Sunday, December 2, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Mountain Song Season Winds Down

Our last guest of the season departed today and headed south to better weather. Andy and I are pulling everything we can from the porches to ready ourselves for the winds that are anticipated late tonight and tomorrow. We will fare better than our friends and family that are closer to the coast;  however this is the earliest we have seen snow at Mountain Song.

We wish warm hearths and safety to all who come within Sandy's reach, I say"let her rip", I don't think we will come anywhere near the 3 to 6 foot, blizzard conditions predicted on the other side of I81 and into West Virginia. We have about 1/2 inch of snow so far but the weatherman says the worst is still to come.

As the season comes to a close this year, we want to thank all our guest who visited; for those who couldn't make it we will look forward to seeing you, we hope, next year. Health and happiness is our wish for all of you who have come our way. We so enjoy what we do here at Mountain Song Inn, and thank you for sharing it with us.

If you are looking for the perfect gift for any occasion, we hope you will look no further than our gift certificates, which we would be happy to help you with. Just give us a call.

Until we meet again, God speed.

Chris and Andy

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Blue Ridge Music Center

                              Mountain Song Inn is about 30 miles from Galax, but it is                          
                              beautiful drive and a lovely place to stay when visiting .         
No Concert this weekend, enjoy the Galax Fiddlers' Convention

The Blue Ridge Music Center will not host a concert this weekend 

(Aug. 10-12) in recognition of the finale events at the Galax Old 
Fidders' Convention.
There will be free daily music in the breezeway, however, with a 
different group of musicians performing each day from noon to 4 p.m. 
The Roots of American Music Museum is also open daily from 9 a.m. 
to 5 p.m. Midday Mountain Music and the 
museum are both free.
Upcoming concerts are:
SAT. Aug. 18 Country Bluesmen: Dom Flemons / Boo Hanks / 
Lightnin’ Wells $10/$8 students & seniors
SAT. Aug. 25 Hot Pickers, New Bands! Jus’ Cauz / Old-Time Pals
$8/$5 students & seniors
SAT. Sep. 1 Travers Chandler & Avery County / Dry Hill
$10/$8 students & seniors
SAT. Sep. 8 Last Chance to Dance! Jack Krack & The Bing
Brothers /
Giles Mountain 
Stringband $10/$8 students & seniors
SAT. Sep. 15 Celebrating 100 Years of Banjo Master Kyle Creed
$10/$8 students & seniors
Children 12 & under free.
For info on all shows and tickets call: (276) 236-5309 x112 or
purchase online at

Open 7 days a week (9am-5pm) through October 28th.
Mid-Day Mountain Music 12-4pm daily. Free.
Roots of American Music Museum: 9am-5pm daily
(later on concert nights). Free.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Hiking Trails near Floyd, Virginia

The Floyd Virginia area has been written about in many publications; noted for its spot on the Crooked Road with mountain music galore and its many artisan trails. We forget what is all around us, beautiful hiking spots. This article points out just four, there are many more. The mile and a half trail around Mountain Song Inn could be your warm up, call us today for reservations.

Hiking Trails near Floyd, Virginia

by Richard Corrigan, Demand Media

Floyd is located less then 10 miles from Virginia's Blue Ridge Parkway.
Floyd is located less then 10 miles from Virginia's Blue Ridge Parkway.
Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the Floyd area offers ample resources for hikers and nature lovers. Several of these trails are accessible from the Blue Ridge Parkway, a scenic mountain roadway that stretches through 469 miles of Virginia and North Carolina. The area's offerings include two major hiking attractions in Floyd County, and one each in neighboring Franklin and Patrick counties.
Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve
The highest point in Floyd County at 3,971 feet, Buffalo Mountain is named for its shape, which resembles a buffalo's head and back. The summit is accessible by a 1-mile trail, which offers a steep and strenuous hike, but rewards hikers with a striking panoramic view of the surrounding area. Parking is available at the trailhead, which can be reached from VA Route 727.

Rocky Knob Recreation Area

Located about 10 miles south of the town of Floyd, Rocky Knob Recreation Area offers an extensive trail system. The longest trail in the area is the the Rock Castle Gorge Trail, a moderate to strenuous loop that stretches 10.8 miles over elevations varying from 1,700 to 3,572 feet. Shorter, less taxing hikes can be had on the three-mile Black Ridge Trail and the 2.6-mile Picnic Loop Trail.

Smart View Recreational Area

Smart View Recreational Area is located in Franklin County, about 20 minutes from the town of Floyd, and is directly accessible from the Blur Ridge Parkway. The area offers picnic tables and shelters, as well as the 3.16-mile Smart View Loop Trail. The trail winds through wooded areas, and leads to scenic overlooks at Trails Cabin and the Smart View Overlook.

Fairy Stone State Park

Located about 25 miles southeast of Floyd in Patrick County, Fairy Stone State Park offers a number of hiking trails, divided into two trail systems. The Stuarts Knob trail system, which is designated for hikers only, includes about five miles of trails ranging from moderate to strenuous. The longer Little Mountain system includes about 13 miles of multiuse trails for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders.

Great Article on Chateau Morrisette

When you visit Chateau Morriestte and need accommodations remember us here at Mountain Song Inn,
We would love for you to visit our award winning bed and breakfast.

Located in southwest Virginia at Floyd among breathtaking vistas of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains along the Parkway, Chteau Morrisette is one of the largest and oldest wineries in Virginia. Noted for producing varietal and proprietary blended award-winning wines, the winery also features a salvaged timber-frame production facility, large gift shop, tasting room, restaurant, gardens and event grounds.
More than just a winery producing award-winning wines in a beautiful rural setting, Chateau Morrisette has maintained a strong commitment to hospitality excellence since 1978. The winery is open year round for winery tours, wine tastings, shopping, events and memorable dining. A gourmet restaurant offers elegant dining with distinctive specialty themed dining events, open house parties, musical concerts and plays. Additional activities are offered throughout the year including the Black Dog Summer Concert Series and free Sunday Sounds music. A natural amphitheater accommodates outdoor events.
Located on the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 171.5, thousands of annual visitors consider the winery a premier destination for a relaxing and exciting experience encompassing fine wine, good food and natural surroundings. It has also become a popular venue for weddings, receptions and other special gatherings.
An expansion and modernization in 1999 included a new wine production facility and spacious hospitality center constructed from salvaged timber from the St. Marie River and from a Seattle warehouse to create one of the largest salvaged timber frame buildings in North America: 32,365 square feet with over 132,000 board feet of recycled Douglas fir timbers.
From light-bodied Rieslings and buttery Chardonnays, to the bright fruit of Chambourcin and rich, full-bodied Cabernets, the winemaking team makes over 25 different wines. Oh, did I forget the resident Black Labradors? That have inspired their wine labels and greet one and all? Not your usual winery!

State Delegate Ken Plum visit our Crooked Road

Delegate Ken Plum visited Floyd County and enjoyed our area very much from his column below. He didn't stay at Mountain Song Inn, but maybe next time he will. Enjoy his column.

Column: Virginia’s Crooked Road

Jane and I are about to embark on an extended weekend visiting one major venue on Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, The Crooked Road ( As you read this we will have just returned from the FloydFest Concert featuring Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Alison Krauss, and many others. The Festival is in Floyd County just south of Blacksburg and Virginia Tech in a small town that has been named one of the 100 Best Small Arts Towns in a book by that name. Our trip was made possible in part from a contest we won.
Floyd is just one stop on a 333-mile driving route through the scenic mountains of Southwest Virginia that connects major heritage music venues, and FloydFest is one of many festivals and concerts along the way. We are excited about our trip because the drive through Southwest Virginia could not be more spectacular. We will get to enjoy the music for which the region is well known from old-time fiddle and banjo, a cappella gospel and ballad singing, and bluegrass among others. Ralph Stanley and the Carter Family are among the better known performers who called the region home. In addition, we will be shopping for the distinctive Appalachian Mountain arts and crafts and hiking some of the trails.
The eastern most point of The Crooked Road is Rocky Mount in Franklin County, moonshine capital of the state, and heads westward and south paralleling the North Carolina and Tennessee borders. It passes through Galax, “World’s Capital of Old-Time Mountain Music,” and home of the annual Old Fiddler’s Convention that might be one of the world’s largest (scheduled for Aug. 6-11, 2012). Next along the way is beautiful Abingdon, and after Gate City, the Road turns back north through the Appalachian Mountains and coal mining country to end at the Breaks Interstate Park. There are many more venues for music and entertainment than I have listed. I suggest taking a look at The Crooked Road travel guide at
Jane attended Virginia Tech and lived next door to the region as a college student. I have visited the region many times on legislative and other business. We are excited about going back even if for a short time. Southwest Virginia is unique in its history and culture. It is a great place to get to know. You may want to take a trip on Virginia’s Crooked Road.

Thursday, July 26, 2012


Floyd, Va Bed and Breakfast Mountain Song Inn is a better way to stay, check us out on google places or TripAdvisor and see what you are missing.

Posted: 26 Jul 2012 11:15 AM PDT | How B&Bs have overcome hotels’ guest satisfaction mistakes
In a recent article appearing on Yahoo! Travel, author Rosemary McClure summed up why travelers are fed up with hotels.  We in the B&B industry read the story with a snicker, realizing that the very advice the article outlined for hotels from the annual J.D. Power & Associates report on hotel guest satisfaction is exactly what innkeepers already know and are already delivering.  According to the article, Jessica McGregor, senior account manager in the global travel and hospitality practice for J.D. Power said “It’s not enough to raise rates and offer the same service as before. They (i.e. hotels) need to make sure they have service-oriented staffs that will treat guests better and personalize their stays.” Personalized service is the mainstay of every B&B’s mission and is what has defined them as the better way to stay.  Check any of the Better Way To Stay videos measuring B&Bs against hotels, and if it isn’t already clear, it soon will be. Then, if you’re still a doubter, check B&B reviews on TripAdvisor , and time and time again you’ll read glowing reviews about how friendly service sets inns and B&Bs apart from hotels.
The Yahoo! Travel story went on to explain that McGregor said the thing that angers hotel guests most, however, is the Internet, which she described as a flashpoint for today’s travelers.  As the J.D. Powers Hotel Guest Satisfaction Report shows and we in the B&B industry realized long ago, guests want wi-fi in their hotel rooms and don’t want to be charged for it. They also want it to work well.  This is why 96% of inns and B&Bs offer complimentary wi-fi to innkeepers according to the Professional Association of Innkeepers International surveys.
Yet, hotels are notorious for nonworking wi-fi, even though they charge a daily fee for access. “Band-width is a continuing problem,” says McGregor. “Hotel staff members can’t tell people in the morning that they can’t shower because there’s no hot water left. They can’t tell people after dinner that there’s no Internet because a lot of people are online then.” Chalk yet another advantage up for B&Bs – you won’t find 200 users logging on at the same time and using up all the bandwidth.
While some travelers want predictability, the trend today is toward unique lodging properties exceeding expectations.  Thus it comes as no surprise to us in the B&B industry that Drury, a family-owned group of 120 hotels in the Midwest and South, came out on top of the J.D. Powers Guest Satisfaction survey.  The chain’s motto is “The extras aren’t extra” and guests can depend on free hot breakfasts, wi-fi and an early-evening gathering with hot appetizers and beverages.  Guess what?  That’s exactly what you’ll find the next time you visit a B&B.  While the free refreshments may come 24-7 in guest pantries, or in afternoon or evening refreshments, the hot breakfasts will be personalized to meet any dietary restrictions and the wi-fi is free!  The reason travelers like Drury is because they’re seeking the B&B experience and Drury hotels come as close as a chain, cookie-cutter designed hotel room can come.
Whether you’re Pro-Doily or No Doily, we know if you’re reading this you’re Pro-B&B and we hope you will share it with your fellow travelers who keep looking for the B&B experience in a hotel.  Give it up! Go for the real personalized experienced and the better way to stay.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Press Release 6/7/2012

Well our press release made the Floyd Press, I sent it to the
New York Times and USA Today, still waiting. Do you think 
it will make it?

Thank you to all who have written stellar reviews after you
have stayed with us at the Mountain Song Inn this award
belongs to you too. We look forward to repeated visits from
old and new friends.  Make your reservations today.

Sunday, June 3, 2012







Picnic Down The Blue Ridge
Venue: Chateau Morrisette, Floyd
Date: June 24, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Event Types: Food, Drink Specials
Advance Tickets: $25.00
Day of Event: $35.00

Enjoy wine tastings and picnic snacks at the seven separate wineries on this self-guided tour throughout the Blue Ridge for this two day event on Saturday, June 23rd and Sunday, June 24th.

The participating wineries include:
- Ch√Ęteau Morrisette (Floyd) -
- AmRhein Wine Cellars (Bent Mountain) -
- Attimo Winery (Christiansburg) -
- Blacksnake Meadery (Carroll County) -
- Foggy Ridge Cider (Dugspur) -
- Stanburn Winery (Stuart) -
- Villa Appalacci (Floyd) -

Tickets can be purchased in advance ($25) by contacting any winery on the tour. Or on the tour weekend you can purchase tickets ($35) at your first location.

Your Ticket covers both Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, visit: or

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Guest Blog: Thanks Ed.

What a peasant surprise.  The inn and all it offers far exceeded what its website describes.  The innkeepers, Chris and Andy Moreno, are grand folks who were extraordinarily focused on our every need.  Yes, it is isolated, and yes it doesn't accommodate kids and smoking, and yes isn't that marvelous!  The tranquility and beauty of their gardens and mountains was picture postcard pretty.  They made special arrangements for my "early fly fishing" breakfast which was awesome.  Incidentally, if you are looking for an excellent smallmouth bass fly fishing guide who is a consummate pro, contact Mike Smith at  He will pick you up at the front door and return you safely.  We are returning in August to bask again in the hospitality and beauty of Mountain Song Inn and New River fly fishing.