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.