Glenn and I enjoyed traveling the rural back roads of North Carolina for a couple of days earlier this week. We meandered from Morganton to Wilkesboro, with a very useful stop at Brushy Mountain Bee Farm to stock up on jars and bee gear. The place was buzzing with bee enthusiasts, their bee stories and exchange of experiences.
Then we selected a few vineyards on the Yadkin Valley Wine Trail to visit and sample their vintages. One of our favorite stops was a visit to Olde Mill Winery and Vineyard, a family run and owned business. Beautiful place, great people , good wine and a commitment to quality.
We had not made reservations, and asked at one of the wineries for a recommendation. Chip, of Vintage Inn, happened to be there and let us know they had a room available, and the Inn’s guests who he was taking on a tour of the wineries, gave a glowing recommendation. We loved it. Chip and Sandy were great, and they are close friends with our own local Applewood B&B owners, Nancy and Larry. Fun connections.
On our final day, we enjoyed several hours at the Horne Creek Living Historical Farm in Pinnacle, North Carolina. Lisa Turney, the site manager, was extremely generous with her time and gave us a tour of the home and farm, providing us with thoughtful insights, history and answering our many questions. It was interesting to learn more about a Piedmont farm in the early 1900’s and compare that to our mountain farms, everything from the difference in the tobacco process to seeing a fruit/vegetable drying shed for the first time.
They have also started a Southern Heritage Apple Orchard, which we plan to visit again. We are currently enjoying the book by Creighton Lee Calhoun, Jr., Old Southern Apples: A Comprehensive History and Description of Varieties for Collectors, Growers, and Fruit Enthusiasts.
I highly recommend a visit to the farm which can easily be combined with hiking and camping at nearby Pilot Mountain State Park. This is situated on Hwy 52 just north of Winston-Salem. At the most, it is 30 minutes from I40, but I, of course, recommend the more ambling back roads route with all of its fun discoveries along the way.