of Hanging Rock is fantastic.  The main indoor attraction is probably the game room, which contains the above pool table and television.  There are also 2.5 baths, a wood stove, a full kitchen, and beds for 6 (queen, queen, twins) – plenty of amenities to get ready in a relaxed, comfortable environment. It’s also right in the middle of the blueberries and blackberries, which could make for some tasty pickings, in addition to frequent deer visits!

Hanging Rock Cabin, coming soon!

Event facilities

Set on the bank of a lake and also overlooking one of our favorite views of a meadow and creek on the property, the Big Barn is the main wedding venue at Luna’s Trail. Originally built as a pole barn, the venue has the rustic feel which fits in with the rest of the farm. However, it is equipped with heating, air conditioning, audio visual equipment, a portable stage, portable dance floor, 4 bathrooms and 3 separate fireplaces, including a large fire pit on the back patio. Fans and space heaters are available as needed. The venue offers a brand new caterer’s kitchen, with top of the line equipment to accommodate your caterer’s needs. There are smaller areas for more intimate gatherings, but there is enough space to accommodate 300 people. The richness of the warm, wooden indoor area, along with the uniqueness of the tin ceiling within the covered patio, create a venue with an elegant, vintage appeal.

Luna’s Trail Farm is located at 1155 Wilson Farm Road in Westfield, NC. Visit their website at www.lunastrail.com.

Call 336-351-2052 for more information and/or reservations.

 

Fly Fish Mayberry – Fishing Guide and Instruction Service

Posted on: March 23rd, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

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 kevinmerritt68@gmail.com.

Visit the website at www.flyfishcarolina.com for more information and photos!

Blue Ridge Parkway Announces Spring Opening Dates for Facilities and Services

Posted on: March 23rd, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments
NC/VA – Blue Ridge Parkway managers are pleased to announce the spring 2016 opening dates for facilities and visitor services along the scenic, 469-mile route. As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016, Parkway staff, volunteers, concession operators, and other partners are making plans for a robust season.  
The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the largest designed landscapes in the country, providing visitors with a wide variety of opportunities to make meaningful connections to the nature, history, and culture of the southern Appalachian mountain region.  “During the NPS Centennial, we want to encourage Parkway visitors to explore this special park in new and different ways,” said Mark Woods, Superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway. “We want visitors to celebrate their own personal connections with this park and consider how this place will be available for future generations of visitors.”
Parkway visitors are also reminded to take time to carefully plan their visit. Considering its unique design, the Parkway drive is different than most and this can mean taking extra care to ensure a safe visit. Information is available to help plan a memorable and safe Parkway experience on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/blri, the real time road map site at www.nps.gov/maps/blri/road-closures/, in any Parkway visitor center, and by following Parkway social media sites with the handle @BlueRidgeNPS.
2016 Blue Ridge Parkway Spring Season Opening Schedule 
Milepost
Facility
Open Date
Notes:
CAMPGROUNDS (Open first come, first served with self-registration through May 14; Reservations available on recreation.gov starting May 15)
60.8
Otter Creek Campground
6-May
Full services available.
85.6
Peaks of Otter Campground
6-May
Full services available.
167.1
Rocky Knob Campground
6-May
Full services available.
239.2
Doughton Park Campground
6-May
RV loop and one tent camping loop open for season.
296.9
Price Park Campground
1-Apr
Self registration and Loop A only open April 1 – May. 5. After May 5, full services available.
316.4
Linville Falls Campground
1-Apr
Self registration until May 14. Full services available. Trout waters open 7:00 a.m. April 2.
339.5
Crabtree Falls Campground
6-May
RV loop and one tent camping loop open for season.
408.8
Mt. Pisgah Campground
6-May
Full services available.
CONCESSION FACILITIES
85.6
Peaks of Otter Lodge
 
Full services available; Sharp Top bus service begins May 7; and Peaks Country Store open April 9; visit peaksofotter.com for more information.
176.2
Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop
29-Apr
Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for more information.
258.7
Northwest Trading Post
16-Apr
Visit facebook.com/profile.php?id=531619223549658 for more information
294
Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Manor
15-Mar
Visit craftguild.org for more information. 
296.9
Price Park Boat Rental
1-Apr
Open Fri.-Sun. only through May 27; Open daily beginningMay 27. Visit wix.com/pricelakeboatrentals/blueridgeparkway for more information.
382.2
Folk Art Center
Open Year Round
Visit craftguild.org for more information. 
408.8
Pisgah Inn & Restaurant
1-Apr
Visit pisgahinn.com for more information.
PICNIC AREAS (Open Daily until sunset; Restrooms available at picnic areas)
8.5
Humpback Rocks Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
63.6
James River Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
85.6
Peaks of Otter Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
154.5
Smart View Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
120.4
Roanoke Mtn Picnic Area
15-Apr
Sunday Mtn. Music programs begin May 29, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
169
Rocky Knob Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
188.8
Groundhog Picnic Area 
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
217.5
Cumberland Knob Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
241.1
Doughton Park Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
271.9
Jeffress Park Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
296.4
Price Park Picnic Area
Open Year Round
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
316.4
Linville Falls Picnic Area
3-Apr
April 2 (12noon) – May 5, 2016 one loop open with comfort station; Full services for entire area available beginning May 5
340.2
Crabtree Falls Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
367.6
Craggy Gardens Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
407.8
Mt. Pisgah Picnic Area
15-Apr
Portable toilets available prior to May 5
VISITOR CONTACT STATIONS & AREAS OF INTEREST
6
Humpback Rocks Visitor Center
29-Apr
Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
6
Humpback Rocks Farm
13-May
Cabins open daily 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.; Weekend farmlife demonstrations
63.6
James River Visitor Center
6-May
Open Wed. – Sun. 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. weekdays; 9:00-5:00pm on weekends
85.6
Peaks of Otter Visitor Center
6-May
Open daily 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.
85.6
Nature Center
13-May
Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ( with 1 hour closure at 12:00 p.m.)
85.6
Johnson Farm
13-May
Open Thu. – Mon., 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
169
Rocky Knob Visitor Center
7-May
Open Sat.-Sun. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
176.2
Mabry Mill Cultural Site
7-May
Open 10am-4pm Sat.-Sun. only through May 22; Open daily beginning May 28; Weekly music begins May 29
213
Blue Ridge Music Center
7-May
Open 10am-5pm Thurs. – Mon. through May 23, with Mid-day Mountain Music available daily from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Open daily beginning May 26; Concert Season begins May 21, visit blueridgemusiccenter.org for more information.
238.5
Brinegar Cabin 
7-May
Open Sat. & Sun. only, 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. (including holidays); Special request programs may be available during the week by  calling 540-745-9680
294
Moses Cone Manor House
15-Apr
Open Fri-Sun 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; open daily beginning 4/29/2016.
304.4
Linn Cove Visitor Center
29-Apr
Open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
316.4
Linville Falls Visitor Center
29-Apr
Open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
330.9
North Carolina Museum of Minerals 
Open Year Round
Open daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
364.5
Craggy Gardens Visitor Center
15-Apr
Open 10am-4pm Fri. – Sun. through May 1; open daily beginning May 2; beginning May 22 open until 5:00pm
382.2
Folk Art Center, Visitor Information & Bookstore
Open Year Round
Open daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m./6:00 p.m.
384.5
Asheville Visitor Center
Open Year Round
Open daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
451.2
Waterrock Knob Visitor Center
29-Apr
Open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Soap-Making Workshop at Horne Creek Living Historical Farm

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments
PINNACLE, N.C. — Handmade soaps make wonderful gifts and add a touch of luxury to your bath. People who want to learn the basics to begin crafting their own natural soaps can get a crash course on the subject at Horne Creek Farm’s Soap-Making Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 28.
The course will be taught by Mary Colman, goat farmer and soap maker at Pinnacle Hills Goat Farm. She and her husband Brian started their farm almost eight years ago, with two Nigerian Dwarf Dairy goat doe kids and a Great Pyrenees puppy. She started making goat milk soap about a year later because she had many skin issues, particularly itching.
Colman’s very first batch was oatmeal honey goat milk soap, hand stirred for at least an hour. She explained, “It actually turned out really nice and from that first bar of soap I learned how good goat milk was for my skin. Did you know that goat’s milk has over 50 nutrients, minerals, acids and enzymes? Vitamins A, C, B1, B12 and E? Goat milk has a pH level similar to that of human skin. It is gentle and soothing and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth.”
Since that day, Colman has made thousands of bars of soap which she and her husband sell from their farm website www.pinnaclehillsgoatfarm.com. You can also find her and information on her products on Facebook.
She is active with the Surry County Farmers Market, serves on the market’s board and is a well-known vendor at the farmers markets in Elkin, Dobson and Mount Airy. Colman is also a fixture at events at Horne Creek Living Historical farm, often bringing along a goat or two to showcase their role in her products. Her soaps can be found for sale in the Horne Creek Farm gift shop year-round.
Making an easy two-vegetable oil soap the old-fashioned cold process way using distilled water, lye, and ingredients found in the grocery store, will be demonstrated in the workshop. At the end of class, all participants will take home a bar of soap and handouts on soap making. Class size limited to 10 people. Participants must be 16 and older and costs $20 per person, plus 7% sales tax ($21.40). Pre-registration is required. The class will be held in the visitor center at Horne Creek Farm 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For additional information and to enroll, please call (336) 325-2298. Horne Creek Farm is located at 308 Horne Creek Farm Rd., Pinnacle, N.C. It is within the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
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Surry Sonker Trail Showcases a Tasty Confection

Posted on: January 27th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

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Just Desserts: Surry Sonker Trail Showcases a Tasty Confection

North Carolina’s newest culinary trail showcases a heritage food passed down from generation to generation in Surry County.
The Surry Sonker Trail leads visitors to several places that serve sonker – a cobbler-esque dessert unique to the county. Seven trail stops offer this sweet confection on their regular menu. An additional stop is a pottery studio selling sonker baking dishes and sonker cookbooks.
So, what exactly is this authentic Southern delicacy?
Sonker is similar to a pot pie or cobbler. It comes about by blending fruit and unshaped dough that is sweetened with sugar, molasses, or other secret ingredients. Sonker is also similar to snowflakes in that no two are exactly alike.
“Everyone has their own recipe,” says Carolyn Carter of the Rockford General Store, “and I’ve never had a bad one.”
Sonker’s origins in the county date to the early 1800s. A common belief is it was made to stretch the usage of fruit in tough times, or as a way to utilize fruit toward the end of its ripeness.
A lot of places on the trail, including Rockford General Store, feature sonker that is baked; however, Loretta Flack of Roxxi & Lulu’s Bakery in Elkin has a different philosophy. Her grandmother taught her to cook a dumpling-style sonker in a pot on the stove.
“The dumplings sit on top of the fruit,” says Flack. “When you cut into the dumplings they are like a biscuit inside – fluffy and soft with the flavor of the fruit.”
Not far from Roxxi & Lulu’s Bakery in Elkin is Heaven’s Scent, a hometown bistro featuring a recipe handed down from Linda Darnell, mother of co-owner Jones Darnell.
“Our sonkers are all baked. They have a crust on top, and no crust on bottom,” says Heaven’s Scent co-owner Jeff Taylor. “We do not use a glaze. The butter itself gives it a bit of a glaze. Most people like our sweet potato sonker. That seems to be everyone’s favorite.”
In addition to Heaven’s Scent, Roxxi & Lulu’s Bakery and Rockford General Store, there are four other eateries on the trail. They are: The Living Room Coffeehouse in Pilot Mountain, Putters Patio & Grill in Dobson, Trio Restaurant in Mount Airy, and Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies in Mount Airy.
Another trail stop is Mayberry Pottery in Mount Airy, where visitors can purchase baking dishes and sonker cookbooks.
The most unusual sonker on the trail belongs to Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies. Owners Angela and Randy Shur are natives of Long Island, NY, and have bestowed a northern flavor on this tasty treat. They utilize a crumb-based crust, and drizzle a moonshine glaze over the crust.
“They tease us for being from the North, so I don’t call it a sonker,” says Angela Shur. “I call it a zonker because when you eat ours with moonshine, you go zonkers.”
The trail was created in early January by the Tourism Partnership of Surry County. It aims to spotlight a heritage food at a time when culinary trails are gaining in popularity.
“People travel now to find good food and this ties in nicely,” says Jessica Roberts of the tourism partnership. “We have visitors who have picked up the brochure and said, ‘Oh wow, that reminds me of what my grandmother baked,’ or ‘That reminds me of what my mother made for me when I was growing up.’ We’re getting a lot of good feedback from the trail already.”
That sentiment is echoed at the state level by Wit Tuttell, executive director of Visit NC.
“These unique trails bring the history and culture of the state to life through food,” Tuttell explains. “They showcase the diverse landscape of North Carolina by highlighting the customs and local foods that make a visit to our state so special.”
A brochure map has been created by the Tourism Partnership of Surry County to guide folks along the trail. It includes all the key info to enjoy a day or two along the trail.
The brochure map is available at no charge by calling (800) 948-0949, or by requesting a map online at: www.SonkerTrail.org. Also, you can “like” the Surry Sonker Trail on Facebook!

From left to right – Peach “Zonka” at Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies in Downtown Mount Airy, followed by Blackberry Sonker at Rockford General Store.

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From left to right – Peach Sonker (a stove-top version) from Roxxi & Lulu’s Bakery in Elkin, followed by Sweet Potato Sonker with Ice Cream from Putter’s in Dobson

Roxxi and Lulus                                      Putter's Patio and Grill

Newlywed Chateau at Jolo Winery & Vineyard

Posted on: January 5th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

This spacious overnight accommodation for two blends the charm of the Jolo Winery & Vineyard estate with a touch of romance and luxurious furnishings, to create a guest experience that simply cannot be duplicated. The chateau features one bedroom and one bathroom. The bedroom is beautifully-decorated with luxurious linens and a romantic Swarovski crystal chandelier. The bathroom has also been tastefully decorated with a state of the art shower, Swarovski crystal chandelier and top notch linens. There is a separate room for the toilet. There is also a wet bar area that includes a wine refrigerator, Keurig coffee maker, and sink.
Visit www.jolovineyards.com/estate/overnight-accommodations for more information.

Pilot Mountain State Park Hiking Trails

Posted on: July 5th, 2013 by 89and52 No Comments

Pilot Mountain State Park is 3,703 acres and is the perfect destination for sightseers, hikers and campers. The most popular trail is the Jomeokee Trail, an easy hike that circumnavigates the big pinnacle of Pilot Mountain. Another popular trail is the Little Pinnacle Overlook Trail, a small hike with moderate grade to the Little Pinnacle bluff, which provides an amazing view of the Big Pinnacle. While you are in Mount Airy, visit Pilot Mountain State Park Hiking Trails.

Cardinal Riding Academy

Posted on: July 5th, 2013 by 89and52 No Comments

Nestled on a gorgeous 300+ acre facility in the beautiful Foothills of North Carolina in the community of Westfield.
We work hard to provide quality care and instruction to both horse and rider.  Offering Hunter Jumper and Western riding lessons on proven school horses for children and adults of all skill levels.
Additionally, we offer miles and miles of trails  with gorgeous views. We have trailer hook-ups, overnight boarding and cabin rentals through Luna Farms onsite for your convenience.
Lovely boarding location with special individualized care for your horse!
We offer horse and pony camp throughout the year and during the Summer months.

Vintage Rose Wedding Estate and Inn

Posted on: June 25th, 2013 by 89and52 No Comments

Vintage Rose Wedding Estate and Inn is situated in downtown Pilot Mountain, 20 minutes from Downtown Mount Airy. This is the former Dr. Flippen’s Bed and Breakfast, with the same owners and many updates.

The Vintage Rose Inn offers five spacious suites to accommodate the wedding party, family members, or out-of-town guests in a warm but elegant atmosphere featuring heart pine floors, large Victorian sofas, heirloom rugs and primitive artwork. There is also a private cottage. Spacious air-conditioned suites offer hand carved mahogany beds, fine linens, breathtaking crystal chandeliers, and private baths with dressing areas. A gourmet breakfast is included, served in the dining room.

Vintage Rose offers a Grand Parlour built in 1907, with a private bridal suite and groom’s study. Original hardwood floors, bead board ceilings, ornate crown moldings and 8 original fireplaces exude elegant Victorian charm. The Grand Parlour offers indoor seating for 75 and is the perfect venue for rehearsal dinners, bridesmaids’ luncheons, a wedding brunch, and bridal or baby showers.

Built in the foothills area of North Carolina in 1896, the 100-seat Chapel is refurbished with an emphasis on maintaining the unique character and integrity of the era.
The Grand Parlour offers indoor seating for 75 and is the perfect venue for rehearsal dinners, bridesmaids’ luncheons, a wedding brunch, and bridal or baby showers.

The rose garden, featuring 150 heirloom roses, is the perfect setting for bridal portraits or engagement photos.