Yadkin Valley | September 30 - October 2, 2022

Shelton Vineyards Wine Weekend

Enjoy the gently rolling hills of the Yadkin Valley as we celebrate the local bounty at Shelton Vineyards during our relaxing and rejuvenating weekend.

Join Our State on a weekend getaway to the Yadkin Valley. Enjoy the scenic beauty as we celebrate wine, food, and festive good times at Shelton Vineyards. Take in the mountain views during a vineyard hayride and Carolina barbecue, discover hidden gems in Elkin, and go on a culinary journey of local autumn favorites at a special chef and winemaker dinner. Trip dates are September 30 – October 2, 2022.

 

Package Includes:

  • Two-night stay in Shelton Vineyards’s award-winning Hampton Inn & Suites
  • King standard room with a welcome bottle of wine and two wine glasses
  • Special welcome dinner on Friday and farewell dinner on Saturday
  • Breakfast daily
  • “Elkin Hike, History, and Hidden Gems” outing Saturday

 

Highlights Include:

Blue Ridge Mountains Sunset Reception and Vineyards Dinner

Enjoy a glass of wine followed by a hayride through the vineyard, complete with long-range views of Pilot Mountain and the Blue Ridge Mountains. A Carolina barbecue buffet will be on the grill, while we listen to bluegrass music by Rain Check. The classic fruit dessert, sonker, will be featured.

Elkin Hike, History, and Hidden Gems

Breathe in the fresh air and stroll a flat portion of the Elkin and Alleghany Rail Trail that winds through some of Elkin’s most significant history sites. Experts will be on hand to enthrall you with hidden gems, and lunch will be on your own at a local cafe. There may even be a visit from a Revolutionary War General.

Chef and Wine Maker Dinner in the Harvest Grill Restaurant

Executive chef Mark Thrower and Shelton Vineyards’s winemaker, Ethan Brown, greet us for a welcome reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres before they take us on a culinary journey of local autumn favorites during our four-course meal paired with wine.

 

Itinerary:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2022

3:00 p.m. – Arrive in the beautiful Yadkin Valley for your two-night adventure. Check in at the Hampton Inn & Suites where you will be greeted by an Our State travel guide. A bottle of Shelton Vineyards Wine awaits you in your guest room as you settle in and begin to relax.

5:30 p.m. – Meet in the lobby and begin boarding the private shuttle to Shelton Vineyards for our evening extravaganza. Located in the Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area, Shelton Vineyards shares a similar climate and growing season to that of some of the best wine-growing regions in Europe. The vineyard is one of the largest on the East Coast. For more complete details about their wine, please visit sheltonvineyards.com.

6:00 p.m. – Our Blue Ridge Mountains Sunset Reception and Vineyard Dinner begins with a glass of wine upon arrival, followed by a hayride through the vineyard to the gazebo, where we will enjoy long-range views of Pilot Mountain and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The music of Rain Check will delight us as we enjoy our wine, marvel at the views, and get to know our fellow travelers. Rain Check, a Winston-Salem-based acoustic quartet, has found its niche in putting a bluegrass twist on song covers by some of the world’s greatest songwriters from the ’70s on, in addition to an ever-growing list of their own original and an impressive collection of bluegrass classics.

A hearty Carolina barbeque-themed buffet will be on the grill and served with “all the fixin’s.” The classic fruit dessert, sonker, will be featured.

Our shuttle brings us home after the evening for a good night’s sleep before our outdoor adventures on Saturday.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2022

Breakfast is at your leisure at the hotel’s dining room from 6 a.m. until 9 a.m.

9:30 a.m. – Our motor coach departs from the front of the hotel for our day in Elkin.

Elkin Hike, History, and Hidden Gems

Breathe in the fresh air as we stroll an easy walking portion of the Elkin and Allegany Rail Trail that winds through some of Elkin’s most significant history sites. Experts will be on hand to enthrall you with hidden gem historical stories from this lush green place. There may even be a visit from a Revolutionary War General.

A local historian will give us an insider’s look into the area during a presentation at the Yadkin Valley Heritage and Trails Visitor Center.

Lunch will be on your own at one of several nearby cafés in downtown Elkin. We will make suggestions for different types of lunch experiences.

About Elkin

Elkin is a town in Surry and Wilkes counties along the Yadkin River. The flowing together of the Yadkin River and Big Elkin Creek has played an integral role in its history from the beginning, starting with the Paleo-Indians 12,000 years ago. The Sioux Indians settled there as early as 500 BC.

Early settlers came to the area in the 1700s and business began. The river provided power for Chatham Manufacturing, gristmills, forges, a shoe factory, and other industries. The Elkin Municipal Park (where we begin our hike) was a mustering field during the Revolutionary War. Troops gathered there to march on the Overmountain Victory Trail. The trail tradition continues with numerous trails in Elkin including the Overmountain Victory Trail, the North Carolina Mountains to Sea Trail, and the Yadkin River State Park “blue water trail.”

We will return to the hotel by 4 p.m. to freshen up before our Saturday night festivities.

6:00 p.m. – Meet in the lobby to shuttle to our evening’s dining location.

Chef and Wine Maker Dinner in the Harvest Grill Restaurant

Executive chef Mark Thrower and Shelton Vineyards’s winemaker, Ethan Brown, greet us for a welcome reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres before they take us on a culinary journey of local autumn favorites during our four-course meal paired with wine.

Ethan Brown
Winemaker

Ethan has spent his entire life in the Yadkin Valley wine industry, getting his start when he was young in his family’s winery and tasting room. He later became their official winemaker when he was 19 years old and has been making wine in North Carolina ever since. Ethan holds an associate’s degree in viticulture and enology from Surry Community College and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry/fermentation science from Appalachian State University. In addition to his passion for enology, Ethan enjoys brewing science and was once a commercial head brewer.

Mark Thrower
Executive Chef — Harvest Grill

Originally from a small town in southwest Ohio, Chef Mark Thrower was raised in Winston-Salem. His parents and extended family are all from the North Carolina sandhills. Mark holds his childhood memories in NC of shelling lima beans with his grandparents, cleaning catfish, and chewing on clover honeycomb dear to his soul.

While pursuing his undergraduate degree in Charlotte, Mark developed a keen interest in cooking, which led to his enrollment in the newly established Culinary Arts program at CPCC. Shortly thereafter, he was hired as a cook at Morels Restaurant in Charlotte, which led to a five-year learning experience in their fine dining Banner Elk location. The mentorship he gained from the James Beard nominated chef at Morels was invaluable, and to this day, Mark continues to, in his own words: “Cook from my heart!”

Harvest Grill finished fourth in USA Today’s Readers’ Choice Best Winery Restaurant in the country. It was the only North Carolina nominee and the only east coast winery restaurant to finish in the top 10. The team at Harvest Grill are honored by the recognition.

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2022

Enjoy breakfast at your leisure at the hotel’s dining room from 6 a.m. until 9 a.m. Please be sure to stop by the Our State table between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. for your departure gift and a fond farewell.

 

Tour Rates:

$1,195 per couple, inclusive of all tax and gratuities.

 

For reservations and more information:

Ann Puckett
(336) 366-4724 ext. 120
apuckett@sheltonvineyards.com

 

Additional Information:

What to expect on an Our State trip:

Traveling with a group of Our State readers is an enriching, enjoyable, and safe way to experience new cultures, people, and places. In addition to the informative narration from the tour director and local guides, an Our State host will be available to assist in making your trip successful.

We usually fly to our destination, then travel by a comfortable motor coach with anywhere from 35 to 50 people who appreciate learning about new regions. Your entire trip will be guided, planned, and arranged for your upmost enjoyment. Many activities are things you can only do because you are traveling with Our State. There is some free time built in for you to explore on your own.

You can also choose not to attend an activity if you prefer something different. Please let your tour director know if you are not coming on a scheduled day.

Many meals are included. Where you have meals on your own, suggestions will be provided.

Most of the motor coaches have restrooms but every effort will be made to make regular rest stops.

One of the best parts of traveling with Our State is that you will meet new people, many of whom you will already have much in common with since most travelers read the magazine. Many guests often develop friendships that go on long after the tour is finished. Our State trips are generally filled with dynamic and friendly people.
 

Physical requirements:

Our tours are physically active but not meant to be strenuous.

Please be aware you will be on your feet, walking and standing for much of the day, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions and terrains. There will also be extended time on the motor coach when we travel from place to place. If there are any mobility issues you will need to have an able-bodied traveling companion to accompany and assist you.

Most days are moderately paced with approximately two to three total miles of walking, possibly including some hills and stairs.

We regret that we’re unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Trip Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it.

If you have additional questions, please call Our State’s Travel Director Amy Wood Pasquini at 336-286-0600, or email apasquini@ourstate.com.

 

COVID-19 Travel Precautions:

At this time, all trips currently posted on this site will go on as scheduled. Because our primary concern is our travelers’ safety, health, and enjoyment, Our State and our travel partners are constantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We will follow all CDC COVID-19 guidelines and requirements on all trips.

Please note, all passengers traveling with Our State must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID‐19 for tours. Passengers will be asked to show the Tour Director the following when joining the tour:

Proof of Vaccination against COVID‐19. Proof must include the passenger’s name and date of the final dose, which must have been given at least 14 days before the tour departure date. Proof can be a photocopy or electronic vaccination record document issued by either: (a) the health authority that administered the vaccination (i.e., U.S. CDC’s Vaccination Record Card); or (b) the participant’s medical provider that administered the vaccination; or (c) approved electronic certification from your county, state, or health provider.

We will keep everyone who has booked a trip updated and will make changes as necessary. We know one of the great joys of life is the anticipation of an upcoming excursion. We invite you to look at our future trips and consider booking.