As much as most of us like to take that week or two off during the summer for a fun filled vacation to far flung locales, with gas prices at record levels of $4.00++ this summer, many of us are second guessing the wisdom of that driving trip this year. And with the rash of airlines suddenly going belly up due to surging fuel costs, the cost of air travel is surely going to put a crimp in the travel budget.

But enough of the gloom……this situation leaves us with some great choices!! Think about spending your hard earned money and vacation time here in the piedmont of North Carolina!! There is so much to do within a short 1-2 hour drive that, if you haven’t already gotten to know the area well, now is a great time to do it. Of course the merchants of Historic Downtown Mocksville and the surrounding area encourage you to start your trip with a leisurely stroll of the downtown area. Visit our retail shops for their unique offerings and superior service with a genuine smile and have a nice lunch at one of the restaurants here or within a short drive of downtown. Plan to spend an evening here at one of the concerts scheduled at Junker’s Mill (see schedule in this issue). Check out the event schedule for the Davie County Arts Council and the Brock Performing Arts Center. If you plan to tour the vineyards in the area, start with Garden Gate Vineyard right here in Mocksville, then head up North Main Street a few miles to Raylen Vineyard, or out highway 64E to Childress Vineyards in Davidson County.

From downtown Mocksville expand your horizons to check out the things to do in our sister communities in Davie County…Cooleemee, Hillsdale, Advance, Farmington, etc…..the Davie Chamber of Commerce can fill you in on things to do here in the county.

Next, check out the towns of Lexington, Salisbury, Statesville, Elkin, Yadkinville, and if you feel adventurous, spend a day at the Hiddenite emerald mines (just be sure to dress to get dirty).

There is so much to do in the area, that, with a little planning, you can fill your entire vacation with great day trips and actually not break the bank on fuel!!

We look forward to seeing you here in Historic Downtown Mocksville this spring and summer!!

And, while we’re speaking of driving, Historic Downtown Mocksville is making a drive to a green future – we are in the process of replacing our printed magazine with a web site!! It is in the early construction process, but we hope to be up and running during the summer – visit us there at www.historicdowntownmocksville.com.

Chuck King – Historic Downtown Mocksville