Monday, January 3, 2011

Salisbury, NC

We spent the afternoon of New Year's Eve in Salisbury, NC, a small town in the piedmont area of North Carolina. We wandered around downtown, in and out of shops, visited the local mall, and had dinner in town. Salisbury is the home of Cheerwine, originally called Mint Cola, so Cheerwine signs are found around town. We were sure to visit the soda fountain at the Drugstore to have a traditional Cheerwine Float.

We also saw the original bell tower of the Presbyterian Church that was destroyed in a fire.

Finally, along our downtown path, we found a large mural on the side of a building that depicts life over the years in Salisbury. We also discovered several relief, clay sculptures that honor the history of the Salisbury Cotton Mill.

Floyd, VA

We spent a fall weekend in Floyd, VA.

We lodged at Hotel Floyd. The office is seen in the above photo as well as the doorway of our suite. We enjoyed the beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and trees.

We had a wonderful time listening to music at the Country Store. We were surprised to find out that the Country Store was 100 years old in 2010.

We had good food and fun as we walked around town visiting shops and stores, such as Nancy's Candy Store.

We found out about local history at the Floyd County Museum.

One highlight of the weekend was a jam session in a local music store. We just wondered in, and I offered to play mandolin so the shop owner could play fiddle.

It was a very enjoyabe, relaxing weekend.