Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Make Musical Memories Traveling West on The Crooked Road


Make Musical Memories Traveling West on The Crooked Road

The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, winding through the ruggedly beautiful Appalachian Mountains, leads you to the major hotspots of bluegrass, old time, and traditional American mountain music. This amazing fall getaway will create memories you'll treasure for a lifetime, beginning in Ferrum and ending in Damascus.


Day 1:

Begin your getaway touring the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum at Ferrum College. They promote a special understanding of regional folklife through the music and arts of the Blue Ridge - it's a great start to gear you up for the rest of the getaway. Floyd is 45 minutes west of Ferrum. It's the home of traditional bluegrass, old time music and dancing. One of the "must-see's" along The Crooked Road is the famed Floyd Country Store, home of the Friday Night Jamboree.
Check your calendar! You might just be traveling through Patrick County during one of their festivals this fall. It's about a 40 minute drive from Floyd to Stuart and you're guaranteed one of the most beautiful drives of your lifetime! Once in Stuart, check out some of the region's NASCAR racing history at Wood Brothers Racing Museum and Virginia Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum.
Enjoy the hour drive to Galax, where a downtown visit showcases the many famous musicians of the region at the Rex Theater every Friday night. Visit the Blue Ridge Music Center where the National Park Service has created a facility to preserve the traditional music of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There's a tasty pulled pork barbeque sandwich waiting for you at The Galax Smokehouse! Whatever you do, DO dessert. The Smokehouse banana pudding was rated "Best Dessert in the South" by Virginia Living Magazine. Rest up for tomorrow at A Place By The Parkway - your cabin with a view! They're hoping you'll stretch your stay by a couple of days by giving you a fourth night free! It might be a great place to explore from.


Day 2:

Enjoy a good breakfast at Cones n Coffee before heading west toIndependence, a quick 20 minutes away. There are a couple of fun fall festivals there. Will today be the day you race a privy or will you sit back and enjoy native music? If you desire a little outdoor adventure instead of a festival, continue on to Damascus. It's about an hour west and is home to the Virginia Creeper Trail, 34.3 miles of rails-to-trails beauty. This is one of Virginia's best fall hike/bike destinations. It's not bad for photographers or birders either! The trail to the west goes to Abingdon and back to the east is Whitetop Mountain. Choose your adventure! The Creeper Trail Cafe will be awaiting your arrival back in Damascus.
Front of Barr's Fiddle Shop

Day 3:

If you're not having an extended stay, then this is the day to back-track from Galax. Before heading out, stop by Barr's Fiddle Shop where you can find handmade, authentic, straight-from-The Crooked Road instruments. If you're not a musician, you can at least take home a souvenir t-shirt. And who knows, an impromptu jam session might just break out while someone's on the pick'n bench.
Meadows of Dan is about 45 minutes east and home to Mabry Mill. This is one of the most photographed places in America and you won't want to miss it in the fall! Continuing back from whence you came is Floyd. Stop at Chateau Morrisette to sample their award-winning vintages. Their restaurant is open for lunch every day during the month of October, so plan to sip and dine.
The Claiborne House is 1 block from the first stop on the Crooked Road, and just 8 miles to the Blue Ridge Institute in Ferrum VA.  Our Franklin County has more weekly wing dings than any other community along this music trail! Biscuits and bluegrass? You bet!  We are also a certified Green Lodging with Virginia DEQ.

The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount, VA - Blue Ridge Country! You can book your room online at any time right here http://www.claibornehouse.net/

The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast is 15 miles to three exits off The Blue Ridge Parkway.  We are located at the half-way point of this beloved road in Virginia, exit at MP 121.  We were awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor - click here to see our certificate.