Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Don't miss early bird prices for Floyd Fest, great Christmas present!

Mountain Song Inn has 2 rooms available for this event!

It’s our 10 year birthday bash in 2011, and we are guaranteeing a best-of-a-decade blowout that will go down as one of the most eXciting gatherings of the year. 

Although all our FF friends are invited, we will be capping the party to ensure against overcrowding. We’ve done some soul-searching, and we aren’t really interested in being the biggest music and arts festival- only the best. What does this mean? We will continue to offer WEEKEND ONLY  (3 and 4-day) deep-discount holiday tickets from November 15th through January 1st. We will not be offering single day tickets until later in the season, if space is available, and in limited number. Rather than see attendance build to a Saturday bottleneck, we invite you all to make plans now to give yourself the gift of time, of music, of the Great Outdoors, and of family and  friends, and buy a weekend pass to FloydFest. In exchange, we give you a solid four days of eXtraordinary music, with all your favorites from the past ten years, including some new faces and friends, and so many more yet to come,  including an Under the Radar series with the latest and greatest breakout artists you’ve not heard of but won’t forget... 

The season's hottest ticket, our X spot parking ackages are going... going...
GONE! The only way to park on site now is with a VIP pass - so make this the
year you treat yourself and/or someone you love! Going VIP to FloydFest is
 like nothing you've ever eXperienced - gourmet meals, free beverages,
 on-stage seating - get VIP now and live like the royalty you are!Give the
gift that gives back- four days of music and magic in the beautiful Blue Ridge
Mountains. Order by December 17th and receive your decorated Christmas
package in time for Xmas. All fees included - no surprises! Plus, when you
purchase by December 31st we will email you a link to these 10 FREE mp3
downloads!  Check out our newsletter for more info... 

Blogs on the Back Burner

For me blogs are very easy to put on the back burner, especially during the busy holidays.

 Floyd County and Mountain Song Inn tend to move into their lazy mode this time of the year, with to do list inturupted by wind, snow and cold. I can clean those carpets when the sun comes out, is an excuse I have been using on an almost daily basis in December, it's Spring cleaning anyway, isn't it.? But wait,
I need to be ready by Spring by the hoards of guest that will decend upon us...we hope.

At this time of year it's more fun to sit by the fire, have friends and family over for comfort food, bake cookies...and eat them. The carpets can at least wait until the New Year.

I would  like to take this quiet time to reflect on the delightful guest that have come through our door, to thank you so much for your business, wish you the best of 2011, with the hope you will return to us and bring new friends to share this wonderful place.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!!!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

December 8th at the Sun Music Hall

Denur Crafts Co-op of Kenya Benefit - Dec 8th

Leah Mitula, a native from Kenya, Africa will be visiting Floyd, VA. Leah started a woman’s co-op in Kenya to help support the education of children. Kenya does not have a public school system and many women are unemployed living in a poverty lifestyle. They do not have the means to send their children to primary school. The vision of Denur Crafts is to provide education for the children of the members through the sales of their Tribal African Jewelry and handmade crafts. There is an annual fee of $150 for one child to attend school since Kenya does not have a public school system.
We are hosting a benefit to help raise money for the children. The jewelry and crafts will be available to purchase at the benefit. Leah will be sharing stories about the artisans in Kenya and about the co-op called Denur Crafts. There will be delicious food from Busy Bee Catering by Lorrie Fenn and there will also be African Drumming by NiiAnang. It’s a great time to social with the community while supporting a good cause.
All the proceeds go directly to the woman’s co-op Denur Crafts to help the children have the opportunity attend school. There is no entry fee but we encourage people to donate and/or bring school supplies for the children. Please come and invite all your friends!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


I include this link back to her blog,I hope you enjoy this too.


Report From the field: Floyd, VA
Several months ago, courtesy of the article “Southern Dream Towns” in Garden & Gun magazine, we read about a sleepy place named Floyd in Southern VA. In addition to being one of those one stoplight towns packed with charm, hippies, farmers, and great restaurants, we found a number of local boozeries in Floyd County. The rolling hills surrounding Floyd are home to a cluster of places that make a variety of really good beverages including nationally recognized wine and French-style cider. We were shocked at how much better the wine is just a few hours away from North Carolina vineyards. NC beers knock our socks off, but the vineyards have yet to impress. Check out the highlights from our journey. If you live in the NC Piedmont and need an idea for an off the beaten path staycation, I nominate a day trip to Floyd County, VA.
Foggy Ridge Cider – Diane Flynt is the 21st century’s Johnny Appleseed…only with more alcohol. If you can’t visit the orchard, visit this website, and be prepared to learn about the dozens of apples you won’t see on your grocer’s shelves. She currently bottles three types of hard cider, First Fruit, Serious Cider, and Sweet Stayman Cider as well as one cider-apple brandy blend, Pippin Gold. Our favorite, Serious Cider, is dry and crisp like champagne without the yeast.

View of the apple orchard at Foggy Ridge Cider

View of the apples that didn't make the cider cut.
Chateau Morrisette – At the recommendation of the Foggy Ridge proprietors, we rushed to a lunch at the Chateau Morrisette restaurant. What a pleasant surprise! The interior space felt like a German country house. I loved my roasted pheasant and butternut squash ravioli and the house Chardonnay (at $16.99/bottle!) was delicious as well. Make reservations in advance. This is one of the finer places to eat in the area and seats go quickly, especially in the dining rooms with fireplaces.
We totally enjoyed the tasting room as well. The structure is separately housed a short walk away from the dining room. Generous pours, good local wine, and a tasting room that allows dogs = a recipe for love.

Chateau Morrisette restaurant exterior.

Chateau Morrisette tasting room.
From there, we sped over to Villa Appalaccia, a winery that specializes in Italian grapes. We had so many favorites. We split a case with my parents, but the Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, and Rustico were standouts. This winery has another unique distinction…their Simpatico is the only regional wine carried by my favorite Chapel Hill restaurant, Lantern.
In need of more food and a walk in the chilly fall air, we finally headed into downtown Floyd. Our first stop was the Tasting Room, a central location in town where you can sample wines, cider, and mead from five local producers all in one elegant, tiny room. Fab idea. They also have great specials on combo packages from a variety of different producers that you can’t get at the source. Very cool. At the recommendation of our pour guy, we visited the Floyd Country Store,Oddfellas Cantina, and Dogtown Pizza before heading out of town. The pizza at Dogtown rocked. We ordered simply–local sausage with caramelized onions. I recommend you do the same.

Floyd Country Store

Inside the Floyd Country Store.
My dream list of holiday getaways this year did NOT look like this:
1. Floyd, VA
But I am so glad we made the trip. Surprisingly good food and booze and gracious hosts greeted us at every doorstep. Our Floyd day trip was the perfect quick fix, an escape from the familiar. Proof that sometimes a three hour drive to a foreign region is just as satisfying as a hop across the pond.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Mountain Song Inn has tickets for the first  2 guest to claim them.  Most of our guest are busy next weekend at Chateau Morrisette's open house , but we have a room open for anyone who want to attend this gig at the  Floyd Country Store.

12/04: Upland Express to Play the Country Store

upland_expressCome join us for this Country, Rock, Rhythm and Blues-grass Experience! The Floyd Country Store will be hosting Upland Express Saturday, December 4th at 8:00 PM.
Upland Express began in 1974 as a bluegrass band.  Over the years, the group has won numerous awards, experienced several personnel replacements and changes in musical tastes, but through it all there remains the tradition of quality performance generated by its members.  The present incarnation of Upland boasts an eclectic song list, rendering the group unique reputation as a variety band, and reflects well the diverse musical influences of its members.  Currently, they include:  Barry Collins, Gary Collins, Barry James and Dara James.
Tickets for Upland Express are $10.00 and are available online at www.floydcountrystore.com by phone 540-745-4563 or stop in at the store.
The Floyd Country Store, home of the Friday Night Jamboree, has been an important part of the Floyd community for a century now. This historical landmark is a destination along “The Crooked Road”, Virginia’s Music heritage trail, and continues to be the meeting place for traditional musicians from the area.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Floyd County makes it big time in Washington Post

Well Floyd County has made news in the Washington Post...is it our eclectic way of life, our music talent,
our artisans...NOOOO!!! It is the fact that we don't have a liquor store in the entire county.
Now isn't that they way we want people to remember us. Well press is press and we somehow got our name out there....so that's a good thing isn't it? Check it out at the link below.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Time to Start Preparing for the 2011 Festival Season

 - Starting with Floydfest

Last year Mountain Song Inn booked about 4 months out for Floyd Fest, 
don't miss 
this opportunity to have a wonderful place to stay and enjoy the music. 
Make your reservations today.

November 23, 2010


FloydFest, the annual music andarts festival described by one on-line reviewer as a
“unicorn in a horse pasture of music festivals” celebrates it’s 10 year anniversary
this July 28-31, 2011. Held in the non-commercialNational Park environs of the
beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway, the scenic journey getting to this gem of a festival
is truly the perfect warm-up to the event, which takes place on an 80 acre plateau
overlooking a scenic gorge.  At 3200’ elevation, the event site features beautiful
wooded camping, as well as hiking and bike trails. Spanning four full days, and
offering 9 unique stages of entertainment, ranging from the beautifully timber framed
Dreaming Creek Main and Hillholler stages to the campy ‘Pink Floyd Garden Stage’
and the homey ‘Virginia Folklife Workshop Porch,’ FloydFest spans genres and
generations to truly create a “something for everybody” experience.
The production company behind the event, Across-the-Way Productions 
of Floyd, Virginia, has in fact dubbed this birthday bash event FloydFest X – 
the eXperience, and has utilized patron survey feedback to create a blowout 
line-up that includes favorite and most-requested acts from years past, with 
an initial artist roster that boasts the best in new and returning artists, including 
Taj Mahal, Del McCoury BandDavid Grisman QuintetYard Dogs Road Show
Sam Bush Band, Hot Tuna Electric and Acoustic, Cyro Baptista & Beat the Donkey, Toubab KreweDonna the Buffalo, Tony Rice Unit, Pimps of Joytime, 
Carolina Chocolate Drops, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Peter Rowan’s 
Bluegrass Band, John Brown’s Body, Boombox, New MonsoonBaka Beyond
Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, My Dear Disco, Shane Pruitt Band, DJ Williams 
Projekt, American Aquarium and 2010 Under the Radar winners Big Daddy 
Love. As part of the special overall eXperience, each and every artist will 
give an intimate ‘workshop’ performance on the Appalachian-style 
‘workshop porch.’

True to long-standing tradition, FloydFest will offer deep discount holiday ticket
packages through December 31st, with 4-day weekend tickets available for under
In 2010 FloydFest reached a capacity crowd, and this special 2011 edition is
anticipated to sell-out.A limited number of special ticket packages, fittingly dubbed
‘X-spot’ packages, include early arrival, primo camping, and on-site parking. Limited
number VIP tickets include backstage catering, parking, on-stage seating, pre- and
after-party admission. A family-friendly event, FloydFest features a centrally-located ‘
Children’s Universe,’ Healing Arts Village, Blue Ridge to Bayou Dance Tent,
Sustainability programs, a Beer and Wine Garden featuring local and regional wines
and microbrews, over 100 art and craft vendors, and a ‘Global Village.’

For tickets or general information, visit floydfest.com or call 888-VA-FESTS.

For press inquiries, please contact Mandy Gresham, mandy@darbycommunications.comor 828.254.0914

Monday, November 22, 2010


FLOYD - WSLS continues to feature the town and county of Floyd during our “Your Town” series this week.
Our next stop took us to Chateau Morrisette just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd County. Tuesday was a bottling day where we got to see the final step before those bottles of wine make it to your dinner table.
“It's the coming out of the wine. We've gone through a long drawn-out process of harvesting the grapes and making the wine,” said Dan TallmanDirector of Winemaking.
On days like this, workers bottle 4,000 gallons- that’s 2,000 cases of wine.
Owner, David Morrisette, knows what’s become a customer favorite.
"I guess the most popular one that we're most well-known for would be Our Dog Blue. It's a semi-sweet wine,” he said.
To make sure the wine tastes just right, the workers have a lot of responsibility.
"We make sure the wine is going into the bottle correctly so that we don't oxidize it- that it has the right vacuum. It’s a lot of technical stuff, but it's really important for the consumer,” Tallman said.
Morrisette said 2008 was a great year when the drought was a good thing for his wine. He still takes extra precautions for any other bad weather.
"We have approximately 250 acres of grapes. Some are at this location, but we also have some throughout the whole state so if there's bad weather- frost or freeze or a drought- we still have fruit,” he said.
Morrisette makes sure they have a variety of wines to satisfy each person’s taste buds.
"From the fine connoisseur to the one who really likes sweet wines, we have a different style for every person who walks through the door,” Morrisette said.
Tours are available. If you want to learn more about Chateau Morrisette, click here.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


I have met Gunther Hauk of Spikenard Farm (try the link below for his 6 minute video) and believe in his way of beekeeping. His informational classes are excellent.  I have purchased his book and it is very informative for a beekeeper.  Spikenard Farm is a wonderful place to visit.

Mountain Song Inn has 3 bee hives, we serve our own organic honey at our four course breakfast.
If you are interested we will suit you up when you visit and give you a hive demonstration(must be done when the temperature is above 60 degrees). Several guest have done this and gone home to take classes from their local county bee associations and start bee hives themselves. The more people we get involved  with bees the better. The honey bee needs all the help we can give them, if we loose the honey bee we can't be sure that other pollinators can take up the slack. Education is very important, we must learn what we are doing wrong.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

11/27: Kenny and Amanda Smith Band to Play the Country Store


11/27: Kenny and Amanda Smith Band to Play the Country Store

Kenny_and_Amanda_SmithThe Floyd Country Store will be hosting the Kenny and Amanda Smith Band Saturday, November 27 at 8:00 PM. Winners of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s prestigious Emerging Artist of the Year award in 2003, the Kenny and Amanda Smith Band combines gutsy, heartfelt vocals, brilliant instrumental talents and a powerful, contemporary sense of song choice and arrangement into one of the most compelling new sounds in bluegrass today.
A creation of the intensely personal musical and romantic connection between Kenny and Amanda, the band shares an all-too-rare sense of intimacy and cohesion where each musician feels an almost telepathic connection. Musicians call it being in the groove, where the group collectively accents each beat in precisely the same way. With Kenny leading the way on guitar, this band never has trouble finding the groove.
Originally from Nine Mile, Indiana, Kenny is widely considered one of the most important and influential flatpicking-style guitarists of his generation. A two-time IBMA Guitarist of the Year award winner, his professional credits include six years with the popular Lonesome River Band and an exceptional solo CD, Studebaker, released on Sugar Hill Records in 1997.
Kenny is in great demand at guitar workshops and master classes, teaching at the renowned Roanoke Bluegrass Weekend series and at guitar workshops at major events such as IBMA. He has just released a two-DVD instruction set on AcuTab Publications.
Born in the small town of Davisville, West Virginia, Amanda grew up singing in church choirs and participating in talent contests at local fairs. “I always sang, my mom and dad said, even before I can remember,” she says. She started playing guitar in high school to accompany herself, and soon discovered bluegrass music through female artists such as Rhonda Vincent and Alison Krauss.
In September 2008, the band released Live and Learn, their fifth album, on Rebel Records. With dynamic vocals and inventive instrumentation, the exciting, diverse disc also features the pitch-perfect song choice that has marked every release of the Kenny and Amanda Smith Band.
Tickets for the Kenny and Amanda Smith Band are $15.00 and are available online at www.floydcountrystore.com by phone 540-745-4563 or stop in at the store at 206 South Locust Street.