Mayberry and Merlot in the Yadkin Valley

Elkin, NC, USA

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Sep 18 - 19, 2019
Group size: 24 - 46
Mayberry and Merlot in the Yadkin Valley
Elkin, NC, USA

Patty
  • Email address verified
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90 reviews

$279
Deposit: $100
Sep 18 - 19, 2019
Group size: 24 - 46

About this trip

This mid-September overnight trip offers an exploration of North Carolina's small Yadkin and Surry County towns and wineries set in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Day One is our winery touring day. The region is known for the clay-loam soil, cooler climate and an elevation that lends itself to world class wines.  The trip includes tours and tastings at several wineries.  Tasting experiences include French and Italian Vinifera, French-American Hybrids and even fortified wines.  The wineries that have been selected will suit both the seasoned wine aficionado as well as those that want to learn the basics of wines.  A special treat is the Murder Mystery Dinner at Shadow Springs Vineyard with characters such as Inspector Merlot and Madam Bordeaux leading the cast!


The second day of the trip offers a visit to Mt Airy also known as everybody's favorite small town Mayberry.   Mt Airy may be small but it has a lot to do!  This is Andy Griffith's hometown and the Museum named for him offers a fun and nostalgic collection from the Andy Griffith Show, Matlock and more.  Additionally, you can learn about the lives of the famous Siamese twins, Chang and Eng Bunker,  who were residents of Mt Airy during your visit to the Museum.   A "Squad Car" tour is also an option.  Where else can you have a private tour in Barney's car?  This tour is for a party of 5 or less and is priced at $40 per carload.  Led by a "local" the tour is 45 minutes of Mayberry highlights such as Floyd's Barber Shop,  the Snappy Lunch and the world's largest open faced quarry.  


Simply strolling Main Street past famous landmarks such as the Historic Earle Theater along with browsing unique shops and antique malls is another way to enjoy time in Mt. Airy.   Care to try Sonker?  Several restaurants and bakeries in the town are on the Sonker Trail.  Sonker is a regional dish similar to cobbler.  Finally, if you are interested in tasting more wine, stop in the Olde North State Winery before we head eastward toward Compass Pointe.  


What’s included

  • Coach transportation
  • Wine tastings
  • Box lunch
    Lunch at Raylen Winery
  • Dinner
    Murder Mystery Dinner at Shadow Springs Vineyard
  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
    Overnight accommodations at the Fairfield Inn & Suites
  • Tax & gratuities
  • Snacks & Water
    Snacks and water on the bus
  • Guide services
    Guide services by Patty

Available Packages

Double package price
Available until Aug 21, 2019Sold Out

Are you and your friends interested in the optional Squad Car tour?  Since this is sold by the carload, ($40 for a carload of 5 passengers), send Patty an email at tripsbypatty@gmail.com for registration.  

Pay and register for the optional Andy Griffith Museum here on the website.  

$279
Deposit: $100
Single package
Available until Aug 21, 2019Sold Out

Are you and your friends interested in the optional Squad Car tour?  Since this is sold by the carload, ($40 for a carload of 5 passengers), send Patty an email at tripsbypatty@gmail.com for registration.  

Pay and register for the optional Andy Griffith Museum here on the website.  

$334

Available options

Andy Griffith Museum - price per person
$8
$279
Deposit: $100

Double package price
Past Trip

Itinerary

Mayberry and Merlot Trip
Overnight trip to the Yadkin Valley

Day One

8am - Depart Compass Pointe

Approx. noon - Lunch, tour and tasting at Raylen Vineyard & Winery

1:30pm - Travel west to second winery, Shadow Springs Vineyard and Windsor Run Cellars - tour and tasting

4:30pm -Check-in at hotel in Elkin

7pm- Murder Mystery Dinner at Shadow Springs Vineyard

Day Two 

9am - Depart hotel

9:45am - Arrive Mount Airy for a Meet & Greet from the Visitor Center

Spend the morning exploring on your own.  There are shops to explore, regional food to experience, museums to visit and even an optional Squad Car tour!  Lunch on own before boarding the bus for Compass Pointe.  Patty will provide a list of lunch options.  

2pm  Travel back east to the flat lands!  


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Patty
90 reviews
I love to travel so in my partially retired life I decided to adapt my passion for travel along with 25 years of experience in Travel & Tourism to create Trips by Patty. I received a BA in American History from UNC-Chapel Hill. Not knowing what I was going to do with that degree, I started working as a desk clerk at a hotel in Raleigh. I enjoyed the hotel business and the career path began. Hotel operations and sales, Convention Center operations and marketing, destination marketing with a Convention Visitors Bureau and even a stint as a tour guide. What happened to the history degree? Well, many times when I am escorting my trips I share the history of the destinations we visit. It's a great feeling to take your career skills and adapt them to your own small business. I love what I do and hope you'll join me on a trip one day!

Reviews

For me, there was not enough information given about the house and the man that built it. We spent the better part of two days in the bus traveling and only spent about two hours touring the house. And for me, but not my wife, there was way too much time allotted for shopping. I can appreciate those who enjoyed the Downton Abbey display, but I had not watched the tv show and would much rather spent time in the Biltmore house or on the grounds. I did get some information from photographs and writings on the wall of the hotel and from the lecture in the church in the village. But, with so much to learn, I did not think we allocated our time efficiently. Jim Gunther
By Jim Gunther for Christmas at Biltmore on Jan 13, 2020
We had a great time. Very organized and the lights were terrific.
This trip was alot of fun. Patty did a great job organizing this event. Looking forward to another trip in 2020.
This was a fun trip. We had a great time with friends and thoroughly enjoyed the experience at Mike's Farm. Patty did a great job organizing this trip for us!
A fun experience. We would definitely go again. The southern cooking was plentiful and delicious. We were excited to see a patriotic and religious light show. A great family outing.
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