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Kyoto in Mt. Airy

If you’re feeling like Japanese cuisine tonight and you’re worried about finding a good place in small Surry County, have no fear. Kyoto is an excellent place to satisfy your cravings at a reasonable price. While the cost is about a third less than bigger Japanese steakhouses, the quality of the food is just as grand, in reference to quality and portion size. Ranging from hibachi style meats (beef, steak, chicken), tempura battered seafood and veggies, and grilled seafood such as scallops or shrimp, Kyoto is sure to hit your sweet spot for a Japanese feast.


Speeding in Virginia

Speeding is a bad idea anywhere, but in the state of Virginia, speeding and speeding tickets are nothing to mess with. Virginia tourist towns for instance, can be particularly harsh. Virginia Beach was recently ranked sixth worst in the nation in terms of using speed traps. As of 2007, driving as little as 15 miles per hour over the speed limit on the interstate can put six points on your license. It is also considered reckless driving and you can pay a fine of up to $1,000 for each of the following three years after you receive your ticket. So whether you plan on taking a trip to the Old Dominion State or you’re just going to be passing through, repress the urge to fly through traffic. It’s not worth it.

Fisher River Park

Fisher River Park is located along the Fisher River in Surry County, North Carolina. The park is perfect for a family outing or just a fun place to go with your friends. It includes a variety of sports fields and courts that include soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, and basketball. There is also a paved walking trail, a challenging bike trail for the adventurous, playgrounds for the kids, and picnic shelters or those just looking to relax. Fisher River Park offers nearly everything you could want for a fun day outdoors.

Twenty One and Main Restaurant and Wine Bar

Nestled in the heart of historic Elkin, North Carolina is a truly spectacular location for fine dining. The building has two floors, the first being the restaurant itself, with a wine bar on the second. With a menu ranging from steak, to scallops, to pasta, or even fried artichokes for an appetizer, you’re sure to find something delicious. Twenty One and Main also offers a sampling of beers from around the world in their wine bar the first Tuesday of every month. If you plan on attending this event, make a reservation because they tend to fill up fast!

Patrick County Courthouse

The Patrick County Courthouse was built in 1859 and is located on Main Street in Stuart, Virginia. The Patrick County Courthouse was placed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Vietnam memorials are also located on the courthouse’s property. The building is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Gondola Italian Restaurant in Surry Co.

If you’re in Surry County looking for a place to eat delicious food that’s off the beaten path, look no further than Gondola in Mount Airy. This quaint little restaurant is a favorite among the locals who love good Italian cooking. Some of the most popular dishes at the restaurant are the Stromboli and pizza. The portions are also large so you get your fill and the prices are more than reasonable. An added bonus: everyone always gets a free dessert. What could be better than that? You can view a complete menu at

Rich Valley Fair and Horse Show

Every year around late July and early August, people from all over Southwest Virginia prepare their best steers, cattle, and horses for the rural event of the year: The Rich Valley Fair and Horse Show. The Show is a weeklong and includes many events, such as livestock shows, tractor driving contests, mule pulling competitions, music performances, and a number of other fun things. If you’re in the area and looking for some local, down-to-earth fun, head on over to the fair for a good time.