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Details: Yadkin Valley Wine Trail in North Carolina

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Elkin, N.C.
Sunday, February 8, 2009

Guidebook author Diane Daniel recently followed the upper part of the Yadkin Valley Wine Trail. Here's her reporter's notebook.

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About six hours from the Beltway


Lodging: $180 Wine tastings: $18


Elkin, N.C., is about 350 miles south of Washington. Take Interstate 66 west, then I-81 south, then I-77 south, to Exit 85. The closest large airport is Charlotte Douglas International Airport, 80 miles south of Elkin; the smaller Piedmont Triad International Airport is about 65 miles southeast of Elkin.


The standout among area hotel chains is the new 84-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott (628 CC Camp Rd., off Exit 82 on Interstate 77, 336-353-2008, http://www.marriott.com), which sports eye-popping lime-green and black interiors and mod details. Rooms from $90. Closer to downtown is the Christian-oriented Home Coming Bed & Breakfast (608 N. Bridge St., 336-526-7770, http://www.homecominghouse.com), in a restored 1920s Arts and Crafts bungalow made of stone. Rooms from $109. Grassy Creek Vineyard offers Klondike Cabins (Chatham Cottage Circle, State Road, 336-835-4230, http://www.grassycreekvineyard.com) on the property, from $150.


At Twenty One & Main Restaurant and Wine Bar (102 E. Main St., 336-835-6246, http://www.twentyoneandmain.com), juicy pork loin and roasted lamb are winners. Entrees $11-$24. Since 1924, locals have congregated at Royall's Soda Shoppe (128 W. Main St., 336-835-3412, http://www.royallssodashoppe.com), famous for its $3 chili dogs. For a countryside romantic setting and fine dining (or stone-oven pizza), visit the Kitchen at Elkin Creek (318 Elkin Creek Mill Rd., 336-526-5119, http://www.elkincreekvineyard.com), open Thursday-Sunday. Entrees $24-$33, pizza $13-$16.


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