Posts Tagged ‘mountain music’

Holidays in the Blue Ridge Highlands

Monday, December 13th, 2010

December is a lovely time to travel to Bed and Breakfasts in the Blue Ridge Highlands, Virginia – a festive place any time of year. Music infuses these mountains, called the birthplace of Country Music. With music comes a certain joie de vivre that is so welcome during the holidays.

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Listen to the music in the Virginia Blue Ridge Highlands

Find something special for the music lovers in your life in quaint, historic towns such as Bristol and Floyd. The Floyd Country Store features barrels of candy and some of the rarest and best Old-Time and Bluegrass CDs in the country. In Bristol, where the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, and Ernest “Pop” Stoneman were discovered, there are a number of interesting shops. If possible, swing by the Pickin Porch at the Bristol Mall on Thursday evenings, when local, regional, and even national performers take the stage and do their best to put everyone in a good mood.

You’re sure to find something unique at the Damascus General Sore, be it handmade quilts, scarves, or homemade jewelry. In addition, fantastic Bluegrass and Old Time Mountain Music musicians take the stage every Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Dance while you shop and then relax while you listen.

Enjoy these last weeks as you prepare for the holidays. Get away for a few days and visit interesting old towns in the Blue Ridge Highlands; while there, enjoy lodging in Virginia Bed and Breakfasts and gift hunting for friends and family.

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.