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!

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