Floyd Wine Festival – Wine Down the Trail

A few weekends ago, Michael and I finally took the opportunity to celebrate our anniversary by heading on over to Floyd, VA for a wine festival.  I found a wonderful inn for us to stay at in downtown Floyd called the Cottage on Main.  There are two cottages for rent behind the main house.  We stayed in the front one and it was fabulous.  There is a separate front sitting area with a connecting kitchen area and then a beautiful bathroom and warm and cozy bedroom.  The entire place is decorated in artwork much of which was created by the innkeeper herself.  Even the floors are hand painted.  It is truly a unique and wonderful place.

After we got settled in to our Inn and chatted with the inn keepers a bit, we headed into Floyd.  We had lunch at Cafe del Sol and it was fabulous.  Great funky atmosphere and beautiful fairy artwork surrounding us.  Then, we wandered around town a bit taking in the town.  Friday night outside of the Floyd Country Store is quite a bustling scene.  There were a ton of street musicians playing and music inside the country store as well which they have every Friday night. 

Later on, we went to the Sun Music Hall to see The Hackensaw Boys.  I had never heard of them before, but apparently a lot of people had because the place was packed out with enthusiastic people ready to dance.  For a town of 500, I was shocked at how full the venue was.  The Hackensaw Boys are from VA and play bluegrass and old time music kicked up quite a few notches.  They had the entire crowd moving all night and even came out into the audience to play at the end.  It was a super fun show.  After the show, our inn keepers were up having a drink in the back gazebo, so we joined them for a bit.  It is truly a welcoming place to stay!

The next day, we headed to Mabry Mill right on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Mabry Mill is a restored gristmill/sawmill/woodworking shop and blacksmith shop.  After that, it was time for the reason for our trip to Floyd, the Wine Down the Trail Festival.

The festival is held on the same grounds as FloydFest which we had attended 2 years ago.  It is a great festival site right off the parkway with a super stage.  We were able to sample wines from all over Virginia and North Carolina and found quite a few things we enjoyed.  You are able to buy the wine and then sit in front of the stage and enjoy the wine and the music.  It is a great set up.  We had a blast.

After the festival, we went to Oddfellas for dinner.  There was an African musician playing there while we ate.  He was super mellow and provided the perfect backdrop for our meal.  We had been to Oddfellas our first time in Floyd and it was just as tasty as we remembered.

Overall, our trip was a peaceful getaway.  If you ever get a chance to visit Floyd, you should.  It is such a unique and welcoming place!


1 Comment

  1. Chris said,

    August 5, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    You find the best little festivals to go to. I could learn a thing or two from you two about taking little vacations. Looks like you had a few bottles of wine there… real nice Danielle, Reeeeaaaaaallll nice.
    Heh heh.

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