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
Draggers
$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
www.BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org

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.




NOT JUST ANOTHER PRETTY WINERY
NOT YOUR ORDINARY WINERY
MORE THAN A WINERY
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 (www.thecrookedroad.org). 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 www.thecrookedroad.org.
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.