Mount Airy, North Carolina

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2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

3 Votes - "Friendliest"

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Mount Airy was the setting for Andy Griffith’s Mayberry and transports visitors to a happy, simpler time. The local Cinema hosts the second longest running live radio show in America and pieces of Mayberry have been preserved or reproduced.

A stroll down Main Street leads to friendly hello’s and street performances. The community frequently gathers in the local amphitheater for festivals and live music where everyone is welcome to dance. Mount Airy also offers a local museum, great restaurants like Trio or Thailand Café, and the Old North State winery.

Gone With the Wynn’s were greeted by Mount Airy’s mayor who was so confident in her town’s friendliness, she didn’t plan any events. The team was escorted around town in a vintage squad car and witnessed the camaraderie among neighbors everywhere. The Wynn’s said, “In a small town like this one you can never be in a hurry, too many people want to stop and chit-chat or shake your hand or even give you a hug...we got lots of hugs.”

Squad car tours are available for all visitors and will transport you back to simpler times. Mount Airy is also the home of George Snappenfield, the inventor of disc golf, and invites everyone to play a round while in town.

People here don't seem to be in a big hurry to rush you out of their way, most people here love to just chat and talk to you like you're part of their family. There is pretty much no traffic here, so the stress level of the city seems to be more low key. You see a lot of friendly smiles here compared to most places. When you are purchasing something through a checkout line, the cashiers and people want to have conversations with you and don't act like they hate their jobs. It's truly the simple and laid back life of days past that has been well preserved in this charming town.
Reviewed by sunnyup
on September 17, 2012
Everyone feels at home in Mayberry.
Reviewed by Prr1966
on September 17, 2012
THIS TOWN IS SOO BEAUITFUL! FRIENDLY PEOPLE! LOTS OF SHOPS TO LOOK AROUND! FAVORITE THING ABOUT DOWNTOWN IS THE MULE RIDES WITH MAYBERRYMULES.COM
Reviewed by kenziejune
on September 17, 2012
Very kind and thoughtful, courteous to visitors
Reviewed by pbbrinkley
on September 17, 2012
It's Mayberry, for crying out loud!
Reviewed by mnester
on September 17, 2012
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