Southern Chat: Hot Dogs and Milkshakes in North Carolina's "Mayberry"

On the way back from the Primland Resort, I stopped in Mt. Airy, North Carolina for a quick lunch.

Mt. Airy, N.C. (also known as Mayberry)
Mt. Airy, N.C.

Mt. Airy is special in my home state because it is the late actor, Andy Griffith's, hometown. The fictional town named "Mayberry" from The Andy Griffith Show, is based on this mountain town near the Virginia border.

Tourists come in the bus loads to experience a little bit of the South's "Mayberry."  And just like in Mayberry, residents sit on the side of the street, and time does seem a little bit slower.

HinesSight Blog Travels to Mayberry (Mt. Airy, N.C.)
Just like in Mayberry, Mt. Airy, N.C. has a Floyd's Barber Shop

We had lunch at Walker's Soda Fountain.. Andy, Barney, and Opie would always go down to the drugstore for ice cream on the TV show, and Andy's girlfriend, Ellie, was a pharmacist in the store.

Hot Dogs at Walker's Soda Shop in Mt. Airy, N.C

In reality, Andy Griffith hung out at Walker's Soda Fountain after school. This store has been a staple in Mt. Airy since 1925.

Owner David Jones has owned the soda fountain for nine years, and he does a great impression of Ernest T. Bass, another crazy character from the show.  While there, he had a table of tourists from Ohio laughing hysterically as he delivered from some past lines from the TV show in Ernest T Bass's twang.

HinesSight  Blog Travels to Mayberry (Mt. Airy, N.C)
Soda Fountain owner David Jones

It' a great place to relive the good, old Southern days of time gone by.

HinesSight Blog Travels to Mayberry (Mt. Airy, N.C.)
My two enjoying a day of hot dogs and ice cream in Mt. Airy, N.C.

I added a little bit of today's times to the experience by ordering a coffee milkshop.  Not sure if coffee milkshakes existed in Mayberry, but they certainly do in Mt.Airy.

Coffee Milkshake at Walker's Soda Shop in Mt. Airy, N.C.
Coffee Milkshake

We only passed through Mt. Airy, but there really is a lot to see including a great Andy Griffith Museum and some TV set replicas. I'm putting Mt. Airy back on my list to explore another time.

Also, it has one of the best toy stores I've seen in quite a long time. Be sure to stop in the Mayberry Toy Company.  For more on Mt. Airy, visit the city's tourism website. 


A View from the Rainy Gap Trail at Primland

I rarely post just one photo and call it a post for this blog, but I've been sick since Sunday night with a stomach virus. I did not want to miss #IGTRAVELThursday for the second week in a row because history is certainly in the making this week. It's exciting because our link-up is now in English, Italian, German, and Finnish. That's really exciting for our @IGTRAVELThursday IG community

My photo this week was taken on property at the Primland Resort in Meadows of Dan, Virginia on April 2. This area is gorgeous. And no, I did not go camping. As you probably expected, I stayed in supreme luxury accommodations surrounded by glorious nature.  And I'm talking about rugged nature filled with hiking trails, streams, and ponds.

The only way I got to see this spectacular view was to drive an ATV up the mountain, through streams, and over rock and stumps. It was a wild ride.

View of Rainy Gap Trail at the Primland Resort
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This photo is from the Rainy Gap trail, which is part of Primland's 12,000 acres. In the above photo, you are looking at the state of North Carolina as it is viewed from Virginia.

And just so you know I'm not such a luxury powder puff, here is proof that I drove an ATV.

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I'll have much more on the Primland Resort in my Pack Your Bags feature and on Skimbaco Lifestyle.

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Southern Chat: Radiant Flowers, Gone Fishin', and What's in my Tote

As I sit down to write a few thing and to tell you hello, I do it with fond memories of my wedding day. It was 12 years ago today that I married Will.  I posted this on my Facebook page this morning,

"12 years ago today at this very same time, my roommate was picking me up from a hair salon in Five Points that had a locked bathroom. He said he would never forget that one mile journey where I was holding my crotch and had a veil on my head attached to a shopping bag yelling, "I have to pee right now." At noon, I married my Prince Charming. Sometimes, he turns back into a frog, but I love him very much."

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April 6, 2002

Wow! We look so young, but we weren't really that young.  I was 33 and he was 35. I think kids age people or at least my two children aged us. I know for a fact that we both have a lot more gray hair than we did in 2002. I insisted on that huge bouquet. It was filled with gardenias, roses, freesia, lily of the valley, and it weighed a ton. Happy memories, and I look forward to many more years of memory making.

Spring is all about the beauty of flowers. At Skimbaco Lifestyle, we just finished our second e-magazine called "Radiant Flowers".  The issue is gorgeous, and I hope you read my interview with Chef Johannes Klapdohr of Old Edwards Inn and Spa.

My family just returned from Meadows of Dan, Virginia and the Primland Resort. I wanted to share one quick photo with you. My children fished for the first time, and Miss Diva was the first one to land a trout.

Caught first fish at Primland
Fishing at Primland. 

Primland is gorgeous. I will have more on this resort in the upcoming weeks, but you can view its website to learn more about vacation packages.  

Lifestyle blogger Tina Saib interviewed me last month over coffee at Joule in Downtown Raleigh. She's a UNC-Chapel Hill grad like me.  I helped kick-off her new series, "What's in my Travel Tote?" I'm not used to being in the hot seat. Usually, I do the interviews. If you get the chance, check out the feature. She did a great job.

What's in Leigh Hines' Travel Tote
Learn what I pack in my travel tote

Have a great week. I'll be back Thursday for another hotel feature of IGTRAVELThursday. 


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