The Sanctuary at Williams Farm on Kerr Scott Lake, NC Area Info
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The Sanctuary at Williams Farm is located about 5 miles West of Wilkesboro on Highway 268. It is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains located between Asheville, Greensboro, Boone, and Charlotte, with quick access to Highway 421 & I-77.
Wilkes County has a population of about 65,000 people, with the town of Wilkesboro & North Wilkesboro having a combined population of about 8,000. From Wilkesboro, you can take day trips to the beach or go snow skiing in the mountains. With an average temperature of 77 degrees in July, it’s no wonder this region has become so popular.
Entertainment – Movie Theaters, Shopping Malls, walking and fitness trails at parks on Kerr Scott Lake, health clubs, museums, live theater, local college sporting events, and of course boating activities on the lake.
Medical Facilities - Wilkesboro Regional Medical Center is just a few miles away, as well as a variety of local clinics in the North Wilkesboro & Wilkesboro area.
Golf Courses – Many public and private golf courses, such as Stone Mountain Golf Club, Olde Beau Golf Club, Oakwoods County Club, and Rock Creek Country Club.
Dining - Over 40 Local and Nationwide Chain Restaurants in Wilkesboro, including local fine dining at 6th and Main Restaurant.
Wilkesboro – “Fun for the Whole Family” Activities
Bo’s Bodacious Family Entertainment - http://www.bosfamilyfun.com/ – Bo’s is a 45,000 square foot entertainment facility that was designed to give our guests the finest in family entertainment. We offer a full service restaurant, catering, banquet rooms, lounge, billiards, a large arcade, a 24 lane bowling center, private birthday rooms and soft play for younger children. We are in the entertainment business and we take FUN seriously!
White Oak Stables - http://www.wtrp.org/ - Wilkes Therapeutic Riding Program is a compassionate organization founded with the purpose of building character and confidence in challenged individuals of all ages.
Wilkes Family YMCA – http://www.ymcanwnc.org/ - From top-notch facilities to fun-filled events to character-building programs, we've got something for everyone. From toddlers to seniors and everywhere in between, you'll find plenty to do at your neighborhood YMCA.
Brushy Mountain Cyclist Club - http://www.bmcc.us/ - The Brushy Mountain Cyclists Club is the club for all cyclists in Northwest North Carolina. We're mountain bikers and road riders of all ages and abilities who love the challenge posed by the rugged and scenic terrain of the Blue Ridge foothills.
Leatherwood Mountain Resort – Kids Activities - http://www.leatherwoodmountains.com/kids_activities.htm - For our younger guests who haven’t discovered the value in an idle afternoon, there are many different activities located inside the gates of Leatherwood Mountains to fill the void. Encourage your children to explore the meadow. Catch minnows and crawdads in the creek, or hunt animal tracks along the bank. Whether on foot or by bicycle, Leatherwood’s meadow provides a safe environment for children to explore on their own. Older children might enjoy taking a hike into the foothills of the blue ridge. A leatherwood trail map can provide days of the most beautiful hiking one could ask for. Kids can also play tennis, swim in the pool, ride horses, fish and play basketball all within our resort! For fun outside the gates Elk Creek is a fun little float trip in a tube, or try your hand at catching some fish of the local variety.
Leatherwood Mountain Resort – Adult Activities - http://www.leatherwoodmountains.com/activities.htm Leatherwood Mountains is an exceptional area for a Blue Ridge Mountain vacation full of fun outdoor activities such as NC hiking and fishing. NC hiking along Brownie's Branch, fishing or fly fishing North Carolina's area creeks for rainbow trout or small-mouth bass, take a horseback riding lesson, wade in the small creek in the meadow, go for a picnic, take a dip in the pool or the big creek, smack a tennis ball, visit with the folks hanging out at the stables, stroll in the meadow, sit in a rocking chair on the porch and enjoy the fantastic view of the mountains fading into the distance. Come here to Relax and unwind.
Roaring River Canoe Rentals - http://www.roaringrivercanoe.com/ – Many exciting canoeing trips. No matter what trip you take, you will enjoy the abundance of wildlife and scenery. If you are a fisherman, small mouth, large mouth, red eyes and catfish are a few of the fish you may catch.
Stone Mountain State Park – http://www.ncsparks.net/ - Stone Mountain is not immediately visible upon entering the park that bears its name, but this magnificent 600-foot granite dome is well worth the wait. Sunlight and shadows dance across a broad tapestry of stone. White-tailed deer emerge from the security of the forest to graze on meadow grasses at the mountain's base. The scenery is only one attraction of the park. Test your fly-fishing techniques in more than 17 miles of designated trout waters. Or, with more than 16 miles of trails, take a hike in the park. Designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1975, Stone Mountain is bounded on the north by the Blue Ridge Parkway and on the west by the Thurmond Chatham Game Lands. More than 13,747 acres of mountain beauty offer opportunities for outdoor activities of all kinds.
Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Forest - http://www.dfr.state.nc.us/ - Welcome to Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Forest, a unique outdoors experience! Located in the rugged Blue Ridge Mountains this forest showcases magnificent mountain hardwoods in one of North Carolina's most scenic settings. Its features are accessible by a series of well-marked trails, accented by exhibits and displays depicting the ecology of the managed forest. At Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Forest, visitors can listen to the wind in the trees; or they can listen to the trees tell a story. The Talking Tree Trail features "talking trees," each with a recorded message about itself, its site, and the forest history. Also, actual forestry practices are explained on the Forest Demonstration Trail. Close to the start of the trail, a natural amphitheater is available for special sessions or groups.
Wilderness Lodge Canoe, Kayak, and Mountain Biking - http://www.ncwildernesslodge.com/ - Canoes, kayaks and mountain bikes are available to meet your recreation needs.
Yadkin River Greenway - http://www.yadkinrivergreenway.com/ - The Yadkin River Greenway is an off-road and on-road greenway system that will establish a network of linear open spaces to protect and link together valuable community resources throughout the Yadkin River Valley in North Wilkesboro, Wilkesboro, and Wilkes County. By using designated bicycle and pedestrian trails along the river, its tributaries, and the Historical Overmountain Victory Trail, Wilkes County citizens and visitors will enjoy this area's many natural, cultural, and recreational resources. There are many historic sites along the Reddies and Yadkin River that are not marked but are a significant part of the Wilkes County history. As part of the greenway development, several of the most famous historic and ecological kiosks, located along the trail will explain the significance of these sites.
Wilkesboro Area Festivals
Each year, Wilkes County hosts four major events - the MerleFest in the Spring, the Art & Heritage Festival in the Summer, and the Apple Festival and Wilkes Agricultural Fair in the Fall.
During the last weekend in April, Wilkes County rings with the sound of music from MerleFest, held on the grounds of the Wilkes Community College. If you like music, and particularly, bluegrass, country, celtic and cajun, this is the place for you. The event is for the whole family with live music and workshops from morning to night. Come drench yourself in the heritage of American music and enjoy the hospitality of Wilkes County.
Fall is in the air and so is the smell of freshly baked fried apple pies. On the first Saturday of October, join us for the annual Brushy Mountain Apple Festival, sponsored by the Brushy Mtn. Ruritan Club. It's held annually in downtown North Wilkesboro featuring crafts, food, entertainment and Brushy Mountain apples.
For more information, go to http://www.applefestival.net/
Brushy Mountain Ruritan Club
P.O. Box 129
Moravian Falls, NC 28654
Telephone : (336) 984-3022
Musical hosts - The Kruger Brothers are a Switzerland-based musical group, comprised of banjo player, Jens Kruger, guitarist Uwe Kruger, and bassist, Joel Landsberg. The festival name was borrowed from the song, Carolina in the Fall, written and performed by The Kruger Brothers. A family atmosphere - music festival! Enjoy workshops, children's area ''Petey's Place,'' music & craft vendors, food vendors.
Visit http://www.carolinainthefall.com/ to learn about the musicians, workshops, tickets and such! Or call us at (336) 667-5344.
Thanks to the North Wilkesboro Rotary Club, Wilkes County has an exceptional annual Agricultural Fair, where all members of the family can have a fun and educational outing. The Rotary Club works very closely with the Wilkes County Cooperative Extension Service to provide a variety of displays and exhibitions, which show the county's many natural resources. As a visitor, you will see varieties of livestock, canned goods, hand crafted quilts, and much more. Ribbons and cash awards will be presented to winners in these categories. Be sure to visit the Exhibition Hall and livestock area. The Rotary Club always provides a wide array of amusement park rides and games for all ages.
For more information contact the Rotary Club:
Telephone: (336) 667-8904
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
A Few of Wilkesboro Area Shopping
Belk - 1909 US Hwy 421 N. Wilkesboro, NC 28697-2290 (336) 838-5101
Better Homes Furniture - 527 East Main Street North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 838-2061
BIG TV's - 1108 West D Street North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 838-0000
Browse About Book Exchange - 818 Main Street North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 667-2665
City Florist & Gifts - 719 Main Street North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 838-5104
Cooks - 1402 Willow Lane • PO Box 966 North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 667-4121 Awesome selection of sporting goods, camping supplies, fine quality clothing, shoes, and home furnishings. Also offers day or weekend rentals on kayaks, mountain bikes, snowboards & skis. Located close to Yadkin River Greenway - great place to bike!
Crossroads Harley-Davidson & Buell - 1921 US Hwy 421 Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 667-1003
Diversified Interiors & Accessories - 4391-B US Hwy 421 W • Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 973-3005 Provides a wonderful "One of a Kind" selection of Home, Office, and Church accessories. We specialize in Austin Sculpture and have a floral designer for all floral, wreaths, and greenery needs.
Dragon Alley Comics and Collectibles - 821 Main Street North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 667-8910
English Cottage - 106 East Main Street Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 927-5535 Antiques, collectables, and desirables
Four Oaks Wine - 310 9th Street North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 667-9463
Goin' Postal - 1802 US Hwy 421 Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 903-4926 offers packing/shipping services with all major shippers available. Plus - fax, copy, mailbox rentals, printing, greeting cards, custom photographic gift items.
Hallmark – Quick Frame - 823 Main Street North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 336) 667-2870 Offers custom framing, a large selection of hallmark cards, gifts, sports fans' team gear and more.
Heritage Heirlooms - 104 West Main Street Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 838-4266 our store offers a fine selection of antique period furniture, glassware, china, prints, pottery, stoneware, and rare vintage jewelry.
Ivy Ridge Traditions - 813 Main Street North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 667-4556 we specialize in fine gifts, as well as accents for home and garden.
J.R. Preister’s Clothiers - 903 Main Street North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 838-2531
JC Penney - 1909 US Hwy 421 N Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 667-1134
Lowe's Home Improvement – Hwy 421 Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 658-1000
Maurices - 1819 US Highway 421 Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 667-8187 Maurices caters to those young women with a 20-something attitude. We offer the latest in hot fashions, whether you're searching for that perfect dress or eye-catching casual weekend wear.
Melody Stores - 101 Sixth Street North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 667-5802 The Kimberly Room provides adequate meeting space for a group of 80-100. Stores inside offer: doll, trinket & trading card collectibles, beauty supplies and salon, sign shop, music and books, lingerie, ladies jewelry & apparel, and a restaurant.
Mother Earth Foods & Spirits - 102 East Main Street Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 667-4383 Mother Earth is the largest health food store in Wilkes County. Offers a full line of vitamins, herbs, and groceries - including organics. Plus a wine room containing over 350 wines and 85 beers. Monthly wine tastings.
Next Level Café - 831 Main Street North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 667-0561 Next Level Cafe provides console and PC gaming, cash prizes tournaments, LAN, parties, internet cafe, copy, printing, notary, birthday parties, computers, game console repair.
Pipedreams - 102 E. Main Street Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 838-5600
Rent-A-Center - 1811 US Hwy 421 Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 667-0495
RW Dillon's Jewelry - 913 Main Street, Ste. B North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 838-3440
Southern Candle - 915 Cherry Street North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 We manufacture over 100 different ''high'' quality scented candles.
The Vintage Home - 107 West Main Street Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 903-4932 Vintage Furniture- old and new, glass, china, garden gifts, home decor, bath and body.
Wal-Mart - 1834 Winkler Street Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 667-7691
Wilkes Antique Mall & Emporium - 125 West Main Street Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 667-9898 Treasures, treats and sweets. Antiques, collectibles, gift items by Yankee Candle and Long Graphics plus fresh homemade fudge.
Wilkes Family Pharmacy - 1300-A Westwood Lane Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 667-9347
Wilkesboro Area Arts and The Theater
The Walker Center - http://www.walkercenteronline.org/ - The Walker Center is a modern, state of the art meeting and entertainment center on the campus of Wilkes Community College. Our mission is to serve as an activities hub, providing quality meeting and entertainment facilities for the use and enrichment of students, individuals, businesses, the community, and the public that it serves. To accomplish this, The Walker Center presents year-round programming of cultural entertainment that promotes intellectual growth to all who attend. Recent shows include The Osmond Brothers, Rich Little, Rhonda Vincent, Justin David, and Tony Orlando.
Wilkes Playmakers - http://www.wilkesplaymakers.com/ - Wilkes Playmakers is an independent, non-profit community theater company dedicated to the cultural enhancement of the children, adults and senior citizens of Wilkes County through theater. Recent plays include: Tom Dooley: A Wilkes County Legend, The Secret Garden, Peter Pan - The Musical, The Outsiders, A Little House Christmas, Holiday Memories, Disney’s delightful musical Aladdin, The Gift of the Magi, and The Last Leaf.
Patriots Theater - http://www.patriotstheater.com/ – Bring the whole family and discover the American Heritage through drama, music and dance.
Wilkesboro Area – Schools and After-School Programs
Wilkesboro Schools - Wilkesboro Schools are a progressive and nurturing community where all stakeholders engage with students in the continuing pursuit of academic excellence. Our mission is to empower our students with skills, knowledge, and strength of character, enabling them to become good decision makers and lifelong learners.
Wilkesboro Elementary - http://www.wilkes.k12.nc.us/wilkesboro/default.htm
Central Wilkes Middle School - http://www.wilkes.k12.nc.us/cwms
Wilkes Central High School - http://www.wilkes.k12.nc.us/central
Montessori Learning Center of Wilkes - http://www.wilkesmontessori.com/ - The mission of the Montessori Foundation is: to nurture, inspire, and support the development of strong, successful Montessori schools around the world, and to help to build an international Montessori community of joyful, loving young people and adults, working together to build a world in which kindness, compassion, sanity, and peace can finally blossom. Non-profit, pre-school and kindergarten that offers half and full day programs using the Montessori method.
Wilkes Community College - http://www.wilkescc.edu/ - As a public institution, Wilkes Community College is committed to providing comprehensive education and educational support services. As a member of the North Carolina Community College System, the college seeks to enhance intellectual, economic, cultural, and social development through a variety of means, by providing quality education, training and retraining for the workforce, including basic skills education, occupational, technical, and pre-baccalaureate programs; support for economic development through services to business and industry, both public and private; and a variety of services, cultural activities, and recreational opportunities that improve the quality of life.
Appalachian State University - http://www.appstate.edu/ - Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina, Appalachian State University has built a national reputation for providing outstanding academics. With a student/faculty ratio of 17:1, faculty members are able to take a personal interest in student progress, often becoming mentors, advisers, and friends - even tennis partners. That can only happen in a close-knit community. Nestled at the base of Howard Knob, the university is located in downtown Boone, NC (year-round pop. 15,000), a small town which thrives as one of the Southeast's premier tourism and outdoor recreation destinations. The nearby Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest provide a beautiful natural setting with unlimited possibilities for outdoor adventure.
Herring Ridge – Camp Harrison - http://www.herringridge.org/ - Camp Harrison is a co-ed resident camp for boys and girls ages 7-17. A place where values are acquired, environmental stewardship is taught, self environmental stewardship is taught, self reliance and sportsmanship learned, interpersonal skills developed, and character and confidence built. It is founded on Christian values and structured to help boys and girls grow in spirit, mind, and body. Camp Harrison introduces children to an exciting approach to summer camping. Campers will have the opportunity to explore and gain an appreciation of the environment while also participating in traditional summer camp activities on both land and water. One week sessions offer program variety and quality. Individualized instruction is standard with a 1:4 staff to camper ratio that permits personal attention.
Smart Start – http://www.wilkessmartstart.com/ - Wilkes Smart Start is a nationally recognized and award-winning early childhood initiative. This organization is designed to ensure that young children enter school healthy and ready to succeed.
Tiffany’s Place - http://www.tiffanysplace.net/ - Tiffany's Place is a youth center located in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Their objective is to provide a safe, disciplined environment for middle school and high school students of Wilkes County on weekends and weekdays (Summer). Activities at Tiffany's Place include karaoke, concerts, dance machines, computers, big screen TV, Xbox and Playstation games, singing competitions, pool tournaments, and much, much more!
Studio 68 for Dance and Performing Arts - http://www.studio-68.com/ – Our goal is to inspire excellence in our students by providing a quality dance education in a happy, safe environment. Through classes, performances, and individual attention, students are given the opportunity to follow their own dreams, whether to dance competitively or just for fun. All students benefit from the professional atmosphere provided at Studio 68 and will grow and improve, not only as dancers, but as people.
Tonya's Academy of Dance - http://www.tonyasacademy.com/ - Dance is an incredible extra-curricular activity for students to develop grace, poise, and self confidence. It is also a great and fun way of involving children in a physical fitness program. It is the mission of Tonya’s to provide a professional dance education program while developing a positive relationship with the student that will last a lifetime.
A Few of Wilkesboro Area Restaurants
Amalfi's Italian Restaurant - 1919-G Hwy 421 Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 838-3188
Big Bobs Getaway - 713 Cherry Street N. Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 838-1977 - Big Bob's Getaway is a full service restaurant and bar featuring steaks, wings, seafood, and sandwiches. We also have all you can eat shrimp on Thursday nights. Karaoke entertainment also.
Bojangles - 3009 N. NC Hwy 16 Millers Creek, NC 28651 (336) 838-4203
Bojangles - NC Hwy 268 East North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 838-9004
Branciforte's Brick Oven - 810 Main Street North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 838-1110 - Authentic Italian restaurant serving brick oven pizza, pasta and gelato.
Brushy Mountain Smokehouse & Creamery - 201 Wilkesboro Blvd • PO Box 999 Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 667-9464 - Full service restaurant and Ice Creamery specializing in homemade ice cream, wings, pork BBQ, ribs, and smoked chicken.
Coffee House - 419 Brushy Mountain Road Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 838-7373
Domino's Pizza - 100 Sixth Street North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 838-7777
Dooley's Grill & Tavern - 102 East Main Street Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 667-0800 - A unique blend of homemade foods and great atmosphere. Providing the largest selection of beer, wine and liquor in the county. Family friendly environment.
E & J Restaurant, - 313 Wilkesboro Avenue North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 838-8112 - Serves full breakfast and the best cheeseburgers and hot dogs in town. For dessert enjoy ice cream, shakes, and sundaes.
Fine Friends Café - 101 6th Street, Ste. 4 North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 838-3331
Fire Mountain – Family Style Buffet - 1917 US Hwy 421 E Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 838-7926
Hardee's - 1901 Addison Ave. Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 667-4344
Key City Grille - 211 10th Street North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 667-7878 - An exquisite fine dining restaurant in Historic Downtown North Wilkesboro, offering unique entrees with influences from the USA, (New England, South Eastern and Southern cuisine), including European, South Pacific, and Asian Cuisines, plus a full service bar including wines from all over the world, a large beer selection, and cordials to cap off the perfect evening.
McDonald’s - 1608 Second Street North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 667-8524
McDonald’s - 1838 Winkler Street Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 667-7401
Papa John's Pizza - 1512 Mall Square Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 838-7272
Pizza Hut - 1204 School Street Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 667-2023
Pizza Hut - 78 Sparta Road North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 667-5775
Saddlebrook Grill & Canteena - 476 Meadow Road Ferguson, NC 28624 (336) 973-5706
Sagebrush Steakhouse & Saloon - 1302 Collegiate Drive Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 838-2122
Sixth & Main - 210 Sixth Street North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 903-1166 - This fine dining restaurant offers a unique blend of gourmet dishes, wine and atmosphere set in a quaint home located on 6th Street in downtown North Wilkesboro. Also features full service bar.
Subway of Wilkesboro - 1826 Winkler Street Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 838-7782
Sunny Italy - Italian Restaurant - Box 477 Old Quarry Road North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 696-2034
Takobe Japanese Steakhouse - 1206 River Street Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 667-8887 - Seafood and steak house specializing in Japanese cuisine. Chefs prepare meal in front of customers.
Talia Espresso - 809 Main Street, Ste. 42 North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 838-0111 - Talia Espresso is a bistro style coffee house featuring hot and cold gourmet lattés, coffees and espresso drinks. We use Organic/Fair Trade coffees from all over the world. Serving throughout the day homemade quiche, spinach pie, breads, salads, delicious panini sandwiches and more. Fresh cookies, cheesecakes and various other desserts finish off your experience at Talia. Outdoor patio dining and Wireless Internet to our customers. Downstairs large seating parties and catering available.
Tipton's Bar-B-Que – North Carolina Style of BBQ - 1840 Winkler Street • PO Box 410 Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 667-0669
Tory Oak Restaurant - 102 East Main Street Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 903-8679 - Victorian-style Tory Oak Room. Casual Elegance. Victorian bar featuring a large collection of beer and wine. Serving steaks, chicken, seafood, and pasta, prepared to your delight. Perfect for a romantic evening or a night with friends. Private rooms available for small or large parties or business meetings.
Village Inn Pizza Parlor - West Park medical Center N. Wilkesboro, NC 28659 (336) 667-1912
Wendy's - 1301 Collegiate Drive Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 667-1712
Wendy's - 316 2nd Street North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 - (336) 838-1105
Wilkesboro Area Wineries
The Vineyards of Swan Creek enjoy a unique climate and soil composition conducive to the production of vinifera wine grapes. The foothills of two mighty mountain ranges – the Brushys and the Blue Ridge - kick up cooling breezes that dance down through the Swan Creek region. The rising mists from the distant Yadkin River’s flow frames our beautiful locale. The weathering of these noble mountains over the millennia has left Swan Creek with a fertile schist-like soil, composed of rich minerals that feed and nourish outstanding vinifera wine grapes. The Vineyards of Swan Creek offer both French and Italian wine varieties along with a few unique local blends. Follow the purple and green grape cluster signs to our beautiful vineyards; enjoy award-winning wines, magnificent mountains views, quiet country life and friendly wine people. We await your visit with colorful brochures and trail directions in hand, along with a bounty of information about Yadkin Valley wineries, events, festivals, restaurants, inns and places of interest. The four local wineries include: Laurel Gray Vineyards, Buck Shoals Vineyards, Raffaldini Winery, and Shadow Springs Vineyards.
Laurel Gray Vineyards - http://www.laurelgray.com/ - Southern hospitality with a touch of elegance is how many people describe Laurel Gray Vineyards. This family-owned and operated winery produces only estate-grown French wines. Located in the Swan Creek region of the Yadkin Valley, the Myer’s family has loved and nurtured this land for 10 generations. Laurel Gray’s tasting room and gift shop was once a milking parlor for dairy cattle in the 1930’s. In 2000, Benny and Kim Myers, along with their two children Ashley Laurel and Taylor Gray, undertook the task of restoring original farm buildings while establishing quality driven vineyards. A beautiful covered back patio and herb garden overlook a spring-fed pond, vineyards, and a new 10,000 case winery that is reminiscent of a large horse stable. Old-timey gliders and rockers beckon you to relax on the tasting room’s spacious front porch, sip some wine, and breathe in the delicious scent of abundant seasonal flowers and Jackson-Perkins Tea Roses. Take an educational tour in our manicured vineyards and learn how award-winning wine begins in the field. ESTATE GROWN WINES - Varietals: Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Pinot Gris - Blends: Scarlet Mountain (Merlot, Cabernet Franc), Sultry (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah), Rose’ 1773 (Stainless Chardonnay, Viognier, and Syrah)
Buck Shoals Vineyards - http://www.buckshoalsvineyard.com/ - Going back five generations! Buck Shoals Vineyards rolls across farmland that has been in the Crater family for five generations. The legacy of the name comes from Buck Shoals Creek, which meanders about two miles from the vineyard and runs alongside Crater Road. This creek was the home of Buck Shoals Mill, circa 1890, where grain and corn were stone ground by a water powered wheel and converted to flour, cornmeal and feed. The mill was built and run until the 1950's. The wooden mill was razed in the 1960's with only the dam, sluice and rock foundations remaining. Owned by Terry and Joanne Crater, Buck Shoals Vineyard produces wines of the Bordeaux variety, growing eleven varieties but specializing in the Italian reds. Buck Shoals Vineyard has expanded to include a distillery (a copper pot still) which will make brandies and some other spirits. The final Amarones (the raisin wine) are being developed with plans to also do a honey wine. The elevation of 1150 feet and soil type at Buck Shoals is similar to many wine growing areas in Italy. You are welcome to pick and enjoy table grapes as you stroll along the path from the log cabin tasting room facility to the observation gazebo with its view of the Brushy Mountains facility. The vineyard manager is Marty Crater, providing another set of hands to aid Joanne in vineyard and tasting room operations, while Terry provides farming expertise and overall management of the business and winery. E.R. Crater, Jr. and his wife of 60 years, Edna, provide a watchful eye and moral support. Local volunteer help is always welcomed. WINES AVAILABLE Varietals: Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Chardonnay - Blends: Rocco Red, Vito’s Pride, Shoals Creek Red, Bryan’s Legacy, Shoals Creek White Buck Shoals also produces the “standards” wines such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Syrah.
Raffaldini Winery - http://www.raffaldini.com/ - Chianti in the Carolinas! Step into our sunny Italian tasting room, where life is celebrated with good wine, friends, family and food. A visit to Raffaldini Vineyards is a not-to-be-missed experience. Stroll down the flowered pathways by the fishponds, through the rhododendron and rose dells, to arrive on the expansive deck in front of our Tuscan tasting room, all the while inhaling the breathtaking view of the Blue Ridge Mountain range that cradles the vineyard. Beauty also grows inside: A gallery of rare Raffaldini paintings and sculptures welcomes you upon entering the tasting room. The Raffaldini family’s rich heritage is displayed throughout the tasting room. Our new two story villa, featuring both an upstairs and downstairs tasting room, an expanded Italian deli food case, balconies, piazza-style outdoor area and a breathtaking view of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. We grow 40+ acres of Italian vinifera wine grapes on our 100 acre estate. After a long and exhaustive search for land that would reflect the experience learned over centuries, Raffaldini Vineyards was established on Swan Creek land because the mountain soil and breezy climate produce grapes expressive of their sense of place, grapes carefully selected and hand-sorted throughout the growing season and again at harvest. This labor-intensive viticulture combined with skillful winemaking results in fine handcrafted Italian wines. The Raffaldini family motto "Audentes Fortuna Iuvat" means "Fortune Favors the Daring.” The Latin phrase originated from Virgil’s ‘Aeneid’, written during the reign of Julius Caesar. For over 650 years, the Raffaldini Family has owned and continues to live on the farm where Virgil spent his youth, in Mantua, Italy. Fortune has favored the family as they have watched the Yadkin Valley grow and develop into a major destination point for residents and tourists alike. The founding members of Raffaldini Vineyards also live part-time on vineyard property and enjoy overlooking the valley of vines in the Swan Creek region of our state. We welcome your visit! So, pack a picnic and enjoy our Italian wines as they should be—with food, friends, and family! Homemade crusty Italian bread and assorted Italian cheeses are currently available on weekends for dining al fresco on our expansive deck or in our scenic picnic areas. Live music and recorded Italian love songs float through the vines on festival afternoons, satisfying all of the senses at Raffaldini Vineyards. We are open year-round and every month we celebrate at Raffaldini. Join us for our wine release events featuring contemporary Italian music, opera, folk and jazz. Or visit when our 750+ rose bushes are blooming under a canopy of native Italian flora. "Buon Viaggio!" For further information about Raffaldini Vineyards, visit the website http://www.raffaldini.com/. WINES AVAILABLE Varietals: Pinot Grigio, Vermentino, Sangiovese Riserva, Montepulciano. Blends: Fiori (white blend), Bella Misto (Tuscan red blend), Chiara (semi-dry Rose).
Shadow Springs Vineyard - website: http://www.shadowspringsvineyard.com/ - Shadow Springs Vineyard is family owned and operated by Chuck and Jamey Johnson. Our vineyard got its name from the spring fed creek that splits the vineyard shadowed by large trees. This creates a very peaceful setting. The vineyard is a wonderful place to enjoy a day in the country with a great bottle of wine. We feel very fortunate to be raising grapes on this 50 acre farm. The soil is rich and the climate is right for growing wine grapes. In fact, you can adopt a piece of this lifestyle by adopting one of the grape vines. We will have a program that will allow you to choose and adopt a vine. We currently have close to 7,000 to pick from! Our tasting room will overlook the vineyard and a 2 ½ acre lake. Current plans include ample space and state of the art technology for parties, receptions and business meetings. To follow our progress visit our website http://www.shadowspringsvineyard.com/. WINES AVAILABLE Varietals: Chardonnay, Viognier, Seyval Blanc, Merlot, Cab Franc - Blends: “Shadow Mist”, “Crimson Sunset”, “Fanciful” Sparkling Wine