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Elkin NC - The Soul of the Yadkin Valley Wine Country

Look and listen to all that’s going on in Elkin

At first glance, the small town of Elkin sitting on the banks of the Yadkin River may appear “quaint” and “quiet” — a sleepy little town from the pages of a Southern novel. But take a moment to walk down Historic Main Street with your ears and eyes open, and you will see there’s much more to this town than folks sitting on the front porch saying, “Hey!”

The downtown is in the midst of revitalization. New shops are opening next door to well-established businesses. Blue Ridge Chocolates, one of the most recent to open, is just a few paces from Royall’s Soda Shoppe, the grill where “world famous” hot dogs have been a popular staple for decades. Health and wellbeing are the focus at Lumini Bodyworks and the New Community Acupuncture Clinic. Sew Welcome, quilting shop/studio, brings the traditional art form two doors from Circle of Friends, fiber arts studio and yarn shop. And in between them, the Yadkin Valley Craft Guild offers the wares of artists and artisans from throughout the region.

You can find plenty of the name brands — Vera Bradley, Willow Tree, Pandora — at Ivy Ridge Traditions gift store and the latest best-selling novels at Diana’s Bookstore. Exquisite jewelry can be found at Song’s Jewelry. Twenty-One and Main, a restaurant on the town's downtown square, boasts fine dining and a pub-like ambiance in its upstairs wine bar. Tucked in among the shops is Brushy Mountain Winery, producing fine vintages from the Yadkin Valley appellation. Around the corner in a historic home is the Foothills Arts Council, its gallery showcasing local artists. Inside you may hear the local community theater group rehearsing for an upcoming production.

A cornerstone of downtown is an old movie theater. Once the heart of the town’s entertainment, the sound now is of hammers and saws as the Reeves Theater undergoes renovations to become the area’s cultural arts center.

The town’s library sits on the site of the community's first mill along Big Elkin Creek. Miss Wendy is probably reading to a group of 3-year-olds right now. Next to the railroad tracks is Harry’s Place, a local eatery that has been serving all-you-can-eat crab legs for more than 50 years. Elkin Municipal Park and Recreation Center not only provides trails, tennis courts, swimming pool and workout facilities on its 25 acres, it is the historic site where local militia mustered for the march to the pivotal Battle of Kings Mountain during the Revolutionary War. The Overmountain Victory National Trail extends from the park down along the Yadkin River to Wilkes County. Its maintained paths and peaceful views are a striking contrast to the walk the Overmountain Men encountered in 1780.

Driving away from the center of town, the best quality lodging can be found along the Interstate. A stay in the new Fairfield Inn & Suites at Exit 85 offers a good jumping off point to any of the Yadkin Valley’s numerous wineries and vineyards or to Stone Mountain National Park, just minutes up the road. Come visit Elkin soon. We're sure one visit won't be enough. Learn more about The Best Small Town in America.