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A Back-to-School B&B Getaway

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Much to the chagrin of students everywhere, classes will be starting up soon, and Virginia colleges and universities are no exception. If you plan to escort a student to college, make the trip an enjoyable getaway with lodging at a B&B as one final hurrah before the toil of schoolwork.

One specific Inn Virginia member inn that is conveniently located near two Commonwealth colleges is Rockwood Manor in Dublin, VA.  Rockwood Manor lies only twenty minutes away from Radford University in Radford, VA and a little over thirty minutes away from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, making it an ideal back to school B&B.

Besides its collegiate accessibility and its obvious aesthetic appeal, you may be asking yourself what else you can expect to find at Rockwood Manor. According to owner and innkeeper Frank Drummond, Rockwood’s motto is “Southern Hospitality at its Best” with an emphasis on “history, beautiful architecture, and a serene location.”

The manor itself is a beautifully historic structure that dates back to 1876 while reflecting all conveniences of the modern world—spacious suites, complementary snacks and drinks, free Wi-Fi, and more. Rockwood even has a Tavern (an English pub style room) as well as a Game Room with a Virginia Tech theme, which, according to the manor website, honors Frank’s father, “who was a 1943 Cadet graduate.” If you’re a Hokie, or a Hokie-at-heart, then you can’t really go wrong with a back-to-school stay at Rockwood Manor.

If you’re interested in staying at Rockwood Manor, email them at, give them a call at (540) 674-1328, or make your reservation online.

Looking for B&B lodging near other Virginia colleges?

Lynchburg College: Federal Crest Inn

Virginia Tech – The Oaks Victorian Inn, Clay Corner Inn

College of William & Mary – Bentley Manor Inn, Magnolia Manor

Mary Washington – Lavender Heights


By Tara Stoll

Music in the Virginia Highlands

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Music infuses the mountains of the Virginia Blue Ridge Highlands. Indeed, all travelers to the Blue Ridge Highlands should listen to live music at least once. The good news is that there are many opportunities to do so.

The best mountain music is likely to be found in small venues and jam sessions. There is a good chance your Virginia Blue Ridge Highlands Bed and Breakfast innkeepers will have their finger on the pulse of the local music scene; if so, they will surely be able to make knowledgeable recommendations.

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Friday Night Jam Sessions at the Floyd Country Store.


Read on for a list of weekly live music in the Virginia Highlands:
Radford Fiddle and Banjo Jam at the River City Grill in Radford. Unparalleled bluegrass and old-time mountain music, Mondays 7-10 p.m.
Mountain Music Jam at the Courthouse lawn in Independence. Sit close to the music every Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m.
The Pickin Porch at the Bristol Mall. Enjoy a great variety of local and national performers play bluegrass, old-time, and Americana music. Thursdays, 7-9 p.m.
Floyd Country Store Friday Night Jamboree: Bluegrass Gospel music gives way to regional bluegrass and old-time music that is sure to make your feet move. Fridays, 6:30-11:30 p.m.
Carter Family Fold Weekly Music: continuing the music the Carter Family helped create. Saturdays from 7:30-11 p.m.


If you have a mind to pick up a banjo, guitar, or fiddle yourself, join the Pickin’ Parlor Jam Sessions in Weber City, Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Phone: 276-386-2654). Or head to the Floyd Country Store on a Sunday afternoon.

There are so many opportunities to listen to live music in the Virginia Blue Ridge Highlands that you are sure to find something your schedule will accommodate. Plan to hop from one venue to the next, and one inn to the next. You’ll find many inns located near great live music: Floyd VA B&Bs; Abingdon VA B&Bs; Radford VA Inns, and more.