Posts Tagged ‘Appalachia’

Virginia Fall Foliage

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

If you’ve been hoping to see Virginia Fall Foliage this year but haven’t yet had the chance to travel throughout the state, you’re in luck; there is still plenty of time to stay in a Virginia bed and breakfast during peak foliage. Festivals abound at this time of year; why not combine a festival with a Virginia Fall Foliage tour?

Autumn along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Leaves are expected to peak in the mountains of western Virginia mid to late October. There should be pockets of color in the mountains this weekend, and even more the following week. Consider a trip to a Staunton VA bed and breakfast this weekend (October 15 – 17) to participate in the Fall Foliage Bike Festival. A variety of well marked bike routes traverse the Shenandoah Valley and provide views of the Allegheny Mountains, awash in color. For more details, visit the Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival.

Farther south, in the Heart of Appalachia, the Lee County Tobacco and Fall Festival celebrates the heritage of Lee County. The festival takes place in Pennington Gap Saturday October 23, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. That same day, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival takes place in Ferrum, about an hour south of Roanoke Virginia bed and breakfasts. Three stages will host to a variety of music, from bluegrass to gospel, ballads to blues. Storytelling, threshing, and horse-pulls will shed light on the rich heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which should be full of red, orange, and vibrant yellow leaves. For more details, please visit the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival.

Leaves in Piedmont aren’t expected to peak until late October, and vibrant colors aren’t expected to take over the eastern part of the state until early November. This weekend, October 16, Gladstone VA hosts a Fall Harvest Festival and Haunted Wagon Ride. The festival takes place in the James River State Park, about 25 miles northeast of Lynchburg, and features apple pressing, wagon rides, and historic craft demonstrations.

Spend the weekend of November 5, 2010 in Urbana Virginia bed and breakfasts and celebrate oysters from the Chesapeake Bay. The Urbana Oyster Festival features a parade, an oyster shucking contest, and lots of tasty oysters. Or enjoy Virginia wine barrel tasting at Ingleside Vineyards in Oak Grove on Saturday November 13, 2010. Additional information may be found at Ingleside Vineyards.

Virginia Fall Foliage provides a great excuse to travel across this lovely state.

The Virginia Highlands Festival

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

The first Virginia Highlands Festival took place in Abingdon in 1948. It was born out of a desire to preserve and celebrate the rich culture and heritage of Virginia’s Appalachia Mountains region. And what a culture it is!

Appalachia is considered the birthplace of old time, country, mountain music. In fact, the Carter Family Memorial Music Center is less than 40 miles west of Abingdon, in Hiltons, VA. Central to the Virginia Highlands Festival is traditional Appalachian old time and bluegrass music. Each year, we look forward to hearing music by folks who spend a whole lot of time pickin’ on the porch, and this year is no exception. The Bearded, Houser & Co., and Wolf Creek are just a few of the musicians featured this year. In addition to mountain music, the Virginia Highlands Festival now brings in musicians from around the globe, making this a truly exciting musical event.

The Virginia Highlands Festival, in Appalachia. Photo by Festival Photographer Claude Kelly.

The festival is more than music, of course. It also features antiques and arts and crafts from Appalachia. There are literary events (including a creative writing day), performing arts, and living history events. Abingdon is a charming town, with a large historic district, stunning examples of Federal and Victorian architecture, and brick sidewalks; it feels like living history just to walk down the street.

The Virginia Highlands Festival runs Saturday July 24 through Sunday, August 8, 2010, from 10 am to 6 pm. It is located at Virginia Highlands Community College and in historic Abingdon. For more information, visit the festival website. Lodge in a Virginia Appalachia bed and breakfast during the festival for a truly authentic experience.

The Virginia Appalachia region is rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. Once you glimpse its charm, you’ll need to return again and again. Virginia Appalachia bed and breakfasts will welcome you every time.