New Life for an Old Mill Town in Rural North Carolina

A grassroots co-op turns small individual investments into bigger returns.   BY MELODY WARNICKMAR 6, 2019 The invitations, hundreds of them, had been sent. Ads were running on the radio and in the Elkin Tribune. And still 57-year-old Jeff Eidson wasn’t sure whether anyone would come to the March 2017 launch of Explore Elkin. At […]

Love Letter to My Hometown

McRitchie Winery and Ciderworks

    McRitchie Winery and Ciderworks provides a beautiful view, friendly service, and superb wines. We were warmly greeted upon walking in the door and we felt as if we could stay for hours. They offer wines from sweet whites to dry reds and of course our favorite, their signature semi-sweet Hard Apple Cider wine. […]

Jones von Drehle

  Jones von Drehle is an experience like no other. When approaching the vineyard, the view is astonishing. As you enter the building, you are filled with awe at the elegance of the tasting room. Such friendly service is present, and you can simply relax while tasting the outstanding wine. A tour of the winery […]

Elkin Antiques and Collectibles

Elkin Antiques and Collectibles is a place that offers an experience like no other. It includes a great variety of items that you don’t see every day. As I walked through the doors, I was struck with amazement at the vast assortment of items. It is a very colorful store, and is easily accessible with […]

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Elkin, NC

Wow! This is a awesome place to stay. When you walk in the doors you realize you are not just at any hotel. The vibrant colors, friendly staff & a great feel. There are so many things to enjoy here at the Fairfield Inn & Suites. There is a mineral pool and hot tub, a great workout room, breakfast like no other, relaxing patio where you can chill with your friends, family or just by yourself with snacks, soda, beer or wines (from local wineries). The rooms are large and the beds well you need to try it out for yourself. […]

Slightly Askey Winery, Elkin, NC

Not your typical winery. There are 19 great wines to pick from. You have whites, reds, sweets, dry, semi dry and fun merchandise that is hard to pass up. My fun experience started unexpectedly. I just wanted to stop in and take a video and what do you know, I am tasting the wine. I will briefly go over them with you because, well they crack me up. Now before I begin the names are funny which make great gifts but the wine is so good. Also these wines are made from kits which are sold […]

Yadkin Valley General Store, Elkin, NC

Yadkin Valley General Store 302 E Main Street – Elkin, NC – 336-835-1426 Yadkin Valley General Store is a Pennsylvania Dutch style bulk food store (divided into smaller portions). Come in and enjoy our old-fashioned country store atmosphere! Phillip, the owner, will answer all your questions, give you cooking tips and makes you feel welcomed. Some items you will find: Whole Grains, Spices, Amish Deli Cheeses, Trail Mix, […]

Blue Ridge Chocolates, Elkin, NC

One great find in Historic Downtown Elkin is a yummy Chocolate Shop.  Located at 225 W Main Street you will see the blue awning welcoming you in. Once I stepped inside I knew that I wouldn’t leave empty handed.  Every piece of gourmet chocolate was laid out so beautifully and there is a wonderful assortment […]

Antique Mall of the Foothills – Jonesville, NC

Antique malls are rather like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get. Some antique malls are dirty and poorly lit, some are craft shops disguised as antique dealers, and some have the same pawed-over and over-priced merchandise that they had five years ago. Fortunately for the thousands of would-be […]