June 7, 2019
Wake up to Vineyard Views at Numerous Yadkin Valley Wineries
A perk of visiting Yadkin Valley wine country is staying in the vineyards. Several wineries along the Surry County Wine Trail offer lodging on property. Whether you’re looking for a romantic hideaway for two or a larger option for a group, there’s a spot for you.
May 18, 2019
Map Your Way to Outdoor Adventure in North Carolina Wine Country
The Four Rivers Outdoor Adventure Map – available both in print and online – highlights paddling, cycling, fishing and hiking options in a place that is quite geographically diverse. Surry County is home to the iconic Pilot Mountain, four rivers, rolling foothills, higher elevation mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
March 21, 2019
Award-Winning Projects Greet Visitors to Elkin & Mount Airy
The restored building now grabs attention on Elkin’s West Main Street with an art deco façade that makes use of the theater’s original blue exterior panels.
Feb. 22, 2019
Craft Beer on Tap in Yadkin Valley
Although NC's Yadkin Valley is wine country, there are nice options for lovers of craft beer. Within the past few years several breweries have bubbled up in the small towns of Surry County, serving excellent beers in interesting environments.
Jan. 22, 2019
Mayberry Squad Car Tours are a Popular Pastime in Mount Airy
Each patrol car holds up to five riders at a time, plus the driver, who serves as a tour guide. Longtime guides enjoy watching people’s faces light up as they see landmarks reminding them of their favorite scenes from The Andy Griffith Show.
Jan. 1, 2019
Four Great Places for a Destination Wedding in Yadkin Valley
The rolling hills of Surry County in North Carolina's Yadkin Valley wine country create a beautiful setting to say, “I do.”
Dec. 6, 2018
Going for Gold: JOLO Winery Celebrates Award-Winning Year
The winery, located in Pilot Mountain with a frame-worthy view of its namesake peak, enjoyed an award-winning year in 2018, bringing home a trove of gold medals, as well as Best of Show in Sonoma.
Sept. 18, 2018
Pair Yadkin Valley Wines with Fall Color this Autumn
Fall is particularly beautiful time to visit Surry County and the Yadkin Valley. Many of the wineries are framed by a backdrop of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Aug. 16, 2018
Ethan Brown Brings Winemaking Full Circle at Shelton Vineyards
Nearly two decades after they invested heavily in the winemaking program at Surry Community College, Ed and Charlie Shelton hired winemaker Ethan Brown, a graduate of the college’s Shelton-Badgett NC Center for Viticulture and Enology.
Aug. 3, 2018
Mingle with Nature at Minglewood Farm & Nature Preserve
An environmental educator joined the staff in late July to align student visits with the curriculums for Surry, Stokes and Forsyth county schools.
July 24, 2018
Early Mornings & Hard Work Equal Continued Success at NC’s First Organic Vineyard
“When we went to Germany and Italy, we thought we’d learn some neat tricks and find something we could do different, but it turns out they make wine exactly the same way we do,” Pat says, laughing.
June 20, 2018
Dobson's Splash Pad is the Hot Spot to Cool Off this Summer
Dobson Square Park also includes a playground, which recently received a new swing set; picnic shelters; an amphitheater; a walking trail; and restrooms.