We had a good night’s sleep at our Air BnB, but there was no coffee to be found. A quick visit to the local Starbucks and we were off on a six hour drive to our next destination, Mount Airy North Carolina.
We drove through the most beautiful vistas. However, there weren’t many safe places to pull over and take pictures. This spot was pretty, but not nearly as majestic a scene as we encountered previously.
Just like that, a mere six hours later, we rolled into our next stop, Mount Airy North Carolina. We will be playing at a brewery here later tonight. We procured this gig through a musician friend and really knew nothing about the area. Turns out, this is Andy Griffith’s hometown. Yup, essentially this is Mayberry.
From what I’ve read, textiles, more specifically socks, were one of the chief local exports. More recently wine (shock horror) and the highly impressive World’s Largest Open Face Granite Quarry.
I had in my notes to have a famous fried pork sandwich from Snappy’s Lunch, a place Andy himself used to frequent. There were two problems. One: we couldn’t seem to find it although the town center was barely a 1/8 mile long. Second: there would be no beer there, so that idea was abandoned.
Speaking of bad decisions, This trip’s food consisted of 85% french fries. Vacation is all about food for us, but from the time we left Baltimore, we just seemed to be grabbing a burger or something fried. I’m not proud.
We strolled down the main drag after our cholesterol laden lunch.
It was time to get settled into our next Air BnB. This was by far, the most pricey location we stayed at. Most likely due to the scarcity of homes. However, it was just beautiful.
We freshened up and trucked on over to the Thirsty Souls Brewery. This was so brand new, they did’t have proper signage out yet. The place was super cool.
To say the founders of this brewery were interesting would be the most major of understatements. This beautiful couple immigrated from Slovakia. They are both physicians. He runs sleep studies and she works for a teaching hospital. They are parents, she teaches yoga and oh, they run a working farm. Even with all this, they decided to open a freaking brewery! We had such a wonderful time getting to know Maria and Jan, and their wonderful friends.
We had a good night’s sleep, then it was time wash, rinse and repeat. Another six hours on the road to Atlanta Georgia. No BnB this time though, tonight we’d be slumming with friends.
We met our hosts up in Massachusetts when they lived there for a time. They have two adorable children.
Tonight’s show would be in another old factory that had been reclaimed.
This place was huuuuge! It was hard to take a panoramic photo. The main dining area could easily hold over 1,000 people. There was another, smaller space as well.
This gig had several challenges. It was way too big for an acoustic duo. The bar wasn’t even within view of the stage and oh, the world series was on this ginormous TV screen behind us.
We got through the night just fine, plus we had the pleasure of meeting up with friends and family in the area. It just wasn’t ideal.
In the morning we shared coffee and homemade banana bread while watching a bit of Spiderman with Charlie. As we said our goodbyes we asked if there was one quick thing we should see or do before leaving Atlanta. They suggested the Ponce City Market.
This one formerly housed Sears and Roebuck up until 1987. It’s two million square feet of indoor/outdoor commercial space.
Our friends suggested this as a great place for lunch and a view of the city.
So, up on this roof top you’ll find a fully functioning mini-amusement park.
So you have to pay to get up on the roof, but that goes directly towards lunch, if you choose to have it, at Nine Mile Station.
I take back my french fry lament from earlier. I forgot about this delightful, semi-healthy meal.
We really enjoyed our lunch. Everything was tasty and well presented. If it had been a just smidgen warmer we would have dined outside. I can see that this place would really be hoppin’ in the summer.
It was a whirlwind forty-eight hours of gigs, but our next leg of the journey will be strictly for fun!
Up Next: Music City U.S.A.