Wine, Whiskey, Mystery and More

      Elkin, NC, USA

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      352 reviews
      Jun 15 - 16, 2023
      Group size: 35 - 45
      Wine, Whiskey, Mystery and More
      Elkin, NC, USA

      • Email address verified
      352 reviews

      Jun 15 - 16, 2023
      Group size: 35 - 45

      About this trip


      This overnight trip is an educational and entertaining journey as we experience the variety of wine, whiskey, mead and spirit offerings in the rolling Piedmont hills of North Carolina. We meet the entrepreneurs who have transformed neglected lands, buildings and even an old prison into successful award winning businesses.    Featured stops include Starlight Mead in Pittsboro for an exploration of mead (wine made from honey). Maybe you’ve heard of mead from literature (Beowulf, Shakespeare, Harry Potter…) but you will discover it offers much more than just the preconceived sweet taste.  The stop at Windsor Run Cellars takes us to the middle of what once was the bootleg capital of the country.  Here, we learn about the differences in wines from spirits, what does "proof" mean and all kinds of interesting "spirited" trivia to make you really smart at cocktail parties!  We cap off the day with a Murder Mystery Dinner at Shadow Springs Vineyard, offering not only delicious wines and a gorgeous mountain range view but also a hysterical "who done it".   The trip home on Day Two, introduces us to Southern Grace Distillery aka the Whiskey Prison.  This is such a unique experience as we learn about the history of this retired, 1929 prison campus as well as the creation of award winning Conviction Bourbon. The method for aging the bourbon will surprise you!

      Lunches and Dinner

      As we get closer to departure date, you will receive an email with lunch selections for your choosing.  On Day One we will have a box style lunch at Starrlight Mead.  You will be able to choose a sandwich type accompanied with chips, cookie and bottled water.  

      Day Two lunch will be a more robust box selection offered at 73 & Main in Mount Pleasant following our tour at the Southern Grace Whiskey Prison.  Choices will include a 73 & Main Burger; Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich; Crab Cake Sandwich or Mixed Greens Salad Topped w/ Grilled Chicken.   Food allergy substitutions can be made for both lunches.  

      The Murder Mystery Dinner will be buffet style with a complimentary glass of wine. The menu will also be emailed closer to the trip date.   A cash bar will be available too.  

      What’s included

      • Transportation
        On a luxury 56 passenger coach
      • Accommodations
        Fairfield Inn & Suites in Elkin
      • Meals
        Breakfast at the hotel, 2 lunches and dinner included
      • Tours
        Tours at Windsor Run Cellars and Southern Grace Distillery
      • Tastings
        Tastings at Starrlight Mead, Windsor Run Cellars, Shadow Springs Vineyards and Southern Grace Distillery
      • Snacks & Water
        Available on the bus
      • Trip host
        The trip is guided and coordinated by Patty

      Available Packages

      Double occupancy - 1 King Bed
      Double occupancy -2 queen beds
      Single Occupancy


      Two day/one night trip
      Wine, Whiskey, Mystery and More

      DAY ONE

      8:30am - Depart Compass Pointe

      Approx. 11:30am -Tasting followed by box lunch at Starrlight Mead

      Approx. 3pm - Check-in at hotel in Elkin

      Following check-in, make short trip to Windsor Run Cellars for tour & tasting.  After our time at Windsor Run Cellars,  Shadow Springs Vineyards is just around a country block for our Murder Mystery Dinner evening.  

      DAY TWO

      9am - Departure for Southern Grace Distillery

      Approx. 10:30 - Tour and tasting

      12:30pm - Lunch at 73 & Main

      Approx. 1:30pm - Departure for Leland

      5pm - Arrive at Compass Pointe

      Your Organizer

      352 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!


      Super trip! Patty and her bus driver Donny are wonderful! Patty always gives us a great time with snacks on the way, water bottles throughout the day to keep us hydrated. The homes, gardens and historic sites we saw were well worth it. A great day trip. Be sure to see Beaufort, NC.
      By Alice T for Old Homes Tour and More on Jul 04, 2024
      We had a great time! Donny was the best bus driver and Patty was an awesome event organizer! Hope to go on another fabulous bus trip soon!
      By Diana P for Old Homes Tour and More on Jul 01, 2024
      Patty always runs a first class trip. Luxury coach, snack and water; rest area stops on longer trips. Patty provides tons of information in advance on the trip itself and area. Always enjoy her trips!
      By Susan S for Old Homes Tour and More on Jun 30, 2024
      We had a wonderful time. Met some great people from other communities and enjoyed the bus ride, as well as the accommodations, tours and eateries. Patty is a great host with lots of helpful advice, attention to our needs, and tips for travel. We look forward to another trip with Patty in the future!! Deb & Mark Delekto
      By Debra D for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on Jun 19, 2024
      We had a great time. This is my 6th trip with Patty. Another great job!
      By Elaine D for Lion King The Musical on Jun 17, 2024
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