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Visit Historic downtown Elkin, where you'll find 6 restaurants, live music 3 nights a week, gourmet goodies from imported chocolates to bakeries, and shops that offer books, ladies wear, Pennsylvania Dutch bulk food items, and more! Also, did you know Elkin is an antique hub with 5 shops filled with treasures from the past?
In summer, float down the Yadkin River in kayaks, canoes or tubes. We offer access at Crater Park's boat ramp with a campsite for Yadkin River explorers to stop for the night during their journey down the river! Elkin boasts 3 major trails come through the downtown (Overmountain Victory Trail which is part of the National Park system, NC Mountains to Sea Trail, and Yadkin River Trail). A Civil War Marker is located across the street from the library for history buffs. We also have new murals scattered around downtown, which were painted in 2013, some telling the stories of our past.
Plans are underway for a new heritage trails museum downtown at the Smith Phillips building one block south of Main St, and a new banquet facility opened recently, called The Liberty, located on E Main St. Events such as weddings and corporate events can be held for parties up to 550 (seated). It also offers a restaurant and soon, a microbrewery will open. Check on their website for scheduled live music events.
Elkin's historic district has also been a proud member of the North Carolina Main Street Program since April 1998!
As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Elkin is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.
Need 12 reasons to come to Elkin's
historic downtown? We've got 'em!
1. The Reeves Theater has been newly renovated and can seat up to 290 people! Live music every weekend!
2. Imported chocolates, coffee shops, and downtown bakeries.
3. Car Rallies and Monthly Cruise-Ins on Main Street May through October.
4. Annual Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival (crafts, antique vendors, car show, quilt show and more!) during the 4th weekend in September along Main Street.
5. Fun, fantastic art festivals and gallery openings, plus Kidsfest every summer at the Foothills Arts Council. Beautiful art galleries in downtown offer Art Hikes once a month with live music. FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS and LIVE MUSIC AT THE MARKET events occur monthly at our Farmers Market shelter from May to October (excluding July).
6. Funky microbrewery to explore downtown (Fridays and Saturdays) and 5 other wine tasting rooms and one other brewery only minutes from Main Street. Local Pub at West end of Main Street with Guinness on tap. Southern on Main has a full bar and sometimes offers late night Karaoke. The November Room offers exotic wine drinks, and wine and craft beer sold by the can/bottle to go! The Reeves Theater has a beer/wine bar open during events (Fri & Sat nights). More locations for night life to open soon!
7. Unique dining, pub fare, sports bar, farm-to-table, local hangouts, soda shoppes, great food! Many locations offer outdoor seating. Many open Sundays, too!
8. Every Saturday morning 9 am-noon the Elkin Farmers Market is open for business and is located at the Elkin Town Hall parking lot, from mid-April to end of November. Most weekends also offer live music. (www.elkinfarmersmarket.com)
9. Free WiFi on Main Street, at the Farmers Market and at Crater Park (kayak boat ramp).
10. Walking tours include murals, architectural features, galleries, history markers, OVT & MST trails, literary quotes, and Start with your Heart walking trails.
11. Dog friendly restaurants (Southern on Main, Fiddles Pub and Roxxi & Lulu's), and microbrewery (Angry Troll) with outdoor seating. Doggie waste bags are also stationed around downtown for dog walkers, and some locations have dog water bowls out. Downtown events are dog friendly too!
12. Holiday Art Market is scheduled the first weekend of December. Elkin's Community Christmas Chorus also performs each December, and there is also an annual Christmas Parade down Main Street on the 2nd weekend in December!
Restaurants & more
Dining in Downtown:
1. Southern on Main is the newest restaurant in downtown Elkin offering delicious southern cooking for lunch and dinner. it is in the old 21 & Main location offering great atmosphere for a special night out. Reservations are accepted. Full bar and outside covered dining available. Closed Sundays & Mondays.
2. Royall's Soda Shoppe- Local old-fashioned diner serving lunches & ice cream treats. Wide variety on their menu and reasonably priced. Hot soups in winter. Closed on Sundays. Now open till 4pm on Friday and Saturday evenings and even later during special events on Main St.
3. Fiddles Pub- Pub fare and pizza for lunch and dinner. Guinness on tap. Hours vary throughout the week. Beer and wine available. Indoor /outdoor seating. Owner also runs Blue Ridge Chocolates next door if you need to purchase chocolates, and the shop is closed. Beer/wine.
4. Harry's Place- Long time local's favorite serving lunches during the week, and dinner on Wednesday and weekend nights. Local dishes, veggies plates, burgers, and dinner menu includes steaks and crab legs. Closed on Sundays. Beer and wine available.
5. Roxxi and Lulu's Bistro & Bakery opened on Market Street but recently moved and is a restaurant and bakery on Standard Street. Open Tues - Sat, stop in for brunch / lunch entrees (9am to 3pm), yummy sweet treats, baked cookies, cupcakes, cake, sweet rolls, baklava, sonkers, cheesecakes, and specialty coffees or their famous fruit punch made daily. Indoor/outdoor seating.
6. Angry Troll Brewing at Two-Twenty-Two is a family sports bar/ restaurant located in an newly renovated "Liberty" building, a historical tobacco warehouse. It offers 11 + big screen TV's and finger foods, and stone fired pizzas. Open late till 11 pm or later, depending on which game is being cheered on or what band is playing! Located at 222 E Main Street. Beer and wine available. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday. Lunches Fri - Monday; Dinners Thursday - Monday.
7. Angry Troll Brewing offers a tasting room in the basement level of Angry Troll Brewing that is only open Fridays 5pm to 8pm and Saturdays noon to 8pm. Cozy atmosphere and flights of beer.
8. Luddie's Kitchen is the newest downtown restaurant and is already a crowd favorite! They serve soul food recipes made famous by their grandma Luddie. Open lunch and dinner, Thursday thru Sunday. Be ready, you might have a short wait!
8. Barking Coyote Farm Store has a variety of items fresh baked using items from their farm. Brewed coffee is also offered to go. Located on W Main St.
9. Dirty Joe's Coffee specializes in coffee and espresso drinks (hot, cold, frozen) and special teas and Chai, all made to order, but also offers fresh baked items. Has indoor/outdoor seating. Located on E Market St.
10. Roxxi & Lulu's (see above under restaurants) offers unique selection of coffees on their menu, also offering espresso drinks. A large variety of baked goods and desserts, too. Located on Standard St.
11. Diana's Books & More offers a coffee bar with a variety of coffee options, both hot and cold. Limited seating is available. Located on W Main St. No food.
12. The November Room is the newest place to hangout on East Main Street (and shop!) with a coffee, glass of wine or craft beer! Plenty of seating to relax with friends, and they are open later in the evenings (till 10pm on Fri/Sat).
Festivals and Downtown Events
- Light Up Elkin (1st Friday in December)
- Open Air Art Market (1st weekend in December)
- Elkin/Jonesville Christmas Parade (2nd weekend in December)
- Community Chorus, 2nd Sunday in Advent.