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 Golden 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.
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.
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.