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I bet most of us have an example of a vacation that didn’t go as planned. A road was closed, a parking lot was full, traffic slowed or halted your progress to your destination. It throws a wrench into your travel plans and can even derail your trip. So, what should you do to help prepare for the unexpected? Here are nine practical tips for planning a successful Blue Ridge Parkway road trip. Read More
The Blue Ridge Parkway and surrounding mountain communities in both Virginia and North Carolina have a long and storied history as an arts and culture destination. Traditional artisans still practice their crafts, while up and coming artists forge ahead in new techniques and cutting edge creativity. Read More
Ring in the 2022 holiday season by joining us for A Smithfield Yuletide! Join us on Sunday, December 11, 2022, from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Gather with your loved ones ‘round the cozy heat of the Smithfield Yule Log in our Pavilion and enjoy tea with sweet bites provided by Blue… Read More
Ride along for our green tour of the Floyd and Meadows of Dan areas of the BRP in Virginia. We share our adventure of scenic beauty and wildlife, local food, brews and wine - and the best in sustainable lodging for all budgets. From quirky to luxury to antiques and hardware, we saw it all. Read More
90+ regional artists exhibiting and selling work in a series of six juried shows. Mediums include paint, glass, photography, metals, wood, and more. Free admission & parking shuttle. Park Avenue, 10am-5pm… Read More
Four times each summer, the green at the Historic Banner Elk School comes to life with Art on the Greene, featuring quality, hand-made arts and crafts from select regional and national artisans. The final installment takes place Labor Day weekend. The number of artists exhibiting at each show ranges… Read More
Meet artists and see work in progress in a studio setting on Main Street. New artists each week through Labor Day! Free admission. Historic Edgewood Cottage, 10am-5pm daily. Read More
As a travel photographer, I consider myself a puzzle solver. Despite best-laid plans, there are always elements I can’t anticipate. For example, sometimes I don’t find out about cancellations, closures, or construction until I’m on the ground. But another reliably unpredictable element is the weather. Light is a necessary element to the craft of photography, and I truly believe that there isn’t good or bad light—only appropriate light. There is always a photograph to be had, but you sometimes have to look harder to find your pictures. Read More
Join us at the Floyd Country Store on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 7:00 pm for a live concert with Bill & The Belles. Tickets are $20, available for sale online and in the store. With all their tongue-in-cheek quips, you’d think Bill and the Belles avoids the tough stuff,… Read More
Join us for a great bluegrass show from Jesse Smathers, a wonderful local musician and Handmade Music School teacher! Enjoy great music and great company–and if you’re hungry, pick up some great food from the Floyd Country Store Cafe while you’re at it! Admission is free ($10 suggested donation to… Read More