Mountain Stories and Bluegrass Music

Floyd, Virginia

  • Floyd, Virginia | the Blue Ridge Parkway | the Floyd Country Store |


July 7 - 9, 2023


  • Bluegrass-style music at the Floyd Country Store - a rollicking good time, and an authentic Appalachian experience!
  • The fun and fascination of ‘round-the-bend discoveries on the backroads: including a historic North Carolina house with 15 fireplaces (really!); a 1910 grist mill; the beloved Rock Churches of Southwestern Virginia; a delightful local winery; and gorgeous scenic drives in the height of summer.
  • A charming hotel, located in walking distance of downtown Floyd, and brimming with local art.
  • Our signature small group travel experience!

Trip Description

Let’s spend a weekend in and around Floyd, Virginia – lovely “mountain town,” located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in southwestern Virginia.

We’ll enjoy down-home hospitality as we spend two nights in Floyd – a center of crafts and mountain music, and a jumping off point for fascinating mountain stories. You’ll have opportunities to savor the quaint ambiance, galleries and boutiques, local food and drink, and live music . . . and explore the surrounding mountains and valleys. We’ll discover local artists and wine-makers, stories about mountaineers and the creation of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and places of unusual beauty – coming and going!


Day 1

Depart from the South Carolina Upstate / North Carolina Foothills this morning, and begin our adventure!
Our drive will become increasingly scenic as we continue towards the charming town of Floyd, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southern Virginia. We’ll check into our hotel, the Hotel Floyd – home for the next two nights. Relax on the patio, then enjoy dinner in town, followed by an evening of fantastic bluegrass music!  Floyd is famous for its “Friday Night Jamboree,” and the streets of Floyd will come alive with local musicians this evening. Inside the historic Floyd Country Store, we’ll have reserved seats where you can relax and enjoy the featured bluegrass band. You’ll find yourself tapping your feet and clapping along during this infectiously fun evening – and maybe jumping up to join the dancers!

Day 2

This morning, enjoy breakfast in our hotel. Today, we’ll drive onto the “Virginia version” of the Blue Ridge Parkway and make a stop at one of the most photographed sites out of all 469 miles of the Parkway: Mabry Mill. This 1910 mill still grinds flour today, and you can observe blacksmithing, weaving, and other Appalachian crafts on site. Our loop drive will include several scenic overlooks, and take us back to Floyd via the Buffalo Mountain Presbyterian Church – after a relaxing stop at a delightful Appalachian winery. Later, enjoy free time to enjoy the art galleries, shops, and small-town ambiance of Floyd. Tonight, we’ll enjoy dinner at a great local restaurant; overnight in Floyd.

Day 3

After breakfast in our inn, we’ll enjoy morning drives returning us to Tennessee and the Carolinas. We’ll make a stop at one of the only surviving “shot towers” in the U.S. (story on location); and we’ll drive through the mining community of Austinville (and yes, you can think Austin, Texas . . . that story also on location). We’ll have lunch in the small railroad town of Meadowview, Virginia, at a country store-meets-restaurant owned by acclaimed author Barbara Kingsolver and her family. En route back home, we’ll pass through the lovely valley of the Nolichucky River, ascend the high mountains and drive over the high Appalachian Divide pass as we return into the Carolinas. Return back home in the late afternoon, inspired and refreshed by our adventures in Southwest Virginia!

Featured Experiences

The Hotel Floyd

Hotel Floyd offers travelers and visitors a restful retreat with all the modern amenities for a comfortable, pleasurable stay. Located in the heart of Floyd, we're steps away from the Crooked Road, Virginia's Musical Heritage Trail, and the charming shops, galleries and eateries that give the town of Floyd its unique down-home flavor. Our accommodations include free wireless internet and high definition televisions.

Built in 2007 and expanded in 2014, employing the latest green technologies, along with sustainable building materials and furnishings, Hotel Floyd is a designated "Virginia Green Lodging" establishment.

What's Included

  • Comfortable transportation
  • Accommodation for 2 nights
  • Breakfast, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • All activities / admissions per the itinerary
  • Guide and concierge service throughout the trip

Trip Price

$1,832 / person (double occupancy; single supplement, $150)

What's Not Included

Price does not include alcohol, one lunch, or optional trip insurance.

..well-planned, from interesting and fun excursions planned each day, to comfortable lodging and transportation. Our trip leaders, Chumley and Khal, were impressive with their knowledge of each area we explored and gracious in their planning of every aspect of our trips.

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This trip departs from Greenville / Spartanburg, South Carolina and Asheville, North Carolina. If you live elsewhere, please contact us to discuss travel arrangements, and we will look forward to assisting you!

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