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With over 70 local wineries and vineyards to enjoy, there’s nothing to wine about during a fun-filled getaway to Elkin, NC

If you thought you had to book a flight to the West Coast to sip your way through vineyards, think again. Just over a two-hour drive west down I-40, Elkin is known as “the best kept secret in North Carolina”—and for good reason.

As part of the Yadkin Valley wine country (North Carolina’s first federally approved American Viticultural Area), the small town boasts more than 70 (!) nearby vineyards—clearly enough for a vino-hopping vacay—that showcase the fruits of our region and reflect the area’s particular microclimate.

And you won’t be limited to the state’s standard muscadine and scuppernong varietals as you taste your way through diverse award-winning grapes (that recognition, a nod to the viticulture and research of several local winemakers). And beyond the palate-pleasing accolades and flavor, your inner sommelier in training can get tipsy on knowledge, as Yadkin Valley’s intimate wine-tasting rooms also offer the opp to get schooled on the winemaking process and the land’s rich history. That, plus plenty of unique experiences (think petting zoo) and eats (reservation-only brick-oven pizzas) to boot.

Between sips and vineyard tours, uncork some adventure among Elkin’s abundant outdoor activities (its location along the Yadkin River yields ops galore), eateries (downhome restaurants and breweries abound), and entertainment (think shopping, live music and fests). But no matter your Elkin destination, it’s all about the journey in “the best little town in NC.”

DO

Stone Mountain State Park
Just 20 miles outside of Elkin sits the massive granite dome that is Stone Mountain (you can’t miss it!) with recreation ops aplenty (hey, camping, fishing, horseback riding, picnicking and hiking!) across 18-plus miles of trails, more than 20 miles of designated trout waters and a 90-site campground. Permitted climbers can even scale the towering 600-foot granite face overlooking the restored 19th century Hutchinson Homestead mountain farm. ncparks.gov

Rocky Forest River Run
Soak up some sun as you float or paddle down the Yadkin Valley River via kayak, tube or canoe rentals from this local outfitter. Experienced kayakers are encouraged to challenge themselves to fitness kayaking (paddling upstream). Yippie kayak indeed. rockyforestriverrun.com

Carter Falls
They say not to go chasing waterfalls… but this one is worth it. Carter Falls is a hidden gem accessible by a moderate 1/2-mile trail through an old-growth forest on Big Elkin Creek. And, come summer, bring your bathing suit—you won’t be able to resist taking a dip in the swimming hole on a hot day. yadkinvalleync.com

Stone Mountain State Park

EAT

Southern on Main
A homey vibe and homestyle meals welcome all to this upscale Southern eatery in the heart of Elkin, where traditional dishes like shrimp and grits, fried chicken, and bread pudding (a must!) are served with a side of authentic Southern hospitality. southernonmain.com

John Boy’s BBQ & Seafood
It’s nothing fancy, but boy is the food delicious. Stop in this old-timey joint for breakfast (the biscuit sandwiches are to-die-for!) or lunch (try the famous chopped barbecue sandwich, popcorn shrimp or flounder). Or make time for both—we guarantee it’s worth more than just one visit. facebook.com/johnboysbbqelkin

Creamy Dayz
After feeling the calorie burn all day from adventuring (or sipping), #TreatYourself to a hand-dipped ice cream cone at this Elkin mainstay. Don’t pass on the housemade waffle cone! Also not to be overlooked are the homemade hot and fresh doughnuts covered in sprinkles, crushed Fruity Pebbles, Oreos and even bacon. facebook.com/creamydayz

Creamy Dayz

DRINK

Adagio Vineyards
Adagio’s (a musical term meaning “slowly with passion”) award-winning vinos are grown and made with love on 7 acres of gorgeous land in the Yadkin Valley. Ever apt, each of its bottles are named after musical terms depicting origin, composition or sensory characteristics. So, they’re like music to your taste buds… adagiovineyards.com

Elkin Creek Vineyard
Come for the wine; stay for the pizza. Every Sunday, Elkin Creek Vineyard prepares made-to-order brick oven pizzas—but they sell out quickly; so reserve a dough ball in advance, and, while you wait for it to cook, enjoy a wine tasting. elkincreekvineyard.com

Skull Camp Brewing
Get the best of both worlds at Skull Camp, serving up both canned wines and craft beers made with local ingredients whenever possible. And when hunger strikes, visit Skull Camp’s taproom and smokehouse next door for wings, burgers, peel-and-eat shrimp, and other fab pub fare. skullcampbrewing.com

Elkin Creek Vineyard

STAY

Ridenour Ranch
Alpaca your bags for a one-of-a-kind stay at this alpaca farm located right outside of Elkin. Two properties—a four-person antebellum farmhouse and a one-bedroom “barndominium”—are perfect for animal and nature lovers looking for a peaceful night’s sleep (mind the alpaca noises!). ridenourranch.com

Slightly Askew House
There’s nothing askew about lodging at a winery—um, right in line with our #goals actually. The stuff of our dreams, Slightly Askew’s luxury vacation house features four bedrooms, a large deck and a hot tub—all just steps from a glass of wine anytime you’d like. Book it! slightlyaskewwines.com

Maggy’s Place
Located in the refurbished Elkin & Alleghany Railroad Office on Main Street, this charming Airbnb is right around the corner from downtown’s best restaurants, shops, entertainment and trails. And for romance… the parlour, kitchenette and fenced-in patio area add up to the perfect romantic getaway. airbnb.com/rooms/24205357

Ridenour Ranch

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