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09/30/2020-10/05/2020 Wed-Mon Trip# 2020106
Music From the Blue Ridge Mountains
A wonderful tour featuring the downhome American music of Patsy Cline, the Carter Family, and Appalachias finest musicians.
Noon Arrive in historic Winchester, VA.
Enjoy lunch on own at the Pedestrian Mall.
1:30pm Meet GUIDE at the back door entrance of the George Washington Wyndham Hotel.
Begin a tour of Patsy Cline's hometown. - She began her radio career at Winchester Radio Station WINC in 1946 at age 14. We'll see her home, Radio Station WINC, and pay a visit to her gravesite. Many seniors in the area still recall when Patsy played at area clubs in her early career. Keeping true with one of Patsy Cline's signature songs, "Come on in and sit right down and make yourself at home", we'll visit The Patsy Cline Historic House, a historic property on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register. Patsy resided here from 1948-53, longer than at any other house associated with her in the Winchester and Nashville areas, and she returned to it intermittently until her singing career began in 1957. The house serves as a proud testament to Patsy's love of family. Her devoted and influential relationship with her mother and their drive and determination launched Patsy's career. The house, furnished with some personal items, appears as when Patsy and her family lived there.
4:30pm Check in to George Washington Wyndham Hotel. Baggage handling included.
5:45pm Enjoy dinner at the Garden Room at the hotel. Winchester was called home to Patsy.
Begin with Garden Green Salad. Entrée choices include (1) Caramelized Chicken with four mushroom sautée, mashed potatoes, and green beans. Chef's choice of dessert, Ice Tea, Water, Coffee.
6:00pm Enjoy entertainment from a Patsy Cline singer.
6:30-7:45am Enjoy breakfast at the hotel prior to checking out. Baggage handling included.
Please place baggage outside your hotel room by 7:00am for pick-up.
8:00am Board motor coach and depart for Roanoke, VA.
Watch the O Winston Link DVD en route.
11:00am Arrive at the O Winston Link Museum and enjoy a self-guided tour of the collection, focused on the Norfolk and Western project. Link captured the last days of steam operation on the N&W Railway in the late 1950s, but within the walls of these Galleries, visitors experience much more than just photographs and more than trains and rail operations. The images created by Link are vignettes into history and sociology. They are art; they are a part of the history of photography.
12:30pm Enjoy lunch on own and free time to explore the shops and boutiques in historic downtown Roanoke. There are many restaurants and cafés to select from. Browse the unique shops and; weather/season permitting; the outdoor marketplace.
3:15pm Arrive at the Floyd Country Store to traditional Appalachian music, and a unique selection of merchandise and clothing.
Enjoy some free time to shop. Walk across the street to Hotel Floyd.
Motorcoach proceed to Floyd hotel for luggage unloading.
Passengers can walk to the hotel at their leisure.
4:00pm Check in to the Hotel Floyd where every room is down home welcoming. Baggage handling is included.
Step inside the Hotel Floyd and you'll find a showpiece honoring the diverse culture and character of the beloved Blue Ridge mountain community.
5:30pm Enjoy live entertainment this evening at Hotel Floyd.
7:30pm Enjoy a buffet dinner at the Historic Pine Tavern, serving meals since 1927, with old state Route 221 running behind the restaurant. Originally, the Pine Lodge served meals in their lobby. The fare was similar to what you can find in today's Pine Tavern. Most recipes are from Mama Nell.
Menu includes fried chicken, roast beef, pulled pork bbq, salad, green beans, pinto beans, dumplings, mashed potatoes, vegetable of the day, fruit cobbler, chocolate cobbler, tea, sweet tea, lemonade and coffee.
9:00pm Return to the hotel.
8:00am Enjoy breakfast at the hotel prior to checking out. Baggage handling included.
Please place baggage outside your hotel room by 8:00am for pick-up.
9:30am Depart via Blue Ridge Parkway.
10:00am Arrive at Chateau Morrisette Winery for a tour & tasting. Located in a spectacular mountain setting, the Morrisette family is proud to be both a grower and buyer of Virginia fruit.
Enjoy lunch included while at the Winery.
12:45pm Stop at Mabry Mill for a photo opportunity and time at the gift shop.
1:15pm Depart. A short distance down the Crooked Road traveling along the magnificent Blue Ridge Parkway, we'll stop at the Blue Ridge Music Center.
2:15pm Arrive at the Blue Ridge Music Center. Enjoy the music of local performers and tour the Roots of American Music exhibit, world class exhibition that tells the story of how, in earlier days of our Nation, the mixing of European and African musical cultures and ideas in the Appalachian Mountains and Valley of Virginia created new sounds that have profoundly influenced the development of American Popular Music.
Note: Musicians are not a band but groups of people who come to jam. There is no fixed seating, the have a few folding chairs, for extending listening or difficulty standing, bringing lawn chairs is recommended.
4:00pm Check in to Hampton Inn Galax (205 Cranberry Rd., Galax, VA 24333 (276) 238-4605). Baggage handling is included.
5:30pm Enjoy dinner included at Galax Smokehouse, a laid-back barbecue joint supplying ribs, brisket & pulled pork, plus a signature banana pudding.
7:00pm Enjoy a Show at the Rex Theater, where every Friday night, from the stage, WBRF FM sends out 100,000 watts of live old time and bluegrass music into five states and around the globe via the internet in a show called Blue Ridge Backroads Live. Enjoy the Live Radio Broadcast. Thousands of radio listeners tune in to hear just why Galax is billed as the "World's Capital of Old-time Mountain Music." Since 1999, radio station WBRF-FM 98.1 has broadcast its weekly "Blue Ridge Back Roads" live music show from Galax's historic Rex Theater. It is one of only three live bluegrass and old-time radio shows in the country. The live show hosts local, regional and national bluegrass and old-time musicians on the stage. Visitors come from all over the world to be a part of the audience and participate in the live radio broadcast.
7:45am Enjoy breakfast at the hotel prior to checking out. Baggage handling included.
9:00am Visit the Chestnut Creek School of The Arts and learn some flat footing and square dancing, so you can dance with locals at the music venues we visit!
Continue with a visit to Barr's Fiddle Shop and see handmade and vintage banjos, fiddles, autoharps, and more! Learn where the term Hillbillies came from.
11:15am Arrive for Tour and lunch included at the Mansion at Fort Chiswell, listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and as a Virginia State Historic Landmark.
1:00pm Continue to Bristol, VA.
2:30pm Arrive at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings by the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Ernest V. Stoneman, and others - recordings that were influential in shaping the sounds and practices of early commercial country music. The museum explores how this rich musical heritage lives on in today's music, and how music from our region continues to influence music around the world.
5:00pm Check in to Hampton Inn & Suites Bristol. Baggage handling is included.
Enjoy box dinner in the meeting room of the hotel.
6:00pm Depart for a special show at the Carter Fold, a rustic and eclectic theater with festival seating.
This is hallowed ground, the original Carter Family lived here. For tonight we have rented the music center known as The Fold which exists as a tribute to A.P. Carter, Sara and Maybelle. Every Saturday night The Fold hosts an evening of old-time mountain music.
7:30pm Enjoy the show!
8:30am Enjoy light breakfast at the hotel this morning.
10:00am Arrive at Heartwood. Enjoy brunch buffet at Heartwood with bluegrass entertainment, tucked into Virginia's ancient mountains and home to music, crafts, and food of The Crooked Road. Sometimes at Heartwood there are local musicians gather to entertain with a Pickin' Porch assortment of authentic, distinctive music from the area.
While at Heartwood, there will be time to visit the shops where you'll be able to purchase local renditions of Gospel and Blue Grass CDs and DVDs. You might want to include an exceptional homemade musical instrument in your purchase. Crafts include jewelry, glass, and pottery. Many of the artisans featured at Heartwood are members of "Round the Mountain" and are masters of their media.
11:30pm Meet the Local Guide at the Abingdon Municipal Building parking lot, and begin touring Abingdon, which is nestled in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, in an area of unparalleled natural beauty that is rich in tradition. Chartered in 1778, Abingdon is a Virginia Historic Landmark. Visitors enjoy amenities usually reserved to much larger communities. You can stroll shaded, brick sidewalks and savor the ambiance of the oldest town west of the Blue Ridge Mountains; or, explore a 20-block Historic District filled with outstanding examples of Federal and Victorian architecture.
Take a tour and sample a tasting at the Abingdon Olive Oil Company Gallery offering over thirty-two varieties of oils.
Stop at White's Mill and be greeted by local entertainment.
2:30pm Arrive at the Barter Theatre - Barter Main Stage to pick up tickets at the Box Office and begin seating.
"The State Theater of Virginia" was founded in 1933 on the theory that drama could be bartered for food. During the Depression, Robert Porterfield convinced 22 Broadway actors that it was better to eat in Virginia than starve in New York. Though cash is now the accepted medium of payment, Porterfield's original theater offered tickets in exchange for milk, ham, chicken and other edibles. Barter Theater is one of the country's oldest professional theaters, which offers a range of productions.
3:00pm Enjoy a performance (TBA).
5:45pm Enjoy dinner at The Martha Washington Inn & Spa. Dinner begins with a Garden Salad, mixed field greens, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, croutons, Monterey jack cheese, and parmesan peppercorn dressing. Entrée choices included: (1) Pan Seared Salmon and (2)Sirloin Steak. Chef's selection of Season Vegetables and Starch. Fresh Rolls and Butter, Gourmet Dessert. Beverages include Coffee and Iced Tea.
7:30pm Return to the hotel.
8:30am Enjoy breakfast at the hotel prior to checking out. Baggage handling is included.
Please place baggage outside your hotel room by 8:30am for pick-up.
11:00am Enjoy brunch included with local music at Draper Mercantile & Trading Company, a historic building restored as an arts and cultural heritage center. Showcasing the best of Southwest Virginia, Draper Mercantile features local arts, local and gourmet foods and live music on stage. There is an eclectic array of unique gifts, handcrafted jewelry, and outdoor recreation gear as well. LIVE ENTERTAINMENT will be enjoyed at your last Crooked Road Music Trail stop! Each a unique and wonderful experience.
1:00pm Continue to Philadelphia with dinner on own at a stop en route.
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.
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