The tree-topped slopes of the Uwharrie Mountains lead to the observation decks of Stony Mountain Vineyards, where the Furr family produces traditional European red and white wines. In addition to popular varietals such as cabernet sauvignon, syrah, sangiovese, chardonnay, and riesling, the winery produces spirited libations made from raspberries, strawberries, peaches, blackberries, and muscadines. Visitors intrigued by the fruity wines can visit the winery for wine tastings, informative tours, and a panoramic view of the Uwharrie Mountains.
Union Street Bistro conjures up images of the old world with pillars, leaf-and-grape accents hanging from the ceilings, and wooden wine racks lining the full-service bar. The space, however, doesn’t feel antiquated or stuffy—large, wall sized windows allow ample amounts of sunlight to illuminate the elegant, table-clothed tables speckled throughout the open space. In addition to the general dining room and large back area for large groups, the restaurant offers patio dining where guests can enjoy their meaty entrees, seafood dishes, or Italian pastas outside.
As a child, Tara Thorpe-Penn didn't lack for homemade meals and sweet treats made "with a healthy dose of love" by her mother. She started Sweet Bliss Cupcakery LLC as a way to continue her mom's legacy of connecting to others through food. The small bakery warms hearts with mini, standard, and jumbo cupcakes and cake pops made from all natural ingredients. They come in all of the traditional flavors, as well as a few oddballs: tequila sunrise, vanilla birthday remix, and Lexy's pink lemonade to name a few.
Rocky River Coffee Company's signature drink blends ice cream and coffee for a sweet pick-me-up. In addition to this, customers stop in for a range of coffee, all made with gourmet beans roasted and packaged locally. These drinks complement a range of sandwiches and pastries, including bagels brought in straight from New York.
When HoneyBaked Ham was just a single shop in Michigan more than 40 years ago, it was run under the careful eye of its founder, Harry J. Hoenselaar. He handpicked every bone-in ham that he was going to sell in stores and carefully cured each in a secret marinade recipe. He then slow-smoked the ham over a custom blend of wood chips. Hoenselaar even built and patented a machine that spiral-cut the meat into almost perfectly even slices and re-creations of M.A.S.H. characters. But what really stuck with people was his glaze—a proprietary recipe that encased each ham with a sweet, crunchy finish.
Though Harry's shop has since grown into a nationally recognized brand with more than 400 stores, that attention to detail hasn’t been lost. His grandchildren now oversee the company, and they have maintained that same process of hand-selecting hams and smoking them for up to 24 hours before they’re spiral-cut and glazed. Many of the stores also have a cafe-style counter, where patrons can pick up fresh sandwiches layered with roast beef, smoked turkey breast, chicken salad, and of course, honey-glazed ham.
Chefs at Romano's Pizza toss handmade dough into pizzas with more than 15 toppings. Guests can choose a thick Sicilian crust or opt for a New York style pie, whose foldable shape allows it to be served as a convenient origami crane. More exotic ingredients such as Alfredo sauce, feta cheese, and hamburger meat top specialty pies, and chefs also cook classic entrees such as chicken piccata. Romano's rounds out its menu with regular or whole-wheat pastas, subs served in hoagie buns, and half a dozen desserts including cannoli and italian spumoni.