For several years now, Creston property owners have enjoyed gathering at the nearby Straightaway Cafe & Pub on NC 9, less than two miles from our main gate. The Straightaway is aptly named as it is situated on a nearly one mile long straight-as-an-arrow stretch of road, which itself is a rarity for these mountain roads.
After driving several miles south of Black Mountain on the twisting and turning NC 9, one comes out into a beautiful pastoral valley scene with the asphalt laid out like a drag strip. If you’re going to pass anyone, this is the only place to do so for the next several miles. But if you’re passing through on a Wednesday through Sunday, you may want to stop in at The Straightaway Cafe.
Owners Ray and Caroline Botham moved here years ago from Alaska where they experienced true “roadhouses” in the wild expanse of Alaska. These are places where travelers could stop in for some conversation, hot food and perhaps to tinker with a cantankerous engine. Ray felt such a stop on NC 9 would be ideal.
Today, The Straightaway is known throughout the region for its hospitality to locals and visitors alike. It is especially popular during the warmer months and on holidays when parking overflows to adjoining farm properties. Every weekend features live music of some variety, typically on the spacious outdoor stage with dining al fresco. On special weekends, they’ll have all manner of outdoor activities including volley ball, corn hole, horse shoes, face painting and other venues.
It makes for a great family outing on a budget surrounded by our beautiful mountains. So next time you’re on your way to or from Creston, stop in at The Straightaway for a bite to eat, some good music and friendly conversation.