DSG's North Carolina Golf Vacation: More from the Yadkin Valley
Since the vacation is over and I'm back at work, I'll settle for sharing with you the highlights of the final two days spent enjoying the first-rate golf, tasty wine and breath-taking scenery of this great destination in northern North Carolina.
After a restful night in the Cabins at White Sulphur Springs, we made the short drive to downtown Mount Airy for breakfast at Barney's Cafe.
Mount Airy is the birthplace the late actor Andy Griffith, who used it at the model for Mayberry, the fictional town that was home to Sheriff Andy Taylor (Griffith), deputy Barney Fife (Don Knotts) and all the characters who became viewer favorites in the classic 1960s comedy series bearing Griffith's name.
Which carries me to this rave about the value offered in the Yadkin Valley Golf and Wine Experience stay-and-play packages. Check them out at www.yadkinvalleygolf.com.
For two rounds of golf, two wine tastings and two nights lodging, the current prices range of $207 to $296 is off-the-charts outstanding.
Back to the particulars of Days Two and Three of our stay in the Yadkin Valley.
The round at Cross Creek was followed by another visit to downtown Mount Airy that included a stop at Old North State Winery.
In the evening, we divided our time between stops at Round Peak Vineyards on the outskirts of Mount Airy and JOLO Winery and Vineyards in Pilot Mountain.
Round Peak is owned by Mayfield Village native Ken Gulaian and his wife Kari Heerdt. They bought the winery, complete with a beautiful view of Skull Camp Mountain, in 2008. They're doing brisk business for their wines and craft beers.
JOLO opened April 15 and is the newest addition to the burgeoning winery scene in the Yadkin Valley, in particular, and North Carolina, in general. Owners J.W. Ray and his wife, Kristin, see to every detail including the operation of End Posts restaurant.
The elevation changes on the back nine at Olde Beau are amazing.
- Take advantage of the stay-and-pay packages offer by Yadkin Valley Golf. The prices cannot be beat.
- Be prepared to do some driving to get to the golf courses and wineries. Our traveling times from the Cabins at White Sulphur Springs ranged from five minutes (to downtown Mount Airy) to one hour (Olde Beau). I suspect you'll experience a similar range of driving times using the other four choices of lodging offered in the packages.
- Be meticulous about getting directions to the various venues.
Round Peak Vineyards
765 Round Peak Church Rd., Mount Airy, NC 27030
JOLO Winery and Vineyards
219 Jolo Winery Lane, Pilot Mountain, NC 27041
Old North State Winery
308 North Main Street
Mt. Airy, NC 27030
Cross Creek Country Club
1129 Greenhill Rd., Mount. Airy, NC 27030
Olde Beau Golf and Country Club
729 Olde Beau Blvd., Roaring Gap, NC 28668
205 North Main St., Mt. Airy, NC 27030
Yadkin Valley Golf
121 Hamby Rd., Suite 318
Dobson, NC 27017
Surry County Tourism Development Authority