Mayberry, Merlot and More!

Elkin, NC, USA

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Patty
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Jun 10 - 11, 2020
Group size: 30 - 46
Mayberry, Merlot and More!
Elkin, NC, USA

Patty
  • Facebook verified
98 reviews

$286
Deposit: $100
Jun 10 - 11, 2020
Group size: 30 - 46

About this trip

The long days of June offer the perfect time for late afternoon tastings and toasts at wineries set in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains.   We begin this trip with the "more" mentioned in the trip title of Mayberry, Merlot and More when we stop en route in the small town of Star and visit StarWorks which is an arts centered work community and gallery located in a restored sock factory building.  We enjoy lunch and a tour of this economic development success story in rural North Carolina.   Following lunch the journey continues westward to North Carolina's Wine Country.  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 see so we begin the day with a bus tour of Andy Griffith's hometown narrated by a local.  Tour highlights include Floyd's Barber Shop, Wally's Service Station, Andy Griffith's home,  the Snappy Lunch and the world's largest open faced quarry.  

 

There will also be time on your own for exploring town.   Perhaps a visit to the Andy Griffith Museum, the Historic Earle Theater or browsing unique shops and antique malls?   Care to try Sonker?  Several restaurants and bakeries in 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 back to Coastal North Carolina.  


What’s included

  • Coach transportation
  • Wine tastings
    3 wine tastings and souvenir glasses
  • Lunch
    Lunch at StarWorks
  • Dinner
    Murder Mystery Dinner at Shadow Springs Vineyard
  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
    Fairfield Inn in Elkin
  • Tax & gratuities
  • Snacks & Water
    Snacks and water on the bus
  • Tour Director
    Tour guided and coordinated by Patty
  • Guided Tour
    Guided bus tour of Mt. Airy
  • Lunch
    Lunch in Mt. Airy is on your own. Restaurant options will be provided

Available Packages

Double package per person price
Available until Apr 20, 2020
$286
Deposit: $100
Single per person package price
Available until Apr 20, 2020
$360
Deposit: $100
$286
Deposit: $100

Double package per person price

Itinerary

2 Day/1 night Trip
Mayberry, Merlot and More!

Day One 

Morning departure locations are available at the Steinmart in Wilmington, Villages of Brunswick Forest and Lowes Foods in the St. James/Oak Island area. 

Lunch at StarWorks

Hotel check-in followed by three winery visits and Murder Mystery Dinner.  


Day Two 

Morning guided bus tour of Mt. Airy

Afternoon time on own for exploring the town

2pm departure back to Coastal NC


Look for complete itinerary details 3 weeks prior to departure.  


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Patty
98 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

It was a great trip. Patty designed our travel so there were three hours at the mall, plenty of time to have lunch as well as shop. Patty is a great hostess, offering water and snacks during the bus ride. I look forward to my next trip by Patty.
MF
We had a wonderful time.....love traveling with Patty......Can't wait for our next adventure. Thank you Patty and crew, Maureen
A wonderful shopping trip. I always have a great time on Trips by Patti. And I will continue to take her trips.
We all had a wonderful time, even with the rain. The tours were very interesting, especially the Gullah tour, which was very eye opening. I lived in the area for three years and had no clue about the history of Beaufort. Patty is a GEM!
My husband and I enjoyed Beaufort SC. We met great people on the bus trip, laughed a lot, enjoyed dining at local restaurants, and learned some History. The accomodations were comfortable and a great location close to Downtown Beaufort. Patty always is well organized an ensures her travelers are happy, comfortable, and are enjoying the traveling experience.
By Vicky Carey for The Story of Beaufort, SC on Mar 06, 2020
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