Category Archives: North Carolina

Hanging Rock State Park

Hanging Rock State Park sits in the Sauratown Mountains in Danbury, North Carolina. The nearly 7,000-acre park has more than 18 miles of hiking trails around Sauratown’s tallest peaks. These lead to outstanding vistas, cascading waterfalls, caves, and a 12-acre spring-fed lake. Cabins are available for rent and there are an abundance of picnic areas and campgrounds to enjoy the breathtaking landscape and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. So whether you’re an adventure-seeking enthusiast or you’re just looking for a quiet place to relax, you and your family or friends will find the perfect getaway.

Brushy Mountain Cyclist Club

The Brushy Mountain Cyclists Club is the club for all cyclists in Northwest North Carolina. This club promotes cycling in Wilkes and the Western portion of North Carolina through community awareness and club sponsored events while creating opportunities to ride for fun and fitness.   People of all ages and abilities come out to accept the challenge posed by the scenic and rugged terrain of the Blue Ridge foothills. If you are a cyclist lover in the North Carolina area then make sure to check out the Brushy Mountain Cyclist Club.

Yadkin Valley Wine Festival

Whether you enjoy drinking wine with every meal and know all the types or you just want to try something different than what you’re used to at home, the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival has a little something for everyone. With crafts, live music, and of course, wine tastings, this will be one festival that you won’t forget easily. In addition to wine, there will also be non-alcoholic beverages and food available for purchase, so children are more than welcome as well. Tickets in advance are $16 and tickets at the gate are $20. Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 21, from 11 am to 6 pm and bring your family to the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival. For more information, visit the wine website.

The History of Merlefest

If you enjoy listening to new music and attending festivals, then don’t miss out on Merlefest in Wilkes County, North Carolina. This festival was founded in 1988 in Memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College. The festival combines traditional and country with new country, a term Doc Watson called “traditional-plus”. Doc Watson himself described traditional plus as “the traditional music of the Appalachian region plus whatever other styles we were in the mood to play”. Don’t miss out on a great time and a unique experience! Visit the Merlefest website for a complete list of bands.

Serenity Stables

Serenity Stables is located in the quaint city of Shoals, North Carolina and is only a short horseback ride away from the Yadkin River Section of the Pilot Mountain State Park. Serenity Stables also offers a campground, which is equipped with picnic tables, fire pits, electricity, outhouses and stalls for your best friend. A log cabin is also available if you would rather be away from the hot summer heat. For more information, head on over to their website.

Stokes County Art Council Summer Camps

The Stokes County Art Council provides several different art activities to members of the community. If you’re looking for something fun and artistic for your children to participate in during the summer, look no further than the Summer Art Camps that the Stokes County Art Council offers. All of the camps are held at Mount Olive Elementary School and with so many different camps to choose from, your kids will be busy all summer! Some of the categories include a visual arts camp, where children will create visual art with recycle and reusable materials and a living storybook theatre camp, where children will put on a play. Each camp runs for one week. For more information, visit the Stokes’ County Art Council website.

New River Arts and Crafts

If you like home décor, paintings and photography, then you will love the New River Arts and Crafts shop. New River Arts and Crafts is an e-commerce website where you can find artistic works, quality crafts and home grown agricultural products for sale. If you want to experience North Carolina culture without leaving your house, you can go online and order some of these fantastic and unique crafts. The website features the creators, growers and producers who craft and grow these wonderful products. None of the products offered from New River Arts and Crafts are mass-produced; instead, each piece is hand crafted by locals who have been blessed with tremendous creative talent. To explore New River Arts and Crafts, visit its website and order some North Carolina culture.

Mount Airy’s WPAQ

Mount Airy, NC is famous for being the inspiration for the fictional community of Mayberry in The Andy Griffith Show. It is less known for bluegrass music, but bluegrass is equally at home in “Mayberry” as is Andy Griffith. Especially important in Mount Airy and in the bluegrass scene is WPAQ 740 AM, the “Voice of the Blue Ridge,” one of the only truly bluegrass and old-time music radio stations still broadcasting. It is one of the reasons Mount Airy has such a large bluegrass presence; the station helps to bring in fiddlers, pickers, bluegrass bands and jam sessions. The programming includes more than just traditional bluegrass, as it also plays bluegrass gospel music and has a bible hour. If you’re in the area, tune in to 740 AM. WPAQ is truly a cultural gem.

The Shore-Styers Mill Park

There is an undisturbed park embedding a cascading waterfall on North Deep Creek in Yadkin County, North Carolina. Numerous walking trails weave through the Shore-Styers Mill Park, which contains two gardens and steep hills sprinkled with ferns and mountain laurel. The powerful waterfall has been home to several mills in the past, including a sawmill, corn mill, and a flour mill.

Shore-Styers Mill Park is a haven for those looking for quiet, rustic hikes and pastoral views. It is comprised of 4.41 acres of forest along North Deep Creek and is located 4 miles east of Yadkinville between Shacktown Road and Old Highway 421.

For more information and a history of the mills along the creek, visit

Shelton Vineyards

The Shelton Vineyards boasts the title “The Premier Winery in the East.” It has also earned the title of the largest family owned winery in North Carolina. Located in Dobson, NC, the Shelton Winery includes a tasting bar, deli and cheese shop, and gift shop, as well as luscious scenery with picnicking spots. In the summer, concerts are shown on an outdoor stage.

The vineyards produce several wines, such as the esteemed Cabernet Sauvignon of Yadkin Valley, as well as Chardonnay, Merlot, and Riesling. If you enjoy wine, cheese, or fine food, the Shelton Vineyards and Winery are not to be missed.

See their business webpage