Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A NEW GUIDEBOOK FOR THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY


MOUNTAIN SONG INN is the perfect place to stay and do day trips of the area. Tell us what you like and we can help you plan the perfect 4 to 5 day get away. Check out the new guidebook of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Our county of Floyd has the longest part of the parkway for it's boarder.





The new Adkins book details the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The new Adkins book details the Blue Ridge Parkway.
They call Leonard Adkins “The Habitual Hiker,” and no wonder. Adkins, who used to live in Catawba but currently resides in Richmond, has through-hiked all 2000 miles-plus of the Appalachian Trail several times, in addition to long walks all over the U.S. and elsewhere. Adkins is also an author, chronicling the trails in minute detail for others.
His newest release is Hiking and Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway: The Only Guide You Will Ever Need, Including GPS, Maps, and More, billed as the only guidebook to provide a detailed description of every National Park Service trail along the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Adkins will sign copies of his book from 2-4 pm at the Barnes & Noble – Valley View Mall on Sunday, June 2 from 2-4 pm. On Friday, June 7, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm he’ll appear at Barnes & Noble in Spradlin Farms, Christiansburg,
In addition, every other trail that even touches or comes close to the parkway – including those in the Roanoke area- also gets a mention. Forest Service and State Park trails are in the mix now, even some trails at private resorts at Wintergreen and those on Mill Mountain locally. Roanoke greenway trails that come close the parkway are included as well. Lodges and dining along the parkway and nearby services (gas, etc.) in close vicinity get a mention.
Maps and GPS coordinates for trailheads are features in Hiking and Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is a reincarnation of an earlier Adkins book, Walking the Blue Ridge. “When it was time to update it again we decided to greatly expand it [instead]” said Adkins, “it now has a map for every trail that it talks about.”
Adkins is known for his accuracy, and he walked every one of the 130 official parkway trails in the book with a surveyor’s measuring wheel, to ensure he got the mileage right. There’s more: descriptions of every overlook on the parkway, elevation changes in a chart for bicyclists, water and restrooms, minimum tunnel heights for RV travelers and sightseeing information about nearby towns that includes details on greenways. Adkins said Roanoke is “way ahead of everyone else with greenways.”
Roanoke, Floyd, Asheville and other major cities or towns along the Parkway are described, with Center in the Square, the Farmer’s Market and the Taubman Museum getting a mention as things to do when you want to come off of the road for a while. The Chestnut Ridge Trail and Glenwood Horse Trail, along with the Roanoke Valley Horse Trail are also in the book.
There’s also information on campsites, picnic areas, a roadside calendar about flower blooms, an overview of parkway regulations and directions to parkway ranger offices. Featured as well are three or four sentences on the view from each overlook or the history of the land surrounding it. Whew! might be the word.
Adkins’ previous books, including Wildflowers of the Appalachian Trail, The Appalachian Trail: A Visitor’s Companion, 50 Hikes in Northern Virginia, and Explorer’s Guide West Virginia, have won numerous awards, such as the National Outdoor Book Award and the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award. The newest Adkins book “is set up as if you are traveling southward on the parkway from milepost 1. As we call it, the only guide you’ll ever need.” Hiking and Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway is also available at visitor’s centers along the parkway.
By Gene Marrano

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

MOUNTAIN JAM: FLOYDFEST


Love it when our area gets great publicity, it lifts us all, as you can see from this Guns & Garden article.  FloydFest has really come into its own and is well renowned world over. Mountain Song Inn is full but what about FloydFest 2014...book now and don't miss out. See you at Floyd Fest.

Mountain Jam: FloydFest


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VIRGINIA
An Americana music festival with Appalachian roots in Floyd, Virginia

WHEN TO GO: From July 25 through 28, the 428 residents of Floyd will put out a big, fat welcome mat for the music-loving multitudes who come to see more than eighty acts, which skew toward hard-charging, foot-stomping Americana. 
WHAT TO EXPECT: FloydFest has stayed true to its Appalachian roots while growing steadily over its twelve-year history. It now draws 15,000 festival-goers to a sprawling encampment fifteen miles outside of town; on site there are eight music stages, beer and wine gardens, an arts village, and even a mountain-biking trail into the surrounding Blue Ridge. This year’s lineup is heavy on folk rockers, including the Lumineers, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Brandi Carlile.
TYPICAL DAY: After waking up Saturday morning in the Old Church Gallery Suite (or one of fifteen other guest rooms) at downtown’s homey Hotel Floyd, fuel up with an early Cuban sandwich lunch at Oddfella’s Cantina & Tapas Bar, which specializes in “comfort food with an Appalachian Latino twist.” Then shuttle to the concert grounds to rouse friends who are camping in the official tent city. Slather on sunscreen and divide your time between the brass-band parade, the new Vaudeville Revue tent, and the old-time mountain music at the intimate Virginia Folklore Workshop Porch. Later, flash your VIP-area laminate (after all, you paid handsomely for it) to fortify yourself with craft beers and snacks before you claim a seat right smack onstage to watch headliner Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes. Pace yourself, though: Even after the main stage goes dark, the Yonder Mountain String band kicks off a raucous midnight set.
GETTING THERE: Hop off I-81 near Roanoke and wind forty scenic miles southwest. 
floydfest.com

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

TradFest Memorial Day Celebration in Galax



Galax is a lovely ride from 

Mountain Song Inn. Book 

for Memorial Day weekend 

online or give us a call:

540-789-3000 or 

Mountain Song Inn. There 

is a lot going on in the 

mountains!

TradFest! – A Celebration of Young Mountain Musicians


Galax, Virginia - Come join us at the Blue Ridge Music Center for the kick-off the 2013 Summer Concert Series on Memorial Day weekend in Galax!
The Blue Ridge Music Center will be celebrating the area’s cultural heritage on May 25th, when many of the region’s remarkable young musicians will be showcased in special events at TradFest!
Elizabeth LaPrelle & Anna Roberts-Gevalt
Elizabeth LaPrelle & Anna Roberts-Gevalt
Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of events including an instrument petting zoo (please touch the instruments!), a kids’ singing and art workshop, jamming (come play!), and a 3pm concert featuring some of the best youth bands & musicians in the Blue Ridge including: the New Spring Valley Boys, Old-Grass, Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) and other guests.
DETAILED SCHEDULE OF TRADFEST! EVENTS:
SATURDAY, MAY 25
Youth Jam (breezeway) 12-2:30 pm.  All welcome, including the young at heart. Free
Instrument Petting Zoo - 12-5pm. Try out a variety of stringed instruments for fun and get tips on how to play from musicians from the Blue Ridge Music Makers Guild. Free.
Crankie Ballad Workshop (classroom) 1:30-2:30pm. Crankies are artwork on scrolls that you can wind to tell the story of a song or tune. Kids will have great fun with this creative art project and get to sing at the same time with Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle. Free.
Trad-is-Rad Youth Concert & Squaredance: New Spring Valley Boys / Old Grass / Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM). Activities all day celebrating young mountain musicians! Reserve in advance. Free (mainstage) 3pm. Children 12 and under are free. $5.
The Blue Ridge Music Center is located at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway only 10 miles from Galax, Virginia and 20 miles from Mount Airy, North Carolina. Music Center hours: 10am-5pm open everyday after May 23rd. Bring a picnic, folding chairs, your friends and the whole family! No alcohol or pets. Smokehouse BBQ available on concert nights. The Blue Ridge Music Center has mainstage concerts every weekend through August in the outdoor amphitheater at the foot of beautiful Fisher Peak. Also enjoy free Mid Day Mountain Music 12-4pm daily and the free Roots of American Music museum.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Chateau Morriestte Summer Schedule


Chateau Morrisette' summer schedule is out, make plans to visit the winery and stay with us at Mountain Song Inn.

 

 

Upcoming Events

Too Good to Miss


April 19-21

Mountain Adventure Weekend

April 19-30

Annual Wine Sale
20% off all bottles of wine, 30% off selected bottles. Kennel Club discounts apply. Order online, by phone, or purchase at the winery. Remember, free shipping on orders over $150 (sorry, not yet available for online orders, phone orders call 540.593.2865).

Black Dog Music Festivals

Rhythm and Vine - July 6
The Greencards. headline.
Dangermuffin opens.
Come out and enjoy the wines of 5 Virginia wineries.








Black Dog Blues Festival
August 10
J.J. Gray and Mofro headline.
Rosco Bandana opens.
Black Dog BBQ Festival
September 14
Donna The Buffalo headlines.
Big Daddy Love opens.
Black Dog Beach Blast
October 12
The Tams headline.
North Tower Band opens.
For a complete list of upcoming events, 
visit our  
(Events subject to change)