Our Latest Trip on the “Best Snowbird RV Route to Florida” from the Northeast and Canada

Mayberry Campground - stop #4 on our Best RV Route to Florida

The Adirondack Mountains to Tampa, Florida
Our latest adventure – 10 days – 6 campgrounds – 1,639 miles
Traveling what many consider to be the Best Snowbird RV Route to Florida from the Northeast and Canada.

Mayberry Campground - stop #4 on our Best RV Route to Florida
Mayberry Campground – RV Stop #4

We posted the map, route, campground photos, park and restaurant reviews, fuel stops, “between mileages” and costs on our newest website trip page at http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/bestsnowbirdrvroutetofl.htm.

As always we would like your comments, questions or to hear about your own trip either comment here or email us (Niki and Jack) at snowbirdrvtrails@gmail.com. We did take videos of the campgrounds this trip and hope to have them posted on our YouTube page soon.

Safe travels and enjoy the journey,

Jack, Niki
and The Kids

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Greetings from the land of Andy, Barney, Opie and Aunt Bea. We’re in Mayberry Campground in Mount Airy, NC – Andy Griffith’s hometown.

Opie's Candy Store, Floyd's Barber Shop and Snappy Lunch on Main St in Mount Airy

We added some 230 miles on our trip South yesterday and arrived here with no problems – other than a malfunctioning GPS which had us circle around town a couple of times. I do believe “she” does it to us sometimes just for kicks! We call her “Tomasina” – the female version of a Tom-Tom GPS – and she has been known to bring us to the locked, back gate of a campground on occasion.

Mayberry Campground is located on a part of the former 2,000 acre farm belonging to Chang and Eng Bunker, famous Siamese twins of the 1800’s. The twins – forever conjoined – had a prosperous farm as well as 2 separate and prosperous families. They married 2 sisters and had 21 children between them. They kept 2 separate homes, alternating 3 days at each at each home.

Mayberry Campground in Mount Airy, NC
Mayberry Campground in Mount Airy, NC – an unusual but functional and spacious layout

There is an exhibit in Town about the lives and travels of the World-famous pair as well as another famous son, Andy Griffith. You can visit his boyhood home, the Andy Griffith Museum, Andy Griffith Playhouse and also stop in for a trim at Floyd’s Barbershop. Afterward you can have a look at Wally’s Service Station, have your picture taken in the Mayberry Jail (a faithful reproduction of the TV set) and then have the grand tour of Town in Andy’s squad car with a uniformed deputy.

Opie's Candy Store, Floyd's Barber Shop and Snappy Lunch on Main St in Mount Airy
Opie’s Candy Store, Floyd’s Barber Shop and Snappy Lunch

Plan a visit to Mount Airy the last full weekend in September when each year everyone turns out for “Mayberry Days” with a parade and all things Mayberry and the TV show. You might well meet a couple of locals who are just spittin’ images of Barney and Otis!

Mayberry Campground in Mount Airy, NC
Mayberry Campground in Mount Airy, NC has FHU, Free WiFi and Cable TV

Mayberry Campground has over 100 gravel sites with both back-ins and pull-throughs, full hook-ups, 30 and 50 Amp, free WiFi and free TV cable at every site. There are 2 catch-and-release ponds (no fishing license needed) and a Bunker homestead on the property that features tours on some weekends.

We had dinner last evening at “The Copper Pot”. We have eaten there in the past and enjoyed it. Real Southern home-cooking served by cheerful ladies with  North Carolina accents so thick you almost need an interpreter. Good food and Great people – the feeling is real hometown friendliness.

Today we went into town to locate a new AC adapter for our Verizon MiFi. It started overheating all of a sudden which is not a good sign for longevity. Staples had what we needed thankfully – we just can’t go far without our computer world nowadays.

We also tried a new lunch spot suggested by the campground and backed by many good reviews on the Net. It’s called Little Richard’s Smokehouse BBQ. We like BBQ and have sampled it in about every State East of the Mississippi. This place is our new favorite for BBQ done right. Tender and juicy – slow cooked over hickory coals for 16 hours and truly finger lickin’ good. The sides are homemade as well. For sides we both tried the mac & cheese and turnip greens accompanied by a large basket of hush puppies. They have a soft drink – new to us – called “Cheerwine” which is cherry flavored and also tasty as were the warm blackberry cobblers we had for dessert with vanilla ice cream (of course!).

Little Richard's Smokehouse BBQ - Down Home cooking at its best!
Little Richard’s Smokehouse BBQ – Down Home cooking at its best!

Tomorrow we continue on down the road to South Carolina.

Snowbird Day Trip to visit SKENE MANOR in Whitehall, New York

Skene Manor the house on the hill in Whitehall, NY

SKENE MANOR – “The House on the Hill”

Skene Manor the house on the hill in Whitehall, NY
Skene Manor “the house on the hill” in Whitehall, NY

Many call it a castle. Some claim it’s haunted. We call it a beautiful example of Victorian Gothic architecture.

Skene Manor a Victorian Gothic treasure in Whitehall, NY
Skene Manor – a Victorian Gothic treasure in Whitehall, NY

Whitehall is located on the Southern end of Lake Champlain and is considered by many to be the Birthplace of the U.S. Navy. This is due to its place in history as the site where Arnold’s Valcour Fleet (first American fleet) was built in 1776.

Whitehall, NY - Birthplace of the United States Navy
Whitehall, NY – Birthplace of the United States Navy

Skene Manor was built on the side of Skene Mountain overlooking the Town by Supreme Court Judge Joseph H. Potter in 1874. The gray sandstone and the lumber used in its construction are from nearby on the mountain, as well.

The views from Skene Manor on the hill
The views from Skene Manor on the hill

Skene Manor was placed on the National Registry for Historic Buildings in 1959. After an interesting and varied history, Skene Manor was purchased in 1995 by a local non-profit organization passionate about restoring and preserving this local landmark for future generations to enjoy.

Skene Manor is on the National Registry for Historic Buildings
Skene Manor is on the National Registry for Historic Buildings

A dedicated group of volunteers have the building open for visitors from Noon to 4pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from April through December. If you decide to visit Skene Manor we suggest you plan on starting the visit with lunch in the Victorian Tea Room. The food is really good with ample portions prepared and served by the cheerful volunteers who make you feel like you are visiting their home.

Wonderful lunches are served at Skene Manor
Wonderful lunches are served at Skene Manor

After lunch you can count on Docent Richard Brewer giving you the grand tour. He is your genial guide to all of the history as well as what is fact or fiction about the rumors and secrets that have circulated around “the house on the hill” for its many, many years.

The following are some photos from our recent August visit to Skene Manor located at 8 Potter’s Terrace in Whitehall, New York. For more information you may phone them at 518.499.1906.

Then and now at Skene Manor built in 1874
Then and Now at Skene Manor built in 1874
Keeping Skene Manor warm since 1874
Keeping Skene Manor warm since 1874
Upstairs, Downstairs at Skene Manor
Upstairs, Downstairs at Skene Manor