Sunday, October 31, 2010

Floyd Country Store, known world-wide

Or at least nation wide, the article link below by Jim Weaver a free lance writer from Pennsylvania for the OLD TIME HERALD, a North Carolina paper, shows how others enjoy what we so often take for granted.

The Old-Time Herald Volume 12, Number 7
The Floyd Country StoreBy Jim Weaver
The Clyde Williams Band performs at the Floyd Country Store. Photo by Jim Weave

Floyd is a small town in Southwestern Virginia just off the 
Blue Ridge Parkway. There’s only one traffic light in the entire county,
 and it’s located here. Most of the time a stop sign would do, locals say, 
but in the summertime there’s a little more tourist traffic. Whatever Floyd was 
in the past, it’s changing, and the catalyst for change here is traditional
 Appalachian music.
There’s a new 16-room hotel in Floyd, which has already announced 
plans to expand. There are several good restaurants and a couple of 
art galleries, the kind of things you need if you’re going to attract 
tourists and their dollars. But most of this would not exist without the
 music. Although live music can been heard at several places around 
town, the most important venue and reason for Floyd’s expanding 
Several years ago, the state tourism people, seeking to bring more visitors
 to Southwestern Virginia, created a marketing program that identified 
seven locations in the area where people could hear live music. They 
call it the Crooked Road (, and have promoted
 it widely. The music trail includes the Ralph Stanley Museum in Clintwood, 
Country Cabin in Norton, Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Birthplace of 
Country Music in Bristol, Blue Ridge Music Center near Galax, Rex 
Theater and Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, and the Floyd Country Store. 
The Store is one of the most popular music venues on the trail. Here, the 
gospel, old-time, and other traditional country music is as beautiful and 
rugged as the region’s landscape.

If you come to Floyd County, Mountain Song Inn would love to be a part 
of your journey. Visit our website and we are sure we will make the cut. 
Hope to see you soon.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


On Sunday, November 7th the Clair Lynch Band will be performing at the Country Store in Floyd, VA ...Mountain Song Inn will give the first two day booking tickets to the concert, on a first come first get basis. Call now, or go online and book your room for Saturday, Sunday, or Sunday, Monday.  If you are the first, and our reservation are time stamped, the tickets will be given to you at check-in. Hope to see you here. Check out Clair Lynch link below, she has a very impressive reputation.

Monday, October 25, 2010


WINTER WONDERLAND GETAWAY From November 2010 Through March 2011
$165.00 For Two
When the weather turns cold and winter chases you inside, come warm yourself with us and take a break from the weekly routine by escaping to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Included is a winery tour and wine tasting for two, a $75 Château Morrisette gift card, and an $85 lodging coupon toward one evening’s stay. The package makes a wonderful gift for two.
Our restaurant’s interpretation of classical and new Southern cuisine features seasonal and regional ingredients. You’ll enjoy a beautiful fire on the hearth, delightful appetizers, entrees and luscious desserts. Your gift card may also be used to shop for unique gifts and wine accessories in our beautiful gift shop. Gift cards are valid for 24 months! Reservations in the restaurant are requested.
Sample ten Château Morrisette wines, receive two souvenir wine glasses, choose your favorite wines to take home, and tour our production area. No reservations are needed for a tour or tasting and the coupon can be used anytime through March 2011!
A restful night’s lodging at special winter rates are available at the facilities listed. Some also include a hearty breakfast the next morning. You may want to contact lodging first to confirm accommodations are available on the date you need. Some lodging may accept the coupon for Friday or Saturday night. Please refer to each individual lodging facility’s cancellation and inclement weather policy. 
Simple and stress free!
Mountain Song Inn would love for you to join us for you getaway.
A fabulous breakfast is included. Book now!

Sunday, October 17, 2010


We did it! Joanna and I married this last weekend at Mountain Song Inn on 10/10/10 (she picked the date so that I had no excuse to forget the anniversary!!) It was a GLORIOUS day for an outside wedding, the weather was perfect, the leaves were all changing colors for the Fall, a handful of GREAT friends came to celebrate with us; everything fell into place perfectly. Also my daughter Jessica, son-in-law Courtney, and their children, my grandbabies were there and I am SO grateful that they could make it. Little Starla stole the show as the flower girl! Our hosts at Mountainsong Inn, Chris and Andy Moreno went WAY beyond anything that we could have hoped for in allowing us to use their beautiful Bed & Breakfast  as the backdrop for this event. They are an incredible couple running a spectacular place in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southern Virginia. If you ever want to get away and just enjoy the beauty of nature, be pampered, have someone cook some of the most fantastic breakfasts, then MountainSong Inn is the place. This was our fourth time returning. You will not find a better place with better hosts! - Tony S.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Floyd County, VA....ART IS EVERYWHERE!!!

The Floyd Artist Association will be displaying their talents and wares this coming Saturday, October 16th on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Tuggles Gap, just outside the city of Floyd on Route 8 and the parkway. The leaves are at their peak, so this would be a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

ANOTHER IDEA...Floyd's View Exhibit.  An exhibit honoring the 75th Anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway. With over 40 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway within the borders of Floyd County, more than any other county in Virginia, artisans have much to draw inspiration from- such as the geography, the culture, and aspects of nature along the parkway. Seeing this unique area through the artist's eye will bring forth visions to inspire and open the eye of the beholder. The Jacksonville Center for the Arts 220 Parkway Lane, Floyd, VA 24091 540-745-2784 Mondays - Saturdays 10:00am-5:00pm, Sundays 12:00noon - 5:00pm

AND THEN THERE IS......Russian Artists Breezeway Exhibit. The Breezeway Gallery at The Jacksonville Center will feature works by Russian artists throughout the month of October, beginning with a First Friday reception on October 1.The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public; donations are encouraged. The Jacksonville Center for the Arts 220 Parkway Lane, Floyd, VA 24091 540-745-2784 Mondays - Saturdays 10:00am-5:00pm, Sundays 12:00noon - 5:00pm

Didn't I say Floyd was all about I didn't even give you a hint about our music venues this week.....
you will have to visit or search that out for yourself. Come to Floyd, VA and see .

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Carla Darling's Mountain Song Inn Visit

Mountain Song

The anticipation of our trip had been on going for weeks and now it had come and gone as I found myself photographing the tree lined fenced lane that welcomed our arrival to the beautiful peace and serenity of Mountain Song Inn. Unfortunately, this same driveway was now also leading me away from my peaceful haven.
Reflecting back on our three day stay, it started with our round of golf at the Great Oaks Country Club. Here Sam was so gracious in welcoming us to enjoy their challenging course. We walked 18 holes and inhaled the breathtaking views of this meticulously kept course. This was our 3rd time here, and we think that it is a nicely kept secret in Virginia, so please don’t tell anyone.

Making our way from golf at dusk we felt lucky to find a seat at ,Oddfellas Cantina since it was Friday and the Floyd Friday Night Jamboree was in full swing. At Oddfellas we were entertained by Bill and Maggie Anderson while feasting on the salmon with dill cream sauce. Delectable! We love their food and we love their idea of supporting local farming! We then walked the streets and found the area musicians on every street corner as we approached the Floyd Country Store. What a blessing to have so many folks share their musical talent and heritage with strangers. We love the folks at Floyd!

Early Saturday, Chris ( Chris and Andy Moreno of the Mountain Song) fixed us a perfect to go breakfast so we could get an early start to Auburn Hills Golf Course where we played in an outing sponsored by Federal Mogul of Blacksburg, Va for employees and suppliers. Another beautiful course enjoyed with the great and gracious people of Virginia.

Leaving Auburn Hills Golf Course, we had a late lunch at Mickey G’s in Floyd. What an unbelievable menu! Bill and I devoured the Lasagna with a Greek Salad and even took home a veggie pizza to share with Chris and Andy later. The pizza was to die for!

The pitter-patter of rain awoke us on Sunday to the smell of fresh brewed coffee and all the sounds of a mountain meadow. We love to sleep with our window open and the bed was so cozy and the air clean and crisp and it was only the aromas of Chris’s cooking that drew us from our bed. This morning it was all about a veggie omelet ( our request) with homemade croissants, biscuits and of course, homemade jams and sorbet! OMG! What about my waistline?? Oh well, I will work out an extra minute or two! LOL.

So we waddled off to Presbyterian Church of Floyd where everyone made us feel quite at home and welcome. Especially, Eric Fendly, who took us under his wing to make sure we felt welcomed. What a wonderful church family!

Since it continued to rain, ( meaning no golf at Greater Oaks Country Club) we were fortunate to enjoy lunch at the Chateau Morrisette and their wine tour. A beautiful facility and the food was great.

Back at the Mountain Song Inn, Bill and Andy watched the Washington Redskins lose their game while I peacefully went to my retreat on the swing overlooking the mountain meadow with my book. I could stay on that swing listening to the songs of the mountain forever. How many places can you go to today where you do not hear man made sounds but only the sounds of the rhythms of nature or even better yet, simply the song of the mountain?

Our thanks for Chris and Andy Moreno and our thanks to all the folks of Floyd, Virginia for making another trip seem so special.
We love Floyd!