This summer get out and experience a world of adventure along the Blue Ridge Music trails of North Carolina. The trails span 29 counties and feature more than 125 stops. Many of them are in charming towns you often drive past on your way to somewhere else. But what you don't know is that some of them make for great day trips you've never heard about but should! Dale Bartlett, the Coordinator for the Blue Ridge Music Trails, stopped by WBTV News Saturday Morning to share three day trips.
1. Winston Salem: Check out Mt. Airy
Less than 2 hours from Charlotte it's known as Mayberry USA-Andy Griffith attractions.
June 5,6 is a great time to go for the Mount Airy Bluegrass and Old TIme Fiddlers Convention
Also stop by the Earle Theatre, that's where you'll find the the second-longest-running live music radio show in the United States, behind only the Grand Ole Opry.
Andy Griffith Museum: www.andygriffithmuseum.com/
Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention: www.mtairyfiddlersconvention.com
2. Asheville: Check out Black Mountain
It has a summer music series, the White Horse music hall, art center, excellent shopping and dining, and two breweries.
The old depot is a craft coop, and you can visit a restored caboose next door if you like railroad history.
There are lots of good hiking trails. It has a distinct charm, and calls itself "the little town that rocks," and uses rocking chairs as an icon.
3. We've heard of Boone... why should we go to nearby West Jefferson:
Walk downtown through 15 murals that reflect the area's history and mountain character. There are numerous shops, restaurants and galleries as well as the famous Ashe County Cheese Factory.
The Phipps General Store has a year round lively Friday night jam session