Sorry to jump in on this thread so late but I just saw it on the lineup.
We went to the Mt Airy area about 10 years ago and stayed at this park Holly Ridge Family Campground RV Park Boonville NC
. It was an easy drive to Mt Airy and to Winston-Salem which has Old Salem, a must see if you haven't been. I was a little disappointed with Mt Airy. You see, I am an avid Andy Griffith Show fan. Yes, he was born and raised at Mt Airy but this was NOT where the show was filmed. It was filmed in CA. The Snappy Lunch is just a greasy spoon café downtown next to a barber shop. The jail was around the corner and looked nothing like what was on the show. Wally's gas station was on the way out of town and had an old police car parked out front for effect. But the town tried it's best to capitalize off of the popularity of the show.
There are numerous vineyards around and the nicest was Shelton vineyard. Pilot Mtn is nearby(ever heard of Mt Pilot?). There was an excellent steak place nearby called Cody Creek. And a couple golf courses too.
Just some things I remembered from 10 years ago.