Friday, November 25, 2011

TWO OUT OF FIVE STOPS AN EASY DRIVE FROM MOUNTAIN SONG



Mountain Song Inn is very close to 2 out of the 5 must see stops on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Make a reservation for now or next year you won't be disappointed.



5 Blue Ridge Parkway Stops

Enjoy the sights along one of America’s
most scenic highways.

Frommer's: 5 Stops on the Blue Ridge Parkway mabry mill
Mabry Mill in autumn. Blue Ridge Parkway, Va. — Photo Researchers/Getty Images
Winding 469 miles from Virginia into North Carolina and between Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains national parks, the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of America's can't-miss scenic routes. But it's not just a pretty drive: The Blue Ridge Parkway is a terrific destination unto itself, with dozens of overlooks, trails and historic sites that are perfect for breaking up your time behind the wheel.
Stop #1: Mabry Mill, Meadows of Dan, Va. — Milepost 176One of the most popular snapshot subjects on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mabry Mill dates from 1910, when E.B. Mabry completed the sawmill and blacksmith and wheelwright shops that serve as a community hub to this day. Near Rocky Knob (site of the parkway's only rental cabins), the mill offers living-history exhibits on rural Virginian life as well as live music and dancing on Sunday afternoon.
Stop #2: Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax, Va. — Milepost 213Established in 1985, the Blue Ridge Music Center highlights local banjo and fiddle music through live performances at an on-site amphitheater. An interactive exhibit, "The Roots of American Music," traces the origins of the Southern Appalachian sound to African and European traditions.
Stop #3: Craggy Gardens, Ivy, N.C. — Milepost 364North of Asheville, this especially scenic stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway earned the moniker Craggy Gardens for the vast swaths of rhododendrons and other native wildflowers crowning its peaks. Several trails delve into the flora, including some gentle routes to stunning overlooks. Nearby, Mount Mitchell is the highest point east of the Mississippi River (6,684 feet) and home to a state park and more trails.
Stop #4: Folk Art Center, Asheville, N.C. — Milepost 382The Folk Art Center is home to a three-gallery museum with the Southern Highland Craft Guild's permanent collection. At the historic Allanstand Craft Shop, you can see artisans at work, demonstrating everything from quilting to woodcarving.
Stop #5: Mount Pisgah, Waynesville, N.C. — Milepost 408One of the taller peaks on the Blue Ridge Parkway (5,721 feet), Mount Pisgah is worth a stop for the view from its overlook, if not the strenuous hike to its summit. Nearby, the Pisgah Inn (open March 20-October 29) is the only lodging and restaurant in the vicinity, with a terrific panorama from just about every window.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

JUST IN TIME FOR THE GIFT GIVING SEASON


If you have stayed at Mountain Song Inn lately you will recognize our German

Apple Pancake listed below. What a great gift the new Bed and Breakfast of
Virginia 2011 cookbook would make. Give me a call and I'll send you one when 
they come in, just $29.95



New BBAV 2011 Cookbook

A delicious recipe collection that will bring 'oohs' and 'aahs' from your friends and family." Now you can entertain with ease and flair! The owners and chefs from Virginia's B & B's and Country Inns share their most requested, mouth-watering, award winning recipes. Many are make-ahead or time saving recipes. Entice your family and friends with recipes such as:
  • Apple Coffee Cake
  • Baked Eggs & Mushrooms in brioche
  • Cheesy Potatoes
  • German Apple Pancakes
  • Sunshine Yogurt Surprise
  • Sweet Potato Hominy Hash 
    Sprinkled among the recipes are B & B Travel Information, Map, and other information 
    This is not just a cookbook, but a travel companion. Each B & B is unique. Virginia offers historic Colonial homes, country manors, Victorian homes, old train depots, and former plantations. This book will help you discover a Virginia Bed & Breakfast that is perfect for you.

    $29.95 per cookbook includes sales tax & shipping/handling.

Monday, November 7, 2011




All Mountain Song Inn guest know about our honey
served at breakfast, matter of fact many take a
jar or two home because they know how different it
is from commercial grade honey. Below if a short
article that says it way better than we could.
Though you can get us to sing our honey's praises 
if you just ask us about our bees.
When you come for a visit don't forget to take 
home some HONEY!!

CATCH THE BUZZ
Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn't Honey. Ultra-filtering 
Removes
 Pollen, Hides Honey Origins
Below  are the first several paragraphs of a copyrighted story by Andrew 
Schneider, 
written for FOOD SAFTEY NEWS.  You can find the rest of the story by 
clicking here
We urge you to read the entire story. It is long, but it is revealing.

by Andrew Schneider | Nov 07, 2011
More than three-fourths of the honey sold in U.S. grocery stores isn't exactly 
what the 
bees produce, according to testing done exclusively for Food Safety News.

The results show that the pollen frequently has been filtered out of products 
labeled "honey."
The removal of these microscopic particles from deep within a flower would 
make the 
nectar flunk the quality standards set by most of the world's food safety agencies.

The food safety divisions of the  World Health Organization, the European 
Commission 
and dozens of others also have ruled that without pollen there is no way to determine 
whether the honey came from legitimate and safe sources.

In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration says that any product that's 
been 
ultra-filtered and no longer contains pollen isn't honey. However, the FDA isn't 
checking 
honey sold here to see if it contains pollen.


Here is a list of the honey tested by Food Safety News
that showed no traces of pollen. Analysis showed that
the absence of pollen was consistent regardless of the
size of the jar. In some cases, the stores where the
honey was purchased are not listed because the same
brands can be found in many different outlets.
• American Choice Clover Honey
• Archer Farms Orange Blossom Honey
• Archer Farms Organic Classic Honey
• Busy Bee Organic Honey
•Busy Bee, Pure Clover Honey
•CVS Honey
• Fred Meyer Clover Honey
• Full Circle Pure Honey
•Giant Eagle Clover Honey
•GE Clover Honey
•Great Value, Clover Honey
•Haggen Honey, Natural & Pure
• HT Traders Tupelo Honey
•Kroger Pure Clover Honey
• Market Pantry Pure Honey
• Mel-o 100 % Pure Honey
•Natural Sue Bee Clover Honey
•Naturally Preferred Fireweed Honey
•Rite Aid Honey
• Safeway Clover Honey
• Silver Bow Pure Honey
• Stop and Shop Clove Honey
• Sue Bee Clover Honey
• Thrifty Bee Honey
• Valutime Honey
•Walgreen MEL-O honey
•Western Family Clover Honey
•Wegman Clover Honey
•Winnie the Pooh, Pure Clover