Join Wolf's as we hit the Crooked Road Music Trail for an unforgettable look at country music's roots & history, learn the art of Flatfoot Dancing, witness the live Blue Ridge Backroads show at the Historic Rex Theatre, a special show honoring A.P. Carter & his family, & tour the Birthplace of Country Music Museum all amid the glorious Blue Ridge Mountains.
4 Nights Lodging, 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners, Photo Stop at Meadows of Dan Along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Tour and Tasting at Chateau Morrisette Winery, Admission to Blue Ridge Music Center, Visit the Rex Theatre for Blue Ridge Backroad Live, Guided Tour of the Town of Galax, VA, Visit Barrs Fiddle Shop, Participate in a Flatfoot Dancing Workshop, Show at the Carter Family Fold with a Visit to the Restored Carter Family Cabin, Guided Tour of Abingdon, VA, Tour of Abingdon Olive Oil Company, Free Time to Explore and Shop at The Southwest Virginia Cultural Center, Show at Barter Theatre, Tour of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Entertainment at Draper Mercantile & Trading Company, Baggage Handling and Transportation
**ALL WOLF TOURS - TIMES AND ITINERARY SUBJECT TO CHANGE**
Join Wolf's as we hit the road, the Crooked Road Music Trail that is, for an unforgettable look at music and history as seen in the Ken Burns documentary, as well as a few other entertaining stops along the Trail's Western Loop. Late afternoon we will arrive in the town of Floyd, Virginia for time to browse the unique shops and studios in the beautiful downtown area. Don't miss the Floyd Country Store that has been open since 1910 and has been the heart- of the Floyd Community. Next, we will check in to Hotel Floyd (540-745-6080) for a one-night stay. Hotel Floyd is a rustic, boutique hotel with a "green design" reflecting the mission of limiting the impact on the environment and to protect it for future generations. In-room features include a mini refrigerator and microwave, flat screen television, complimentary high-speed wireless internet access and iron/ironing board. Enjoy a special performance to be held in the outdoor Hotel Floyd amphitheater. Dinner this evening will be included at the Pine Tavern which dates back to 1927 and resides in the shadow of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. The Pine Tavern continues to serve fabulous home cooked meals in humble surroundings just like Mama Nell would have expected. After dinner, we will return to the hotel to turn in for the night.D
A delightful continental breakfast will be included before we check out and depart for a scenic drive along Skyline Drive. A photo stop will be made along the way to memorialize your journey along the glorious Blue Ridge Parkway. Next, we will arrive at Chateau Morrisette Winery for a tour, tasting and lunch. A third- generation family owned and operated winery, Chateau Morrisette is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains combining spectacular, sweeping river and mountain views with equally pleasing premium wines to sip and savor. While at the winery, we will enjoy a tasting of a select few wines along with a winery tour and followed by lunch included in the on-site restaurant. Next, we are off to explore the Blue Ridge Music Center, a music venue, museum and visitor center located along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Music Center celebrates the music and musicians of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Often when visitors to the Parkway stop here, they are greeted by the sounds of the fiddle, banjo, and guitar welcoming them in the door. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1997, the Music Center includes an outdoor amphitheater, an indoor interpretive center/theatre and The Roots of American Music Museum, an interactive, and entertaining, exhibition highlighting the historical significance of the region's music. After time to explore and enjoy the mid-day mountain music, we will check in to the Hampton Inn Hillsville (276-728-2345) for a one-night stay. Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center and business center with complimentary high-speed internet access. Guest rooms feature a coffeemaker, hairdryer, flat screen TV and iron/ironing board. Dinner this evening is included at an area restaurant followed by a visit to the Rex Theatre. Every Friday night, WBRF 98.1 FM sends out 100,000 watts of live old-time and bluegrass music from the stage of the Historic Rex Theatre into five states and around the globe via the World Wide Web in a show called Blue Ridge Backroads which has become the cornerstone of revitalization of this 70-year-old theatre. After an evening of toe-tapping and hand-clapping music, we will return to the hotel for the remainder of the night.
Breakfast will once again be included at the hotel this morning before we check out and meet our local guide for an entertaining and educating walking tour of the town of Galax. As we make our way on foot around the charming town, listen for the sounds of the banjos, guitars and fiddles spilling out of Barr's Fiddle Shop onto the downtown streets. A Galax icon for over 30 years, the walls are lined with fiddles, guitars, banjos and mandolins. The Barr's have been making handmade instruments well over 35 years. Anyone is welcome to come in and pick and grin to their heart's content. If moving to the beat of the music is more your style, get ready for a Flatfoot dancing Workshop led by the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts at the Blue Ridge Music Center. Flatfoot dancing is an expression of how the dancer feels about the music he/she is hearing. It is said that the music goes in your ear, down through your soul and comes out through your feet. Flatfoot dancers dance solo and tend to keep both feet close to the floor. The steps are not fancy, and there are not standard steps. So, we are going to let the music move us with basic instruction and then put our lesson to practice along with music provided by a local band. Next, after we have worked up an appetite, we will have lunch included at the Mansion at Fort Chiswell. Two brothers, on the land that they inherited from their father, built one of the outstanding landmarks of Southwest Virginia, the Mansion at Fort Chiswell. In the 19th-century, the mansion was well-known as a center of hospitality and the main house of an extensive and prosperous plantation. After lunch, we will continue down the road to Abingdon, VA to check in to the Fairfield Inn & Suites Abingdon (276-619-5501) for a two-night stay. The hotel features an indoor pool, fitness center, business center and complimentary high-speed internet access. Guest room amenities include a mini refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea maker & supplies, hairdryer, and iron/ironing board. Dinner this evening will be included at a local restaurant. Our evening will be topped off with a special show at the Carter Family Fold, a rustic and eclectic theatre with festival seating located in the remote community of Hiltons, VA. The Carter Family Fold honors the memory of the first family of country music, the legendary Carter's, A.P., Sara and Maybelle, whose first recordings in 1927 are credited with giving birth to the commercial country music industry. Enjoy a special performance along with time to visit the restored cabin built in the mid-1800's where A.P. and his seven brothers were all born. Afterwards, we will return to the hotel for the night.B, L, D
Breakfast will be included at the hotel before we depart and travel to the charming town of Abingdon, VA. Nestled in the mountains of Southwest Virginia in an area of unparalleled natural beauty that is rich in tradition, Abingdon was chartered in 1778 and is a Virginia Historic Landmark. We will walk the brick sidewalks and savor the ambiance of the oldest town west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. On foot, we will explore the Historic District filled with outstanding examples of Federal and Victorian Architecture, with our first stop being at the Abingdon Olive Oil Company. Offering a savory selection of traditional oils, specialty vinegars, fused and infused oils and more, Abingdon Oil assists you with being the artist and let your imagination soar as you incorporate their products into your home prepared meals. Enjoy their tasting gallery and shop the more than 68 varieties of product they have in their shop. Continuing on our walking tour, we will make a stop at The Southwest Virginia Cultural Center (formerly Heartwood), the gateway to Southwest Virginia's rich culture and creative economy including the most complete collection of Crooked Road old-time, bluegrass and gospel music and juried-quality crafts by local artisans. After our visit, we will have lunch included at the Martha Washington Inn & Spa. Built in 1832, it became a retirement home for General Robert Preston and his family, following his successes in the War of 1812. Dine in this historic hotel combining Southern charm with modern elegance. Following lunch, we will see a performance at the Barter Theatre, which much to the surprise of many opened to a sold-out crowd. The price of admission was 40 cents or an equivalent amount of produce and 4 out of 5 theatregoers paid their way with vegetables, dairy products and livestock, bringing the concept of trading "ham for Hamlet" to the public. **Performance schedule was not confirmed at time of publication. Following the show, we will return to the hotel for a brief time to freshen up and head out for dinner included at a local restaurant. We will return to the hotel after dinner to relax and unwind.B, L, D
Enjoy breakfast included at the hotel on our last morning before we check out and board our motorcoach for a tour of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, this museum tells the story of the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings by the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Ernest V. Stoneman and others that were influential in shaping the sounds and practices of early commercial country music. The museum explores this rich musical heritage that lives on in today's music and how music from our region continues to influence music around the world. Our final stop along the Crooked Road Music Trail will be for lunch accompanied by live, local entertainment at the Draper Mercantile & Trading Company. An historic building restored as an arts and cultural heritage center, Draper showcases the best of Southwest Virginia local artisans, gourmet foods and, of course, live entertainment. If the music moves you, tap your toes and clap your hands, grab your partner and put your Flatfoot Dancing to practice or sing along if you know the tune. Celebrate the music, heritage and history that you have experienced while on this fabulous tour on the Crooked Road Music Trail along the glorious Blue Ridge Parkway. We will depart for home afterwards with meal and rest stops as needed.B, L
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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Camp Hill|| Capital City Mall, 3506 Capital City Mall Dr 17011 |
Park between Sportsman's Warehouse and JCPenney
|Carlisle|| Carlisle Point Mall, 800 East High Street |
Park in mall lot across from Pizza Hut
|Chambersburg|| Chambersburg Wal-Mart, 1730 Lincoln Way East |
Park in Wal-Mart Lot behind gas station
|Hanover|| Hanover - Staples Shopping Ctr, 440 Eisenhower Dr |
Park along grass island in center of lot
|York|| York Four Points Sheraton, 1650 Toronita St. |
Go to the right and park in the far corner of lot
|York Springs|| York Springs - Wolf's Terminal |
200 Old US Rt. 15 - Park near large sign
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