Let us help you plan your trip with suggested itineraries – use them as they are or mix them up! Whether you are here for a day or several days, there is something just waiting for you.
A Visit to Lexington’s Main Attractions
The Bob Timberlake Gallery
Start your day off right with a tour and shopping at the renowned Bob Timberlake Gallery. Bob Timberlake is an internationally known realist painter and with Lexington being his hometown, what better place to put his gallery. It invites visitors to step into the artist’s life and immerse themselves into his world. The gallery showcases Timberlake’s original artwork, reproductions and personal memorabilia, as well the popular home furnishings collection that has made him a familiar name in homes across the country.
Begin your day early with a cup of freshly brewed coffee and a delicious pastry at the Riverwood Coffee Shop located in the gallery. Come as early as you’d like – before the gallery opens – as the coffee shop starts the day 7am.
This stop will take anywhere from 1 1/2 to 2 hrs. and is always a popular stop.
Historic Uptown Lexington
Put on your walking shoes, as Uptown Lexington can be an enjoyable and relaxing part of your day. Starting mid morning is usually best.
At your leisure you can tour Historic Uptown Lexington and see what our quaint village has to offer. From our public art display of Pigs in the City, where you can see 26 life-size fiberglass pigs painted according to different themes, to unique specialty shops and restaurants–all independently owned and unique.
Lexington Style Barbecue
After your walking tour of the Historic District, I’m sure you’ve worked up an appetite and are due for lunch. Here in Lexington you cannot miss the barbecue, as I’m sure you know we are the “BBQ Capital of the World”. We have more than 15 area restaurants that specialize in the famous “Lexington Style” barbecue.
Have lunch at one restaurant and choose a different one for dinner. Always save room for dessert.
RCR Racing Museum
Now that you’ve rested those feet and cured your hunger, a trip to Welcome will get you revved up for the Richard Childress Racing Museum.
The RCR Museum has been claimed “A Destination of Distinction” by NC Governor Mike Easley in 2003. With thirty-five plus years of racing history, this complex has a lot to show off. Take a shop tour, browse the museum and, of course, the souvenir shop. If you happen to stop at the right time, you might even be invited to watch a “Pit Practice”.
This stop will probably run 1 1/2 to 2 hrs.
Time allowing, there are several little stops along the way in the Welcome area. Dempsey Essicks Gallery and specialty shop, The Old Country Store and David Fritts Outdoors, Inc. to name a few.
Southern Gateway Wine Trail
Last but not least, take the Southern Gateway to the Yadkin Valley Wine Tour. Begin the tour at Childress Vineyards.
NASCAR team owner Richard Childress and one of America’s most award winning winemakers, Mark Friszolowski have teamed to build of one of NC’s most visited wineries.
Designed like an Italian Renaissance Tuscan villa, the winery sits atop some of the most gorgeous grounds in North Carolina and offers scenery you never thought you would find. Tours and tastings are offered daily along with music on the terrace and a gift shop.
This stop is at least 2 hrs. or more.
Weathervane Winery, Junius Lindsay Vineyards and Native Vines Winery
Make your next stop Weathervane Winery and Junius Lindsay Vineyards. Just 15 minutes up Hwy 52 N, each is special in its own way. Weathervane offers a relaxing atmosphere with a variety of award winning wines in the tasting room and Junius Lindsay features Lexington’s only outside tasting room. Next head down 150 to Native Vines Winery the first Native American Indian owned winery.
Plan to spend at least 1 hour at each.
Tastings Wine & Beer
After visiting the wineries, stop by Tastings Wine & Beer. See the wide selection of wines, and if wine doesn’t suit you, Tastings has a wide selection of specialty beers.
Prepare to have a designated driver or split the Wine Trail Tour up into two days – each winery offers several varieties – one sure to suit your palate.