Posts Tagged ‘Surry County’

Herrera Vineyards

Posted on: June 30th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

Herrera Vineyards is family owned and operated, nestled quietly in the small town of Dobson, NC in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With more than 140 acres of property, our estate offers a little of everything. Sprawling vineyards, rolling rivers, immaculate tasting room and a pristine landscaped façade provide the ultimate relaxation experience. Herrera also has an on-site restaurant serving lunch and dinner as well as a bar with wine and beer available. The 75-foot double level patio offers a space for relaxation with a bottle of wine or a nice meal.
Herrera Vineyards prides itself on the tradition of cultivating, harvesting and producing premium wines from fruit grown exclusively on Herrera properties. With a wide variety of dry, semi sweets and sweets, we provide award winners that cater to every wine connoisseur’s preferences. Influenced by culture and heritage, Herrera Vineyards introduced the first bottled Red Sangria from the Yadkin Valley in 2012 with much acclaim. 2013 will bring forward new selections from this specialty line as we continue to develop our signature Sangria in both red and white varieties. It is our pleasure to invite you to join us for tastings, tours and tradition. We await your arrival at our home away from home.

Bienvenido a nuestra familia.

Island Stream Rental

Posted on: June 23rd, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

Would you like to get away for a few days, a week, or even longer? Head to Island Stream Rental – this is the place for you – located at 108 Island Stream Lane in Mount Airy, NC, just outside the city limits. This is a brand new, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in a very private location, completely furnished with everything you need. Linens are provided. The home is located within 2 miles of I-74, I-77, and Hwy 52 and only 7-10 minutes from Downtown Mount Airy and 20-30 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

No pets or smoking allowed.

Amenities include a flat screen tv, high speed wi-fi, charcoal grill, and a washer & dryer.

Rates are $125 per night with a minimum of 2 nights. If you would like to stay longer, call to discuss rates per week or per month.

336-401-3286 or 336-719-0231 or email tabbyco.@yahoo.com

Mountain View Cottage

Posted on: June 11th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments
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
Washer/Dryer
Wi-Fi
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

normanls@windstream.net

 

Riverbank Trail Farm

Posted on: April 24th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

Riverbank Trail Farm is located on 75 acres along the beautiful Dan River. It has 3 floors with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The main floor features a large, vaulted ceiling living room with fireplace, remodeled kitchen, dining room, and master bedroom and bath. The main floor opens to a large deck which overlooks green pastures and the Dan River. Just outside the back door, walk the mile-long trail along the river and enjoy tubing, kayaking, or fly-fishing for stocked trout. On the first floor, your family will enjoy the play room equipped with a regulation Ping-Pong table, darts, and various board and card games.
Your family can enjoy fishing along the mile-long river frontage. The river is stocked with trout March – July.
Tubing, kayaking, swimming, fishing, hiking, and mountain biking can all be done right on the 75 acre property. The home comes with 4 large tubes as well as two kayaks. A John Deer Gator is available for a nominal fee.

In the home is Dish Network satellite television with 2 large flat screens and Blu-Ray DVD players. No wifi or internet is available. A landline phone with unlimited long distance in the continental US is available.

The property is available for events and weddings!

Per-night pricing varies from $199 to $250 per night and the home sleeps up to 9, but can accommodate up to 11 with roll-away beds. A guest fee of $25 per person will apply if there are more than 6 people staying in the home.

The home is located about 20 minutes from Downtown Mount Airy and only a few minutes from Hanging Rock State Park!

There is a no pet policy, but small, crated dogs will be considered.

http://www.vrbo.com/695274

 

Royall Homeplace

Posted on: March 15th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

Charming turn of the century Victorian house located within walking distance of historic downtown Elkin and minutes from the center of the Yadkin Valley wine country.
Enjoy the charm of a classically constructed original home built for Elkin’s first doctor. Sit a spell on the large, inviting wraparound porch and imagine yourself transported back to the early 1900’s.
Enter the house to a lovely mix of antiques and modern conveniences. On the main floor is a parlor, formal living and dining rooms, kitchen and family room. The bedroom and bathroom (en suite) on main floor has a large walk-in shower, styled with subway tile. The second floor landing leads to two bedrooms with queen beds, a sitting room with twin bed, and a large full bathroom (complete with towel warmer.)
The porch is a perfect setting to relax after a day of exploring nearby Stone Mountain, Civil War trails, vineyards and antique stores. Visitors seeking more active adventures can raft the Yadkin River or zipline across a local winery.

Surry Old-Time Fiddlers Convention Attracts all Ages March 27-28

Posted on: March 6th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

DOBSON, N.C. – Whether young or old, all it takes is a love of heritage music to enjoy the sixth annual Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention, March 27-28 in Dobson.
The event is held at Surry Community College and celebrates Surry County’s stature as a center of the old time musical genre.
Convention highlights include a Friday night dance with three bands, a Saturday full of jam sessions, individual competitions on stringed instruments (youth and adult), and band competitions (youth and adults), plus multiple workshops Saturday led by expert artists renowned in the world of old time music.
One of the most interesting aspects is the amount of youngsters who excel at this time-honored way of playing music.
“When we began the Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention, the desire was to make sure we were documenting and sharing this style of music,” says Buck Buckner of the convention committee. “What’s great is how many young people have embraced it. They’re coming out and showing an interest so that it will continue in the future.”
Buckner is fond of Friday night’s dance because it replicates the traditional way in which folks in the region gather for music, dancing and fellowship. This year’s Friday bands are: Round Peak Ramblers, Slate Mountain Ramblers and the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters.
Cake walks are a popular aspect of Friday’s festivities. Entry fee is $1 and participants walk around a circle of numbers. When the music stops, a number is drawn and the person standing on the winning number receives a home-made cake.
Youth and adult competitions fill the day Saturday, along with the workshops. This year’s workshops will be led by the following experts: Steve Kilby of Independence, Va. (guitar workshop); Debbie Gitlin of Winston-Salem (fiddle workshop); Mac Traynham of Willis, Va. (banjo workshop); and Samantha Wilhelmi of Mount Airy (traditional dance workshop).
Saturday’s activities also include a youth dance competition and luthier displays.
Admission is $5 daily, with children 12 and under admitted at no charge. Saturday’s contestants also get in free. Hours are 7-11 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. Saturday. For info on the Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention, call 877- 999-8390 or visit: www.surryoldtime.com.
For lodging info, go to: www.YadkinValleyNC.com.

Heart & Soul Bed and Breakfast

Posted on: January 28th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments
Heart n Soul Bed and Breakfast, built in 1901, is formally known as the William E. Merritt House.  It features 5 suites: Pleasant Valley, Coventry, Stafford, Crystal Coast and Mount Airy. Each room represents the places the innkeepers have called home.  Heart and Soul Bed and Breakfast is located in the heart of Mount Airy’s Historic district. The home is walking distance to downtown shops, restaurants, and shows. The Bed and Breakfast is open year round. The home is also available for weddings, receptions, and other special events.
The home is considered a reflection of the colonial revival era. This two-story home has a brick exterior with 18-inch thick walls, supplied by Mr. Merritt’s brickyard. It has a two and half story bay in the front, with a wrap-around porch. The house features granite string courses and window trim from the North Carolina Granite Corporation in Mount Airy, North Carolina. The house is 4500 square feet and features original hardwood floors and built in wood furnishings.
Romantic and Special Occasions packages available. Call for details.

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.

Christmas Tour of Homes – Dec. 6 & 7

Posted on: November 18th, 2014 by 89and52 No Comments

The Mount Airy Restoration Foundation presents the Christmas Tour of Homes on Saturday, December 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. The homes may be visited in any order, on either day or both days.
Tickets are $15 each and are available at the Mount Airy Visitors Center, located at 200 N. Main Street in Downtown Mount Airy (on the corner of Moore Ave. and N. Main St, with the antique clock on the corner of our granite building). Tickets must be presented at each home on the tour.

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