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THE ROUTE TO ASHEVILLE, NC

A couple interesting stops

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Hi;

Leaving Williamsburg we traveled in a southwesterly direction out of Virginia into North Carolina enjoying the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains along the way. We stopped in a small town just west of Durham, NC. Named Mebane (pronounced meben) by the locals with a southern drawl. After getting settled at the campground we drove into town not knowing what to expect. To our pleasant surprise we found that the downtown area had been restored with the old storefronts occupied with boutiques, antique shops, salons, and restaurants. We googled for restaurants and found an eclectic establishment in the downtown which proved to be a gem. Our little waitress was a southern delight and had only been on the job for a week. Our meals were superb and the wine inexpensive, but good.

The next day our destination was Elkin, NC in western North Carolina wine country. The direct route to Asheville is I-40 from Raleigh-Durham so this detour took us about 60 miles north of I-40. Friends and our next door neighbors in FL have a daughter and son-in-law who operate Elkin Creek Winery there. When visiting Joe & Sherry in Bethesda, MD last week we told them of our intent to visit the winery in Elkin. The campground we chose to stay at was within a couple miles of the winery. It is located in a hilly setting with vineyards and old rustic buildings which have been modernized on the interiors. Their tasting room was charming with huge beam construction and vaulted ceilings. They have converted the out-buildings into luxury rooms and they cater to weddings and parties held in a separate building. Joe & Sherry's daughter was a delight to meet. Filled with youthful enthusiasm (she's in her 30's) the couple works together, he the vintner, she the hostess and operations manager. Our detour was well worth the 120 mile round-trip. Oh, yes. We bought 1/2 case of our favorites from the tasting!

Our next stop will be Asheville with a visit to America's largest home, The Biltmore. More on that later...........................

Dick

Posted by dixter 05:12 Archived in USA Tagged the road to asheville

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