The SoVA Wine Trail lets groups experience its 12 participating wineries through food and wine tasting events, aiming to introduce visitors to the finest vintages crafted by local residents. The events provide the opportunity to chat personally with winemakers and vineyard owners, pairing their bottled beverages with bites from local restaurants. On the east side, wine lovers stop at Molliver Vineyards, which is located on a property that dates back to the 1700s, and Bright Meadows Farm, a winery that operates out of a 117-year-old barn. On the west side, the Brooks Mill Winery doles out fruit wines, and the White Oak Mountain Meadery lets visitors taste the drink our ancient ancestors preferred to drink when they ran out of Mountain Dew.
What We Wish For Stables is an equestrian mecca, devoting its expansive facility to the needs of horse owners, buyers, and riders. For those looking to board their steeds, the stables provide self-care pasture options, as well as training wherein horses are ridden every other day. For those looking to learn the ropes of riding, lessons and summer camps teach western and English-style riding. Horse leasing, on the other hand, allows guests to bond with a specific horse of their choosing, be it Bubbles, an overo paint mare, or Skamper, a tobiano paint gelding. Miles of trail surround the farm at What We Wish For Stables, which also includes a 60 ft. round pen, an outdoor grass riding ring, and enough hay stacks to confound even the most devoted needle seekers.
Stately loblolly pines line the fairways at Caswell Pines Golf Club, towering over streams and lakes, bent-grass greens, and bermuda fairways. The picturesque, Gene Hamm–designed course measures 6,900 yards and offers plenty of surprises and twists, including paved cart paths that make getting around a breeze.