The Visit Hickory Metro team encourages visitors and locals to explore the Hickory Metro region carefully and safely. The state of North Carolina has lifted all mass gathering limits at this time but encourages individuals to still practice the three W's - Wear, Wait, Wash. People who are fully vaccinated can do all of the things that they did before the pandemic. Those unvaccinated, should still wear a mask in public indoor settings & public outdoor settings when they cannot maintain social distance. To learn more about what our area is doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 click below. 

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Fonta Flora Brewery at Whippoorwill Farm


Located under the backdrop of the stunning and rugged Linville Gorge, our farmhouse brewery sits on 9 acres of beautiful pastureland surrounded by Lake James State Park. Once a dairy farm known as Whippoorwill, this land is currently home to our 15Bbl production facility and will eventually be transformed into a working and educational farm with annual gardens and fruit groves. Our tasting room is now open with limited hours. It is an extension off of the main barn and production facility. This tasting room looks out to our pastures, state park land, and Shortoff Mountain. This tasting room features draught beer and packaged product available for folks to take home. Leashed dogs are allowed on and inside the property. Dogs must remain leashed and in hand at all times. Please, no outside beverages and no consumption of to-go beers on-site. Thank you!