Ah yes, places where parents can do adult-like things yet kids can come along and be appropriately and fantastically entertained. Love places like that. You know, Fullsteam Brewery and Rock of Ages vineyard, like places you used to go B.K. (before kids). Well we found another one of those spots for you: Starrlight Mead’s tasting room in Pittsboro.
This spot has been on my to-do list for awhile and when I saw online that they welcomed kids too, I was in, and drug a group along with me. If you aren’t familiar, and we weren’t, mead is honey wine. That’s wine made with honey instead of grapes. Mead tends to be really sweet, of course, given the high residual sugars in honey but Starrlight does a fantastic job of making a diverse and truly interesting collection of wines.
But that’s not why I am here. I am here to tell you why this is fun to go to with kids. The interior in and of itself isn’t terribly kid friendly. Think lots of glass bottles. Yet we had two 3 year olds and one 7 year old with us and they had fun. That’s because the owners here offer honey tasting to kids while adults taste. While we were drinking our mead the kids were getting to sample various types of honey, see a true honeycomb, and learn a little about bees from one of the owners. They all decided that marshmallow honey was their favorite. I am not going to divulge any more about honey or why it is named so here – you have to go to find out!
This place was surprisingly busy for an off the beaten track Pittsboro spot (perhaps that has to do with their recent Living Social deal). So we did have to wait 15 minutes or so to get a spot at the counter. But while the adults waited for their mead tasting and the kids waited for their honey tasting there were blocks for the kids to build with in the tasting room.
Above all, the owners here are so incredibly friendly. The gentleman who makes the mead actually sat on the floor with our kids and played blocks with them while we tasted. He even let them borrow a little stuffed honey bee to play with while there. They genuinely welcome kids and family. They just want people to come taste their mead and learn more about it.
Outside you can see a bee hives where the bees are hard at work making wildflower honey. We didn’t get too close with the kids, of course.
Starrlight gives tours of the meadery and operations at certain times on Saturdays and Sundays (see website, below). We opted not to do this with kids.
Tastings are $5 per adult.
Chatham Marketplace with their fantastic sandwiches, outdoor sandbox with toys, and covered porch with toy box is a great stop, too, while over in this historic mill.
Drink up ye little vikings!
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday noon – 6 pm; Sunday noon – 5 pm
480 Hillsboro Street