Visiting Mayberry

On our road trips to Florida – we start in northern West Virginia, straight down to Charlotte, over towards Columbia, connecting to I-95 and passing by Savannah and Jacksonville – we have often stopped at a GoldeVisiting Mayberryn Corral restaurant in Mount Airy, North Carolina. We’ve eaten there at least 5 times now. The servers are so nice and there is definitely southern hospitality on display.

I’ve always heard that Mount Airy was also known as Mayberry – the setting of The Andy Griffith Show. I will admit that I haven’t seen that many episodes of the show, but I work in Don Knotts’ hometown where one can drive on Don Knotts Boulevard and have a photo op with a statue depicting him. One local TV channel still broadcasts the show daily.

So coming back from Florida we hit the Golden Corral per usual, then I suggested we actually take a drive into Mount Airy for an hour or so. Usually we’re in a big hurry to get home and do all the not-so-fun after vacation stuff like loads of laundry so you couldn’t blame me for wanting to extend our road trip just a little bit.

Our first stop was not Mayberry related, however. The area is also home to the grave of Chang and Eng Bunker, the “Siamese twins.” Since I love cemeteries (oh there will be more posts about that!) we had to stop to pay our respects.

Chang & Eng BunkerChang and Eng grave

Then we ventured into the cute downtown area, filled with gift shops and ice cream parlors. I think I counted 4 ice cream parlors on one street. (This could be my new favorite town for just that reason!) If you need any Mayberry/1950s- themed merchandise, well this is the spot for you.

Coke Sign
Mayberry shirts
Mayberry shirts 2
Mayberry mugs
Floyd Barber Shop
Andy Griffith Playhouse
Jaime in Mayberry

And with that quick stop we were back on the road with another 4 hours to go. Laundry just won’t do itself, you know.

June 21, 2017


  1. Kathy

    June 24, 2017 at 3:13 am

    Love the new blog!
    But how do I “follow” now?

    1. Jaime

      June 26, 2017 at 12:35 am

      Thank you! I added a follow button, but now I need to figure out how to make it in line with the other 2 icons. I made this site on instead of and it’s a lot different! 😀

      Okay, I moved the follow button to the bottom of the individual posts cause it was driving me nuts that I couldn’t figure out how to align it properly!

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