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Christmas Lights: A Holiday Tradition

Posted on: December 2nd, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

From elaborate walk-through and drive-through displays, to families decorating their homes with thousands of lights set to music, to our beautifully decorated downtowns and Main Streets, this area is known for our Christmas lights! Save this blog post, because we will update it with more Christmas light displays as we find out about them! Have you spotted any impressive lights? Send us any tips, including directions and details, to [email protected] and we will add it to the list!
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When looking for something to do this holiday season, check out what’s going on in the Yadkin Valley and take time to see the Christmas light displays in the surrounding area!

Festival of Lights at Tanglewood Park near Winston-Salem
One of the largest drive-through light displays in the southeast with thousands of lights and scenes, a holiday gift village (at the red barn, halfway through) with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, holiday crafts, wood workings, gifts, craftspeople, and more! Open Nov. 21 – Jan 3 from 6 to 11 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays are very popular, so expect extremely long lines and wait times. Mondays through Wednesdays experience lower visitation. Horse-drawn carriage rides and hayrides available at an extra cost. $15 for cars, vans, and trucks; $30 for commercial vans, limos, and mini-buses; $100 for motor coaches and large buses. Call for more information – 336-703-6400 or visit www.forsyth.cc/parks/tanglewood/fol
Tanglewood Park
4061 Clemmons Road
Clemmons, NC

High Country Lights at Felts Park in Galax, VA
Award-winning animated light show featuring thousands of LED lights choreographed to Christmas tunes. Free and open to the public. Nightly from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Thanksgiving through Jan. 2. Tune in to 96.5 FM while there to enjoy the music.
601 S. Main Street
Galax, Virginia

 

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The Brady Family Lights
Dozens of acres on a family farm in Pinnacle, creating a drive-through display with 500,000 lights, 150 inflatables, and 50 Christmas trees, as well as a cabin and barn.
View-able nightly. Free admission; donations accepted.
1778 Bradley Road
Pinnacle, NC

The Christmas Family Lights
25-foot tall Z-tree using 120 channels of LOR and 45,000 lights, 8 leaping arches, icicle lights, snowmen, reindeer, sleigh, nativity, and much more! Broadcast on 89.7 FM. Donations go to Mineral Spring Volunteer Fire Dept. Fill the Fire Truck Toy and Food Drive.
3420 Shiloah Church Road
Winston-Salem, NC

Tatum Family Christmas Lights
A synchronized Christmas light display operating on a FM transmitter to allow visitors to stop and listen to the music while watching the lights move.
3939 Ayers Orchard Road
Stuart, Virginia

Light Show
324 Old Westfield Road
Pilot Mountain, NC

Drive-Through Light Display
123 Birchwood Drive
Mount Airy, NC

Lights on Beasley
3406 Beasley School Road
Sandy Ridge, NC

Also, visit our beautiful downtowns and Main Streets in Surry County, including Historic Downtown Mount Airy, Pilot Mountain, Elkin, and Dobson!

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 [email protected]

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

Dew Drop Inn Mayberry

Posted on: December 2nd, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

The Dew Drop Inn Mayberry is a non-smoking two bedroom, two bathroom, living room, dining room and fully equipped kitchen 1200 sq ft home in Andy Griffith’s home town of Mount Airy, NC, known as Mayberry from the Andy Griffith Show.

Conveniently located just one mile from the North Carolina Granite Quarry. We are close to many Yadkin Valley vineyards, including Black Wolf Vineyards, Shelton Vineyards, Elk Run Vineyards and Old North State Winery. The Blue Ridge Parkway is just 10 miles away. Mount Airy is the birthplace of Andy Griffith. A stroll down Main Street in the Friendly City will remind people of the town of Mayberry. Fans of The Andy Griffith Show can visit Floyd’s City Barber Shop, Old Mayberry Jail, Andy Griffith Museum, Snappy Lunch and Andy’s childhood home.

Don’t want to cook? Enjoy some of the best eats around with local restaurants just minutes away. Riverside park and walking trail within walking distance. Relax in the living room with electric fireplace, large flat screen TV, or prop your feet up on the trunk and enjoy an afternoon nap after touring the town, shopping, taking in the brewery or wine tastings, WiFi and all your favorite Channels, flat screen TV’s in both bedrooms.  Sink up in comfortable queen sized beds with excellent linens and pillows. Heat pump and central air, ceiling fans in bedrooms keeps you comfortable year round. Outside patio for grilling and games.

Whether you are looking for a short get-away, extended stay or business, the Dew Drop Inn promises not to disappoint. Please let us know if you are celebrating a special event so we can make your stay extra special.

Be sure to visit the Facebook page for more photos, events and monthly specials. Visit the website at www.dewdropinnmayberry.com for reservations and more information!

Summer Fun in Mount Airy, NC – “Mountains, Music, Mayberry, Merlot”

Posted on: July 16th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

There is plenty of summer fun for the entire family in Mount Airy, North Carolina. This is also a perfect place for girlfriend getaways, family reunions, and romantic vacations!
There are many outdoor recreation opportunities in the cooler forests, our beautiful mountain streams & rivers, local swimming pools and parks, unique shopping, farmers markets, and so much more, you will always find something to do in this area!
Grab a picnic from one of our local markets, produce stands, or delis, and get ready for a summertime adventure in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Swimming
Reeves Community Center: Reeves Community Center is Surry County’s largest recreation center, located at 113 S. Renfro Street in Mount Airy. The facility offers day passes or week passes for visitors, who will receive full use of the facility, including the indoor and outdoor pools, state of the art gym/exercise equipment, and a variety of fitness classes. www.mountairy.org/138/Reeves-Community-Center

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Homeplace Recreational Park: Homeplace, located at 258 Homeplace Park Road in Ararat, NC, features Surry County’s largest pool, as well as a waterslide, separate diving area, a rope swing, and a sloped and carpeted child’s entry area. There is also a snack bar, a campground, miniature golf, picnic shelters, and more. www.homeplacepark.com

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Beechnut Park: Beechnut, located at 315 Beechnut Lane in Mount Airy, NC, offers a family campground, several pools, a zipline, a fishing pond, a snack bar, and more! The campground offers day passes. www.beechnutcampground.com

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Hanging Rock State Park: Hanging Rock State Park, located about 30 minutes away from Mount Airy in nearby Stokes County at 1790 Hanging Rock Park Road in Danbury, NC, features a swimming lake with lifeguards, as well as paddle boat and row boat rentals. The park also offers a campground, rental cabins, many trails, waterfalls, a cave, and more. www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/haro/main.php

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Fishing

With 4 rivers in Surry County, water recreation is part of life here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains! Pack up your fishing gear and a variety of fishing opportunities – stocked trout streams as well as stocked fishing ponds! If you forgot your fishing gear, don’t worry, we have several options, including Robby’s in Downtown Mount Airy!

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For river fishing, try the Ararat River Greenway Trail/Riverside Park in Mount Airy, only a few blocks away from downtown! The NC Wildlife Commission stocks it with trout and it is known as one of the best trout-fishing spots in the entire area. Also try fishing at Fisher River Park and on the Yadkin River in the Western part of Surry County. For pond fishing, check out Tumbling Rock Reservoir at Westwood Park in Mount Airy, which is stocked with catfish, bass, and more! Also, check out Big Elkin Creek in Elkin, NC. For more information about fishing opportunities, call 336-786-6116.

Canoeing/Kayaking

Surry County has 4 rivers running through our beautiful countryside, and all offer opportunities for fishing and canoeing. We are blessed with pristine streams and rivers nestled in rural settings, protected from development. These waterways run straight off of the Blue Ridge Mountains and feature pristine water conditions!  The Yadkin River, Surry’s largest, flows along the county’s southern border, while the Mitchell River meanders through western Surry, each offering spectacular unspoiled natural beauty. The Ararat River flows through Mount Airy, with an entry point at Riverside Park and a take-out at Tharrington Park. Paddling opportunities are ever-expanding, thanks due to ongoing stream-preservation and reclamation efforts. Call 336.401.8390 for more information.

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Swimming and tubing is recommended only for adults and children with adult supervision who are strong swimmers – river swimming is at your own risk!

Ararat River Greenway Trail at Riverside Park with multiple access points
850 Riverside Drive, Mount Airy, NC 27030
336-786-8313
Greenway Trail information – www.mountairy.org/142/Parks-Fields-Greenways

Kapps Mill Kayak Trips
690 Devotion Road
Thurmond, NC 28683
336-366-2509
[email protected]

Yadkin Valley River Adventures
Full-service outfitter with canoe, kayak, and fishing trips. Shuttle service and overnight trips available
Located across from Rockford General Store.
104 Old Rockford Road, Dobson, NC 27017 (call for directions or visit website..do not use GPS)
336-374-5318
www.yadkinriveradventures.com
[email protected]

Picnics

The sky is the limit with picnic options in this area – from your own homemade packed lunches, featuring local produce from our farmers markets or local produce stands, or call ahead for a box lunch prepared from a local deli! Take advantage of the grills offered at several rental shelters for large gatherings, or simply order take out from your favorite local restaurant and dine in the great outdoors at one of our many parks! Be sure to check out Mill Creek General Store, located at 541 W. Pine Street in Mount airy, who offer take-out or dine-in deli sandwiches and a wide variety of specialty foods and local items. The Mount Airy Farmers Market is held in the parking lot of Mill Creek General Store from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Tuesday, from May through October.

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After you pack your picnic basket, head to a local park, such as Pilot Mountain State Park, Riverside Park in Mount Airy, Westwood Park in Mount Airy, Fisher River Park and Dobson Square Park in Dobson, Stone Mountain State Park in the Elkin area, or drive up to the Blue Ridge Parkway, only 15-20 minutes from Downtown Mount Airy!

Country Drives
Take a drive out to Rockford General Store in the Dobson area, located on 574 Rockford Road. Don’t depend on GPS though – instead visit Rockford General Store’s website for specific directions! www.rockfordgeneralstore.com

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Rockford General Store opened in 1890 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in our former county seat of Rockford. They feature great food inside as well as antiques, hoop cheese, glass bottle drinks, old-fashioned candy, and more! Hot Dog and Hamburger Buns are baked FRESH every single day! They are also the site of the yearly Sweet Potato Festival and the Civil War Living History Weekend.

Surry Sonker Trail

“Sonker” is a delicious deep dish pie-style dessert that is unique to this area! Local historians can trace its roots back to the pioneer days when this area was first settled, and it may have Scottish or Irish origins. Until recently, this type of dessert was only found at family meals, church suppers, and grandma’s table, but now we have 7 restaurants/bakeries in Surry County serving up sonker on a daily basis! Take a trip on our country roads that connect our communities and eat dessert all along the way! Check out the website at www.sonkertrail.org for more information!

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More ideas for country drives:

Take a trip up the mountain on one of our scenic, winding “gap roads” with most ending either on or in the vicinity of the Blue Ridge Parkway! These roads include Piper’s Gap Road, Orchard Gap Road, and more!

Travel on 268 W from Pilot Mountain, through Dobson, to Elkin, for a nice drive through the countryside!

Take the scenic drive to Hanging Rock State Park in Stokes County by driving on Hwy 89 E from Mount Airy’s Bannertown community, instead of traveling the main roads!

And don’t forget the ICE CREAM!!!

Here in Downtown Mount Airy, we have multiple locations for delicious ice cream and ice cream treats, such as Hillbilly Ice Cream Parlor (next to Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies); Walker’s Soda Fountain for your favorite shakes, old-fashioned malts, and sundaes; Opie’s Candy Store; and more!

Also, don’t miss Scoops Ice Cream & Such off of Hwy 89 in the Lowgap/Beulah community just outside of Mount Airy. Scoops is a unique ice cream parlor in a refurbished camper van, owned by a metal artist who’s workshop is behind the parlor. There is a three-level deck system with water wheels and sculptures, as well as a sculpture garden and nature path in the forest next door! It is a lovely, hidden treasure in Surry County!

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For more information on Mount Airy, North Carolina, please visit our website at www.visitmayberry.com .

For more information on Surry County, North Carolina, including the cities of Mount Airy, Elkin, Pilot Mountain, and Dobson, visit the website at www.yadkinvalleync.com

Bee’s Bed and Breakfast

Posted on: July 10th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

Bee’s Bed and Breakfast is located in a historic Victorian home within walking distance of Downtown Mount Airy and the Mayberry attractions. Breakfast is included.
Circa 1880’s home with two rooms available; one room has adjoining room with twin beds for extra fee. Contact host for more information.
About the hosts:
“My husband, Charles, and I seem to be of the “Earthmother” variety. We have raised 3 boys, and survived. We bought an old Victorian house in downtown “Mayberry”. We very much enjoyed renovating and bringing this 1887 house back to life. We enjoy kayaking, biking & hiking along with getting together with the boys at our river property. Charles works in physical therapy and I have had a catering business for 15 years. We both love animals and have dogs and cats. (cats are outside). We also raise bees, hence the name, “Bee’s B&B.” We love to entertain and meet new people. We often spend evenings on the deck listening to bands that play at the local amphitheater, which luckily is right up the street.
We are happy to entertain guests, however, we are just as happy to make ourselves scarce if you prefer your privacy. Breakfast will be provided if you wish!”

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 [email protected]

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

[email protected]

 

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.

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.

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.