The North Carolina mountains are the ideal place to head to for a summer vacation if you are in the mood to get outside, see the sights, become one with nature, attend exciting events, and eat some classic American cooking. Let’s check out the top things to do while you stay in one of our summer vacation rentals in North Carolina at Dobson, Mt. Airy, and the surrounding areas.
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Things to Do in Dobson, NC
Dobson and the surrounding towns have no shortage of things to do during the summer season, when the sun is shining the skies are blue, and the mountains are calling. Let’s check out the best places to head to during your stay in vacation cabin rentals in the North Carolina Mountains with Carolina Getaway Cabins in NC.
Have a Few Sips of Wine at Shelton Vineyards
If you are a wine connoisseur, or you simply want a day trip to a beautiful vineyard for a glass of chardonnay perfectly paired with a sweet cheese, look no further. Shelton Vineyards is the ideal spot for a half-day or full-day trip in the Yadkin Valley, churning out unique tasting wine that comes from a family-run winery that provides expansive views over the nearby hills.
Check Out the Rockford
Learn more about the history of the town and feel like you are living 50 years in the past when you head to the Rockford General Store. Not only has this town become somewhat of a landmark, but you can head here to get a snack to go, pick up some items for a lunch picnic on the trail, or sit in one of their front step rocking chairs and watch the cars go by.
Try Some More Wine at Herrera
If you are not done with the wine tasting yet (we don’t blame you), head to Herrera Vineyards to sample some more sweet Cabernet Sauvignon or some dry red wine. Today, Herrera has a great reputation for being one of the best family-run vineyards in the entire state.
Continue Your Wine Tour at Stony Knoll
Last but not least, you can’t visit Dobson in the summertime without heading to Stony Knoll! This winery has been open since the late 19th-century, boasting a large tasting room, two massive vineyards, and a large venue space that is perfect for a party or family reunion.
Summer Events in Dobson, NC
Along with your typical events, like hiking, walking around town, and going to eat at the best restaurants, there are summer-only events in Dobson, NC, that are must-go-tos!
Firstly, check out the Old-Time Jam at the Earle Theatre every Tuesday night in the summertime. Head to the Earle Theatre on Main Street in Mt. Airy to listen to local bands, live music, talented singers, and a great hodge-podge of musicians all working together and riffing off of one another to create beautiful and upbeat songs.
Afterward, you can head for dinner on Mt. Airy. We recommend going to 13 Bones for a tasty meal. Start with sharing the peel and eat shrimp with the table, featuring a half pound of shrimp and tasting sauces. If you are in the mood for something filling, grab one of the sandwiches, like the buffalo chicken sandwich with pepper jack cheese or the Philly cheese steak with grilled onions. For Those who want something more dinner-oriented, we recommend one of the famous steaks, like the 13-ounce ribeye or 13-ounce sirloin steak, or the grilled tuna with olive oil, lemon zest, and cracked pepper.
Next, you can head to the Wild Goose Festival 2023 in Harmony, NC, to listen to live music with a good cause! Held here between July 13th and July 16th, this event brings together artists, musicians, live bands, storytellers, actors, singers, and many more talented individuals to create a fun-filled and exciting concert for people of all ages.
After this concert, head into town to grab a filling lunch or dinner with your guests. We recommend going to Coppola’s for traditional Italian food that is going to make your heart sing. Start with a plate of the stuffed eggplant manicotti with seasoned beef, ricotta, ham, mozzarella cheese, and homemade sauce to split with the table. You can also taste the Caprese with fresh tomato, mushroom, garlic, basil, and spinach to have as a light starter. For the main dish, you can’t go wrong with their New York Style Pizza to share with your guests, like the Buffalo chicken pizza with ranch dressing or the steak pizza with extra cheese.
Accommodation in North Carolina
North Carolina is home to so many activities to do during the summertime, like heading outside to go on a hike, taking your bike on a full-day cycle, eating at one of the many local restaurants, and attending nearby events. Not only can you see all that the pristine nature has to offer right out front of your doorstep, but going to annual events is a great way to learn more about the town, listen to live music, and meet friendly locals!
But where should you stay? We have that covered for you. Carolina Getaway Cabins offers large homes, cozy cabins, quaint properties, and everything in between to make your vacation simply unforgettable. No matter if you are coming to the mountains with 6 people or you are on a solo trip, you can browse our summer vacation rentals in North Carolina online to find the ideal place for you to stay during your summer vacation.