Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Stop in Mayberry

We traveled from Charlotte, NC to Roanoke, VA, stopping in Mount Airy, NC to visit the home town of Andy Griffith. AJ and GJ love to watch re-runs of the Andy Griffith Show which took place in the fictitious town of Mayberry, NC. Mount Airy has been turned into Mayberry! Deputy Barney Fife was there (above photo) along with Floyd's Barbershop, Opie's Candy Store, Snappy Lunch, Wally's Service Station, the Mayberry Courthouse and more!
The boys bought Mayberry tee-shirts and candy at Opie's.

And, we visited the Andy Griffith Collection (museum) located at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. Our visit was too late in the day to take a vintage 1962 Squad Car tour of the town. But, we did walk down Main Street before continuing to the lovely Roanoke Valley.

We enjoyed a great dinner and stayed overnight at the beautiful historic Hotel Roanoke. While GJ had another business meeting to attend on Thursday morning, AJ and I enjoyed a fabulous buffet breakfast and watched the many trains passing by this old grand railroad hotel before departing to drive south on the Blue Ridge Parkway for our quiet family celebration of GJ's big birthday.


W. Latane Barton said...

what a fabulous trip. I need to go to Mayberry one of these days. Well, Mt. Airy in other words. It looks like fun. NICE hotel you got to stay at.

parTea lady said...

Mount Airy does look like a fun place to visit. The Roanoke hotel looks to be very grand. I love Tudor style and old buildings with marble, elegant chandeliers and antiques. Sounds like a very nice trip. I enjoyed seeing your photos.

Angela McRae said...

My sister's family visited "Mayberry" a while back and also loved it. I so enjoy your travel reports!

Marilyn Miller said...

How fun! I had no idea there was a Mayberry.

Director of Tourism said...

Glad you had a great time in Mount Airy! NC Come back and see us!!

Paula said...

I didn't know anything about this place! I love that show. I may have to plan our route to stop there if we ever go to the beach again!


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