Nestled on 225 acres of Blue Ridge Mountain foothills and operated by passionate winemaking families, Grassy Creek Vineyard produces and bottles high-quality Yadkin Valley wines. Vineyard visitors peruse the wide selection of wines, selecting red or white to match their gustatory preference or seasonal color coordination. Grapes from Grassy Creek?s distinctive red soil collide in the hearty and chocolatey Red Barn Blend, a rich ambrosial bottle bursting with herb flavors. Meanwhile, the Grassy Creek Pinot Gris features honeysuckle, green-apple, and pineapple notes and a refreshingly crisp finish.
Reeves Ridge Christmas Trees dispenses an assortment of holiday wreaths and greenery alongside groves of choose-and-cut fraser firs on its 25-acre Blue Ridge Mountains property. Knowledgeable and friendly staffers assist customers in selecting superlative trees ($7/ft.), which chainsaw-wielding handymen can hack down or clients can cut themselves with handsaws or pointed criticism. Personnel additionally bale and carefully tie purchased trees to each visitor vehicle. Assembled from greenery grown locally in Alleghany County, Reeves Ridge Christmas Trees also curates a bevy of handcrafted fraser fir wreaths ($13 for 16"; $28 for 30"), combined white pine and fraser fir wreaths, ($14 for 16"; $29 for 30"), and 25-foot boxwood garlands ($22) to gild homes with holiday spirit. On Saturday and Sunday, Reeves Ridge Christmas Trees treats customers to hayrides, marshmallows to roast in a lambent fire pit, and, weather permitting, free snowman hugs.
When Renfro Hosiery Mills first opened in 1921, its 25 employees probably couldn’t imagine that their little company would grow into a worldwide, 5,000-employee empire. Today, under the banner RenfroSocks.com, that empire stocks a variety of brands whose styles span from no-nonsense athletic socks to novelty socks bedecked with cupcakes, Santas, hamburgers, and the human genome. RenfroSocks.com also stocks specialty medical socks, such as compression and circulatory diabetic styles.
Climb to the second story of this bright boutique to find F. REES Ladies Upstairs, where colorful designer jeans are folded neatly on shelves and elegant Mud Pie and Vineyard Vines dresses dangle from hangers. Mannequins sport lacy blouses from Miss Me, while a countertop display showcases colorful bracelets from Good Works—a company that donates 25% of its net profits to provide backpacks and school supplies to underprivileged children.